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 10/03/14

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

APA Compass: Mee Moua, Andrew Yeh

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APA Compass
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Fri, 09/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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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: 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 on 06/06/14

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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: 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
On the next APA Compass:

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Patti Duncan and "Finding Face"

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Fri, 02/04/2011

Sarika Mehta speaks with film-maker and professor of Womens’ Studies at Oregon State University, Patti Duncan. Her film,“Finding Face”, explores acid violence against women in Cambodia. This film has been featured at a number of festivals and won a number of awards including best documentary feature at the San Diego Asian Film Festival last year.

You can learn more about the film at www.findingface.org.

Portland's API Pride

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APA Compass
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Fri, 02/04/2011

Liz Rogers speaks with Dennis Lo and Sogene Mah of Portland's API Pride.

  • Title: API Pride Interview
  • Length: 8:08 minutes (5.59 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

Asian Pacific American perspectives on holiday food and cultural traditions

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/03/2010

To celebrate the holiday season, Marie Lo hosted a roundtable discussion with Timothy Nishimoto, owner of Vino Paradio and member of Pink Martini, and James Louie, co-owner of Huber's. They discussed family, food and holiday traditions from an Asian Pacific American perspective.

  • Date: 0512
  • Year: 2010
  • Length: 49:40 minutes (68.21 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

An Angry APA Minute from 14 year old Sara Onitsuka

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APA Compass
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Fri, 11/05/2010

14 year old Sara Onitsuka has some thought provoking things to say about representations of Asian Americans in the media.

Context for looking at APAs on television and an audio postcard

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APA Compass
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Fri, 11/05/2010

First up, Marie Lo gives some context for analyzing images of APAs on mainstream popular media. For more information on some of the resources and items mentioned check out the links below:

Asian American Justice Center's TV Diversity Report Card

Media Action Network for Asian Americans - Dedicating to monitoring the media and advocating balanced, sensitive, and positive coverage and portrayals of Asian Americans.

More on the recent racist anti-Chinese political ad that ran for during this past election season (these blogs are also generally great resources for examining APA media representation:

Breathtakingly Racist Anti-Chinese Political Ad from the blog Reappropriate

politcal ad: future china will laugh at your downfall from Angry Asian Man

 

Next, Sarika and Kushlani talked with Portlanders on the street to find out their thoughts.

Debut of Pop Watch, a critical look at APA representation in media and pop culture: This month a roundtable about APAs on TV

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APA Compass
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Fri, 11/05/2010

First Kushlani de Soyza speaks with Vincent Pham, doctoral candidate in Communication and graduate teaching assistant in Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois and co-author of Asian Americans in the Media.

Then, Vincent joins Kushlani and other APA Compass collective members, Sarika Mehta, Brian Yarne and Toni Tabora-Roberts in a roundtable discussion about the current slew of mainstream TV shows that feature Asian Pacific Americans.

Kushlani speaks with fashion designer Jay Nicolas Sario

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Fri, 10/01/2010

Kushlani deSoyza had a chance to speak with Filipino American fashion designer Jay Nicolas Sario. Sario is best known for his appearance on the television show Project Runway. He was in town to show a collection at Portland Fashion Week taking place October 6-10.

  • Length: 8:25 minutes (7.7 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Historian and Author Judy Yung speaks with Andrew Yeh about "Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 10/01/2010

Andrew Yeh had an opportunity to speak with historian and author Judy Yung about her new book Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America.The book was published in commemoration of the Angel Island Immigration Station's 100th anniversary.

"In this landmark book, published to commemorate the immigration station’s 100th anniversary, historians Erika Lee and Judy Yung provide the first comprehensive history of the Angel Island Immigration Station.  Drawing on extensive new research, including immigration records, oral histories, and inscriptions on the barrack walls, the authors produce a sweeping yet intensely personal history of Chinese “paper sons,” Japanese picture brides, Korean refugee students, South Asian political activists, Russian and Jewish refugees, Mexican families, Filipino repatriates, and many others from around the world."

  • Length: 27:45 minutes (25.41 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Race, Tenure and the University

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APA Compass
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Fri, 09/03/2010

Thanks for tuning into APA Compass. Our September program focuses on education and some of the ongoing challenges and barriers surrounding diversity in educational institutions. Collective member Marie Lo talks with Professor Sarita See about the challenges she sees facing faculty of color in higher education.

 

 

 

  • Length: 15:50 minutes (14.49 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Roundtable on diversity and education in Oregon

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APA Compass
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Fri, 09/03/2010

Collective member Andrew Yeh talks to Phillip Dirks, Patti Sakurai and Sho Shigeoka about issues of diversity and education here in Oregon.

  • Length: 31:17 minutes (46.55 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 208Kbps (VBR)

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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