This year’s first South Asia special edition of APEX Express spotlights a discussion with noted South Asian feminist scholar, activist, geek, poet Anasuya Sengupta on decolonizing the Internet and the project she co founded, Whose Knowledge?
In the second half of the show, we turn our attention to the South Asian island country of Sri Lanka. Known as a global tourist destination, the country is also neck deep in deep political crisis, which took a new turn of events in October 2018 when the president Maithripala Sirisena unilaterally displaced the sitting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinge with MahinDa Rajapaksa, himself former President who presided over the end of Sri Lanka’s bloody25-year civil war and is accused ofserious human rights abuses during his rule from 2005 to 2015. What does this mean for a country that is still reeling recovering from the civil war? How are feminists and civil society grappling with the ongoing political and socio economic crisis plaguing the country? Listenup next to a discussion I had with noted Sri Lankan feminist activist Shreen Saroor.
Interview with Anasuya Sengupta in collaboration with KPFA’s Women’s Magazine
On December 20 at 7pm, hosts Ayame and Miko Lee, the PowerLeeGirls, a mother and daughter team are Talking AboutComics on APEX Express.
We feature three talented APA female artists/thinkers/activists telling stories about the Vietnamese refugee experience, Desi feminists and Filipino myths and rewriting the rules about how POC are seen in the comic world. Thi Bui, Shebani Rao and Rachelle Cruz.
A timely news update from Jessica Antonio of Bayan USA. BAYAN-USA is an alliance of 26 progressive Filipino organizations in the U.S. representing students, scholars, women, workers, artists, and youth. As the first and largest international chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN-Philippines), BAYAN-USA serves as an information bureau for the national democratic movement of the Philippines and as a center for educating, organizing, and mobilizing anti-imperialist and progressive Filipinos in the U.S. For more details please visit Bayan USA dot org.
Stay close APEXers, because tonight, we’re shedding light on what happens at night. Awooo! First up, we’re going down, to the dungeon, to speak in-studio with Domina Colette, a professional Asian dominatrix in the San Francisco Bay Area whose interests lie in BDSM and fetish exploration. Stay close…we promise you’ll like it. After that, we hear from with Kyle Chu, aka Panda Dulce, a drag queen and multidisciplinary artist who writes about race and desirability, intersectional justice and LGBTQ inclusion. We’re going all the places, talking about race, stereotypes, and the power of drag. And finally, we have a special community calendar update for you – we’re talking in studio with MC Canalas, Cultural Specialist at the Filipino American Development Foundation, to learn more about the Parol Lantern Festival.
The PowerLeeGirls Miko Lee & Jalena Keane-Lee, talk about our future and the ELECTION. Next Tuesday November 6 is Election DAY! Voting is important and we are speaking today with folks about issues that matter. We welcome filmmaker PJ Raval, activist Saru Jayaraman, activist Tram Nguyen and filmmaker Reena Dutt. They will be dropping knowledge about trans rights, workers rights, and gun violence.
Come November, the 16th edition of 3rd i’s San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival begins in full swing from Nov 1st to 4th in San Francisco and Nov 17th in Palo Alto. This year’s line up features women centric and films by women from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada, Australia, and the USA.
This year’s films range from homelessness and domestic violence, to comic book and real-life superheroes. Documentaries abound featuring sex-positive advice columnists and probing filmmakers who battle the rising tide of fundamentalism in both India and Pakistan. This year, the festival also explore the theme of healing, and the importance of dialogue – sometimes even with the enemy. As always local filmmakers shine bright. Listen to APEX Express’ first of 2 parts of our 3rdi spotlight. Preeti Mangala Shekar sits down in conversation with two local film makers Rucha Chitnis and Harleen Singh, whose short films debut at this year’s festival. These two films screen on Friday, Nov 3rd at the New People Cinema, San Francisco.
With this segment, we take you to the picket line at the Westin St. Francis. UNITE HERE Marriott workers at eight tourist destinations across the country have gone on strike. Labor contracts have expired and workers feel that Marriott has not made adequate attempts to address their concerns about livable income, safe work conditions, and job security. Robynn Takayama talks with two Asian American who have worked at the St. Francis for over 26 years each. Learn more at OneJob.org
Special thanks to Lawrence Liu for his financial expertise.
On this month’s South Asian spotlight, we celebrate India’s Supreme Court’s historic decision striking down Section 377, an archaic Colonial law that criminalized homosexuality. We talk to a feisty Desi lesbian couple Priti and Mads about their new ice cream business, a venture that has helped them dream and live outside the box in many ways!
We also hear from Thanu Yakupitiyage from 350.org, about the ongoing climate actions in resistance to Governor Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, and why climate change is also a South Asian issue; and the piece de resistance: a sneak peek into a brand new storytelling podcast by APEX Express’ Preeti Mangala Shekar!