Category Archives: Educational Rights

4/6/16 Higher Education and Preventing Yellow Face


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This week, we talk with members of Ferocious Lotus Theater Company about their organizing against a potentially offensive musical theater production coming to the Bay Area.
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Then we focus on higher education:

  • Li Miao Lovett, member leader of AFT2121 and City College academic counselor

    Li Miao Lovett, member leader of AFT2121 and City College academic counselor

    Li Miao Lovett, a member leader of AFT 2121 at City College of San Francisco, talks about their stand-off with the administration and the strike vote 92 percent of their members recently passed.

  • Vincent Pan from Chinese for Affirmative Action talks about a bill they are supporting for FREE public higher education in California!
  • And Rex Halafihi, a student at San Francisco State University, talks about their efforts to support Ethnic Studies and ENHANCE it with the addition of Pacific Islander Studies, separate and distinct from Asian American Studies.

1/22/15 Ethnic Studies and Reconciling Churches

Bay Area teachers panelists at the Ethnic Studies solidarity event at Mission High.

Bay Area teachers panelists at the Ethnic Studies solidarity event at Mission High.


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This week, we look at Ethnic Studies: what gains have been made in San Francisco and what challenges are faced in Arizona? We hear voices from an Ethnic Studies teach in just before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments about the school district in Tucson that was accused by state officials of violating their Ethnic Studies ban.

We also learn what it means to be a reconciling church, or a church that welcomes all sexual orientations and gender identities. We talk with Lauren Quock with the Network on Religion and Justice about the upcoming Reconciling Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church in San Jose.

NRJ's One Big Family Photo Solidarity Project

NRJ’s One Big Family Photo Solidarity Project

10/30/14 Filipino Innovators

Aileen Suzara and Members of Sama Sama Cooperative

Aileen Suzara and Members of Sama Sama Cooperative


In honor of Filipino Heritage Month, we celebrate the new crop of leaders who are bringing fresh approaches to community problems, with grassroots and inclusive strategies. Join us for our show on “Filipino Innovators.”

Through the lens of radical health, we will be speaking with Sustainable Foods Educator and Eco-Chef Aileen Suzara whose research at U.C. Berkeley and interactive “Sariwa” workshops are focused on tackling food related disease in the Filipino Community through the exploration of precolonial diets.

Through the lens of radical parenting, we’ll be speaking with the parents and students of Sama Sama Co-op, a newly launched and member led summer program that explores Filipino culture, traditions, arts, ecology and language immersion.

Community Calendar

Saturday, November 1; 8:00 PM
Kearny Street Workshop Fundraiser
Sub-Mission, 2183 Mission St., San Francisco

Music lovers and arts supporters, you can do both at once by going to Kearny Street Workshop’s Hardcore Punk Benefit this Saturday at 8 p.m. at Submission in San Francisco’s Mission District, just a few blocks from BART. Local bands singing in English and Tagalog rock the stage for the nation’s oldest multidisciplinary API arts organization. More details are available at kearnystreet.org

Saturday, November 1; 7:30 PM
Totally Radical Muslims Volume 3 Zine Release Party!
Solespace, 1714 Telegraph, Oakland
$5-10 Door

Performances by:
** Tala Yazdi & Paradise Khanmalek
** Bellydancing by Happy Hyder
** Mahfam Malek
** Amal Rana
** Zeno Bia
** Sabina England: the deaf muslim Punk playwrighthttps://www.facebook.com/events/1475606666045952/

Saturday, November 1; 7:30 PM
Hyphen Revolutions Issue Release Party
111 Minna, San Francisco

Join Hyphen in celebrating the release of our R/Evolution issue, where we push the boundaries of conversations surrounding identity, solidarity, history and community. Come engage with social justice leaders and advocates at an event full of pride and passion. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the new R/Evolution with your community! Buy your tickets and the R/Evolution issue at
www.hyphenrevolution.eventbrite.com

November 6-9, and 15
Thirdi South Asian Film Festival

The premiere annual South Asian film festival in the U.S, the San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival (SFISAFF) has brought the cinematic heritage and culture of South Asia to Bay Area audiences for more than a decade. Presented by 3rd i Films, the oldest South Asian media arts organization in the U.S., the festival promotes diverse images of South Asians and catalyzes change through independent film. http://www.thirdi.org/

2/27/14 Spotlight on South Asia

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On tonight’s APEX Express, tune in for a spotlight on South Asia – learn more about the newly launched Bangladeshi initiative at the Center for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley in a discussion with Sanchita Saxena, the Director of the Center. Then, listen to an important discussion with Vidya Sri and Darakshan Raja, authors of a critical report titled Voices From the Frontline: Addressing Forced Marriage in the US, on the disturbing phenomenon of forced marriages in different communities in the US, including South Asian communities. Vidya Sri is a survivor of forced marriage and founded an organization to address and end forced marriages; Darakshan Raja is a researcher focused on criminal justice interventions. Plus music from Beats for Bangladesh, and community calendar.

Hosted by Preeti Mangala Shekar

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1/16/12 Save CCSF and Suigetsukan

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The existence of community-based, community-run institutions are critical now more than ever, as gentrification and displacement plague cities across the country. Tonight we celebrate two institutions who have decades of serving Bay Area communities – City College of San Francisco and Suigetsukan Dojo in Oakland.

WeAreCityCollegeThe struggle to save CCSF has been ongoing over the past couple of years. Currently, CCSF is gaining traction in its struggle to maintain accreditation and promote high quality, low-cost, accessible education. Salima Hamirani speaks with students Matthew Martinez and Kerri Ann Navarro-Borja, and professor Vike Palaita of the Save City College of San Francisco Coalition to get the latest updates on the campaign, and to hear why they’re encouraging as many as people as possible to enroll in City College classes this semester.

Suigetsukan is a non-profit collective martial arts dojo in Oakland that teaches and trains in the traditional Japanese martial arts of Jujutsu, Aikido, and Japanese Sword.  With so many martial arts training halls and dojos in the Bay Area – what makes Suigetsukan such a special place?  Ellen Choy hears from Mike Esmailzadeh, Rebecca Wong, and Aiko Yoshitani about why this 23-year-old community institution has created a place many of their students call home.

Hosted by Salima Hamirani.

5/9/13 Youth voices, “Growing Up Asian in America,” Rod Daus-Magbual and PEP.

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On this weeks show:

It’s the KPFA 2013 Spring Fund Drive, so for the hour consider contributing to truly independent media by calling 1-800-439-5732 or 510-848-5732, or online at kpfa.org.

As a thank you gift for becoming a member of KPFA (amount TBD), you’ll be receiving Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids’ Letters to President Obama.

Essay Winners of "Growing Up Asian in America"Winners of Asian Pacific Fund’s writing contest, “Growing Up Asian in America.” (L to R, back row: Divya Prakash, Nikhita Gopisetty, Joshua Ko, Kavya Padmanbhan, Alex Yang, Jasjit Mundh. L to R, front row: Amelia Ny, Emily Yang, Elisabeth Kam.)

This week we hear some amazing youth voices and from youth educators.

We’ll be sharing with you some of the winning essays from the Asian Pacific Fund’s Growing Up Asian in America essay contest.

PEPISEED2013Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) at ISEED (Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design)

RodDausMagbualRod Daus-Magbual, Ph.D., Associate Director of Curriculum at PEP

In the studio, Rod Daus-Magbual, Associate Director of Curriculum at Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) in the studio with us, and for the hour, we’ll be discussing youth and education:  From the work that PEP does to inspire their students, and be inspired by them, to more ethnic studies courses in high schools, to building the next generation of teachers–the terrain is vast and there’s a lot to cover.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

  • On Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, Queer Rebels present SPIRIT: A Century of Queer Asian Activism. From the Asian avant-garde to 1960’s activists, Angel Island poets to Slam champions, the Queer Asian Diaspora comes alive through performance, films, and a panel discussion in this three-part extravaganza. https://www.facebook.com/events/187766414706008/

  • On Saturday, May 11 A History of the Body, a new play by Aimee Suzara. A History of the Body brings together text, dance, and visual projections that explore themes of decolonization, and beauty when three Filipina women meet in a beauty salon. For tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5679044174/efblike
  • The Crumbles, an indie rock slice-of life feature and winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2012 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (now CAAM Fest), screens at the Roxie Theatre on Saturday at multiple times. The cast and crew will be in attendance. https://www.facebook.com/events/448017581948589/

  • Have you wondered what we do to bring you our show every week? Well on Saturday, May 11 at noon at the KPFA studio, APEX Express and the Unpaid Staff Organization of KPFA present Behind the Curtain: How Great Radio is Made. Learn how we produce our weekly magazine-style show and find out how you can join the APEX Express collective. https://www.facebook.com/events/166744520155666/

9/1/11 AYPAL Youth Leaders Speak On OUSD Ethnic Studies Campaign


On APEX Express tonight:

It’s back-to-school season for most Bay Area students – so tonight we hear about a fierce campaign to transform the Oakland school district!  We have a full-length interview with the incredible voices of AYPAL youth leaders!  9 API youth organizers, making up the AYPAL Campaign Organizing Team, joined us in the studio to talk about their current campaign to fight to include Ethnic Studies in the Oakland Unified School District.  They speak on their work, how they got involved, and how they’re already winning successes on a completely youth-led campaign.  Also, their AYPAL adult coordinator – Armael Malinis – joins us live to give us the latest updates and tell us how to get involved.  Plus, some exciting musical selections.

Hosted by Ellen Choy.