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.

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APA Compass: Simon Tam, Alex Tizon, Sara Onitsuka
 

Episode Archive

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
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: 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
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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

Audio

South Asian Americans Leading Together: Deepa Iyer and Afshan Khoja

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APA Compass
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Fri, 07/01/2011

In light of the death of Osama Bin Laden, the world has been reflecting on the upcoming ten-year anniversary of September 11lth. While Sarika Mehta was visiting Washington, DC, she sat down with Deepa Iyer and Afshan Khoja from the community activist organization, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). Deepa discussed how September 11th has impacted the South Asian community in the US, as well as other minorities. Afshan spoke about SAALTs latest campaign, An America for All of Us

For more information on how you can support the campaign, advocate from Portland or get involved, visit saalt.org.

  • Length: 19:15 minutes (17.62 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

PopWatch: Vincent Chin

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APA Compass
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Fri, 07/01/2011

ThuVan Hoang pays tribute on the tragic death of Vincent Chin in Detroit, MI. She speaks with local youth about how the documentary "Vincent Who?" affected their own sentiments about race relations and the image of Asian Americans today. This event was sponsored by Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and Chinese American Citizens' Alliance (CACA)

  • Length: 8:18 minutes (7.6 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Claire Flynn: "The Mold"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 07/01/2011

 Brian Yarne introduces us to Portland high school student, Claire Flynn, on her reflections after attending the Asian American Youth Leadership Conferenc (AAYLC). The AAYLC provides workshops, career fairs and opportunities for Asian/Pacific American students to discuss their experiences growing up in Portland. 

  • Length: 12:08 minutes (11.11 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

PopWatch: A Response to "Asians in the Library"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/03/2011

APA Compass Youth Contributor Sara Onitsuka responds to "Asians in the Library," the now-infamous racist YouTube rant by a UCLA student.

  • Length: 7:34 minutes (6.93 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Poet Kazim Ali

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/03/2011

Kazim Ali -- poet, essayist and Oberlin College professor -- discusses his latest book, Fasting for Ramadan. For more information about the book, check out: http://www.tupelopress.org/books/fasting.

  • Length: 17:16 minutes (174.32 MB)
  • Format: RIFF Stereo 44kHz 1411Kbps (CBR)

Cultural Traditions and Healthy Choices

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/03/2011

With diabetes and heart disease on the rise and lifestyles changing by generation, we need to be properly informed. Sarika Mehta spoke with Dr. Arti Mehta, naturopathic physician, about how to maintain cultural traditions while making healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Length: 15:29 minutes (14.18 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Grace Lee Boggs: The Next American Revolution

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/06/2011

Andrew Yeh talks with longtime civil-rights activist Grace Lee Boggs about her new book with Scott Kurashige, The Next American Revolution.

  • Title: Grace Lee Boggs
  • Length: 19:46 minutes (18.09 MB)
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Rita Banerjee: Cracklers at Night

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/06/2011

Poet Rita Banerjee reads from her recent chapbook, Cracklers at Night. The collection considers contemporary politics, South-Asian identity, and what it means to be a woman in America. For more on Cracklers at Night, check out Rita's website.

  • Length: 4:58 minutes (5.68 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 160Kbps (CBR)

Muslim-American activists discuss Osama Bin Laden's death

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/06/2011

Last month, President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden to the world. Sarika Mehta spoke with Afifa Ahmed Shafi and Muna Abshir Muhamud, two Muslim-American community members, on their thoughts surrounding the death of Osama Bin Laden, the past decade of Islamophobia and their thoughts on a "post-Bin-Laden" world.

April PopWatch

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/01/2011

Liz Rogers and ThuVan Hoang discuss racist "jokes" in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. They also chat with Jean Quan, the new mayor of Oakland, Calif.

  • Title: April PopWatch
  • Length: 4:47 minutes (4.38 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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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