Pacific Underground

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Airs at: Fri, 12/28/2018 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 pacificunderground@kboo.org. No experience necessary. 

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The Only Islander in the Room

Airs at: Fri, 03/23/2018 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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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. to join Lilian and other Pacific Islander storytellers Saturday evening 3/24 at the High ... Read more

Remembering Quanice Hayes

Airs at: Fri, 03/02/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  On February 16th, Whitenoise Project held an event in memory of Quanice Hayes, one year and a week after he was shot and killed by police. Join Pacific Underground as we replay some of the recorded audio from that event and talk about the connections between art and acti... Read more

Joe Jiang on the Jade District Stories

Airs at: Fri, 02/23/2018 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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As part of his 2016 and 2018 Jade-Midway Placemaking Project, Jade District Stories, local filmmaker and Slants band member Joe X. Jiang interviewed over a dozen business owners in the Jade District about their place in the district and its history. This week join the Paci... Read more

Lunar New Year - Year of the Dog

Airs at: Fri, 02/02/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Lunar New Year is often referred to as Chinese New Years here in the United States, which erases the fact that many Asian cultures bring in the New Year according to the Lunar Calendar. Being lumped together as one big "Asian" demographic also means that many people assu... Read more

Ashamed of being Asian and embracing identity

Airs at: Fri, 01/26/2018 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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  Until a few months ago, Nadya Okamoto was ashamed of being Asian but didn't really realize it. We talk to her about how her upbringing in New York and Portland affected how she viewed herself and how a recent run for city council brought her identity issues to light. We ... Read more

Pacific Underground on 01/05/18

Airs at: Fri, 01/05/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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A Look Back at 2017

Airs at: Fri, 12/22/2017 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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It's been a tumultuous year for the US in 2017 and here at Pacific Underground, we've been trying to hold it down on API stories and experiences. We each picked a clip from episodes in 2017 and we talked about them and reflected on the changes to our country and ourselves i... Read more

Talking eastern Oregon with Justin Chin

Airs at: Fri, 12/01/2017 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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For many API who call Portland home, eastern Oregon is a rarely visted or talked about part of our homestate. Producer Tabitha Teo spoke with Justin Chin about his experience of living in small town eastern Oregon and what it is to build community in a place where you don't... Read more

Nobuko Miyamoto on creating Asian American resistance music

Airs at: Fri, 11/24/2017 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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This month's theme is about resistance and we're talking to artist and activist A'misa Chiu and musician and member of Yellow Pearl, Nobuko Miyamoto about her music and activism! Yellow Pearl was the first band to use the term "Asian American" to describe their identity and... Read more

Photographer Celeste Noche on media and freelancing

Airs at: Fri, 11/03/2017 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Local editorial and lifestyle photographer Celeste Noche joins us in studio to talk about representation in media, freelancing, and her project Portland in Color.  http://www.celestenoche.com Read more