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: 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.
APA Comp

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

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)

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.

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.

Kushlani speaks with fashion designer Jay Nicolas Sario

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APA Compass
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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)
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Sara Onitsuka's Angry APA Minute

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APA Compass
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Fri, 09/03/2010

Sara Onitsuka submitted this "Eye-Opening" APA Minute.

  • Length: 5:09 minutes (7.67 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 208Kbps (VBR)

APA Compass Jean Kwok Girl in Translation

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/06/2010

APA Compass' Liz Rogers interviews author Jean Kwok, whose novel, Girl in Translation, has been picked up as one of the books to read by Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine, and more.  It's story about loss of innocence, overcoming hardships, and love.
 

  • Length: 15:05 minutes (13.82 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 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
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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