Cheonan and US Militarism
The sinking earlier this year of the Cheonan, a South Korean warship, has exacerbated already tense relations between North and South Korea, played a role in the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, and impacted movements against US military bases in Asia and the Pacific. We speak with Andrew Yeo, a scholar whose work focuses on activism and anti-base movements, about politics and policy in the region. And we hear what activists are doing to promote peace in the region from Andy Marra, co-director of the Flushing-based community organization Notdutdol.
Andrew Yeo received his PhD from Cornell University in Government, and is currently Assistant Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. His research has been published in International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Peace Review, and the Journal of East Asian Studies. He is completing his book manuscript about U.S. alliances and anti-base movements, titled Yankee Go Home? Activists, Alliances, and Overseas U.S. Military Bases. His broad research interests include East Asian security, social movements in world politics, and the politics of humanitarian aid.
Andy Marra is the co-director of Nodutdol, a progressive Korean organization based in New York that promotes peace and reunification on the Korean peninsula.
A Gentrified Chinatown?
At least 26 luxury apartments, 25 hotels, and more than 120 high-end boutiques and cafes have been built in Chinatown in recent years. Will old Chinatown disappear? Poet Fay Chiang and historian and filmmaker Peter Kwong--both longtime Chinatown activists and observers--join us to talk about change and conflict in one of New York's oldest neighborhoods.
Fay Chiang has been a poet, visual artist, community and cultural activist in Chinatown and the Lower East Side for the past 39 years. Former executive director of Basement Workshop, sh ejoined Project Reach in 2000. She's the author of several books of poetry, including the recently released 7 Continents, 9 Lives, published by Bowery Press.
Peter Kwong is professor of Asian American Studies and Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, as well as professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. His books include Chinese America and The New Chinatown. He co-produced the Academy Award-nominated Unnatural Disaster: the Tears of Sichuan Province for HBO.
Irrelevant: Asian American Artists and Their Non-Asian Work
A new show at the Arario Gallery in New York showcases the work of fifty emerging Asian American artists whose work, the curators say, is not about being Asian. We speak with artists Tattfoo Tan and Amy Fung-yi Lee, whose work appears in the show, and with exhibition coordinators Lesley Sheng and Joann Kim about the theme, how they selected the artists, and whether an ethnic categorization can be a kind of de-categorization.
Lesley Sheng is Exhibitions Coordinator at Arario Gallery.
Joann Kim is Exhibitions Director at Arario Gallery.
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