Shows: April 20, 2010

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Crackdown on Major Beijing Women’s Group

The Chinese government’s current efforts to tighten control over nongovernmental organizations is threatening to roll back hard-earned advances made by civil society groups over the past decade. On March 25, China’s leading independent women’s rights organization – the Women’s Legal Research and Services Center – was abruptly notified that its affiliation with Beijing University had been terminated. The decision effectively ends the existence of the center as a registered nongovernmental organization. We will discuss the implications for the Center and NGO sector in China.

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Japanese History Through Comics

Join us as we explore a tumultuous period in modern Japanese history through manga, Japanese comics. A new exhibition at the Center for Book Arts features issues of the renowned manga journal Garo during a period of aesthetic experimentation and political commitment. RYAN HOLMBERG, curator of the show, joins us to discuss Garo, well-known amongst comic enthusiasts and historians of postwar Japanese culture for its challenge to formal and thematic conventions within the field of comics as well as its engagement with the main political issues of the day, from rightwing incursions into national education policy to Japanese involvement in the Vietnam War.

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Victory for Filipino Teachers

On Friday, the Louisiana Workforce Commission found in favor of Filipino teachers who, together with the American Federation of Teachers, challenged the policies of the recruiting agency that arranged for them to come to the United States. The teachers complained that the agency kept them in "virtual servitude," forcing them to live in crowded apartments, withholding their visas, and charging them over $1.8 million in prohibited "marketing fees" in addition to the inflated fees.

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