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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APA Compass
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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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APA Compass
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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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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)
  • 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
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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: 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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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.

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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