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: Mee Moua, Andrew Yeh

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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 on 06/06/14

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

APA Compass on 06/06/14

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

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: 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.

APA Compass: Ishmael Beah, Malinda Lo, Lyndee Mah

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APA Compass
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Fri, 03/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Ishmael Beah, Malinda Lo, Lyndee Mah
On the next APA Compass:

APA Compass: Gene Yang, Andrew Lam, CHOPS

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APA Compass
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Fri, 02/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Gene Yang, Andrew Lam, CHOPS
On Friday's APA Compass:
  • Gene Luen Yang writes and illustrates award winning graphic novels for adults and kids.  He tells us about the controversy surrounding his most viewed "The Last Airbender" writing, and the inspiration behind his latest creations, the companion novels "Boxers" and "Saints".
  • Producer and hip hop rapper CHOPS talks about his kickstarter campaign to produce a great album of amazing Asian-American musicians.
  • Award winning author and journalist Andrew Lam tells us why he cofounded New American Media.  "Birds of Paradise Lost" is his latest story collection on the Vietnamese disaspora.
APA Comp

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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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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.

Angry APA Minute: Movies are Not Real Life

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Thu, 10/13/2011

Sarika Mehta sounds off on some blissful ignorance directed at her as a child and as an adult. She reminisces on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom from third grade as well as some more recent experiences.

  • Length: 6:52 minutes (2.75 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass, Coalition of Communities of Color Report, June Schumann

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Fri, 10/07/2011

APA Compass's Andrew Yeh interviews June Arima Schumann, co-chair for APANO's (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon)'s board of directors.  Ms. Schumann discusses the extensive research that's been done over the past few years on people of color in Multnomah County, Oregon.

The report "Communities of Color in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile" was published by Ann Curry-Stevens of Portland State University and the Coalition of Communities of Color, after a couple years of intensive research.  Communities of color are 26.3% of Multnomah County's population, this number is growing much faster than of Whites, due to higher fertility and migration rates.  The report highlights disparities in education, income, unemployment, homelessness, crime, even civic engagement and pollitical participation, among many other attributes.  Community specific reports on the African American, African immigrant and refugee, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino, Native American, and Slavic communities are planned. 

APA Compass Sharon Inahara "The Day We Left"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 10/07/2011

Anna Preble interviews artist Sharon Inahara and her father Dr.Toshiro Inahara, who speak about the Japanese-American experience and internment during World War II.  Sharon Inahara's exhibit "The Day We Left" and Oregon Nikkei Endowment's "Taken: FBI" are showing at the Washington County Museum, Oregon through October 29.  Music by the Minidoka Swing Band.

Discussing the White House AAPI Initiative

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APA Compass
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Fri, 09/02/2011

Sarika Mehta talks with Kiran Ahuja, executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

  • Length: 15:57 minutes (14.61 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Kip Fulbeck, "Part Asian, 100% Hapa"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 09/02/2011

APA Compass rebroadcasts our 2008 interview with Kip Fulbeck, whose "Part Asian, 100% Hapa" photo exhibit is currently on display at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center in Portland.

  • Length: 17:20 minutes (9.92 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Laura Kina, visual artist and scholar of Asian-American and Mixed-Race Studies

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APA Compass
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Fri, 09/02/2011

APA Compass' Andrew Yeh speaks with artist Laura Kina.

  • Length: 15:50 minutes (14.5 MB)
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"Stretch marks are beautiful, like exotic foreign ladies"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 09/02/2011

Kushlani de Soyza sounds off about racism in a recent column published in the Washington Times. Although the author makes some good points about harmful beauty standards promoted by the media, the choice of photos inspired Kushlani to pronounce, "That's racist!" You can check out a larger version of the screenshot of the offending column, along with some of Kushlani's commentary, at the APA Compass blog.

LFBJ: Lola Fair and Baby J

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/05/2011

Lola Fair & Baby J, singers and songwriters of the Asian-American duo "LFBJ" spoke recently with collective member, Andrew Yeh.  Before they joined forces professionally, Lola Fair and Baby J independently performed and recorded for labels in both Korea and the United States.  They also achieved success as the 1st place winner and 2nd place winner of the Asian-American singing competition "eXposure: Voices of a Second Generation concert".  We feature their songs "Inspiration" and "Party".

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
Air date: 
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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