Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement

Hong Kong Umbrella Revoultion. Photo by  Alex Leung.

Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution. Photo by Alex Leung.

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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KSW’s APAture kicks off this weekend

This Friday, Kearny Street Workshop kicks off APAture, a multi-day festival featuring a lineup of some of the most exciting Asian and Pacific Islander artists in the San Francisco Bay Area today.

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APEX Contributor Robynn Takayama talked with KSW’s Program Manager Jason Bayani about what to catch during this two-week festival that features over 80 artists! The full schedule is available here.

9/18/2014 Kashmir: Flooding Under Occupation

Tune into APEX Express on September 18th (kpfa.org or 94.1) for a one hour special on Kashmir: Flooding Under Occupation.


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photos by: Shahid Tantray

After days of rain, Kashmir continues to suffer from one of the worst floods to ever hit the area. The Himalayan region is erupting in protests as relief efforts fail. The flooding hit hardest in Indian-administered Kashmir, which is the most densely militarized land on earth. The water rose across borders, killing over 450 people in the region, according to the BBC. 700,000 villagers were forced to flee their homes. Civilians are organizing ad hoc relief operations, such as the Jammu Kashmir Floods 2014 campaign.

Not only, will we look at how the occupiers have failed to save lives and provide relief, but we’ll delve into Kashmir’s history of occupation and speak with human rights activists and independent journalist about the rising independence movement in Kashmir. Tune in or interviews with Huma Dar, Parvaiz Bukhari, Khurram Parvez, Tahira Begum, and Sahil Tariq. Music by: MC Kash, Ska Vengers, and Naima Shalhoub.

Hosted by Salima Hamirani

APEX Express airs every Thursday night at 7pm


Staring on Friday September 19th a film-maker we profiled on Apex Express is launching a new indiegogo campaign for his new documentary on the showgirls of Pakistan, called Zunn:


On Saturday September 20th join Critical Resistance Oakland on September 20 for Dreaming Wildly, Fighting to Win, a benefit featuring activist CeCe McDonald and acclaimed intellectual Ruthie Wilson Gilmore.

6pm: The Omni Oakland Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland

From Septempber 26th through October 5th – Kearny Street Workshop (KSW), the Bay Area’s hub for Asian Pacific American arts, proudly presents APATURE 2014, a multi-day festival featuring a lineup of some of the most exciting emerging artists in the San Francisco Bay Area today.
2 weeks, 6 events, 80+ artists.

for tickets and a full lineup visit https://event.sparxo.com/ticket/APAture2014

9/11 A Look Back at September 11th; Urban Shield; Zahra Billoo on 9/11 and islamophobia


Today is the anniversary of 9/11, an event that has left indelible marks on our society and culture: We’re still grappling with the ramifications of the twin towers, and coming to terms with the wars, surveillance and black site prisons that have since proliferated in the name of “safety.” In commemoration, we look back at our past September 11th focused broadcasts, starting in 2001, and the ways in which our communities came to cope with, organize and fight back against the legacy left by 9/11.

Clips include:

  • Yuri Kochiyama’s speech at the 9/11 rally in 2001.
  • Gina Hotta’s sound collage of emotions, experiences and a coming together in the wake of 9/11.
  • Truth on Trial – a follow up interview on the surveillance of Pakistani residents in a town called Lodi.
  • Robynn Takayama’s short documentary and music piece on community efforts to help Muslim Americans targeted by hate crimes.

We also have a live phone interview with Zahra Billoo from CAIR on the lasting impact on Muslims and what’s being done to protect them.

CAIR-LA Banquet 11-16-13


Finally, we have a report back from the recent rally at the Marriot in Oakland which hosted the annual Urban Shield Conference.

STOP Urban Shield


Hosted by Salima Hamirani
Production: Salima Hamirani and Marie Choi.



Bindlestiff Studio’s One-Act Festival: STORIES HIGH XIV – September 12 – 27 Thursday – Sat 8pm

185 Sixth Street, San Francisco CA

Stories High is Bindlestiff’s Studio signature yearly education programming and new works performance. Bindlestiff Studio’s Stories High is an incubator program aimed to educate, cultivate, and showcase emerging and returning artists.

Filipin@ Diaspora Kitchen Presents: AFROPINO! Night – Wednesday September 17th 5 – 10 pm.

One Fam in West Oakland.1600 7th St

Celebrating the life and music of historical 7th Street’s own Afropina Legend…Sugar Pie DeSanto

FREE entrance to…
• Sing karaoke,
• Hear and share stories,
• Check out visual art by local artists, and
• Enjoy music, videos, and interviews of Sugar Pie DeSanto!