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.

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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.

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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.

Community Calendar

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

6/23/16 Indigenous Filipino Leaders and Jade Cho’s Poetry Collection

On June 23, on APEX we talk with poet Jade Cho about her debut poetry collection, In the Tongue of Ghosts, which “was penned carefully like prophecies of unborn children.”

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Then, we hear from a group of indigenous leaders from Mindanao, the Southernmost part of the Philippines, who traveled across the United States speaking out against the mining of heir ancestral lands. Listen here.

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6/16/16 PulseOrlando

Oakland's vigil for the shooting in Orlando. Photo by Hyejin Shim.

Oakland’s vigil for the shooting in Orlando. Photo by Hyejin Shim.


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Tonight on APEX Express, we have guest host Mia Nakano with the Visibility Project, a national portrait and video collection dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women & Trans* community. She helps us delve into a discussion with our community about life after the Pulse Orlando tragedy.  We bring you perspectives from queer, radical Asian American, South Asian, and Muslim community members including Cayden Mak from 18 Million Rising, an AAPI political advocacy and awareness organization, Poonam Kapoor and Mohammed Shaik Hussain Ali from Trikone, a Bay Area based LGBTQ South Asian group, and writer and activist Canyon Sam.

Sokeo Ros in From Refugee Camp to Project

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And we welcome educator and performer Sokeo Ros into the studio. His one-man show From Refugee Camp to Project uses dance, video, and storytelling to talk about his journey from Asia to America, from housing projects to artistic projects.

Community Calendar
On Friday at 8 pm, two great books are released at once at Myns Warehouse in Oakland. Jai Arun Ravine will read from The Romance of Siam: A Pocket Guide, which is a subverted travel guide that interrogates the desire white people have to lose and reinvent themselves in Thailand. Joining Jai is Miriam Ching Yoon Louie who will read from her comedic novel, Not Contagious—Only Cancer.

As a reminder, there’s a march from the Castro to Galeria de la Raza on Saturday starting at 2:30 to honor the victims’ lives in Orlando. Meet at the intersection of Castro and Market streets. Galeria hosts speakers and performers who stand in solidarity against those who wish to harm, create fear and remove our freedoms from us. Come stand against homophobia, islamophobia and exclusion.

Earlier on Saturday, AROC in partnership with the National Lawyer’s Guild-SF and the Electronic Frontier Foundation host a community defense training. Know your rights on the street, on the web, and beyond. Protect yourself against undercover cops, informants, and cooperating witnesses. This training is from 1-4 p.m. at the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics.

On Sunday at 1:30, OUT RUN a documentary by Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons will be showing at the Castro Theater. Mobilizing working-class transgender hairdressers and beauty queens, the dynamic leaders of the world’s only LGBT political party wage a historic quest to elect a trans woman to the Philippine Congress. This screening features a Q+A with the directors and film subject Raymond Alikpala.

6/9/2016 California History Textbook Campaign Update; Purvi Patel and the Criminilization of Abortion

Tune in tonight for our monthly South Asian edition of APEX Express. First we bring you a critical discussion with Dalit artivist Thenmozhi Soundararajan from the South Asian Histories for All coalition, on the ongoing California Textbook Campaign; on the struggle to keep ancient Indian history curricula in middle school history textbooks, as- it-happened, and not how a well-funded group of Hindu fundamentalists would like it to be. Then we discuss with Lisa Sangoi, a lawyer with National Advocates for Pregnant Women,  Purvi Patel’s case, where we find out the status quo of a young Indian American woman who was unjustly thrown in jail for 20 years, for having a late term abortion. Produced by: Preeti Mangala Shekar and Justine Lee

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.