Category Archives: Media

5/4/17 Immigration and Activism

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Tonight on Apex Express Mother/Daughter hosts Miko Lee and Ayame Keane-Lee spoke to Yvette Felarca from By Any Means Necessary about taking direct action out into the streets and stopping the Trump ICE raids.  More information about an upcoming immigration forum is listed in the calendar below.

We spoke to Michelle Lee,  curator of Shifting Movements, Art inspired by Yuri Kochiyama, which opens with a big celebration tonight at SOMARTS Cultural Center and runs through May 25. Shifting Movements is part of the 20th Annual United States of Asian America Festival. Some of the art pieces are shown above, but go check it out in person to see how amazing the work is.

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Mari Nakagawa interviewed punk band Aye Nako who hits the Bay Area tonight and tomorrow night.

Poet Yujane Chan came into the studio and performed her erasure poem derived from her formal immigration papers. Ayame, also a youth poet, chatted with Yujane about her inspiration and process. Yujane performed this as part of Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam in April.

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Miko spoke with award winning filmmaker Felicia Lowe’s about her latest work Chinese Couplets which is her personal tale about the Chinese Exclusion Act. They also discussed the big Rally for Inclusion that is happening this Saturday in Portsmouth Square Chinatown to acknowledge the 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Find out more about the Rally and how to take action page here.

Community Calendar

May 4 -June 11, United States of Asian America, various locations

May 4 Aye Nako at the Luckyduck Bicycle Cafe located at 302 12th Street in Oakland.

May 5 Aye Nako at the STUD located at 399 9th St in San Francisco.

May 4-25, 2017  Shifting Movements: Art inspired by the life of Yuri Kochiyama

Venue: SOMArts Cultural Center, Main Gallery, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco. Exhibition Dates:  Tuesday through Friday from 12-7pm, and Saturdays from 12-5pm.  Closing Reception: Thursday, May 25, 2016. 6-9pm.

May 6, 2017 noon Rally for Inclusion, Portsmouth Square, Chinatown

May 6, 2017:  Asian Pacific Heritage Festival, Asian American Alliance of Marin

May 9, 2017  Immigration Forum and Community Meeting, Bay Any Means Necessary 6-8pm, Manzanita Recreation Center, 2701 22nd Ave., Oakland, CA 94606

May 16 Asian American Bar Association presents – Lessons from Mass Incarceration

 

 

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3/5/2015 Jo Nan Hui and Avijit Roy

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This week on Apex Express we feature interviews and analysis of two cases you probably have not heard much about.

First we bring you in-depth coverage of Jo Nan Hui – woman fighting deportation, and the right to keep her child, after fleeing her abusive partner. We examine how her particular case sheds light on  a broken immigration system, which often makes it difficult for victims of domestic abuse to seek help, and we look at how  Korean and Women’s Rights advocates are fighting her case.

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And, we talk to Raj Hameed and Anirvan Chatterjee, from the local South Asian Community  about their response and organizing, in the aftermath of Avijit Roy’s murder in Bangladesh. Avijit Roy was an outspoken secularist blogger who was killed this week by a fundamentalist group. His murder sparked protests across Bangladesh, and has galvanized Bangladeshi-Americans to look to Congress, in the US, to help hold the government, and his killers, accountable.

That tonight at 7 pm, on 94.1, KPFA .

 

Hosted by Marie Choi and Salima Hamirani



 

Community Calendar

March 5, join us at Oakland Through Our Lens Featuring photographs of life in Oakland taken by women, the show will focus on women of color, queer women, and first time photographers. The exhibit will be at both Betti Ono Gallery and Show and Tell Concept Shop.

  March 5th, at the International Hotel in San Francisco. There is a hip hop benefit for BlackOUT Collective & TGIJP (Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project). All ages, 6:30 to 11pm. 

Saturday March 7th, from 9 am to 7 pm, is the Empowering Women of Color Conference. No better time than now: Transnational resistance, solidarity and love. in Wheeler Hall, at UC Berkeley.

 Also Saturday March 7th from 3 to 5 pm, at the Asian Resource gallery, is your last time to see Rebel Legacy, which connects the century-long history of South Asian American activism with contemporary social movements, linking local and global struggles for equity and social justice.

07/24/2014 – Documentary Film Makers in South Asia


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This week we feature two documentary film makers from South Asia creating media about social outliers, and social justice issues.

First we have a LIVE call in all the way from Mumbai : Anand Patwardhan is a documentary film maker based in India who’s films focus on themes such as the nuclear arms race, the treatment of dalits, and patriarchy and religion. Today he joins us on the phone to talk about media consolidation in India and how it affects our ability to disseminate information and critique the government.

Then, we’ll hear from an interview with director Saad Khan about his new movie about LGBT Pakistanis, called “Hide And Seek” and we also hear about his new upcoming project on Pakistani showgirls, that is, women on the stage and in theater.

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Hosted by Salima Hamirani

3/27/14 Mindanao, Sagada, Baguio…

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On tonight’s show, contributor R.J. Lozada continues his reporting from his trip to the Philippines last summer. R.J. starts deep in the mountains of Mindanao, the southern region, as part of a series of international solidarity missions coordinated for the International Coalition for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (ICHRPP). R.J. sits and listens to various testimonials from villagers who have had difficulties being caught in a crossfire between Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Units (Paramilitary groups), and the New Peoples Army.

Dance at Sitio Blasan from Roldan Lozada on Vimeo.

On a bus driving up and through the Mountain Provinces in the Philippines (photo by R. Lozada)

On a bus driving up and through the Mountain Provinces in the Philippines (photo by R. Lozada)

R.J. also takes us as far north to the remarkably cool climate of Sagada, and Baguio. There, R.J. learns of some of the significant drawbacks of purportedly alternative energy industries by speaking with an organizer from the Cordillera Peoples Alliance. In Sagada, R.J. integrates with a local community radio station, Radyo Sagada, to get an understanding of some the indigenous peoples (IP) struggles with maintaining a peace zone.

Terraces run throughout the Mountain Provinces (photo by R. Lozada)

Terraces run throughout the Mountain Provinces (photo by R. Lozada)

All that, and so much more on this remarkable and short trip–including updates regarding the Pacific Pivot, the Philippine Peace talks with the National Democratic Front.

Part travel diary, part reportage, all Filipino diaspora. Tune in!

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

On Friday, from 5PM to 7PM join organizers, participants, and neighbors against displacement, gentrification, and the tech-led takeover of the Bay Area for a potluck at the 16th BART Plaza to kick off a week of actions coordinated by Defend the Bay Area. For more information, please visit defendthebayarea.org

Join the Asian Prisoner Support Committee for their Roots 2 Reentry Community Potluck this Saturday, March 29, at The Spot (299 13th St., Oakland) from 12PM to 1:30 PM. You can learn more about the new program, and meet the participants. Roots 2 Reentry is a support group for people returning to Alameda County from prison or jail–focusing on cultural needs and assets of the Asian, Pacific Islander, and “Other” communities. For more information you can visit their website at www.asianprisonersupport.com

Dis/orient/ed is coming back for two shows on April 5th. The successful comedy duo sold out their shows the last time they came to the Bay and they do not disappoint. The duo will be performing at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, you can purchase pre-sale tickets now if you visit their website at disorientedcomedy.com 

The Navarasa Dance Theater Residency at La Pena Cultural Center present Courtesans’ Conversation, a dance theater by Aparna Sindhoor, Anil Natyaveda and S M Raju — is described as an artist’s journey into the world of women’s desires through conversations with three courtesans — and a pop star. The event happens on Friday and Saturday, April 4th & 5th at 8PM at the La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $18 at the door. For more information please visit www.lapena.org or call 510 849 2568.

 

2/13/14 David Suzuki (Winter Fund Drive!)

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If you haven’t given to APEX and KPFA yet – this is the weeks to do it!  We are in our 2nd of 3 weeks of Winter Fund Drive at KPFA.  Call in during the APEX hour for some awesome premiums:

Our feature premium is a recorded talk with scientist, author, and activist David Suzuki!  He was interviewed by indigenous organizer Clayton Thomas Muller in 2012 about the environment, Canada’s social movements, and the fight against the massive tar sands development on indigenous lands.  Listen in tonight for clips from that talk. And call in to pledge to get either a CD or DVD copy of it as a gift for your donation!

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We’ll also be offering the KPFA Winter Speech Pack – a package of 10 amazing talks on CD – for a donation of $200.

Tune in. And SUPPORT APEX.

Call in number: 1-800-HEY-KPFA

1/30/14 Culturally Relevant Children’s Literature!

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As promised, here is the listing of books recommended on this week’s show!:

The books featured on the show were:

And the other books mentioned on the show – either by Eastwind Books or by callers who called in – are:

We’re calling all book lovers and families to join us in exploring the history of Multicultural Children’s Literature, with an eye toward Asian/Pacific Islander Stories! In studio we have an exciting group of guests to talk about the power of culturally relevant narratives and positive portrayals of communities of color:

  • Special readings by two award-winning children’s books: Tony Robles, Author of Lakas and the Manilatown Fish, and Gayle Romasanta, Author of Beautiful Eyes
  • An interview with Kassie Pham and Kristine Aquino, staff at one of the oldest independent Bookstores in the nation focused on Asian and Asian American Literature – Eastwind Books in Berkeley. With the transformation of the publishing industry as a whole, are multicultural publishers on the decline?
  • And we invite you, our listeners at home to call in with your recommendations for the best Asian and Pacific Islander children’s literature. Is there a book that you have read to your children, or a book that stands out to you in your own life that was read to you at an early age?

Here are links to more information:

COMMUNITY CALENDAR:

  • Saturday, February 8th
    Lunar New Year at OACC!
    @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Oakland Chinatown above the Asian Library
    Featuring traditional dances, drumming, live music, and much much more.
    You can visit oacc.cc for more info.

  • Sunday, February 9th
    Eastwind Books is hosting Deng Ming Dao and a reading of his book “The Lunar Tao.”
    3:00 – 5:00 pm
    @ Eastwind Books in Berkeley (2066 University Ave in Berkeley)
    Unlike any other book, “The Lunar Tao” gives readers a new way to explore Taoism and shows readers a way to include the tenets of Taoism into daily life.
    The event will include qigong demonstrations.
    More info online is at asiabookcenter.com

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/