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: Simon Tam, Alex Tizon, Sara Onitsuka
 

Episode Archive

APA Compass on 01/04/13

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Fri, 01/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Best of 2012
APA Compass Best of 2012 Podcast

Enjoy the best APA Compass segments from 2012:

APA Compass on 12/07/12

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Fri, 12/07/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jorge Cham, Rupa Marya, Jeremy Lin, Angry APA Minute
Today, we're featuring three internationally known personalities - one artist, one musician, and one athlete

Today, we're featuring three internationally known personalities - one artist, one musician, and one athlete: 

APA Compass on 11/02/12

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Fri, 11/02/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: APAs and Politics

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, November 2, 2012, at 9 A.M.  Today, we feature an interview with the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas, who recently came out as an undocumented immigrant in order to break the stereotypes and advance the conversation around US immigration policy.  We host a roundtable discussion with local APA leaders, Helen Ying and Joseph Santos-Lyons, on APAs and politics.  We highlight the 1882 Project, which successfully pushed for Congress to apologize for the Chinese Exclusion Act.  And, this month's Angry APA Minute comes to us

APA Compass on 10/05/12

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Fri, 10/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass interviews GB Tran, and collects youth perspectives

Please join us for APA Compass, this Friday October 5th, at 9am.  We feature in-depth interviews with graphic novelist GB Tran and author Anne Cherian, an audio postcard from the Asian-American Youth Leadership Conference, and an APA minute from high school student Sara Onitsuka.

APA Compass on 09/07/12

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APA Compass: Affirmative Action Roundtable, Youth Leadership Conference, AAPAM

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, September 7, 2012, at 9 A.M.  We feature an affirmative action roundtable inspired by the upcoming Fisher v The University of Texas supreme court case, in which a white female student claims she was denied admission to the university due to a race-conscious admissions policy.  The panelists include
* Tricia Brand, Associate Dean of Students, Director of Multicultural Affairs, Lewis and Clark College
* Dr. Toeutu Faaleavam, Director of the McNair Scholars Program, Portland State University
* Prof. Yoon Pak, Associate Professor of Education Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

APA Compass on 08/03/12

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Fri, 08/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass Annual Summer Music Show

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, August 3, 2012, at 9 AM.  In our annual summer music show, we feature interviews with

  • Kiran Ahluwalia, an award winning singer of ancient Persian and Punjabi Ghazals;
  • Herb Ohta, Jr., the Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso who visits with us and local elementary students ; and
  • Bhi Bhiman, an exciting new singer songwriter from San Francisco, who's creating cross-cultural folk music.

Please join us on APA Compass, Friday at 9 AM.

APA Compass on 07/06/12

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Fri, 07/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass with Hari Kondabolu and John Jung

APA Compass is the Pacific NW's only Asian Pacific American public affairs radio program.  This Friday, we feature an interview with the comedian and community organizer Hari Kondabolu, who blends comedy and activism in his extremely entertaining style.  Also, John Jung, author of Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants, tells us about how he and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek both grew up in the same small Georgia town.

Please tune into APA Compass, Friday July 6, 2012 at 9 AM.

APA Compass on 06/01/12

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Fri, 06/01/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, June 1, 2012, at 9 AM.  We feature interviews with investigative reporter Gregory Nokes, who reveals the story of the murder of 31 or 34 Chinese gold miners in Eastern Oregon; Dilruba Ahmed, award winning author of collection of poems "Dhaka Dust"; Anne Cherian, author of "The Invitation"; and Congresswoman Judy Chu, who speaks about the glass ceiling in gove

APA Compass on 05/04/12

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Fri, 05/04/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Kilong Ung, Anupama Jain, Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Kilong Ung shares emotional stories of how he survived the Khmer Rouge genocide and what he did for revenge. Anupama Jain tells us about how the city of Schenectady, New York was actively recruiting Indo-Guyanese into their city, saying “Quite frankly, you’re an opportunity for us. We are very much looking for a new ethnic group.”   We also interview Samhita Mukhopadhyay, feminist blogger and author of "Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life."  Tune in to APA Compass, the Pacific NW's only Asian Pacific American public affairs radio program.

APA Compass on 04/06/12

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Fri, 04/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, April 6, 2012, at 9 A.M.  We'll have a provocative roundtable discussion about the Coalition of Communities of Color's "Unsettling Report" on the Asian Pacific Islander Community in Multnomah County.  Surprisingly, the local API community is worse off than that of Seattle or the nation, and we'll discuss why with Prof. Ann Curry-Stevens, June Arima Schumann, and Rev.

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Sara Onitsuka's Japan Reflections: An APA Minute on 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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