On Saturday, April 12, we lost a true revolutionary warrior–Fred Ho. After fighting cancer for eight years, Fred Ho passed away in his Brooklyn home at the age of 56. This radical activist infused politics into his music making and art into his politics. Although Fred had an intellectual background (his father was a scholar and Fred graduated from Harvard) he was committed to the proletariat. He said in a speech at Kearny Street Workshop in 1985, “Revolutionary art must energize and humanize; not pacify, confuse, and desensitize. This is the liberating function of art, freeing the imagination and spirit, yet focusing us to our revolutionary potential.”
Robynn Takayama brings us this tribute.
To learn more about Fred Ho and to hear the voice of a dear friend and brother in the movement, the documentary Fred Ho’s Last Year screens at the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 6. Let’s hope it makes it up to the Bay Area soon.
This edition, we feature a critical conversation on Dalit women’s rights in India, in the context of an upcoming report back with Asha Kowtal and Thenmozhi, at UC Berkeley, by members of the All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (All India Dalit Women’s Rights Forum) about their recent month long Dalit Mahila Swabhiman Yatra (Dalit Women’s March for Self Determination). #dalitwomenfight
Later in the show, find out why the ongoing Yoga Exhibit at the Asian Art Museum is a must-see for not just yoga aficionados, but for anyone who is curious about the history of yoga. We talk to the co-curator Qamar Adamjee about this fabulous exhibit that is on till May 25th.
We’ll start out with Asha Kowtal—an Indian organizer that is raising the voice of Dalit women across India and around the world. Dalit, meaning broken people, are on the bottom of India’s caste system and face brutal discrimination. Asha Kowtal will be speaking at UC Berkeley on April 19.
Then, we’ll be in conversation with Shailja Patel, poet, playwright and author of Migritude, a book, which weaves together family history, colonization and love. Migritude is the portrait of a woman in the boot print of Empire. Shailja Patel will be performing at Kaya Press’ 20th anniversary party at City Lights in San Francisco on April 17th.
We’ll also be giving away a pair of tickets to hip-hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj at Yoshis Oakland. We have all this and more, catch us in the sound waves.
Peace APEX Community! Join us this week for two exciting segments:
First, APEX Contributor Ellen Choy will sit down with three API holistic healers who practice different non-Western, holistic modalities of healing. We’ll discuss what it means to be a holistic ‘healer,’ what it means to be an Asian healer in the US context, why communities lack access to holistic healing, and much more. Plus, they’ll share resources on air on how to access their practices and others!
And for the second half of our show, we’ll air a segment produced by APEX Contributor Robynn Takayama aka Nonogirl. She covers the new documentary Delano Manongs – which covers the story of Larry Itliong and the Filipino farm workers that joined arms with their Chicano comrades to build the United Farm Workers in the 60s. As we celebrate Cesar Chavez this week, and the debut of the new film about him and the Chicano farmworkers, we’re highlighting this film to celebrate the story of the Filipino farmworkers and activists who were also a key part of that history.
Image of Larry Itliong from the film Delano Manongs
On tonight’s show, contributor R.J. Lozada continues his reporting from his trip to the Philippines last summer. R.J. starts deep in the mountains of Mindanao, the southern region, as part of a series of international solidarity missions coordinated for the International Coalition for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (ICHRPP). R.J. sits and listens to various testimonials from villagers who have had difficulties being caught in a crossfire between Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Units (Paramilitary groups), and the New Peoples Army.
On a bus driving up and through the Mountain Provinces in the Philippines (photo by R. Lozada)
R.J. also takes us as far north to the remarkably cool climate of Sagada, and Baguio. There, R.J. learns of some of the significant drawbacks of purportedly alternative energy industries by speaking with an organizer from the Cordillera Peoples Alliance. In Sagada, R.J. integrates with a local community radio station, Radyo Sagada, to get an understanding of some the indigenous peoples (IP) struggles with maintaining a peace zone.
Terraces run throughout the Mountain Provinces (photo by R. Lozada)
All that, and so much more on this remarkable and short trip–including updates regarding the Pacific Pivot, the Philippine Peace talks with the National Democratic Front.
Part travel diary, part reportage, all Filipino diaspora. Tune in!
On Friday, from 5PM to 7PM join organizers, participants, and neighbors against displacement, gentrification, and the tech-led takeover of the Bay Area for a potluck at the 16th BART Plaza to kick off a week of actions coordinated by Defend the Bay Area. For more information, please visit defendthebayarea.org
Join the Asian Prisoner Support Committee for their Roots 2 Reentry CommunityPotluck this Saturday, March 29, at The Spot (299 13th St., Oakland) from 12PM to 1:30 PM. You can learn more about the new program, and meet the participants. Roots 2 Reentry is a support group for people returning to Alameda County from prison or jail–focusing on cultural needs and assets of the Asian, Pacific Islander, and “Other” communities. For more information you can visit their website at www.asianprisonersupport.com
Dis/orient/ed is coming back for two shows on April 5th. The successful comedy duo sold out their shows the last time they came to the Bay and they do not disappoint. The duo will be performing at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, you can purchase pre-sale tickets now if you visit their website at disorientedcomedy.com
The Navarasa Dance Theater Residency at La Pena Cultural Center present Courtesans’ Conversation, a dance theater by Aparna Sindhoor, Anil Natyaveda and S M Raju — is described as an artist’s journey into the world of women’s desires through conversations with three courtesans — and a pop star. The event happens on Friday and Saturday, April 4th & 5th at 8PM at the La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $18 at the door. For more information please visit www.lapena.org or call 510 849 2568.
On tonight’s show, we spotlight Yoni Ki Baat, the South Asian edition of the famous Vagina Monologues. This year, the show is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The performances brings to life original stories written by women from the South Asian Diaspora. It is a place to share women’s most intimate experiences, which might otherwise go untold. As a special treat, this year, the show is also bringing back the women’s only show (open to those who self-identify as female). Later in the show, we feature an interview with author Lisa Factora-Borches, editor of Dear Sister, an anthology that shares the lessons, memories and vision of survivors, advocates and allies.
Three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster started thousands of Japanese take to the street demanding an end to nuclear power. On this week’s show, we’ll go to Japan where the Fukushima plant continues to spew tons of radioactive water. Then we’ll head back to the Bay where the Center for Asian American media presents CAAM Fest 2014. With 120 films, and over 200 film makers and special guests in person, it is the largest Asian American film festival in North America. We’ll also be speaking with Aimee Suzara about her new book, “Souvenir.”