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Xmas Without China Previous Broadcasts

KQED World: Thu, Jan 2, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

Pride and mischief inspire Chinese immigrant Tom Xia to challenge his American neighbors to survive the Christmas season without any Chinese products. Fed up with toy and food recalls, the Jones family down the street eagerly accept the consumer mission-impossible and are drawn into a surprising intercultural exchange with the Xia family. While the Joneses strive to adapt without all their Chinese-made coffee makers, hair dryers and Christmas lights, Tom hopes that in missing the lifestyle that cheap goods afforded them, they'll begin to appreciate the place he's from. But when Tim Jones begins to challenge Tom about why he's so proud of communist China, Tom gets far more than he bargained for. Struggling to explain China and get beyond the stereotypes, Tom realizes he's on a journey of self-discovery, torn between his own competing loyalties to the U.S. and China. "Xmas Without China" is a playful yet poignant exploration, on an intimate level, of America's increasing interdependence with China in a time when, as President Obama says, "the relationship between the United States and China will shape the 21st century."

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  • KQED World: Thu, Jan 2, 2014 -- 8:00 AM
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      Another station needs to do maintenance on its equipment on the tower on Monument Peak, requiring that we switch our DT54 Over the Air signal from the main antenna to the auxiliary when the work starts, then back to the main antenna at the conclusion. These switches should cause momentary outages only, and most receivers […]

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