11/17/16 Jeff Chang, artists, and activists break down the cultural narrative of Trump


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Thursday, November 17 at 7pm tune into APEX Express on KPFA (94.1 or http://www.kpfa.org), bringing you an Asian and Asian American view from the bay and around the world. On APEX,  we’ll spend the hour breaking down the narrative of the Trump campaign and how it’s hitting communities of color across the nation. We’ll be speaking with artists and activists about this collective moment of grief and fear. We speaks with:

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Jeff Chang writes extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. His books include: American Book Award Winner, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, the critically acclaimed Who We Be: The Colorization of America, and We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes On Race and Resegregation. His next project is a biography of Bruce Lee. Jeff was named by The Utne Reader as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World,” and is also a co-founder of CultureStr/ke and ColorLines. He serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

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Ayesha Mattu is a writer and editor of two groundbreaking anthologies – Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women and Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy. Ayesha’s books have been featured globally by media including the New York Times, NPR, the BBC, Washington Post, Guardian, Times of India, Dawn Pakistan, and Jakarta Post.

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Terry Valen, President of NAFCON (NAHF cahn), a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic and racial justice and equality. At present, NAFCON members encompass over 23 cities in the United States.

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Sabiha Basrai is a member of Design Action Collective — a worker-owned cooperative dedicated to serving social justice movements with art, graphic design, and web development. Sabiha is also Co-Coordinator of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action where she works with racial justice organizers to fight against Islamophobia.

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Wei Lee with ASPIRE, the first Pan-Asian undocumented immigrant led group in the country housed under Asian Law Caucus.

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Allies to the Water Protectors #NODAPL

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The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,172-mile conduit which will carry crude oil from North Dakota to southern Illinois. The Standing Rock Sioux, a Native group whose source of drinking water will be crossed multiple times by the pipeline filed a lawsuit to block construction this summer. A spirit ride on the Standing Rock Reservation launched the protest against the pipeline in April. Since then, thousands of allies from other tribes and communities from across the country and internationally have arrived at Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

As the water protectors put their bodies on the line in direct action to pipeline construction, response from private security, Morton County Sheriffs, and other law enforcement agencies called in from other counties, escalated to use of dogs, tanks of pepper spray, and rubber bullets.

Before many people made it to the polls on Tuesday, allies of the water protectors blocked traffic at a major intersection in San Francisco. Banners read, “What they do to the water, they do to us,” which is just one of the messages allies brought back from Standing Rock. vanness

Two women who journeyed to Standing Rock, joined me in studio: Pam Tau Lee, and Cece Carpio. Pam visited STanding Rock in late September, Cece in late October, and Barbara will be heading out there next week. Also joining us is Barbara Mumby who will be heading out to Standing Rock with her daughter next week.

jesseThere are many ways for you to engage with this struggle. As Pam mentioned, it’s getting cold out there and winter gear is needed. Also, word about an anonymous donor contributing funds to bail out the water protectors is simply not true and funds re still needed for the legal defense.

There’s also a phone calling, email letter writing campaign on November 14. Gather in community and hold letter-writing, emailing, and calling parties to urge the immediate END of DAPL.

For those who want to get involved more directly, there’s a national day of action on Tuesday, November 15. The Bay Area action starts at 6:30 a.m. at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. This sunrise ceremony and mass nonviolent direct action is to stand together in the BAY AREA in solidarity with the peoples of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota and against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The demands to the  US Army Corps of Engineers are to 1) Deny Permit to Bore Under the Missouri River, and 2) complete a Full Environmental Impact Statement. 

10/13/16 Labor Strikes in S. Korea, Network on Religion and Justice, and Illustoria

Members of NRJ participating in the Digital Storytelling Project

Members of NRJ participating in the Digital Storytelling Project


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Tonight on APEX Express:

Photo by Melissa Kaseman

Photo by Melissa Kaseman

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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

10/6/16 Free Khurram, APAture with Shivani Narang, and Marshalese poet Kathy Jetnil Kijiner

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Kashmiri Human Rights activist Khurram Parvez was taken into custody on his way to 33rd UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva to brief UN bodies, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and foreign governments on the atrocities committed by Indian state forces in Jammu and Kashmir. Khurram’s detention comes amidst widespread protests in Kashmir. Since July 2016, 82 civilians have been killed and 11,000 wounded. As international scholars and activists call to Free Khurram, we listen to him in conversation with APEX producer Tara Dorabji, discussing how he began his work for human rights.

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We’ll be talking with poet Shivani Narang about her performance in APAture, a multi-day, multidisciplinary arts festival featuring of emerging Asian artists, presented by Kearny St. Workshop.

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Then we’ll catch up with Kathy Jetnil Kijiner, a Marshallese poet, writer, performance artist and journalist, discussing the International Court of Justice’s judgments on preliminary issues in the Marshall Islands’ nuclear disarmament case against some nuclear nations. Listen to APEX Express.

9/29/16 Whose Food? Our Food

Kristyn Leach with Namu Farm

Kristyn Leach with Namu Farm


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Tonight on APEX Express, we talk with Kristyn Leach, a 33-year old Korean American farmer at Namu Farm in Sunol, CA. where she practices Korean Natural Farming.

Sticking with our food theme, we hear from food writer for the East Bay Express, Luke Tsai. He wrote the cover story, “Cooking Other People’s Food” and we tease out the problems that can result when fine dining chefs try their hand at cuisines outside their culture.

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Ruby Mountain featured at KSW’s APAture Music Showcase

Peppered throughout the show, we’ll hear from some of the musicians performing in Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture Music Showcase on Saturday night. Stay tuned because we have a ticket giveaway!

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Here’s the whole line-up for Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture 2016 Festival:
(10/1) APAture 2016: Music Showcase
(10/2) APAture 2016: Comics and Illustration Showcase
(10/7) APAture 2016: Literary Arts Showcase
(10/8) APAture 2016: Performing Arts Showcase
(10/9) APAture 2016: Film Showcase
(10/15) APAture 2016 Closing Reception & Artists Panel

On Tuesday, October 4, join the San Francisco launch of Hotspot, Cool Country—Biodiversity in the Philippines, a new book for all ages by Almira Astudillo Gilles, published by Anvil Books.

And next Thursday, Stories High opens.  This is the culmination of Bindlestiff Studio’s long-running annual page-to-stage theater workshop series, which runs from October 13 thru October 29. This year’s show features six one-act plays that feature pop divas, popping the question, urban legends, killer fashion, national tragedy, bike lane politics, and much more.

9/1/16 We Are Against the Wall, Goodbye to La Plebe, and Resistance to THAAD

Tonight we welcome a new voice to APEX, Sierra Lee who daylights at the Center for Asian American Media.

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Estamos contra el muro: We Are Against the Wall  Opening Sept 9th | Talk Sept 22nd | Community Demolition Oct 15th

La Plebe’s final shows are this Friday in Watsonville, Saturday at Gilman, October 14 at Bottom of the Hill, and October 15 at El Rio.

On Saturday, at 7 p.m. spend your evening with the indie, action, Filipino vampire film, Vampiriah! It screens at San Francisco Chinatown’s Historic Great Star Theater at 7 p.m.

And next Thursday, don’t miss out! Mass Bass is playing at 12:30 at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival! You thought they broke up, you thought that frontman Kiwi left the country! Be there on August 8. It may be your last chance to catch this seven-piece radical hip-hop soul collective from Oakland.

Next Thursday after 5 p.m. is “Kristina Night” at the Asian Art Museum! Comedian Kristina Wong joins filmmaker Jeff Adachi, performer Khmera Rouge, and other local artists and museum docents to reinterpret famous pieces of performance art from Yoko Ono, Shia Lebeouf and more. You won’t want to miss this hilarious, one-night only takeover.

Deep Blue Sea: String of Pearls at MCCLA


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A beautiful exhibition called Deep Blue Sea: String of Pearls is on view at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco. Through sculptures, prints, drawings and paintings, this Latino gallery shares space with kindred spirits from the Pacific Islands and west coast. Segment Producer Robynn Takayama met with MCCLA’s Gallery Coordinator Angelica Rodriguez and Samoan American artist Sekio Fuapopo  to talk about the artwork and this connection between Latinos and indigenous people from across the Pacific.

This cross cultural contemporary art exhibit that span the west coast and Pacific Islands closes on Friday, September 9. For more information visit missionculturalcenter.org