8/20/2015 Hydis Workers, Richmond Crude By Rail, and #Asians4BlackLives

On tonight’s Apex Express:

Photo by Calvin Miaw and Ka Yan Cheung

Photo by Calvin Miaw and Ka Yan Cheung

Across Asia, more and more companies are crossing borders to open and close manufacturing plants.  Now, workers are doing the same.  After a Taiwanese multinational company shut down the Hydis plant that manufactures LCD screens in Korea, Korean workers began traveling to Taiwan to build relationships with Taiwanese unionists and hold demonstrations demanding their jobs back.  Calvin Miaw and Kayan Cheung report from Taipei.

Then, Richmond residents are getting ready to celebrate this weekend at the Our Power Festival, highlighting local alternatives to fossil fuels as they work to prevent trains carrying crude oil from coming through the city.

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Finally, it’s been a year since protests erupted in Ferguson Missouri after the police murder of Michael Brown.  We’ll talk with members of #Asians4BlackLives about how is the group growing and evolving with the movement.

8/13/15 Anak Rock, Define Undocumented, and the Soul of San Francisco



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We are excited to have indie rock band Scrabbel playing live in the KPFA studio where they’ll debut new songs!

AnakRockSFScrabbel is coming out of hibernation to play Anak Rock, a kid-friendly show at Bindlestiff Studio this Saturday from 4-8 p.m. and we’ll hear from Bindlestiff Managing Director Oliver Saria.

We’ll hear about Define Undocumented, a fundraiser for the young people at ASPIRE: Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education.

And we’ll hear from veteran cultural worker, Nancy Hom, who completed a 12-foot mandala that spotlights the things she loves about San Francisco and what we stand to lose.

Takashi Tanemori: Hibakusha/A-Bomb Survivor

Takashi Tanemori speaking at the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab Protest

Takashi Tanemori speaking at the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab Protest


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Takashi Tanemori is a survivor of the August 6, 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Then eight years old, he was less than one mile from ground zero when the bomb exploded. Tanemori-san is a renowned artist, writer and poet. His testimony of losing both parents and two siblings, losing his eyesight, facing humiliation, and overcoming hatred is documented in his 2007 book, Hiroshima: Bridge to Forgiveness. He delivered a speech at the gates of the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab on the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima where people staged a civil disobedience action and 57 people were arrested.

8/6/2015 Special Focus: 70th Anniversary of US Bombing of Hiroshima


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Chizu Hamada with the No Nukes Action speaks at today's protest on the 708th anniversary of the dropping of the Atomic bomb over Hiroshima

Chizu Hamada with the No Nukes Action speaks at today’s protest on the 708th anniversary of the dropping of the Atomic bomb over Hiroshima

Tonight, we mark the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima. We bring you interviews and sound from a demonstration that took place at the gates of the Livermore nuclear weapons lab, one of the world’s primary design labs for nuclear weapons, where the U.S. is presently spending billions of dollars to create new and modified nuclear weapons.

We will hear from rally speakers including, an atomic bomb survivor, Takashi Tanemori and activist Chizu Hamada, a member of No Nukes Action, formed after the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown disaster to protest Japanese and U.S. government nuclear policy.

7/30/2015 Nan Hui Campaign Victory, Beyond Bollywood Exhibit Curator Masum Momaya; SF-based artist Micropixie on her music and more!


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nan huiTune in tonight to APEX Express to find out about the significance of the Nan Hui campaign victory. Nan-Hui Jo, an undocumented survivor of domestic abuse, was released on bond from immigration detention on July 17. We discuss the signficance and next steps of the campaign with Cynthia Fong, campaign organizer and immigration attorney Zach Nightingale.

beyondbollywoodAlso find out about an exciting new exhibition starting this Saturday in Fremont titled Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. Curated by Masum Momaya from the Smithsonian Museum, in Washington DC, this exhibition is traveling and hits the bay area shores this weekend.

Sounds-So-Different_COVERWe also bring you the voice and music of local South Asian artist Micropixie.

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


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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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