Shows: August 12, 2008

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Guantanamo Interpreter and Writer, Mahvish Khan

My Guantanamo Diaries is an account of Mahvish Khan's more than thirty trips to Guantanamo as an interpreter and law student. In it she tells the stories of the detainees, the lawyers, the guards and her experiences at the country's most notorious military prison. In the book she talks about how she went to Guantanamo thinking that many of the men there were "terrorists," but left with a very different impression. Tonight we talk to Mahvish Khan who will read an excerpt from her book and talk about her experiences and thoughts on Guantanamo.

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Rep. Mike Honda on Asian American Soldiers in the Civil War

The US House of Representatives recently passed a resolution honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander soldiers who fought in the U.S. Civil War. Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) led a five-year battle to have the soldiers posthumously honored, which led to the resolution being passed on August 1st. It was recently discovered that hundreds of soldiers of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage fought on both the Union and Confederate sides, continuing a long tradition of significant API contributions to the history of the United States. Congressman Mike Honda joins us tonight to discuss the uncovered history and significance of the resolution.

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Erasing Borders: Festival of Indian Dance

ERASING BORDERS: FESTIVAL OF INDIAN DANCE starts next week and is sponsored by the Indo-American Arts Council. The event will bring together dancers, choreographers and directors from across the world to show the richness and variety of Indian dance. And it all begins on Monday - that's August 18th - with two free outdoor performances in NYC. Tonight on Asia Pacific Forum, we'll be speaking in the studio with the director of the festival, Prachi Dalal, as well as with Preeti Vasudevan, director of THRESH Dance Company and one of the performers in next week's event. For more info you can go to: http://www.iaac.us/IAAC_dance_festival/dance_festival.htm

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