Tonight we talk about a subject that over half of the world has to deal with monthly, but is still considered taboo. Tonight we are talking periods with Asian American women. Hosts Miko Lee and Tara Djorbji talk to Amrita Saigal the founder of Saanthi Pad, eco-friendly pads for women in India. We hear from New York Congresswoman Grace Meng on her Menstrual Equity Bill which will eliminate the tax on period supplies and provide pads to homeless and incarcerated women, and Boston-based activist Nadya Okamoto who at 16 years of age founded Period, a Menstrual Movement an organization providing period supplies to homeless women. Learn more about the Saanthi Pads and Period, a Menstrual Movement here:
And Guest Contributor Melissa Hung talks with Joanne Chan, the editor of a new magazine called Illustoria. With a focus on storytelling, the magazine targets children 6 to 12 and their grownups.
Photo by Melissa Kaseman
Tonight is the opening night of Bindlestiff Studio’s Stories High! This culmination of their annual page to stage workshop series features six one-act plays about bike lane politics, popping the question, and urban legends. Performed at the country’s longest running, Filipino American performing art space, you don’t want to miss these performances by, for, and about our communities. Stories High runs for three weeks, so get your tickets now.
On Sunday, the Amandla Collective at KPFA hosts 24 hours of interviews, music, features, speeches, documentaries and more, celebrating the legacy and 50th anniversary of the black panther party for self defense, it’s relevance and necessity then and now. The Amandla Collective is comprised of Black programmers and engineers at KPFA who produce African Diaspora–Black–African-American content/shows. Make sure you tune in!
Also on Sunday, October 16, reigning Miss GAPA 2016, Juicy Liu hosts Community Connections: The Bow Tie Party. This celebration honors the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation scholarship and grant recipients from across the country continue GAPA’s mission to empower the Asian & Pacific Islander LGBTQ community. Hosted by Bayanihan Community Center
Tonight on APEX Express, we have guest host Mia Nakano with the Visibility Project, a national portrait and video collection dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women & Trans* community. She helps us delve into a discussion with our community about life after the Pulse Orlando tragedy. We bring you perspectives from queer, radical Asian American, South Asian, and Muslim community members including Cayden Mak from 18 Million Rising, an AAPI political advocacy and awareness organization, Poonam Kapoor and Mohammed Shaik Hussain Ali from Trikone, a Bay Area based LGBTQ South Asian group, and writer and activist Canyon Sam.
Sokeo Ros in From Refugee Camp to Project
And we welcome educator and performer Sokeo Ros into the studio. His one-man show From Refugee Camp to Project uses dance, video, and storytelling to talk about his journey from Asia to America, from housing projects to artistic projects.
Community Calendar On Friday at 8 pm, two great books are released at once at Myns Warehouse in Oakland. Jai Arun Ravine will read from The Romance of Siam: A Pocket Guide, which is a subverted travel guide that interrogates the desire white people have to lose and reinvent themselves in Thailand. Joining Jai is Miriam Ching Yoon Louie who will read from her comedic novel, Not Contagious—Only Cancer.
As a reminder, there’s a march from the Castro to Galeria de la Raza on Saturday starting at 2:30 to honor the victims’ lives in Orlando. Meet at the intersection of Castro and Market streets. Galeria hosts speakers and performers who stand in solidarity against those who wish to harm, create fear and remove our freedoms from us. Come stand against homophobia, islamophobia and exclusion.
Earlier on Saturday, AROC in partnership with the National Lawyer’s Guild-SF and the Electronic Frontier Foundation host a community defense training. Know your rights on the street, on the web, and beyond. Protect yourself against undercover cops, informants, and cooperating witnesses. This training is from 1-4 p.m. at the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics.
On Sunday at 1:30, OUT RUN a documentary by Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons will be showing at the Castro Theater. Mobilizing working-class transgender hairdressers and beauty queens, the dynamic leaders of the world’s only LGBT political party wage a historic quest to elect a trans woman to the Philippine Congress. This screening features a Q+A with the directors and film subject Raymond Alikpala.
On the 125th anniversary of #Ambedkar‘s birth anniversary and in celebration of #DalitHistoryMonth, hear from inspiring activists Benjamin P Kaila and Sumit Baudh. Find out about how Dalit activists have been mobilizing in the bay area and beyond, and the incomparable legend, leader and visionary that #Ambedkar was!
Outside the Frame is an LGBT film festival, which this year provides an alternative to the bigger, more mainstream Frameline. Activists have criticized Frameline for taking money from the Israeli consulate, actively ignoring the call from Palestinians to observe BDS. Tinku explains why this issue is so important to him and why we should think about Palestine in our own quest for queer liberation.
Indie rock powerhouse, Thao Nguyen, has captured audiences with her intricate guitar playing, tough yet vulnerable performances, and deep lyrics. Learn what she faced as an Asian American performer in the mostly white male sphere of indie rock, why she commits her time home from tour to volunteer with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, and what she’s doing at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
American Samoa national team 2011.
We also excited to introduce guest contributors, Harjit Sing Gill and Timmy Lu with PickedLastSports.com, a blog about sports and politics. They talk with two players from the American Samoa national soccer team who are featured in the documentary Next Goal Wins. This is about a team that was at the bottom of the FIFA world rankings and lost every competitive game they have ever played. But the players have amazing heart and you’ll meet Jaiyah Saelua, the first transgendered player to play in a FIFA match and Nicky Salapu, a goalie who is respected by his teammates.
Tonight’s show was produced by Salima Hamarani, Marie Choi, and Robynn Takayama.
In the spirit of activists Al Robles and Bill Sorro, the Manilatown Heritage Foundation invites you on Friday April 25th, at 6 p.m. to join poets and musicians as they speak out against eviction and displacement in San Francisco.
On Tuesday, April 29 at 8p.m.there’s the special program in the San Francisco International Film Festival featuring our guest tonight, Thao Nguyen. Reaching back into her musical catalog, Thao and her band The Get Down Stay Down will perform to an assortment of classic, complex and funny films from the silent era including Charlie Chaplin’s anarchic The Pawnshop, animation by Harry Smith, and classic newsreels.
And of course on May 1, there’s the International Workers Day Regional March. March with community members from across the Bay Area in the streets of Oakland! The opening rally is at 3:30 at Fruitvale BART. The march leaves at 4 p.m. and returns back to Fruitvale BART Plaza for a closing rally and celebration at 5:30.