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Asia Insight

An in-depth portrait of Asia today, covering its dynamism as a center of growth as well as its traditions tossed around by the advance of globalization.


Fri.1:30 - 2:00
7:30 - 8:00
13:30 - 14:00
19:30 - 20:00

Oct. 31, Fri.*This program was first broadcast on May 17, 2013

Empowering the Disabled in Bhutan

In Bhutan, there is a traditional belief, which stems from Tibetan Buddhism, that people with disabilities are suffering karmic retribution from past lives. Although attitudes are slowly changing there is still a lot of stigma attached, with many parents going as far as hiding their disabled children away at home. In 2001, one woman founded a special vocational school after realizing that there was no place where children with disabilities could study or train. The school's focus is to equip trainees with skills to enhance their opportunities for employment and build their self-esteem and self-reliance. In this episode of Asia Insight we follow the efforts of this woman and her students.

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