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Episode date 16 December 2012
Arts-Culture #25 (Sun Ded. 16, 2012) Mitch Miyagawa and his documentary on official state apologies -A Sorry State
(Vid grab from A Sorry State)
It has almost become a common occurence for government's around the world to apologize -to say "we're sorry" to a particular group for a past wrong.

In Canada, successive governments have apologized to the Chinese-Canadian community for a repressive tax, at the turn of the century designed to keep Chinese out, another to Japanese-Canadians who were interned in camps and had property confiscated during WWII, and a third to First Nations for the abuses of the Residential School system,.

Columnist and filmmaker Mitch Miyagawa's father was among the interned Japanese-Canadians,  Mitch's step father is Chinese-Canadian and his grandfather had to pay the so-called head-tax, while his step-mother is an aboriginal Canadian.

In his film, "A Sorry State", Mitch explores how these apologies affected those members of his family, and looks at the motives behind such official apologies. His film has its world premiere in Canada, on TVOntario on January 9th, but I hope you enjoy my conversation with Mitch Miyagawa about the making of his film and what he's learned about such expressions of being sorry.

theme-Marc Montgomery
FIPA, what’s a FIPA?
Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the APEC Summit in Vladivostok, Russia, on September 9, 2012.
Last week ended in Canada with headlines on the Canadian government’s approval of the CNOOC, (China National Offshore Oil Company) takeover of Calgary, Alberta oil company, NEXEN.
It was big news in Canada.  But two months earlier, while in Vladivostok, Russia, at the APEC Summit, Prime Minister Harper signed an agreement with Chinese leader Hu Jintao that is set to have an even bigger effect on Canada if it is ratified.  The ramifications will be felt environmentally, politically and economically.
Politics Today December 16, 2012

On this edition of "Politics Today" RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda focussed on the continuing discussion of the Canadian government's decision to allow two state-owned companies, China's CNOOC and Malaysia's Petronas to takeover two Canadian resource companies.

He also looked at the government's handling of the economy, and the continuing debate over the government's intentions vis-à-vis buying Lockheed Martin F-35 jet fighters. As well he discussed Canada's latest sanctions against Iran and its concerns over the situation in Syria, and the growing discontent among Canada's indigenous peoples over the way the federal government is treating their sovereignty and treaties.
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