Shows: November 25, 2008

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Karan Mahajan

On The Road in Southeast Asia: Indonesia's Progressive Islam

During the presidential election, critics of Barack Obama repeatedly suggested that he had attended an Islamic boarding school during his time in Indonesia. Obama spent four years at a public school in Jakarta, not a religious school. But the suggestion points to a common misperception about Indonesia's pesantrens, or Islamic schools - often characterized as places of terrorism or violence. In truth, most schools provide an important place of education for Indonesia's poor and rural communities. And some are pushing a more liberal interpretation of Islam.

APF's Dorian Merina takes us to West Java, where a group of scholars and educators are promoting a progressive agenda of religious pluralism and gender equality - all from within the pesantrens themselves.

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Queer and Chinese: The View from Beijing

Just weeks ago, the first national network of lesbian, bisexual and trans groups was formalized at a founding meeting in Shanghai. Activists from all over China came to the meeting, and the queer movement is vibrant and growing in that country. What’s it like to be queer in China? We’ll talk to leading Beijing lesbian organizer XU BIN about the creative ways activists in China are getting their message out despite the best efforts of their government.

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Family Planning: A Comic Novel by Karan Mahajan

A sprawling family with 13 kids and another on the way; a teen protagonist who wants to be a rocker like, er, Bryan Adams; copious amounts of sex—these are some of the elements in KARAN MAHAJAN’s new, laugh-out-loud book Family Planning, a satire that is decidedly not your typical Indian novel. We’ll be joined by the 24-year-old Brooklyn-based author.

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Chinatown Evictions: Dozens Lose Their Home

Two weeks ago, more than 30 tenants were suddenly evicted from their homes at 81 Bowery, a long-time SRO in the heart of New York City's Chinatown. The tenants, all low-income, have been in the midst of a multi-year battle with their landlord. LAUREL MEI TURBIN and HELENA WONG of the Chinatown Tenants Union will join us to talk about the tenants' next steps.

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