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New Asian American Radio Program to Team with Asian Studies Department

New America Media, Posted: May 28, 2008

MA-WUMB Public Radio at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and the Institute for Asian American Studies have launched an Asian American radio program called "As I Am." The pilot features reports, analyses and commentary on social, political, cultural and artistic topics seldom heard on traditional public radio broadcasts. Hosted by award-winning journalist, author and scholar Helen Zia, public radio audiences will hear unique voices and perspectives on a variety of issues from across the country.

"As I Am" features up and coming author Min Jin Lee as she discusses her new book, Free Food for Millionaires, with Boston Colleges Professor Min Hyoung Song. As I Ams Paul Niwa reveals the effects of gentrification on Bostons Chinatown through one mans battle against his landlords rent increase. The program will be distributed on the Public Radio Exchange and is expected to have national carriage on non-commercial radio stations across the country. For now, listeners may go to the Institute for Asian American Studies website to download or stream the program. www.asiam.us



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