Diep Tran with Good Girl Dinette. Photo by KCET Departures.
Tonight, we celebrate May Day, or International Worker’s Day!
We hear from Terry Valen and Lyle Prijoles with Filipino Community Center as well as Irma Shauf-Bajar with GABRIELA USA. They all make connections between immigrant rights and worker rights here in the U.S. and globally.
Tonight we talk about a subject that over half of the world has to deal with monthly, but is still considered taboo. Tonight we are talking periods with Asian American women. Hosts Miko Lee and Tara Djorbji talk to Amrita Saigal the founder of Saanthi Pad, eco-friendly pads for women in India. We hear from New York Congresswoman Grace Meng on her Menstrual Equity Bill which will eliminate the tax on period supplies and provide pads to homeless and incarcerated women, and Boston-based activist Nadya Okamoto who at 16 years of age founded Period, a Menstrual Movement an organization providing period supplies to homeless women. Learn more about the Saanthi Pads and Period, a Menstrual Movement here:
In 2015, the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag swept through social media around the paltry amount of roles for actors of color on the screen, but behind the scene is no different. Mina Morita is artistic director for Crowded Fire, a theater company in San Francisco. She’s in a creative leadership position in a field with very few directors of color and even fewer women directors.
But local playwright Philip Kan Gotanda and artistic director of the Center Repertory Company, Michael Butler, chose Mina to revive Philip’s play, Sisters Matsumoto.
Sisters Matsumoto focuses on three sisters who return to their farm in Stockton, California after two years in a World War 2 internment camp. Written before the Patriot Act, Special Registration, or this new Muslim Ban, the play takes on a renewed urgency as the characters bring to life the real life aftermath of racist scapegoating.
Before delving into a discussion about the play, guest producer Robynn Takayama asked director Mina Morita about her home base with San Francisco-based theater company, Crowded Fire.
The play is on view at Center REPertory Company in Walnut Creek from now through April 29. Visit centerrep.org for tickets. And to follow Mina Morita’s work as artistic director of Crowded Fire, visit crowdedfire.org.
For this month’s South Asia spotlight, Preeti Shekar talks with author Sharanya Manivannan on her collection of short stories, The High Priestess Never Marries, and how this collection celebrates women’s desires and sexuality through a critical feminist lens. We also hear from Melissa Hung about an Eat Chinatown, an exhibit that explores food, art, and gentrification.
This week, Marie Choi talks to Subratra Ghoshroy about high altitude missile defense systems, such as the one the U.S. is constructing in Korea called THAAD. Ghoshroy worked on missile defense for the United States government but then left after realizing their various problems. He talks to us about the history of “star wars” and what’s wrong with the concept of missile defense.
Also, our friends Hyun Lee and Julian Cho at ZoomIn Korea, talked to residents and organizers living in Korea and fighting to stop THAAD’s construction.
Tonight, during Women’s History Month, we’re exploring disability:
We talk with Alice Wong, founder of the Disability Visibility Project, and hear some excerpts from its tremendous collection of oral histories – stories told from the lived experiences of folks from the disability community.
We talk with Carina Ho, a dancer paralyzed from her chest down, who continues dancing in her wheelchair for AXIS Dance Company.
And we hear from Claire Light, a writer with an invisible disability: chronic fatigue syndrome.
Tonight’s show includes guest producers Geraldine Ah-Sue and Lindsay Oda.
Community Alert: Last week, 7 Minnesotan Khmer families, who were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this past summer, were abruptly transferred to a detention center in Arizona and are scheduled to be deported to Cambodia at the end of this month. One of them has a Stay of Removal and others have pending applications. They are currently held at the Florence State Processing Center in Arizona and could be flown away by the end of the week.
Please join us on Thursday 3/23 at noon to collectively call our congress person and senators to DEMAND that these individuals are release, as well as immediately flown back to Minnesota for due process. We also want to demand that our senators and congress person haul all deportation in ALL community. Here is a script that you can use while calling: https://tinyurl.com/releasemn8
While you are calling on Thursday, please use the hashtag #releaseMN8 and #not1more
Community Calendar On Saturday, the New Parish in Oakland will be hosting SOFT FADE – A Queer Pop-Up Barbershop Fundraiser for Trans Youth. They’ll be dancing and cutting hair all afternoon, 3 to 7 p.m! This is a 21+ event. All proceeds go to Trans Lifeline and The Time is Now: LGBTQ Youth Summit. So get your fade on and support our queer family near and far!
We’ll be in conversation with author Thi Bui about her debut graphic novel, “The Best We Could Do,” which offers a haunting and intimate portrayal of one family’s journey from war torn Vietnam. Then, we’ll hear from the lead petitioner seeking justice for the Shibayama brothers, who continue to demand that the US government be accountable for its ongoing failure to provide redress for war crimes perpetrated against them as children during World War II. We will round out the hour in conversation with contributors of the newly released South Asian American Issue released by the Chicago Quarterly, guest edited by Moazzam Sheikh, who explains that “The new South Asian American writer is a wild beast.” We’ll delve into that wildness. We have all that and more, so tune it.