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Green Business in China, Role of the Burmese Monks, Asian Americans and Gambling - Part 1, 2007 Dragon Boat Festival

Host: K. Oanh Ha

Role of the Burmese Monk

Nine people have been killed during this week's crackdown on anti-government protesters in Burma (Myanmar). Ignited by a spike in fuel prices, Buddhist monks led protests which escalated over the last month. Host K. Oanh Ha talks to Penny Edwards, professor of Southeast Asian history at UC Berkeley about the special role Buddhist monks play in Burmese society and social protests.

Reporters:

  • K. Oanh Ha

Green Business in China

China has overtaken the U.S. to become the world's largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions. Last year, it failed to meet its own targets to curb pollution. Fingers point at local officials who put economic growth ahead of the environment. However, in some regions, the tide is turning.

Reporters:

  • Jocelyn Ford

Music Bridge

"In My Life" by Jake Shimabukuro from the CD "My Life" (Hitchhike Records HRCD-1108)

Asian Americans and Gambling, Part 1

More and more casinos have figured out that Asian Americans gamblers are a gold mine. Las Vegas and even small casinos are increasingly courting Asians in the US and abroad.

Reporters:

  • Lenora Chu

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon boat racing originated in China thousands of years ago, but its popularity is growing in the United States. San Francisco is home to the largest dragon boat race in the nation with over 2,500 paddlers from across North America. We follow last year's high school division defending champions, the Lincoln Mustangs, from their last practice to race day.

Reporters:

  • Mina Kim

End Music

"Spiritual" by Asian Crisis from their self-titled CD (self-released)

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