Shows: April 24, 2007

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Race and the Virginia Tech Shootings

It has been over a week since the campus shootings at Virginia Tech. In the intervening days, press reports have focused in various ways on Seung-Hui Cho’s racial and ethnic background, as well as his immigration status. But how much was race an explanatory factor in the shootings? When is it relevant to mention race or ethnicity, and when is it simply a way to invoke cultural assumptions without naming them as such? We will be joined by frequent APF contributor Jeff Yang to analyze media coverage of the incident and explore issues of good journalism versus sensationalism.

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New Workers, New Media: Labor’s Voices Conference at CUNY

On Friday and Saturday, activists and journalists representing organizations including the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the New York Taxi Workers’ Alliance, Wake-Up Wal-Mart, the Village Voice, and WBAI will convene at the CUNY Graduate Center for a two-day conference on media and the labor movement. We’ll hear from conference organizer Heather Appel and from Adrian Avila, a youth organizer and media activist in San Jose, California, about how to develop strategies to support the global workers’ movement in the 21st century within a changing media environment.

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Michael Kang’s New Film “West 32nd”

Director Michael Kang’s new feature film, “West 32nd,” stars John Cho as an ambitious young lawyer whose pro bono work on behalf of a young boy leads him to discover a world that he never knew existed. Filmed on West 32nd Street and in Flushing, Queens, it delves into the realm of organized crime in New York City’s Koreatown, and explores the relationship between the 1.5 and 2nd generations of Korean Americans. APF collective member Leyla Mei spoke with Kang yesterday about the project, the reception to his previous film, “The Motel,” and what gets lost in translation between English and Korean.

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