July 21 & 24: from Yunnan province, China - Haiti - South Africa - Uljanovsk, Russia - Palermo, Italy
Spring City Golf & Lake Resort on the island of Hainan: China is becoming a golf mecca for Asia. Photo/Anthony Germain
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Chinese women are being lured to the links from their villages. Caddying can earn them a year's salary in just one month. Photo/Anthony Germain
Fore! China comes out swinging
In China, the game of golf is slowly staking a place alongside designer culture as the latest sign of status in a country teeming with new millionaires seeking places to play.
And when it comes to cost and course maintenance, there's no such thing as over-the-top, thanks to cheap Chinese labour.
But manicured turf and emerald greens aren't just re-shaping the Chinese countryside. They're transforming the lives of thousands of peasants who've left the farm for the fairways.
CBC Radio's China Correspondent, Anthony Germain, finds it's all so new China.
There are downsides to the golf boom...
If you want to SEE the kind of Chinese golf luxury Anthony's talking about, check out his narrated slideshow here.
Two women in the Russian town of Uljanovsk, Russia read Andrei's "Our Newspaper" in the film of the same name. Photo/Courtesy of Hot Docs Film Festival
The rigors of Russian journalism
Andrei Schkolni is a Russian reporter who says he wants "to do real journalism and not just bootlicking."
So he quit the government newspaper and started up his own, only to find his stories about state shortcomings can lead to anonymous threats.
He's the subject of a new film documentary called Our Newspaper, which aired at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto.
The director Eline Flipse talked to Rick in studio.
Our Newspaper won for Best Mid-Length Documentary at the Hot Docs festival.
Soundtrax from a cholera ward in Haiti
This week on our Soundtrax feature, Eric Clapton's Change the World, sent to us by listener Amy Osborne, who's trying to do just that.
She's a medical student who spent time caring for patients in a cholera ward in Haiti.
Yamkela, one of the young people featured in Where do I Stand?, does homework with her mother. Photo: Where Do I Stand/Molly Blank
South Africa: Why hate thy neighbour?
During apartheid, it was a struggle to be black in South Africa.
All the more remarkable then, when in 2008, the oppressed became the oppressor.
Fear of foreigners prompted black-on-black violence targetting exiles from countries like Rwanda, Somalia, Zimbabwe and the Congo.
Black South Africans, burned them out.
When it was over, 62 lay dead in the ashes of xenophobia. More than 100,000 had to flee their homes.
American filmmaker Molly Blank wondered how that felt. And why some had joined the two-month rampage while others hadn't. And how they made that choice.
So she turned her camera on seven impressionable teens caught in the middle of it, and asked them to tell their stories.
Voices from the new documentary, Where Do I Stand, about the black-on-black violence against immigrants in South Africa two years ago.
Blank, by the way, was a teacher before getting into journalism. And she makes her film and a resource kit available to teachers who might want to use it in a school civics class.
|A Sicilian shop sign says "Oppose mafia extortion, change your spending habits!" Photo/Nancy Greenleese.|
It's happening because the government and a daring group of artisans want to break the grip of organized crime on the island. So they're encouraging visitors to patronize only businesses that declare themselves part of the anti-mafia movement.
First though, they have to convince more businesses. It's a risky part of a wider effort to change Sicily's culture at home and image abroad, as we hear from Nancy Greenleese in the land of the Corleones.
This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann and Steve McNally, technical producer Victor Johnston, senior producer Alan Guettel and Rick Macinnes-Rae.
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