Aired: April 25, 2009

Trickster Heroines

During the Vietnam War, many young Vietnamese women moved from country villages to bigger cities to become bargirls. Some later came to the United States as refugees. Mai Lan Gustafsson (Christopher Newport University) has been talking to these women for over ten years. They proudly consider themselves to be “tricksters:” smart and cynical manipulators who control their own destiny.homeless
Also, Dan Kerr (James Madison University) says America has a homelessness crisis. To find out why, he spoke to homeless people on the streets and in the shelters of Cleveland, Ohio, and shares recordings of those conversations. He’s found that the causes of homelessness lie in the lack of affordable housing and the decline in well-paying industrial jobs.


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