Category Archives: Racism

2/6/14 Salaam Love Anthology (Winter Fund Drive!)

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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

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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.

  • Saturday, February 8th
    Kommunity Kulintang presented by the Manilatown Heritage Foundation
    A monthly drop-in interactive workshop
    from 2-4pm
    @ 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

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12/5/2013 Fast for Family, Structural Racism, International Human Rights Day

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On tonight’s show:

  • First up we’ll be hearing the San Francisco Solidarity Fast for Family, calling for national immigration reform.
  • Then we go to Minnesota, where a female Professor of color who was reprimanded by her school administration for teaching a lesson on structural racism.
  • Then back to the Bay where local Muslims are hosting a peace convention this Sunday.
  • We’ll round out the hour with plans for protests in Kashmir to mark International Human Rights Day.

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Tonight’s show starts with a song in tribute to Nelson Mandela who passed away today – “Black President” by Fassie.

4/4/13 Hmong National Development Conference, Conversations about Gay Marriage and Marriage Equality with Lauren Quock, Yasmin Nair, and Stuart Gaffney

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On this weeks installment of APEX Express:

Image Contributor R.J. Lozada interviews Seng Alex Vang, Conference Co-Chair of the 16th Hmong National Development Conference. This years conference, themed The Journey Forward, is a three-day gathering of Hmong and their allies on three major threads: Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Development. 

The United States Supreme Court is in the throes of two major proceedings in the Gay Marriage or Marriage Equality movement, Hollingsworth v Perry, and the legal challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. In an effort to bring the complexity of the different conversations happening within the LGBTIQ movements regarding marriage equality, contributor R.J. Lozada has invited three speakers to shed some light on the subject.

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(photo courtesy of Lauren Quock)

Lauren Quock is a queer third generation Chinese American artist and community leader. 
 
Lauren has been working with the Network on Religion and Justice for Asian Pacific Islander LGBTIQ People (NRJ, www.netrj.org) since 2004 and is currently the NRJ Coordinator. NRJ creates community and leadership development for API LGBTIQ people of faith and works to change the culture of silence around sexuality and LGBTIQ experiences in API Christian churches through education. 
 
Lauren is also an artist (www.laurenquock.com). Lauren appropriates industrial processes and materials to create Modified Bathroom Signs that challenge the gender binary and transform the public restroom from a site of anxiety and trauma into one of affirmation for queer people. 
(photo courtesy of Yasmin Nair)

(photo courtesy of Yasmin Nair)

From the author’s website:

Dr. Yasmin Nair is a Chicago-based writer, activist, academic, and commentator.  The bastard child of queer theory and deconstruction, Nair has numerous critical essays, book reviews, investigative journalism, op-eds, and photography to her credit.  Her work has appeared in publications like GLQThe Progressivemake/shiftTime Out ChicagoThe Bilerico Project, Windy City TimesBitchMaximum Rock’n’Roll, and No More Potlucks.   Nair’s writing and organising address issues like neoliberalism and inequality, queer politics and theory, the politics of rescue and affect, sex trafficking, the art world, and the immigration crisis.  Her work also appears or will appear in various anthologies and journals, including Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial ComplexSinglism: What It Is, Why It Matters and How to Stop ItWindy City Queer: Dispatches from the Third Coast and Arab Studies Quarterly. Most recently, her work has appeared in the Lambda-nominated anthology, Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America, edited by Tracy Baim.  Nair is a co-founder and member of the editorial collective  Against Equality; she contributed to their first book, Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage as well as the second, Against Equality: Don’t Ask to Fight Their Wars, and the third, Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You.  She is also a member of the Chicago grassroots organisation Gender JUST (Justice United for Societal Transformation) and recently became its Policy Director (a volunteer position) and co-ordinator of the Chicago chapter of South Asians for Justice, a new group devoted to forging a radical South Asian-inflected political vision outside of electoral politics and Bobby Jindal. Nair was, from 1999-2003, a member of the now-defunct Queer to the Left.  Her activist work includes gentrification, immigration, public education, and youth at risk. 

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John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney (photo courtesy of Stuart Gaffney)

Stuart Gaffney, Media Director and API Outreach Director with Marriage Equality USA  and also as a founder of API Equality Northern California From Huffington Post:

Stuart Gaffney and his husband John Lewis are leaders in the freedom to marry movement. Together as a couple for 26 years, they were two of the plaintiffs in the historic 2008 lawsuit that held that California’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the state constitution. On June 17, 2008, they married at San Francisco City Hall, surrounded by friends and family. Stuart and John are leaders in Marriage Equality USA, a national grassroots organization, and API Equality, a coalition targeting outreach and education to the Asian-American community. They have appeared extensively in local, national and international media. The focus of their work has been to foster connection between the general public and the lives of LGBTIQ people. Stuart is a graduate of Yale University and currently a Policy Analyst at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies.

 COMMUNITY CALENDAR:
Saturday April 13, 3-6pm Poetry Reading: Brynn Saito, Pireeni Sundaralingam, and Debbie Yee Eastwind Books 2066 University Avenue, Berkeley
Friday, May 31 KSW Runway: Celebrate Your Body This alternative fashion show/underground concert/expo showcasing local APA talent in fashion, music, and art and celebrates bodies of all shapes, sizes, ages, abilities, genders, colors, and ethnicities. The event is a fundraiser for Kearny Street Workshop. SOMArts Cultural Center: 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco

2/28/13 Kao Kalia Yang and Radiolab’s Yellow Rain

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Hmong American writer, Kao Kalia Yang

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:

http://www.radiolab.org/2012/sep/24/yellow-rain/

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:

http://www.hyphenmagazine.com/blog/archive/2012/10/science-racism-radiolabs-treatment-hmong-experience

To read a much more complete treatment of Yellow Rain that includes the Yang’s perspective, vist here:

http://www.citypages.com/2012-11-14/news/behind-laos-s-yellow-rain-and-tears/

To sign a petition put together by 18 Million Rising, visit here:

http://act.engagementlab.org/sign/18mr_Radiolab/

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

It’s the last week to see KSW & EBALDC’s   CONTINUATIONS: Processing War & Trauma at the Asian Resource Center in Oakland.
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

Where
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.
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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.

12/27/12 Year in Review

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Happy Holidays from the APEX Express Collective.

Contributor R.J. Lozada compiles different stories from the bay, the country, and around the globe. Every month, a moment, a story-either read on your facebook feed, heard in your conversations, or viewed on broadcast. You’re invited to tune in, and a take an hour to reflect on 2012.

3/15/12 SFIAAFF, Micropixie, and Jeremy Lin(sanity)!

This past week, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival coalesced the community through the moving image. Robynn Takayama offers a short commentary about what the festival means to her. (Check out APEX Express collective member R.J. Lozada’s film, Among B-Boys)

The festival continues through this weekend and there’s a film you’ve got to catch. It’s called In the Family and Robynn also brings us an interview with Patrick Wang, the film’s director.

We also have an interview by Preeti Shekar with Micropixie aka MPX who performed at the festival’s DIRECTIONS IN SOUND club night.

Finally, the Shaolin B-Boy talks to his dad and cousin about a basketball-based disease that hit the nation in February and has a special effect on Asian Americans. They call it, Linsanity!

Community Calendar

  • Are you a green card holder interested in becoming a U.S. citizen? As a U.S. citizen, you can live in the United States and can travel outside the United States without worrying about being deported or being denied entry, and can more quickly and easily be reunited with family overseas. Citizens also gain the right to vote, to serve on a jury, to apply for government jobs and certain government benefits. East Bay Naturalization Collaborative is holding a free Citizenship Workshop on Saturday, March 17 at Chabot Community College in Hayward.  Attorneys will be available to help eligible immigrants fill out the application for U.S. citizenship, answer questions and provide resources for you.  All participants must register in advance. For more information and to register, please call Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) at 510-251-2846.
  • The Balboa Theater in San Francisco hosts the Bengali Film Festival from March 16-20. Featuring contemporary and classic Bengali-language films, the festival will also spotlight Nagmoti — a film from the early 1980s by the now legendary musician, ethnomusicologist and filmmaker Gautam Chattopadhyay.
  • In the Family screens on Saturday, March 17 at 8 pm at the Pacific Film Archive Theater.
  • On Tuesday, March 20, Movie Night at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center brings us Thai film, Tears of the Black Tiger. According to IMDB, “With its loud acting style, exuberant sets and stunning shots in pastel colours, this Thai cult film is as much a parody as an homage to the Western and the romantic tearjerker.”

6/9/11 Toxic Nail Salons, Deportations, and Healing

For this week:

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.

Community Calendar:

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)
6:30-10:30pm
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 schools@labornotes.org.