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 01/04/13

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APA Compass
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Fri, 01/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Best of 2012
APA Compass Best of 2012 Podcast

Enjoy the best APA Compass segments from 2012:

APA Compass on 12/07/12

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Fri, 12/07/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jorge Cham, Rupa Marya, Jeremy Lin, Angry APA Minute
Today, we're featuring three internationally known personalities - one artist, one musician, and one athlete

Today, we're featuring three internationally known personalities - one artist, one musician, and one athlete: 

APA Compass on 11/02/12

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Fri, 11/02/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: APAs and Politics

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, November 2, 2012, at 9 A.M.  Today, we feature an interview with the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas, who recently came out as an undocumented immigrant in order to break the stereotypes and advance the conversation around US immigration policy.  We host a roundtable discussion with local APA leaders, Helen Ying and Joseph Santos-Lyons, on APAs and politics.  We highlight the 1882 Project, which successfully pushed for Congress to apologize for the Chinese Exclusion Act.  And, this month's Angry APA Minute comes to us

APA Compass on 10/05/12

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Fri, 10/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass interviews GB Tran, and collects youth perspectives

Please join us for APA Compass, this Friday October 5th, at 9am.  We feature in-depth interviews with graphic novelist GB Tran and author Anne Cherian, an audio postcard from the Asian-American Youth Leadership Conference, and an APA minute from high school student Sara Onitsuka.

APA Compass on 09/07/12

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Fri, 09/07/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Affirmative Action Roundtable, Youth Leadership Conference, AAPAM

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, September 7, 2012, at 9 A.M.  We feature an affirmative action roundtable inspired by the upcoming Fisher v The University of Texas supreme court case, in which a white female student claims she was denied admission to the university due to a race-conscious admissions policy.  The panelists include
* Tricia Brand, Associate Dean of Students, Director of Multicultural Affairs, Lewis and Clark College
* Dr. Toeutu Faaleavam, Director of the McNair Scholars Program, Portland State University
* Prof. Yoon Pak, Associate Professor of Education Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

APA Compass on 08/03/12

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Fri, 08/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass Annual Summer Music Show

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, August 3, 2012, at 9 AM.  In our annual summer music show, we feature interviews with

  • Kiran Ahluwalia, an award winning singer of ancient Persian and Punjabi Ghazals;
  • Herb Ohta, Jr., the Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso who visits with us and local elementary students ; and
  • Bhi Bhiman, an exciting new singer songwriter from San Francisco, who's creating cross-cultural folk music.

Please join us on APA Compass, Friday at 9 AM.

APA Compass on 07/06/12

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APA Compass
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Fri, 07/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass with Hari Kondabolu and John Jung

APA Compass is the Pacific NW's only Asian Pacific American public affairs radio program.  This Friday, we feature an interview with the comedian and community organizer Hari Kondabolu, who blends comedy and activism in his extremely entertaining style.  Also, John Jung, author of Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants, tells us about how he and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek both grew up in the same small Georgia town.

Please tune into APA Compass, Friday July 6, 2012 at 9 AM.

APA Compass on 06/01/12

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/01/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, June 1, 2012, at 9 AM.  We feature interviews with investigative reporter Gregory Nokes, who reveals the story of the murder of 31 or 34 Chinese gold miners in Eastern Oregon; Dilruba Ahmed, award winning author of collection of poems "Dhaka Dust"; Anne Cherian, author of "The Invitation"; and Congresswoman Judy Chu, who speaks about the glass ceiling in gove

APA Compass on 05/04/12

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Fri, 05/04/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Kilong Ung, Anupama Jain, Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Kilong Ung shares emotional stories of how he survived the Khmer Rouge genocide and what he did for revenge. Anupama Jain tells us about how the city of Schenectady, New York was actively recruiting Indo-Guyanese into their city, saying “Quite frankly, you’re an opportunity for us. We are very much looking for a new ethnic group.”   We also interview Samhita Mukhopadhyay, feminist blogger and author of "Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life."  Tune in to APA Compass, the Pacific NW's only Asian Pacific American public affairs radio program.

APA Compass on 04/06/12

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Fri, 04/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, April 6, 2012, at 9 A.M.  We'll have a provocative roundtable discussion about the Coalition of Communities of Color's "Unsettling Report" on the Asian Pacific Islander Community in Multnomah County.  Surprisingly, the local API community is worse off than that of Seattle or the nation, and we'll discuss why with Prof. Ann Curry-Stevens, June Arima Schumann, and Rev.

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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)

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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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.

Manvee Vaid on Indian Folk Art

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APA Compass
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Fri, 11/04/2011

Manvee Vaid is a practicing artist and curator of Indian Art based out of Chicago, Illinois. She experiments with various art media ranging from acrylic, oils, gold gilding and faux finishing to murals. She has a bachelors in fine arts from Sir JJ school of Arts, Mumbai India. Manvee is passionate about Indian folk art – an art form that is less known in the contemporary art scene. Her collection, which includes works from presidential award winners to up-and-coming artists, has been displayed at several universities including the University of Chicago. You can learn more about her work at her website and her blog. Sarika Mehta spoke to her about the importance of India's contemporary folk art scene.

  • Length: 16:13 minutes (14.84 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Diane Farr on interracial love: "Kissing Outside the Lines"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 11/04/2011

Actress Diane Farr speaks frankly about multicultural and mutiracial love in today's America.  In this interview with APA Compass's Andrew Yeh, Diane tells us how she fell in love with an American from a different cultural background, how the relatives learned to accept the relationship, how they married, and how they raise their kids.  Her anecdotes are hilarious, her advice insightful, and her story inspiring.  

Diane writes about her experiences in "Kissing Outside the Lines: A True Story of Love and Race and Happily Ever After."  Photo credits: Shoots&Giggles, Laura Kate Jones.

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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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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