AIDS Activist Case Update; Sweatshops in the Golden State

Irvine -- In this post-Labor Day edition, Subversity, a KUCI public affairs radio program, offers an update on the AIDS activist missing in China; and takes a look at sweatshops in the Golden State.

Wan Yanhai, the AIDS activist, disappeared August 24 in Beijing after attending a gay film festival. He is best known for exposing the tainted blood scandal in Henan Province, China, that has resulted in thousands of deaths of villagers. He also brought attention on the Unification Church's efforts at a conservative social agenda in China: the implementation of an abstinence-based sex education program there.

Subversity has learned he has been detained by central government authorities although there is no official confirmation as yet. The Washington Post has editorialized on his disappearance, and reports have appeared there, in the New York Times, Liberation (Paris) and the Los Angeles Times, CNN, BBC and on wire services around the world.

Wan was scheduled to receive an award from Human Rights Watch and an AIDS Law group in Montreal later this month. He was last on Subversity in 1998 to talk about political surveillance.

We chat with Xiao Qiang, executive director of the Manhattan-based Human Rights in China, onne of the many groups raising concern about Wan's situation.

In the second half of the program, we talk with Marissa Nuncio, program coordinator at the Los Angeles-based Sweatshop Watch, about what is the situation of faced by the thosands of sweatshop workers in the Golden State.

The show airs from 4-5 p.m. Pacific time today, Tuesday, September 3, 2002, on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, Calif., and on via the Web.

To chat with our guests, call 949 824-5824 during the show. Resources

Human Rights Watch press release on Wan

Human Rights in China

Award citation

Washington Post editorial

Washington Post article

Wan's report on Henan

Wan's previous interview on Subversity (second part of audio)

China's First AIDS, Gay Activist

Photos of Wan

Sweatshop Watch

Daniel Tsang, host