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Which America Gets Through to the "East", and Which Gets Lost in Translation?

Writer Pico Iyer. His book Video Night in Kathmandu explores the subtle and often humorous Westernization of the Far East. Iyer, who reported for Time Magazine for four years, found the West's influence in mohawk haircuts in Bali, six Filipino girls doing a perfect rendition of a Madonna hit, Japan's baseball mania and a Chinese cafeteria that served dishes like "Yes, Sir, Cheese My Baby," and "Ike and Tuna Tuner." Video Night in Kathmandu has just been published in paperback. (Interview by Sedge Thomson)

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Other segments from the episode on August 22, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 22, 1989: Interview with Pico Iyer; Commentary on Bob Dylan; Interview with Fred Koller; Review of Carlos Fuentes' novel "Christopher Unborn."

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