Contributors

Interested in joining us? We’re looking to expand our collective of journalists, activists, and DJs to help with the production of a weekly show We have a lift-as-we-climb model of mentorship and could also use help in web posting, social media posting, and event coordination. Asian American musicians, we’re looking for music to mix into the show. If you are interested in contributing in this way, please contact us at apex@kpfa.org or 510-848-6767×464

Current Contributors

Marie Choi has been involved in community and student organizing around racial profiling, education, and building ethnic studies programs since she was a high school student. Marie has since supported organizing for prisoner support projects, dignity in the workplace, and healthy communities.  She is also a new mama, educator, radio host and producer.

taraTara Dorabji is a writer, arts educator, mother, and radio journalist at KPFA. For over a decade she’s produced and hosted on KPFA radio, focussing on nuclear issues, environmental justice, Kashmir, and the majority “minorities.” Her writing is published in the Indian ReviewHuizacheCensored 2013, and Midwifery Today. Tara is working on her first novel, Azadi. Her projects can be viewed at dorabji.com.

salimaSalima Hamirani became interested in audio after an accidental volunteer gig at a radio show, and like all accidental predestined meetings, Salima met radio and Salima fell in love. Her primary passion is writing, but she’s fine-tuning her radio chops and hopes to use both media to help educate, incite, inflame, and entertain. She also freelances for the National Radio Project’s Making Contact and during her off time, she leads surveillance camera walking tours of Oakland with a group of activists linking government oversight to poverty and racism.

Ayame Keane-Lee is a junior at Berkeley High School’s Arts and Humanities Academy. She is a slam poet with Youth Speaks and a graduate of Youth Radio’s summer intensive. Her award-winning visual art has been featured at KALA, Youth in Arts, through the state of CA libraries through Growing Up Asian in America and most recently, SFMOMA. She is a poetry editor and creator for Kerosene Magazine. Her arts mentors are Miriam Stahl and Gabriel Cortez.

Miko Lee is a theater artist, writer, activist and arts education leader. She believes in the power of storytelling as a transformative act. She has enjoyed creating original multimedia theater with incarcerated youth and at professional companies around the country including Berkeley Rep, The Public Theatre, and the Mark Taper Forum.  She currently sits on the leadership team of Teaching Artist Guild and is the executive director of Youth in Arts.

Preeti Mangala Shekar is a feminist researcher, journalist and a communications expert. Preeti has previously worked with the Global Fund for Women as part of their communications team. She has served on the board of Media Alliance, and has been an advisory member of Women, Action and Media, a Cambridge-based group committed to increase women’s positive representation in U.S. media. Preeti’s radio work prioritizes the voices and perspectives of marginalized voices, in the Bay Area and those in the global south.

Robynn Takayama is a community artist whose work has been presented through video, web, and gallery installation in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Chicago. A graduate of the KPFA First Voice Apprenticeship, she has contributed to national and local public radio programs and the Peabody-awarded documentary on Asian American history, Crossing East. Robynn served on the CPB-funded Makers Quest Talent Committee, charged with finding the most imaginative producers and sound artists and urging them to take public radio beyond its traditional airwaves.

Thank you to our past hosts and producers: Renee Yang Geesler, Pratap Chatterjee, Phatrick Huang, Eric Park, Ivan Jaigardar, Kyung Jin Lee, Kiwi, Kenni Camota, Lawton Chan, Curtis Loo, Nishat Kurwa, Yun Suh, Klay Ordona, Weyland Southon, Wayie Ly, Adriel Luis, April Elkjer, Jason Jong, Eloise Lee, Sam Mende-Wong, Kayumanggí KaloyJane Chang, Amit Pendyal, Ellen Choy, Yvonne Tran, RJ Lozada, Roseli Ilano, and Karl Jagbandhansing.

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