APA Compass

APA Compass is a collectively produced public affairs program.  Our mission is to provide a forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to Asian Pacific American (APA) communities; to unite, politicize and empower APAs; to raise awareness of social and economic justice issues; to highlight the parallels and intersections between APA experiences and the experiences of other groups; to provide media access, mentorship and training to APAs; to promote APA art and culture; to challenge racist representations and to enable APAs to define themselves. 

We welcome your comments and feedback. Like us or leave us a message at APA Compass Radio on Facebook.  For an index of past podcasts, visit apaCompass.wordpress.com.

Episode Archive

APA Compass: Best of 2013

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APA Compass
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Fri, 01/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Best of 2013
APA Compass features selections from our best programming from 2013:
  • Comedian Jenny Yang, co-founder of the first-ever, all female, Asian American standup comedy tour, "Dis/orient/ed Comedy"
  • Film maker Vidyut Latay's documentary, "Beyond Silence" chronicles the lives of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in Mumbai India.  The film has won the Award of Merit for Short Documentary - Best Shorts Competition in LA Jolla, CA.
  • Professor Pinky Hota of Smith College speaks on women and violence, and the social uprising in India.
  • Stories from Japanese-American WWII veterans and camp internees, who recently came together in Portland to celebrate the veteran

APA Compass: Justice and the Arts

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/06/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Justice and the Arts
On this Friday's APA Compass: Justice and the Arts
  • Musician Simon Tam describes his ongoing legal action to trademark his band's name, "The Slants."  The US Patent and Trademark Office denied his applications on the grounds that the word is offensive, though approved hundred of other trademarks containing the same word.
  • Vanita Gupta, ACLU deputy director, speaks of her efforts to improve the racial inequities of the criminal justice system.
  • Filmmaker Vu Pham talks about his family circumstances which led him to write and direct the film, "Sway of the Knife."
  • In this end of the year edition of "Heart2Heart with Ka", Ka sp

APA Compass: Jo Ogden, Dao Strom, Ping Khaw-Sutherland, heart2heart with Ka

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APA Compass
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Fri, 11/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Jo Ogden, Dao Strom, Ping Khaw-Sutherland, heart2heart with Ka
Please tune in to APA Compass on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 9am:
  • Historian Jo Ogden, describes the Punjabi community which thrived in Astoria, Oregon around 1900, and explains the leading role they played among the Punjabi diaspora.
  • Musician Dao Strom plays from her latest creation - "We Were Meant to be a Gentle People" - a hybrid music CD and chapbook, inspired by her Vietnamese-American family's experiences.  Listen to the podcast.
  • "Heart2Heart with Ka" features a holiday message.
  • Ping Khaw-Sutherland, artist and president of the APA Chamber of Commerce (APACC), tells the story of the Baba-Nyonya culture and her life motivation.

APA Compass on 10/04/13

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APA Compass
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Fri, 10/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to APA communities

APA Compass on 09/06/13

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APA Compass
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Fri, 09/06/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Atsuko Okatsuka, Thuy Tran, Laetitia Thomas, heart2heart

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, September 5, 2012, at 9 A.M. 

  • Atsuko Okatsuka, co-founder of the all-female APA comedy group dis/orient/ed, speaks about the challenges of being an Asian-American in entertainment.
  • Local community organizer, Dr. Thuy Tran, encourages more Asian-Americans to find their political voice.
  • This installment of "heart2heart with Ka" features back-to-school tips
  • Laetitia Thomas presents an audio tribute to APA Compass co-founder, Afifa Ahmed Shafi

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

APA Compass on 08/02/13

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Media missteps, Heart2Heart with Ka, Jean Kwok

APA Compass introduces our newest collective member and features two prominent media missteps involving Asians and Asian-Americans:

APA Compass on 07/05/13

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APA Compass
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Fri, 07/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Linda Tamura and Vidut Latay

Today, APA Compass features two silenced stories:  

Professor Linda Tamura, author of "Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River".  She explains the national notoriety which Hood River, Oregon, received after WWII, and how and why she broke the code of silence surrounding the situation.

APA Compass on 06/07/13

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Fri, 06/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass features APA authors

We feature interviews with several APA authors in this month's APA Compass program.

APA Compass on 05/03/13

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/03/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Sara Onitsuka, Jenny Yang, Salina Yoon, Eddie Huang, Ann Wetherell


Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, May 3, 2013 at 9 AM.  We feature
* An APA Call to Action from Grant High School student Sara Onitsuka on proposed cuts to next year's Japanese program
* Comedian Jenny Yang, co-founder of the first-ever, all female, Asian American standup comedy tour, "Dis/orient/ed Comedy"
* Award-winning children's author, Salina Yoon, who explains why her work is the antithesis of electronic books

APA Compass on 04/05/13

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ann Wetherell's Flying Tigers, Linda Ueki Absher's Hapa For Hire, Kiran Ahluwalia

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, April 5, 2013 at 9 AM.  We feature segments with

* Professor Ann Wetherell tells us why Portland had an unusually large number of Chinese-American pilots in the early 1900s.  Professor Wetherell is the curator of "Flying Tigers: Chinese American Aviators in Oregon, 1918-1945"

* Award winning Kiran Ahluwalia entertains with her ancient Persian and Punjabi Ghazals

* Linda Ueki Absher sounds off in her Angry APA Minute, "Hapa For Hire"

Audio

Decriminalization of gay sex in India and it's effects on South Asian LGBTQs in the U.S.

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APA Compass
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Thu, 08/06/2009

This month, APA Compass tackled the topic of homeland politics and how it effects Asian Pacific Americans. To look at it through a very specific issue, APA Compass member Priya Kandaswamy spoke to Dr. Svati Shah and author Minal Hajratwala about the recent decriminalization of gay sex in India.

Dr. Shah is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of Massachussets at Amherst, and author of a forthcoming book about sex work in Mumbai. Ms. Hajratwala is author of Leaving India: My Family's Journey from Five Villages to Five Countries, as well as a poet, performer and queer activist.

Prison activist Victoria Law discusses her new book "Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggle of Incarcerated Women"

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APA Compass
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Thu, 07/02/2009

Victoria Law is an activist, mother, photographer and writer. APA Compass member Toni Tabora-Roberts spoke with her about her new book Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggle of Incarcerated Women and her work as a prison activist. This is a longer version of the interview which aired on the July 3, 2009 APA Compass program.

Interview with Hawaiian hip hop artist Sudden Rush

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APA Compass
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Thu, 06/04/2009

APA Compass's Kushlani De Soyza speaks with Hawaiian hip hop artist Sudden Rush. This interview originally aired as part of an APA Compass program about Hawaiian sovereignty and the Akaka Bill.

Filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly discusses her documentary Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i

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APA Compass
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Thu, 06/04/2009

APA Compass members Patti Duncan spoke with filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly about her new documentary Nono Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i. This interview originally aired on an APA Compass program about Hawaiian sovereignty and the Akaka Bill.

Roundtable discussion about Hawaiian sovereignty and the Akaka bill

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APA Compass
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Thu, 06/04/2009

APA Compass member Elaine Cha hosts a discussion with author and professor Dr. Kēhaulani Kauanui and Native Pacific Islander and activist Angela Robinson. They discuss Hawaiian sovereignty and the Akaka Bill.

Interview with Kent Wong from UCLA's Center for Labor Research and Education

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APA Compass
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Thu, 04/30/2009

Priya Kandaswamy's live interview with Kent Wong for APA Compass' May Day Special, discussing current labor issues facing Asian Pacific Americans.

Minal Hajratwala's Angry APA Minute

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APA Compass
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Thu, 04/30/2009

Minal Hajratwala sounds off about her experiences with the recent Amazon.com censorship of LGBTQ titles and content.

Interview with Bethany Leal from MIWON

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APA Compass
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Thu, 04/30/2009

Sudarat Musikawong talks with Bethany Leal about Multiethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network about their latest activities and planned actions for May Day

Interview with Joyce Yang from KIWA

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APA Compass
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Thu, 04/30/2009

Elaine Cha interviews Joyce Yang from the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance about her experiences becoming an organizer and KIWA's current campaigns and planned activities for May Day

Interview with filmmaker Tze Chun about his film Children of Invention

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APA Compass
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Thu, 04/02/2009

APA Compass collective member Toni Tabora-Roberts interviews filmmaker Tze Chun. His film Children of Invention was the Opening Night Film of the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival in April 2009.

Playlists

APA Compass playlist for 09/04/2009

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ArtistTitleAlbumLink
Betty SooWhisper My NameHeat Sin Water Skinwww.bettysoo.com
Betty SooNever The Pretty GirlHeat Sin Water Skinwww.bettysoo.com
Betty SooNever Knew No LoveHeat Sin Water Skinwww.bettysoo.com
GirlymanKittery TideEverything's Easywww.girlyman.com
GirlymanSomewhere Different NowEverything's Easywww.girlyman.com
GirlymanEasy Bake OvensEverything's Easywww.girlyman.com
Thao with the Get Down Stay DownBag of HammersKnow Better, Learn Fasterwww.myspace.com
Exit ClovViolent BerriesRespond, Respondexitclov.com
Alice TongTrySmallwww.myspace.com
Marie DigbyUnfoldBreathing Underwaterwww.youtube.com
Melissa PolinarSing To Mewww.myspace.com
Judith HillSwitchin' Upwww.judithhillmusic.com

 Here's the playlist for the 2009 APA Compass music show. Check out our podcasts here at www.kboo.fm/apacompass, and if you have ideas for stories or an Angry APA Minute, email us at apacompass@gmail.com

APA Compass playlist for 08/01/2008

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APA Compass
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08/01/2008
ArtistTitleAlbum
Ananda ShankarStreets of Calcutta
JJ MagazineDaniel Burnham
Pink MartiniBukra Wba'DoHey Eugene!
The SlantsStrangleholdSlanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts
Dengue FeverOne Thousand Tears of a Tarantula
Animal FarmThe Show Must Go On
Rupa & the April FishesMaintenant
Asian Dub FoundationJericho

APA Compass's Annual summer music special featuring a wide variety of Asian and Asian Pacific American artists.

 

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