Assignment Asia

Coping with a Changing Climate

The poorest countries in the world are also the most vulnerable to climate change. But some developing countries are already taking steps to confront it and mitigate its impact. In Bangladesh, climate refugees - people displaced from their communities by natural disasters - have poured into the capital Dhaka, crowding its already congested slums. Yet far from merely suffering, the country is working to become more resilient. Reporter Rian Maelzer travels to areas in Bangladesh that experience some of the worst effects of climate change. He witnesses how people are preparing for what more may come. Agriculture is the main source of living for millions of people in Cambodia and Myanmar. But drought has hit many farms, making life harder for rural folk. In a unique report, Reporter Tony Cheng travels to villages in both countries, where people are struggling to cope with the impact of climate change.

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On The Move

In the first episode of Assignment Asia, the program features human stories of people forced to move. Refugees in Thailand and refugees moving east from Syria. Anchor Tony Cheng (former BBC and Al Jazeera television) tells the story of the Rohingya refugees and a group in Thailand trying to stop the exploitation of these people by human traffickers. Then - the program travels to the other end of Asia - to Turkey to profile a teenager helping Syrian refugee children work through the psychological damage of war.

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.


Chinese anchor Wang Mangmang reports on efforts to preserve the relics of Asia's past. First she takes us through Beijing neighborhoods where the "hutong" residences dating to the 14th century are in danger of disappearing. Efforts to preserve the heritage are profiled. Then Assignment Asia goes to Pakistan where Danial Khan takes us on a tour of the decaying antiquities of Lahore and efforts to restore some 16th century glory.

Gun Violence in the Philippines

The Philippines has gained a reputation for gangs, guns, drugs, and violence. Reporter Barnaby Lo in Manila takes us on an in depth investigation of guns and the debate over gun control in the island nation.