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 HaciendaLuisita. 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.J. Lozada.
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
Formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the revamped CAAM Fest is a celebration of food, music, and, of course, films. Thursday night’s opening film is Linsanity, and the program over the next 10 days looks to be exciting.
Contributor Preeti Mangala Shekar brings us interviews with two influential filmmakers Mira Nair, and Deepa Mehta.
This year, Mira Nair brings The Reluctant Fundamentalistto CAAM Fest:
Deepa Mehta renders Salman Rusdie’s Midnight’s Children to the screen:
This is a scan of a photograph taken by me during the Communal riots on Ahmedabad in February/March 2002. The photo shows the skyline of Ahmedabad filled with smoke as buildings are set on fire. (Wikimedia Commons)
Bay Area Solidarity Summer, or BASS, is hosting its 3rd annual summer leadership camp to develop future South Asian American activists and changemakers. Over five days in July, participants will explore social justice issues, meet artists and activists, get introduced to South Asian American history, and learn organizing and leadership skills.
Find out more about Bay Area Solidarity Summer, which participants call “inspiring” and “lifechanging,” at www.solidaritysummer.org. Apply by March 31 for first priority.
This Saturday, join the Arab Cultural and Community Center or ACCC, for our 6th Annual Bay Area Arab Women’s Conference at the San Francisco Public Library in downtown San Francisco–a unique grassroots Arab women’s conference produced by and for Arab women!
This year, panelists and performers from across the world will present on such topics as how Arab women move beyond colonial, orientalist, and Arab nationalist definitions of Arab womanhood; how to recognize diversity and challenge racism and ethnocentricism across the Arab world and diaspora; and how to lead more holistically healthy lives.
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:
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
Purchase tickets now: http://hyphenhoedown.eventbrite.com/
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 http://bit.ly/ABEBLive. This venue is wheelchair accessible. Please RSVP on the wall if you have childcare needs.
On Monday, August 20th, journalist Seth Rosenfeld released articles and a video alleging that longtime activist, Richard Aoki was a FBI informant. Since then, many circle within the Black Panther Party, and the Asian American community have been discussing the facts, and the implications of these allegations. We have an exclusive interview with activist and scholar Harvey Dong, close friend of Aoki, to add perspective to the diverse responses.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and during that month, fasting is observed. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam (Kalima, Salat: Prayer, Zakat, and Hajj, or Pilgrimage being the other four). Zahra Billoo of the Council on American-Islamic Relations shares what Ramadan is about and it’s significance this year.
We play an award-winning segment on a water struggle on Maui, produced by Robynn Takayama back in 2008. Why? Because last week, the Hawai’i Supreme Court gave a favorable ruling, so we’ll hear an update from Earthjustice Attorney Isaac Moriwake about this recent victory.
Community Calendar On Saturday August 25, 2012 from 1:30 to 5:00 pm, join the folks at the Manilatown Heritage Foundation located in San Francisco’s Chinatown, for DJ open turntables and Break Dancing workshop taught by Rob Nasty of Star Child La Rock. For all ages. Donations $5 to $10 sliding scale. https://www.facebook.com/events/274803989299981/
On Sunday, Sunday Streets returns to San Francisco’s Chinatown. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. walk, bike, and ride your big wheel(!) through the middle of the car-free streets. http://www.sundaystreetssf.com/
Sunday, September 9th 4-6 pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd in Oakland
Cosponsored By EastSide Arts Alliance and the Freedom Archives
for more information call: 510-533-6629 or 415 863-9977
In 1982, Vincent Chin was the victim of a hate crime murder in Detroit. Thirty years later, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continue to face discrimination and bullying. In light of recent tragedies like the extreme hazing and subsequent death of Private Danny Chen and the continuing effects of 9/11, what can Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders do to stand up against racism and discrimination?
Join us on June 23rd, at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center in San Francisco for a lively discussion with leaders of local civil rights organizations (Vincent Pan – CAA, Ling Woo Liu – Korematsu Institute, Zahra Billoo – CAIR SFBA, Angela Chan – Asian Law Caucus) moderated by R.J. Lozada from APEX Express. Tickets are $10.
On tonight’s show:
We go back a bit. We go back and remember Gina Hotta, or G. We listen to one of her radio documentaries. Processions by G. – composed and performed by Gina Hotta. Gina Hotta/Soprano Sax, Francis Wong/Tenor Sax, Vijay Iyer/Piano, Anthony Brown/Drums.
APEX Express contributor Tara Drobji speaks with Dr. Udayakumar. He is the coordinator for the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, and he is in India with the movement to stop the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project. Residents living around the proposed project have launched massive protests, this includes hundreds of hunger strikes and sixty villages have opposed the project.
Reflection on the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami with updates on the floods in Thailand and the typhoon in the Philippines
Ellen Choy talking about the OccupyMovement, with a focus on the Bay Area
Alex Tom of the Chinese Progressive Association, taking about Occupy, what Ed Lee’s mayoral win means to the Chinese community, and the unrest seen in Wukan, China
Continued discrimination against the Muslim American community in New York and on the media
An update with Anh Pham, her grand jury trial, and her response to the NDAA of 2012
Lisa Chen of Asian Law Caucus talking about the California Dream Act and what campaigns they’ll work on in 2012
Bernadette Ellorin of BAYAN USA looks at the issuance of the arrest warrant for former General Jovito Palparan and the calling of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to trial for human rights abuses
National Film Society, a new media studio co-founded by filmmakers Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco in Los Angeles
And Irene Kao, executive director of Hyphen, talks about independent media and its important role in challenging what the mainstream has put forth including Tiger Mom and Wesley Yang’s interpretation of Asian male-ness
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.
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 melchon.blogspot.com, and Manilatown.org
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 philippinearts.org/rizal150.htm or http://rizal150.eventbrite.com/
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 www.labornotes.org/bayarea, call (510) 542-9436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.