Category Archives: Art and Culture

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.

12/21/17: Community Organizing


Tonight, on APEX Express, Hosts Miko Lee and Jalena Keane-Lee talk about community organizing. We chat with Kung from Bay Resistance about what is happening right now and with Judith Mirkinson and Grace Shimizu from The Comfort Women Justice Coalition who were part of an organization bringing awareness to the sexual trafficking of women. We end the segment talking about APAs in the news. Join us.

Trigger warning for this episode due to descriptions of acts of violence, acts of war, or sexual violence and its aftermath. 

10/26/17 Artists, Resistance, and History

Apex Express hosts Miko Lee and Jalena Keane-Lee interview artist Amy Ho about her work in San Quentin, activist Pam Lee with an update on Temple University Professor Xiaoxing Xi wrongfully accused of espionage, and playwright Eugenie Chan on her latest work Madame Ho.

More info on topics from the show:

To check out Amy Ho‘s artistry check out her website: Artist Amy Ho

Pam Tau Lee from the Chinese Progressive Association partners with Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Chinese for Affirmative Action to “End National Security Scapegoating.”

Playwright Eugenie Chan premieres Madame Ho, a new play about her great-grandmother, who ran a Barbary Coast brothel. The cast includes many leading local Asian actors: Bonnie Okimoto, Lisa Hori-Garcia and more. Closing this weekend Oct. 28-29 at Cameron House, 920 Sacramento St., S.F. For free tickets reserve here.

Community Calendar
November 11, 2017 – May 20, 2018 In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, The National Japanese American Historical Society will be showcasing an installation called ARTISTS’ EYES: ART OF INCARCERATION running at two sites at the Presidio and Japantown.

10/19/2017 Beats of Resistance, Culture and Solidarity

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Tonight DJ Baagi and Natasha return to host a show on Beats of Resistance, Culture and Solidarity from the Asian and Pacific Islander communities worldwide.

This episode features fresh music of Filipina culture and resistance from Bay Area’s own Ruby Ibarra, unique folk and electronic sounds from the war-torn but resilient Syrian city of Aleppo — Hello Psychoaleppo and Bedouine, stereotype smashing sounds of korean artist Yaeji and more!

Song/Clip List:

Us, Artist: Ruby Ibarra
Album: Circa91 (2017), label: Kuartz

Playbill$, Artist: Ruby Ibarra
Album: (Circa91), label: Kuartz

Last Breath, Artist: Yaeji,
Album: Self Titled (EP) (2017), label: Godmode

Drink I’m Sippin On, Artist: Yaeji
Album: Self Titled (EP) (2017) label: Godmode

Qalby, Artist: Hello Psychaleppo
Album: Toyour (2017), label: Self Produced

Beirut, Artist: Hello Psychaleppo
Album: (2017), Produced: Self Produced

Dusty Eyes, Artist: Bedouine
Album: Bedouine (2017), label: Spacebomb Records

Summer Cold, Artist: Bedouine
Album: Bedouine (2017), label: Spacebomb Records

Clip of Interview, Artist: Bedouine

Oh Gaza, Artist: Hanna Cinthio Ft. Suhell Nafar of DAM
Album: Bedouine (2017), label: Spacebomb Records

10/12/17 Rohingya, Welga, and APAture

Tonight, we rebroadcast Salima Hamarani’s segment on the Rohingya refugee crisis and find inspiration in the arts.

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We visit Bindlestiff Studio to learn about Welgatheir latest production that weaves labor rights, educational rights, and family into a coming of age story set in SOMA Pilipinas.

Welga playwright Conrad Panganiban and labor activst Daz Lamparas.

And we talk with artists participating in Kearny Street Workshop’s annual showcase of Asian Pacific American artists, APAture. Interviews include Focus Artist Award recipient, Kristina Wong; visual artist Selena Ching; featured literary artist Vanessa Hua, author of Deceit and Other Possibilities; and featured book artist Innosanto Nagara, author of the popular children’s book, A is for Activist.

Books illustrated by APAture featured artist Innosanto Nagara.

Community Calendar

Welga continues through October 21 at Bindlestiff Studio.

Kearny Street Workshop is also participating in at Lit Crawl at Five and Diamond in San Francisco featuring alumni from their three month summer program for writers of color.

Also on Saturday, El Rio hosts a punk and hip hop benefit for Migrante SoMa/TL- San Francisco, a grassroots community organization that advocates and organizes Filipino migrants and workers in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

APAture programs continue this week with the Book Arts Showcase featuring Innosanto Nagara on Sunday, October 15 at Arc Gallery and Studios in San Francisco. And save the date for the Performing Arts showcase on Saturday, October 21 at the Asian Art Museum featuring Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.


Apex Express with Dolores Huerta & Peter Bratt

Dolores“I learned to use chopsticks when I was seven,” says our guest Dolores Huerta about growing up in diverse Stockton, California. Join us on Apex Express to hear Host Miko Lee and guest contributor Jalena Keane-Lee interview the legendary activist Dolores Huerta and filmmaker Peter Bratt all about the new documentary “Dolores“.

Dolores shares her experiences with intersectionality and community development. She talks about the Dolores Huerta Foundation which trains community activists and her struggle with making the film that features much of her personal life including interviews with many of her 11 children.

Peter Bratt talks about adding the human side to Dolores Huerta’s remarkable life. The film, produced by musician Carlos Santana, has been having sold out screenings throughout the Bay Area.