On the eve of President Obama's trip to Indonesia, Papuan activists are drawing international attention to their demands for autonomy. Jim Della-Giacoma provides us with context for the recent upsurge in violence in the Papuan region and identifies the opportunities and roadblocks to peaceful dialogue.
We examine health care access for two different Asian immigrant communities. Local activist and health worker Joyce Wong shares her experience working with the Southeast Asian refugee community in the Bronx and the challenges to obtaining language access and quality mental health care. We then head to Cuba where Joyce will share her research on health access for the Chinese-Cuban population.
Joyce Wong is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked for 20 years with Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees in the Bronx providing outpatient mental health services at Montefiore Hospital. She has also been involved throughout the years in training medical residents and students on refugee mental health in addition to organizing with the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence in the area of language rights for the Southeast Asian community. She contributed a chapter, Chinese Cubans in Havana, to the book Community Health Care in Cuba. Joyce is a native New Yorker who grew up in Washington Heights to parents from Puerto Rico and China.
We check in with local performance artist, Kilusan Bautista, whose hip-hop theater show, "Universal Filipino". opens at the Rebel Diaz Art Space this Saturday. The show examines life in urban working class America through the eyes of a Filipino immigrant family. We'll talk to Kilusan about the show and hear a special, in-studio performance.
Kilusan Bautista is a California raised, NYC-based performance artist. He has toured nationally with artist collectives such as 8th Wonder and Colored Inc. For over three tears, Kilusan taught Hip Hop Theater classes with Destiny Arts Center in Oakland and at Walden House, a Young Women's Foster Care Facility in San Francisco. He represents a national violence prevention organization known as United Playaz. Kilusan currently teaches a pre-GED class for young adults with the Brooklyn Public Library.
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