Category Archives: Immigration

6/16/16 PulseOrlando

Oakland's vigil for the shooting in Orlando. Photo by Hyejin Shim.

Oakland’s vigil for the shooting in Orlando. Photo by Hyejin Shim.


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Tonight on APEX Express, we have guest host Mia Nakano with the Visibility Project, a national portrait and video collection dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women & Trans* community. She helps us delve into a discussion with our community about life after the Pulse Orlando tragedy.  We bring you perspectives from queer, radical Asian American, South Asian, and Muslim community members including Cayden Mak from 18 Million Rising, an AAPI political advocacy and awareness organization, Poonam Kapoor and Mohammed Shaik Hussain Ali from Trikone, a Bay Area based LGBTQ South Asian group, and writer and activist Canyon Sam.

Sokeo Ros in From Refugee Camp to Project

Sokeo Ros in From Refugee Camp to Project

And we welcome educator and performer Sokeo Ros into the studio. His one-man show From Refugee Camp to Project uses dance, video, and storytelling to talk about his journey from Asia to America, from housing projects to artistic projects.

Community Calendar
On Friday at 8 pm, two great books are released at once at Myns Warehouse in Oakland. Jai Arun Ravine will read from The Romance of Siam: A Pocket Guide, which is a subverted travel guide that interrogates the desire white people have to lose and reinvent themselves in Thailand. Joining Jai is Miriam Ching Yoon Louie who will read from her comedic novel, Not Contagious—Only Cancer.

As a reminder, there’s a march from the Castro to Galeria de la Raza on Saturday starting at 2:30 to honor the victims’ lives in Orlando. Meet at the intersection of Castro and Market streets. Galeria hosts speakers and performers who stand in solidarity against those who wish to harm, create fear and remove our freedoms from us. Come stand against homophobia, islamophobia and exclusion.

Earlier on Saturday, AROC in partnership with the National Lawyer’s Guild-SF and the Electronic Frontier Foundation host a community defense training. Know your rights on the street, on the web, and beyond. Protect yourself against undercover cops, informants, and cooperating witnesses. This training is from 1-4 p.m. at the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics.

On Sunday at 1:30, OUT RUN a documentary by Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons will be showing at the Castro Theater. Mobilizing working-class transgender hairdressers and beauty queens, the dynamic leaders of the world’s only LGBT political party wage a historic quest to elect a trans woman to the Philippine Congress. This screening features a Q+A with the directors and film subject Raymond Alikpala.

Breathin’ the Eddy Zheng Story


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Eddy Zheng and Filmmaker Ben Wang at the World Premiere of Breathin' at San Quentin

Eddy Zheng and Filmmaker Ben Wang at the World Premiere of Breathin’ at San Quentin

Guest host Renee Geesler speaks with activist, immigrant, and former prisoner Eddy Zheng about Breathin’ the Eddy Zheng Story, the newly released documentary film by Ben Wang. Breathin’ documents Eddy’s 21-year journey through the California Prison system and his  eventual release.

The segment ends with a song by hip-hop artist Bambu about Eddy Zheng.

3/10/2016 – Eddy Zheng, Chinese Couplets and Dreams Deported

Tonight on Apex Express hosted by Salima Hamarai:
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Justine Lee talks to award-winning filmmaker and Bay-Area native Felicia Lowe about her documentary Chinese Couplets. The film is an intimate family story that explores the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act on one family, over two centuries, in three countries, on four generations of women.

For the entire month of March, the film will be broadcast through Xfinity and on PBS in select markets. For more details, check out ChineseCouplets.com

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Guest host Renee Geesler speaks with activist, immigrant, and former prisoner Eddy Zheng about Breathin’ the Eddy Zheng Story, the newly released documentary film by Ben Wang. Breathin’ documents Eddy’s 21-year journey through the California Prison system and his  eventual release.

And Alec MacDonald takes us to a gathering of immigration activists to talk about the recently released UCLA student publication “Dreams Deported: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation.” In addition to describing how this book came into being, speakers Kent Wong, Amy Lin, Steve Li, and Mario de Leon Estrada discussed current challenges facing undocumented immigrants and the urgent need for policy reform in this area. Mario de Leon Estrada

Community Calendar

In the Crosshairs

On Fridays at 8pm March 11, 18 and 25. At the stage werx theater in SF. Join us for the stage show “in the crosshairs” – solo performance powerhouses Martha Rynberg and Thao P. Nguyen join forces to give you “In the Crosshairs,” a two-person sketch comedy show about hair. Yes, hair! http://crosshair.bpt.me/

When She Rises

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 8pm-11pm – In partnership with the Trust Your Struggle Collective and Galería De La Raza, Studio Grand is pleased to present When She Rises, an exhibit dedicated to the resilience of women. The artists will be examining the experience of women in their countries of origin – the Philippines, India, and Japan. That’s at Studio Grand in Oakland from 8pm to 11 pm.

Growing Our Souls, Building Our Soil

This is a little ways off, but we’re trying to create some buzz. On Saturday, March 19 at 10 AM – 3 PM join us for Growing Our Souls, Building Our Soil :: A Day of Vision In Action.A part of the Bay Area Grace Lee Boggs Memorial Celebration Week at  Urban Tilth’s Edible Food Forest @ 16th Street & Ohio Ave, The Richmond Greenway, Richmond, CA

Celebrating Grace Lee Boggs: A Century In Love & Struggle

Sun. 3/20 – 12-3 pm, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St, Oakland. In celebration of Grace, we will bring together activists and organizers to share their reflections on Grace’s work, ideas, and current movements/struggles in the Bay Area. We will also be joined by guests from Detroit and the Boggs Center.

1/28/16 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the Asian Community

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On tonight’s APEX Express, University of San Francisco’s Professor of Law Bill Ong Hing discusses how the DREAM Act and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has impacted Asian immigrants. Two young API DREAMers who are part of ASPIRE, the first Pan-Asian undocumented immigrant led group in the country, talk about their experience and why the application rate for Asians is far smaller than that of other eligible DREAMers.

10/8/15 SE Asians respond to the refugee crisis, and APAture!

MOAS rescues 105 migrants in Oct 2014. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MOAS

MOAS rescues 105 migrants in Oct 2014.
Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MOAS


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Tonight, we kick off a two-part series on the Syrian refugee crisis. We explore it through the eyes of a SouthEast Asian refugee and filmmaker, Duc Nguyen. He has recently launched a hashtag and fundraising campaign (#ICAREBECAUSE) to raise awareness and much needed donations for life-saving charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station. We also hear from USF Professor Bill Ong Hing to get his take on the U.S.’s policy on refugees.

We also delve deep into this year’s multi-day, multidisciplinary, Asian Pacific American arts festival: Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture! We hear from one of the organizers, Dara Del Rosario, and from three of the featured artists, filmmaker Jethro Patalinghug, comic book illustrator Thi Bui, and Charito Soriano of the musical duo Astralogik to learn about the change that these artists hope their art will compel.

Plus we have a tribute to centenarian activist Grace Lee Boggs.

Community Calendar
On October 18, there will be a walk-a-thon to support MOAS and the Syrian Medical Society in Orange County’s Miles Square Park.

8/13/15 Anak Rock, Define Undocumented, and the Soul of San Francisco



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We are excited to have indie rock band Scrabbel playing live in the KPFA studio where they’ll debut new songs!

AnakRockSFScrabbel is coming out of hibernation to play Anak Rock, a kid-friendly show at Bindlestiff Studio this Saturday from 4-8 p.m. and we’ll hear from Bindlestiff Managing Director Oliver Saria.

We’ll hear about Define Undocumented, a fundraiser for the young people at ASPIRE: Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education.

And we’ll hear from veteran cultural worker, Nancy Hom, who completed a 12-foot mandala that spotlights the things she loves about San Francisco and what we stand to lose.

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!