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

Atul Gawande, Eric Liu, Elaine Cha

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
December APA Compass

It's our last episode of APA Compass for 2014! Don't miss this winter membership drive special! We're featuring:

APA Compass on 11/07/14

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

APA Compass on 10/03/14

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

APA Compass: Mee Moua, Andrew Yeh

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 09/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 08/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 07/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

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 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

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 06/06/2014 - 9:00am
Short Description: 
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

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 05/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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.

Audio

LFBJ: Lola Fair and Baby J

program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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

program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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.

Claire Flynn: "The Mold"

program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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)

South Asian Americans Leading Together: Deepa Iyer and Afshan Khoja

program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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

program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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)

PopWatch: A Response to "Asians in the Library"

Categories:
program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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

program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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

Categories:
program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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

program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Rita Banerjee: Cracklers at Night

Categories:
program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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)

Playlists

APA Compass playlist for 09/04/2009

Categories:
Program name: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
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

Program name: 
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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