Shows: September 26, 2006

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Maxine Hong Kingston

New Anti-Immigrant Legislation

After months of debate over immigration, the House last week quietly passed a number of bills aimed not at legalization, but at enforcement and deportation. The legislation, which is now under consideration in the Senate, allows state and local officials to enforce immigration laws, permits the government to deport anyone affiliated with a gang, and calls for the construction of a 700-mile long fence along the border. Joining us to analyze the legislation will be Subhash Kateel of Families for Freedom, which is working in coalition with other organizations for an action on October 15th.

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No to Occupation: Korean Villagers In Pyeongtaek Protest American Base Expansion

Located in the city of Pyeongtaek in the Kyonggi province, Camp Humphreys is the largest United States military base in South Korea. Under a 2004 accord between the United States and South Korean governments, the base is now being almost doubled in size, despite objections by the residents of the land that is now being overtaken for base expansion. Hundreds of farmers will be forcibly displaced from the western coast of Korea by the base expansion, in particular, from the farming villages of Daechuri and Doduri in Pyeongtaek. Struggles between South Korean military troops and riot police and local residents and anti-militarization activists have been ongoing since May of this year. Most recently, on September 13, 2006, 22,000 South Korean riot police entered the villages of Daechur and Doduri, destroying over 60 houses. We will talk to Lilian Lee, who traveled to Daechuri in August, about the destruction she witnessed there and the ongoing resistance.

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The Woman Warrior, 30 Years Later: A Conversation with Maxine Hong Kingston and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop

Perhaps no book has had greater significance within Asian American literature than Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior. Since its publication in 1976, the book has been widely read, taught, and analyzed, and has changed the fields of literature and autobiography. At one time, it was said to be the most frequently assigned book on college campuses. Now thirty years later, we will speak with the author about The Woman Warrior’s impact and legacy, and about her hopes for the book’s next thirty years.

On September 28, Kingston will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop for her contribution to arts and letters. On Friday, September 29, the National Book Foundation and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University will cosponsor a day-long program with scholars, writers, and performing artists to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the publication of The Woman Warrior. We will hear from Harold Augenbraum, the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, about the planned events.

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