LGBT Rights on the Global Stage
Last month, LGBT rights activists in Asia celebrated the passage of a groundbreaking United Nations Human Rights Council resolution condemning violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Just a few weeks later, activists chafed at the comments of Indian health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who reportedly called homosexuality a “disease” at a conference on HIV/AIDS. Joining us to talk about the worldwide struggle for LGBT rights are Jessica Stern, Director of Programs for the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and Aniruddhan Vasudevan, a performer and activist with the Shakti Resource Center, based in Chennai, South India.
Sex Selection and Asia's "Missing Girls"
We often hear about sex selective abortion as an issue that is confined to India and China. New research suggests that with 163 "missing girls" lost to "son preference," the problem is not only persisting in Asia but even creeping up in Asian American communities as well. So what are the social, cultural, economic and technological factors that are drivng this phenomenon and what are the consequences? We'll talk with Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society and Sujatha Jesudason of Generations Ahead about what grassroots groups are doing to confront this issue in their communities here and abroad.
South Asian American Digital Archive
Founded in 2008, the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) is an effort to document and preserve the history of South Asian Americans. The online archive is open and accessible to anyone. We speak to Samip Mallick, President of the Board of Directors of SAADA, who shares with us the vision behind the archive, as well as some of the stories behind the collections.
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