Targeted: The New Book by Deepa Fernandes
Is there an immigration-industrial complex? In her new book, Targeted: Homeland Security and the Business of Immigration, DEEPA FERNANDES says that in the years since 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security has become a vast, political profit mill, targeting immigrants and enriching businesses that help to criminalize immigration. Join us for an in-depth talk with the host of WBAI’s flagship morning program as she describes the harrowing new world immigrants face in America.
DEEPA FERNANDES, the host of WBAI's Wakeup Call, recently published
her first book Targeted: Homeland Security and the Business of Immigration (Seven Stories Press). She is the founder and co-director of People's Production House, a media
justice training and production institute for youth and immigrant workers, and a former host of Pacifica’s Free Speech Radio News.
Undocumented Workers—in Korea
In February, a fire broke out in an immigrant detention center in the South Korean port city of Yeosu, and nine migrant workers died in their locked cells. The conflagration has sparked protests and shone a light on the struggle of migrants in Korea, where almost half of 400,000 migrant workers are undocumented, and where the government has led a crackdown on illegal immigrant workers. We talk to ABM MONIRUZZAMAN, or MASUM, the leader of a migrants’ trade union, and WOL-SAN LIEM, an activist with New-York based Nodutdol, about the plight of immigrants in Korea, and the light their struggle sheds on American immigration politics.
ABM MONIRUZZAMAN, or MASUM, is the general secretary of the Seoul-Gyeonggi-Incheon Migrants’ Trade Union. He came to Korea more than ten years ago as a migrant worker.
WOL-SAN LIEM is a member of the New York-based Nodutdol for Korean Community Development. She’s currently living in Korea and doing international solidarity work for the MTU.
Kenneth Lee “Hates Blacks”--What About AsianWeek?
We talk to author and SFGate columnist JEFF YANG about the fallout from the Kenneth Eng affair. In the two weeks since Eng’s AsianWeek column was terminated after he wrote an article entitled, “Why I Hate Blacks”, the story has rocketed around the country, drawing condemnations from Asian American leaders and Nancy Pelosi, prompting town hall meetings, and precipitating a torrent of comment online. But, says Yang, AsianWeek has yet to take full responsibility.
JEFF YANG forecasts new Asian and Asian American consumer trends for the market-research company (Iconoculture ) and writes the Asian Pop Culture column for SFGate.com. He is the author of Once Upon a Time in China: A Guide to the Cinemas of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China (Atria Books) and co-author of I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action (Ballantine) and Eastern Standard Time (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin). You can join Jeff 's biweekly mailing list for updates on his column and alerts about other breaking Asian and Asian American pop-culture news.
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