APA Compass

APA Compass is a collectively produced public affairs program.  Our mission is to provide a forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to Asian Pacific American (APA) communities; to unite, politicize and empower APAs; to raise awareness of social and economic justice issues; to highlight the parallels and intersections between APA experiences and the experiences of other groups; to provide media access, mentorship and training to APAs; to promote APA art and culture; to challenge racist representations and to enable APAs to define themselves. 

We welcome your comments and feedback. Like us or leave us a message at APA Compass Radio on Facebook.  For an index of past podcasts, visit apaCompass.wordpress.com.

Episode Archive

APA Compass on 08/03/12

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Fri, 08/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass Annual Summer Music Show

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, August 3, 2012, at 9 AM.  In our annual summer music show, we feature interviews with

  • Kiran Ahluwalia, an award winning singer of ancient Persian and Punjabi Ghazals;
  • Herb Ohta, Jr., the Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso who visits with us and local elementary students ; and
  • Bhi Bhiman, an exciting new singer songwriter from San Francisco, who's creating cross-cultural folk music.

Please join us on APA Compass, Friday at 9 AM.

APA Compass on 07/06/12

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Fri, 07/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass with Hari Kondabolu and John Jung

APA Compass is the Pacific NW's only Asian Pacific American public affairs radio program.  This Friday, we feature an interview with the comedian and community organizer Hari Kondabolu, who blends comedy and activism in his extremely entertaining style.  Also, John Jung, author of Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants, tells us about how he and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek both grew up in the same small Georgia town.

Please tune into APA Compass, Friday July 6, 2012 at 9 AM.

APA Compass on 06/01/12

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Fri, 06/01/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, June 1, 2012, at 9 AM.  We feature interviews with investigative reporter Gregory Nokes, who reveals the story of the murder of 31 or 34 Chinese gold miners in Eastern Oregon; Dilruba Ahmed, award winning author of collection of poems "Dhaka Dust"; Anne Cherian, author of "The Invitation"; and Congresswoman Judy Chu, who speaks about the glass ceiling in gove

APA Compass on 05/04/12

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Fri, 05/04/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Kilong Ung, Anupama Jain, Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Kilong Ung shares emotional stories of how he survived the Khmer Rouge genocide and what he did for revenge. Anupama Jain tells us about how the city of Schenectady, New York was actively recruiting Indo-Guyanese into their city, saying “Quite frankly, you’re an opportunity for us. We are very much looking for a new ethnic group.”   We also interview Samhita Mukhopadhyay, feminist blogger and author of "Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life."  Tune in to APA Compass, the Pacific NW's only Asian Pacific American public affairs radio program.

APA Compass on 04/06/12

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Fri, 04/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, April 6, 2012, at 9 A.M.  We'll have a provocative roundtable discussion about the Coalition of Communities of Color's "Unsettling Report" on the Asian Pacific Islander Community in Multnomah County.  Surprisingly, the local API community is worse off than that of Seattle or the nation, and we'll discuss why with Prof. Ann Curry-Stevens, June Arima Schumann, and Rev.

APA Compass on 03/02/12

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Fri, 03/02/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Amy Chua, Thanhha Lai, Goldann Salazar, Musa Ahmed

We feature: The Tiger Mom (and Yale Law professor) Amy Chua, who instigated a worldwide parenting debate with her book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother"; Thanhha Lai, whose book "Inside Out and Back Again" based on her life as a ten-year-old immigrant won the Newbery Honor and National Book Award; and Goldann Salazar and Musa Ahmed, who share autobiographical stories from their performance of "Race Monologues" at Lewis and Clark College.

APA Compass on 02/03/12

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Fri, 02/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, February 3, 2012, at 9 A.M. We feature

APA Compass on 01/06/12

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Fri, 01/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Best of 2011

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, January 6, 2012, at 9 A.M. for our "Best of 2011" program. We feature interviews with YouTube phenomeon Jimmy Wong, 200m world champion and paralympic ambassador Anjali Forber-Pratt, and visual artist Sharon Inahara. Local youth share reflections on Vincent Chin in a segment from our APA Popwatch series. And, our popular "Angry APA Minute" series continues with the stories of Simon Young, Purvi Shah, and Sarika Mehta.

APA Compass is the Pacific Northwest’s Only Asian Pacific American public affairs radio show. Each month, our collective focuses on issues relevant to APA communities and features an Angry APA minute where listeners like you can sound off.

APA Compass on 08/05/11

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Fri, 08/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Annual summer music show on APA Compass

Today is the APA Compass annual summer music show! We'll feature Jimmy Wong, Rupa of Rupa and the April Fishes and Lola Fair and Baby J.

APA Compass on 02/04/11

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Fri, 02/04/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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API Pride, acid violence and the documentary Finding Face, and more

We talk with the community organization API Pride about their upcoming Lunar New Year's Banquet, and interview professor Patti Duncan about her documentary “Finding Face,” which documents the controversial case of Tat Marina, a young woman who was attacked with acid in 1999. There's also another edition of Pop Watch, looking at Asian Pacific Americans in the media, and another Angry APA Minute.

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APA Compass Angry APA Minute: Sara Onitsuka on college applications

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Fri, 08/01/2014
Sara Onitsuka explains her college application quandary in her latest Angry APA Minute.

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.
  • Length: 5:55 minutes (5.42 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: Alex Tizon, author of Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self

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Fri, 08/01/2014
Pulitzer Prize winner, Alex Tizon, explores and punctures stereotypes of the Asian-American male identity in his book, "Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self".

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.
  • Length: 20:33 minutes (18.81 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: Malinda Lo, author of "Inheritance"

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Fri, 03/07/2014
Malinda Lo started writing because she just wanted to be the hero of her own story. She’s now the author of four acclaimed young adult novels, including the science fiction thriller, "Inheritance".

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.
  • Length: 13:20 minutes (12.21 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: Gene Luen Yang, author of Boxers & Saints

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Fri, 02/07/2014

Gene Luen Yang writes and illustrates award winning graphic novels for adults and kids.  He tells us about the controversy surrounding his most viewed "The Last Airbender" comic, and about the inspiration behind his latest companion novels, "Boxers" and "Saints".

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.
  • Length: 12:05 minutes (11.07 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: Andrew Lam, author of Birds of Paradise Lost

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Fri, 02/07/2014
Award winning author and journalist Andrew Lam tells us why he cofounded New American Media, which is a coalition of thousands of ethnic media outlets.  His fiction and non-fiction writings, including "Birds of Paradise Lost", explore the interactions between the east and the west. 

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.
  • Length: 17:21 minutes (15.88 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: CHOPS, producer of Strength In Numbers

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Fri, 02/07/2014
Producer and hip hop rapper CHOPS talks about how the music scene has changed in recent years, and his kickstarter campaign to produce a great album of amazing Asian-American musicians.

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.
  • Length: 9:53 minutes (9.06 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: Simon Tam on The Slants' trademark case

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Fri, 12/06/2013
Musician Simon Tam describes his ongoing legal action to trademark his band's name, "The Slants."  The US Patent and Trademark Office denied his applications on the grounds that the word is offensive, though approved hundred of other trademarks containing the same word.

Interviewed by Anna Preble.  Produced by Anna Preble and Andrew Yeh.  Music is "Sour Love" by The Slants.

APA Compass: Vu Pham, director of Sway of the Knife

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Fri, 12/06/2013
Filmmaker Vu Pham talks about his family circumstances which led him to write and direct the film, "Sway of the Knife."

Interviewed by Dao Strom and Andrew Yeh.  Produced by Andrew Yeh.  Music by Dao Strom.
  • Length: 15:28 minutes (14.15 MB)
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APA Compass: Author and Musician Dao Strom

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Fri, 11/01/2013
Musician Dao Strom plays from her latest creation - "We Were Meant to be a Gentle People" - a hybrid music CD and chapbook, inspired by her Vietnamese-American family's experiences.

Interviewed and produced by Andrew Yeh.
  • Length: 12:54 minutes (11.8 MB)
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Searchlight Serenade: Amy Uyeki, Chickie Ishihara White

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Fri, 10/04/2013
Japanese-American World War II Nisei Soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service were recently celebrated in Portland, Oregon. This tribute included bringing together the honored veterans from Oregon and Washington, the Congressional Gold Medal, screenings of "Honor and Sacrifice: The Roy Matsumoto Story" and "Searchlight Serenade", and the Minidoka Swing Band.

This podcast features:

  • Amy Uyeki's documentary "Searchlight Serenade: Big Bands in the WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camps" explores how music was used to restore a sense of normalcy to the internees.
  • Former camp singer Chickie Ishihara White relates her family's internment era experiences.
The companion podcast features:
  • An audio postcard from the Congressional Gold Medal celebration.
  • Medal recipients Shige Imai and Roy Matsumoto explain their very different roles as Japanese-American soldiers in the US military during WWII.

Many thanks to event organizers, the Oregon Nikkei Endowment and the Oregon History Museum. Interviewed and produced by Andrew Yeh and Anna Preble.

Playlists

APA Compass playlist for 09/04/2009

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ArtistTitleAlbumLink
Betty SooWhisper My NameHeat Sin Water Skinwww.bettysoo.com
Betty SooNever The Pretty GirlHeat Sin Water Skinwww.bettysoo.com
Betty SooNever Knew No LoveHeat Sin Water Skinwww.bettysoo.com
GirlymanKittery TideEverything's Easywww.girlyman.com
GirlymanSomewhere Different NowEverything's Easywww.girlyman.com
GirlymanEasy Bake OvensEverything's Easywww.girlyman.com
Thao with the Get Down Stay DownBag of HammersKnow Better, Learn Fasterwww.myspace.com
Exit ClovViolent BerriesRespond, Respondexitclov.com
Alice TongTrySmallwww.myspace.com
Marie DigbyUnfoldBreathing Underwaterwww.youtube.com
Melissa PolinarSing To Mewww.myspace.com
Judith HillSwitchin' Upwww.judithhillmusic.com

 Here's the playlist for the 2009 APA Compass music show. Check out our podcasts here at www.kboo.fm/apacompass, and if you have ideas for stories or an Angry APA Minute, email us at apacompass@gmail.com

APA Compass playlist for 08/01/2008

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08/01/2008
ArtistTitleAlbum
Ananda ShankarStreets of Calcutta
JJ MagazineDaniel Burnham
Pink MartiniBukra Wba'DoHey Eugene!
The SlantsStrangleholdSlanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts
Dengue FeverOne Thousand Tears of a Tarantula
Animal FarmThe Show Must Go On
Rupa & the April FishesMaintenant
Asian Dub FoundationJericho

APA Compass's Annual summer music special featuring a wide variety of Asian and Asian Pacific American artists.

 

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