Shows: August 22, 2006

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Vietnamese in the Post-Katrina Gulf

We take a look at the situation of Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans in the Gulf Coast region as we approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Some 25,000 Vietnamese residents were displaced by the storm, evacuating from the New Orleans area to other places in the Gulf region, including Texas and Mississippi. The community was particularly devastated by the hurricane, as many owned small shops or were self-employed in the shrimp industry and had trouble getting federal assistance. One year later, over 80% of the Vietnamese have returned to New Orleans, where they have faced additional hurdles to those that followed Katrina, including a proposed landfill of garbage generated by the cleanup which was slated to abut a densely populated Vietnamese American neighborhood. We’ll speak with James Bui, Regional Director of the National Alliance of Vietnamese American Service Agencies, which has been working in New Orleans East, and with Nguyen Dinh Thang of Boat People SOS, which has also been assisting with relief work in the area.

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Undercover in Japan: Filipina Sex Workers

A conversation with Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, an assistant professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis who went undercover in Japan to learn about the lives of Filipina migrant women workers. Parreñas spent three months working at a bar operated by the Yakuza, or Japanese mafia, in order to learn about the world of "hostessing," where Filipina women engage in various types of sex work. APF collective member Saurav Sarkar spoke with her recently about how these women get by, who's making money off their work, and the implications of anti-trafficking laws on their lives.

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New York Korean Film Festival

We take a look at the upcoming New York Korean Film Festival, which will run from August 25 to September 3. The festival’s films will run the gamut from comedy to horror, from melodrama to action and include The Aggressives, which follows a gang of dangerous skateboarders, Shin Sung-Il is Lost, in which children at a religious orphanage are denied gastronomic delights such as fried chicken, and, for anime fans, the new adventures of the Robot Expeditionary Force, which continues to search the galaxy for Admiral Hunter. We’ll speak with Seran Kim and Chris Yoon, who have been involved with organizing this year’s festival.

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This program is brought to you by Leyla Mei and Saurav Sarkar of the APF collective.

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