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: 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
Air date: 
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.

APA Compass on 06/07/13

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass features APA authors

We feature interviews with several APA authors in this month's APA Compass program.

APA Compass on 05/03/13

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/03/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Sara Onitsuka, Jenny Yang, Salina Yoon, Eddie Huang, Ann Wetherell


Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, May 3, 2013 at 9 AM.  We feature
* An APA Call to Action from Grant High School student Sara Onitsuka on proposed cuts to next year's Japanese program
* Comedian Jenny Yang, co-founder of the first-ever, all female, Asian American standup comedy tour, "Dis/orient/ed Comedy"
* Award-winning children's author, Salina Yoon, who explains why her work is the antithesis of electronic books

APA Compass on 04/05/13

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ann Wetherell's Flying Tigers, Linda Ueki Absher's Hapa For Hire, Kiran Ahluwalia

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, April 5, 2013 at 9 AM.  We feature segments with

* Professor Ann Wetherell tells us why Portland had an unusually large number of Chinese-American pilots in the early 1900s.  Professor Wetherell is the curator of "Flying Tigers: Chinese American Aviators in Oregon, 1918-1945"

* Award winning Kiran Ahluwalia entertains with her ancient Persian and Punjabi Ghazals

* Linda Ueki Absher sounds off in her Angry APA Minute, "Hapa For Hire"

Audio

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.

Rupa Marya on Music and Medicine

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APA Compass
program date: 
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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 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)

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)

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
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

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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)

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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