Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 16:47:50 -0700 (PDT)

Last Subversity Show This Year

Subversity ends its 10th year Tuesday 23 September with it last show this year. Thanx to all our loyal listeners over this decade, including those who financially supported the station with generous contributions and the many others who gave moral support.

The weekly progressive interview program began in September 1993 with an interview with Sami Odeh of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He's the brother of Alex Odeh, an Arab American slain by domestic terrorists in a still-unsolved case. A statue of educator Alex Odeh adorns the lawn outside the Santa Ana Public Library next to Superior Court.

The host, Dan Tsang will be doing research in Vietnam starting in December through March and taking a leave from the station. Thanks to all at the station who have helped will the show, especially media coordinator Kevin for his support during the many trials and tribulations, including a lawsuit and a suppoena.

The last show this year, Tuesday, from 4-5 p.m. starts off at 4 p.m. focusing on California's upcoming Proposition 54, the one pushed by UC Regent Ward Connerly that puportedly aims at racial privacy by banning the use of race and ethnicity in any data collection. Prop. 54 has been eclipsed by the Governor's recall but would have long-lasting damaging effects if enacted. We talk with Asian Pacific American Legal Center attorney Manjari Chawla, of the Coalition for an Informed California, the state-wide campaign against Prop. 54, about those consequences. They include health care, hate crimes, and educational reform and access. She is co-founder of Asian Americans for an Informed California, a state-wide coalition of Asian Pacific Islander groups fighting the proposition. See:

In the second half of the show (from 4:30 p.m. on) we chat with freelance writer and independent scholar Mark McHarry about yaoi, the phenomenon in Japan that features homoerotic male teen comic book tales aimed at females. As McHarry writes, inter alia, in a forthcoming issue of The Guide, a gay travel magazine: "In Japan, yaoi comprises dojinshi (fan produced manga) and in in the West, generally stories and artwork on the Internet. he end of most yaoi works is idealistic, belying the acronym, from the Japanese words words yama-nashi, ochi-nashi, imi-nashi (no climax, no point, no meaning). Yaoi authors use the tension of crossing boundaries to explore issues central to sex and love. They portray the resolution as noble, and the struggle for it worthwhile.

"Yaoi lets young people redefine the adult-created media characters of their childhood and express their desires publicly, free of editorial constraint and parental control. A discourse among the young and adults and between males and females is taking place around these views. In the West it is on the Internet via Web logs, comments in Websites' guest books, and posts to discussion groups."

McHarry is also working on an article about yaoi for The Journal of Popular Culture. His articles have appeared in Z magazine, the Guide and in the Journal of Homosexuality. Next month Yaoi-Con,, the yaoi fan convention in San Francisco starts on Oct. 17 and runs through Oct 19..

Our previous show on Japanese manga mania (with Tokyo Pop's Mike Kiley and manga artist Hans Tsang) is archived at:

To hear the show, tune in to 88.9 fm in Orange County, or listen online via This show will be archived on the Subversity web site.

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Thank you for being here. Keep up the struggle!


Daniel C. Tsang
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