8/24/2014 – Ferguson and Urban Shield

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Tonight, in solidarity with the people of Ferguson and the ongoing repression by the police, we dedicate our show to organizing and teaching which attempts to fight back against the rampant killing of young black men and women at the hands of the cops.

First, we hear from Lara Kiswani – a member of the Stop Urban Shield Oakland and Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center – over the phone as she talks about the militarization of police right here in Oakland and how they’re planning to stop the Urban Shield Police Conference. You’ll also find out what you can do to help.

STOP Urban ShieldThen, we host a panel discussion with Cayden Mak the New Media Director from 18millionrising.org, Scot Nakagawa from change lab, and Bhavik Lathia Campaign Manager for Rapid Response at Color Of Change, on the importance of Ferguson and police brutality in the Asian and Pacific Islander community – why we should care, what we should do about racism in our own homes and spaces, how our own experiences of police/military intimidation have affected us in our motherlands and here in the US, and how we can form solidarity with our brothers and sisters.

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Special thanks to Marie Choi for interview sound and for production help.

Hosted by Salima Hamirani

8/21/2014 Traveling to the DPRK

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On tonight’s show, we travel to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea — better known here in the U.S. as North Korea.  Ellen Choy, Caitlin Kee, and Steph Lee visited the DPRK last summer as part of the Korea Exposure and Education Program (KEEP), an annual delegation of Korean American activists to both sides of Korea, one year to the north and the other to the south, to build person-to-person understanding.

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We’ll feature an interview with Ellen, Caitlin, and Steph — as well as clips from a short documentary that was produced by JT Takagi, Hye-Jung Park and Chris Kang and Third World Newsreel.

Ellen and Steph are also part of Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans (HOBAK), an anti-imperialist group of diasporic Koreans here in the Bay Area. 

Hosted and produced by Marie Choi.  Marie is also part of HOBAK.

8/14/2014 Reflections on Partition, Pakistan and Indo-Pak relations; Highlights from Our Power Convening, Richmond

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As Pakistan and India celebrate their 67th Independence days respectively on the 14th and 15th of August, tune in to our special feature with two inspiring Pakistani women share their reflections of growing up in Pakistan. Preeti Mangala Shekar sits down in discussion with academic and author Roshni Rustomji who grew up in post-Partition Pakistan, and with Rafia Zakaria, a Pakistani journalist and author of the upcoming book, the Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan.

Our Power RichmondOn this show we also share highlights from the recently concluded Our Power covening in Richmond, that drew several hundred prominent social and environmental justice activists, organizers and community members. 

07/31/2014 -Fun(d) Drive! Makana and Kini Zamora


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First we hear from Marie Choi and her interview with Hawaiin Slack-Key Guitarist. Slack-key is a style of playing that Makana began learning at age eleven. Since then he’s won several awards, and his music has been featured in many big-name movies. The guitarist, singer, and composer made headlines in 2011 when he played his protest song, “We Are the Many” at the APEC World Leaders’ Dinner.  Since then, he’s continued to evolve, creating Hawaiian music that speaks to the realities of our time.

We’ll also hear from Kini Zamora, a Native Hawaiian fashion designer on Season 13 of Project Runway!

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  • On Monday, August 4, the International Hotel  Manilatown Heritage Foundation is holding a press conference to mark the 37th anniversary of the I-Hotel eviction which led to the displacement of Chinese and Filipino elders who called the I-Hotel their home. That’s Monday from 12 – 1 pm
  • On Tuesday August 5 at 7 pm, the Dragon Fruit Project holds a celebration of its work at the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco’s Castro District. The Dragon Fruit Project collects and curates stories from Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT communities and they want you to join them for their first big exhibit!
  • On Thursday, August 7 from 2 – 3 pm, join Chinese Progressive Association’s Youth Movement for Justice Organizing at their Rally for Affordability on the steps of the City Hall In SF. Hear stories about their families and struggles to live in San Francisco. There will be guerilla theater performances and more to demand families be able to stay in San Francisco!

07/24/2014 – Documentary Film Makers in South Asia


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This week we feature two documentary film makers from South Asia creating media about social outliers, and social justice issues.

First we have a LIVE call in all the way from Mumbai : Anand Patwardhan is a documentary film maker based in India who’s films focus on themes such as the nuclear arms race, the treatment of dalits, and patriarchy and religion. Today he joins us on the phone to talk about media consolidation in India and how it affects our ability to disseminate information and critique the government.

Then, we’ll hear from an interview with director Saad Khan about his new movie about LGBT Pakistanis, called “Hide And Seek” and we also hear about his new upcoming project on Pakistani showgirls, that is, women on the stage and in theater.

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Hosted by Salima Hamirani

7/10/14 Punk Rock!!!


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Tonight, we dedicate a whole hour on a musical genre that is near and dear to our hearts: punk rock. This is an often misunderstood music form associated with disgruntled suburban white kids, but tonight, you’ll learn how punk rock has been an important part of liberation for Asian and Pacific Islanders here and abroad.

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Eskapo performing in 2006 at Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture

Next week, Aklasan Records presents an amazing Filipino punk showcase in San Francisco. We’ll hear from Josh Castro and Rupert Estanislao who run the label with a lot of passion. You’ll also hear from APEX Contributor Puck Lo who interviewed Yumi Lee, a one-time avid zine maker who is now the guitarist for punk band In School from New York.

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On Saturday, July 12 taiko artist and choreographer Melody Takata’s integrates movement, text, projection, and music in this new work called Shadow to Shadow. She explores the nature of legacy in a rapidly changing cultural landscape. There are two shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Running from July 12 to August 2, Bindlestiff Studio presents The Guerrillas of Powell Street by Rody Vera, a play about Filipino veterans from World War II connected by a single dream – to return to the homeland to be buried.

On Tuesday, July 15 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Modern Times Bookstore Collective in San Francisco, members of the LaborFest Writers will read their work on the theme Fighting for Survival – From Rockefeller to the Tech Titans featuring Nellie Wong, Alice Rogoff, Margaret Cooley, Keith Cooley, Jerry Path, Susan Ford, Phyllis Hollliday, and Richard Chen. 

6/26/14 Grace Lee Boggs Spotlight and a discussion on a disturbing report issued by the Indian Government


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On tonight’s show we spotlight the inspiring Grace Lee Boggs’ life and work through a new documentary, “American Revolutionary,” about this amazing legend.

In the second half, we look at the Indian state and its new tactics to be a surveillance state through a discussion with two Indian activists Xonzoi Borbora and Dolly Kikon, about a newly issued report by the Indian Intelligence Bureau, that clamps down on freedom of speech and any form of public resistance.