Tag Archives: Philippines

Ban Trump Rally

On Monday, hundreds in San Francisco heeded the international Call to Action against Trump’s visit to the Philippines and Asia Pacific region. APEX’s Nonogirl brought back some tape from the rally including speeches by Jessica Antonio from BAYAN USA and Leslie Tran from VietUnity.

Photo by Megan Zapanta.

BAYAN USA

ACTION ITEMS:
1. DONATE to BAYAN’s People’s Caravan and Protest actions to confront Trump at Clark Airbase. They will need to buy tents, sleeping bags, etc. as they camp-out along the 2-day caravan. You can Venmo @BAYANUSA or donate to BAYAN USA on www.paypal.com
2. JOIN the Resist US-Led War Movement by signing on to the Manifesto:http://www.resistusledwarmovement.com/

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3/27/14 Mindanao, Sagada, Baguio…

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On tonight’s show, contributor R.J. Lozada continues his reporting from his trip to the Philippines last summer. R.J. starts deep in the mountains of Mindanao, the southern region, as part of a series of international solidarity missions coordinated for the International Coalition for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (ICHRPP). R.J. sits and listens to various testimonials from villagers who have had difficulties being caught in a crossfire between Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Units (Paramilitary groups), and the New Peoples Army.

Dance at Sitio Blasan from Roldan Lozada on Vimeo.

On a bus driving up and through the Mountain Provinces in the Philippines (photo by R. Lozada)

On a bus driving up and through the Mountain Provinces in the Philippines (photo by R. Lozada)

R.J. also takes us as far north to the remarkably cool climate of Sagada, and Baguio. There, R.J. learns of some of the significant drawbacks of purportedly alternative energy industries by speaking with an organizer from the Cordillera Peoples Alliance. In Sagada, R.J. integrates with a local community radio station, Radyo Sagada, to get an understanding of some the indigenous peoples (IP) struggles with maintaining a peace zone.

Terraces run throughout the Mountain Provinces (photo by R. Lozada)

Terraces run throughout the Mountain Provinces (photo by R. Lozada)

All that, and so much more on this remarkable and short trip–including updates regarding the Pacific Pivot, the Philippine Peace talks with the National Democratic Front.

Part travel diary, part reportage, all Filipino diaspora. Tune in!

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

On Friday, from 5PM to 7PM join organizers, participants, and neighbors against displacement, gentrification, and the tech-led takeover of the Bay Area for a potluck at the 16th BART Plaza to kick off a week of actions coordinated by Defend the Bay Area. For more information, please visit defendthebayarea.org

Join the Asian Prisoner Support Committee for their Roots 2 Reentry Community Potluck this Saturday, March 29, at The Spot (299 13th St., Oakland) from 12PM to 1:30 PM. You can learn more about the new program, and meet the participants. Roots 2 Reentry is a support group for people returning to Alameda County from prison or jail–focusing on cultural needs and assets of the Asian, Pacific Islander, and “Other” communities. For more information you can visit their website at www.asianprisonersupport.com

Dis/orient/ed is coming back for two shows on April 5th. The successful comedy duo sold out their shows the last time they came to the Bay and they do not disappoint. The duo will be performing at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, you can purchase pre-sale tickets now if you visit their website at disorientedcomedy.com 

The Navarasa Dance Theater Residency at La Pena Cultural Center present Courtesans’ Conversation, a dance theater by Aparna Sindhoor, Anil Natyaveda and S M Raju — is described as an artist’s journey into the world of women’s desires through conversations with three courtesans — and a pop star. The event happens on Friday and Saturday, April 4th & 5th at 8PM at the La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $18 at the door. For more information please visit www.lapena.org or call 510 849 2568.

 

10/17/13 Kathak Dancing with Seibi Lee, and 8 days to build, 8 minutes to burn

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On this week’s installment:

Seibi Lee, photo by Margo Moritz

Seibi Lee, photo by Margo Moritz

Chinese-Japanese Canadian Seibi Lee is the Pricipal Dancer of the Chitresh Das Dance Company. Seibi began her Kathak studies with Pandit Chitresh Das in Toronto, Canada in 1991.  Realizing the importance of studying intensely and directly with Panditji, Seibi relocated to the Bay Area in 1998.  She began touring nationally and internationally with the acclaimed Chitresh Das Dance Company in 2003 and, as principal dancer at CDDC, has earned rave reviews for her dual dramatic roles of demon Marich and beloved monkey prince Hanuman in Panditji’s world premier of “Sita Haran” in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Kolkata, India.  In Novemeber of 2008, she presented her debut full length solo performance at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and has been chosen as OACC’s artist-in-residence for 2012-2013.  Seibi embodies the depth of Panditji’s training and has emerged as a dynamic and powerful force in the next generation of Kathak artists.

To view video highlights of Seibi, please click here.

We’ll also have a ticket giveaway to watch Seibi at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. So tune in for details!

Members of the Ugatlahi Artist Collective stand in front of the effigy they've built. Photo by R.J. Lozada

Members of the Ugatlahi Artist Collective stand in front of the effigy they’ve built. Photo by R.J. Lozada

Contributor R.J. Lozada files another installment of his summer reporting trip to the Philippines, this time he observes the effigy building process and profiles the Ugatlahi Artist Collective — a set of men and women artist who work with Bayan and member organizations annually to create the effigy for the SONA ng Bayan, or the People’s SONA (State of the Nation Address), where thousands of Filipinos took to the main streets of the Philippines to protest the Aquino Administration during his annual State of the Nation Address.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

On Friday (10/18) evening, join the Korea Policy Institute and Food First to learn about organic farming and how South Korean farmers are fighting free trade.  Christine Ahn and Sunyoung Yang will be giving a report back on their Food Sovereignty Tour to South Korea where they visited organic farms and peasant worker cooperatives.  The event starts at 6pm at Sustaining Ourselves Locally, 1236 23rd Avenue, Oakland.

The APAture arts festival continues this week with several events featuring emerging Asian Pacific American Talent.

  • You wont want to miss tomorrow night at 50 Social Mason House off of Powell St BART: APAture presents a Literary Night APA-style. Tired of the same kind of literary readings? Come check out ten of the best Asian Pacific American writers the bay area has to offer. Drinks and pub-style trivia start at 7:00 p.m., with writers reading until 10:00. This event is strictly 21 and up.
  • Saturday from 11-5, APAture continues at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco with its Comic and Zines Expo! Featuring Sidewalk Empire’s creator Eddie H. Ahn, this daylong fair includes a bookmaking workshop, animation screenings, and a panel on Asian American Women Comic Book Creators.
  • On Sunday from 3-6 at San Francisco’s Bindlestiff Studio, APAture takes the stage with Performance Night. APA artists will present modern dance, sketch comedy, theater, and performance art. Come witness the wide-range of expression from the bay area’s most promising APA performers.

Visit kearnystreet.org for tickets and information.

On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, the Asian American Theater Company presents the West Coast reading of The Chinese Delivery Man by Isaac Ho. This award-winning screenplay, inspired by the real life killing of a Chinese deliveryman, explores an immigrant family’s struggle with the criminal court system. Reserve your seat on Eventbrite for this one-time only show.

3/28/13 Labor Issues, Legacy of Partitioning, and Bambu!

Terry Valen with NAFCON and FCC

Terry Valen with NAFCON and FCC

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Tonight we have Terry Valen, president of NAFCON (National Alliance for Filipino Concerns) and director of the Filipino Community Center in San Francisco to talk about the struggle of migrant Filipino oil workers in New Orleans and the results of a fact-finding mission that was done there in February.

Emcee Bambu

Emcee Bambu

Also, Apex crew member Tara Dorabji brings us an exclusive interview with Pakistani author Bapsi Sidhwa, sharing with us the legacy of the 1947 partitioning of India.

And last but not least, L.A Filipino Hip Hop artist BAMBU joins us to reflect about his last decade in music and talk about his new work.

Community Calendar

Saturday March 30th 6pm
LAND IS LIFE: Communities Resisting Dispossession and Colonization Commemorating Palestinian Land Day

Dance, Poetry, and Speakers from different communities resisting occupation worldwide
The Women’s Building
3543 18th Street
San Francisco, CA

Friday March 29 and Saturday March 30 in SF
Bindlestiff Studio presents the World Premiere of Jeffrey Lo’s
A KIND OF SAD LOVE STORY

Bindlestiff Studio 185 6th Street
TICKETS: http://sadlovestory.brownpapertickets.com/

Saturday April 13, 3-6pm
Poetry Reading: Brynn Saito, Pireeni Sundaralingam, and Debbie Yee

Eastwind Books
2066 University Avenue, Berkeley

Friday, May 31
KSW Runway: Celebrate Your Body
This alternative fashion show/underground concert/expo showcasing local APA talent in fashion, music, and art and celebrates bodies of all shapes, sizes, ages, abilities, genders, colors, and ethnicities. The event is a fundraiser for Kearny Street Workshop.

SOMArts Cultural Center: 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco

12/27/12 Year in Review

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Happy Holidays from the APEX Express Collective.

Contributor R.J. Lozada compiles different stories from the bay, the country, and around the globe. Every month, a moment, a story-either read on your facebook feed, heard in your conversations, or viewed on broadcast. You’re invited to tune in, and a take an hour to reflect on 2012.

4/22/10 Environmental Justice in China and South Asian American Poetry

Hou Valley factories that are clouding the valley with pollution. Photo by Xui Min Li


Listen:
Tonight we have international and local guests to discuss China’s waste disposal crisis, including growing protests in China this past year to oppose the construction of waste incinerators, as well as China’s role on the issue of climate change.

Guests include organizers with the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives: Huiying Zhang from China and Gigie Cruz from the Philippines, and Xiu Min Li, the China Program co-director at Pacific Environment.

Also, in celebration of poetry month this April, Preeti Mangala Shekar sits down in discussion with Pireeni Sundaralingam, Summi Kaipa and Neelanjana Banerjee, about their co-edited anthology of contemporary South Asian American poetry titled Indivisible. Find out how this incredible collection, the first of its kind, was created over a period of several years of poetic partnership.

Archive Apex: Spring/Summer 2009 programs

Folks, we know Apex on KPFA’s  website goes back only 2 weeks…So, here’s a list of shows from March 2009 to the present.  (For select programs pre-March, read past posts.)  Please contact us to order a copy & for more info…

Aug. 13, 2009: In Indian- and African-based Sound-Spheres: Carnatic music of Southern India comes together with Jazz in Prasant Radhakrishnan’s horn playing. We talk with Prasant about learning both styles, about performing in a classical Indian style on sax, as well as in the discipline of Jazz with his group VidyA. www.prasantmusic.com.
And, hear how Asian Americans contributed to the Anti-Colonial, Anti-War and Third World Liberation movements in the ’60’s that led to Ethnic Studies as well as helped overturn dictatorships like that of Marcos in the Philippines. Harvey Dong, Bea and Victoria Wong talk about why they put out the book “Stand Up” – a rare testament and record of these contributions.

Aug. 6, 2009: On this day in 1945, the Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima & Nagasaki. The sickness and death from A-bombs still scar people, not only in Japan, but in the Pacific Islands. Learn about nuclear tests in the Pacific (67 were done in the Marshall Islands after WWII), that still pollute the environment, force people from their homes and militarize the Islands. And, the APIA Summit hooked-up poets and performers, advancing spoken word skills by strengthening knowledge of organizing past and present. Participants and poets give insights as to where the Asian American movement stands and where it might be going – as well as share a bit through poems and performance.

Jul. 30, 2009 : Human trafficking often finds a home in houses in the San Francisco area. A talk with Senator Leland Yee on his bill to fight trafficking. Also, as education and jobs take heavy hits and as tuition goes up – is there a way to halt high salaries and perks? Senator Yee explains his proposal for more oversight of UC regents and management. At UC Berkeley, almost 50% of undergrads are of South/Asian descent, how are these policies impacting students and families?  “Do Ask: Do Tell”: Asian and gay in the military. Stephen Funk talks about this and more. He was the first public Iraq war resister, was court-martialed and sent to prison for 6 months. Funk is now president of the SF chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War. We talk about the case of Lt. Daniel Choi, an openly gay marine and Arab linguist, as well as an up-date on Lt. Watada.

July 16, 2009: From Asia’s heartland…Upheaval for the Uyghurs: the prisoners of Guantanamo, activist Rebiya Kadeer, and back-drop to the violence in Urumqi. Part 2 of an interview with Alim Seytoff.  And, Silk Road or oil pipeline? How cultural transitions reflect changes and challenges in Central Asia’s largest land. A talk with musicology Prof. Alma Kunanbaeva of Kazakhstan who shows us sounds both new and old.

July 9, 2009:  Free to trade &  free to feed on the poor: a talk with “Stuffed and Starved” author Raj Patel on how power to prevent poverty lies in local food first. And, a police-produced video targeted Raj Jayadev. But how has this hindered or helped his work leading Silicon Valley De-Bug? A talk with Jayadev about De-Bug’s work with low-wage workers in a high tech world. Also, as violence breaks out in the Uyghur region with the Chinese government, we talk with Alim Seytoff. Hear about their history and backdrop of tensions as we learn about the endangered city of Kashgar. (The first in a series about the Uyghurs covering the activist Rebiya Kadeer, the prisoners of Guantanamo and more.)

July 2, 2009: As troops leave Iraq and increase in Afghanistan, we talk with journalist Pratap Chatterjee about what he’s seen on his recent trip to these areas. As author of “Halliburton’s Army” we talk with Chatterjee about how a company makes big bucks while flying under the radar during wars. And Music & Memories:  The Jacksons and Micheal–a rare short from an interview by former KPFA programmer Phil Elwood. Also, Denizen Kane joins us with spoken words to the wise.

June 25, 2009:  Night of tales: What happens when the silenced speak out? A baby’s death, a ghost haunting a household also reveal divisions in India. A talk with Shilpa Agarwal, author of Haunting Bombay, winner of the 20 Literary Prize for South Asian Writers. And, traveling through Asian and Indian villages of storytellers, the performance duo Ethnohtec tell of peace-making & creation through the power of stories. Hear about their journeys, including a performance at Obama’s Inauguration, and projects mixing myth, message and action.

June 18, 2009: Angel Island Immigration Station (AIIS) brings another journey to life. Carved on the Station’s walls are the thoughts of Chinese immigrants excluded from America. AIIS Foundation keeps their stories alive. But hear how California State cutbacks might endanger AIIS’ existence, excluding the histories of the Excluded again. A talk with Buck Gee of the Foundation. And, Delorean’s music resonates with a generation of hard luck youths. Soundz of resilience in the face of troubles. We take a journey with the Fil Am duo. Plus music, calendar. G and Adriel host.

June 11, 2009:  MISSING Youth, Empire After 9-11: South Asian youth negotiate race, culture, belonging. A talk with MISSING author Prof. Sunaina Maira about political expression of a new generation. And, secret FBI guidelines involving ethnic profiling, geo-mapping and electronic surveillance. *BORDC ED (and MC) Shahid Buttar talks about un-covering and halting these policies in an era where High Alert may never end.  And how these policies might have played out in the case of Fahad Hashmi, now locked in solitary and accused of having a roommate who might have been culpable.  Plus calendar and more. (*Bill of Rights Defense Committee Execu. Director)

Jun3 4, 2009: How will the loss be filled? They put “Asian America” on the map, examined racial and economic divides, as well as taught a new generation of educators, organizers and artists. Prof. Ron Takaki, activist Richard Aoki, historian Mark Him Lai & Al Robles recently passed away. What is their legacy and how to carry on what they began? A talk with Harvey Dong of East Wind Books and Peter Swing of Asian Law Caucus. And journalists Lisa Ling and Euna Lee are on trial in North Korea. Learn more about North Korea, what’s driving US-No.Korean tensions, and if there’s any possibilities for resolutions. A talk with Paul Liem of Korea Policy Institute.

May 7, 2009:  As seed supply is bought up, as farmers lose land and their lives, there’s the hope that small farming brings. Connecting these dots is Vandana Shiva, an environmental activist from India. In this KPFA special fund-drive show, we air her talk that puts out hard-hitting observations and solutions. Vandana has worked with women to stop the pillaging of water from their villages for the water bottle industry, and is a leader in the Slow Foods movement

April 30, 2009:  Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery. A talk with Siddharth Kara about his new book on the growth of slavery. Also, percussion is at the heart of hope for Anthony Brown and Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble. Grammy nominee Brown draws from his Asian African heritage to create music that recalls the swing and sounds of jazz great Duke Ellington. And Japanese drums root Somei Yoshino in its expansion using art and dance. Hear about all their performances in May. Also a tribute to Richard Aoki, an early member of the Black Panther Party.

March 19, 2009 Thurs: Slumdog Millionaire’s real “slum” Dharavi. Hear about the lives of people there, what they face & the responses to the oscar-winning film. We talk with noted columnist Dilip D’souza, author of The Narmada Dammed & Kalpana Sharma, journalist and author of Rediscovering Dharavi: Stories from Asia’s Largest Slum, in Mumbai. And, Betrayal: hear about an award-winning film that traces a Laotian family’s flight from war to the mean streets of America. It’s all part of the International Laotian Lunar New Year bringing music, food and celebration. Hear more about this free event.  Also, Secret Asian Man: the only nationally syndicated manga of its kind, tackles race, gender, and more. We talk with its creator Tak Toyoshima.

March 12, 2009 Thurs: “Buy American” or backlash for Asian Americans? The American Recovery bill, US companies, a history of narrow nationalism and a talk with labor and Asian American activist Warren Mar. Plus, SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi has time for film-making. His documentary asks why did the first Asian American hipster on TV change his name? A look at actor Jack Soo (Suzuki). Also showing at the Asian American Film Festival are winners of film shorts. Hear what’s showing.