Pacific Underground

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Airs at: Fri, 10/26/2018 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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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

Musician Matt Dorrien talks music and identity

Airs at: Fri, 10/27/2017 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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  Musician Matt Dorrien, formerly known as Snowblind Traveler, talks to us about his music and his experience as a Filipino-American. He also gives us a special in-studio concert on the ol' KBOO piano.  Read more

Pacific Underground meets Whitenoise Project and GABRIELA Portland!

Airs at: Fri, 10/06/2017 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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According to Wikipedia, Filipino-American Heritage Month, has been celebrated since 1988.  If it has been around nearly 3 decades, then why don't many people-API-identified or otherwise-- seem to know about it or acknowledge it? This month we're centering Filipinx voices i... Read more

An interview with Stacey Tran

Airs at: Fri, 09/22/2017 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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  As a part of KBOO's  News and Public Affairs Day, Pacific Underground will be interviewing local writer Stacey Tran. She curates Tender Table and her writing can be found in diaCRITICS, The Fanzine, Gramma, and The Volta. Wendy's Subway released her first chapbook, Fake ... Read more

Leaving Portland with writer Zahir Janmohamed

Airs at: Fri, 09/01/2017 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Portland can be a stressful place to live for people of color. POC who have moved here are often met with a feeling of being unwelcomed that stems from our state's historically racist founding. Writer Zahir Janmohamed's recent piece in the Portland Mercury talks about hi... Read more

Interview with Artist Alex Chiu

Airs at: Fri, 08/25/2017 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Portland artist Alex Chiu joins us to talk about his recent work and what inspires his latest style.  Read more