7/23/2015 The Spirit of Vietnam is Stronger than U.S. Bombs

This week, we hear sounds from an intergenerational teach in held by the Viet Nam Victory Coalition in May.  The event marked the 40th anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam, a victory for peoples liberation movements around the world.  Cultural workers and organizers share their experiences about the legacy of the war, and lessons for today.

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Featuring:

  • Traditional Vietnamese performance by Nhàn Thanh Ngô,
  • Spoken word by Phương Thảo Vương
  • Thuỳ Trang Nguyễn (VietUnity)
  • Rabab Abdulhadi (SFSU Ethnic Studies Department)
  • Emory Douglas (former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party)
  • Nhàn Thanh Ngô (Union of Vietnamese)
  • Alex Hing (Rainbow Council of Elders)
  • Prishni Murillo (Xicana Moratorium Coalition)

7/17/15 Beatrock Music’s 5 Year Anniversary


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This week, we celebrate the 5 year anniversary of Beatrock Music. An important independent record label, Beatrock Music includes a lineup of some of the most talented progressive rappers and producers from California. We’re excited to host in-studio two of the artists from the label – Rocky Rivera and Nomi of Power Struggle – both Filipino rappers who are also organizers/activists in the Bay Area. Listen in to hear about their music as individual artists and cultural workers, why they joined Beatrock, what else is going on in their parent/hiphopartist/activist lives. Plus, some new music!

Hosted by Ellen Choy.

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They’ll be promoting their anniversary tour: the Left Coast Tour – coming to the Bay July 23 & 24!

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The Spirit of Viet Nam Is Stronger Than U.S. Bombs: An Intergenerational Teach In

Colonialists, International Traitors, Think Carefully Before You Take Vietnam - To Lien (1978)

Colonialists, International Traitors, Think Carefully Before You Take Vietnam – To Lien (1978)

The war in Viet Nam was one of the most important historical events of the 20th century. It brings to light the heroic struggle of Vietnamese people against foreign aggression, particularly the United States of America.

On May 2, 2015, The Viet Nam Victory Coalition (VNVC), formed in 2014, hosted a Community Event: “The Spirit of Viet Nam is Stronger than U.S. Bombs” – a day-full of cultural, educational & powerful sharing to mark the 40th anniversary of the US military’s forced departure from Viet Nam and international struggle for self-determination.

Cultural Performances:

  • Traditional Vietnamese performance by Nhàn Thanh Ngô,
  • Spoken word by Phương Thảo Vương
  • Poetry by Lincoln Bergman.

MCs:

  • Thuỳ Trang Nguyễn (VietUnity)
  • Pam Tau Lee (Chinese Progressive Association)
The opening plenary presents the American War in Viet Nam from the perspective of people resisting US aggression: People’s resistance and national liberation struggles were raging throughout the world and within the US; how they were influenced by and how did they intersect with the Viet people’s liberation struggle? What was the impact of black-brown-asian solidarity in the US and around the world? What are key lessons from these struggles then and now for young people and activists today?
Featured presenters:

  • Rabab Abdulhadi (SFSU Ethnic Studies Department)
  • Emory Douglas (former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party)
  • Nhàn Thanh Ngô (Union of Vietnamese)
  • Alex Hing (Rainbow Council of Elders)
  • Prishni Murillo (Xicana Moratorium Coalition)

Moderated by:
Ellen Choy (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans)

07/09/15 Deportation, Allied Media Conference, and Dumpling Wars

Chea Bou with his wife Sambath Nhep.

Chea Bou with his wife Sambath Nhep.


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Tonight, we learn about Chea Bou, a Cambodian refugee who is facing deportation. Linda Tam with the East Bay Community Law Center and Chea Bou’s wife, Sambath Nhep talk about his case. To support Chea, here’s the link to the petition.

Then we take you to Detroit with tape from the Allied Media Conference, an annual gathering of vibrant and diverse people using media to incite change. We were fortunate enough to be there for the beginning of a week-long celebration for activist Grace Lee Boggs’ 100th birthday including an Asian American history tour of Detroit by the Detroit Asian Youth Project!

And finally, we delight your taste buds and with a happy sound pancake and get you ready for Kearny Street Workshop’s Dumpling Wars!

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Friday, July 10, get your bootie over to Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco for a lively report back from an exposure trip to the Philippines. The event that includes musical performances by Dirty Boots and Power Struggle and is hosted by local funny guy, Joe Cascasan. All funds collected will support the International Peoples’ Tribunal this in Washington D.C. and the Salugpongan schools in Mindanao.

On July 18, catch Tony Robles reading from his new book, Cool Don’t Live Here No More: A Letter to San Francisco, at East Wind Books in Berkeley on July 18 along with Amy Uyematsu reading from her new book The Yellow Door.

Remember to get your tickets for Kearny Street Workshop’s Dumpling Wars! Teams of home cooks try to win your vote for your favorite gastronomic morsels, while you feast on a delicious spread graciously provided by local restaurateurs and enjoy family-friendly activities. Dumpling Wars is at Oakland Asian Cultural Center on Sunday, July 26. Yum!

7/2/15 Marriage Equality, Digma, and Myint Zaw

This week, we reflect on the long road traveled towards more equality for gay and lesbians in this nation by hearing a created during Women’s Weekend at the Russian River in 2000 after Prop 22, restricting marriages to opposite-sex couples, was passed. We share an encore performance of Filipino punk band Digma! And we hear from one of Goldman’s Environmental Awardees, Burmese journalist Myint Zaw.

And don’t miss the Epicenter Zone 25th Anniversary & Reunion Show!!! on Sunday, July 5 at San Francisco’s Verdi Club with Kicking Giant reuniting for the daytime show!

6/25/15: Spotlight on Burma and Allied Media Conference Report Back

Rohingya refugees in the Nayapara camp. Photo by Ruben Flamarique/Austcare

Rohingya refugees in the Nayapara camp. Photo by Ruben Flamarique/Austcare.


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Tune in tonight to learn about the terrifying plight of Rohingya Muslims in the Buddhist state of Burma or Myanmar. Preeti Shekar talks to journalist and Burma expert, Sufyan bin Uzayr, and Bay-Area-based Burmese immigrant activist and feminist, Nwe Oo, about how this state-sanctioned massacre is unfolding even as Nobel Peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyii has been widely criticized for her shocking apathy on the issue.

mmmWe also feature a quick update on the Allied Media Conference that took place last weekend in Detroit, Michigan, including highlights from a powerful network gathering of Asian American activists called Igniting a Model Minority Mutiny which had a goal to collectively reflect and work on dismantling the model minority myth and internalized anti-Black racism in our communities, and be better allies for #BlackLivesMatter.

6/18/15 Vaccination and SB277

SB277This Thursday on APEX Express we’ll delve into the controversy surrounding California’s proposed Bill SB277 that would force parents to home school their children if they do not follow rigid vaccine guidelines. We’ll get an API parent and pediatrician perspective about how this bill limits parents’ rights to make medical decisions for their children. During the hour, we’ll also be in conversation with Dr. Shiv Chopra and Dr. Sin Hang Lee about vaccine safety and discuss how different nations around the world approach safeguarding public health.

Want to join the conversation? During the show, we’ll be responding to listeners’ questions from APEX Express‘ and KPFA‘s Facebook page—let us know what you are thinking!

Tune into APEX Express every Thursday night at 7 pm (pacific) on KPFA, 94.1 or www.kpfa.org.