4/5/19 Gangster of Love and 100 Days Action

Tonight, we talk with renown author and playwright, Jessica Hagedorn, who is mounting a world premiere of “The Gangster of Love”. This interview is done by superfan and local artist, Cece Carpio.

Jessica Hagedorn performing at the 1993 Asian American Jazz Festival. Photo by Bob Hsiang.

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We also talk with members of 100 Days Action. Following the 2016 presidential election, this Bay Area artist collective organized cultural responses that stand against bigotry, xenophobia, racism, and more. We’ll hear about their latest project.

And our friends at Eastwind Books, have launched a book club! We’ll talk with Eastwind staffer Erika Pallasigue and book club moderator Lawrence Wang about this program and the first book discussed, The Three-Body Problem by Chinese science fiction author Liu Cixin.
While Jessica Hagedorn is a New York resident, her creative juices blossomed here in San Francisco, thanks to Filipino poets she met and the long-standing arts organization, Kearny Street Workshop. San Francisco hosts Jessica’s latest work, the world premiere of The Gangster of Love. The play opens on April 18 and runs until May 6 at the Magic Theater at Fort Mason. I’ve known that visual artist and Pinay immigrant Cece Carpio has been heavily influenced by Jessica’s work so I thought she would be the perfect person to conduct the interview.

100 Days Action is a Bay Area artist collective that uses art, activism, and social engagement to build community. They collaborate with local and national artists on exhibitions, performances, protests, and group actions that stand against bigotry, xenophobia, racism, sexism, and the destruction of our environment. In studio, we have conceptual Ken Lo and new media artist, composer and a performer Surabhi Saraf. Also joining us is one of their social media artists in residency, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is an artist, curator and performer of drag by the name Faluda Islam.

Open since 1982, Eastwind Books is the go-to place for Asian American publications and literary community. But running a brick and mortar store is not easy in the days of Amazon and rising Bay Area rents. To fill us in on Eastwind’s strategy to meet the needs of the Asian American literary community, we have in studio with us Erika Pallasigue, bookstore manager, performer, and chef. And to talk about a new book club at Eastwind, we have book club moderator, Lawrence Wang, an avid reader and member of THREE book clubs.


3/29/18 Arts, Music and Cinema Spotlight: SF International Film Festival, Bay Area Dance Company’s Latest Production; Micropixie’s new album


Tune in to an arts and cinema special and has some wonderful South Asian women’s voices including Micropixie about her new album coming out soon, and Sindu Singh about Bay Area Drama Company‘s new play Kanyaadaan. We also spotlight a Filipino food documentary premiering at the upcoming San Francisco International Film Festival!

Click here to listen to APEX Express’ Preeti Shekar interview Micropixie about her latest album

3/22/18 Creating Safe Spaces



Tonight on APEX Express join the PowerLeeGirls Miko Lee and Jalena Keane-Lee as talk about safe spaces. We discuss sanctuary cities and healthy work environments for nail salon workers. And we riff on Asian Americans in the news.

We speak with the video artist Solitaire Miguel about the H.O.L.Y. (Hate Often Loves You) CITY production that is opening tonight. Click here for more info to see it through this weekend.

We also chat with Julia Liou, Executive Director of California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative.

May 12th – Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at the UC Theatre. Tickets here.   It’s a benefit concert for KPFA and DACA support services. If we sell this show out KPFA will cut ONE DAY off the Summer Fund drive.

2/15/18 Changing the Power Structure

Tonight on APEX Express, The PowerLeeGirls, a mother/daughter team talking about pressing issues in the APA community and beyond are talking about Changing the Power Structure. How do we support the social justice movement and how do we educate new leaders. We have folks on from Resource Generation and Seeding Change. Listen in!

2/8/18 Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Responses to Anti-Immigrant Mentalities


APEX Contributors (left) Geraldine Ah-Sue and Eunice Kwon interview Buena Vista United Methodist Church members (right).

Tonight’s show is on immigration. We’ll share Asian American community responses that counter today’s anti-immigrant policies and narratives.

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VietUnity at Oakland’s 2017 May Day protests

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Artist Flo Oy Wong in front of her work.

First, we’ll hear an interview with two members of Buena Vista Methodist Church, a historically Japanese American church that’s providing sanctuary for undocumented families.

Then we’ll speak with Leslie Tran from VietUnity, and Danny Thongsy from Asian Law Caucus about their current work in deportation defense for Vietnamese and Cambodian immigrant communities.

And last we’ll hear about the artwork of Flo Oy Wong. Her art uplifts the lives of paper daughters — women who forged documentation to come to the US after the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Community Calendar

Eastwind Books of Berkeley is hosting a book talk with Myles A. Garcia on his anthology of essays on the Filipino-American experience. The event is at Eastwind Books this Saturday at 3pm.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center is hosting a concert to celebrate Black History Month and to commemorate the Day of Remembrance, a day to remember the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. The concert will feature the Asian American Orchestra and the Voices of a Dream ensemble and will be on February 18th at 7PM.

VietUnity is partnering up with QTViet Cafe again for the 2018 Intergenerational Feast of Resistance on Saturday, April 7th. The intention is to celebrate and share the foodways and recipes of our families and/or loved ones as a pathway to organizing and creating a cultural healing hub.

In an effort to better understand San Francisco’s local arts ecosystem, ensure equitable distribution of resources, and pursue solutions to affordable housing for artists and cultural workers, the San Francisco Arts Commission has issued a brief 10-minute survey. If you are an artist or cultural worker, help the Arts Commission help you by taking 10-minutes to complete the survey. Visit sfartscommision.org for more info.

2/1/18 Defiantly Yours Music Mix

This week, we have guest host Zuha Khan, or DJ Baqvas, who will be spinning music that is Defiantly Yours: Radical Music from the Asian Diaspora in the Era of Trump. Regardless of the offensive statements that come out of his mouth, People of Color will not be silent. The defiant music you hear tonight will underscore this very thought.

Zuha Khan at BFF.fm

DJ Baqvas is no stranger to APEX Express. She produced a fundraiser for Bay Area Solidarity Summer at El Rio last year, which we featured on our 2017 Bay Area May Day show. DJ Baqvas is a member of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action and helps out with its projects like Bay Area Solidarity Summer, a political action camp for South Asian youth. She’s been a DJ for 7 years, starting at UC Davis’s college radio station KDVS and continues at San Francisco’s BFF.fm. Her show, Fractal Chambers, is on every other Saturday at 10 a.m.

Zuha finds tracks produced by subversive artists, from right here at home to countries most wouldn’t think to look to. And we’re excited to hear her selections tonight.

You can follow her on Twitter @Zuha_Wave.

Community Calendar

  • Activist Tony Robles will read from his new book of poetry, Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike, on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Eastwind Books. This book is a journey into the soul of San Francisco, in all its cracks and fissures.
  • On Tuesday, February 6, Bindlestiff Studio, a black box theater in SOMA Pilipinas will be hosting a discussion on sexual harassment. How do we as a community address this problem amid the #metoo/Time’s Up movement? How can we prevent sexual harassment from happening in our community-based organizations? How do we cultivate an environment where people feel safe enough to speak out when it occurs? How do we employ principles of restorative justice to allow for amends? The meeting starts at 6:30 with an update on Bindlestiff Studio followed by the discussion at 7:30.  
  • Next Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at SOMArts Cultural Center is a Happy hour and conversation on queering Islam. As part of the exhibition Third Muslim: Queer and Trans* Muslim Narratives of Resistance and Resilience, this panel conversation will be made up of intergenerational community members who have made their own paths as queer Muslims. 

1/25/18 Writers and Filmmakers on Immigration and Organizing

Tonight on APEX Express, Powerleegirls hosts Miko Lee and Ayame Keane-Lee check in with documentary filmmakers and writers Mike Siv on Daze of Justice, Sahra Nguyen on Deported and Charles Vogl on New Year Baby and his latest book The Art of Community.
We hear the latest about immigration, deportation, storytelling and community.

Deported five part miniseries trailer
Deported screening in San Francisco January 31.
Filmmaker Sahra Nguyen
Daze of Justice trailer
Filmmaker Mike Siv
New Year Baby trailer
Producer & Author Charles Vogl