10/13/16 Labor Strikes in S. Korea, Network on Religion and Justice, and Illustoria

Members of NRJ participating in the Digital Storytelling Project

Members of NRJ participating in the Digital Storytelling Project

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Tonight on APEX Express:

Photo by Melissa Kaseman

Photo by Melissa Kaseman

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Tonight is the opening night of Bindlestiff Studio’s Stories High! This culmination of their annual page to stage workshop series features six one-act plays about bike lane politics, popping the question, and urban legends. Performed at the country’s longest running, Filipino American performing art space, you don’t want to miss these performances by, for, and about our communities. Stories High runs for three weeks, so get your tickets now.

On Sunday, the Amandla Collective at KPFA hosts 24 hours of interviews, music, features, speeches, documentaries and more, celebrating the legacy and 50th anniversary of the black panther party for self defense, it’s relevance and necessity then and now. The Amandla Collective is comprised of Black programmers and engineers at KPFA who produce African Diaspora–Black–African-American content/shows. Make sure you tune in! 

Also on Sunday, October 16, reigning Miss GAPA 2016, Juicy Liu hosts Community Connections: The Bow Tie Party. This celebration honors the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation scholarship and grant recipients from across the country continue GAPA’s mission to empower the Asian & Pacific Islander LGBTQ community. Hosted by  Bayanihan Community Center

10/6/16 Free Khurram, APAture with Shivani Narang, and Marshalese poet Kathy Jetnil Kijiner


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Kashmiri Human Rights activist Khurram Parvez was taken into custody on his way to 33rd UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva to brief UN bodies, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and foreign governments on the atrocities committed by Indian state forces in Jammu and Kashmir. Khurram’s detention comes amidst widespread protests in Kashmir. Since July 2016, 82 civilians have been killed and 11,000 wounded. As international scholars and activists call to Free Khurram, we listen to him in conversation with APEX producer Tara Dorabji, discussing how he began his work for human rights.


We’ll be talking with poet Shivani Narang about her performance in APAture, a multi-day, multidisciplinary arts festival featuring of emerging Asian artists, presented by Kearny St. Workshop.


Then we’ll catch up with Kathy Jetnil Kijiner, a Marshallese poet, writer, performance artist and journalist, discussing the International Court of Justice’s judgments on preliminary issues in the Marshall Islands’ nuclear disarmament case against some nuclear nations. Listen to APEX Express.

9/29/16 Whose Food? Our Food

Kristyn Leach with Namu Farm

Kristyn Leach with Namu Farm

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Tonight on APEX Express, we talk with Kristyn Leach, a 33-year old Korean American farmer at Namu Farm in Sunol, CA. where she practices Korean Natural Farming.

Sticking with our food theme, we hear from food writer for the East Bay Express, Luke Tsai. He wrote the cover story, “Cooking Other People’s Food” and we tease out the problems that can result when fine dining chefs try their hand at cuisines outside their culture.

Ruby Mountain featured at KSW's APAture Music Showcase

Ruby Mountain featured at KSW’s APAture Music Showcase

Peppered throughout the show, we’ll hear from some of the musicians performing in Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture Music Showcase on Saturday night. Stay tuned because we have a ticket giveaway!

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Here’s the whole line-up for Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture 2016 Festival:
(10/1) APAture 2016: Music Showcase
(10/2) APAture 2016: Comics and Illustration Showcase
(10/7) APAture 2016: Literary Arts Showcase
(10/8) APAture 2016: Performing Arts Showcase
(10/9) APAture 2016: Film Showcase
(10/15) APAture 2016 Closing Reception & Artists Panel

On Tuesday, October 4, join the San Francisco launch of Hotspot, Cool Country—Biodiversity in the Philippines, a new book for all ages by Almira Astudillo Gilles, published by Anvil Books.

And next Thursday, Stories High opens.  This is the culmination of Bindlestiff Studio’s long-running annual page-to-stage theater workshop series, which runs from October 13 thru October 29. This year’s show features six one-act plays that feature pop divas, popping the question, urban legends, killer fashion, national tragedy, bike lane politics, and much more.

9/1/16 We Are Against the Wall, Goodbye to La Plebe, and Resistance to THAAD

Tonight we welcome a new voice to APEX, Sierra Lee who daylights at the Center for Asian American Media.

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Estamos contra el muro: We Are Against the Wall  Opening Sept 9th | Talk Sept 22nd | Community Demolition Oct 15th

La Plebe’s final shows are this Friday in Watsonville, Saturday at Gilman, October 14 at Bottom of the Hill, and October 15 at El Rio.

On Saturday, at 7 p.m. spend your evening with the indie, action, Filipino vampire film, Vampiriah! It screens at San Francisco Chinatown’s Historic Great Star Theater at 7 p.m.

And next Thursday, don’t miss out! Mass Bass is playing at 12:30 at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival! You thought they broke up, you thought that frontman Kiwi left the country! Be there on August 8. It may be your last chance to catch this seven-piece radical hip-hop soul collective from Oakland.

Next Thursday after 5 p.m. is “Kristina Night” at the Asian Art Museum! Comedian Kristina Wong joins filmmaker Jeff Adachi, performer Khmera Rouge, and other local artists and museum docents to reinterpret famous pieces of performance art from Yoko Ono, Shia Lebeouf and more. You won’t want to miss this hilarious, one-night only takeover.

Deep Blue Sea: String of Pearls at MCCLA

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A beautiful exhibition called Deep Blue Sea: String of Pearls is on view at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco. Through sculptures, prints, drawings and paintings, this Latino gallery shares space with kindred spirits from the Pacific Islands and west coast. Segment Producer Robynn Takayama met with MCCLA’s Gallery Coordinator Angelica Rodriguez and Samoan American artist Sekio Fuapopo  to talk about the artwork and this connection between Latinos and indigenous people from across the Pacific.

This cross cultural contemporary art exhibit that span the west coast and Pacific Islands closes on Friday, September 9. For more information visit missionculturalcenter.org

Facebook Censors Kashmiri Human Rights Activists

Thursday, August 18, 2016 on APEX Express, we’ll be talking about the recent violence by the Indian military that left over 50 civilians dead. And we’ll look at how Facebook is enforcing a blackout on information posted by human rights activists and journalists as it is suspending accounts of Kashmiris around the world.


Then, we hear from Miriam Ching Yoon Louie about her new book – Not Contagious – Only Cancer. We have all that and more, so tune in to 94.1 or http://www.kpfa.org.


8/11/16 Yuri Kochiyama Fellows and Letters About Black Lives

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Tonight on APEX Express, we have two guests hosts: Melissa Hung and Vida Huang. We’ll learn about Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus’s new Yuri Kochiyama Fellowship for formerly incarcerated Asian Pacific Islanders. We talk with young, radical, community members who have spoken about anti-black racism with their families and tried to move them towards solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. And we hear from Justin Lin, director of Star Trek Beyond, from back when he was just starting out and taking his film Better Luck Tomorrow on the festival circuit.

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On Saturday in San Bruno, Halau o Keikiali’i perform their Songs of Hilo and Tribute to Hawaii’s songbird, Lena Machado. This takes place at Capuchino High School. Doors open at 4 p.m. with Hawaiian arts, crafts, and food for sale. Performance is at 6 p.m. 

Also on Saturday night is the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Foundation’s Runway with 11 contestants vying for the title of Mister and Miss GAPA. The contest starts at 7 p.m. at the renovated Herbst Theater. Tickets for the pageant are available at cityboxoffice.com and our own Nonogirl will be one of the guest judges.

Next week on August 16, you can hear a conversation with movement leader Pam Tau Lee and Steven Bingham, moderated by Steve Williams. Pam founded the Asian Pacific Environmental Network and Chinese Progressive Association, and is a member of Asians 4 Black Lives, so she’ll have lots of knowledge to drop. This celebration of Movement Warriors organized by Hospitality House takes place at the Kelly Cullen Community in San Francisco.

And the Anti Police-Terror Project General Meeting is next Wednesday, August 17 at Eastside Arts Alliance. The Anti Police-Terror Project is a project of the ONYX ORGANIZING COMMITTEE that in coalition with other organizations working to develop a replicable and sustainable model to end police terrorism in this country