For Pakistani Americans, will May 1, 2010 mark a turning point—for the worse? Are we in a post-Faisal Shahzad era? In the wake of the attempted Times Square bombing, already the government has talked about “severe consequences” for Pakistan, suspending Miranda rights for some, and reviving the anti-Communist practice of revoking some Americans' citizenship. With M. Junaid Levesque-Alam, author of the blog Crossing the Crescent.
The singer-composer David Byrne’s unusual song cycle based on the life of the former first lady of the Philippines is now out as a two-CD set, with performances by vocalists like Cyndi Lauper, Natalie Merchant, Santigold, and Byrne himself. We listen and ask what happens when dictatorship is set to a disco beat. With Luis Francia, poet, critic, and author of the just-published History of the Philippines.
The legendary Asian American poet will join us to read from a work that’s been 13 years in the making—-a harrowing and heartbreaking 70-poem series on the Nanjing Massacre of 1937. With Wing Tek Lum, author of Expounding the Doubtful Points.