11/16/17 In the Trump Era

Tonight on APEX Express, join hosts Miko Lee and Jalena Keane-Lee as we  talk with lawyers and activists in Trump’s America. First we talk to Kevin Lo from Asian Americans Advancing Justice about the ICE round up of Cambodian Americans. Then we hear from activists Sonya Shah, Professor at California Institute of Integral Studies and founder of the Ahimsa Collective and Ke Lam from the Asian Prisoner Support Committee about the prison industrial complex in the Trump Era. We also hear from Nonogirl reporting from the Ban Trump Rally from the Bay all the way to the Philippines.

Action Items
Sign this Petition to stop the deportation of Cambodian refugees




Ban Trump Rally

On Monday, hundreds in San Francisco heeded the international Call to Action against Trump’s visit to the Philippines and Asia Pacific region. APEX’s Nonogirl brought back some tape from the rally including speeches by Jessica Antonio from BAYAN USA and Leslie Tran from VietUnity.

Photo by Megan Zapanta.


1. DONATE to BAYAN’s People’s Caravan and Protest actions to confront Trump at Clark Airbase. They will need to buy tents, sleeping bags, etc. as they camp-out along the 2-day caravan. You can Venmo @BAYANUSA or donate to BAYAN USA on www.paypal.com
2. JOIN the Resist US-Led War Movement by signing on to the Manifesto:http://www.resistusledwarmovement.com/


Tonight, we chat in studio with community leader Alvina Wong, about a coalition working to prevent the Oakland A’s from building a new ballpark next to Oakland Chinatown. And we hear from the survivors of the Gwangju Uprising and how this movement changed the course of Korean history in a piece by APEX producer Marie Choi. Peppered throughout the show, we hear from Tony Robles, an SF native and housing activist, who shares poems from his new book, Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike.

Alvina Wong from APEN and the Stay the Right Way coalition speak out against the proposed Oakland A’s stadium in Chinatown.

Joining us in studio is Oakland Organizing Director Alvina Wong from Asian Pacific Environmental Network, who is working to stop the proposed development of a new Oakland A’s stadium near Oakland Chinatown and Laney College. Alvina and the Stay the Right Way coalition organized and delivered a petition with 1,700 signatures opposing the development.

We also play Marie Choi’s powerful piece about the Gwangju Uprising, a pro-democracy uprising against the U.S. imposed military dictatorship in South Korea. This piece was produced by Marie Choi for Making Contact.

And we have poetry by Tony Robles. In 2016, a group of five San Francisco activists held a hunger strike to protest the racist killings committed by SFPD earlier that year. The 16-day strike inspired poet and housing activist Tony Robles to write “Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike.” Fingerprints is a collection of poems about displacement, police brutality, and resistance in the city that he loves.

Community Calendar

November 10th – The Center for Political Education, Women Cross DMZ, HOBAK, and Catalyst Project are hosting a panel on Averting US War on North Korea: What Progressive Must Know and Do. It’ll be 7-9PM at First Congregational Church of Oakland.

November 18th – Greg Watanabe will be telling the story of Gordon Hirabayashi and his impact on civil rights through a dramatic concert reading of “Hold These Truths” by playwright Jeanne Sakata. Tickets are available at fortmason.org and proceeds will go to San Francisco JACL’s Arts and Activism program.

11/2/17 Iffat Fatima’s Blood Leaves Its Trail

Tara Dorabji and shivani narang feature Asian and Asian American filmmakers.

APEX Express interviews directors from the 15th annual 3rd i South Asian Film Festival. In addition hear from independent filmmaker, Iffat Fatima, about her recent documentary: Blood Leaves its Trail, which explores issues of violence and memory in Kashmir. We’ll also be in conversation with scholar and Kashmiri human rights activist, Huma Dar to discuss how she’s been targeted by Twitter and Facebook for exposing human rights violations in Kashmir. Listen here.

Community Calendar

  • US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K Smith will be reading at CCA on November 3. That’s tomorrow. CCA calendar online for more info.
  • Open Mic & Writing Workshop- Afro-House Berkeley, Date: Nov 10th – Poetry writing session will be led by CalSLAM from 4pm-6pm. The writing workshop will draw from the theme of reclamation of blackness and spaces, everyone is welcome to the open mic portion!
  • palestinian youth movement – Building Solidarity against Militarization. Thursday, November 16 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM / East Side Arts Alliance: A Panel on Political Prisoners and Incarceration from Palestine, the US and the Philippines, with Sahar Francis of Addameer (the Palestinian Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association)
  • Fall Events At Eastwind Books of Berkeley:
    • November 18, Saturday 2pm – The Discovery of Ramen: The Asian Hall of Fame – Children’s Story Hour with Oliver Chin
    • November 19, Sunday 3pm – The Chinese Typewriter: A History Book Talk w Author Tom S. Mulley
    • December 9, Saturday 3pm – Book talk featuring Barbara Jane Reyes, Janice Sapigao, and Veronica Montes (co-sponsored by {m}aganda magazine)


10/26/17 Artists, Resistance, and History

Apex Express hosts Miko Lee and Jalena Keane-Lee interview artist Amy Ho about her work in San Quentin, activist Pam Lee with an update on Temple University Professor Xiaoxing Xi wrongfully accused of espionage, and playwright Eugenie Chan on her latest work Madame Ho.

More info on topics from the show:

To check out Amy Ho‘s artistry check out her website: Artist Amy Ho

Pam Tau Lee from the Chinese Progressive Association partners with Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Chinese for Affirmative Action to “End National Security Scapegoating.”

Playwright Eugenie Chan premieres Madame Ho, a new play about her great-grandmother, who ran a Barbary Coast brothel. The cast includes many leading local Asian actors: Bonnie Okimoto, Lisa Hori-Garcia and more. Closing this weekend Oct. 28-29 at Cameron House, 920 Sacramento St., S.F. For free tickets reserve here.

Community Calendar
November 11, 2017 – May 20, 2018 In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, The National Japanese American Historical Society will be showcasing an installation called ARTISTS’ EYES: ART OF INCARCERATION running at two sites at the Presidio and Japantown.

10/19/2017 Beats of Resistance, Culture and Solidarity

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Tonight DJ Baagi and Natasha return to host a show on Beats of Resistance, Culture and Solidarity from the Asian and Pacific Islander communities worldwide.

This episode features fresh music of Filipina culture and resistance from Bay Area’s own Ruby Ibarra, unique folk and electronic sounds from the war-torn but resilient Syrian city of Aleppo — Hello Psychoaleppo and Bedouine, stereotype smashing sounds of korean artist Yaeji and more!

Song/Clip List:

Us, Artist: Ruby Ibarra
Album: Circa91 (2017), label: Kuartz

Playbill$, Artist: Ruby Ibarra
Album: (Circa91), label: Kuartz

Last Breath, Artist: Yaeji,
Album: Self Titled (EP) (2017), label: Godmode

Drink I’m Sippin On, Artist: Yaeji
Album: Self Titled (EP) (2017) label: Godmode

Qalby, Artist: Hello Psychaleppo
Album: Toyour (2017), label: Self Produced

Beirut, Artist: Hello Psychaleppo
Album: (2017), Produced: Self Produced

Dusty Eyes, Artist: Bedouine
Album: Bedouine (2017), label: Spacebomb Records

Summer Cold, Artist: Bedouine
Album: Bedouine (2017), label: Spacebomb Records

Clip of Interview, Artist: Bedouine

Oh Gaza, Artist: Hanna Cinthio Ft. Suhell Nafar of DAM
Album: Bedouine (2017), label: Spacebomb Records

10/12/17 Rohingya, Welga, and APAture

Tonight, we rebroadcast Salima Hamarani’s segment on the Rohingya refugee crisis and find inspiration in the arts.

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We visit Bindlestiff Studio to learn about Welgatheir latest production that weaves labor rights, educational rights, and family into a coming of age story set in SOMA Pilipinas.

Welga playwright Conrad Panganiban and labor activst Daz Lamparas.

And we talk with artists participating in Kearny Street Workshop’s annual showcase of Asian Pacific American artists, APAture. Interviews include Focus Artist Award recipient, Kristina Wong; visual artist Selena Ching; featured literary artist Vanessa Hua, author of Deceit and Other Possibilities; and featured book artist Innosanto Nagara, author of the popular children’s book, A is for Activist.

Books illustrated by APAture featured artist Innosanto Nagara.

Community Calendar

Welga continues through October 21 at Bindlestiff Studio.

Kearny Street Workshop is also participating in at Lit Crawl at Five and Diamond in San Francisco featuring alumni from their three month summer program for writers of color.

Also on Saturday, El Rio hosts a punk and hip hop benefit for Migrante SoMa/TL- San Francisco, a grassroots community organization that advocates and organizes Filipino migrants and workers in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

APAture programs continue this week with the Book Arts Showcase featuring Innosanto Nagara on Sunday, October 15 at Arc Gallery and Studios in San Francisco. And save the date for the Performing Arts showcase on Saturday, October 21 at the Asian Art Museum featuring Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.