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 on 01/07/11

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Fri, 01/07/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass features the best segments from 2010

This Friday, January 7 at 9am PST, hear some of our favorite APA Compass segments from 2010 including our interviews with Jeff Chang, hip hop journalist, author and activist; Judy Yung, author of "Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America"; Jay Sario, Filipino American fashion designer from Project Runway Season 7; an audio postcard from the local Colored Pencils Art and Culture Night and more. Tune it to KBOO 90.7 FM in Portland or stream it online at http://kboo.fm/listen.

APA Compass on 12/03/10

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Fri, 12/03/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Asian Pacific American food and holiday traditions

Today on APA Compass we'll celebrate the holiday season, exploring food and holiday traditions for Asian Pacific Americans including an audio postcard from downtown Portland food carts and a roundtable discussion with special guests James Louie, co-owner of Huber's and Timothy Nishimoto, from Pink Martini and owner of Vino Paradiso.

Also, on Pop Watch we discuss the new network TV program Outsourced and another edition of the Angry APA Minute.

APA Compass on 11/05/10

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Fri, 11/05/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass kicks off APA Pop Watch with a look at APA representation on TV

APA Compass will kickoff a new series, "APA POP WATCH", with focus on APAs in the media and pop culture. This month we'll dedicate the whole show to APA Pop Watch and take a critical look at TV. There's a whole slew of new shows featuring APA faces including Nikita, Outsourced and Hawaii 5-0, as well as others such as Community, Grey's Anatomy and Flash Forward. We'll look at these shows as well as how APA representation on TV has changed over last few years.
 

APA Compass on 10/01/10

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Fri, 10/01/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass features author Judy Yung and fashion designer Jay Nicolas Sario

This month we're speaking with Judy Yung, author of a new book, Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America.

APA Compass on 06/04/10

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Fri, 06/04/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass explores the wild and wonderful world of parenting.

APA Compass on 03/05/10

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Fri, 03/05/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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How do Asian Pacific Americans create community in Portland?

You'll hear voices from around Portland discussing how we create and define "community." This week's show features Colored Pencils, a monthly arts and open-mike show and APANO's Many Rivers Listening Circle Project. You can also join our roundtable discussion on Creating Community and Identity.

Stay in touch with APA Compass by email at apacompass@gmail.com or become our fan on Facebook.

APA Compass on 08/07/09

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Fri, 08/07/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Tune in for this month's APA Compass, where we'll be discussing homeland politics for Asian Pacific Americans. What does "home" mean for us, for our families, and our communities? What effects do social and political events in our homelands have on us here in the U.S.? We'll feature an audio postcard on the meaning of "home" for local Asian Pacific Americans. You'll hear a live roundtable discussion with scholar and activist Svati Shah and Minal Hajratwala on the topic of the recent decriminalization of gay sex in India. And, as always, another Angry APA Minute!

APA Compass

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Fri, 07/03/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interviews with Dylan Rodriguez, Victoria Law, David Kong, Nathan Moon and Many Uch.

This month a look at Asian Pacific Americans and the criminal justice system with interviews with Dylan Rodriguez, author and prison abolisionist with Critical Resistance, and Victoria Law, author and activists who wrote Resistance Behind Bars about women prisoners' resistance, as well as a live discussion with David Kong and Nathan Moon about their experiences within the criminal justice system here in Oregon. Plus an interview with former APA Compass guest Many Uch about his experience dealing with potential deportation to Cambodia due to his prison record and legal changes around the Patriot Act.

APA Compass on 06/05/09

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Fri, 06/05/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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we're talking with local and national activists about Hawaiian sovereignty and the Akaka Bill

This month we're talking with local and national activists about Hawaiian sovereignty and the Akaka Bill. We'll also feature an interview with Hawaiian rappers, Sudden Rush.

Also, do you have an idea for an Angry APA Minute you'd like to submit and perform for the show? Please let us know!

APA Compass on 05/01/09

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Fri, 05/01/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A May Day discussion about immigrants' and workers' rights

For more information about APA Compass, including archives from previous shows, visit kboo.fm/APACompass.

We'll be discussing immigrants' rights and workers' rights with activists from the Multi-Ethnic Immigrant Worker Organizing Network (MIWON), the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), and the Asian Pacific American
Labor Alliance
(APALA). We'll also have an Angry APA Minute from author Minal Hajratwala.


 

Audio

Claire Flynn: "The Mold"

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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