Category Archives: Health

1/12/17 Prepping for #J20 and #CareNotChaos



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Tonight on APEX Express we talk with two members of Asian Prisoner Support Committee about their focus for this year. We hear from healthcare workers at Kaiser and San Francisco General about Saturday’s national day of action that Bernie Sanders is calling “Our First Stand: Save Health Care.” And we talk with Kung Feng at Jobs With Justice about their Dump Trump protest at Justin Herman Plaza on Friday, January 20th at 8 a.m.

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.

dumptrumpAlso 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!

Food, farming, and community with Aileen Suzara

Tonight, we think about the things we are thankful for.

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Aileen Suzara preparing taro leaves

Aileen Suzara preparing taro leaves

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.

2/11/16 Brown Is the New White, Zika Virus and Reproductive Rights, Match4Lara

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.

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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.

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Sujitpan Lamsam, Lara Casalotti’s aunt

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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.

6/18/15 Vaccination and SB277

SB277This 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.

2/26/15 Art, Film, and Hiking



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This week, we cover a unique collaboration between Kearny Street Workshop and the Chinese Progressive Association featuring artist Ka Yan Cheung who tells stories through “sequential art” otherwise known as comics. We talk with Festival Director Masashi Niwano about this year’s CAAMfest, the Center for Asian American Media’s annual storytelling extravaganza. And we take you on a MANGO hike, a monthly hike organized by the Manilatown Heritage Foundation in the spirit of fitness and fellowship. Robynn Takayama and Vida Kuang host the show.

4/3/14 Holistic Healing; Delano Manongs

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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.

We’ll also be giving away a pair of tickets to the April 17th Ensemble Mik Nawooj show at Yoshi’s Oakland! Tune in.

8/22/13 Disability Justice


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On tonight’s show we explore disability and disability justice:

We’ll hear from folks with disabilities spanning the visible like Jean Lin who has Cerebral Palsy to the invisible like Claire Light who has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Austin Tam who has ADHD and a cognitive disorder.

We’ll also hear from disability justice organizer Mia Mingus and her views on novel ways to conceive of disability and its contributions to the movement for collective liberation.


Peppered  throughout the show, award-winning poet Anhvu Buchanan treats us with readings from his new book The Disordered based on entries from the DSM IV.

Community Calendar
On Thursday, August 29 at 4pm, Fast-Food Workers in the East Bay will be taking a stand to demand respect, higher wages, and the right to form a union without retaliation! Across the country, thousands of workers will come together to walk out for better pay and workplace respect! Support these brave workers who are choosing to take a stand & attend the action on Thursday August 29th @ 4:00PM at the AFL-CIO Labor Temple, 8400 Enterprise Way, Oakland, CA 94621. https://www.facebook.com/events/150307211842890