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 on 11/07/14

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APA Compass
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Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to APA communities

APA Compass on 10/03/14

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APA Compass
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Fri, 10/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to APA communities

APA Compass: Mee Moua, Andrew Yeh

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APA Compass
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Fri, 09/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Mee Moua, Andrew Yeh
For this espisode of APA Compass:
  • Learn about the upcoming Jade Night Markets sponsored by APANO and Portland's Jade District.
  • Mee Moua, president of Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), tells us what Asian-Americans can do to ensure fair representation in politics.
  • In this send-off interview, APA Compass collective member, Andrew Yeh, shares his favorite moments and memories from his tenure. We thank him for his contributions and wish him the best in his future adventures! 
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

APA Compass: Simon Tam, Alex Tizon, Sara Onitsuka

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Simon Tam, Alex Tizon, Sara Onitsuka
For this episode of APA Compass:
  • Portland musician and TED Talk speaker Simon Tam tells us why the US Patent and Trademark Office will not allow him to trademark his band's name, "The Slants" and how he's responding.
  • Pulitzer Prize winner, Alex Tizon, explores and punctures stereotypes of the Asian-American male identity in his book, "Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self".
  • Sara Onitsuka explains her college application quandary in her latest Angry APA Minute.
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

APA Compass: Sandra Tsing Loh, Jean Kwok

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APA Compass
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Fri, 07/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Sandra Tsing Loh, Jean Kwok
APA Compass features
  • Author and radio personality, Sandra Tsing Loh, tells us about her experiences navigating the ups and downs of menopause, including losing her desire to mother two her daughters.  Her latest book is "The Madwoman in the Volvo".
  • Acclaimed author Jean Kwok, whose latest novel "Mambo in Chinatown", describes a young woman who is struggling to reconcile the disparate worlds of working-class Chinatown and the professional ballroom dancing circuit.
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

APA Compass: Chang-Rae Lee, Marivi Soliven

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/06/2014 - 9:00am
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APA Compass: Chang-Rae Lee, Marivi Soliven
On the next APA Compass:
  • Award winning author, Chang-Rae Lee, describes his Asian-American heaven and his latest novel "On such a Full Sea".
  • Marivi Soliven explores the Filipina immigrant experience in her novel "The Mango Bride".

APA Compass on 06/06/14

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/06/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to APA communities

APA Compass on 06/06/14

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APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 06/06/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to APA communities

APA Compass: Jaideep Singh, Linda Ueki Absher

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Jaideep Singh, Linda Ueki Absher
On the next APA Compass:
  • Dr. Jaideep Singh, Scholar with UC Berkeley's Center of Race and Gender, discusses the severe bullying and harassment of Sikh-American children
  • Linda Ueki Absher, hipster librarian, presents her Angry APA Minute, Keep Portland White!
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

APA Compass: Anselmo Villanueva, Susan Choi, Kim Fu

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Anselmo Villanueva, Susan Choi, Kim Fu
On Friday's APA Compass:
  • Anselmo Villanueva, Executive Director of the "Disorient Film Festival of Oregon", tells us what's up and coming in Asian-American film. 
  • Susan Choi, author of the novel "My Education", shares her secrets for writing about passion, obsession, and love.
  • Author Kim Fu explores culture and gender in her debut novel, For Today I Am A Boy.  
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

Audio

AAPAM: What is My Race?

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Fri, 02/03/2012
Another Angry APA Minute by Sarika Mehta: Inspired by a blog post at Sepia Mutiny, she questions what her race is, why the English words never seem to fit, and why her "ambiguous ethnicity" doesn't help her out in the real world. 
  • Length: 6:23 minutes (5.84 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Dr. Linda Isako Angst discusses Hapa Identity

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APA Compass
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Fri, 02/03/2012

Dr. Linda Isako Angst, educator and anthropologist, and discusses ethnic identity, racially mixed identity, and stereotypes during a Hapa diversity workshop and interview with APA Compass' Anna Preble.

Ralph Pugay, performance artist and creative writer

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APA Compass
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Fri, 02/03/2012

Ralph Pugay, award winning Filipino-American performance artist/creative writer from Portland State University, discusses his work and inspiration with APA Compass' Kushlani de Soyza.
 

  • Length: 6:15 minutes (5.73 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: Best of 2011

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APA Compass
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Fri, 01/06/2012

APA Compass presents our "Best of 2011" show. We feature interviews with YouTube phenomeon Jimmy Wong, 200m world champion and paralympic ambassador Anjali Forber-Pratt, and visual artist Sharon Inahara. Local youth share reflections on Vincent Chin in a segment from our recurring APA Popwatch series. Also, our incisive "Angry APA Minute" series continues with the stories of Simon Young, Purvi Shah, and Sarika Mehta.  APA Compass is collectively produced by Luann Algoso, Kushlani de Soyza, Thuvan Hoang, Sarika Mehta, Anna Preble, Toni Tabora-Roberts, Liz Roberts, Brian Yarne, and Andrew Yeh.

Tune in to APA Compass, The Pacific Northwest’s Only Asian Pacific American public affairs radio show at 9am on the first Friday of each month. Our collective focuses on issues relevant to APA communities and features an Angry APA minute where listeners like you can sound off.

We promote social justice, feature APA arts and culture, and challenge how APAs are represented in the media. You can download  podcasts of our program at kboo.fm/apacompass. Check us out on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter – we’re APA Compass Radio.  If you have a story idea or would like to contribute, leave us a message on our Facebook page.
 

  • Length: 58:58 minutes (26.25 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 62Kbps (ABR)

Vivek Shandas

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/02/2011

Kushlani de Soyza talks with PSU Urban Studies professor Vivek Shandas about environmental and climate justice, and the work of Portland State's Sustaining Urban Places Research (SUPR) lab. You can find out more about the SUPR lab at http://web.pdx.edu/~vshandas/.

  • Length: 14:28 minutes (13.24 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Angry APA Minute: Vani Natarajan "Spirit of the Staircase"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/02/2011

Writer Vani Natarajan reads her poem, "Spirit of the Staircase," protesting the September execution of Troy Davis. She read her work at the annual literary festival of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective at Revolutionary Books in New York City.

  • Title: APA Compass
  • Length: 3:50 minutes (3.51 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Good deeds

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Fri, 12/02/2011

Seattle architect and philanthropist Jerry Lee was recently honored by the White House for his volunteer work. He talks with APA Compass about his latest projects.

  • Length: 11:22 minutes (10.4 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Ariko Iso: Breaking Barriers

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/02/2011

Ariko Iso is Oregon State University Football's head athletic trainer. Though the Beavers' season has sadly come to an end, Iso will stay busy working with student-athletes in the off-season. Iso was the first and only female athletic trainer to work in the NFL, leaving a nine-year stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers to return to her alma mater.

  • Length: 12:27 minutes (11.39 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

DJ Phatrick: Inspiring Youth in Los Angeles

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/02/2011

Sarika Mehta spoke with Patrick Huang, or DJ Phatrick, Chinese-American DJ and educator, based out of Los Angeles. He was recently featured in a short documentary, called, “Loves of a DJ”. He also runs Sessions LA to promote creative expression amongst LA youth. 

  • Title: DJ Phatrick
  • Length: 16:09 minutes (14.79 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Ying-Ying Chang, author of "The Woman Who Could Not Forget"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/02/2011

Author Ying-Ying Chang speaks with Luann Algoso from APA Compass.  Ying-Ying's book, "The Woman Who Could Not Forget", is an inspring memoir of her late daughter, Iris Chang. Iris was a celebrated Asian-American human rights activist and the author of the international bestseller, “The Rape of Nanking." Ying-Ying speaks frankly about Iris' strong stands against racial profiling by the US government, mental health taboos within the APA community, and efforts to put Asian-American history into our high school curriculum. Ying-Ying's interview is articulate, heartfelt, and moving.

Playlists

APA Compass playlist for 09/04/2009

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09/04/2009
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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