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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-848-6767×464
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.
Ellen Choy aka DJLN is an environmental justice activist, youth organizer and independent DJ from Oakland, CA. She is the youth programs coordinator of the West Oakland Youth Standing Empowered team of Mandela Marketplace, a lead organizer for the Mobilization for Climate Justice West, and a member of a national network of young people of color organizing for climate justice across the US. She is a co-founder of ChecktheWeather and a firm believer of all things created in West Coast style.
Tara 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 Review, Huizache, Censored 2013, and Midwifery Today. Tara is working on her first novel, Azadi. Her projects can be viewed at dorabji.com.
Salima 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.
Roseli Ilano has more than a decade of experience as a community organizer, educator, writer, and engagement strategist for immigrant and human rights campaigns. She is the founder of ILANO artisan made modern, a textile design house partnering with women artisans worldwide.
Karl Jagbandhansingh is a graduate of the KPFA Radio’s First Voice Apprenticeship program. His activism and media experience spans from the University of Vermont to New York to Chiapas, Mexico. He spent over five years in Chiapas as co-founder of Estación Libre, an organization that linked the struggles of communities of color in the United States and Canada with the indigenous Zapatista struggle of Chiapas, with the intention of bringing the lessons of a vibrant grassroots democratic movement back home to communities in the U.S. and Canada.
Roldan “R.J.” Lozada is an award-winning filmmaker exploring marginalized communities, diaspora, and popular culture, engaging in dialogues of space, identity, and memory realized in narrative forms. RJ was director of photography and co-producer for Among B-Boys (2011), which won the Audience Award at its premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. RJ is also a content producer for Cinema Asian America, special programming curated by the Center for Asian American Media and Comcast.
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.
Yvonne Tran is a Bay Area native and daughter of refugees. She is a writer, filmmaker, and dabbles in the art of radio. Her films have screened from San Francisco to New Mexico. She is an activist in recovery and her previous organizing work has spanned from San Jose to U.C. Santa Barbara to Oakland. She is also the graduate of the First Voices Apprenticeship program (Group 37). She likes to focus on the beauty of the everyday stories and loves to explore topics of food, design, music, and why the caged bird sings.
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 Kaloy, Jane Chang, and Amit Pendyal