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Asia Calling
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September 22, 2017 12:26 AM PDT

From Bangladesh, we hear from the Rohingya who have fled their homes to save their lives, but are still struggling for survival in makeshift camps.

And inside Myanmar, we ask why it is the Rohingya, one of Myanmar’s many ethnic minority groups, have never been accepted.

An outspoken Indian journalist murdered. What does it say about freedom of the press in the world’s largest democracy?

And in the US, the undocumented migrants that have become President Trump’s political pawns.

September 15, 2017 12:18 AM PDT

Asia is home to some of the biggest and most vibrant cities in the world. This week, we hear from a few fascinating pockets of urban life.
We catch up with the Pakistani women who are fighting for the right to enter cinemas.

And in Indonesia, women who are getting on motorbikes, and taking on the male dominated world of motorcycle taxis!
We take a trip to Hong Kong’s Little Thailand.
And, how fast food is impacting India’s vibrant culinary culture.

September 07, 2017 10:36 PM PDT

More than 150 000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh in the last 2 weeks. We ask if the international community’s focus on Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence is a useful response to the tragedy.

When a border was drawn between India and Pakistan 70 years ago, a horrific, bloody mass migration unfolded. We visit India’s new Partition Museum, that aims to tell the personal stories behind that momentous historical event.

A food bank in Indonesia bridging the wide divide between rich and poor.

August 31, 2017 10:26 PM PDT

Australia’s First People are still searching for recognition in a country that has never come to terms with its violent past. We take a look at the latest push to acknowledge Indigenous Australians.
We speak to young South Koreans, who are extremely educated, but are going through an unemployment ice age.
And a hospital in the conflict-rattled Gaza strip, which was built by Indonesians, in a show of friendship and solidarity with Palestinians.

August 25, 2017 01:24 AM PDT

Young Afghan refugees in Sweden hold a 2-week long protest – a peaceful sit-in, as they plead not to be sent back to Afghanistan, where conflict continues to mount.

In Pakistan, ousted Prime Minister Sharif has announced he will challenge the Supreme Court ruling that has disqualified him from office. Our correspondent asks why it is that not a single civilian Prime Minister has served a full term in the country.

And in Thailand, we meet the refugees and migrant workers who are uniting across ethnic lines that divided them in their home country Myanmar.

August 17, 2017 11:46 PM PDT

India recently elected an ‘untouchable’ President, that is, someone from the lowest caste has the highest office in the country.
But at the same time, ‘untouchables’ are still forced to do the worst jobs, clean toilets and sewers in unhygienic and inhumane conditions. Hundreds die doing their job every year. We consider the contradictions of India’s caste system.

In Afghanistan, we take a look at the impact of foreign funding on media, and what happens when the money dries up.

We visit an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia has become an unlikely refuge for people recovering from drug addiction and mental health issues. Welcoming people from all backgrounds, it’s now known as the ‘Islamic Boarding School for Repentant Metal Heads.’

August 10, 2017 10:53 PM PDT

From Australia, plans to build the country’s biggest ever coal mine have ignited a fierce debate. At stake is the future of one of the country’s best known marine environments, The Great Barrier Reef, and concerns over climate change.

This week Indonesia prepares to celebrate Independence Day – which marks 72 years of freedom from colonial rule. But in the far east of the country, some Papuans see Indonesia as a kind of colonial power. We speak with former political prisoner and Papuan activist, Filep Karma.

And on the Thai-Myanmar border, we meet refugees who have spent generation living in camps.

August 04, 2017 02:05 AM PDT

We come to you from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, the food bowl that is sinking into the sea.

In Afghanistan, we speak to families who are forced to travel abroad for essential medical treatment, because they can’t get the care they need at home.

Public transport infrastructure in Pakistan is being slammed by environmentalists as trees are being razed and replaced with concrete.

And from Timor-Leste, the remarkable story of brave activist Bella Galhos.

July 28, 2017 12:56 AM PDT
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Last week Timor-Leste went to the polls. It was the first time the country organised elections independently, without UN support.

In India, a new railway line in Kerala has become the first government body to pro-actively employ transgender people.

And we speak to a Korean artist who is telling his story of escape from North to South through an online cartoon.

July 23, 2017 08:22 PM PDT

We meet a child prodigy, who at just 11 years old has 4 languages under his belt, is teaching classes of adults, and is imagining a new future for education in his two home countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A new film explores how Australia’s largest oil spill has had devastating impacts on Indonesian seaweed farmers, and traces their fight for justice.

At the end of the show we hear from Korea’s top rating baseball podcast that has an invisible behind-the-scenes twist.

But first up, we take a look at the rise of cow vigilante groups in India.

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