Shows: July 14, 2014

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Challenging the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed trade agreement that would encompass 12 countries including United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. With this newly proposed orientation of the US towards East Asian and Southeast Asian countries, China is notably excluded. Advocates warn that the proposed new trading bloc is more about military containment of China than about facilitating the free flow of trade across this region, which could dwarf prior agreements like Eurozone and NAFTA. Meanwhile those watching the TPP have also criticized the negotiation process for lack of transparency. APF speaks with Mina Itabashi of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA-DC)to find out more about the TPP and efforts to organize against it.

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Hari Kondabolu: Revolting Humor from a Comic Killjoy

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Hari Kondabolu is the rare comedian with a conscience, or as he puts it, a killjoy who tells jokes. As a South Asian American New Yorker with a degree in human rights studies, he stands out in a historically white dominated comedy scene. But when he opens his mouth and lets out a tirade of scathing humor as well as political satire, you see that he’s carrying on a longstanding tradition of comic rabble-rousers in the vein of Pryor and Carlin. On his new album, "Waiting for 2042," his verbal barbs on race, gender and politics make his audience squirm, squeal, and get a little more enlightened.

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Alexis Lim's Lens on LGBTQ API Families

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The Asian Pride Project's Our Portraits, Our Families photography exhibit at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City, wrapped up yesterday. Our Portraits, Our Families is a group photography show that looked at the lives of LGBTQ individuals and their Asian and Pacific Islander families and Communities. APF interviewed Alexis Lim, one of the photographers in the exhibit about working on the show and their upcoming project to document queer API youth in Seattle.

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