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.
The Asian Prisoner Support Committee works with Asian and Pacific Islander prisoners to educate the broader community about the growing number of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States being imprisoned, detained, and deported. Joining us tonight are Ke Lam and Harrison Seuga. Harrison is the re-entry director at APSC and Ke is the re-entry coordinator.
Also joining us are Gina Macalino, a member of National Nurses United, and Arnel Roca, a member of SEIU 1021, who are gearing up for January 15 when nurses and community members rally at SF City Hall to send the message that everyone deserves healthcare.
Lastly, we hear from Kung Feng, lead organizer at Jobs with Justice about their victories in 2016 and their rally on January 20th to Dump Trump!
We talk with writer, chef, and environmental activist, Aileen Suzara. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas I. Yamashita Prize, which goes to a social change activist/scholar whose work serves as a bridge between the academy and the community.
Collaborating with Filipino Advocates for Justice, Aileen supported the launch of Bahay Kubo. Bahay Kubo is a garden in Union City where youth have hands-on experiences in growing and sharing healthy Filipino food. She is an advisory member to FACES, the Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity, and an eco-culinary educator with Sama Sama Cooperative, which works to “reclaim language, culture, and land-based traditions.” She is hard at work on Sariwa, a sustainable Filipino foods business that connects traditionally-inspired diets and entrepreneurship as a tool for change.
We also give thanks to the cultural workers out there and feature music from our community. We’ll play tracks from the 18 Million Rising Voices of Our Vote compilation. It features 32 politically empowering tracks by an eclectic mix of Asian American musicians. We also play songs off of Anakbayan Long Beach’s May Day Mixtape fueled by hip-hop.
Tune into APEX Express on Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m., when we talk with Steve Phillips, author of Brown is the New White, about how people of color in the United States are a progressive majority.
Then, we discuss the Zika Virus. The World Health Organization has issued warnings across Asia and the Americas. We look at how governments in Latin America are responding to the epidemic by issuing recommendations for women not to be pregnant. What could this mean for women globally? How do reproductive rights and access to birth control fit into the epidemic?
Finally, we are in conversation with Sujitpan Lamsam and Carol Gillespie, organizers from the Match4Lara campaign about the challenge of finding donors for multiracial people in need of bone marrow transplants.
Sujitpan Lamsam, Lara Casalotti’s aunt
Asian American Donor Program Executive Director Carol Gillespie
We also have tickets to give away to Dr. Israel performing tomorrow night at Dub Mission. Listen to APEX Express.
This Thursday on APEX Express we’ll delve into the controversy surrounding California’s proposed Bill SB277 that would force parents to home school their children if they do not follow rigid vaccine guidelines. We’ll get an API parent and pediatrician perspective about how this bill limits parents’ rights to make medical decisions for their children. During the hour, we’ll also be in conversation with Dr. Shiv Chopra and Dr. Sin Hang Lee about vaccine safety and discuss how different nations around the world approach safeguarding public health.
Want to join the conversation? During the show, we’ll be responding to listeners’ questions from APEX Express‘ and KPFA‘s Facebook page—let us know what you are thinking!
Tune into APEX Express every Thursday night at 7 pm (pacific) on KPFA, 94.1 or www.kpfa.org.
Peace APEX Community! Join us this week for two exciting segments:
First, APEX Contributor Ellen Choy will sit down with three API holistic healers who practice different non-Western, holistic modalities of healing. We’ll discuss what it means to be a holistic ‘healer,’ what it means to be an Asian healer in the US context, why communities lack access to holistic healing, and much more. Plus, they’ll share resources on air on how to access their practices and others!
And for the second half of our show, we’ll air a segment produced by APEX Contributor Robynn Takayama aka Nonogirl. She covers the new documentary Delano Manongs – which covers the story of Larry Itliong and the Filipino farm workers that joined arms with their Chicano comrades to build the United Farm Workers in the 60s. As we celebrate Cesar Chavez this week, and the debut of the new film about him and the Chicano farmworkers, we’re highlighting this film to celebrate the story of the Filipino farmworkers and activists who were also a key part of that history.
Image of Larry Itliong from the film Delano Manongs