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.

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APA Compass: Mee Moua, Andrew Yeh
 

Episode Archive

APA Compass: Simon Tam, Alex Tizon, Sara Onitsuka

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APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 08/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
APA Compass: Simon Tam, Alex Tizon, Sara Onitsuka
For this episode of APA Compass:
  • Portland musician and TED Talk speaker Simon Tam tells us why the US Patent and Trademark Office will not allow him to trademark his band's name, "The Slants" and how he's responding.
  • 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".
  • 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.

APA Compass: Sandra Tsing Loh, Jean Kwok

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APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 07/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Sandra Tsing Loh, Jean Kwok
APA Compass features
  • Author and radio personality, Sandra Tsing Loh, tells us about her experiences navigating the ups and downs of menopause, including losing her desire to mother two her daughters.  Her latest book is "The Madwoman in the Volvo".
  • Acclaimed author Jean Kwok, whose latest novel "Mambo in Chinatown", describes a young woman who is struggling to reconcile the disparate worlds of working-class Chinatown and the professional ballroom dancing circuit.
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

APA Compass on 06/06/14

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APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 06/06/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to APA communities

APA Compass on 06/06/14

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 06/06/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to APA communities

APA Compass: Chang-Rae Lee, Marivi Soliven

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APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 06/06/2014 - 9:00am
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APA Compass: Chang-Rae Lee, Marivi Soliven
On the next APA Compass:
  • Award winning author, Chang-Rae Lee, describes his Asian-American heaven and his latest novel "On such a Full Sea".
  • Marivi Soliven explores the Filipina immigrant experience in her novel "The Mango Bride".

APA Compass: Jaideep Singh, Linda Ueki Absher

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Jaideep Singh, Linda Ueki Absher
On the next APA Compass:
  • Dr. Jaideep Singh, Scholar with UC Berkeley's Center of Race and Gender, discusses the severe bullying and harassment of Sikh-American children
  • Linda Ueki Absher, hipster librarian, presents her Angry APA Minute, Keep Portland White!
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

APA Compass: Anselmo Villanueva, Susan Choi, Kim Fu

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
APA Compass: Anselmo Villanueva, Susan Choi, Kim Fu
On Friday's APA Compass:
  • Anselmo Villanueva, Executive Director of the "Disorient Film Festival of Oregon", tells us what's up and coming in Asian-American film. 
  • Susan Choi, author of the novel "My Education", shares her secrets for writing about passion, obsession, and love.
  • Author Kim Fu explores culture and gender in her debut novel, For Today I Am A Boy.  
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

APA Compass: Ishmael Beah, Malinda Lo, Lyndee Mah

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APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 03/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Ishmael Beah, Malinda Lo, Lyndee Mah
On the next APA Compass:

APA Compass: Gene Yang, Andrew Lam, CHOPS

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APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 02/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Gene Yang, Andrew Lam, CHOPS
On Friday's APA Compass:
  • 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" writing, and the inspiration behind his latest creations, the companion novels "Boxers" and "Saints".
  • Producer and hip hop rapper CHOPS talks about his kickstarter campaign to produce a great album of amazing Asian-American musicians.
  • Award winning author and journalist Andrew Lam tells us why he cofounded New American Media.  "Birds of Paradise Lost" is his latest story collection on the Vietnamese disaspora.
APA Comp

APA Compass: Best of 2013

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 01/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
APA Compass: Best of 2013
APA Compass features selections from our best programming from 2013:
  • Comedian Jenny Yang, co-founder of the first-ever, all female, Asian American standup comedy tour, "Dis/orient/ed Comedy"
  • Film maker Vidyut Latay's documentary, "Beyond Silence" chronicles the lives of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in Mumbai India.  The film has won the Award of Merit for Short Documentary - Best Shorts Competition in LA Jolla, CA.
  • Professor Pinky Hota of Smith College speaks on women and violence, and the social uprising in India.
  • Stories from Japanese-American WWII veterans and camp internees, who recently came together in Portland to celebrate the veteran

Audio

Sara Onitsuka's Angry APA Minute

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APA Compass
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Fri, 09/03/2010

Sara Onitsuka submitted this "Eye-Opening" APA Minute.

  • Length: 5:09 minutes (7.67 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 208Kbps (VBR)

APA Compass Jean Kwok Girl in Translation

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APA Compass
program date: 
Fri, 08/06/2010

APA Compass' Liz Rogers interviews author Jean Kwok, whose novel, Girl in Translation, has been picked up as one of the books to read by Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine, and more.  It's story about loss of innocence, overcoming hardships, and love.
 

  • Length: 15:05 minutes (13.82 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass Ed Lin Snakes Cant Run

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APA Compass
program date: 
Fri, 08/06/2010

APA Compass' Andrew Yeh interviews Ed Lin, author of three novels: Waylaid, This is a Bust, and Snakes Can't Run.  His work has been awarded two Asian American Literary Members' Choice Awards, the Booklist Editor's choice and Top Ten First Novel, and a Publisher's Weekly's starred review.  The last two novels are a series starring a Chinese-American police officer in New York City's chinatown.
 

  • Length: 18:27 minutes (16.89 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass Deanna Fei A Thread of Sky

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APA Compass
program date: 
Fri, 08/06/2010

Kushlani de Soyza interviews author Deanna Fei. Fei's debut novel, A Thread of Sky, has received great praise from the New York Times and others.  It tells the story of six women from three generations who travel together to China to reconnect with their family history and strengthen their family ties.
 

  • Length: 15:51 minutes (14.52 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Interview with Jeff Chang

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APA Compass
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Fri, 07/02/2010

The full version of APA Compass' interview with author/activist Jeff Chang, author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation. Recorded in June 2010.

  • Length: 39:51 minutes (36.49 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Madhavi Bhasin on new social media in South Asia

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/07/2010

APA Compass features a converstion with Madhavi Bhasin, who studies new social media (such as Facebook and Twitter) affect politics and public opinion in South Asia.

  • Length: 13:45 minutes (12.59 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

White Christmas: A Rant (Angry APA Minute)

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/02/2010

Kushlani de Soyza sounds off on being racially profiled by "Santa Claus with a day job as a low-level federal bureaucrat."

The Postcolonial Citizen, Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt

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APA Compass
program date: 
Fri, 04/02/2010

APA Compass collective member Kushlani de Soyza talks with author Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt about her new book, The Postcolonial Citizen: The Intellectual Migrant.

I Am Asian American by students from Lane County's Rites of Passage

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APA Compass
program date: 
Thu, 08/06/2009

Last month we had a chance to meet students from the Pan Asian Rites of Passage program in Lane County, OR. During this month's program, APA Compass aired the audio from the video I Am Asian American by Jia Ming Chen & Eugenia. This is the audio we played. Click here for the original video.

What is the meaning of home? An audio postcard

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APA Compass
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Thu, 08/06/2009

Recently, APA Compass took a trip to a local Asian mall to talk to local community members about their ideas about home, homeland politics and maintaining those connections.

Playlists

APA Compass playlist for 09/04/2009

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Program name: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
09/04/2009
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

Program name: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
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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