If you can manage to tear yourself away from "Gossip Girl" re-runs, I suggest watching something worthwhile this weekend. On Sunday, Asian America TV will broadcast a roundtable discussion on the impact of the economic crisis on Asian Pacific Americans on NYC-TV (Channel 25) from 7:30 - 8:30pm.
"Asian America" is a weekly PBS-syndicated program that has featured a range of APA issues and guests, from voting rights to Asian American elected officials and comedians. While the channel is specific to the New York City and Tri-State areas -- don't fret -- the show is available to other PBS stations and non-commercial cable nationwide, so check your local listings or peep the video on the website.
The recession especially affects APA communities in New York, which have the second highest poverty rate of all racial groups in the city. However, we're usually overlooked in mainstream policy and economic discussions, so this type of programming is both rare and significant for calling attention to our particular concerns. The panel will include experts on Asian American health and policy, including (one of my favorite nonprofits) the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), which does some amazing advocacy work with low-income APAs in New York.
I'd appreciate any comments from folks who catch the show this Sunday.