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2/15/18 Changing the Power Structure

Tonight on APEX Express, The PowerLeeGirls, a mother/daughter team talking about pressing issues in the APA community and beyond are talking about Changing the Power Structure. How do we support the social justice movement and how do we educate new leaders. We have folks on from Resource Generation and Seeding Change. Listen in!


2/8/18 Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Responses to Anti-Immigrant Mentalities


APEX Contributors (left) Geraldine Ah-Sue and Eunice Kwon interview Buena Vista United Methodist Church members (right).

Tonight’s show is on immigration. We’ll share Asian American community responses that counter today’s anti-immigrant policies and narratives.

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VietUnity at Oakland’s 2017 May Day protests

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Artist Flo Oy Wong in front of her work.

First, we’ll hear an interview with two members of Buena Vista Methodist Church, a historically Japanese American church that’s providing sanctuary for undocumented families.

Then we’ll speak with Leslie Tran from VietUnity, and Danny Thongsy from Asian Law Caucus about their current work in deportation defense for Vietnamese and Cambodian immigrant communities.

And last we’ll hear about the artwork of Flo Oy Wong. Her art uplifts the lives of paper daughters — women who forged documentation to come to the US after the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Community Calendar

Eastwind Books of Berkeley is hosting a book talk with Myles A. Garcia on his anthology of essays on the Filipino-American experience. The event is at Eastwind Books this Saturday at 3pm.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center is hosting a concert to celebrate Black History Month and to commemorate the Day of Remembrance, a day to remember the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. The concert will feature the Asian American Orchestra and the Voices of a Dream ensemble and will be on February 18th at 7PM.

VietUnity is partnering up with QTViet Cafe again for the 2018 Intergenerational Feast of Resistance on Saturday, April 7th. The intention is to celebrate and share the foodways and recipes of our families and/or loved ones as a pathway to organizing and creating a cultural healing hub.

In an effort to better understand San Francisco’s local arts ecosystem, ensure equitable distribution of resources, and pursue solutions to affordable housing for artists and cultural workers, the San Francisco Arts Commission has issued a brief 10-minute survey. If you are an artist or cultural worker, help the Arts Commission help you by taking 10-minutes to complete the survey. Visit for more info.

2/1/18 Defiantly Yours Music Mix

This week, we have guest host Zuha Khan, or DJ Baqvas, who will be spinning music that is Defiantly Yours: Radical Music from the Asian Diaspora in the Era of Trump. Regardless of the offensive statements that come out of his mouth, People of Color will not be silent. The defiant music you hear tonight will underscore this very thought.

Zuha Khan at

DJ Baqvas is no stranger to APEX Express. She produced a fundraiser for Bay Area Solidarity Summer at El Rio last year, which we featured on our 2017 Bay Area May Day show. DJ Baqvas is a member of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action and helps out with its projects like Bay Area Solidarity Summer, a political action camp for South Asian youth. She’s been a DJ for 7 years, starting at UC Davis’s college radio station KDVS and continues at San Francisco’s Her show, Fractal Chambers, is on every other Saturday at 10 a.m.

Zuha finds tracks produced by subversive artists, from right here at home to countries most wouldn’t think to look to. And we’re excited to hear her selections tonight.

You can follow her on Twitter @Zuha_Wave.

Community Calendar

  • Activist Tony Robles will read from his new book of poetry, Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike, on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Eastwind Books. This book is a journey into the soul of San Francisco, in all its cracks and fissures.
  • On Tuesday, February 6, Bindlestiff Studio, a black box theater in SOMA Pilipinas will be hosting a discussion on sexual harassment. How do we as a community address this problem amid the #metoo/Time’s Up movement? How can we prevent sexual harassment from happening in our community-based organizations? How do we cultivate an environment where people feel safe enough to speak out when it occurs? How do we employ principles of restorative justice to allow for amends? The meeting starts at 6:30 with an update on Bindlestiff Studio followed by the discussion at 7:30.  
  • Next Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at SOMArts Cultural Center is a Happy hour and conversation on queering Islam. As part of the exhibition Third Muslim: Queer and Trans* Muslim Narratives of Resistance and Resilience, this panel conversation will be made up of intergenerational community members who have made their own paths as queer Muslims. 

1/25/18 Writers and Filmmakers on Immigration and Organizing

Tonight on APEX Express, Powerleegirls hosts Miko Lee and Ayame Keane-Lee check in with documentary filmmakers and writers Mike Siv on Daze of Justice, Sahra Nguyen on Deported and Charles Vogl on New Year Baby and his latest book The Art of Community.
We hear the latest about immigration, deportation, storytelling and community.

Deported five part miniseries trailer
Deported screening in San Francisco January 31.
Filmmaker Sahra Nguyen
Daze of Justice trailer
Filmmaker Mike Siv
New Year Baby trailer
Producer & Author Charles Vogl

1/18/18 South Asian Spotlight on Consent

On tonight’s South Asia spotlight on APEX Express, we revisit the much discussed, shared and re-shared #MeToo campaign, but through a recent disturbing incident involving “feminist” ally and media personality Aziz Ansari. On the heels of a report detailing the account of a young photographer’s date with Ansari, which quickly degenerated into a harrowing night for her, social media has exploded with both self-proclaimed feminists and others critiquing both parties. But are there two sides? Or just a culture of violence that is trying to pass as normal and routine?

We ask:

  • What does this incident (and the way people responded to it) tell us about the culture of violence and silence we live in?
  • How do we hold our male, feminist allies accountable?
  • What are the uncomfortable gaps in our understanding of complex ideas around “consent,” that incidents like these prompt us to unlearn and learn?
  • How can we erase toxic misogyny and patriarchy and proactively build the world we want to live in – of authentic consent and freedom for all bodies to explore their desire and sexuality without stigma, fear of violence, or judgement?
  • How can nuanced feminist analyses translate to lived reality?

Join the discussion on tonight’s South Asia Feminist Special where we feature the voices, perspectives, and analyses of a range of South Asian feminists from the Bay Area and beyond.

1/11/18 Hope in the New Year

Tonight, we feature organizing at the state and local level.

Tonight, we’re looking at movement building and legislative change that is mounting in the new year. But if you take a bird’s-eye view, we’ll see that the repression has been year’s in the making. Whether we’re talking about the increase in higher education tuition, the dramatically increasing rents throughout California, or the forced displacements of communities there has been resistance through people powered solutions.

College 4 All

The first to join us is Celi Tamayo-Li. Born and raised in SF, Celi is the field organizer at San Francisco Rising where they’re focus is on “youth” which is defined as up to 30 years old. Celi taught history at Hilltop High, SF’s school for teen parents, and was the campaign manager for Vote 16 (a measure to lower the voting age to 16 in SF), which only lost by 2 percent. Celi talks about SF Rising’s College 4 All campaign.

Deepa Varma

Our next segment is hope for housing in the new year with an effort to repeal the Costa Hawkins Act. Our guest is Deepa Varma, the executive director of the San Francisco Tenants Union. Deepa has worked as an organizer, litigator and activist on social justice issues including women’s rights, public benefits, criminal justice reform and immigration. She was a tenants rights attorney in New York and at San Francisco’s Eviction Defense Collaborative. She helped to train a new generation of eviction defense lawyers in San Francisco to enforce the tenant protections we have in the city, and to provide last minute litigation support for tenants in housing court.

YOHANA getting down! Photo by Anth Bongco.

Finally, we we are joined by artist Colin Kimzey and Claire Amable, the youth health coordinator at SOMCAN or the South of Market Community Action Network. Colin and SOMCAN were awarded $3,000 from Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure grant to “invigorate and transform the San Francisco Bay Area arts community”. The project is called Barangay Broadside and it pays for silk screen workshops at the South of Market Community Action Network.


1/4/18 Collage of Voices

From Late Night with Joe Cascasan.

Tonight, we kick off the new year with voices from APEX contributors and our larger community. Charged with the request to share audio clips that inspired them through the last year, we hear from APEX contributors Lindsay Oda, Geraldine Ah-Sue, Nonogirl, and the Power Lee Women (Miko, Jalena, and Ayame). We also have a contribution from APEX’s co-founder Renee Geesler. And our community contributed including Oliver Saria from Bindlestiff Studio and Rachel Lastimosa with SOMA Pilipinas.

The audio contributions include music, poetry, inspirational speeches and interviews that cover labor, colonization, sovereignty and immigration. We hope this inspires you into the new year.