4/30/15 The Spirit of Viet Nam Is Stronger Than US Bombs

Today is April 30th, a very significant date to the Vietnamese people. It was 40 years ago today that the U.S. imperialist army was forced out of Viet Nam, ending what was known in the U.S. as the “Viet Nam War” and what was known in Viet Nam as the “American War,” a war that marked a long history of anti-colonial struggle in the country and that killed millions in Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia.

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

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

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Tonight’s APEX Express is dedicated to commemorating the legacy of the Viet Nam War on the Vietnamese people – both in Viet Nam and in the Vietnamese diaspora here in the U.S. A complicated history in a divided country, we want to hear the voices of those impacted by the war, as well as those who resisted that war 40-50 years ago.

We will hear a personal commentary produced by APEX Contributor Yvonne Tran, pieced together out of conversations she had with her mother. Then, we have three guests live in the studio to talk more about the impacts of the war and to preview a community intergenerational teach-in happening in Oakland this Saturday called “Spirit of Viet Nam Is Stronger Than U.S. Bombs.” Our speakers include:

  • Thuy Trang Nguyen (VietUnity)
  • Michael Wong (Veterans for Peace, Chapter 69)
  • Armael Malinis (Migrante SF)

And we’ll play some awesome songs and historic speeches that came out in the ’60s and ’70s during the war!

Don’t miss it.

Tonight’s show is also in tribute to the thousands who lost their lives, and are still recovering, from the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Below is a list of women-led organizations that have asked for support for their long-term responses to the crisis. They are already mobilizing their communities to take action and welcome donations at this time.

4/23/15 Dalit History Month, SFIFF, and Wesley Burton

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Dalit_History_MonthApril is Dalit History Month. Tune in to learn about a group of feisty Dalit and Dalit American activists who have come together to make the Dalit rights, history and movement more visible through some spectacular online and real time mobilizing!

We also bring you highlights from women film makers at the upcoming San Francisco International Film Festival that begins today and runs till May 7 at venues in San Francisco and the East Bay. Plus we pay tribute to our dear beloved Wesley Burton, KPFA colleague and comrade who died in a road accident on April 18.  Wesley

Suite J-Town: The Art of Resilience

mandalaSuite J-Town: The Art of Resilience is a multidisciplinary, intercultural, multigenerational, site-specific series of performance events celebrating the history of San Francisco Japantown, created and conceived by Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu of First Voice.

The project reminds us of San Francisco Japantown’s history as the first of four remaining J-towns in the U.S. and inspires stewardship into the future.

If you’re inspired to get involved with the future of J-town, visit japantowntaskforce.org. Since 2001, the Japantown Task Force has been developing the Japantown Cultural Heritage and Economic Sustainability Strategy, which looks holistically at San Francisco’s Japantown to support and sustain this cultural community. This includes engaging the community with making decisions, developing a land trust to preserve some of the properties that are in private hands, and improving the Peace Plaza and Buchanan mall to make them truly useable by the community.

4/16/15 E. 12th Street Parcel, Suite J-Town, and Working Intersectionally


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Tonight we learn about the East 12th Street parcel sale in Oakland and why its creating such a stir. We also talk with Brenda Wong Aoki, Mark Izu, and their son KK about Suite J-Town, the Art of Resilience. And we hear from three Asian American organizers (Harrison Seuga with Asian Prisoner Support Committee; Sabiha Basrai with ASATA and Design Action Collective; and Ellen Choy with Movement Generation, Asians 4 Black Lives, and APEX) about how they work across multi-racial lines in their organizing. This panel was part of a retreat for Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality.

Sabiha, Ellen, and Harrison sharing the work they do at AACRE retreat. Photo by Mioi Hanaoka.

Sabiha, Ellen, and Harrison sharing the work they do at AACRE retreat. Photo by Mioi Hanaoka.

Shout out to Christine Cherdboonmuang, East Lake Communities for Justice; Monica Garcia, East Lake Communities for Justice; Sydney Fang, East Lake Communities for Justice, APEN, and Asians for Black Lives; Xan West, Black Seed; and Lucy Saephan, Long time East Oakland resident. Sound for the E. 12 Street Parcel story was taken from the public video of the City of Oakland Planning Commission Hearing. Also thanks to Michelle Lin for editing the AACRE panel.

4/8/15 Purvi Patel, Mauna Kea, and Marshall Islands

Image by Dignidad Rebelde

Image by Dignidad Rebelde

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Tonight we’ll hear an eclectic line-up taking us all over the globe:

  • First we’ll cover the stunning Indiana verdict that sentenced Purvi Patel to decades in prison after she sought medical help after suffering a miscarriage.
  • Then, we’ll hear about action the Republic of the Marshall Island took today in United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, demanding that the U.S. adhere to its commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. This David and Goliath lawsuit calls on the U.S. to immediately take action to disarm.
  • We’ll then go to the Big Island in Hawaii, where native Hawaiians have been protesting and blockading the mountain of Mauna Kea, stalling plans to build a mammoth telescope.
  • We’ll round out the hour in conversation with the Rupert Estanislao and Josh Castro, founders of Filipino punk rock label Aklasan Records. Rupert will be playing with Bankrupt District at a KPFA fundraiser at 924 Gilman.

4/2/2015 – Rebroadcast – Disability and Disability Justice in the Asian American Community

On tonight’s show we explore disability and disability justice:

We’ll hear from folks with disabilities spanning the visible like Jean Lin who has Cerebral Palsy to the invisible like Claire Light who has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Austin Tam who has ADHD and a cognitive disorder.

We’ll also hear from disability justice organizer Mia Mingus and her views on novel ways to conceive of disability and its contributions to the movement for collective liberation.

Peppered throughout the show, award-winning poet Anhvu Buchanan treats us with readings from his book The Disordered based on entries from the DSM IV.



Group exhibition in which artists with and without disabilities artists claim and define their own identities, experiment, and make their own rules at SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan Street in San Francisco


Bay Area Arts Access facilitates a workshop about employment equity in the arts for people with disabilities – also at SOMArts Cultral Center


Tonight from 6 – 9 pm at the Asian Art Museum join us for “Asian americans and the new racial justice movement” – Join Asian American and African American leaders, thinkers, and organizers in a conversation focused on the current Civil Rights crisis, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and the connections between their experiences. 


Join Kearny Street Workshop for a 4-part writing workshop exploring the sacred places where our poetical sense of community blossoms and grows. Guided by Tony Robles, participants will write about their sense of home, sense of self, and sense of place. Saturdays, 1-3PM Starting April 4th.


The Center for Political Education and the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED) will hold a five week class comparatively examining Third World liberation movements in Africa, Latin America, and the Arab World and reviewing debates about postcolonial studies and the relevance of such intellectual projects to the postcolonial world. That’s at 518 Valencia starting April 6th

3/26/15 Human Rights Work Under Attack, Avijit Roy Vigil, and Sandip Roy

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Tonight’s edition we revisit the R.J. Lozada’s trip to the Philippines and bring you an interview with Brandon Lee, a human rights worker who moved from the United States to the Philippines to be with his family and serve the people. Lee is currently being threatened by authorities in the Philippines, and we’ll talk to some of his friends and fellow organizers about how people can help protect Brandon and other activists.

We bring you thoughts from the vigil for slain Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy.

To conclude, we’ll bring you a lively discussion by Preeti Shekar Mangala with noted journalist and author Sandip Roy on his debut novel that has already been making waves, Don’t Let Him Know.

Listen to an expanded cut of Sandip Roy’s Interview:



Krisantha Sri Bhaggiyadatta
Reading and Reception

Visiting Sri Lankan Canadian poet from Toronto makes a rare U.S. West Coast appearance

Thursday April 2, 6:30-8:30PM at Kearney Street Workshop (ARC Studios and Gallery – 1246 Folsom St., San Francisco)

Free & open to the public
Suggested $5 donation (all proceeds go to the artist)
Light snacks provided
Co-sponsored by Kearny Street Workshop

KRISANTHA SRI BHAGGIYADATTA plays on the links between history, Sri Lanka and the Americas, Africa and Asia. He was a broadcaster of the radio show Bourgeois Blues, Bourgeois News on Toronto’s CKLN (now banned). He is presently compiling: A Very Personal English History of the World. His books of poetry include: Transfixed in Twilight (2015), Cheqpoint in Heaven (2005), Aay Wha’ Kinda Indian Arr U? (1997, 2015), The 52nd State of Amnesia (1992), The Only Minority is the Bourgeoisie (1985), and Domestic Bliss (1981). He has read poetry in Colombo, Kandy, Beijing, Port of Spain, New York, San Francisco, London, and Toronto.


On Memory and Place: Writing Workshop with Manilatown’s Tony Robles

April 4, 11, 17 & May 2, 1-3 PM at I-Hotel Manilatown Center (868 Kearny St., San Francisco)

Join Kearny Street Workshop for a 4-part writing workshop exploring the sacred places where our poetical sense of community blossoms and grows. Guided by Tony Robles, participants will write about their sense of home, sense of self, and sense of place. We will draw inspiration from the works of Asian Pacific American literary elders such as Jeff Tagami, Shirley Ancheta, Al Robles, and others who explore the heart of Manilatown, the heart in exile, and what it means to come home.