Shows: June 25, 2012

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Humera Afridi, AAWW

Sex-selective abortion bans: Anti-choice policy in search of a crisis?

Apparently inspired by the political controversy surrounding "son preference" in some Asian countries, anti-choice lawmakers say female fetuses in the U.S. face similar threats. Recently they tried, unsuccessfully, to pass legislation to ban this supposed practice. But advocates for Asian American women have denounced such policies, arguing they're trying to solve a non-existent crisis with restrictions that would only lead to more bias against Asian Americans in reproductive health care. we speak with Tiloma Jayasinghe of Sakhi for South Asian Women and Miriam Yeung of the National Asia Pacific American Women's Forum.

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Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Could Expand Global Corporatocracy

In recent months, trade officials have been meeting behind closed doors, quietly crafting a sweeping new international trade deal that threatens to plunge economies in Asia, Australia and the Americas into a new era of global corporate governance.The Trans-Pacific Partnership would cover a huge swath of the planet: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the U.S. with Canada and Mexico recently joining the talks. Leaked documents reveal that the agreement could give corporations unprecedented power to challenge national laws and regulations, leading to more offshoring of jobs, and expand the exploitation of workers in poorer nations. We speak with Arthur Stamoulis of the Citizens Trade Campaign and Adam Weissman of the TradeJustice New York Metro.

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New Magazines Highlight Asian American Literary Scene

New York has no shortage of media outlets, but one longstanding gap in the literary scene has been a lack of platforms for Asian American voices. Thatís about to change this week with the debut of a suite of magazines produced by the Asian American Writers Workshop: Open City, CultureStrike and The Margins. They'll spotlight the fusion of activism and art that the Workshop has been generating since its founding more than 20 years ago. We speak with writers Alexander Chee and Tammy Kim.

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