10/11/2010

Presented by Jenni Murray. Margaret Atwood on 25 years of The Handmaid's Tale, Chinese classical guitarist Xuefei Yang and caring in South Asian families in the UK today.

Presented by Jenni Murray. Margaret Atwood's dystopian classic 'The Handmaid's Tale' imagines a future America under the violently oppressive rule of a far-right Christian sect. Women are back in the home and divided into domestic and reproductive functions, branded by coloured robes. The book was a huge global success, and is still regarded as a ground-breaking work of fiction. 25 years on, Margaret Atwood speaks to Jenni about why its central message has never been more relevant, with the journalist and literary critic Alex Clark. The classical guitarist, Xuefei Yang performs live in the studio. And we look at Caring in South Asian families in the UK. Many Asian families have been reluctant to take up social care for their elderly relatives, preferring to live with them and look after them themselves. But with pressure to move for careers and increasingly "western" values will the traditional structures sustain?

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45 minutes

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Wed 10 Nov 2010 10:00

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  • Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid’s Tale

    Twenty-five years after the publication of The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood speaks about why its central message has never been more relevant, with the journalist and literary critic Alex Clark.

    Duration: 17:44

  • Caring in South Asian families in the UK

    Prof Christina Victor from Brunel University and Kalyani Gandhim discuss the issue of South Asian families caring for elderly relatives at home.

    Duration: 11:53

  • Xuefei Yang – Guitarist

    The Chinese classical guitarist Xuefei Yang performs live in the studio.

    Duration: 11:29

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