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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Photo from makanamusic.com

Photo from makanamusic.com

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!

kini2Community Calendar

  • 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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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.

Eskapo performing in 2006 at Kearny Street Workshop's APAture

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.


Community Calendar
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.

6/19/14 The Rise of Entrepreneurship: Trends, Tips, and Real Talk

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Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 11.21.40 AMAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau 22.5 million people in this country are self employed, and the percentage of adults starting a new business venture hit an all time high in 2012. A closer look at the statistics shows that women of color and immigrants are a big catalyst behind this growth. Tonight we’ll look at these trends, as well as provide practical tips for You, our APEX listeners. In studio we’ll have an exciting lineup of experts and entrepreneurs including Bay Area authors Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto, authors of “Mom, Inc” to share their tips for the DIY economy, and how to make your creative passion your livelihood. The second half of the show we’ll be talking with a panel of local Asian American business owners who have toiled behind the scenes to launch three successful enterprises that also position community building and social consciousness as core to their business models. Cafe Gabriela: Penny Baldado Back to the Roots: Siddharth Sanghvi 25th St. Collective: Hiroko Kurihawa We’ll be taking calls from YOU, our listeners, to get advice from our experts. The number to call in is 510-848-4425! And we’ll also be looking at why NOW and why the Bay Area. How can local business drive a healthy economy, create jobs, and hold social justice at its core?

6/12/14 Remembering Yuri Kochiyama (part 2 of 2)

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Yuri Kochiyama print by Melanie Cervantes with Dignidad Rebelde

Yuri Kochiyama print by Melanie Cervantes with Dignidad Rebelde

Tonight we air part two of a special series honoring the life and legacy of civil rights leader, activist, and Asian American movement pioneer, Yuri Kochiyama.

We share with you Yuri’s thoughts on African and Asian solidarity across the globe, her intimate recollection of Malcolm X’s murder, and we also hear more from the youth and the up and coming generations that she has inspired.

Tune in tonight for:

  • A rare interview from the Pacifica Radio Archives recorded in 1972, where Yuri shares her memories of the day Malcolm X was assassinated
  • Tributes from youth leaders from AYPAL (Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership)
  • An interview with Adriel Luis, curator of digital and emerging media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and creator of Folk Hero, an online exhibit featuring art that celebrates Yuri’s life through grassroots art
  • A sharing from Yuri Kochiyama’s daughter, Audee Kochiyama-Holman, about what it was like to grow up in the Kochiyama household