Pacific Underground

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Airs at: Fri, 06/21/2019 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Every first Friday from 9am-10am and every fourth Friday from 11am-12pm.

Pacific Underground is a show for and by the Asians and Pacific Islander (API) communities

There are nearly 225,000 APIs in Oregon. But in one of America’s whitest states, the issues that impact us simply aren’t covered. Imagine: 225,000 stories untold.

Stay tuned here for interviews, documentaries, audio essays, performances, as well as real-time coverage of national social, economic and political issues affecting APIs in your local community. 

Since the end of the only Pacific Northwest API public affairs radio program, APA Compass, there has been a lack of API representation in Oregon media. We believe that by creating a public platform in which APIs can tell our stories in a way that reflects our actual experiences, 

  • we empower our communities, 
  • we expand our reach in spaces previously denied to us and 
  • we honor the legacy of generations before us who have been left out of American narratives.

Pacific Underground is holding space for API community members who want to be heard. If you want to join us, email No experience necessary. 

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The Accomplices! Plus No No Boy

Airs at: Fri, 06/07/2019 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Join Pacific Underground today at 11AM on 90.7fm or for a great conversation with four out of the five members of new independent publishing powerhouse that happens to be majority API-led, the Accomplices! We chat about the AWP Conference that was just here in Portl... Read more

APA Heritage Month (rebroadcast)

Airs at: Fri, 05/17/2019 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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  It's still May and it's still Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! We thought we would replay our APA Heritage Month episode from last year. While past listeners may remember that the commemoration of this month has been somewhat controversial among members of Pacific ... Read more

Pacific Islander Cultural Dance

Airs at: Fri, 05/03/2019 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Join Pacific Underground for a special Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month episode, as part of KBOO's all-day API heritage day programming! Featuring special guests Teva Oriata Polynesian Cultural Dance Troupe founder Angie Jackman and APANO's Simeon Jacob, ... Read more

Driving Without A License

Airs at: Fri, 04/26/2019 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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This week join Pacific Underground producers Jake and Matt for a conversation with Janine Joseph! We were really excited to connect with Janine and speak with her about her brilliant & award winning first poetry collection, Driving Without a License. Our chat wends between... Read more

Pop Culture Roundtable!

Airs at: Fri, 04/05/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Join the Pacific Underground Collective (Tabitha, Jake, Sara, and Matt) for a roundtable on Asian Pacific Americans in Pop Culture!     Read more

From the Vault: Lilian Dirrebes

Airs at: Fri, 03/22/2019 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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This week we have an episode from the Pacific Underground Archives! Lilian Dirrebes Ongelungel speaks with Pacific Underground producers Jake and Kat about being the only Pacific Islander in the room, Moana, tattoes, and storytelling / oral histories. Read more

Financial Advice with Hsin-Cheng Kuo

Airs at: Fri, 03/01/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  We have a live call-in show with Portland Financial Advisor Hsin-Cheng Kuo and we're encouraging our API listeners to call in to get YOUR financial questions answered! The number to call is 503-231-8187. Check our her bio and listen this Friday, March 1st from 9am to 10a... Read more

American Sutra author Duncan Ryuken Williams (full interview)

Airs at: Fri, 02/22/2019 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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  Last week, we featured a special, shorter version of an interview with Duncan Ryuken Williams, author of American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War in anticipation of his reading at Powell's. This week, we bring you the full version of the inter... Read more

American Sutra

Airs at: Fri, 02/15/2019 at 11:00am - 11:30am
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Pacific Underground interviews Duncan Ryuken Williams, author of American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War. Williams will be in town for a reading of his book Friday, February 15 @ 7pm at Powell's Cedar Hills Crossing.  "This groundbreaking histo... Read more

Yukiyo Kawano's threads of witness

Airs at: Fri, 02/01/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  What does it mean to make sense of the most horrific use of weapons of mass destruction on a civilian population, and how that effects us as human beings, much less if that specifically impacts our family tree?  For Yukiyo Kawano, this means letting ancestors interfere w... Read more


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