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

Atul Gawande, Eric Liu, Elaine Cha

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
December APA Compass

It's our last episode of APA Compass for 2014! Don't miss this winter membership drive special! We're featuring:

APA Compass on 11/07/14

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to APA communities

APA Compass on 10/03/14

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 10/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to APA communities

APA Compass: Mee Moua, Andrew Yeh

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 09/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
APA Compass: Mee Moua, Andrew Yeh
For this espisode of APA Compass:
  • Learn about the upcoming Jade Night Markets sponsored by APANO and Portland's Jade District.
  • Mee Moua, president of Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), tells us what Asian-Americans can do to ensure fair representation in politics.
  • In this send-off interview, APA Compass collective member, Andrew Yeh, shares his favorite moments and memories from his tenure. We thank him for his contributions and wish him the best in his future adventures! 
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

APA Compass: Simon Tam, Alex Tizon, Sara Onitsuka

Program: 
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

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 07/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

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 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

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 06/06/2014 - 9:00am
Short Description: 
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

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 05/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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.

Audio

Culture Clash at the 7-11

program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
Thu, 07/31/2008

In the process of buying a bottle of Aquafina, Kushlani de Soyza defies the expectations of a convenience-store clerk.

Exploration of the Japanese American Internment experience

program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
Thu, 07/03/2008

This month, APA Compass looks at the Japanese American internment experience including an audio postcard from the Oregon State University commencement where former Japanese American internees were given honorary degrees, a discussion with members of the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center about their experiences at camp and another edition of the Angry APA Minute.

Environmental Justice for APAs and communities of color

Categories:
program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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

Categories:
program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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

program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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

program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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

Categories:
program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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

program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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

Categories:
program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
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

program: 
APA Compass
program date: 
Fri, 09/07/2007

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

Playlists

APA Compass playlist for 09/04/2009

Categories:
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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