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Crossing continents Friday, 31 March, 2000, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
Archive: Asia
Crossing Continents - as endorsed in Vietnam...

From controversy over the lingering effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam, to the hidden misery of Japan in recession: our stories from across the continent since 1998.

Philippines (20 April 2000)

Producer Hugh Levinson examines the sensitive matter of Filipino family values. Contraception has become a political football, but is birth control really the key to ending poverty? Plus reports on basketball and killer gangs on campus.

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  • Shanghai (16 March 2000)
    Hugh Levinson explores China's tobacco industry. The country makes and smokes more cigarettes than any other: a public health disaster in the making? And we examine new attitudes to both religion and sex.
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  • New Zealand (9 March 2000)
    Presenter Julian Pettifer reports from New Zealand on the rise in cannabis growing. With a dope-smoking Rastafarian in Parliament, and almost half of all New Zealanders admitting they've indulged, is decriminalisation on its way?
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  • Vietnam (18 November 1999)
    Producer Arlene Gregorius reports on the dispute over how much damage - both environmental and physical - the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War has left behind. Is scientific research being set back by political ends?
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  • Hong Kong (5 August 1999)
    Presenter Jill McGivering reports on the battle over roots, rights and residency in Hong Kong ... and how the nearby island of Macao is preparing for its own handover back to Chinese rule.
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  • Pakistan (8 July 1999)
    Producer Arlene Gregorius reports on the backlash against some of Pakistan's pirs - holy men - who've been accused of harming more than they heal. Plus, how to be a female professional in Pakistan, and the sound of bagpipes at the Army's music school.
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  • Gujarat (15 April 1999)
    Rosie Goldsmith reports from northwestern India on the grimy trade of the world's largest shipbreaking yard; how Gandhianism is faring today in the state where the Mahatma was born; and why government efforts to wean people away from keeping their wealth in gold may be in vain.
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  • Feature: Where the ships go to die


    Indonesia (4 March 1999)
    Julian Pettifer reports from Indonesia on a new breed of Muslim politicians promoting Islamic democracy; meets "Mr. Lightning" in the world's most thundery country, and examines the enduring appeal of the clove cigarette.
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  • Feature: Islamic politics, Indonesian style
  • Web Exclusive: interviews with Abdurrahman Wahid and Amien Rais


    Japan (5 November 1998)
    Julian Pettifer reports on how the Asian recession means poverty is biting in Osaka, the whims of nation's schoolgirl princesses, and the community of Japanese Brazilians.
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  • Top feature: Homeless and hungry in Japan's second city


    Singapore (23 July 1998)
    Producer Rosie Goldsmith explains how Singapore is using both carrot and stick to enforce the ideal that families should care for their grandparents. Plus, is Singaporean culture becoming less straitjacketed?
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  • Top feature: Three generations under one roof


    Western Australia (9 July 1998)
    Producer Rosie Goldsmith digs deep into the territory's mining boom, to meet the self-made millionaires, the Aboriginal land claims activists - and the Australian model of the New Man.

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