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H1N1, Climate Change, & The Browning of Suburbs

New America Now, Audio, Posted: Oct 30, 2009


New America Now:

    Odette Keeley talks to:

    Two days after President Obama declared the H1N1 flu outbreak a national emergency, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention met with ethnic media reporters in San Francisco. The CDC is aware that as trusted news sources in their communities, ethnic media reporting on the importance of the flu vaccine could be very persuasive. The officials also adressed some fears about the H1N1 flu vaccine. But Isabel Gutierrez of Hecho en California or Made in California radio show says many in her audience are more afraid about going to the clinic than getting the flu shot;
    and, Recently, on a San Francisco bus, a small disagreement blew up into a brawl between an African-American woman and a Chinese woman. This could have easily been just another videotaped fight that became a web sensation. But it hit home for local community advocates who see it as an opportunity to improve race relations and media coverage of such conflicts. Vivian Po, media monitor for New America Media describes how the Chinese media reported on the fight between the women.


    Sandip Roy talks to:

    President Obama says the stimulus has been the largest investment in clean energy in history. U.S. legislation about climate change is now in committee in the House and the Senate, and it will be a central piece in a discussion next week when the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change opens in Barcelona. Greenpeace is calling on world leaders to create a global forest fund at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Rolf Skar from Greenpeace discusses sub-national forest offsets and what this means for deforestation.
    The full Greenpeace report on the effort to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) is available here.


    Imagine a tidy suburban world where an English gentleman and his Indian wife raise their triplets in relative peace and quiet. Now imagine the Indian wife talking to portraits of dead relatives. Wickedly funny and darkly observant, The Prayer Room is the debut novel from Shanthi Sekaran.
    Shanthi has a number of upcoming readings in the bay area. Click here for details.


    Edwin Okong'o talks to:

    The family of Lac Su fled Vietnam for Hong Kong, finally resettling in Hollywood, California. How does one five year old boy win the love and approval of a violent father? Lac Su, author of I Love Yous Are For White People , explains how his experience of familial love is typical of many Asian families.


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