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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AAPAM: What is My Race?

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APA Compass
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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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: Best of 2011

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APA Compass
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Fri, 01/06/2012

APA Compass presents our "Best of 2011" show. 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 recurring APA Popwatch series. Also, our incisive "Angry APA Minute" series continues with the stories of Simon Young, Purvi Shah, and Sarika Mehta.  APA Compass is collectively produced by Luann Algoso, Kushlani de Soyza, Thuvan Hoang, Sarika Mehta, Anna Preble, Toni Tabora-Roberts, Liz Roberts, Brian Yarne, and Andrew Yeh.

Tune in to APA Compass, The Pacific Northwest’s Only Asian Pacific American public affairs radio show at 9am on the first Friday of each month. Our collective focuses on issues relevant to APA communities and features an Angry APA minute where listeners like you can sound off.

We promote social justice, feature APA arts and culture, and challenge how APAs are represented in the media. You can download  podcasts of our program at kboo.fm/apacompass. Check us out on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter – we’re APA Compass Radio.  If you have a story idea or would like to contribute, leave us a message on our Facebook page.
 

  • Length: 58:58 minutes (26.25 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 62Kbps (ABR)

Vivek Shandas

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/02/2011

Kushlani de Soyza talks with PSU Urban Studies professor Vivek Shandas about environmental and climate justice, and the work of Portland State's Sustaining Urban Places Research (SUPR) lab. You can find out more about the SUPR lab at http://web.pdx.edu/~vshandas/.

  • Length: 14:28 minutes (13.24 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Angry APA Minute: Vani Natarajan "Spirit of the Staircase"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/02/2011

Writer Vani Natarajan reads her poem, "Spirit of the Staircase," protesting the September execution of Troy Davis. She read her work at the annual literary festival of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective at Revolutionary Books in New York City.

  • Title: APA Compass
  • Length: 3:50 minutes (3.51 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Good deeds

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/02/2011

Seattle architect and philanthropist Jerry Lee was recently honored by the White House for his volunteer work. He talks with APA Compass about his latest projects.

  • Length: 11:22 minutes (10.4 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Ariko Iso: Breaking Barriers

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/02/2011

Ariko Iso is Oregon State University Football's head athletic trainer. Though the Beavers' season has sadly come to an end, Iso will stay busy working with student-athletes in the off-season. Iso was the first and only female athletic trainer to work in the NFL, leaving a nine-year stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers to return to her alma mater.

  • Length: 12:27 minutes (11.39 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

DJ Phatrick: Inspiring Youth in Los Angeles

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/02/2011

Sarika Mehta spoke with Patrick Huang, or DJ Phatrick, Chinese-American DJ and educator, based out of Los Angeles. He was recently featured in a short documentary, called, “Loves of a DJ”. He also runs Sessions LA to promote creative expression amongst LA youth. 

  • Title: DJ Phatrick
  • Length: 16:09 minutes (14.79 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Ying-Ying Chang, author of "The Woman Who Could Not Forget"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/02/2011

Author Ying-Ying Chang speaks with Luann Algoso from APA Compass.  Ying-Ying's book, "The Woman Who Could Not Forget", is an inspring memoir of her late daughter, Iris Chang. Iris was a celebrated Asian-American human rights activist and the author of the international bestseller, “The Rape of Nanking." Ying-Ying speaks frankly about Iris' strong stands against racial profiling by the US government, mental health taboos within the APA community, and efforts to put Asian-American history into our high school curriculum. Ying-Ying's interview is articulate, heartfelt, and moving.

Manvee Vaid on Indian Folk Art

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APA Compass
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Fri, 11/04/2011

Manvee Vaid is a practicing artist and curator of Indian Art based out of Chicago, Illinois. She experiments with various art media ranging from acrylic, oils, gold gilding and faux finishing to murals. She has a bachelors in fine arts from Sir JJ school of Arts, Mumbai India. Manvee is passionate about Indian folk art – an art form that is less known in the contemporary art scene. Her collection, which includes works from presidential award winners to up-and-coming artists, has been displayed at several universities including the University of Chicago. You can learn more about her work at her website and her blog. Sarika Mehta spoke to her about the importance of India's contemporary folk art scene.

  • Length: 16:13 minutes (14.84 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Diane Farr on interracial love: "Kissing Outside the Lines"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 11/04/2011

Actress Diane Farr speaks frankly about multicultural and mutiracial love in today's America.  In this interview with APA Compass's Andrew Yeh, Diane tells us how she fell in love with an American from a different cultural background, how the relatives learned to accept the relationship, how they married, and how they raise their kids.  Her anecdotes are hilarious, her advice insightful, and her story inspiring.  

Diane writes about her experiences in "Kissing Outside the Lines: A True Story of Love and Race and Happily Ever After."  Photo credits: Shoots&Giggles, Laura Kate Jones.

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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