Category Archives: Conflict/Peace

4/30/15 The Spirit of Viet Nam Is Stronger Than US Bombs

Today is April 30th, a very significant date to the Vietnamese people. It was 40 years ago today that the U.S. imperialist army was forced out of Viet Nam, ending what was known in the U.S. as the “Viet Nam War” and what was known in Viet Nam as the “American War,” a war that marked a long history of anti-colonial struggle in the country and that killed millions in Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia.

Colonialists, International Traitors, Think Carefully Before You Take Vietnam - To Lien (1978)

Colonialists, International Traitors, Think Carefully Before You Take Vietnam – To Lien (1978)


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Tonight’s APEX Express is dedicated to commemorating the legacy of the Viet Nam War on the Vietnamese people – both in Viet Nam and in the Vietnamese diaspora here in the U.S. A complicated history in a divided country, we want to hear the voices of those impacted by the war, as well as those who resisted that war 40-50 years ago.

We will hear a personal commentary produced by APEX Contributor Yvonne Tran, pieced together out of conversations she had with her mother. Then, we have three guests live in the studio to talk more about the impacts of the war and to preview a community intergenerational teach-in happening in Oakland this Saturday called “Spirit of Viet Nam Is Stronger Than U.S. Bombs.” Our speakers include:

  • Thuy Trang Nguyen (VietUnity)
  • Michael Wong (Veterans for Peace, Chapter 69)
  • Armael Malinis (Migrante SF)

And we’ll play some awesome songs and historic speeches that came out in the ’60s and ’70s during the war!

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Tonight’s show is also in tribute to the thousands who lost their lives, and are still recovering, from the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Below is a list of women-led organizations that have asked for support for their long-term responses to the crisis. They are already mobilizing their communities to take action and welcome donations at this time.

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3/26/15 Human Rights Work Under Attack, Avijit Roy Vigil, and Sandip Roy

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Tonight’s edition we revisit the R.J. Lozada’s trip to the Philippines and bring you an interview with Brandon Lee, a human rights worker who moved from the United States to the Philippines to be with his family and serve the people. Lee is currently being threatened by authorities in the Philippines, and we’ll talk to some of his friends and fellow organizers about how people can help protect Brandon and other activists.

We bring you thoughts from the vigil for slain Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy.

To conclude, we’ll bring you a lively discussion by Preeti Shekar Mangala with noted journalist and author Sandip Roy on his debut novel that has already been making waves, Don’t Let Him Know.

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Krisantha Sri Bhaggiyadatta
Reading and Reception

Visiting Sri Lankan Canadian poet from Toronto makes a rare U.S. West Coast appearance

Thursday April 2, 6:30-8:30PM at Kearney Street Workshop (ARC Studios and Gallery – 1246 Folsom St., San Francisco)

Free & open to the public
Suggested $5 donation (all proceeds go to the artist)
Light snacks provided
Co-sponsored by Kearny Street Workshop

KRISANTHA SRI BHAGGIYADATTA plays on the links between history, Sri Lanka and the Americas, Africa and Asia. He was a broadcaster of the radio show Bourgeois Blues, Bourgeois News on Toronto’s CKLN (now banned). He is presently compiling: A Very Personal English History of the World. His books of poetry include: Transfixed in Twilight (2015), Cheqpoint in Heaven (2005), Aay Wha’ Kinda Indian Arr U? (1997, 2015), The 52nd State of Amnesia (1992), The Only Minority is the Bourgeoisie (1985), and Domestic Bliss (1981). He has read poetry in Colombo, Kandy, Beijing, Port of Spain, New York, San Francisco, London, and Toronto.

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On Memory and Place: Writing Workshop with Manilatown’s Tony Robles

April 4, 11, 17 & May 2, 1-3 PM at I-Hotel Manilatown Center (868 Kearny St., San Francisco)

Join Kearny Street Workshop for a 4-part writing workshop exploring the sacred places where our poetical sense of community blossoms and grows. Guided by Tony Robles, participants will write about their sense of home, sense of self, and sense of place. We will draw inspiration from the works of Asian Pacific American literary elders such as Jeff Tagami, Shirley Ancheta, Al Robles, and others who explore the heart of Manilatown, the heart in exile, and what it means to come home.

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8/21/2014 Traveling to the DPRK

 

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On tonight’s show, we travel to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea — better known here in the U.S. as North Korea.  Ellen Choy, Caitlin Kee, and Steph Lee visited the DPRK last summer as part of the Korea Exposure and Education Program (KEEP), an annual delegation of Korean American activists to both sides of Korea, one year to the north and the other to the south, to build person-to-person understanding.

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We’ll feature an interview with Ellen, Caitlin, and Steph — as well as clips from a short documentary that was produced by JT Takagi, Hye-Jung Park and Chris Kang and Third World Newsreel.

Ellen and Steph are also part of Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans (HOBAK), an anti-imperialist group of diasporic Koreans here in the Bay Area.

Hosted and produced by Marie Choi.  Marie is also part of HOBAK.

3/27/14 Mindanao, Sagada, Baguio…

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On tonight’s show, contributor R.J. Lozada continues his reporting from his trip to the Philippines last summer. R.J. starts deep in the mountains of Mindanao, the southern region, as part of a series of international solidarity missions coordinated for the International Coalition for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (ICHRPP). R.J. sits and listens to various testimonials from villagers who have had difficulties being caught in a crossfire between Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Units (Paramilitary groups), and the New Peoples Army.

Dance at Sitio Blasan from Roldan Lozada on Vimeo.

On a bus driving up and through the Mountain Provinces in the Philippines (photo by R. Lozada)

On a bus driving up and through the Mountain Provinces in the Philippines (photo by R. Lozada)

R.J. also takes us as far north to the remarkably cool climate of Sagada, and Baguio. There, R.J. learns of some of the significant drawbacks of purportedly alternative energy industries by speaking with an organizer from the Cordillera Peoples Alliance. In Sagada, R.J. integrates with a local community radio station, Radyo Sagada, to get an understanding of some the indigenous peoples (IP) struggles with maintaining a peace zone.

Terraces run throughout the Mountain Provinces (photo by R. Lozada)

Terraces run throughout the Mountain Provinces (photo by R. Lozada)

All that, and so much more on this remarkable and short trip–including updates regarding the Pacific Pivot, the Philippine Peace talks with the National Democratic Front.

Part travel diary, part reportage, all Filipino diaspora. Tune in!

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On Friday, from 5PM to 7PM join organizers, participants, and neighbors against displacement, gentrification, and the tech-led takeover of the Bay Area for a potluck at the 16th BART Plaza to kick off a week of actions coordinated by Defend the Bay Area. For more information, please visit defendthebayarea.org

Join the Asian Prisoner Support Committee for their Roots 2 Reentry Community Potluck this Saturday, March 29, at The Spot (299 13th St., Oakland) from 12PM to 1:30 PM. You can learn more about the new program, and meet the participants. Roots 2 Reentry is a support group for people returning to Alameda County from prison or jail–focusing on cultural needs and assets of the Asian, Pacific Islander, and “Other” communities. For more information you can visit their website at www.asianprisonersupport.com

Dis/orient/ed is coming back for two shows on April 5th. The successful comedy duo sold out their shows the last time they came to the Bay and they do not disappoint. The duo will be performing at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, you can purchase pre-sale tickets now if you visit their website at disorientedcomedy.com 

The Navarasa Dance Theater Residency at La Pena Cultural Center present Courtesans’ Conversation, a dance theater by Aparna Sindhoor, Anil Natyaveda and S M Raju — is described as an artist’s journey into the world of women’s desires through conversations with three courtesans — and a pop star. The event happens on Friday and Saturday, April 4th & 5th at 8PM at the La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $18 at the door. For more information please visit www.lapena.org or call 510 849 2568.

 

3/6/2014 No Naval Base on Jeju Island

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Tonight’s show is dedicated to the people of Gangjeong Village on Jeju Island in Korea.  For eight years now, they have been struggling against the construction of a US-ROK naval base on the island.  The naval base is polluting their farmland, dividing families, and raising the threat of war throughout Northeast Asia.  

Art by Choi ByeongSu; Photo from savejejunow.org

Art by Choi ByeongSu; Photo from savejejunow.org

You’ll hear from Kang Dong Kyun, mayor of Gangjeong Village, and Jeong Young Hee, a tangerine farmer and head of the Women’s Association.  

We’ll also be talking with Eugene Kang and Hyejin Shim from Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans (HOBAK).

Karl Jagbandhansingh hosts.

1/23/14 Moana Nui Teach In

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This week, APEX Contributors Karl Jagbandhansingh and Marie Choi bring us APEX’s final segments recorded at the Moana Nui 2013 Teach In. Speaker Bios below (generated from Moana Nui conference):

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Kyle Kajihiro (Hawai’i) See Video
American Friends Service Committee; DMZ Hawai’i/Aloha Aina
Kyle Kajihiro is a board member of Hawai’i Peace and Justice, the successor organization to the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Hawai’i Area Program. From 1996 to 2011, Kajihiro served as a program coordinator, and later program director, for the American Friends Service Committee Hawai’i. Born and raised in Hawai’i, Kajihiro was involved in human rights activism, Central America solidarity, and immigrant worker organizing while living in Oregon in the 1980s and 1990s. His current work focuses on research, education, and action to counter U.S. militarization in Hawai’i.  He has published numerous articles about militarization and resistance in Hawai’i and has participated in solidarity delegations and international conferences to speak about resistance to the U.S. military occupation of the Hawaiian Islands.

Dante C. Simbulan (Philippines)
Professor, Author
Dante C. Simbulan earned his doctorate in Political Science from the Australian National University, received his master’s degree from the University of the Philippines and his Bachelor of Science from the Philippine Military Academy. He taught politics, government and sociology at the Philippine Military Academy, University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and Maryknoll College. His book, The Modern Principalia: The Historical Evolution of the Philippine Ruling Oligarchy (University of the Philippines Press, 2007, 2nd ed.) based on his doctoral dissertation written in 1965, was a pioneering study of the socio-economic elite in Philippine politics and government—the ruling family political dynasties of today. Dr. Simbulan was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines when Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law. A former political prisoner, he was arrested and detained for more than three years, without charges, when he actively and openly opposed the dictatorship; he was adopted as a “prisoner of conscience” by Amnesty International. While in exile in the United States, he served as the first Executive Director of the Church Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (based in Washington, D.C.), which worked for the termination of U.S. support to the Marcos dictatorship. He has since been a leader of the Philippines’ protest movement opposed to U.S. military presence and intervention in the Philippines. He taught at Montgomery College in Maryland and lectured in several universities in the United States and Canada.

Arnie Saiki (Hawai’i)
Research Director, Statehood Hawai’i /’Imipono Projects, Co-Coordinator, Moana Nui 2011
Imipono Projects received a 2008, “We the People, National Endowment for the Humanities” grant for Arnie Saiki’s research, presentation and program, “Statehood and Hawaii: Correspondences between the State Department, Congress and the United Nations.” He was one of the coordinators for the Moana Nui 2011 meeting in Hawai’i and has since been writing and helping to coordinate the Moana Nui 2013 conference.  Other presentations and programs that he organized include “Impact of Immigration on Hawai’i’s Past, Present and Future”; “International Routes: De-occupation, Decolonization and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”; “History of Hawaiian Political Activism 1887-Present”; “Recovering our Political Past while Probing toward the Future”; “Ho’opunipuni: the Myth of Statehood”; and many short programs related to issues of statehood and colonization in Hawai’i and in the Pacific. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

10/3/13 Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Nayomi Munaweera

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Nayomi Munaweera speaks with Nonogirl and Tara Dorabji about her debut novel, Island of A Thousand Mirrors, which delves into the painful history of Sri Lanka’s civil war with unflinching honesty, compassion, and heart.

We’ll be offering Nayomi Munaweera’s novel as a gift for those of you who support KPFA during this fund drive.

Tune into Apex Express on Thursday, October 3 at 7pm on KPFA (94.1 or www.kpfa.org).