Economic downturns and tragic events spawn violence toward Asian Americans, who fight back with grassroots organization. What can we learn from past mistakes?
The death of Vincent Chin and the incarceration of Wen Ho Lee show that prejudices remain. South Asian Taxi drivers crossed ethnic lines to go on strike in 1998. An HIB Visa brings South Asian workers to the US, but does not guarantee them rights. Japanese Americans who remember internment stand with South Asians who are racially profiled.
To hear more, tune in to Crossing East: New Waves, New Storms on Wednesday, July 11th from 8:30 to 9:30pm for this special from Public Radio International.
For more on the Crossing East series: http://www.crossingeast.org/programeight.htm