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: 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.
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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.

Audio

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.

Rupa Marya on Music and Medicine

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/05/2011

Rupa Marya, lead vocalist and musical director of Rupa & the April Fishes, and a doctor and professor of Internal Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. While on tour, she sat down with Sarika Mehta in our studio to chat about language, culture and balancing a life between music and medicine. 

Rupa recently began her sabbatical from medicine to work on music. Her band has two albums, Extraordiary Rendition and Este Mundo. Catch them on tour and check out their great music!

  • Length: 23:41 minutes (21.68 MB)
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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".

Jimmy Wong shoots to internet fame

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/05/2011

Actor, singer, songwriter, and producer Jimmy Wong speaks with Andrew Yeh about achieving success through non-traditional channels.  His music video parody, Ching Chong (It means I Love You), has millions of viewings, he's a winner of the first youtube "NextUp" competition, and he shares his insights about being an APA in Hollywood and the music industry.

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
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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