Crossing East Programs

There are eight one-hour programs to Crossing East.
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Program One: First Contacts Program Two: Frontier Asians Program Three: Raising Cane
Program Four: Exclusion and Resistance Program Five: Brides and Children Program Six: Post '65 Generation
Program Seven: Refuge from War Program Eight: New Waves and New Storms Music Features

Photo G: Program SevenThe U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War caused devastation throughout Southeast Asia and brought families who had no choice but to seek a new life in America.

For stations without five minute news holes, we have produced five-minute features that will fit the designated newsbreak slots. These features include interviews with the artists and musicians who contributed to the sounds of Crossing East.

Did You Know...
  • In the 1700’s, Filipino seamen escaped Spanish galleons and found refuge in the bayous of Louisiana.
  • Joseph Heco, the first Japanese-American, drifted across the Pacific in the 1830s and worked as an American consulate.
  • In the late 1800s, Chinese herb and pulse doctor, Ing “Doc” Hay treated people in the Northwest.
  • Numerous towns in the Pacific Northwest have Hawaiian names.
  • Angel Island in San Francisco Bay has hundreds of poetic verses etched into the walls, scratched there by Chinese immigrants detained in the early 20th century.
  • From 1939 to 1946 one million International brides of US servicemen requested entry into the US, including those from China, the Philippines, Japan, Okinawa, and Korea.
  • More than half the budget motels and a third of hotels in the U.S. are owned and operated by Asian Americans.
  • By 1979, there were 62,000 Vietnamese in refugee camps, and more than 140,000 people displaced from Cambodia and Laos.
  • The United Nations estimates 45,000 to 50,000 women and children are brought to America every year to work as prostitutes or unpaid servants.
  • One in seven Asian American children live in poverty. Almost a quarter of Cambodian Americans live in poverty.

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