Assignment Asia

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

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.

Preservation

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.

Transformation

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.