On this week’s installment:
Hmong American writer, Kao Kalia Yang
In the Summer of 2012, WNYC’s widely popular show, Radiolab, sought the Hmong perspective on chemical warfare during the Vietnam War, dubbed Yellow Rain. Producers from that show interviewed Kao Kalia Yang, award winning author of The Latehomecomer, and Eng Yang, documentarian of the Hmong experience post Vietnam War for Thailand. What would ensue in the interview has been widely discussed, and mostly criticized by Radiolab fans.
Kao Kalia Yang recently spoke at the annual Listen to the Silence conference at Stanford University. Yang also sat with APEX Contributor, R.J. Lozada to express her perspective on recent developments with WNYC, Radiolab, and the Hmong community.
Also it’s fund drive at KPFA, and we’ve been in touch with Coffee House Press, the publisher of Kao Kalia Yang’s award-winning memoir, The Latehomecomer-if you donate during broadcast, you receive The Latehomecomer as a thank you gift!
To listen to Radiolab’s amended segment vist here:
They made four different edits from it’s initial launch on their website on September 24, 2012 to October 05, 2012: first, to add Radiolab host, Jad Albumrad’s context, the second, to remove snickering at the end of the segment, third, to shorten the silence following Kao Kalia Yang’s tearful close of the interview, and fourth, to add Radiolab host, Robert Kruwich’s apology.
To read Kao Kalia Yang’s response she posted to Hyphen, vist here:
To read a much more complete treatment of Yellow Rain that includes the Yang’s perspective, vist here:
To sign a petition put together by 18 Million Rising, visit here:
Early bird $12 (’til 2.28.13) l GA $15 l At the door $20
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Time & Date
Saturday, March 2 l 9pm – 1am
Gallery and Bar 4N5 l 863 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103
21+ l Alcohol will be served at the bar, cash only
A group of nine Anakbayan East Bay members and solidarity allies spent December traveling through Luzon and Mindanao on an Exposure Trip to learn about the struggles and organizing of Filipinos fighting for liberation. Everywhere we traveled, thekasamas in the Philippines told us about their struggle for home.From Anakpawis members in urban poor squatter communities, to peasants in Hacienda Luisita struggling to create collective farms, to Typhoon Pablo victims, to political prisoners and minnning and logging communities, they were all struggling for the self-determination and liberation of home and land. This has been constant struggle for the Filipino people since Spanish colonialism.
This struggle is very close to the hearts of the Anakbayan East Bay delegation members. As Oakland residents, we are constantly fighting gentrification for space. Members of the delegation do work around housing, environmental justice, urban youth organizing, reproductive justice and workers rights issues. But the core of all of our work is building safe and just communities for low-income people of color here in the East Bay.
We came back to the Oakland with a dream of building solidarity for the liberation of home and land from Oakland to Manila, Luzon to Mindanao. Please join us for a report back to help make that dream real. Hear our stories, see our photos and video, share food, donate to the victims of Typhoon Pablo and peasants in Hacienda Luisita struggling to take back land and learn about other ways to support this movement.
The event will be livestreamed at http://bit.ly/ABEBLive. This venue is wheelchair accessible. Please RSVP on the wall if you have childcare needs.