Shows: January 7, 2013

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Afghanistan's Struggles Through the Lens of History

Afghan American author Tamim Ansary is no idealist, but he’s hopeful about his homeland as Afghanistan struggles to heal after decades of war and occupation. In his new book, Games without Rules, Ansary takes a long view of Afghanistan’s evolution as a nation, drawing parallels between the turmoil that engulfs the country today, and the centuries-long struggles Afghans have waged against both outside occupying powers, as well as its own internal political factions. We spoke to Ansary about how he wove historical perspectives into his analysis of contemporary issues of religious conflict, political rivalries and corruption in his ancestral homeland.

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Finding Family, Identity, and Hard Questions in Tanzania

In the documentary A Lot Like You, filmmaker Eli Kimaro journeys to Tanzania to learn more about her father’s ancestral tribe the Chagga. As the daughter of a cosmopolitan Korean mother and Tanzanian father, Kimaro thought she had a decent grasp of her transnational heritage. But she unexpectedly uncovers strands of her family’s past that resonate strongly with her own life as a woman and survivor of abuse. Through the stories of her Tanzanian aunts, she explores critical questions of gender, race and violence that cross global boundaries, revealing how sometimes, you have to go halfway around the world to understand who you are inside. She spoke with Asia Pacific Forum about how the film project came into being.

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S. Korean Workers' Voices Soar in Ssangyong Struggle

Three South Korean workers have been living on top of an electrical transmission tower 164 feet above ground to protest the unjust layoffs of 3000 workers back in 2009 by their former employer Ssangyong Motors. Ssangyong is the fifth largest auto manufacturer in South Korea and was acquired in 2009 by China’s state-owned enterprise Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC).  SAIC has since withdrawn from from the deal but Ssangyong has now been purchased by the India-based Mahindra, and workers continue to fight for their reinstatement. Last week, APF’s Hyun Lee spoke on the phone with Moon Ki-joo, a former Ssangyong worker and a union leader who is currently on top of the steel tower, protesting for the workers’ reinstatement. Also check out a local benefit event for the protesting workers at Project Reach in Chinatown.

(Shim Bo-seon, Kim Han-min, and Carlos Pineyro assisted with the production of this story. )

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S. Korean Workers' Voices Soar in Ssangyong Struggle (Original interview in Korean)

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