Shows: November 7, 2011

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Asian American Voices at Occupy Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street movement has taken the country by storm. Zucotti Park, where it all began here in New York, is located only a few blocks from Chinatown. Asian Americans, feeling the impact of the economic crisis, have been participating to voice their support. While the rallying cry of the 99 percent aims to be inclusive, people of color occupying Wall Street are trying to make sure it reflects their struggles. Tonight, we'll air a collage of interviews and speeches from Asian Americans at Occupy Wall Street. We'll also be joined by Esther Wang of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities and Thanu Yakupitiyage a member of the People of Color working group at Occupy Wall Street, to hear more about the organizing happening there.

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Washington Shifts Focus to Asia Pacific

“The future of politics will be decided in Asia,” wrote State Secretary Hillary Clinton this month in her Foreign Policy op-ed entitled “America’s Pacific Century.” “As the war in Iraq winds down and America begins to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, the United States stands at a pivot point," she writes. "One of the most important tasks of American statecraft over the next decade will be to lock in a substantially increased investment in the Asia-Pacific region.”

As the United States tries to maintain hegemony in the region and assimilate the rising power of China through engagement and containment, what does this mean for movements for sovereignty and
democracy in the region and what are the tasks for progressives here? Last week, APF producer, Hyun Lee, sat down with Dr. Zia Mian, who gave a keynote speech on this very topic at a recent peace conference organized by the American Friends Service Committee at American University.

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North Korean and US officials met in Geneva two weeks ago for a second round of bilateral talks and raised hopes for the resumption of the six party negotiations, stalled since 2007. Has there been a thawing of relations since last year’s West Sea Crisis? How does the Korean peninsula figure into US strategic interests in the broader Asia Pacific region? Last week, APF producer, Hyun Lee, spoke with Leon Sigal, a participant of the recent Track II discussions in Athens, Georgia with representatives from both North and South Korea, as well as the United States to discuss relations among the three countries and the prospect for peace on the Korean peninsula.

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North Korea - Which Way Forward?

North Korean and US officials met in Geneva two weeks ago for a second round of bilateral talks and raised hopes for the resumption of the six party negotiations, stalled since 2007. Has there been a thawing of relations since last year’s West Sea Crisis? How does the Korean peninsula figure into US strategic interests in the broader Asia Pacific region? Last week, APF producer, Hyun Lee, spoke with Leon Sigal, a participant of the recent Track II discussions in Athens, Georgia with representatives from both North and South Korea, as well as the United States to discuss relations among the three countries and the prospect for peace on the Korean peninsula.

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