Category Archives: Sexuality

6/16/16 PulseOrlando

Oakland's vigil for the shooting in Orlando. Photo by Hyejin Shim.

Oakland’s vigil for the shooting in Orlando. Photo by Hyejin Shim.

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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

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.

#DalitHistoryMonth Spotlight, Intersectionality of Caste, Gender and Sexuality

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Dalit History MonthOn 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!



Tinku Ali and Outside the Frame.

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.



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1/22/15 Ethnic Studies and Reconciling Churches

Bay Area teachers panelists at the Ethnic Studies solidarity event at Mission High.

Bay Area teachers panelists at the Ethnic Studies solidarity event at Mission High.

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This week, we look at Ethnic Studies: what gains have been made in San Francisco and what challenges are faced in Arizona? We hear voices from an Ethnic Studies teach in just before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments about the school district in Tucson that was accused by state officials of violating their Ethnic Studies ban.

We also learn what it means to be a reconciling church, or a church that welcomes all sexual orientations and gender identities. We talk with Lauren Quock with the Network on Religion and Justice about the upcoming Reconciling Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church in San Jose.

NRJ's One Big Family Photo Solidarity Project

NRJ’s One Big Family Photo Solidarity Project

4/24/14 Music and Sports in Film

Tonight we talk with three very special guests who are leaving their comfort zone in a music hall or soccer field to be in a cinematic theater.

Thao Nguyen. Photo by Lauren Tabak.

Thao Nguyen. Photo by Lauren Tabak.

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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.

American Samoa national team 2011.

We also excited to introduce guest contributors, Harjit Sing Gill and Timmy Lu with, 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.

Community Calendar
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.

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!

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  • 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 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

12/19/2013 #NotYourAsianSidekick, Section 377, NEFFCON and the Peace Movement in the Philippines


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Those of you on the Twitterverse may have seen a surge of tweets labeled #NotYourAsianSidekick. What is it? What does it mean? In the studio to talk about the twitter movement and it’s translations to on the ground organizing is Cayden Mak, New Media Director of 18 Million Rising.

Protestors gather in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood to protest the India Supreme Court decision. Photo by Urvi Nagrani

Protestors gather in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood to protest the India Supreme Court decision.
Photo by Urvi Nagrani

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code dates back to 1861, introduced during British rule of India, criminalizing sexual activities “against the order of nature.”

In 2009, Section 377 was struck down by the High Court of Delhi. It was declared unconstitutional with respect to sex between consenting adults.

However, the judgment was overturned last week, by the Supreme Court of India, which found that Section 377 is a Parliamentary matter, not a judicial one.

To help us understand the history, the context, and the work that begins again to repeal 377, R.J. Lozada brings in Mohammed Shaik Hussain Ali, Secretary, Trikone and Editor of Trikone Magazine. Trikone is one of the oldest South Asian LGBTQ organizations in the world, based in San Francisco, CA.

NEFFCON Nor-Cal gathers to urge the Philippine government to engage in the peace process. Photo by Megumi Yoshida.

NEFFCON Nor-Cal gathers to urge the Philippine government to engage in the peace process. Photo by Megumi Yoshida.

The National Ecumenical Forum for Filipino Concerns – North California Chapter, or NEFFCON Nor-Cal, is composed of several churches in the Northern California region.

NEFFCON-NorCal Chapter is a Forum for continuing dialogue of life leading to a shared theological perspective, common decision and coordinated courses of action on issues and concerns affecting the Filipino people in the Philippines and the Filipinos and Fil-Americans in the US. It is Ecumenical in the pristine sense of the word: “to take care of the inhabited earth” together.

Kathryn Poethig, member of NEFFCON’s organizing  committee, and longtime peace-worker in Southeast Asia, will be joining host, R.J. Lozada to talk about NEFFCON’s work, the church in the Philippines, and the long history towards peace in the Philippines.


On Friday, 12/20, 9:30 AM Please join an international day of action at the Consulate of India (540 Arguello Blvd., San Francisco)to support the domestic worker exploited by the Deputy Consul General of India. Devyani Khobragade was arrested for lying to the State Department in regards to the terms of employment listed on the visa for her nanny and housekeeper in New York. She claimed the worker would be paid $4500 a month and then only paid her $3.31 an hour. She also verbally abused her, confiscated her passport and told her she had no other options.