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: Jo Ogden, Dao Strom, Ping Khaw-Sutherland, heart2heart with Ka

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Fri, 11/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Jo Ogden, Dao Strom, Ping Khaw-Sutherland, heart2heart with Ka
Please tune in to APA Compass on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 9am:
  • Historian Jo Ogden, describes the Punjabi community which thrived in Astoria, Oregon around 1900, and explains the leading role they played among the Punjabi diaspora.
  • 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.  Listen to the podcast.
  • "Heart2Heart with Ka" features a holiday message.
  • Ping Khaw-Sutherland, artist and president of the APA Chamber of Commerce (APACC), tells the story of the Baba-Nyonya culture and her life motivation.

APA Compass on 10/04/13

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APA Compass
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Fri, 10/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to APA communities

APA Compass on 09/06/13

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Fri, 09/06/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Atsuko Okatsuka, Thuy Tran, Laetitia Thomas, heart2heart

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, September 5, 2012, at 9 A.M. 

  • Atsuko Okatsuka, co-founder of the all-female APA comedy group dis/orient/ed, speaks about the challenges of being an Asian-American in entertainment.
  • Local community organizer, Dr. Thuy Tran, encourages more Asian-Americans to find their political voice.
  • This installment of "heart2heart with Ka" features back-to-school tips
  • Laetitia Thomas presents an audio tribute to APA Compass co-founder, Afifa Ahmed Shafi

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

APA Compass on 08/02/13

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Fri, 08/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Media missteps, Heart2Heart with Ka, Jean Kwok

APA Compass introduces our newest collective member and features two prominent media missteps involving Asians and Asian-Americans:

APA Compass on 07/05/13

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Fri, 07/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Linda Tamura and Vidut Latay

Today, APA Compass features two silenced stories:  

Professor Linda Tamura, author of "Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River".  She explains the national notoriety which Hood River, Oregon, received after WWII, and how and why she broke the code of silence surrounding the situation.

APA Compass on 06/07/13

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Fri, 06/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass features APA authors

We feature interviews with several APA authors in this month's APA Compass program.

APA Compass on 05/03/13

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/03/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Sara Onitsuka, Jenny Yang, Salina Yoon, Eddie Huang, Ann Wetherell


Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, May 3, 2013 at 9 AM.  We feature
* An APA Call to Action from Grant High School student Sara Onitsuka on proposed cuts to next year's Japanese program
* Comedian Jenny Yang, co-founder of the first-ever, all female, Asian American standup comedy tour, "Dis/orient/ed Comedy"
* Award-winning children's author, Salina Yoon, who explains why her work is the antithesis of electronic books

APA Compass on 04/05/13

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Fri, 04/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ann Wetherell's Flying Tigers, Linda Ueki Absher's Hapa For Hire, Kiran Ahluwalia

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, April 5, 2013 at 9 AM.  We feature segments with

* Professor Ann Wetherell tells us why Portland had an unusually large number of Chinese-American pilots in the early 1900s.  Professor Wetherell is the curator of "Flying Tigers: Chinese American Aviators in Oregon, 1918-1945"

* Award winning Kiran Ahluwalia entertains with her ancient Persian and Punjabi Ghazals

* Linda Ueki Absher sounds off in her Angry APA Minute, "Hapa For Hire"

APA Compass on 03/01/13

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Fri, 03/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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International Women's Day Episode
In recognition of International Women's Day, APA Compass features three interviews on women's issues.  Sonia Faleiro, author of Beautiful Thing, explains the culture of Bombay's Dance Bars and the recent social uprising around women's rights in India.  Professor Pinky Hota of Smith College speaks on women and violence.  Professor Patti Duncan tells

APA Compass on 02/01/13

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Fri, 02/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Race Monologues, Baratunde Thurston, Merlyna Lim

Today's APA Compass program features
* The Race Monologues of six Lewis and Clark students: Camille Christie, Raymond Fenton, Jasmine Graze, David Jenkins, Guadalupe Triana, and Tony Zamora
* Comedian Baratunde Thurston on technology, race, and politics
* Arizona State professor Merlyna Lim on how minority voices use social media to organize

Audio

APA Compass: Comedian Jenny Yang

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/03/2013

Writer and comedian Jenny Yang’s live performances draw from her experiences as an immig­rant, Asian American and recov­ering overa­chiever. Jenny co-founded the first-ever all female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Dis/orient/ed Comedy, which highlights the powerful and funny voices of diverse talent: a Japanese former import car model, a high-energy South Asian transgender boi, and an Egyptian-American female grouch. Interviewed by Luann Algoso, produced by Luann Algoso and Andrew Yeh. 

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media. Our archives are at apaCompass.wordpress.com.  If you have a story idea or would like to contribute, leave us a message on our Facebook page, APA Compass Radio.

  • Length: 18:58 minutes (17.37 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: Kushlani's May PopWatch

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/03/2013

In this month's PopWatch segment, Kushlani takes on racism in a recent Chevy ad and discusses the latest news about Lela Lee's Angry Little Girls comic strip and Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin. 

Post-show edit from Kushlani: Someone just asked me why "ching chong" and "Fu Manchu" are actually racist and not just dumb and dated ways to describe Chinese people. In a nutshell, both terms have been used for a century or so to stereotype people of Chinese descent as incomprehensible, strange and un-American. "Ching chong" is nothing less than a racist taunt used to humiliate and marginalize people of Chinese and other East and Southeast Asian heritage. It's no joke, and that's all there is to it. Thanks for listening!

PopWatch is a regular APA Compass feature on representations of Asian Pacific Americans in the mass media and pop culture.

Linda Ueki Absher's Angry APA Minute "Hapa For Hire"

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Fri, 04/05/2013

Linda Ueki Absher sounds off in her Angry APA Minute, "Hapa For Hire".

Produced by Andrew Yeh

Ann Wetherell and the "Flying Tigers: Chinese American Aviators in Oregon, 1918-1945"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/05/2013

Professor Ann Wetherell tells us why Portland had an unusually large number of Chinese-American pilots in the early 1900s. Professor Wetherell is the curator of “Flying Tigers: Chinese American Aviators in Oregon, 1918-1945″.

Interviewed and produced by Andrew Yeh.

Patti Duncan's documentary on acid violence, "Finding Face"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 03/01/2013

Professor Patti Duncan on her documentary film "Finding Face", the story of survivor Tat Marina and the rise and decline of acid violence against Cambodian women.

Interviewed by Sarika Mehta.  Produced by Sarika Mehta and Andrew Yeh.

Sonia Faleiro author of "Beautiful Thing" on women's rights in India

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APA Compass
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Fri, 03/01/2013

Sonia Faleiro, author of Beautiful Thing, explains the culture of Bombay's Dance Bars and the recent social uprising around women's rights in India.

Interviewed and produced by Andrew Yeh.

Pinky Hota on women and violence and the social uprising in India

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APA Compass
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Fri, 03/01/2013

Anthropology Professor Pinky Hota of Smith College speaks on women and violence and also about the social uprising in India.

Interviewed and produced by Kushlani de Soyza.

 

 

 

APA Compass: Merlyna Lim on minority voices in social media

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APA Compass
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Wed, 02/06/2013
Arizona State professor Merlyna Lim on how minority voices use social media to organize

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.
  • Length: 10:08 minutes (9.27 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: Race Monologues from the Lewis and Clark Multicultural Symposium

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APA Compass
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Wed, 02/06/2013

"The Race Monologues" are the popular student production and a highlight of the Lewis and Clark Multicultural Symposium.  We feature recordings of six of the performers: Camille Christie, Raymond Fenton, Jasmine Graze, David Jenkins, Guadalupe Triana, and Tony Zamora.

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.
  • Length: 26:17 minutes (24.06 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: APAs and Politics Roundtable

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APA Compass
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Fri, 11/02/2012

Kushlani de Soyza hosts a roundtable discussion with local APA leaders, Helen Ying and Joseph Santos-Lyons.  We discuss some of the issues relevant to APAs in Oregon and nationally, such as changing demographics, voting rights, and economic and racial justice.

  • Length: 27:26 minutes (23.6 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 120Kbps (ABR)

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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