Shows: October 26, 2015

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A Gendered Analysis of Syria

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Asia Pacific Forum is joined by guest, Rafif Jouejati, the founder and Director of FREE-Syria. She is also the English spokeswoman for the Local Coordination Committees (LCC) in Syria, a grassroots network designed to align the activities of pro-democracy Syrians in each of the country’s 14 governorates. As an Executive Committee member of the Day After Project, Rafif worked with key actors in the Syrian opposition to develop a transition plan for Syria. At a Women’s Democracy Network event and at the Olof Palme Center in Stockholm, Rafif advanced a charter demanding 50% representation of women in every aspect of Syria’s governance. She upholds a commitment to women's equality as an integral part of human rights. Rafif frequently travels to the Middle East, including Syria, and coordinates with other activists. She writes articles and editorials, and makes frequent media appearances.

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Rebroadcast: Women in the Global Labor Rights Struggle

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A replay of a forum on women and global labor activism at CUNY's Murphy Institute, Chaumtoli Huq of the activist media project Law at the Margins hosts a discussion with woman organizers from Asia and talks with Eni Lestari from Indonesia/Hong Kong, Chairperson of International Migrants Alliance.

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Two stories from "The First Days Project"

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The First Days Project shares stories of immigrants’ first days in the United States and is compiled by the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). According to SAADA, The First Days Project is a direct response to the fact that “immigrants’ first experiences in the United States were not systematically being collected, preserved, and shared with others.” On tonight’s episode we listen to several of those stories.

For more information or to contribute your own story, visit the links below.

+ Web: www.saadigitalarchive.org
+ FB: facebook.com/SAADAonline

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"The End" by The Dolomites

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A track from the October 10 release from the band The Dolomites called “The Japan Years, Volumes I-III.” The eclectic mix of sounds from the Indonesian gamelan, Japanese mafia enka and Romani melodies—it is a direct reflection of the transnational roots of the band’s lead, Stevhen Koji Bajanu, whom has familial roots that span from Japan to Romania.

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“Diaspora Kid” by Seelai Karzai

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A poem by Seelai Karzai, recorded by Gretchen Carlson at Distant Attachments: Unsettling Contemporary Afghan Diasporic Art. The event was organized and hosted by members of the Afghan American Artists and Writers Association (AAAWA) in New York City.

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