As South Asian countries embrace neoliberal agendas and invite foreign investment, environmental devastation and the displacement of people's livelihoods have become crises that the state must address. Tonight we hear from Herman Kumara on the impact of tourist development on fishing communities in Sri Lanka. We then compare his struggle to communities in Orissa, India, who are resisting plans for the South Korean company POSCO to create a steel plant. Wildlife biologist and activist Divya Karnad speaks about this $12 billion investment plan.
Kung-Pao Chicken - The Story of Chinese American Take-out Food
Have you ever wondered how Kung Pao chicken got its name? Was crab rangoon ever really part of Chinese cuisine? And who is General Tso anyway? We bring you an encore broadcast of APF co-producer Hyun Lee's interview with Scott Lu of brb-eating.com to learn about the history behind the good ole’ Chinese American take-out and learn how to make Kung Pao chicken two-ways. Listen to the segment here
Scott Lu produces brb-eating.com, which began in 2009 with the intent to share dishes from his childhood and the stories that he connects with them. Since then, the blog has become an outlet for him to hunger, cook, eat, come back, and reminisce. His culinary spark began in his childhood when he watched Jeff Smith’s “Frugal Gourmet” on PBS after school while experimenting with whatever ingredients he could find in the pantry and refrigerator. Since then, he has constantly been experimenting, creating, re-creating, and tasting everything in sight.
There is a widespread assumption that the only new music in South Asia is Bollywood music. Countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka have long histories of folk music, protest songs, and political poetry that continue today. Tonight we hear a selection of artists from South Asia, who sing about gender, labor, and the celebration of people’s movements.