New America Now: Acknowledging the "Other"

New America Now: Acknowledging the "Other"

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Sandip Roy talks to:

The media has dubbed it the Ground Zero Mosque. We talk to a New Yorker who finds himself caught in the middle, belonging to neither side of the argument. Parvez Sharma is a journalist, filmmaker, a Muslim immigrant and author on Islamophobia and xenophobia, opposes the Islamic Center project.


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For a novelist an artificial island in Nagasaki Harbor in Japan makes for a wonderful self enclosed world, a laboratory for the meeting of East and West. That’s the setting of David Mitchell’s novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Mitchell, best known for his books The Cloud Atlas and Black Swan Green has won numerous awards, been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker prize and been named as one of the most inflenetial people in the world by Time Magazine.


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In the her documentary, Wo Ai Ni Mommy, Stephanie Wang-Breal follows one Long Island Jewish family as it adopts Faith, an 8 year old girl from China. Transracial adoptions are complicated enough but when the child is older it can be even trickier. For a filmmaker it means she can also do something that’s rare in these stories including the girl’s point of view as she leaves behind everything she knows to start her new life. Wo Ai Ni Mommy will air of PBS's POV on August 31, 2010.


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Andrew Lam reads his memorial piece written for Franz Schurman, co-founder of PNS. He's the author of East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres.


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