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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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
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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Kilong Ung's Golden Leaf: A Khmer Rouge Genocide Survivor

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/04/2012

Kilong Ung, a Portlander who's the survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, shares emotional stories from his past.  He touches upon how the conflict changed him, how he adapted in America, and what he did for revenge.  Kilong is now a role model in the community, and giving back through the Golden Leaf Education Foundation.  His memoir is entitled "Golden Leaf: A Khmer Rouge Genocide Survior"

Interviewed and produced by Andrew Yeh.

  • Length: 19:30 minutes (17.86 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

South Asian American Digital Archive

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/06/2012

Sarika Mehta spoke with Samip Mallick, founder and president of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) about the importance of archiving our communities' histories. They also discussed lesser-known histories of the first wave of South Asian immigrants into Washington state, and the language surrounding the sentiments of immigrants even in the early 1900s. 

 

  • Title: SAADA
  • Length: 17:04 minutes (15.62 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Catherine Chung: Forgotten Country

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/06/2012

Kushlani DeSoyza chats with Catherine Chung, author of Forgotten Country. Forgotten Country is Catherine's debut novel and she uses her own history to write the pieces of the tale of two sisters, and how this relates to Korea's past. 

  • Length: 14:58 minutes (13.7 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

API Communities in Multnomah County: Panel Discussion on Racial Disparities

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/06/2012

 The Coalition for Communities of Color published a thorough report in 2009, detailing the staggering disparities in racial minorities in Multnomah County. Last month, they developed another report specific to Asian Pacific Islander (API) Communities and the severe inequalities here, as compared to the rest of the nation.

Sarika Mehta spoke with Ann Curry-Stevens, professor of Social Work at Portland State University and co-author of the report, June Arima Schumann and Reverend Joseph Santos-Lyons of APANO

Check out the report and learn more about the work by these dedicated contributors!

*Special thanks to Andrew Yeh for his help with this segment

  • Title: CCC Panel
  • Length: 21:26 minutes (19.62 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Race Monologues: Goldann Salazar and Musa Ahmed

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APA Compass
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Fri, 03/02/2012

Musa Ahmed and Goldann Salazar share their humorous, touching, and heartfelt stories in an excerpt from the dramatic performance piece, "The Race Monologues".  The Lewis and Clark students reflect upon issues of race, ethnicity, and personal identity.  Interviewed and produced by APA Compass' Andrew Yeh.

 

Thanhha Lai: Award-winning author for Young Adult literature

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APA Compass
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Fri, 03/02/2012

Sarika Mehta spoke with Thanhha Lai, author of Inside Out & Back Again. Thanhha Lai's semi-autobiographical book of prose poems won the 2011 National Book Award for Young Adult Literature as well as the 2012 Newberry Honor. She describes her experiences as a Vietnamese refugee in Alabama at the height of the Vietnam War. 

  • Length: 16:56 minutes (15.51 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Amy Chua: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

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APA Compass
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Fri, 03/02/2012

Amy Chua, professor at Yale Law School and author of the critically-acclaimed Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, is now on her paperback tour, which began here in Portland. She joined Sarika Mehta at our KBOO studio to reflect on the past year's reaction to her book, the process of parenting as Chinese American, as well as other issues concerning the Asian American community. 

You can keep up with Amy Chua at her website or her facebook page

  • Length: 22:49 minutes (20.89 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Dr. Linda Isako Angst discusses Hapa Identity

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APA Compass
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Fri, 02/03/2012

Dr. Linda Isako Angst, educator and anthropologist, and discusses ethnic identity, racially mixed identity, and stereotypes during a Hapa diversity workshop and interview with APA Compass' Anna Preble.

Ralph Pugay, performance artist and creative writer

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APA Compass
program date: 
Fri, 02/03/2012

Ralph Pugay, award winning Filipino-American performance artist/creative writer from Portland State University, discusses his work and inspiration with APA Compass' Kushlani de Soyza.
 

  • Length: 6:15 minutes (5.73 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass interviews Gary Okhiro

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APA Compass
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Fri, 02/03/2012

Gary Okhiro is professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, and receipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Studies Association. He is known for his writing, teaching, and institution building in Asian American Studies.  In this interview with APA Compass' Andrew Yeh, Professor Okihiro speaks about the post September 11th environment, the bullying of APAs, and the unexpected influence of Hawaiians on the mainland.
 

Playlists

APA Compass playlist for 09/04/2009

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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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