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5/4/17 Immigration and Activism

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Tonight on Apex Express Mother/Daughter hosts Miko Lee and Ayame Keane-Lee spoke to Yvette Felarca from By Any Means Necessary about taking direct action out into the streets and stopping the Trump ICE raids.  More information about an upcoming immigration forum is listed in the calendar below.

We spoke to Michelle Lee,  curator of Shifting Movements, Art inspired by Yuri Kochiyama, which opens with a big celebration tonight at SOMARTS Cultural Center and runs through May 25. Shifting Movements is part of the 20th Annual United States of Asian America Festival. Some of the art pieces are shown above, but go check it out in person to see how amazing the work is.


Mari Nakagawa interviewed punk band Aye Nako who hits the Bay Area tonight and tomorrow night.

Poet Yujane Chan came into the studio and performed her erasure poem derived from her formal immigration papers. Ayame, also a youth poet, chatted with Yujane about her inspiration and process. Yujane performed this as part of Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam in April.


Miko spoke with award winning filmmaker Felicia Lowe’s about her latest work Chinese Couplets which is her personal tale about the Chinese Exclusion Act. They also discussed the big Rally for Inclusion that is happening this Saturday in Portsmouth Square Chinatown to acknowledge the 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Find out more about the Rally and how to take action page here.

Community Calendar

May 4 -June 11, United States of Asian America, various locations

May 4 Aye Nako at the Luckyduck Bicycle Cafe located at 302 12th Street in Oakland.

May 5 Aye Nako at the STUD located at 399 9th St in San Francisco.

May 4-25, 2017  Shifting Movements: Art inspired by the life of Yuri Kochiyama

Venue: SOMArts Cultural Center, Main Gallery, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco. Exhibition Dates:  Tuesday through Friday from 12-7pm, and Saturdays from 12-5pm.  Closing Reception: Thursday, May 25, 2016. 6-9pm.

May 6, 2017 noon Rally for Inclusion, Portsmouth Square, Chinatown

May 6, 2017:  Asian Pacific Heritage Festival, Asian American Alliance of Marin

May 9, 2017  Immigration Forum and Community Meeting, Bay Any Means Necessary 6-8pm, Manzanita Recreation Center, 2701 22nd Ave., Oakland, CA 94606

May 16 Asian American Bar Association presents – Lessons from Mass Incarceration



4/10/2014 – Asha Kowtal, Shailja Patel and Mik Nawooj

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On Tonight’s Apex Express!

We’ll start out with Asha Kowtal—an Indian organizer that is raising the voice of Dalit women across India and around the world. Dalit, meaning broken people, are on the bottom of India’s caste system and face brutal discrimination. Asha Kowtal will be speaking at UC Berkeley on April 19.


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Then, we’ll be in conversation with   Shailja Patel, poet, playwright and author of Migritude, a book, which weaves together family history, colonization and love. Migritude is the portrait of a woman in the boot print of Empire. Shailja Patel will be performing at Kaya Press’ 20th anniversary party at City Lights in San Francisco on April 17th.


We’ll also be giving away a pair of tickets to hip-hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj at Yoshis Oakland. We have all this and more, catch us in the sound waves.


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12/26/13 End-Of-The-Year Music Show! Featuring Ensemble Mik Nawooj

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**NOTE: there was a technical difficulty w/ the playback of Ensemble Mik Nawook’s track ‘We Will Conquer’ during the show (it played back significantly slowed down). Watch the incredible live concert video of the song here.

This week, it’s all about music. For our last show of 2013, we’re bringing you musical treats to warm your souls this winter. We’re honoring our musical brothers and sisters, past and present, from Oakland to New York to our homelands in Asia and the Pacific Islands.

We’ll start with a full feature interview with the lead producer and composer of Ensemble Mik Nawooj.  Classically trained composer Joowan Kim tells us what inspires him to boldly blend classical music with bay area hiphop.

And we follow our feature with a full end-of-the-year musical playlist. From rapper Bambu to the Hawaiian classic Kalapana.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from the APEX Express Collective.


December 27th: SF Solidarity Action For Striking Korea Railway Workers Fighting Privatization

Stop Mass Firings And Union Busting Of South Korean Railway Workers
Speakout At San Francisco Korean Consulate
December 27, 2013 Friday 12:00 Noon
3500 Clay St at corner of Laurel St. San Francisco, CA 94118

Over 8,000workers at the Korean Railroad corporation (KORAIL) have been suspended and their union offices raided because of their strike action against privatization which began on December 9th. This is not the first attack by the Korean government on the labor movement.

The Transport Workers Solidarity Committee TWSC has initiated the call for a labor/community delegation to go to the Korean Consulate in San Francisco and submit a statement opposing the suspension of Korea Rail Workers, the attack on their union and in support of their struggle against privatization which also threatens transit workers and public workers in the United States including the ongoing attack on BART ATU 1555, SEIU 1021, AFSCME 3993 and ATU 192 AC Transit workers.

We urge all transportation workers, public workers, all trade unionists and human rights activists to join us in the action in solidarity with our Brothers and Sisters in Korea and against the action of the Korean Railroad corporation (KORAIL) supported by the Korean government.

More info: www.transportworkers.org or call (415)282-1908


December 27th: Beatrock Music 4th Year Anniversary
The New Parish
579 18th St, Oakland

Celebrate 4 years of BEATROCK MUSIC with LIVE performances by:
Prometheus Brown of Blue Scholars
Rocky Rivera
Otayo Dubb
Power Struggle & more!

A portion of the proceeds will go to Typhoon Haiyan relief (NAFCON & STP).
Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 for advanced tickets
You can buy tickets at www.thenewparish.com
The event is 18 & up