9/6/18: Green Edition of APEX Express: Soumyaa Kapil Behrens on her new film; the Asian contingent at the climate actions and more!

Tune in to a special green edition of APEX Express, featuring a film from the San Francisco Green Film Festival, a film on whaling, and spotlighting the upcoming Solidarity to Solutions Week happening September 8 to 14.

We interview Soumyaa Kapil Behrens about her new film Nail House and Megumi Sasaki about her film Whale of a Tale. We also talk to Thuy Trang about the Asian contingent at the upcoming Solidarity to Solutions week, and the march on Sep 8!

 

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8/30/18 Women in Hip Hop

Tonight, we have a great panel discussion of amazing Bay Area women in hip-hop including Rocky Rivera, Chhoti Maa, and Versoul (formerly known as Babii Cris).


Get this: Less than 5% of the people creating the sounds, music and media in the daily soundtrack of our lives are women.

For 15 years, Women Audio Mission has been working to close the gender gap in creative technology careers. In addition to preparing women and girls to go behind the board of a professional recording studio, the organization also provides studio time, and a recording package so that women musicians can have a professionally recorded album.

In March this year, they held their quarterly Local Sirens concert series featuring local women musicians and performers. The performance was preceded by this allstar lineup of Bay Area women in hip hop. Rocky Rivera, Chhoti Maa, and Versoul (formerly known as Babii Cris). They cover integrating their activism and love for their community into their lyrics, surviving as musicians, and being women in a mostly male industry. Moderating the panel is Founder and Executive Director of Women Audio Mission, Terri Winston.

Community Calendar

In just over a week, Solidarity to Solutions Week of Climate Actions arrives. Asian Pacific Environmental Network and their allies from the It Takes Roots delegation will be linking up with communities on the front lines of fighting climate change around the world to show what real community-led solutions to climate change really look like. Join APEN for local solutions tours, solution-based strategy exchanges, and a democratic popular assembly. Also, join the Asian Contingent at the march! 

8/23/2018: Reflections & Reportbacks from the NQAPIA Conference and Bay Area Solidarity Summer (BASS)

 

Tonight’s show is about reflections and reportbacks! Today’s show is a reportback special from two key events that took place this summer: the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Allianceconference held in San Francisco last month, and Bay Area Solidarity Summer. We debrief about this rich forum in conversation with organizer Tracy Nguyen API Equality – Northern California, one of the local organizations that organized this edition of NQAPIA and Khudai Tanveer. To discuss their reflections on Bay Area Solidarity Summer, we have Sathvik Nair and Shreedha N. Hordagoda discuss their experiences of this South Asian youth activist camp

8/16/18 50 Years of Asian America

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Tonight Powerleegirls Miko Lee & Ayame Keane-Lee present Asian American’s Advancing Justice Reflections on the 1968 SFSU Strikes, a look back at the seminal student movement at San Francisco State University that not only led the creation of ethnic studies programs across the country and the modern Asian American identity as we know it, but even shaped the formation of Advancing Justice — Asian Law Caucus. A panel discussion moderated by Paul Ocampowith Juanita Tamayo Lott, Penny Nakatsu, and Laureen Chew, three leaders of the 1968 strikes who were instrumental in the movement’s success.

We also feature music by Malaysian 4 Languages “Wake Up!” selected by Sonny Lê.

Redevelopment in SOMA

Pistahan 2016” by RealCereal is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Tonight, we explore the importance of space. Whether we’re talking about living space or our social surroundings, if you don’t own or manage the venue, you may be in a precarious situation. In this segment, we focus on the effects of Redevelopment on Filipinos in San Francisco’s South of Market community through the lens of Alleluia Panis, a longtime cultural worker and artistic director of Kularts, and MC Canlas, local historian and cultural specialist for the Filipino American Development Foundation.

To tell the modern day story about displacement and land ownership in San Francisco, you have to start with the International Hotel. This weekend, I went to the annual commemoration of the eviction. Board member Carlos Zialcita kicked off the event.

8/9/18 Importance of Space

Tonight, we explore the importance of space. Whether we’re talking about living space or our social surroundings, if you don’t own or manage the venue, you may be in a precarious situation.

In the first half of the show, we focus on the Filipino community. Members of SOMA Pilipinas Alleluia Panis, artistic director of Kularts, and MC Canlas, cultural specialist for the Filipino American Development Foundation, talk about the effects of Redevelopment on San Francisco’s South of Market community. More information is available at Freedom Archive’s Resistance to Urban Renewal timeline.

The team that liberated 23rd Ave Community Building. Photo by Steve King.

Then we’ll go across the bay and spotlight a victory. The Liberate 23rd Ave Community Building campaign is an amazing victory, keeping a Queer and Trans People of Color space in the hands of the community. Guests include Eri Oura and Eugene Kang from Cycles of Change, Devi Peacock from Peacock Rebellion, and Ricardo Andrade, a long-time resident at the space.

This mix-use building is home to a community bike shop (The Bikery, part of Cycles of Change), a Queer & Trans People Of Color collectively-run house and community garden (SOL – Sustaining Ourselves Locally), a martial arts and self-defense studio (Shaolin Life), a people of color-led maker/hacker space (LOL – Liberating Ourselves Locally) that is now a program of Peacock Rebellion, and a queer and trans people of color arts + healing organization (Peacock Rebellion).

Community Calendar

  • Tomorrow, the International Hotel Manilatown Center host Club Mandalay. This free, family-friendly music club starts at 7 p.m. and features jazz sets by house band, The Autonomous Region.
  • Pistahan Parade and Festival is Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Yerba Buena Gardens

7/19/18 Using Food as Resistance

We are looking at all the ways APIs are being defiant…with food. Chefs, vendors, and consumers—they are being the change they want in the way we eat, source, and pay for food. They are even using food as a way to change our perception of other cultures. 

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Ang Hadwin, founder of FaFa Dumplings



First in this show, we hear from our two guests: Ang Hadwin of FaFa Dumplings, a former food justice advocate who now makes gluten-free dumplings. She is scheming on ways to involve Oakland Chinatown youth in her business.

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Sana Javeri Kadri, founder of Diaspora Co. Photo by Laila Bahman

Ang will be in conversation with queer food photographer and founder of Diaspora Co., Sana Javeri Kadri. Diaspora Co., is a spice collective dedicated to sustainable agriculture, equity, and decolonization within spice trade.

Both will let us know their thoughts on the rise of craft foods and how it can invest in the cultures and communities it borrows from.

Later, you’ll hear stories from Japanese American incarceration from an event hosted by Oakland political educators People’s Kitchen Collective. Some memories are clearly defiant acts of cooking and eating together, and others show trauma, pain, and resilience felt long after incarceration.