Your Dispatches: November 2010 Archives

Pink Saris...abused women fight back in India

Michelle Verwey of Indore, India heard Rick's interview with filmmaker Kim Longinotto about her film Pink Saris -- referring to the uniform in India of abused women banding together to fight back.  

Thank you for the September 23rd show, which I listened to as a podcast just this morning. I particularly enjoyed hearing about the documentary film Pink Sarees. I am a Victoria, B.C. native teaching nursing in Central India. Many of my post-basic BSc students are from states in India where life as a woman is very challenging, such as Orissa, Madhyas Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Chhattishgarh. I am interested in finding a copy of Pink Sarees to see if it would be useful for part of my community health class on social action and women's rights. Is the film available on DVD? 


More on Pink Saris and Kim Longinotto

Michelle's website

Indonesia...western fare displaces tradition here

Sean Isaacs of Almonte, Ontario heard our essay from South Korea on the displacement of the traditional vegetable condiment kimchi by more modern western fare.  He writes about witnessing something similar in Indonesia...

I am Canadian-born, and my wife of almost 20 years is Indonesian. In October of last year, we made a long-overdue return to Indonesia with our two children (7 year-old daughter, and 13 year-old son). It was a special and emotional trip for all of us (our first in 13 years), as not only did our children get to meet their grandmother (and great-grandmother!) for the first time, but we also made a pilgrimage to the rural village in Sumatra that I first spent time in as a teenager on an exchange program almost 25 years earlier. [click below for the rest]

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Seoul... kimchi, an aid to weight control

Emma Banks of Fort St. John, B.C. heard Nissa Rhee's essay from South Korea on the apparent decline of kimchi, the traditional pickled vegetable combo, and writes...

Listened to your program about kimchi today. There was one important part of the picture missing. The beneficial bacteria present in kimchi! You may have heard about the beneficial bacteria in yogurt helps digestion, well the bacteria kimchi and sauerkraut do the same thing! Eating kimchi helps keep people at a healthy weight, which is very important due to the recent obesity crisis in north america. And if koreans are just eating more american foods and less kimchi, the same weight gain is likely to happen to them!   Thanks.

Kampala..The Secret Reach Of "The Family"

Susan Rayf of Toronto heard Carolyn Dunn's The View From Here From Kampala and writes:

Anyone interested in the politics of Uganda and the proposed bill to execute homosexuals should listen to the podcast The Secret Political Reach Of 'The Family' on NPR.  The Family, an american evangelical right wing group, has much influence in Uganda.  A member of The Family sponsored this bill.  Click and scroll down the transcript for the discussion of Uganda.  Great show.  Thanks

Krakow...The Weather With You here

That Song...Rose Condo of Winnipeg heard Karen Palmer tell of hearing Barry White coming out of a speaker in a fortune teller's hut in Ghana, and sends her own musical story

 Hi Rick,

 I'm in my mid-thirties now, but when I was in my late twenties I went traveling through Europe with my dear sister Sue. On our two month journey we encountered countless bizarre moments -- from overnight treks on busses seated next to wacky fellow travelers, to bedbugs in hostels, to strange and wonderful foods to eat, and all sorts of ill-fated attempts at local languages (thank goodness for French classes in high school!).

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Germany...neeles ant peens here

That Song...Elisabeth Jastrau of Kitchener points to a piece of music from her travels:

As a university student on an exchange program in German many years ago, I had the good fortune to share an apartment with a German student. At the front of our apartment, which was on the ground floor, was a tailor shop. The shop owner was a young German seamstress, very enthusiastic and full of life. It was always a pleasure to speak with her and she was great company for a homesick foreign student.

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