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Radio Bandung.

Radio Bandung, a weekly magazine of Asian and Pacific Islander news and audio art, is broadcast every Monday from 10 to 11 p.m. on WBAI, 99.5 FM, in New

York City. The name comes from the 1955 conference of nonaligned nations held in Bandung, Indonesia. "Malcolm X often referred to the |spirit of Bandung' as an inspiration for African-Americans," says Lawrence Chua, one of the radio program's founders. "It is a very resonant conference for people of color, because it is the first time all of these nations got together and tried to reach out beyond their own borders." Radio Bandung is attempting to do something similar. A recent flier requesting audio submissions announced, "We want to hear about Vietnamese-American skateboarders, Tibetan-American body builders, Samoan-American hip hop, New Jersey bhangra teams, Koreatown reggae, AIDS educators, laundry workers, taxi drivers, sex workers, garment-factory workers, and high-fashion designers, transvestites, the differently abled, monks, imams, priests, and bonzes." "All of these things exist," says Chua. "We want to reflect that diversity. It's an effort to combat some of the more restrictive aspects of multiculturalism. The need for that became apparent in what happened in L.A. last year - we need to get beyond our particular communities." Chua and the other founders of Radio Bandung hope to go national soon. They have been working with producers in San Francisco and Hawaii, and have sent out feature segments to a number of stations. "There's a real thirst for this kind of programming," says Chua.
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Title Annotation:Catawbas Indians
Publication:The Progressive
Article Type:Radio Program Review
Date:Jun 1, 1993
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