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This edition: April 2016

Episode Details

Original tape date: March 10, 2016.

First aired: April 1, 2016.

China accounts for roughly a fifth of the world’s population and in the next 15 years, it will explode to 1.5 billion people.  It’s no wonder more people are trying to learn Mandarin Chinese. Whether children or business professionals, learning the language is one way to keep pace with the world’s second largest economy after the United States. Reporter Paul Lin explains why Mandarin Chinese is becoming the official language to learn.

Contrary to popular belief, Asian Americans are not your stereotypical model minority. In fact, their incarceration rates are on the rise.  And just like any other inmate that gets paroled, their transition into society can be an uphill battle. Reporter Tinabeth Pina has an exclusive report on ex-cons who have turned their lives around.

Immigration issues are a hot button topic during any election year—and the 2016 presidential campaign is no exception. But what is not being debated is the fact that a portion of undocumented immigrants, especially Asians, are highly susceptible to exploitation and human trafficking. Many times, the offenders are non other than those in the Asian American community. Reporter Minnie Roh has an exclusive special report on these exploited workers.

Guest List

Marty Abbott Executive Director, American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages

Charlotte Brooks Chair, Program in Asian and Asian American Studies, Baruch College/CUNY

Dr. Regina Castro-McGowan Director, Portuguese Program, City College of New York/CUNY

Chhaya Chhoum Executive Director, Mekong NYC

Lee David Student, Wall Street Chinese

Song Kim Lawyer, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

Jessica Laiter Student, Wall Street Chinese

Helen Liu Founder, Wall Street Chinese

Sarah Liu Founder, Mandarin Seeds

China Mac Hip Hop Artist

Prof. Vinod Menon Professor, Department of Physics, CIty College/CUNY Graduate Center

Jennifer Moon Artist

Joyce Moy Executive Director, Asian American / Asian Research Institute

Sheila Peterson Parent, Mandarin Seeds

Amy Tjiong Parent, Mandarin Seeds

Jason Wang CEO & Founder, Byte Size Moments

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