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Richard Aoki: Black Panther, FBI Informant?
Last week's allegations that revolutionary activist Richard Aoki may have been an FBI informant have roiled those in progressive Asian American circles and prompted strong denials from people who were close to him. The claims were uncovered by journalist Seth Rosenfeld in the course of research for his new book and threaten to tarnish the legacy of a figure known for his work with the Black Panther Party, Asian American Political Alliance, and Third World Liberation Front. We'll be joined by Diane C. Fujino, Professor of Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara and the author of a biography of Aoki, to analyze the allegations and evidence in the context of the political climate of the 1960s and ongoing FBI surveillance of leftist organizations.
Diane C. Fujino is Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is the author of Samurai Among Panthers, a biography of Richard Aoki; and Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama.
Burma: New Freedoms Lead to Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslim Minority
Last year marked a triumph for the pro-democracy movement in Burma (Myanmar) as the country began to open up after decades of stifling military rule. But this lifting of censorship has exposed an ethnically intolerant side of Burmese society. Over the last few months, the largely Buddhist majority of Burma has waged an open program of what appears to be ethnic cleansing against the minority Muslim Rohingya community in the border region between Burma and Bangladesh, torching villages and driving more than 200,000 Rohingyas out of Burma and into Bangladesh as refugees. Ironically, the Bangladesh government has been trying hard to drive the refugees right back into Burma. To understand this complex situation we are joined, from Dhaka, Bangladesh, by Meghna Guhathakurta, Executive Director of Research Initiatives, Bangladesh and former Professor of International Relations at Dhaka University.
Dr. Meghna Guhathakurta is Executive Director of Research Initiatives, Bangladesh and former Professor of International Relations at Dhaka University. She has written extensively on gender issues in Bangladesh, ethnic conflict and peace-building in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, migration and displacement and NGOs in development.
Creationism in South Korea
Talk of creationism generally brings to mind pitched battles over textbook standards in states like Texas and Arkansas. Surprisingly, however, creationism has been extremely successful in South Korea, a subject on the curricula of major scientific institutes. Earlier this year, a group called the Society for Textbook Revise (STR), an offshoot of the Korean Association for Creation Research (KACR) successfully petitioned to remove some references to evolution from science textbooks in the country. For our final segment we are joined from Seoul, South Korea, by Soo Bin Park, a journalist who broke this science textbook story in the pages of the British science journal Nature to talk about the prevalence of creationism in South Korean society and to understand some of the reasons for its remarkable strength.
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