Category Archives: Art and Culture

3/23/17 Women and Disability

Tonight, during Women’s History Month, we’re exploring disability:

  • We talk with Alice Wong, founder of the Disability Visibility Project, and hear some excerpts from its tremendous collection of oral histories – stories told from the lived experiences of folks from the disability community.
  • We talk with Carina Ho, a dancer paralyzed from her chest down, who continues dancing in her wheelchair for AXIS Dance Company.
  • And we hear from Claire Light, a writer with an invisible disability: chronic fatigue syndrome.

Tonight’s show includes guest producers Geraldine Au-Sue and Lindsay Oda.

2/16/17 Thi Bui, Art Shibayama and Moazzam Sheikh

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We’ll be in conversation with author Thi Bui about her debut graphic novel, “The Best We Could Do,” which offers a haunting and intimate portrayal of one family’s journey from war torn Vietnam. Then, we’ll hear from the lead petitioner seeking justice for the Shibayama brothers, who continue to demand that the US government be accountable for its ongoing failure to provide redress for war crimes perpetrated against them as children during World War II. We will round out the hour in conversation with contributors of the newly released South Asian American Issue released by the Chicago Quarterly, guest edited by Moazzam Sheikh, who explains that “The new South Asian American writer is a wild beast.” We’ll delve into that wildness. We have all that and more, so tune it.

More information about the Campaign for Justice for Shibayama Brothers case here.

Information about the petition in support of the Shibayama Brothers here.

 

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2/3/17 Social Energies and ROOTS San Quentin Podcast

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This week we talk with Needa Bee, founder of Feed the People and member of Asians for Black Lives. She is part of housed Oakland residents who supported The Village. She provides an update for this powerful form of reclaiming public land and build dignified housing and services for our houseless community members living in the streets

We talk with artist Christine Wong Yap. She’s one of eight Chinese American artists in the Social Energies exhibition that opens tomorrow in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Folks in the ROOTS program put on by Asian Prisoner Support Committee talk about the School-to-Prison Pipeline thanks to the. And we play music to lift your spirits selected by new APEXer Anica Wu.

Social Energies features works on paper and editions by Kayan Cheung-Miaw, Andrew Chuani Ho, Louise Leong, Cathy Lu, Leon Sun, Chelsea Wong, Leland Wong, and Christine Wong Yap. The artists are involved in community organizing, gardening, meditating, shopping, cooking for others and for strangers, and juggling day jobs, navigating their creative communities and the current political climate, all the while balancing the determination and focus needed to sustain creative output.

Asian Prisoner Support Committee is an Oakland-based organization providing support to Asian Pacific Islander prisoners. They also educate the community about the growing number of API’s in the United States being imprisoned, detained, and deported. APSC’s Restoring Our Original True Selves, or ROOTS program, seeks to increase knowledge about API culture, history, community issues, and healing practices among San Quentin inmates. Their program provides weekly classes involving guest speakers, group discussions, and leadership/empowerment activities. They serve over 30 AAPI prisoners by building support networks and opportunities for transformation and reentry.

In this segment, we’ll share voices from three prisoners. They talk about the vulnerabilities they faced as targets of racism and bullying through the “school-to-prison pipeline.” The “School-to-Prison Pipeline” refers to the trend where minorities with histories of poverty, abuse, or neglect are disciplined more harshly for minor offenses. They’re often forced out of schools and into prisons.

This podcast was recorded, edited, and produced entirely by a team of currently incarcerated people in the San Quentin Prison Report and the San Quentin ROOTS program.

Community Calendar

This Saturday in Watsonville, there’s an action supporting the boycott of Driscoll Berries. Farm workers in San Quintin, Mexico demand that they be treated with dignity and respect. They demand that Driscoll sit down to negotiate union contracts with the field workers. This event is on Saturday from 1-3 in Watsonville Plaza. https://www.facebook.com/events/1338481426182606/

On Monday at 7 p.m., Kearny Street Workshop starts a four-session workshop on writing narrative prose. This is a FREE, all-levels course that will help strengthen your understanding of narrative writing and help you put those stories that you’ve been wanting to tell onto the page.  https://www.facebook.com/events/812772052193812/

And on Wednesday, Migrante SoMa/Tenderloin holds an immigration clinic at Bayanihan from 6 to 8 p.m. Whether you’re a permanent resident looking to file for citizenship, petitioning a family member, or looking for a path towards legalization, it’s important to get informed and take action to defend our community. https://www.facebook.com/events/343882162677691/

11/17/16 Jeff Chang, artists, and activists break down the cultural narrative of Trump


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Thursday, November 17 at 7pm tune into APEX Express on KPFA (94.1 or http://www.kpfa.org), bringing you an Asian and Asian American view from the bay and around the world. On APEX,  we’ll spend the hour breaking down the narrative of the Trump campaign and how it’s hitting communities of color across the nation. We’ll be speaking with artists and activists about this collective moment of grief and fear. We speaks with:

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Jeff Chang writes extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. His books include: American Book Award Winner, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, the critically acclaimed Who We Be: The Colorization of America, and We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes On Race and Resegregation. His next project is a biography of Bruce Lee. Jeff was named by The Utne Reader as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World,” and is also a co-founder of CultureStr/ke and ColorLines. He serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

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Ayesha Mattu is a writer and editor of two groundbreaking anthologies – Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women and Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy. Ayesha’s books have been featured globally by media including the New York Times, NPR, the BBC, Washington Post, Guardian, Times of India, Dawn Pakistan, and Jakarta Post.

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Terry Valen, President of NAFCON (NAHF cahn), a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic and racial justice and equality. At present, NAFCON members encompass over 23 cities in the United States.

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Sabiha Basrai is a member of Design Action Collective — a worker-owned cooperative dedicated to serving social justice movements with art, graphic design, and web development. Sabiha is also Co-Coordinator of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action where she works with racial justice organizers to fight against Islamophobia.

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Wei Lee with ASPIRE, the first Pan-Asian undocumented immigrant led group in the country housed under Asian Law Caucus.

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10/13/16 Labor Strikes in S. Korea, Network on Religion and Justice, and Illustoria

Members of NRJ participating in the Digital Storytelling Project

Members of NRJ participating in the Digital Storytelling Project


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Tonight on APEX Express:

Photo by Melissa Kaseman

Photo by Melissa Kaseman

Community Calendar

Tonight is the opening night of Bindlestiff Studio’s Stories High! This culmination of their annual page to stage workshop series features six one-act plays about bike lane politics, popping the question, and urban legends. Performed at the country’s longest running, Filipino American performing art space, you don’t want to miss these performances by, for, and about our communities. Stories High runs for three weeks, so get your tickets now.

On Sunday, the Amandla Collective at KPFA hosts 24 hours of interviews, music, features, speeches, documentaries and more, celebrating the legacy and 50th anniversary of the black panther party for self defense, it’s relevance and necessity then and now. The Amandla Collective is comprised of Black programmers and engineers at KPFA who produce African Diaspora–Black–African-American content/shows. Make sure you tune in! 

Also on Sunday, October 16, reigning Miss GAPA 2016, Juicy Liu hosts Community Connections: The Bow Tie Party. This celebration honors the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation scholarship and grant recipients from across the country continue GAPA’s mission to empower the Asian & Pacific Islander LGBTQ community. Hosted by  Bayanihan Community Center

10/6/16 Free Khurram, APAture with Shivani Narang, and Marshalese poet Kathy Jetnil Kijiner

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Kashmiri Human Rights activist Khurram Parvez was taken into custody on his way to 33rd UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva to brief UN bodies, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and foreign governments on the atrocities committed by Indian state forces in Jammu and Kashmir. Khurram’s detention comes amidst widespread protests in Kashmir. Since July 2016, 82 civilians have been killed and 11,000 wounded. As international scholars and activists call to Free Khurram, we listen to him in conversation with APEX producer Tara Dorabji, discussing how he began his work for human rights.

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We’ll be talking with poet Shivani Narang about her performance in APAture, a multi-day, multidisciplinary arts festival featuring of emerging Asian artists, presented by Kearny St. Workshop.

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Then we’ll catch up with Kathy Jetnil Kijiner, a Marshallese poet, writer, performance artist and journalist, discussing the International Court of Justice’s judgments on preliminary issues in the Marshall Islands’ nuclear disarmament case against some nuclear nations. Listen to APEX Express.

9/29/16 Whose Food? Our Food

Kristyn Leach with Namu Farm

Kristyn Leach with Namu Farm


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Tonight on APEX Express, we talk with Kristyn Leach, a 33-year old Korean American farmer at Namu Farm in Sunol, CA. where she practices Korean Natural Farming.

Sticking with our food theme, we hear from food writer for the East Bay Express, Luke Tsai. He wrote the cover story, “Cooking Other People’s Food” and we tease out the problems that can result when fine dining chefs try their hand at cuisines outside their culture.

Ruby Mountain featured at KSW's APAture Music Showcase

Ruby Mountain featured at KSW’s APAture Music Showcase

Peppered throughout the show, we’ll hear from some of the musicians performing in Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture Music Showcase on Saturday night. Stay tuned because we have a ticket giveaway!

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Here’s the whole line-up for Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture 2016 Festival:
(10/1) APAture 2016: Music Showcase
(10/2) APAture 2016: Comics and Illustration Showcase
(10/7) APAture 2016: Literary Arts Showcase
(10/8) APAture 2016: Performing Arts Showcase
(10/9) APAture 2016: Film Showcase
(10/15) APAture 2016 Closing Reception & Artists Panel

On Tuesday, October 4, join the San Francisco launch of Hotspot, Cool Country—Biodiversity in the Philippines, a new book for all ages by Almira Astudillo Gilles, published by Anvil Books.

And next Thursday, Stories High opens.  This is the culmination of Bindlestiff Studio’s long-running annual page-to-stage theater workshop series, which runs from October 13 thru October 29. This year’s show features six one-act plays that feature pop divas, popping the question, urban legends, killer fashion, national tragedy, bike lane politics, and much more.