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: Sandra Tsing Loh, Jean Kwok

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APA Compass
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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
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Fri, 06/06/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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
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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

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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
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Fri, 03/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Ishmael Beah, Malinda Lo, Lyndee Mah
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APA Compass: Gene Yang, Andrew Lam, CHOPS

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APA Compass
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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.
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APA Compass: Best of 2013

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APA Compass
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Fri, 01/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

APA Compass: Justice and the Arts

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/06/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Justice and the Arts
On this Friday's APA Compass: Justice and the Arts
  • 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.
  • Vanita Gupta, ACLU deputy director, speaks of her efforts to improve the racial inequities of the criminal justice system.
  • Filmmaker Vu Pham talks about his family circumstances which led him to write and direct the film, "Sway of the Knife."
  • In this end of the year edition of "Heart2Heart with Ka", Ka sp

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Environmental Justice for APAs and communities of color

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APA Compass
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Thu, 06/05/2008

This month APA Compass explored the topic of race and environmental justice
including an interview with Julie Sze, environmental justice advocate,
Assistant Professor of American Studies at UC Davis and director of the
Environmental Justice Project for UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment.
The program will also include a live roundtable discussion with local
environmental justice activists Alan Hipolito, Chris Winter, Kevin
O'Dell & Marcelo Bonta. And as always another edition of the Angry
APA Minute, this month featuring hip hop artist Skim.

Mixed Race Identity

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APA Compass
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Thu, 05/01/2008

This month we're exploring mixed-race identity. Patti Duncan interviews award-winning author, filmmaker
and performer Kip Fullbeck and then hosts a roundtable discussion with local mixed-race community
members Anita Rogers, Joseph Lyons and Michael Osuna. And another Angry APA Minute with
Rigel Byrum-Ridge.

  • Title: Mixed Race Identity
  • Length: 54:29 minutes (18.71 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 48Kbps (CBR)

Margaret Cho, Jason Mak from the DisOrient Film Festival, Dengue Fever and Sarita See

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APA Compass
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Thu, 04/03/2008

An edited version of our membership drive program. Liz Rogers caught up with Margaret Cho on tour with her new show Beautiful; Executive Director Jason Mak talks about the 2008 DisOrient Film Festival taking place in Eugene; Patti Duncan interviews Chom Nimol and Ethan Holtzman from the Cambodian pop band Dengue Fever and Sarita See shares her Angry APA Minute.

IWD Special: Examining Violence against Asian and APA women

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APA Compass
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Thu, 03/06/2008

In this special International Women's Day edition, APA Compass examined violence against Asian and APA women. Includes interviews with Sarita See, author of Trying Whiteness: Media Representations of the 1996 Okinawa Rape Trial; Fareen Ramji from New York's Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project; and Lam Phan from the API Women and Family Safety Center. Also the Angry APA Minute featuring Margaret Cho.

Asian Pacific American women speak of feminism and racism

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APA Compass
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Thu, 01/31/2008

This month the topic is APA women and activism. Hear an interview with author, lifelong anti-racist activist and feminist Grace Lee Boggs and a live discussion with representatives from the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and Korean American author Hellie Lee. And another installment of the Angry APA Minute.

Highlights from past APA Compass programs

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APA Compass
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Thu, 01/03/2008

Our special new year edition includes excerpts and highlights from past APA Compass programs. A great sampling of the range of topics and guests that we cover, including interviews, roundtable discussions, audio postcards, Angry APA Minute and many more.

Paper Cuts, poet Tung-Hui Hu and the Angry APA Minute

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Thu, 12/06/2007

"Living in this country as a minority is like dying of a thousand paper cuts." -  Margaret Cho.

This month APA Compass members share the stories of their own "paper cuts." Also, a reading by San Francisco poet Tung-Hui Hu, and another installment of the Angry APA Minute.

Religion in Asian America

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APA Compass
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Fri, 09/07/2007

APA Compass collective member Marie Lo speaks with Professor Jane Naomi Iwamura about the diversity of Asian American religious practices.

Criminalization of Immigration - Part 2

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APA Compass
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Thu, 05/31/2007

APA Compass for June features part one of a two part series on immigration and the criminal justice system and how it is affecting our communities. Guests include Many Uch, who was featured in the documentary, "Sentenced Home," and Doua Thor, executive director of the Southeast Asian Action Resource Center. And Chihiro presents this month's Angry Asian Minute.

Playlists

APA Compass playlist for 09/04/2009

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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

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APA Compass
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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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