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 05/03/13

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/03/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Sara Onitsuka, Jenny Yang, Salina Yoon, Eddie Huang, Ann Wetherell


Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, May 3, 2013 at 9 AM.  We feature
* An APA Call to Action from Grant High School student Sara Onitsuka on proposed cuts to next year's Japanese program
* Comedian Jenny Yang, co-founder of the first-ever, all female, Asian American standup comedy tour, "Dis/orient/ed Comedy"
* Award-winning children's author, Salina Yoon, who explains why her work is the antithesis of electronic books

APA Compass on 04/05/13

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ann Wetherell's Flying Tigers, Linda Ueki Absher's Hapa For Hire, Kiran Ahluwalia

Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, April 5, 2013 at 9 AM.  We feature segments with

* Professor Ann Wetherell tells us why Portland had an unusually large number of Chinese-American pilots in the early 1900s.  Professor Wetherell is the curator of "Flying Tigers: Chinese American Aviators in Oregon, 1918-1945"

* Award winning Kiran Ahluwalia entertains with her ancient Persian and Punjabi Ghazals

* Linda Ueki Absher sounds off in her Angry APA Minute, "Hapa For Hire"

APA Compass on 03/01/13

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APA Compass
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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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APA Compass
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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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APA Compass
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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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APA Compass
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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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APA Compass
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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.

Audio

LFBJ: Lola Fair and Baby J

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/05/2011

Lola Fair & Baby J, singers and songwriters of the Asian-American duo "LFBJ" spoke recently with collective member, Andrew Yeh.  Before they joined forces professionally, Lola Fair and Baby J independently performed and recorded for labels in both Korea and the United States.  They also achieved success as the 1st place winner and 2nd place winner of the Asian-American singing competition "eXposure: Voices of a Second Generation concert".  We feature their songs "Inspiration" and "Party".

Jimmy Wong shoots to internet fame

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/05/2011

Actor, singer, songwriter, and producer Jimmy Wong speaks with Andrew Yeh about achieving success through non-traditional channels.  His music video parody, Ching Chong (It means I Love You), has millions of viewings, he's a winner of the first youtube "NextUp" competition, and he shares his insights about being an APA in Hollywood and the music industry.

South Asian Americans Leading Together: Deepa Iyer and Afshan Khoja

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APA Compass
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Fri, 07/01/2011

In light of the death of Osama Bin Laden, the world has been reflecting on the upcoming ten-year anniversary of September 11lth. While Sarika Mehta was visiting Washington, DC, she sat down with Deepa Iyer and Afshan Khoja from the community activist organization, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). Deepa discussed how September 11th has impacted the South Asian community in the US, as well as other minorities. Afshan spoke about SAALTs latest campaign, An America for All of Us

For more information on how you can support the campaign, advocate from Portland or get involved, visit saalt.org.

  • Length: 19:15 minutes (17.62 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

PopWatch: Vincent Chin

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APA Compass
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Fri, 07/01/2011

ThuVan Hoang pays tribute on the tragic death of Vincent Chin in Detroit, MI. She speaks with local youth about how the documentary "Vincent Who?" affected their own sentiments about race relations and the image of Asian Americans today. This event was sponsored by Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and Chinese American Citizens' Alliance (CACA)

  • Length: 8:18 minutes (7.6 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Claire Flynn: "The Mold"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 07/01/2011

 Brian Yarne introduces us to Portland high school student, Claire Flynn, on her reflections after attending the Asian American Youth Leadership Conferenc (AAYLC). The AAYLC provides workshops, career fairs and opportunities for Asian/Pacific American students to discuss their experiences growing up in Portland. 

  • Length: 12:08 minutes (11.11 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

PopWatch: A Response to "Asians in the Library"

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Fri, 06/03/2011

APA Compass Youth Contributor Sara Onitsuka responds to "Asians in the Library," the now-infamous racist YouTube rant by a UCLA student.

  • Length: 7:34 minutes (6.93 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Poet Kazim Ali

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/03/2011

Kazim Ali -- poet, essayist and Oberlin College professor -- discusses his latest book, Fasting for Ramadan. For more information about the book, check out: http://www.tupelopress.org/books/fasting.

  • Length: 17:16 minutes (174.32 MB)
  • Format: RIFF Stereo 44kHz 1411Kbps (CBR)

Cultural Traditions and Healthy Choices

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Fri, 06/03/2011

With diabetes and heart disease on the rise and lifestyles changing by generation, we need to be properly informed. Sarika Mehta spoke with Dr. Arti Mehta, naturopathic physician, about how to maintain cultural traditions while making healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Length: 15:29 minutes (14.18 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Grace Lee Boggs: The Next American Revolution

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/06/2011

Andrew Yeh talks with longtime civil-rights activist Grace Lee Boggs about her new book with Scott Kurashige, The Next American Revolution.

  • Title: Grace Lee Boggs
  • Length: 19:46 minutes (18.09 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Rita Banerjee: Cracklers at Night

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/06/2011

Poet Rita Banerjee reads from her recent chapbook, Cracklers at Night. The collection considers contemporary politics, South-Asian identity, and what it means to be a woman in America. For more on Cracklers at Night, check out Rita's website.

  • Length: 4:58 minutes (5.68 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 160Kbps (CBR)

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
Air date: 
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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