Helen Zia on the Olympic Torch Relay in San Francisco
Itís been almost a week since the Olympic Torch made its way through the streets of San Francisco, amid protests and calls for boycotts of the August Olympics. How do historical tensions between the U.S. and China, play out as China becomes a global economic contender? We speak with Helen Zia, a social justice activist, author, Olympic Torch bearer, and second generation Chinese American, who reflects on the events in the context of her multiple identities.
Helen Zia is the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People and a finalist for the prestigious 2000 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. Helen is a second generation Chinese American, and has been both an activist and a journalist throughout her life, especially on struggles in the civil rights, anti-war and womenís movements.
The people have voted: Maoist urge NEPAL in new direction
On April 10th, Nepal went to the polls in a historical election in which the 239- year monarchy lays severely under threat. With 60% voter turnout and the Maoist expected to take power, what will this mean for the King Gyanendra who believes he has a birthright to the throne? Is a new democratic model in the works? Further, what lies in store for the months ahead, in which the leading Maoist party, begun as an anti-state rebel force, is met with responsibility of writing the Constitution, managing divisive political parties, and sustaining its legitimacy among the country and internationally.
Kashish Das Shrestha is a freelance journalist based in New York. Since 2002, he has freelanced as a reporter and photographer for the weekly Nepali Times (Himal Media, Nepal), and served as the editor of the monthly magazine WAVE from 2004-2005. Kashish served as the founding Editor of the bi-lingual fortnightly newspaper Nepali Aawaz between September 2005 and December 2006 in New York. In September 2007, he worked on a week-long radio workshop, Citizen Journalism Training, in Nepalgunj, for the International Debate Education Association, a Soros Foundation program.
Author Vasugi V. Ganeshananthan on her novel, Love Marriage
In her novel Love Marriage, Vasugi V. Ganeshananthan shifts between Sri Lanka, the country of her roots, and the Western world, to craft an immigrant story mired in politics and personal conflict. The main character Yalini leaves Sri Lanka, only to be summoned to Toronto to care for her uncle Kumaran, a former member of the militant Tamil Tigers, to find violence is not a relic of the Sri Lankan past, but very much a part of her Western present.
Vasugi V. Ganeshananthan, a fiction writer and journalist, lives in New York. She is a 2002 graduate of Harvard College. In 2005, she received an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and in 2005-2006, she was the Bennett Fellow and writer-in-residence at Phillips ExeterAcademy. In 2007, she graduated from the new MA program at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Bollinger Fellow specializing in Arts & Culture journalism. She has written and reported for The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, The
Chronicle of Higher Education, Sepia Mutiny, and The American Prospect, among others. She is the vice president of the South Asian Journalists Association and a member of the graduate board of The Harvard Crimson.
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