We are looking at all the ways APIs are being defiant…with food. Chefs, vendors, and consumers—they are being the change they want in the way we eat, source, and pay for food. They are even using food as a way to change our perception of other cultures.
First in this show, we hear from our two guests: Ang Hadwin of FaFa Dumplings, a former food justice advocate who now makes gluten-free dumplings. She is scheming on ways to involve Oakland Chinatown youth in her business.
Sana Javeri Kadri, founder of Diaspora Co. Photo by Laila Bahman
Ang will be in conversation with queer food photographer and founder of Diaspora Co., Sana Javeri Kadri. Diaspora Co., is a spice collective dedicated to sustainable agriculture, equity, and decolonization within spice trade.
Both will let us know their thoughts on the rise of craft foods and how it can invest in the cultures and communities it borrows from.
Later, you’ll hear stories from Japanese American incarceration from an event hosted by Oakland political educators People’s Kitchen Collective. Some memories are clearly defiant acts of cooking and eating together, and others show trauma, pain, and resilience felt long after incarceration.
Tonight’s episode of APEX Express features music curated by Zuha Khan (DJ Baqvas) on the continuation of a theme from the last time she was on APEX. That theme is: Defiantly Yours: Radical Music from the Asian Diaspora in the Era of Trump. Tonight’s setlist reflects coming together and standing up for what’s right, recognizing our own struggles, and our pasts through migration and movements to do what we can to survive in a country that is employing more and more fascist practices.
Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) by K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente on The Hamilton Mixtape (Atlantic Records)
Fired Up ft. Raaginder by SETI X (Self Released Single)
Us (Prod. By Nphared) by Ruby Ibarra Feat. Rocky Rivera, Klassy, & Faith Santilla on CIRCA91 (Beatrock Music)
Sound The People ft. Heems by Red Baraat on Sound The People (Rhyme & Reason)
No More War by Soom T & Jean-Paul Dub on Dubs for Syria (Vaticaen Production)
War Empire by Kohinoorgasm on Synthwali and the War Empire EP (Self Released)
Find Safety by LAL on Find Safety (Self Released)
in between things by Wisechild (Self Released Single)
Migrations by Diaspoura on Demonstrations (Self Released)
War by Sahab on Safa City (Self Released)
Zuha Khan, also known as DJ Baqvas, is a proud local of the East Bay. Zuha is a member of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action and helps out with its projects like Bay Area Solidarity Summer — a political action camp for South Asian youth. She is a DJ at San Francisco’s BFF.fm. Zuha enjoys politicizing radio DJ-ing through music by finding tracks produced by subversive artists from right here at home to countries most wouldn’t think to look to. You can follow her on Twitter @Zuha_Wave.
Tonight, guest host Marky Enriquez talks with Joel Quizon to help us dive into the world of OPM, Original Pilipino Music.
Marky is a west coast DJ and Music Curator for Undiscovered SF, a creative night market. Most recently, he was in a theatrical production, MUMU, at Bindlestiff Studio, which featured 1970s Filipino music.
He’ll be talking with Joel Quizon. Best known for his filmmaking, Joel is a collector, curator and archivist of Pilipino music.
Community Calendar Items
UNDISCOVERED SF, a creative night market is premiering on Saturday, July 21st in SOMA Pilipinas Cultural Heritage District. Check out undiscoveredsf.com for more information.
This Saturday at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Eastwind Books will be hosting a talk with Oakland-grown, Michelin-starred Chef James Syhabout about his Isan Thai and Lao roots, and the inspiration for his hugely popular Hawker Fare restaurant.
Track List Eva Eugenio “Ang Tangi Kong Pag-ibig”
Rico J. Puno “Neither One of Us”
Jovials “Sa Unang Pagkikita”
Ryan Cayabyab & Quito Colayco “Alalahanin II”
Freddie Aguilar “Anak”
Bong Panera “Sa Dako Pa Roon (Reprise)”
VST & Co “Awitin Mo At Isayaw Ko”
Boyfriends “Oras Oras”
Hajji Alejandro “Ako Pa Rin”
The PowerLeeGirls Miko Lee and Jalena Keane-Lee present “The Story Before” we talk with 3 APA artists at very different places in their careers. We ask them about how they got to present day where they are sharing skills with the next generation, creating innovative theatre, and talking about arts, activism and progressive change. Featuring APA artists: educator/filmmaker Bhwain Suchak, playwright and professor David Henry Hwang and filmmaker Alex Chu.
To end out the month of May PowerLeeGirls Miko Lee and Jalena Keane-Lee speak with storytellers who are making waves. We speak with An Excess Male Author Maggie Shen King. And hear from two of the culinary activists behind the Rooted Recipes Project. We talk with Heather White whose poignant documentary Complicit focuses on migrant electronic factory workers in China.