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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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.

  • 2018-04-26T02:30:00-07:00
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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.


Anchor Tony Cheng brings us two stories of people trying to change their lives. First we go to an unusual Buddhist Temple in Thailand where patients are going through a grueling detoxification program: purging themselves of the impact of drug addiction. Then, reporter Ravinder Bawa takes us to the Indian city of Hyderabad where a group of volunteers struggle to provide personal services for the homeless.

Heroin's Hold On Myanmar

For more than forty years the place where Laos, Thailand and Myanmar come together has been known as the "Golden Triangle," one of the key areas for opium production. Reporter Dusuta Saokaew travels to Myanmar to investigate the opium industry and stranglehold it has on the Burmese, the Kachins, and other ethnic groups in Myanmar.

China's Vanishing Villages

China has undergone rapid urbanization in the last 30 years. During that time an estimated 440 million people have left villages for work in the big cities. Reporters Ryan Chua and Yang Zhao take us to two different parts of China to see what has happened to the people who have stayed behind in rural villages.

Gold Town

In the effort to gain economic well-being, everyone is looking for a place where the streets are paved with gold. But those who find gold may be among the most deprived people on earth. Reporter Barnaby Lo goes to the Philippine mountain community of Paracale to profile the 15 year old boys who risk their lives to "dive" for gold.