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Assignment Asia

Challenging Gender Norms

Steeped in tradition, many Asian cultures have tightly conservative gender norms. But in some places, people are daring to challenge them. In Turkey, male belly dancing is making a comeback after generations of being kept in the background. It's an art usually associated with femininity. But in Istanbul, men are grabbing the spotlight and breaking stereotypes by swaying their bodies. As Reporter Natalie Carney reports, they are also raising the profile of Turkey's marginalized gay community. Although they are common in other parts of the world, female security guards are a relatively new concept in the rural town of Hubli in India. It's a patriarchal society that discourages women from working, and frowns upon those who do. But as Reporter Jyothy Karat shows, some women there are empowering themselves and breaking the norms they were born into by becoming security guards.

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Emergency

This episode of Assignment Asia features groups and individuals on a mission to save lives in Thailand, Afghanistan and Cambodia.
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Operation: Drug War

Since President Rodrigo Duterte took office and declared a war on drugs, hundreds of people have been killed in that "war."
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Forced to Fight: Children On Myanmar's Battlefields

The long-running civil war in Myanmar has forced the country's young into the front lines.
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Art, Tradition, and Identity

Miniature painting in Istanbul, lion dancing in China, and using rap to preserve culture in China.
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Xinjiang: The Pains and Gains of Development

China is undergoing development at a dramatic pace fueled by decades of economic growth. But perhaps nowhere in the country is the process more complicated than in Xinjiang.
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Heroin's Hold On Myanmar

There are few corners of Asia where heroin is so pure, cheap and readily available as Northern Myanmar. Myanmar is now one of the worst consumers of this illegal narcotic.
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Transformation

Anchor Tony Cheng brings us two stories of people trying to change their lives.
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Gun Violence in the Philippines

Reporter Barnaby Lo in Manila takes us on an in depth investigation of guns and the debate over gun control in the island nation.
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Thailand's Missing Children

This week in a single topic episode, reporter Dusita Saokaew in Pattaya, Thailand tells the story of a mother's desperate search for her daughter. "Gigi" a 9 year old girl selling flowers on a street corner becomes a victim of a kidnapping. The case exposes the dark world of gangs and pedophilia in Thailand.
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On The Move

Many refugees are targeted by traffickers who exploit and abuse them.
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