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 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.

APA Compass on 03/02/12

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Fri, 03/02/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Amy Chua, Thanhha Lai, Goldann Salazar, Musa Ahmed

We feature: The Tiger Mom (and Yale Law professor) Amy Chua, who instigated a worldwide parenting debate with her book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother"; Thanhha Lai, whose book "Inside Out and Back Again" based on her life as a ten-year-old immigrant won the Newbery Honor and National Book Award; and Goldann Salazar and Musa Ahmed, who share autobiographical stories from their performance of "Race Monologues" at Lewis and Clark College.

APA Compass on 02/03/12

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Fri, 02/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, February 3, 2012, at 9 A.M. We feature

APA Compass on 01/06/12

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Fri, 01/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Best of 2011

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, January 6, 2012, at 9 A.M. for our "Best of 2011" program. We feature interviews with YouTube phenomeon Jimmy Wong, 200m world champion and paralympic ambassador Anjali Forber-Pratt, and visual artist Sharon Inahara. Local youth share reflections on Vincent Chin in a segment from our APA Popwatch series. And, our popular "Angry APA Minute" series continues with the stories of Simon Young, Purvi Shah, and Sarika Mehta.

APA Compass is the Pacific Northwest’s Only Asian Pacific American public affairs radio show. Each month, our collective focuses on issues relevant to APA communities and features an Angry APA minute where listeners like you can sound off.

APA Compass on 08/05/11

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Fri, 08/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Annual summer music show on APA Compass

Today is the APA Compass annual summer music show! We'll feature Jimmy Wong, Rupa of Rupa and the April Fishes and Lola Fair and Baby J.

APA Compass on 02/04/11

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Fri, 02/04/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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API Pride, acid violence and the documentary Finding Face, and more

We talk with the community organization API Pride about their upcoming Lunar New Year's Banquet, and interview professor Patti Duncan about her documentary “Finding Face,” which documents the controversial case of Tat Marina, a young woman who was attacked with acid in 1999. There's also another edition of Pop Watch, looking at Asian Pacific Americans in the media, and another Angry APA Minute.

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

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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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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)
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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.

 

APA Compass interviews Gary Okhiro

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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.
 

AAPAM: What is My Race?

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Fri, 02/03/2012
Another Angry APA Minute by Sarika Mehta: Inspired by a blog post at Sepia Mutiny, she questions what her race is, why the English words never seem to fit, and why her "ambiguous ethnicity" doesn't help her out in the real world. 
  • Length: 6:23 minutes (5.84 MB)
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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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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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