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 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

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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Fri, 09/07/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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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APA Compass
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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

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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)

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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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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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)

Thanhha Lai: Award-winning author for Young Adult literature

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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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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)

Race Monologues: Goldann Salazar and Musa Ahmed

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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.

 

Dr. Linda Isako Angst discusses Hapa Identity

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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.

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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