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: Anselmo Villanueva, Susan Choi, Kim Fu

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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
On the next APA Compass:

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

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

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APA Compass
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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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APA Compass
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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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APA Compass
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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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APA Compass
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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.

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Sara Onitsuka's Japan Reflections: An APA Minute on APA Compass

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APA Compass
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Fri, 10/05/2012

In this Asian-Pacific Islander-American Minute, high school student Sara Onitsuka reflects on her home stay in Sapporo, Japan, and shares what she and her host family learned from each other. 

Produced by Andrew Yeh.

Bhi Bhiman: Vintage Blues

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Fri, 08/03/2012

Sri Lankan American blues singer, Bhi Bhiman, released his second album, Bhiman, this past January. Born in St. Louis, MO, he currently resides in San Francisco, CA. His unique style is influenced by Blind Blake, Nina Simone and others. Sarika Mehta spoke with him in Washington, DC, while he was on tour. This interview features three songs: Time Heals, Kimchee Line and Guttersnipe

 

  • Title: Bhi Bhiman
  • Length: 13:50 minutes (6.33 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Kiran Ahluwalia: Fusing Ghazals

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Fri, 08/03/2012

Ghazal singer, Kiran Ahluwalia, released her fifth album, Aam Zameen: Common Ground, last year. This won her second Juno award for Best World Music Album. Kiran's musical style is known for fusing other music with ghazals, such as Portuguese fado and Tuareg blues. The infamous cover of Mustt Mustt in collaboration with the Malian blues group, Tinariwen, also gained much fame over the past year. Sarika Mehta spoke with Kiran at her home in New York City, while she was on a short break from her European tour. This interview features three songs: Matadjem, Rabba Ru, and Mustt Mustt

  • Title: Kiran Ahluwalia
  • Length: 21:49 minutes (19.97 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

'Ukulele master Herb Ohta, Jr.

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/03/2012

During his west coast tour, the funny and talented Herb Ohta, Jr. recently visited Portland for an 'ukulele concert, educational outreach, and master classes.  APA Compass caught up with him and had the pleasure of sitting down for an interview after his elementary school concert.  Many thanks to the Kiako Foundation for arranging Herb's visit and our interview.  Interviewed and produced by Andrew Yeh. 

  • Length: 15:59 minutes (14.64 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

John Jung, author of Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants

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APA Compass
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Fri, 07/06/2012

John Jung tells us about his family's Chinese-American immigrant experience, as the sole Chinese family in a small Georgia town and about his unexpected brush with history and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek.  He is the author of four books exploring how Chinese-American immigrants made it in this country, including his memoir, Southern Fried Rice, and his latest, Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants. Interviewed and produced by Andrew Yeh.

Comedian Hari Kondabolu

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APA Compass
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Fri, 07/06/2012

Comedian Hari Kondabolu has appeared on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2007. He recently joined the writing team for FX Network's Totally Biased. While he was touring the Pacific Northwest, he joined Sarika Mehta in the KBOO studios to discuss his style of political humor: fighting stereotypes while still gaining a wider audience in comedy. 

  • Title: Hari Kondabolu
  • Length: 28:56 minutes (24.82 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 119Kbps (ABR)

Dilruba Ahmed: Dhaka Dust

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/01/2012

Sarika Mehta spoke with Bangladeshi American poet, Dilruba Ahmed, about her debut collection, "Dhaka Dust." "Dhaka Dust" won the 2010 Bakeless Literary prize for poetry, which honors new authors of literary works in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

  • Title: Dilruba Ahmed
  • Length: 14:18 minutes (13.1 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Greg Nokes, author of Massacred for Gold, The Chinese in Hells Canyon

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/01/2012

Gregory Nokes, former reporter and editor for The Associated Press and The Oregonian, is the author of "Massacred for Gold:  The Chinese in Hell's Canyon", which documents the robbery and murder of as many as 34 Chinese gold miners on May 25, 1887.  This is more than just the story of a hideous crime, it's also the story of a cover-up which lasted more than a century, and of how the passion and persistence of Gregory Nokes rescued the tale from the almost forgotten shadows of the Oregon history.  A memorial to the miners will be dedicated at Chinese Massacre Cove during the Chinese Remebering Conference, June 21-22, 2012 in Lewiston, Idaho.  Interviewed and produced by Andrew Yeh.

 

PopWatch: No, Ashton Kutcher, Brownface is Not OK

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/04/2012

 Kushlani de Soyza critiques the latest examples of Asian and Asian-American representation in advertising. Who thought putting Ashton Kutcher in brownface was a good idea? We also take a look at stereotypes that underpin recent New Balance and Intel commercials featuring APAs.

Anupama Jain: How to be South Asian in America

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/04/2012

 Sarika Mehta spoke with professor of English, Anupama Jain, about her debut book, "How to be South Asian in America: Narratives of Ambivalence and Belonging." They discussed issues of race, identity politics and the new wave of South Asian American independent films and literature that have surfaced over the past fifteen years.

 

  • Length: 14:00 minutes (12.82 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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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