Category Archives: Legacy

Yuri Kochiyama in Response to 9/11

In September 2001, Japanese Americans in the Bay Area organized a peace vigil in San Francisco’s Japantown to speak out against racist scapegoating and knee jerk reactions to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. This is Yuri Kochiyama’s eloquent speech at the rally.

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Occupation of the Statue Of Liberty in 1977

Photo by Patrick McDonald

Photo by Patrick McDonald

Yuri Kochiyama dedicated her life to cross cultural solidarity, and the rights of political prisoners. One story that exemplifies her commitment to both struggles was her work with the Young Lords in New York. Karl Jagbandhansingh produced this documentary in 2009 for the First Voice Apprenticeship Program when Yuri was 88 years old about her memory of working with the Committee to Free the Five Puerto Rican Nationalists by occupying the Statue of Liberty in 1977.

Emil De Guzman on Yuri


Emil de Guzman photo by Sasha Mcgee

Emil de Guzman photo by Sasha Mcgee

Here’s a teaser for tonight’s show that we played on KPFA’s Letters and Politics. It’s tape from Yuri’s surprise 80th birthday at Pro Arts Gallery where people from all over the attended. In this clip, former I-Hotel resident and activist, Emil de Guzman, shares how he met Yuri and how she was influencing folks even back in the 1970s.

6/5/14 Remembering Yuri Kochiyama (part 1 of 2)

Click here to download the audio. yuribob The Apex Express crew was saddened to hear of Yuri Kochiyama’s passing this weekend. Yuri Kochiyma. That name is a bell toll for this disparate group of radio journalists and organizers. Her die-hard radicalism, as much as her die-hard compassion and warmth, drove many of us into the movement and kept us there. Not only has she inspired us, but in a generous act of giving, APEXer Karl Jagbandhansingh has been her caretaker for many years. So it is with a heavy heart that we produce this week’s show. While the mainstream press’s lackluster coverage recognize Yuri’s association with Malcolm X as her claim to fame and note her participation (with her husband Bill) in the movement for redress and reparations for Japanese Americans, we know Yuri politics were much more broad than that. Over the next two weeks, in remembrance and celebration of Yuri Kochiyama, APEX Express will feature rare recordings including:

  • an interview with Yuri about the 1977 take over of the Statue of Liberty to demand the release of Puerto Rican political prisoners
  • her speech to Laney’s API Heritage Celebration in 2002
  • tape from Yuri’s surprise 80th birthday including interviews with I-Hotel tenants Bill Sorro and Emil Deguzman, Betita Martinez, and many, many more
  • Yuri talking about APA-African American solidarity
  • an interview with Professor Diane Fujino who published Heartbeat of Struggle

And this week, we invite our listeners to call in with your memories of Yuri. This Thursday, 7-8 p.m. call 1-800-958-9008. Join us as we bring the community together to share in our collective celebration of a full and powerful life.

9/19/13 Remembering Sunila Abeysekara

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Tonight’s show is a tribute to the late Sri Lankan feminist and human rights activist Sunila Abeysekara. Sunila passed away on September 9, 2013 after a bout with cancer. We at APEX Express have been fortunate to have had Sunila on our show a few times, and tonight we bring you some excerpts from our discussions with her on the decades of conflict in Sri Lanka, the oppressive ruling government, and the history of women’s movements in the country.

8/29/13: Bumabalik: Reporting from the Philippines

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(Bumabalik translates into “returning.”)

On this installment of APEX Express:

APEX contributor R.J. Lozada is back from the Philippines!

Contributor R.J. Lozada amidst a crowd of protestors at the SONA ng Bayan (People's SONA, or State of the Nation Address). Photo Courtesy of A. Beltran

Contributor R.J. Lozada amidst a crowd at the SONA ng Bayan (People’s SONA, or State of the Nation Address). Photo Courtesy of A. Beltran

 Aerial shot of the crowd that joined the ‘Million People March.’ Photo courtesy of Architect Paulo Alcazaren.

Aerial shot of the crowd that joined the ‘Million People March.’ Photo courtesy of Architect Paulo Alcazaren.

Monday, August 26 drew nearly 100,000 Filipinos in peaceful protest against political corruption and pork barrel politics. R.J. brings us an interview with author Laurel Fantauzzo who participated in the peaceful rally.

Famers and organizers from Hacienda Luisita protest the distribution of lands in front the House of Representatives in Manila. Photo courtesy of R. Lozada

Farmers and organizers from Hacienda Luisita protest the distribution of lands in front the House of Representatives in Manila. Photo courtesy of R.J. Lozada

Land is life. When Spain forcefully took and claimed land from the Philippines in 1521 they created a sociopolitical climate that would birth long-standing systems of oppression, manifesting in everything from political infrastructure to psychology to cuisine. Among the remnants and ghosts of colonization is Hacienda Luisita. The farmlands that belong to natives long before the Spanish were taken, and ended up in the hands of the family of the current President Benigno Aquino III, since the late 1950s. R.J. spent some time with farmers of Hacienda Luisita to learn what agrarian reform can really look like.

Flordia Sibayan, or "Pong," is the chair of AMBALA, the farmworkers union at Hacienda Luisita. She and about 50 farmers and organizers camped out in front of the offices Department of Agricultural Reform. They're protesting the lottery system, and other divide and conquer tactics to disrupt the movement for genuine agrarian reform. Photo courtesy of R. Lozada.

Flordia Sibayan, or “Pong,” is the chair of AMBALA, the farmworkers union at Hacienda Luisita. She and about 50 farmers and organizers camped out in front of the offices Department of Agricultural Reform. They’re protesting the lottery system, and other divide and conquer tactics to disrupt the movement for genuine agrarian reform. Photo courtesy of R.J. Lozada.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

  • On Saturday, August 31st at 7:30PM at the Solespace in Oakland, RAMA presents this months installment of Go! Ohana, featuring musicians Ben Ahn, Cynthia Lin, hosted by Tim Huey, and Leila Ramanculova. http://www.facebook.com/events/185431461636494

  • On Thursday, September 5th at 6:00PM, Undocu-Health: Healthcare and the Undocumented — this event at the Asian Resource Lobby in Oakland will feature a talk regarding the Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare, and the undocumented community. http://www.facebook.com/events/203747449792250

  • On Friday, September 6 at 7:00PM, the “Ordinary Guy,” Afro-Filipino Joe Bataan, will be at the I-Hotel in San Francisco for a meet and greet! http://www.facebook.com/events/574934042570084/

5/9/13 Youth voices, “Growing Up Asian in America,” Rod Daus-Magbual and PEP.

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On this weeks show:

It’s the KPFA 2013 Spring Fund Drive, so for the hour consider contributing to truly independent media by calling 1-800-439-5732 or 510-848-5732, or online at kpfa.org.

As a thank you gift for becoming a member of KPFA (amount TBD), you’ll be receiving Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids’ Letters to President Obama.

Essay Winners of "Growing Up Asian in America"Winners of Asian Pacific Fund’s writing contest, “Growing Up Asian in America.” (L to R, back row: Divya Prakash, Nikhita Gopisetty, Joshua Ko, Kavya Padmanbhan, Alex Yang, Jasjit Mundh. L to R, front row: Amelia Ny, Emily Yang, Elisabeth Kam.)

This week we hear some amazing youth voices and from youth educators.

We’ll be sharing with you some of the winning essays from the Asian Pacific Fund’s Growing Up Asian in America essay contest.

PEPISEED2013Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) at ISEED (Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design)

RodDausMagbualRod Daus-Magbual, Ph.D., Associate Director of Curriculum at PEP

In the studio, Rod Daus-Magbual, Associate Director of Curriculum at Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) in the studio with us, and for the hour, we’ll be discussing youth and education:  From the work that PEP does to inspire their students, and be inspired by them, to more ethnic studies courses in high schools, to building the next generation of teachers–the terrain is vast and there’s a lot to cover.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

  • On Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, Queer Rebels present SPIRIT: A Century of Queer Asian Activism. From the Asian avant-garde to 1960’s activists, Angel Island poets to Slam champions, the Queer Asian Diaspora comes alive through performance, films, and a panel discussion in this three-part extravaganza. https://www.facebook.com/events/187766414706008/

  • On Saturday, May 11 A History of the Body, a new play by Aimee Suzara. A History of the Body brings together text, dance, and visual projections that explore themes of decolonization, and beauty when three Filipina women meet in a beauty salon. For tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5679044174/efblike
  • The Crumbles, an indie rock slice-of life feature and winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2012 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (now CAAM Fest), screens at the Roxie Theatre on Saturday at multiple times. The cast and crew will be in attendance. https://www.facebook.com/events/448017581948589/

  • Have you wondered what we do to bring you our show every week? Well on Saturday, May 11 at noon at the KPFA studio, APEX Express and the Unpaid Staff Organization of KPFA present Behind the Curtain: How Great Radio is Made. Learn how we produce our weekly magazine-style show and find out how you can join the APEX Express collective. https://www.facebook.com/events/166744520155666/