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Tashi's Turbine (Episode #109)

KQED World: Sun, May 20, 2018 -- 7:00 PM

Tashi Bista dreams of installing a makeshift wind turbine in Namdok, a remote village nestled high amongst the Himalayas of Nepal. Battered by wind and cold, Namdok, has been in darkness for centuries. Wearing Ray Bans to shield his eyes from the dust and just a leather jacket to insulate him from the bitter cold he surveys the village. Tashi Bista, the sturdiest activist in town provides a fresh perspective to alternative energy. He grew up in this region without electrical power. He is determined to bring lights to Namdok in an effort to prove himself to the skeptical village community. Tashi's Turbine is a character driven film that shows the impact of one man's dream for light, in a village waiting for development.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, May 21, 2018 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, May 21, 2018 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, May 20, 2018 -- 11:00 PM

The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World/Japan: A Story of Love and Hate (Episode #202)

KQED World: Sun, May 13, 2018 -- 6:57 PM

The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World - With 5,000 tables and a staff of 1,000, West Lake Restaurant in the capital city of Changsha can safely call itself "the biggest Chinese restaurant in the world." West Lake, a microcosm of modern China, reveals stories showing that not every individual benefits from China's economic boom. Japan: A Story of Love and Hate - In Japan's bubble economy days, Naoki had it all: a successful business, multiple luxury cars, and a six-bedroom house. When the economy crashed in 1992, he lost it all. Now he lives with his new girlfriend Yoshie, who works fifteen hours a day to support him. Every evening, she leaves Naoki to attend to the housework while she is being paid to drink, flatter and flirt with married men in seedy bars. Japan: A Story of Love and Hate is about survival in the world's second richest economy.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, May 14, 2018 -- 11:57 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, May 14, 2018 -- 6:57 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, May 13, 2018 -- 10:57 PM

Finding Samuel Lowe (Episode #112)

KQED World: Sun, May 6, 2018 -- 7:00 PM

Retired NBC Universal executive Paula Williams Madison and her brothers, Elrick and Howard Williams, were raised in Harlem by their Chinese Jamaican mother, Nell Vera Lowe. Nell encouraged them to realize the rags-to-riches American dream, resulting in their growth from welfare recipients to wealthy entrepreneurs. In order to fulfill a promise to their mother to connect to her estranged father's people, they embark on a journey to uncover their ancestral roots. The three travel to the Toronto Hakka Chinese Conference where they connect to members of the Chinese Jamaican community. As the mystery of their grandfather's life unfolds, the trio travels to Jamaica, learning that their grandfather had a life there similar to their own, starting with humble beginnings in Mocho, Clarendon Parish, and ending with successful business ownership in the affluent St. Ann's Bay. But in 1933, he left Jamaica, returning to China for good. Taking family tree research to an epic proportion, the siblings and 16 of their family members travel to two Chinese cities, ShenZhen and GuangZhou. Together, they visit their family's ancestral village, finding documented lineage that dates their family back 3,000 years to 1006 BC. The trip culminates in an emotional and unforgettable family reunion with 300 of their grandfather's Chinese descendants.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, May 7, 2018 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, May 7, 2018 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, May 6, 2018 -- 11:00 PM
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