Category Archives: History

1/10: South Asian Feminist Edition: Anasuya Sengupta on Decolonizing the Internet; Shreen Saroor on the Current Political Crisis in Sri Lanka

This year’s first South Asia special edition of APEX Express spotlights a discussion with noted South Asian feminist scholar, activist, geek, poet Anasuya Sengupta on decolonizing the Internet and the project she co founded, Whose Knowledge?

In the second half of the show, we turn our attention to the South Asian island country of Sri Lanka. Known as a global tourist destination, the country is also neck deep in deep political crisis, which took a new turn of events in October 2018 when the president Maithripala Sirisena unilaterally displaced the sitting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinge with MahinDa Rajapaksa, himself former President who presided over the end of Sri Lanka’s bloody 25-year civil war and is accused of serious human rights abuses during his rule from 2005 to 2015. What does this mean for a country that is still reeling recovering from the civil war? How are feminists and civil society grappling with the ongoing political and socio economic crisis plaguing the country? Listenup next to a discussion I had with noted Sri Lankan feminist activist Shreen Saroor.

Interview with Anasuya Sengupta in collaboration with KPFA’s Women’s Magazine 

Show hosted & produced by Preeti Mangala Shekar



2/16/17 Thi Bui, Art Shibayama and Moazzam Sheikh

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We’ll be in conversation with author Thi Bui about her debut graphic novel, “The Best We Could Do,” which offers a haunting and intimate portrayal of one family’s journey from war torn Vietnam. Then, we’ll hear from the lead petitioner seeking justice for the Shibayama brothers, who continue to demand that the US government be accountable for its ongoing failure to provide redress for war crimes perpetrated against them as children during World War II. We will round out the hour in conversation with contributors of the newly released South Asian American Issue released by the Chicago Quarterly, guest edited by Moazzam Sheikh, who explains that “The new South Asian American writer is a wild beast.” We’ll delve into that wildness. We have all that and more, so tune it.

More information about the Campaign for Justice for Shibayama Brothers case here.

Information about the petition in support of the Shibayama Brothers here.


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6/9/2016 California History Textbook Campaign Update; Purvi Patel and the Criminilization of Abortion

Tune in tonight for our monthly South Asian edition of APEX Express. First we bring you a critical discussion with Dalit artivist Thenmozhi Soundararajan from the South Asian Histories for All coalition, on the ongoing California Textbook Campaign; on the struggle to keep ancient Indian history curricula in middle school history textbooks, as- it-happened, and not how a well-funded group of Hindu fundamentalists would like it to be. Then we discuss with Lisa Sangoi, a lawyer with National Advocates for Pregnant Women,  Purvi Patel’s case, where we find out the status quo of a young Indian American woman who was unjustly thrown in jail for 20 years, for having a late term abortion. Produced by: Preeti Mangala Shekar and Justine Lee

#DalitHistoryMonth Spotlight, Intersectionality of Caste, Gender and Sexuality

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Dalit History MonthOn the 125th anniversary of ‪#‎Ambedkar‬‘s birth anniversary and in celebration of ‪#‎DalitHistoryMonth‬, hear from inspiring activists Benjamin P Kaila and Sumit Baudh.  Find out about how Dalit activists have been mobilizing in the bay area and beyond, and the incomparable legend, leader and visionary that #Ambedkar was!



12/03/2015 An Interview with Alex Hing.

We’ve dedicated the entire show to an interview Marie Choi and I did with Alex Hing, who is promoting the book “The People Make Peace,” in which he has a chapter detailing his work against the war in Vietnam. He’s been an organizer most of his life, and the interview was so good that we decided to air it in its entirety.

He talks about his social justice  work, his professional career, his thoughts on organizing and its trajectory and the role of spirituality in the movement.




Hosted by Salima Hamirani

11/26/15 No Thanks! My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers

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APEX Express has created a tradition for Thankstaking Day where we take you back to Center for Political Education‘s annual My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers event from Indigenous People’s Day, and this year, we keep it up. We celebrate these resisters to colonization with words and music from L
J. Theo (Decolonized Pinoy Poetry) (, Needa Bee (Spoken Word), Maya Chinchilla (Spoken Word) (, C Rhythm (Palestinian Rapper), and Alia Sharrief (Wombyn Muslim Rapper) ( Plus, this year’s honoree, Leila Khaled visits us via Skype!

Thanks to Rob Marquez for helping with tonight’s show. Photos by Andy Blue.

07/09/15 Deportation, Allied Media Conference, and Dumpling Wars

Chea Bou with his wife Sambath Nhep.

Chea Bou with his wife Sambath Nhep.

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Tonight, we learn about Chea Bou, a Cambodian refugee who is facing deportation. Linda Tam with the East Bay Community Law Center and Chea Bou’s wife, Sambath Nhep talk about his case. To support Chea, here’s the link to the petition.

Then we take you to Detroit with tape from the Allied Media Conference, an annual gathering of vibrant and diverse people using media to incite change. We were fortunate enough to be there for the beginning of a week-long celebration for activist Grace Lee Boggs’ 100th birthday including an Asian American history tour of Detroit by the Detroit Asian Youth Project!

And finally, we delight your taste buds and with a happy sound pancake and get you ready for Kearny Street Workshop’s Dumpling Wars!

Community Calendar
Friday, July 10, get your bootie over to Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco for a lively report back from an exposure trip to the Philippines. The event that includes musical performances by Dirty Boots and Power Struggle and is hosted by local funny guy, Joe Cascasan. All funds collected will support the International Peoples’ Tribunal this in Washington D.C. and the Salugpongan schools in Mindanao.

On July 18, catch Tony Robles reading from his new book, Cool Don’t Live Here No More: A Letter to San Francisco, at East Wind Books in Berkeley on July 18 along with Amy Uyematsu reading from her new book The Yellow Door.

Remember to get your tickets for Kearny Street Workshop’s Dumpling Wars! Teams of home cooks try to win your vote for your favorite gastronomic morsels, while you feast on a delicious spread graciously provided by local restaurateurs and enjoy family-friendly activities. Dumpling Wars is at Oakland Asian Cultural Center on Sunday, July 26. Yum!