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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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

Matt Dorrien: Live Music on KBOO

Airs at: Fri, 10/27/2017 at 9:15am - 9:30am
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Pianist Matt Dorrien performed live for the Pacific Underground show - October 27, 2017. To hear the full show, please visit https://kboo.fm/media/61357-musician-matt-dorrien-talks-music-and-identity  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

Jacob Bureros of Direct Action Alliance

Airs at: Fri, 08/04/2017 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jacob Bureros of Direct Action Alliance joins us in studio for another converstaion about sustainable activism, fighting facism, and life in Portland. Read more

An Interview with D Pei Wu

Airs at: Fri, 07/28/2017 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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  Our interview with organizer D Pei Wu is finally here for your ears! D is an organizer and former head of Jobs with Justice in Portland. We talk to them to find out about their journey in organizing and find out why the labor movement is important to them.  Read more

Calling out facism and calling in activism

Airs at: Fri, 07/07/2017 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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We speak with activist Jacob Alejandro from Direct Action Alliance to talk about calling out facism in a time of divisive politics and divided communities. How do we sustain activism and how do we call communities together to fight white supremacy? We also talk about how t... Read more

Activism, resistance, and some poetry

Airs at: Fri, 06/23/2017 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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  How do we sustain activism and resistance in a time where political division and bigotry have become the norm? In our continuing exploration of finding sustainable answers, we talk to activist D Pei Wu about their work and try to get some insight about what path towards ... Read more