Shows: September 1, 2009

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Political Watershed in Japan: What's Ahead?

Japan has been virtually a single-party oligarchy under the Liberal Democratic Party for decade. But last weekend the opposition DP swept them aside in a landslide victory, winning 308 out of 480 seats in the lower house, and making Yukio Hatoyama the new Prime Minister. Commentator John Feffer of Foreign Policy in Focus has compared what happened in Japan to American voters kicking out both the Democrats and Republicans and giving a Congressional majority to the Green Party. So is Hatoyama an Obama, a Nader, or something else entirely? What kind of significant changes can we expect in Japan's social, economic and foreign policies, and how deep does the change go? Scholar Mark Selden breaks it down for us.

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What South Asian Immigrants Tell Us About the National Health Care Debate

The national health care debate continues to rage with no sign of an acceptable solution. But amidst all the argument there are some key puzzle pieces often missing from the picture: namely the concerns specific to immigrants, women, and low-income people of all races. Tonight we talk with Sapna Pandya and Prantik Saha of the South Asian Health Initiative about the particular barriers of racism and classism South Asian and other immigrant communities face in trying to get equitable health care. They also suggest how proposals to address these structural issues for immigrant workers could shed light on US health care reform as a whole.

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Chinatown Film Project at MOCA

The Chinatown Film Project, up now at the Museum of Chinese in America, is a film exhibition that aims to confront stereotyped representations of Chinatown by presenting new work reimagining the space geographically and culturally. Part one consists of ten original short films by artists including Patty Chang and Wayne Wang, while part two takes the concept online and invites viewers to submit their own work on Chinatown as viewed through a variety of formats. More here.

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