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Today you will hear sounds of resistance and culture across the genres produced by Asian and Pacific Islander communities worldwide. In this show we will feature sounds of West Papuan resistance against Indonesian repression, sounds from the indigenous communities of Mindanao (Philippines), Dalit rapper Sumeet Samos from India singing about caste oppression, culture of resistance and drumming in Korea, and more, with hosts DJ Baagi and Natasha Harden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Formed in 2010, Aye Nako is a queer punk band. This four-piece include art, music and politics into their work. They want to create a space where those who fall in the margins feel OK about being themselves.
Last month Aye Nako released their second full-length album, Silver Haze. APEXer Mari Nakagawa talked with Mars Dixon, who plays guitar and sings. They talked about their experience being queer, trans, Black, and Filipino in the largely white-dominated pop punk DIY scene. Originally from Arkansas, Mars lived for a short time in Oakland and is now based out of Brooklyn. Aye Nako is on the road for their tour, so she spoke with Mars via Skype.
Tonight, we celebrate May Day, or International Worker’s Day!
We hear from Terry Valen and Lyle Prijoles with Filipino Community Center as well as Irma Shauf-Bajar with GABRIELA USA. They all make connections between immigrant rights and worker rights here in the U.S. and globally.
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Tonight DJ Baagi joins us to spin music of resistance and solidarity from the Asian Diaspora worldwide, with a slight focus on South Asian musicians.
We have sounds of the Asian underground and anti-racist solidarity between Asian and Afro Caribbeans in the U.K., our friend Kiwi Illafonte/Native Guns, radical immigrant stories from Ruby Ibarra, music from the African diaspora in the Sri Lanka… and more ❤
If you hadn’t heard, San Francisco has made city college FREE to residents. On Friday, April 21 from 9 to noon, CCSF hosts an open house where you can learn how to apply for admissions.
And on Sunday, from 11 to 5, Angela Angel hosts an eight-week folk and herbal remedy series at Ancestral Apothocary. Classes include working on our physical and energetic body systems with: Philippine Herbal Medicine, Medicinal Foods and Healthy Traditional Cooking, Ancestral Healing, and Massage and Chiropractic Care.
We all know and love Bay Area Solidarity Summer, a a political action camp for budding South Asian activists. On Saturday, April 29 at El Rio, there’s a fundraiser for BASS featuring Doctors and Engineers, a Los Angeles based South Asian garage punk band; Kohinoorgasm, an experimental pop music project; Faluda Islam, an artist of mixed Pakistani and Lebanese descent who uses drag to speak through issues of religion, sexuality and identity.
Trial of 63 Japanese American draft resisters from the Heart Mountain Relocation Center
We also hear from Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. In addition to the forced relocation away from the west coast, we hear from the draft resisters who rose up from within the camps.
We sprinkle holiday music throughout the show. Songs include a flashback to 2014 when the Colorful Mamas of the 99% went caroling with their children for love and liberation in Oakland for Black Lives Matter. We also share holiday tunes from Digital Crafts Night and Largesse.
Tonight on APEX Express, we talk with Kristyn Leach, a 33-year old Korean American farmer at Namu Farm in Sunol, CA. where she practices Korean Natural Farming.
Sticking with our food theme, we hear from food writer for the East Bay Express, Luke Tsai. He wrote the cover story, “Cooking Other People’s Food” and we tease out the problems that can result when fine dining chefs try their hand at cuisines outside their culture.
Ruby Mountain featured at KSW’s APAture Music Showcase
Peppered throughout the show, we’ll hear from some of the musicians performing in Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture Music Showcase on Saturday night. Stay tuned because we have a ticket giveaway!
On Tuesday, October 4, join the San Francisco launch of Hotspot, Cool Country—Biodiversity in the Philippines, a new book for all ages by Almira Astudillo Gilles, published by Anvil Books.
And next Thursday, Stories High opens. This is the culmination of Bindlestiff Studio’s long-running annual page-to-stage theater workshop series, which runs from October 13 thru October 29. This year’s show features six one-act plays that feature pop divas, popping the question, urban legends, killer fashion, national tragedy, bike lane politics, and much more.