10/30/14 Filipino Innovators

Aileen Suzara and Members of Sama Sama Cooperative

Aileen Suzara and Members of Sama Sama Cooperative

In honor of Filipino Heritage Month, we celebrate the new crop of leaders who are bringing fresh approaches to community problems, with grassroots and inclusive strategies. Join us for our show on “Filipino Innovators.”

Through the lens of radical health, we will be speaking with Sustainable Foods Educator and Eco-Chef Aileen Suzara whose research at U.C. Berkeley and interactive “Sariwa” workshops are focused on tackling food related disease in the Filipino Community through the exploration of precolonial diets.

Through the lens of radical parenting, we’ll be speaking with the parents and students of Sama Sama Co-op, a newly launched and member led summer program that explores Filipino culture, traditions, arts, ecology and language immersion.

Community Calendar

Saturday, November 1; 8:00 PM
Kearny Street Workshop Fundraiser
Sub-Mission, 2183 Mission St., San Francisco

Music lovers and arts supporters, you can do both at once by going to Kearny Street Workshop’s Hardcore Punk Benefit this Saturday at 8 p.m. at Submission in San Francisco’s Mission District, just a few blocks from BART. Local bands singing in English and Tagalog rock the stage for the nation’s oldest multidisciplinary API arts organization. More details are available at kearnystreet.org

Saturday, November 1; 7:30 PM
Totally Radical Muslims Volume 3 Zine Release Party!
Solespace, 1714 Telegraph, Oakland
$5-10 Door

Performances by:
** Tala Yazdi & Paradise Khanmalek
** Bellydancing by Happy Hyder
** Mahfam Malek
** Amal Rana
** Zeno Bia
** Sabina England: the deaf muslim Punk playwrighthttps://www.facebook.com/events/1475606666045952/

Saturday, November 1; 7:30 PM
Hyphen Revolutions Issue Release Party
111 Minna, San Francisco

Join Hyphen in celebrating the release of our R/Evolution issue, where we push the boundaries of conversations surrounding identity, solidarity, history and community. Come engage with social justice leaders and advocates at an event full of pride and passion. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the new R/Evolution with your community! Buy your tickets and the R/Evolution issue at

November 6-9, and 15
Thirdi South Asian Film Festival

The premiere annual South Asian film festival in the U.S, the San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival (SFISAFF) has brought the cinematic heritage and culture of South Asia to Bay Area audiences for more than a decade. Presented by 3rd i Films, the oldest South Asian media arts organization in the U.S., the festival promotes diverse images of South Asians and catalyzes change through independent film. http://www.thirdi.org/

10/23/14 Poet Koon Woon; The NYC People’s Climate March

This week, we bring you two dynamic segments:

First, Tara Dorabji hosts a live interview with poet Koon Woon who will be honored at the American Book Award ceremony this Sunday in San Francisco. Koon Woon is a poet who has struggled with schizophrenia and survived homelessness, crediting poetry to keeping him afloat. His whose most recent book of poetry Water Chasing Water won the PEN poetry prize and the American Book Award.

Then, we bring you coverage of the historic People’s Climate March, which happened in New York City last month. 400,000 people came from around the country and around the world to take to the streets while the UN held a special climate summit. Frontline communities led the march under the banner “Frontlines of the Crisis, Forefront of Change“. We bring you different sounds, including fiery chants, touching testimonies on the mic, and exclusive interviews from the streets. Thanks to Danny Kim with WBAI Asia Pacific Forum and guest contributor Diana Cabcabin for their contributions to this week’s segment.

With host Ellen Choy.

Don’t miss it!

Learn How to Make Radio Magic?! APEX Express is looking for new members

APEX Express talks with artist Scott Tsuchitani and his students.

APEX Express talks with artist Scott Tsuchitani and his students.

- Are you an aspiring grassroots journalist?
– Are you a community organizer who wants to explore how to utilize radio?
– Do you want to learn about radio production, hosting a radio show or doing live interviews?

APEX Express is a weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders from all corners of our community. The show is produced by a volunteer collective of API media makers, djs, and activists and airs each week on KPFA 94.1FM.

We are looking for new members for our team! including experienced radio journalists with production and hosting skills, as well as people interested in learning these skills in a community-based environment.

What being a part of the APEX collective means:

  • Gaining technical skills in grassroots radio journalist
  • Opportunities to interview and meet people on the ground doing political and cultural work
  • Contributing ideas to APEX’s weekly covered topics/issues/events
  • Access to basic radio production equipment
  • Working with an amazing crew of fun, talented, supportive folks!


  • Minimum 3 month commitment
  • You would start working directly with existing members to build skills (depending on your skill level), with a ramp up to contributing a segment a month and hopefully transitioning into co-hosting and producing a show
  • Attend APEX meetings, which happen every 2-3 months
  • Agree to APEX’s mission statement

If you’re interested in joining our team, please fill out this form to learn about our upcoming training on Saturday, November 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in San Francisco Chinatown.

Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement

Hong Kong Umbrella Revoultion. Photo by  Alex Leung.

Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution. Photo by Alex Leung.

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Protesters with Hong Kong’s democracy movement are calling people back out to the streets today, after the government canceled talks with the Hong Kong Federation of Students.

For the past two weeks, democracy movement protesters have been camped out outside government headquarters in the financial district and at various tourist and shopping destinations.  They’re calling for representative democracy (one person, one vote), an end to the system of functional constituencies, and the resignation of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying.

APEX contributor Marie Choi talks with Sophia Chan.  She’s a member of Left 21, one of the groups participating in Hong Kong’s democracy movement.  They see democracy as an important step toward addressing social problems in one of the world’s most unequal cities.

10/9/14 Delano Manongs and My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers

Larry Itliong, arriving at AWOC meeting in Central Valley ©1976 George Ballis/Take Stock / The Image Works

Larry Itliong, arriving at AWOC meeting in Central Valley ©1976 George Ballis/Take Stock / The Image Works

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In honor of Filipino American History Month, we bring back an interview with Marissa Aroy, director of Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers. This short documentary celebrates the unsung Filipino American field workers who laid the foundation to the founding of the United Farm Workers union. For a donation to KPFA, YOU can have a copy of this documentary that reminds us of the unsung heroes of  1965the Delano Grape Strike.

franzMari from the Center for Political Education joins us to talk about the much-anticipated event, My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers. Back by popular demand for a third time, this annual event held on Indigenous People’s Day uses storytelling, spoken word and performance to celebrate global warriors who defend the land, people and indigenous ways. This year’s featured hero is Frantz Fanon. Bring a light colored t-shirt and have this image silkscreened on.

Robynn Takayama and special guest Vincent Pan from Chinese for Affirmative Action  co-host the show.

Community Calendar
Upcoming screenings of Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 -Cupertino, CA
10:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. De Anza College will be screening the film along with a discussion by director Marissa Aroy.   Hinson Campus Center Conference Rooms A & B http://bit.ly/DM_DeAnza

Wednesday October 15th, 2014 -San Jose, CA
Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations and the FANHS Santa Clara Valley Chapter are among several groups screening the documentary.  Marissa Aroy, director, in attendance.
7:30 PM Issac Newton Auditorium, Santa Clara County Government Building, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110

Thursday, October 16th, 2014-Cupertino, CA
Second screening by DeAnza College and talk with Johnny Itliong, son of Larry Itliong.
1:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Hinson Campus Center Conference Rooms A & B.

Thursday, October 16th, 2014-San Francisco, CA
Positively Filipino and The Philippine Consulate in San Francisco will screen the film.
A discussion with director Marissa Aroy will follow.
6:00 pm Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco
RSVP by emailing pfpublisher@yahoo.com by October 13, 2014

Sep 25: Highlights from Kearny Street’s APAture Festival; Spotlight on Okinawa; the right’s new tactic to restrict abortion access to Asian Women

Allan and Joyce Manalo as Desi Arnaz and Lucielle Ball

Allan and Joyce Manalo as Desi Arnaz and Lucielle Ball

On tonight’s show we highlight powerful resistance to militarization in Japan, share what’s going on in the Asian American arts scene at KSW’s APAture festival and Bindlestiff Studio, and discuss how Asian feminists are responding to new tactics by right wing anti choice movement to restrict abortion access to Asian women under the pretext of protecting girls.

Featured artist in performance: Natalia Duong

Featured artist in performance: Natalia Duong

Bindlestiff Studio’s Icon Exhibition

Sixth and Howard is just a few blocks away from San Francisco’s theater district, but it’s home to what may be the ONLY Filipino American performing arts space in the country: Bindlestiff Studio. Here, actors, comedians, and musicians have honed their craft and built a multi-generational community of performing artists.

The ‘Stiff (as it is affectionately called) has hosted a range of events like Pinoise Pop, a music festival of Asian Americans in rock; Pinoy Midsummer’s Night Dream, where Bindlestiff’s largely Fililpino membership performed Shakespeare; and the current show, Stories High, which is the culminating one-act festival built up from a series of workshops that develop the next generation of theater artists. But what’s not always talked about is the visual art on Bindlestiff’s walls.

Contributor Robynn Takayama met with photographer Nina de Torres Ignacio and Roczane Enriquez to talk about their exhibition, Icons, which is up in the Bindestiff Studio lobby and mezzanine and features Bindlestiff volunteers styled as celebrity icons.

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