11/26/15 No Thanks! My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers

APEX Express has created a tradition for Thankstaking Day where we take you back to Center for Political Education‘s annual My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers event from Indigenous People’s Day, and this year, we keep it up. We celebrate these resisters to colonization with words and music from L
J. Theo (Decolonized Pinoy Poetry) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDRP6n9NoUI), Needa Bee (Spoken Word), Maya Chinchilla (Spoken Word) (https://youtu.be/eC6yYesasaY), C Rhythm (Palestinian Rapper), and Alia Sharrief (Wombyn Muslim Rapper) (https://youtu.be/QZJub-2fYho). Plus, this year’s honoree, Leila Khaled visits us via Skype!

Thanks to Rob Marquez for helping with tonight’s show. Photos by Andy Blue.

11/19/15 KSW’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab

Photo by Nye Lyn Tho

Photo by Nye Lyn Tho

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Tonight we bring you powerful words from Kearny Street Workshop’s talented teachers and students of this year’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab. IWL is a three month, multi-genre class for local writers, challenged to expand their practice by working in a variety of genres and formats. Tune in to hear the fruits of their labor.

A stellar lineup of instructors included: Chinaka Hodge (writing for performance), Nayomi Munaweera (fiction), Brynn Saito (poetry). The IWL 2015 cohort was made up of Celeste Chan, Vida Kuang, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, Joshua Merchant, Janine Mogannam, Shelley Wong, Phuong Vuong, Helida Silva, Audrey Esquivel, Stephen Tsai, Tanea Lunsford, Irene Tu, Diego Basdeo, Hope Casareno, Paula Junn

Tonight’s show was edited by Justine Lee and produced by Nonogirl.

Community Calendar

A Place of Her Own, an exhibition that asks Asian American women, “if you had a place of your own, what would it be,” opens Thursday at SOMArts Cultural Center. Curated by Cynthia Tom, see the dreams of women brought to life through soul-inspiring sound sculpture, a forest of giant intuitive paintings, and an enormous landscape of hand-built chairs and ladders. The exhibition will be up until December 11.

Saturday at East Side Cultural Center, check out the next in the Spirit of Bandung Series: Black Liberation and Third World Solidarity, presented by Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Haiti Action Committee, Black Alliance for Just Immigration. With U.S. imperialism as a backdrop, the organizations will explore anti- Black violence and movements for resistance, liberation, and self-determination.

On Saturday at UC Berkeley’s Herbst Field Annex Room, check out the Conference on Third World`Multiracial Solidarity and Community Engagement from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This conference, free and open to the public, will engage activists and scholars involved with the late 1960s Third World Liberation Front Strikes of San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley in issues and concerns facing younger generations.

Also on Saturday there’s the 8th Annual Bike Expo! Whether you are just starting to ride or have been cycling your whole life, the SF Bike Expo is the perfect venue to support those who share the same interest and passion for cycling with booths featuring vendors from fashion and apparel to backyard bicycle fabrications. It’s at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, with a free Bike Valet; $10 parking for cars.

10/22/15 Feminist Films at this year’s 3rdi South Asian Film Fest; Tribute to Larry Itliong

On tonight’s show, find out about the feminist films screening at this year’s 3rdi South Asian Film Festival kickstarting in San Francisco tonight through Sunday October 25th. Pakistani Canadian Fawzia Mirza talks about her queer performance, Me, My Mom and Sharmila and her short films; local film maker Nyna Caputi discusses her film Petals in the Dust focusing on the pervasive issue of female infanticide in India and in the South Asian diaspora. Plus Sara Bronco and Frank Sterling pay a melodious tribute to farm workers through spotlighting the legendary Filipino labor organizer Larry Itliong. Plus community calendar. Hosted and Produced by Preeti Mangala Shekar

#Asians4BlackLives Panel on Antiblack Racism in Asian Communities


In September, #Asians4BlackLives organized Challenging Antiblackness in Asian Communities, an evening of discussion on how Asians can support #BlackLivesMatter.  You can listen to the opening panel here:


  • Salima Hamirani, Asians4BlackLives
  • Brianna Gibson, Black Lives Matter Bay Area


  • Nikita Mitchell, Black Lives Matter Bay Area
  • Antoinette Chen See, black.seed
  • Cat Brooks, Anti Police-Terror Project
  • Vincent Saephan, AYPAL

10/15/15 Defending Mauna Kea, 3rd i South Asian Film Festival Spotlight, and more

Tune into APEX Express on KPFA  every Thursday at 7 pm. On Thursday, October 15 we talk with community advocate Davis Price about the ongoing resistance to defend the sacred mountain of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. Then, we continue our coverage on the Syrian refugee crisis in conversation with Southeast Asian refugees. We go to Kashmir—the most densely militarized land on earth–and talk with advocates about recent police brutality and allegations of sexual violence perpetrated by the police in the city of Poonch. Plus find out about exciting feminist films at this year’s 3rd i South Asian Film Festival happening in San Francisco from Oct 22-25 and in Palo Alto on Nov 1. We have all that and more—tune in to APEX Express on KPFA, bringing you an Asian and Asian American view from the bay and around the world. This week’s show was hosted and produced by Tara Dorabji, Momo Chang and Preeti Shekar.

Tay Hoang




APEX Express tribute to Grace Lee Boggs

APEX Express and others at the American Revolutionary screening in S.F.

APEX Express and others at the American Revolutionary screening in S.F.

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On Monday, centenarian Grace Lee Boggs passed. She was a familiar voice on KPFA airwaves, inspiring us with her fierce and compassionate wisdom. Her genius was forged from decades of tireless activism in civil rights, anti-racism, labor organizing, environmental justice and feminism.Grace Lee Boggs inspired (and will continue to inspire) millions of organizers, thinkers and leaders. Here’s an APEX Express tribute to this wonderful leader, philosopher, revolutionary, and teacher, who showed us that is indeed possible to walk your talk.

Search apexexpress.org to find a number of interviews we conducted with her during her visits to the Bay Area. Thank you to Preeti Shekar, Sabiha Basrai and Ellen Choy for this tribute.

Also, please see this post Ellen Choy wrote about Grace for Movement Generation.

10/8/15 SE Asians respond to the refugee crisis, and APAture!

MOAS rescues 105 migrants in Oct 2014. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MOAS

MOAS rescues 105 migrants in Oct 2014.
Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MOAS

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Tonight, we kick off a two-part series on the Syrian refugee crisis. We explore it through the eyes of a SouthEast Asian refugee and filmmaker, Duc Nguyen. He has recently launched a hashtag and fundraising campaign (#ICAREBECAUSE) to raise awareness and much needed donations for life-saving charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station. We also hear from USF Professor Bill Ong Hing to get his take on the U.S.’s policy on refugees.

We also delve deep into this year’s multi-day, multidisciplinary, Asian Pacific American arts festival: Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture! We hear from one of the organizers, Dara Del Rosario, and from three of the featured artists, filmmaker Jethro Patalinghug, comic book illustrator Thi Bui, and Charito Soriano of the musical duo Astralogik to learn about the change that these artists hope their art will compel.

Plus we have a tribute to centenarian activist Grace Lee Boggs.

Community Calendar
On October 18, there will be a walk-a-thon to support MOAS and the Syrian Medical Society in Orange County’s Miles Square Park.