The PowerLeeGirls Miko Lee and Jalena Keane-Lee present “The Story Before” we talk with 3 APA artists at very different places in their careers. We ask them about how they got to present day where they are sharing skills with the next generation, creating innovative theatre, and talking about arts, activism and progressive change. Featuring APA artists: educator/filmmaker Bhwain Suchak, playwright and professor David Henry Hwang and filmmaker Alex Chu.
To end out the month of May PowerLeeGirls Miko Lee and Jalena Keane-Lee speak with storytellers who are making waves. We speak with An Excess Male Author Maggie Shen King. And hear from two of the culinary activists behind the Rooted Recipes Project. We talk with Heather White whose poignant documentary Complicit focuses on migrant electronic factory workers in China.
Thursday, May 3 on APEX Express, we’ll be in conversation with Alleluia Panis, Director and Choreographer of Incarcerated 6×9, which runs on May 4-13 at Bindlestiff Studio. Alleluia Panis is a legendary elder and the driving force behind Kularts.
Then, we’ll be talking with bay area filmmaker Kirthi Nath about her new feminist documentary, 98 Years and Counting (co-directed with Zel Anders), and will screen at the upcoming CAAMFest36.
Also, we’ll be in conversation with local author, Dickson Lam, about his new memoir, Paper Sons, winner of the Autumn House Nonfiction Award. Tune in and catch up with your host: Tara Dorabji. APEX Express, brings you an Asian and Asian American view from the bay and around the world and airs every Thursday night at 7 pm (pacific) on KPFA. Tune in at 94.1 FM in the Bay or streaming at www.kpfa.org
We spotlight the contentious campaign to determine the future of sex education instruction in the Fremont Unified School District. Find out what the ongoing debate between the #SaveFremontSexEd Collective and the #FremontParents over sex education curricula in Fremont school district is all about. We also shine a light on a fierce and feminist audio story project by ARROW, a Malaysia-based feminist research organization, on the power of storytelling to change hearts and minds about women’s reproductive rights and health.
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 Problemby 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.