Category Archives: Art and Culture

9/13/18: Celebrating India’s Historic Moment for LGBT Rights: Striking down of sec.377; Climate Change in South Asia & A Peek Into a Brand New Storytelling Podcast!

On this month’s South Asian spotlight, we celebrate India’s Supreme Court’s historic decision striking down Section 377, an archaic Colonial law that criminalized homosexuality. We talk to a feisty Desi lesbian couple  Priti and Mads about their new ice cream business, a venture that has helped them dream and live outside the box in many ways!

We also hear from Thanu Yakupitiyage from, about the ongoing climate actions in resistance to Governor Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, and why climate change is also a South Asian issue; and the piece de resistance: a sneak peek into a brand new storytelling podcast by APEX Express’ Preeti Mangala Shekar!



9/6/18: Green Edition of APEX Express: Soumyaa Kapil Behrens on her new film; the Asian contingent at the climate actions and more!

Tune in to a special green edition of APEX Express, featuring a film from the San Francisco Green Film Festival, a film on whaling, and spotlighting the upcoming Solidarity to Solutions Week happening September 8 to 14.

We interview Soumyaa Kapil Behrens about her new film Nail House and Megumi Sasaki about her film Whale of a Tale. We also talk to Thuy Trang about the Asian contingent at the upcoming Solidarity to Solutions week, and the march on Sep 8!


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8/23/2018: Reflections & Reportbacks from the NQAPIA Conference and Bay Area Solidarity Summer (BASS)


Tonight’s show is about reflections and reportbacks! Today’s show is a reportback special from two key events that took place this summer: the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Allianceconference held in San Francisco last month, and Bay Area Solidarity Summer. We debrief about this rich forum in conversation with organizer Tracy Nguyen API Equality – Northern California, one of the local organizations that organized this edition of NQAPIA and Khudai Tanveer. To discuss their reflections on Bay Area Solidarity Summer, we have Sathvik Nair and Shreedha N. Hordagoda discuss their experiences of this South Asian youth activist camp

8/16/18 50 Years of Asian America

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Tonight Powerleegirls Miko Lee & Ayame Keane-Lee present Asian American’s Advancing Justice Reflections on the 1968 SFSU Strikes, a look back at the seminal student movement at San Francisco State University that not only led the creation of ethnic studies programs across the country and the modern Asian American identity as we know it, but even shaped the formation of Advancing Justice — Asian Law Caucus. A panel discussion moderated by Paul Ocampowith Juanita Tamayo Lott, Penny Nakatsu, and Laureen Chew, three leaders of the 1968 strikes who were instrumental in the movement’s success.

We also feature music by Malaysian 4 Languages “Wake Up!” selected by Sonny Lê.

Redevelopment in SOMA

Pistahan 2016” by RealCereal is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Tonight, we explore the importance of space. Whether we’re talking about living space or our social surroundings, if you don’t own or manage the venue, you may be in a precarious situation. In this segment, we focus on the effects of Redevelopment on Filipinos in San Francisco’s South of Market community through the lens of Alleluia Panis, a longtime cultural worker and artistic director of Kularts, and MC Canlas, local historian and cultural specialist for the Filipino American Development Foundation.

To tell the modern day story about displacement and land ownership in San Francisco, you have to start with the International Hotel. This weekend, I went to the annual commemoration of the eviction. Board member Carlos Zialcita kicked off the event.

8/9/18 Importance of Space

Tonight, we explore the importance of space. Whether we’re talking about living space or our social surroundings, if you don’t own or manage the venue, you may be in a precarious situation.

In the first half of the show, we focus on the Filipino community. Members of SOMA Pilipinas Alleluia Panis, artistic director of Kularts, and MC Canlas, cultural specialist for the Filipino American Development Foundation, talk about the effects of Redevelopment on San Francisco’s South of Market community. More information is available at Freedom Archive’s Resistance to Urban Renewal timeline.

The team that liberated 23rd Ave Community Building. Photo by Steve King.

Then we’ll go across the bay and spotlight a victory. The Liberate 23rd Ave Community Building campaign is an amazing victory, keeping a Queer and Trans People of Color space in the hands of the community. Guests include Eri Oura and Eugene Kang from Cycles of Change, Devi Peacock from Peacock Rebellion, and Ricardo Andrade, a long-time resident at the space.

This mix-use building is home to a community bike shop (The Bikery, part of Cycles of Change), a Queer & Trans People Of Color collectively-run house and community garden (SOL – Sustaining Ourselves Locally), a martial arts and self-defense studio (Shaolin Life), a people of color-led maker/hacker space (LOL – Liberating Ourselves Locally) that is now a program of Peacock Rebellion, and a queer and trans people of color arts + healing organization (Peacock Rebellion).

Community Calendar

  • Tomorrow, the International Hotel Manilatown Center host Club Mandalay. This free, family-friendly music club starts at 7 p.m. and features jazz sets by house band, The Autonomous Region.
  • Pistahan Parade and Festival is Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Yerba Buena Gardens

7/12/18: Artists Shaking Things Up




Tonight on Apex Express we hear from Artists Shaking Things Up. First we chat with International dancer, scholar and educator Tara Pandeya and then we speak with Visual Artists and curator Justin Charles Hoover about the new exhibit “Don’t Believe the Hype, Asian Americans in Hip Hop.”

We will also hear some tracks from Jason Chu’s latest album and hear the Powerleegirls Miko Lee, Ayame Keane-Lee and Jalena Keane-Lee riff about politics, arts and culture.


Calendar items

This Saturday it’s Bay Area Solidarity Summer’s fourth annual community fundraiser at SoleSpace! This is an Dance party Fundraiser for BASS, a political action camp for progressive college-age South Asian Americans to develop their political organizing skills and build community with their peers.

Also check out the 59th season of San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical – running through Sept. 9, 2017 at parks around you.

Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, World Premiere of Leah Nanako Winkler’s Two Mile Hollow opening July 15th at Potrero Stage in San Francisco.

The Chinese American Museum‘s show “Don’t Believe the Hype: Asian-Americans in Hip-Hop.” runs through November 2018. Hot Summer Nights: Hip Hop Artists and the Industry – August 23, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, with Pecha Kucha style presentations by visual artists and hip hop insiders followed by live music.