Shows: July 20, 2010

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Cheonan and US Militarism

The sinking earlier this year of the Cheonan, a South Korean warship, has exacerbated already tense relations between North and South Korea, played a role in the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, and impacted movements against US military bases in Asia and the Pacific. We speak with Andrew Yeo, a scholar whose work focuses on activism and anti-base movements, about politics and policy in the region. And we hear what activists are doing to promote peace in the region from Andy Marra, co-director of the Flushing-based community organization Notdutdol.

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A Gentrified Chinatown?

At least 26 luxury apartments, 25 hotels, and more than 120 high-end boutiques and cafes have been built in Chinatown in recent years. Will old Chinatown disappear? Poet Fay Chiang and historian and filmmaker Peter Kwong--both longtime Chinatown activists and observers--join us to talk about change and conflict in one of New York's oldest neighborhoods.

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Irrelevant: Asian American Artists and Their Non-Asian Work

A new show at the Arario Gallery in New York showcases the work of fifty emerging Asian American artists whose work, the curators say, is not about being Asian. We speak with artists Tattfoo Tan and Amy Fung-yi Lee, whose work appears in the show, and with exhibition coordinators Lesley Sheng and Joann Kim about the theme, how they selected the artists, and whether an ethnic categorization can be a kind of de-categorization.

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