9/8/11 September 11 Then and Now

This week on Apex Express, we reflect back on 9/11. As the nation remembers the victims in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on board the airplanes, Apex explores the aftermath and how OUR communities have been affected.

We’ll hear a personal documentary by Robynn Takayama on how several Asian Pacific communities responded immediately after 9/11 to address racist scapegoating, hate crimes, and the build up to the War on Terrorism.

We also talk with Co-founder of the Sikh Coalition, Amardeep Singh, about the recent Islamaphobia conference and the accompanying website, “Unheard Voices of 9/11.”

And finally, we bring you a round table discussion with Valarie Kaur, award-winning filmmaker; Fahd Ahmed, legal and policy director with DRUM, Desis Rising Up & Moving; and Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

Plus we have a pair of tickets to Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra at Yoshi’s SF on September 11 for the 30th anniversary of the first Asian American Jazz Festival.

Community Calendar

  • On September 8 through 11, you can catch Lenora Lee Dance perform Reflections at Counterpulse in San Francsico. This interdisciplinary performance explores the unraveling stories of three succeeding generations of Chinese men as they redefine themselves in the American context.
  • Today through September 17th, you can catch the regional premier of Unveiled, a one-woman show by Rohina Malik exploring stories of stories of love, Islam, culture, language, racism and life. Catch this at Brava! for Women in the Arts in San Francisco.
  • On September 10, get your ono grinds on at the 10th Annual Poke Festival at San Francisco’s Hukilau! This free, outdoor block party features celebrity chefs, a spam musubi eating contest, and the Bay Area’s aloha spirit.
  • Come celebrate and honor 25 years of grassroots work by Trikone, an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered South Asians. This gala features food, dancing, and great performers at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.
  • Also on the 10th, The Power of Two, premieres at the Castro Theatre for $20. The documentary tells how twins Anabel Mariko Stenzel and Isabel Yuriko Stenzel Byrnes, both born with Cystic Fibrosis, overcome their affliction with double lung transplants.
  • On Sunday, September 11, celebrate 30 years of Asian American Jazz with a newly commissioned work by Anthony Brown and Mark Izu at Yoshi’s San Francisco Jazz Club.
  • Next Thursday, September 15, you can join Bindlestiff Studio in celebrating the return to their home on 6th Street with the opening of Stories High! This annual showcase of original works for the stage written, acted, and directed by Pilipino/Filipino American artists runs Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

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