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9/8/11 September 11 Then and Now

This week on Apex Express, we reflect back on 9/11. As the nation remembers the victims in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on board the airplanes, Apex explores the aftermath and how OUR communities have been affected.

We’ll hear a personal documentary by Robynn Takayama on how several Asian Pacific communities responded immediately after 9/11 to address racist scapegoating, hate crimes, and the build up to the War on Terrorism.

We also talk with Co-founder of the Sikh Coalition, Amardeep Singh, about the recent Islamaphobia conference and the accompanying website, “Unheard Voices of 9/11.”

And finally, we bring you a round table discussion with Valarie Kaur, award-winning filmmaker; Fahd Ahmed, legal and policy director with DRUM, Desis Rising Up & Moving; and Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

Plus we have a pair of tickets to Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra at Yoshi’s SF on September 11 for the 30th anniversary of the first Asian American Jazz Festival.

Community Calendar

  • On September 8 through 11, you can catch Lenora Lee Dance perform Reflections at Counterpulse in San Francsico. This interdisciplinary performance explores the unraveling stories of three succeeding generations of Chinese men as they redefine themselves in the American context.
  • Today through September 17th, you can catch the regional premier of Unveiled, a one-woman show by Rohina Malik exploring stories of stories of love, Islam, culture, language, racism and life. Catch this at Brava! for Women in the Arts in San Francisco.
  • On September 10, get your ono grinds on at the 10th Annual Poke Festival at San Francisco’s Hukilau! This free, outdoor block party features celebrity chefs, a spam musubi eating contest, and the Bay Area’s aloha spirit.
  • Come celebrate and honor 25 years of grassroots work by Trikone, an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered South Asians. This gala features food, dancing, and great performers at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.
  • Also on the 10th, The Power of Two, premieres at the Castro Theatre for $20. The documentary tells how twins Anabel Mariko Stenzel and Isabel Yuriko Stenzel Byrnes, both born with Cystic Fibrosis, overcome their affliction with double lung transplants.
  • On Sunday, September 11, celebrate 30 years of Asian American Jazz with a newly commissioned work by Anthony Brown and Mark Izu at Yoshi’s San Francisco Jazz Club.
  • Next Thursday, September 15, you can join Bindlestiff Studio in celebrating the return to their home on 6th Street with the opening of Stories High! This annual showcase of original works for the stage written, acted, and directed by Pilipino/Filipino American artists runs Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Archive Apex: Sept 2009

Folks, if you want to hear past shows, just give us a hollar. (KPFA’s stuck with an on-line listening limitation.) To see more past listings go to: Apex Archive Spring Summer 2009. If you want a copy of a program just contact us. Also via phone 510-848-6767×464

September 23, 2009: Eroding of Ethnic Press or Evolution to Non-Profit? The Nichi Bei Times faces closure. The historic Japanese American newspaper early-on chronicled the Redress and Reparations movement and the Community’s struggle to save Japantown. Kenji Taguma, English editor of the NB Times, talks about the first-ever attempt to survive as a nonprofit newspaper and what may be lost if the Times closes.

September 10, 2009: A day before 9-11, comedy of color comes through the gate. Negotiating race & humor: Kabeezy Singh and Sammy Obeid of Ko Comedy on-air. And, strike/walkouts/teach”outs” hit UC campuses across the state. Students talk about what’s at stake and their fight to save Asian Language classes. Calendar Highlight: Joyti Mandir’s Odissi Dance performance.

Apex Express – September 10, 2009 at 7:00pm

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September 3, 2009: Jazz giant John Coltrane and the music of India. Percussionist Anthony Brown’s pan-Asian, African American Orchestra talks of Coltrane’s music that encompassed the jazz tradition but explored the sound of India in the 1960’s. The Orchestra performs a birthday tribute to Trane and the Africa-India Connection at Yoshi’s SF.

Apex Express – September 3, 2009 at 7:00pm

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Archive Apex: Spring/Summer 2009 programs

Folks, we know Apex on KPFA’s  website goes back only 2 weeks…So, here’s a list of shows from March 2009 to the present.  (For select programs pre-March, read past posts.)  Please contact us to order a copy & for more info…

Aug. 13, 2009: In Indian- and African-based Sound-Spheres: Carnatic music of Southern India comes together with Jazz in Prasant Radhakrishnan’s horn playing. We talk with Prasant about learning both styles, about performing in a classical Indian style on sax, as well as in the discipline of Jazz with his group VidyA. www.prasantmusic.com.
And, hear how Asian Americans contributed to the Anti-Colonial, Anti-War and Third World Liberation movements in the ’60’s that led to Ethnic Studies as well as helped overturn dictatorships like that of Marcos in the Philippines. Harvey Dong, Bea and Victoria Wong talk about why they put out the book “Stand Up” – a rare testament and record of these contributions.

Aug. 6, 2009: On this day in 1945, the Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima & Nagasaki. The sickness and death from A-bombs still scar people, not only in Japan, but in the Pacific Islands. Learn about nuclear tests in the Pacific (67 were done in the Marshall Islands after WWII), that still pollute the environment, force people from their homes and militarize the Islands. And, the APIA Summit hooked-up poets and performers, advancing spoken word skills by strengthening knowledge of organizing past and present. Participants and poets give insights as to where the Asian American movement stands and where it might be going – as well as share a bit through poems and performance.

Jul. 30, 2009 : Human trafficking often finds a home in houses in the San Francisco area. A talk with Senator Leland Yee on his bill to fight trafficking. Also, as education and jobs take heavy hits and as tuition goes up – is there a way to halt high salaries and perks? Senator Yee explains his proposal for more oversight of UC regents and management. At UC Berkeley, almost 50% of undergrads are of South/Asian descent, how are these policies impacting students and families?  “Do Ask: Do Tell”: Asian and gay in the military. Stephen Funk talks about this and more. He was the first public Iraq war resister, was court-martialed and sent to prison for 6 months. Funk is now president of the SF chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War. We talk about the case of Lt. Daniel Choi, an openly gay marine and Arab linguist, as well as an up-date on Lt. Watada.

July 16, 2009: From Asia’s heartland…Upheaval for the Uyghurs: the prisoners of Guantanamo, activist Rebiya Kadeer, and back-drop to the violence in Urumqi. Part 2 of an interview with Alim Seytoff.  And, Silk Road or oil pipeline? How cultural transitions reflect changes and challenges in Central Asia’s largest land. A talk with musicology Prof. Alma Kunanbaeva of Kazakhstan who shows us sounds both new and old.

July 9, 2009:  Free to trade &  free to feed on the poor: a talk with “Stuffed and Starved” author Raj Patel on how power to prevent poverty lies in local food first. And, a police-produced video targeted Raj Jayadev. But how has this hindered or helped his work leading Silicon Valley De-Bug? A talk with Jayadev about De-Bug’s work with low-wage workers in a high tech world. Also, as violence breaks out in the Uyghur region with the Chinese government, we talk with Alim Seytoff. Hear about their history and backdrop of tensions as we learn about the endangered city of Kashgar. (The first in a series about the Uyghurs covering the activist Rebiya Kadeer, the prisoners of Guantanamo and more.)

July 2, 2009: As troops leave Iraq and increase in Afghanistan, we talk with journalist Pratap Chatterjee about what he’s seen on his recent trip to these areas. As author of “Halliburton’s Army” we talk with Chatterjee about how a company makes big bucks while flying under the radar during wars. And Music & Memories:  The Jacksons and Micheal–a rare short from an interview by former KPFA programmer Phil Elwood. Also, Denizen Kane joins us with spoken words to the wise.

June 25, 2009:  Night of tales: What happens when the silenced speak out? A baby’s death, a ghost haunting a household also reveal divisions in India. A talk with Shilpa Agarwal, author of Haunting Bombay, winner of the 20 Literary Prize for South Asian Writers. And, traveling through Asian and Indian villages of storytellers, the performance duo Ethnohtec tell of peace-making & creation through the power of stories. Hear about their journeys, including a performance at Obama’s Inauguration, and projects mixing myth, message and action.

June 18, 2009: Angel Island Immigration Station (AIIS) brings another journey to life. Carved on the Station’s walls are the thoughts of Chinese immigrants excluded from America. AIIS Foundation keeps their stories alive. But hear how California State cutbacks might endanger AIIS’ existence, excluding the histories of the Excluded again. A talk with Buck Gee of the Foundation. And, Delorean’s music resonates with a generation of hard luck youths. Soundz of resilience in the face of troubles. We take a journey with the Fil Am duo. Plus music, calendar. G and Adriel host.

June 11, 2009:  MISSING Youth, Empire After 9-11: South Asian youth negotiate race, culture, belonging. A talk with MISSING author Prof. Sunaina Maira about political expression of a new generation. And, secret FBI guidelines involving ethnic profiling, geo-mapping and electronic surveillance. *BORDC ED (and MC) Shahid Buttar talks about un-covering and halting these policies in an era where High Alert may never end.  And how these policies might have played out in the case of Fahad Hashmi, now locked in solitary and accused of having a roommate who might have been culpable.  Plus calendar and more. (*Bill of Rights Defense Committee Execu. Director)

Jun3 4, 2009: How will the loss be filled? They put “Asian America” on the map, examined racial and economic divides, as well as taught a new generation of educators, organizers and artists. Prof. Ron Takaki, activist Richard Aoki, historian Mark Him Lai & Al Robles recently passed away. What is their legacy and how to carry on what they began? A talk with Harvey Dong of East Wind Books and Peter Swing of Asian Law Caucus. And journalists Lisa Ling and Euna Lee are on trial in North Korea. Learn more about North Korea, what’s driving US-No.Korean tensions, and if there’s any possibilities for resolutions. A talk with Paul Liem of Korea Policy Institute.

May 7, 2009:  As seed supply is bought up, as farmers lose land and their lives, there’s the hope that small farming brings. Connecting these dots is Vandana Shiva, an environmental activist from India. In this KPFA special fund-drive show, we air her talk that puts out hard-hitting observations and solutions. Vandana has worked with women to stop the pillaging of water from their villages for the water bottle industry, and is a leader in the Slow Foods movement

April 30, 2009:  Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery. A talk with Siddharth Kara about his new book on the growth of slavery. Also, percussion is at the heart of hope for Anthony Brown and Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble. Grammy nominee Brown draws from his Asian African heritage to create music that recalls the swing and sounds of jazz great Duke Ellington. And Japanese drums root Somei Yoshino in its expansion using art and dance. Hear about all their performances in May. Also a tribute to Richard Aoki, an early member of the Black Panther Party.

March 19, 2009 Thurs: Slumdog Millionaire’s real “slum” Dharavi. Hear about the lives of people there, what they face & the responses to the oscar-winning film. We talk with noted columnist Dilip D’souza, author of The Narmada Dammed & Kalpana Sharma, journalist and author of Rediscovering Dharavi: Stories from Asia’s Largest Slum, in Mumbai. And, Betrayal: hear about an award-winning film that traces a Laotian family’s flight from war to the mean streets of America. It’s all part of the International Laotian Lunar New Year bringing music, food and celebration. Hear more about this free event.  Also, Secret Asian Man: the only nationally syndicated manga of its kind, tackles race, gender, and more. We talk with its creator Tak Toyoshima.

March 12, 2009 Thurs: “Buy American” or backlash for Asian Americans? The American Recovery bill, US companies, a history of narrow nationalism and a talk with labor and Asian American activist Warren Mar. Plus, SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi has time for film-making. His documentary asks why did the first Asian American hipster on TV change his name? A look at actor Jack Soo (Suzuki). Also showing at the Asian American Film Festival are winners of film shorts. Hear what’s showing.