Shows: April 29, 2013

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Building Collapse in Bangladesh

Last week’s collapse of a garment factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh left over 370 dead with scores of people still missing. The tragedy has renewed calls for international fair labor standards in the garment industry and has highlighted the lack of government oversight over factories in Bangladesh. We’ll speak with Nusrat Chowdhury, assistant professor of anthropology at Amherst College, about the relationship between corruption and development, and broader context of activism and state politics in Bangladesh.

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New York Street Vendors Win Victory from City

New York City’s 10,000 street vendors play an important and vibrant role in the city's cultural and gastronomic landscape, selling food, artwork and other merchandise. Yet they are often made invisible in the struggle for public space. Subjected to numerous rules and regulations, many of these low-income and immigrant workers face arrest by the NYPD and are hit with arbitrary and unfair tickets for minor violations that threaten their livelihood. Lei Bai and Archana Dittakavi from the Street Vendor Project talk about how the city makes conditions difficult for street workers, as well as their recent success getting City Hall to pass a bill to lower fines.

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Andrew Lam’s Birds of Paradise Lost

A widow whose husband’s killer becomes a customer in her restaurant, a man who discovers he can dial his old house in Vietnam simply by picking up the phone, and a father raising his young daughter alone in a California housing project after his wife dies on the boat crossing. The characters in Andrew Lam’s new book of short stories, Birds of Paradise Lost (Red Hen Press), may have left Vietnam behind, but they are unable to escape the trauma that accompanied their departure. APF’s Leyla Mei sat down with the author to talk about nostalgia and memory, hatred and forgiveness, and sadness and loss.

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