Its Pride Week! Transnational LGBT Organizing in NYC and China
Its Pride Week in New York City! To celebrate, we speak with Q-Wave founding member IRENE TUNG about her LGBT transnational organizing work in Chinese and Chinese-American communities. In July, Irene is headed to the city of Zhuhai in southern for the La La Camp an intensive 4-day organizing camp to exchange best practices and to build a support network with queer activists from Chinese-speaking communities from around the world including Taiwan, China and Hong Kong.
IRENE TUNG is Lead Organizer at Make the Road by Walking and a founding member of Q-Wave, a group dedicated to strengthening the voices of lesbian, bisexual, and queer women and transgender and gender-variant people of Asian descent in the New York City area. Q-Wave strives to build a supportive, progressive community by promoting visibility and empowerment through social, political, and educational organizing. More at www.q-wave.org
The Ethical Dilemmas of Cycle Rickshaws
As India modernizes, some of India's working poor - her bicycle rickshaw drivers - are calling for dignity, fair wages, cleaner cities and sustainable transportation. We will be joined in the studio by filmmaker RAGHU JEGANATHAN to discuss his documentary MEN OF BURDEN and explore the ethical dimensions of man pulling man against the background of motorized transport and pollution.
RAGHU JEGANATHAN was born in Pondicherry, India and is a graduate of BITS, Pilaniand and the University of Florida. He has worked on national network television based in the NY tri-state area, creating news, entertainment and comedy shows and has also produced/directed short films. Men of Burden - Pedaling towards a Horizon is his debut documentary feature. Raghu has been working and producing social change films through Accessible Horizon Films, a production company he started. More at www.accessiblehorizonfilms.com/mob.html
Strange Rain - part of the National Asian American Theater Festival
Since January 2006, Sri Lanka has suffered an estimated 1,000 disappearances, 4,000 killings, 250,000 displacements and 18,000 new refugees fleeing Sri Lanka to India. Inspired by and in response to these stories STRANGE RAIN strives to open conversations regarding the responsibility of those living outside of Sri Lanka to those "left behind", most vulnerable to the violence. We speak with MARIAN THAMBYNAYAGAM , the writer, director, and lead performer of STRANGE RAIN.
MARIAN YALINI THAMBYNAYAGAM is the Writer and Director of Strange Rain. She
serves as Co- Artistic Director of APIA Women and Genderqueer performance group Mango Tribe with whom she also writes and performs. With Mango Tribe and other performance groups she works to create non-competitive spaces for marginalized communities to claim their voices, bodies, and stories using performance. Strange Rain will be presented as part of the National Asian American Theater Festival June 22-24th at the Abingdon Theatre. More at http://www.myspace.com/strangerainnyc
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