Shows: November 19, 2018

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Midterm Elections: AAPI Women vs. Trump

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Donald Trump has reshaped the politics and the tone of our conversationns on immigration, race and gender. But how has the administration changed the way we vote? Asian American women in particular have found themselves in the crosshairs of many of Trump's most reactionary policies. For a look back at the midterms in the Asian American community, we spoke with Dorothy He of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum about what they found in their outreach efforts for the elections.

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Midterm AAPI Vote Roundup with AALDEF

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Jerry Vattamala of Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), which conducted monitoring and polling in districts across the country, shares insights on the Asian American midterm vote. Predictably, the Asian American turnout was overwhelmingly for democrats, but within the record Asian American vote count, he also found some interesting pockets of conservatism, and some egregious barriers to the ballot box.

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The Model Minority Myth and its Impact on the Asian Working Poor

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The well-worn trope of the well-educated and prosperous Asian still runs deep in New York City and has influenced everything from insidious school segregation to the invisibility of poor, working class Asians and Asian Americans. The Asian American Federation (AAFNY) notes that the number of Asians living in poverty in New York City grew by 44 percent between 2000-2016. Jo-Ann Yoo of AAFNY speaks about the model minority myth, the material impact this mythology has had on issues like health care access and safe working conditions in such a volatile political climate, and what building political power and a voice for the Asian working poor in New York City has looked like.

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Bhai Baldeep Singh Performs

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Bhai Baldeep Singh discusses the musicology, tradition, and discipline of Kirtan among the Sikhs at the 2018 Sikh International Film Festival. The excerpt is a mix of live performance accompanied by Dr. Francesca Cassio and Singh’s commentary on the historic and present-day state sponsored anti-Sikhism, the spirituality of Kirtan, and carrying forward a five century year old, decolonial lineage.

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