Anirvan Chatterjee with the Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour.
Ellen Choy with Asians 4 Black Lives. Photo by Brooke Anderson
Malkia Cyril with Black Lives Matter. Photo by MAGnet43.
Tonight APEX Express has a very special presentation of next installment of Crossing East, the Peabody-awarded radio documentary series about Asian immigration to the United States. In this 10th anniversary since the original air date, Executive Producer Dmae Roberts, with the support of APEXer Robynn Takayama and Alan Monticello, created Crossing East: Relations.
Together, they unpack systemic racism and describe a rich history of solidarity between Asian and Asian Americans and African Americans, including the Indian Independence Movement, Civil Rights Movement, and Black Lives Matter.
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.
We’ll be in conversation with author Thi Bui about her debut graphic novel, “The Best We Could Do,” which offers a haunting and intimate portrayal of one family’s journey from war torn Vietnam. Then, we’ll hear from the lead petitioner seeking justice for the Shibayama brothers, who continue to demand that the US government be accountable for its ongoing failure to provide redress for war crimes perpetrated against them as children during World War II. We will round out the hour in conversation with contributors of the newly released South Asian American Issue released by the Chicago Quarterly, guest edited by Moazzam Sheikh, who explains that “The new South Asian American writer is a wild beast.” We’ll delve into that wildness. We have all that and more, so tune it.
We’ve dedicated the entire show to an interview Marie Choi and I did with Alex Hing, who is promoting the book “The People Make Peace,” in which he has a chapter detailing his work against the war in Vietnam. He’s been an organizer most of his life, and the interview was so good that we decided to air it in its entirety.
He talks about his social justice work, his professional career, his thoughts on organizing and its trajectory and the role of spirituality in the movement.
In September, #Asians4BlackLives organized Challenging Antiblackness in Asian Communities, an evening of discussion on how Asians can support #BlackLivesMatter. You can listen to the opening panel here:
Click here to download the audio.
We have a fund drive show tonight and we’re going to be paying tribute to Yuri Kochiyama who passed away last year. May 19th would have been her 94th birthday and we wanted to celebrate her life with some of our favorite Yuri pieces. Donations to KPFA get you Yuri’s memoir: Passing it On.
Join us at 7pm on KPFA 94.1 FM.
Yuri Kochiyama print by Melanie Cervantes with Dignidad Rebelde
Until May 23rd is RECLAIMING OUR ROOTS: APA arts activism from the 1960s on. at the Kearny Street Workshop. This event brings KSW to the very street from which it takes its name, bringing the past and the present together through a multidisciplinary presentation of literature, music, and visual art.
On March 16th and 17th, Live Oak Park in Berkeley hosts the Himalayan Fair. Both days start at 10 am and run until the early evening. All donations and raffle proceeds received this year will support efforts to send aid to Nepal after now, two devastating back to back earthquakes. They will also host a prayer each day of the Fair to remember the people of Nepal.
Next Wednesday, join the Teach in to Free West Papauin Oakland or in SF on Thursday, May 21 at 518 Valencia Street at 6 pm for Free West Papau as we think about the questions “What does self-determination look like for West Papua and other indigenous peoples? How does the struggle for West Papua’s independence connect with other third world liberation movements?” we learn about its history and its struggle.
Tonight we’ll be looking at Islamophobia in America — from vandalism of a Sacramento mosque to a recent federal court decision that finds “no-fly lists” are creating second class citizens. We’ll also speak with an editor and contributor of Salaam Love, a new anthology of Muslim American Men on love, sex and intimacy. And it’s winter fund drive! So we’ll be asking for your support by calling in during the APEX hour to donate to KPFA. As an all listener-sponsored radio station, we count on you to help us keep our community voices on air!
Call in number is 1-800-HEY-KPFA
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.
Saturday, February 8th
Kommunity Kulintang presented by the Manilatown Heritage Foundation
A monthly drop-in interactive workshop
@ I-Hotel Manilatown Center (868 Kearny Street @ Jackson, San Francisco)
Suggested Donation: $12 ($7 under 18 and over 60 years of age), includes Merienda
50% of the workshop proceeds will be donated to the I-Hotel Manilatown Center
Each month a short performance will lead to a new educational interactive aspect of pre-colonial Southern Philippine culture followed by a community jam session.
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