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: International Women's Day Special

Airs at: Wed, 03/08/2017 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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What does it mean to be an Asian woman in America in 2017? In this special Interntional Women's Day episode, the women of Pacific Underground explore what the Asian American experience for women in a time when gender expression, identity, and sex are being defined more flui... Read more

Pacific Underground - Live - On Mental Health

Airs at: Fri, 03/03/2017 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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In this uncharacteristically early morning episode (yes, we consider 9am early, and yes, we're making this a recurring thing!), we have musician and artist Jason Chu on mic guest hosting LIVE!  We'll also be having two other guests on the show to share some of their journe... Read more

Problematic Favorites

Airs at: Fri, 02/24/2017 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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We all have a problematic favorite or two. It's those movies that we knew were racist or problematic but there's something about it that you can't help but like it anyway. We're talking about all those problematic favorites that make up our American media, from childhood st... Read more

Immigration; Anti-Asian Propaganda: Then And Now

Airs at: Fri, 02/03/2017 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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In this special bonus episode of Pacific Underground, we discuss the recent impact created by Trump's executive orders on immigration on immigrant communities and speak with advocates to see how people are fighting to protect people in vulnerable positions. Immigration atto... Read more

Douglas Choi of PUGS; The Slants go to the Supreme Court

Airs at: Fri, 01/27/2017 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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  This month we're feeling the effects of living in Trumpland so we're bringing you interviews that inspire us to reach out and speak out for our community. First, producer Tabitha Teo speaks with Portland Underground Grad School (PUGS) founder, Douglas Tsoi. They talk abo... Read more

Pacific Underground on 12/23/16

Airs at: Fri, 12/23/2016 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! Artwork of Yellow Pearl by A'misa Chiu. For more info on Nobuko Miyamoto, check out this video... Read more

Scot Nakagawa of Race Files

Airs at: Fri, 11/25/2016 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Where do we go from here? This is a question we've been asking ourselves a lot since the results of the presidential election were announced. To help give us some understanding about how we move forward in fighting oppression, we spoke with anti-fascist activist Scot Nakaga... Read more

Fitting-in (rebroadcast)

Airs at: Fri, 10/28/2016 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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This month we're bringing you something from our archives, from all the way back in February 2016. In this month’s episode of Pacific Underground, we address the topic of fitting-in. We interview Albert Nguyen about his experience of growing up in Minnesota and being an art... Read more

Pacific Underground on 09/23/16

Airs at: Fri, 09/23/2016 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Thirst - Our August Theme

Airs at: Fri, 08/26/2016 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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For the last month of summer, Pacific Underground is presenting 4 different segments around the theme "THIRST": Alan Montecillo talks about thirst for revenge in a piece about Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Pamela Santos unpacks the way Asian bodies are racialized,... Read more