Category Archives: Health

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.

2/28/13 Kao Kalia Yang and Radiolab’s Yellow Rain

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Kao Kalia Yang

Hmong American writer, Kao Kalia Yang

In the Summer of 2012, WNYC’s widely popular show, Radiolab, sought the Hmong perspective on chemical warfare during the Vietnam War, dubbed Yellow Rain.  Producers from that show interviewed Kao Kalia Yang, award winning author of The Latehomecomer, and Eng Yang, documentarian of the Hmong experience post Vietnam War for Thailand.  What would ensue in the interview has been widely discussed, and mostly criticized by Radiolab fans.

Kao Kalia Yang recently spoke at the annual Listen to the Silence conference at Stanford University. Yang also sat with APEX Contributor, R.J. Lozada to express her perspective on recent developments with WNYC, Radiolab, and the Hmong community.

Also it’s fund drive at KPFA, and we’ve been in touch with Coffee House Press, the publisher of Kao Kalia Yang’s award-winning memoir, The Latehomecomer-if you donate during broadcast, you receive The Latehomecomer as a thank you gift!

To listen to Radiolab’s amended segment vist here:

They made four different edits from it’s initial launch on their website on September 24, 2012 to October 05, 2012: first, to add Radiolab host, Jad Albumrad’s context, the second, to remove snickering at the end of the segment, third, to shorten the silence following Kao Kalia Yang’s tearful close of the interview, and fourth, to add Radiolab host, Robert Kruwich’s apology.

To read Kao Kalia Yang’s response she posted to Hyphen, vist here:

To read a much more complete treatment of Yellow Rain that includes the Yang’s perspective, vist here:

To sign a petition put together by 18 Million Rising, visit here:


It’s the last week to see KSW & EBALDC’s   CONTINUATIONS: Processing War & Trauma at the Asian Resource Center in Oakland.
Curator Lucy Lin did an amazing job of putting together a beautiful & thought-provoking show that examines the deeply personal & continuing impact of organized conflict.
Featuring the works of artists Natalia Anciso, Binh Danh, Bessma Khalaf, John Jota Leaños, Gabby Miller, Geri Montano, Nguyen Phuong Linh, Lordy Rodriguez, Tina Takemoto, & Wafaa Yasin.
Join us for the closing reception, War Gastronomy: Recipes of Relocation on Friday, March 1, 5-8 PM, 310 8th Street, Oakland.
Presented by artists Justin Hoover and Chris Treggiari, this performance/participatory work prepares and serves food from a sustainable, mobile kitchen. Dishes served from the cart are from recipes contributed by people who have shared their personal stories of dislocation due to war and conflict.
Also as part of the reception, KSW is excited to announce a screening of Iranian film, The White Meadows, from 5-6:30 PM.
Presented by Santhosh Daniel, Director of Programs at the Global Film Initiative. Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof,this dreamlike yet earthbound film draws firsthand on the challenges faced by Iranian artists of today. It serves as a gorgeous allegory of intolerance, brutality, and mystified routine that resonates far beyond any one state’s borders.
Get down with the Hyphen Hoedown! To celebrate the release of Issue 26: The South, we will be serenaded Southern-style by famed country crooner Toshio Hirano, and we’ll get down to the blues sensibilities of guitarist and singer Wilson Wong. Beer, wine, sangrias and champagne will be provided alongside San Francisco’s favorite Brenda’s French Soul Food and delectable treats by Jade Chocolate.  Southern attire encouraged!Tickets
Early bird $12 (’til 2.28.13) l GA $15 l At the door $20
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Time & Date
Saturday, March 2 l 9pm – 1am

Gallery and Bar 4N5 l 863 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103
21+ l Alcohol will be served at the bar, cash only 

Balay or Bahay: House/Home in Tagalog, Ilocano and Visayan
Doors open at 3 pm, program starts at 3:30 pm, Eastside Arts Alliance, Oakland.
A group of nine Anakbayan East Bay members and solidarity allies spent December traveling through Luzon and Mindanao on an Exposure Trip to learn about the struggles and organizing of Filipinos fighting for liberation. Everywhere we traveled, thekasamas in the Philippines told us about their struggle for home.From Anakpawis members in urban poor squatter communities, to peasants in Hacienda Luisita struggling to create collective farms, to Typhoon Pablo victims, to political prisoners and minnning and logging communities, they were all struggling for the self-determination and liberation of home and land. This has been constant struggle for the Filipino people since Spanish colonialism.

This struggle is very close to the hearts of the Anakbayan East Bay delegation members. As Oakland residents, we are constantly fighting gentrification for space. Members of the delegation do work around housing, environmental justice, urban youth organizing, reproductive justice and workers rights issues. But the core of all of our work is building safe and just communities for low-income people of color here in the East Bay.

We came back to the Oakland with a dream of building solidarity for the liberation of home and land from Oakland to Manila, Luzon to Mindanao. Please join us for a report back to help make that dream real. Hear our stories, see our photos and video, share food, donate to the victims of Typhoon Pablo and peasants in Hacienda Luisita struggling to take back land and learn about other ways to support this movement.

The event will be livestreamed at This venue is wheelchair accessible. Please RSVP on the wall if you have childcare needs.

1/24/13: API Mental Health: Onipa’a (Steadfast), Joshua, and Wounds We Carry


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On this installment of APEX Express:

Queen Lli'uokalaniQueen Lili’uokalani (Source: Hawaii Cultural & Spiritual Services Center)

January 17th marked the 120th anniversary of the illegal overthrow of Hawaiian Queen Lili’uokalani.   APEX Contributor Robynn Takayama attends the commemoration event where she spoke with Paul Kealoha Blake about the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement and its connection with Idle No More.

Contributor R.J. Lozada brings us two pieces that add to the important discussion of mental health. Lozada brings in author and psychiatrist, Ravi Chandra, M.D., to further contextualize these stories.

JoshuaJoshua Castro (Source: E. Chen)

Joshua, 32, remembers telling his mother that he no longer wanted to live at 5 years old. This was Joshua’s first memory of his depression and ideations of suicide,  which he still battles with today. R.J. Lozada presents an audio profile on Joshua, from receiving emergency psychiatric care, to what keeps him going, Joshua shares his insights on how this deeply personal struggle is shared with his family, his friends, and his communities.


Khmer Rouge Tribunals (Source: Wounds We Carry, M. Siv)

Michael Siv’s film, Wounds We Carry, follows a small group of Cambodian Americans who set out to observe the Khmer Rouge trials.  Siv, who was the subject of Refugee (dir. Spencer Nakasako), is now behind the camera in this compelling exploration of historical trauma, resilience, and justice. In this interview, Siv highlights some of his experiences and realizations that hit close to his soul.


  • On January 24th, from 6:30 – 8:00PM, join Kearny Street Workshop and Slice of Mooncake: SF Asian Literature Club, at the Arc Studios & Gallery for a community reception with Angie Chau, author of Quiet As They Come. Ms. Chau will read from her collection of short stories centered on Vietnamese immigrant life in the United States and their pursuit of the “American Dream.”
  • On January 26, 2013, the National Japanese American Historical
    Society (NJAHS) will present an exhibit of JAM posters from the
    NJAHS collection. 30 to 40 posters will be shown. Curating the show
    will be Rich Tokeshi and Leon Sun, ably assisted by Pete Yamamoto. Join them at the NJAHS, 1684 Post St. near Buchanan, in San Francisco.  For more details, please contact Rich Tokeshi at (415) 418-0441
  • The Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education is excited to celebrate Korematsu Day 2013 by honoring 16 American civil rights heroes who’ve been long overlooked (see list below). This will be a historic gathering of civil rights heroes and the descendants of heroes who have passed on.The event also features celebrity emcee DANNY GLOVER, actor, community activist and humanitarian, as well as a special performance by American Idol star and international recording artist JASMINE TRIAS.WHEN: Sunday, January 27, 2013. 1:00pm VIP reception with honorees, 2:30-4:30pm program
    WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102
    TICKETS: Available for purchase at:
    $100 VIP reception with honorees + program admission
    $25 program general admission
    $10 senior (65+)/student/youth admission
    MORE INFO: email or call 415-848-7737

1/19/12 Urban Biking and “New Fire”

This week we talk about urban biking with Asian Pacific American leaders in the bike community. We also hear from Alleluia Panis and Cherríe Moraga about Moraga’s new play, New Fire: To Put Things Right Again. See below for more information.

  • We kick off the show with an interview RJ Lozada conducted with Alleluia Panis, long-time dancer and arts administrator; and award–winning writer and director, Cherríe Moraga, to talk about healing and coming of age at 52 for Moraga’s own return to the stage with New Fire: To Put Things Right Again.
  • Listen to the complete interview with Cherríe Moraga:
  • Our expert panel of bikers include Neal Patel, a community planner with the San Francisco Bike Coalition; Susan Yee, board member of Cycles of Change; Phil Segura, owner of RideSFO, a bike shop in San Francisco and organizer of the huge Bike Expo; and Liza Gesuden, co-founder of P.O.K.E.R. Familia, a people of color group ride.
  • We’ll also hear segments about SFBC’s Safe Routes to Schools with Jason Serafino-Agar; The Bikery’s night for women, trans, and gender queer folks to work on their bikes called Sugar Belly; and a vox pop from folks who attended last year’s SF Bike Expo.

Roll with us!


  • For the Lunar New Year, please join the Chinese Progressive Association and the other members of the Progressive Workers Alliance on Friday, January 20th for a full day of action, continuing the End Wage Theft campaign and Transportation for the 99%.
  • Also taking part in the Lunar New Year are the Colorful Momma’s of the 99%! The action, SHARE THE FORTUNE happening on Saturday January 21, the new meet-up location is at the Pacific Renaissance Plaza on 388 9th Street in Oakland. There will be Lion Dancing, educational happenings for the children, and an open mic for parents!
  • NJAHS hosts the exhibition, Deep Roots, New Shoots, with artwork by Richard Tokeshi, Leon Sun, Leland Wong, Sabrena Taylor, Holly Calica, Peter Yamamoto, Betty Kano, Christine Balza, Stuart Sugawara, Nancy Hom, and Fredrick Cloyd. The opening reception is Saturday, January 21, from 12-2 p.m. with an artist salon from 2-4 p.m.

6/9/11 Toxic Nail Salons, Deportations, and Healing

For this week:

Thanks to Making Contact, Guest Producer Pauline Bartolone and Correspondent Momo Chang take us into the toxic truth about nail salons, they talk to nail salon workers, medical experts, and policymakers on the move to safeguard workers’ health, and help salons go green.

APEX Producer Robynn Takayama explores the details and issues regarding the unique, yet universal, deportation case of Cambodian American Andrew Thi.

APEX host, R.J. Lozada brings in Hip-Hop artist, RJ Sin (pictured above), who’ll be sharing his music and information about the benefit party for Cambodian Community Development, Inc.

Community Calendar:

Youth Music Benefit for the Japan Multicultural Relief Fund
Sunday at the Starry Plough Pub in Berkeley.The Japan Multicultural Relief Fund assists underrepresented groups effected by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. The project was conceived and organized by the Bay Area youth music duo, Bayonettes and other youth musicians! From the ages of 13-25, these young musicians are a diverse lot. Indie Rock, Jazz/Psychedelic Rock, and Folk, their cover tunes and originals will inspire you. Come support the efforts of these giving young, budding musicians while helping those in need! For more information visit their facebook event page

Laced with Tradition with Tattoo Artist Melissa Manuel
Opening Reception: Friday, June 17, 2011
(Exhibit runs June 17-August 20)
Join Manliatown for an evening of music, food, and body art! San Jose/Bay Area native Melissa Manuel will be present to dialogue about and share the body art which she has masterfully created. This event features live music from Dj Krucial.
Show up and show off your tattoo(s)! Find out more about Melissa Manuel at, and

Rizal150: Bay Area Artists and Institutions Commemorate
150th Birthday of Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal

The American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA) and a collective of Bay Area Filipino American artists today announced a collaboration and exhibit to celebrate the life and legacy of Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal who was born 150 years ago this June 19, 2011. The exhibit will be held at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center from June 20 to August 31 kicking off with a dinner celebration and fundraiser for the ACPA and the Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity (FACES) on Saturday, June 18. For more information to buy tickets to the dinner or to make a contribution, please go to or

The “spirit of Wisconsin” – working people standing up for their unions, their rights and their fair share of society’s benefits – is coming to the Bay Area on Saturday, June 18th at the 3rd Bay Area Troublemakers School at Laney College in Oakland. This School, sponsored by Labor Notes, brings together a collection of vibrant, engaged, curious and activist members of unions, worker centers, and community-based pro-labor organizations to share struggles, learn together about economic forces shaping our world, and kindle inspiration and solidarity. Workers from the Chinese Progressive Association and Filipino Community Center will be presenting workshops on the Campaign to End Wage Theft. Don’t miss it! For more information on workshops, schedules, and registration for the Troublemakers School, please go to, call (510) 542-9436  or email