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A Personal View of Child Labor and Its Depiction in That’s Why I’m Working

Directed by Maarten Schmidt and Thomas Doebele Distributed by First Run/Icarus Films 32 Court Street, Floor 21, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Phone: 1-800-876-1710 1999. 53 minutes, English subtitles That’s Why I’m Working is a deeply moving story of young boys and girls in the urban trenches of Dacca (Dhaka), Bangladesh, a country with more than 110 million people. This is a story that is very close to my heart, as it closely reflects my own personal experience as a boy growing up in Nepal....

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Losing Shangri-La? The Environmental Degradation of Kathmandu

By most accounts, Kathmandu is a medieval city nestled between two main rivers called Bagmati and Bishnumati. Also known as Kantipur, it is the largest of the three major cities in the Kathmandu valley, the other two being Patan (Lalitpur) and Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur). Kathmandu is the capital and cultural hearth of Nepal, a country invariably viewed by Westerners as a Shangri-La, an alluring piece of imaginative geography. Imaginative geography is more than a mental map with its own distorted lines...