Shows: November 4, 2013

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Remembering Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island

One year after Sandy, recovery around New York City has been uneven, with some neighborhoods back to normal and others still struggling. The Midland Beach section of Staten Island was hit particularly hard, suffering extensive destruction of homes and nearly half the deaths attributed to the storm in NYC. APF’s Leyla Mei visited the neighborhood last week on the one-year anniversary of Sandy and spoke with a family that’s still trying to rebuild.

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Pushing Back Against Anti-Asian Bullying

In late September, New York was shaken by a vicious attack against a Sikh man in uptown Manhattan. Prabhjot Singh, a Sikh community advocate and Columbia University professor, was brutally beaten, apparently by a group of young men yelling “Osama” and “terrorist.” The incident was a stark reminder of the tensions that still pervade in the city in the post-9/11 era, and also reflected a climate of abuse and discrimination surrounding many Sikh New Yorkers and others of South Asian, Arab and Muslim descent. Activists have been mobilizing local communities as well as public officials to address the issue. We speak with Khin Mai Aung of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and Amardeep Singh of the Sikh Coalition about their research on incidents of anti-Asian and anti-Sikh bullying in city public schools.

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India's Sex Workers Fight for their Rights

Sexual violence in India has been in the headlines around the world over the past few months, in large part because of the public outrage that erupted following the horrific gang rape of a young woman in Delhi. While India has taken steps to address systematic gender-based and sexual violence, many groups of women are still extremely vulnerable. Often, their oppression is ingrained not just in traditional systems of gender hierarchy, but international social and economic systems. In fact, even the U.S.’s global health policy may have an acute impact on the plight of India’s poorest women in unexpected ways.

We speak with Meena Seshu of SANGRAM, an HIV/AIDS service group and grassroots organizing network for thousands of Indian sex workers, based in Sangli in Maharashtra state.

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South Asian Workers and US Empire

The writing of South Asian American history often centers on the US state, focusing on the inclusionary and exclusionary laws that have shaped migration over the past centuries. A new anthology, entitled The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age of US Power (NYU Press), reframes this story, bringing together scholarship that emphasizes how capitalism, military expansion, displacement, and political movements have affected settlement and responses to it. We’re joined by Sujani Reddy, an editor of the anthology, and Naeem Mohaiemen, one of the contributors.

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