Legions of Boom at Bindlestiff Studio

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legionsCristal Fiel talked with Bindlestiff Studio’s Oliver Saria about the upcoming Legions of Boom Panel featuring Professor Oliver Wang and the immersive, interactive performance informed by the book where the attendees will be transported to a Filipino family party circa 1988.

The panel will take place on Friday May 13 at 8 p.m. and the party will take place the following night at 8 p.m. Music in the piece was provided by local music producer 10.4 ROG.

AYPAL and their May Arts Festival

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APEX Express special correspondent Renee Geesler talks with members of AYPAL, whose mission is to empower Oakland’s low-income Asian & Pacific Islander immigrant and refugee youth to be leaders for school reform, and neighborhood change. AYPAL will celebrate 18 years of community organizing in Oakland’s Chinatown at their May Arts Festival.

5/5/16 AYPAL, Legions of Boom, and Weston Teruya

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Tonight on APEX Express:

  • Renee Geesler talks with members of AYPAL, Building API Community Power, join us to talk about their anti-displacement organizing work in Oakland
  • Cristal Fiel talks with Oliver Saria about Legions of Boom, a book by Oliver Wang on the Filipino American mobile DJ scene, and Bindlestiff Studio‘s  API Heritage Month events inspired by the book
  • And, we head to the dump — yes, the dump, to talk with visual artist Weston Teruya about his latest residency where he’s exploring displacement and gentrification in San Francisco.

Community Calendar

For a quick recap of what we featured on tonight’s show: Legions of Boom, the discussion on Filipino American mobile DJs and the immersive theater experience is on Friday, May 13 for the panel discussion, and Saturday, May 14 for the immersive theater experience at 8 p.m. both nights at Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco.  AYPAL’s May Arts Festival is on Saturday, May 14 from 11 to 4 at San Antonio Park in Oakland.  and the Recology exhibition dates are Friday, May 20 from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday the 21st from 1 to 3, and Tuesday, May 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 401 Tunnel Avenue in San Francisco.

You may remember that on April 6, APEX covered a story about a Bay Area production of the Mikado where it was feared performers would be in Yellow Face. That controversy led to an important community discussion on equitable representation in the arts. It takes place on Monday May 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Arts activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph will be moderating a conversation on this topic with the members of the Ferocious Lotus Theater.

May 10th is Asian American Mental Health Day. Asian & Pacific Islanders make up one of the fastest growing ethnic communities in the United States, yet they have the lowest rates of utilization of mental health services among ethnic populations. To destigmatize mental health issues, Kearny Street Workshop has teamed up with the Richmond Area Multi-Services Inc. to present “Frames of Mind,” a seven-week photography workshop. An exhibition of their work focused on mental health led by documentarian R.J. Lozada that will be on display at the I-Hotel in Manilatown on May 10 to May 12.

As part of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance’s #RedefineSecurity week of action, a broad coalition of API community organizations are coming together to discuss what safety looks like for queer and trans API folks, particularly in the context of incarceration, immigration and racial profiling. This conversation will take place at Excelsior Works on May 15 from 3:30 to 5:30 with our friends at AACRE: API Equality of Northern California, the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, Asian Prisoners Support Committee, and ASPIRE 

And closing out May, spoken word artist and author Jason Bayani will be performing pieces drawing on stories from the fourth wave of Pilipino immigrants at Bindlestiff Studios on May 27 and 28.

#DalitHistoryMonth Spotlight, Intersectionality of Caste, Gender and Sexuality

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Dalit History MonthOn the 125th anniversary of ‪#‎Ambedkar‬‘s birth anniversary and in celebration of ‪#‎DalitHistoryMonth‬, hear from inspiring activists Benjamin P Kaila and Sumit Baudh.  Find out about how Dalit activists have been mobilizing in the bay area and beyond, and the incomparable legend, leader and visionary that #Ambedkar was!



Breathin’ the Eddy Zheng Story

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Eddy Zheng and Filmmaker Ben Wang at the World Premiere of Breathin' at San Quentin

Eddy Zheng and Filmmaker Ben Wang at the World Premiere of Breathin’ at San Quentin

Guest host Renee Geesler speaks with activist, immigrant, and former prisoner Eddy Zheng about Breathin’ the Eddy Zheng Story, the newly released documentary film by Ben Wang. Breathin’ documents Eddy’s 21-year journey through the California Prison system and his  eventual release.

The segment ends with a song by hip-hop artist Bambu about Eddy Zheng.

4/6/16 Higher Education and Preventing Yellow Face

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This week, we talk with members of Ferocious Lotus Theater Company about their organizing against a potentially offensive musical theater production coming to the Bay Area.
Then we focus on higher education:

  • Li Miao Lovett, member leader of AFT2121 and City College academic counselor

    Li Miao Lovett, member leader of AFT2121 and City College academic counselor

    Li Miao Lovett, a member leader of AFT 2121 at City College of San Francisco, talks about their stand-off with the administration and the strike vote 92 percent of their members recently passed.

  • Vincent Pan from Chinese for Affirmative Action talks about a bill they are supporting for FREE public higher education in California!
  • And Rex Halafihi, a student at San Francisco State University, talks about their efforts to support Ethnic Studies and ENHANCE it with the addition of Pacific Islander Studies, separate and distinct from Asian American Studies.

Peter Liang Conviction, Granny Cart Gangstas and More

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Thursday, March 24 on APEX Express –

Last month, NYPD officer Peter Liang was convicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter.  His conviction set off a firestorm of protests as Chinese Americans held rallies across the country demanding justice for the police officer. APEX contributor, Marie Choi, was in conversation with Esther Wang of CAAAV in NYC Chinatown and Alex Tom of the Chinese Progressive Association in SF Chinatown in the months after the shooting took place.

Then, Cecilia Tran talks with Kayan Cheung about her comic that depicts the relationship between an Asian-American sister and brother as the brother grows into a police officer caught up in the shooting of an unarmed Black trans youth.

We also speak with New York City High School teacher, Jeena Lee-Walker, who was fired from her job after several tense exchanges with supervisors about her lesson on the central park five, which according to documents from a federal lawsuit cited school officials as saying her lesson plans would “rile up black students and potentially and lead to riots.” We talk with her about the campaign and petition launched against her termination.

And APEX contributor Rizal Adanza speaks with the all-female, women of color comedy troupe, Granny Cart Gangstas.

We have all that and more—tune in 94.1 or http://www.kpfa.org.