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: 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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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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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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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.

APA Compass on 06/07/13

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass features APA authors

We feature interviews with several APA authors in this month's APA Compass program.

Audio

Muslim-American activists discuss Osama Bin Laden's death

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/06/2011

Last month, President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden to the world. Sarika Mehta spoke with Afifa Ahmed Shafi and Muna Abshir Muhamud, two Muslim-American community members, on their thoughts surrounding the death of Osama Bin Laden, the past decade of Islamophobia and their thoughts on a "post-Bin-Laden" world.

April PopWatch

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/01/2011

Liz Rogers and ThuVan Hoang discuss racist "jokes" in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. They also chat with Jean Quan, the new mayor of Oakland, Calif.

  • Title: April PopWatch
  • Length: 4:47 minutes (4.38 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

April 2011 Health Care

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/01/2011

APA Compass focuses on healthcare in Asian-Pacific-American communities as Oregon's legislature and the federal government attempt to reform the healthcare system. Our guests are David Rebanal of the Northwest Health Foundation and John Joo, a representative from the Asian-Pacific-American Network of Oregon's Health Equity and Reform Team.

Get involved in APA community activism or find out more about APANO's work on healthcare at www.apano.org.

More information about grant opportunities and other health initiatives is available at Northwest Health Foundation's website,  www.nwhf.org. Also, with National Public Health Week coming up, you can participate in events highlighted at http://public.health.oregon.gov/spotlight/phweek/Pages/index.aspx. You can also stay up-to-date on Oregon's healthcare reform work: www.oregon.gov/oha.

  • Length: 26:31 minutes (24.27 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Local Fundraising for Earthquake Relief

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/01/2011

Listen to Loen and Sho Dozono discuss their recent efforts raise disaster-relief funds for Japan's earthquake and tsunami survivors. They worked with a youth organization called Unite Youth to fold thousands of paper cranes and design t-shirts to raise awareness about Japan's continuing relief efforts.

More information can be found on their Facebook Page, Oregon-Japan Disaster Relief Effort.

  • Title: Japan Relief Efforts
  • Length: 12:19 minutes (11.28 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Angry APA Minute by Simon Tam of the Slants

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/01/2011

Simon Tam talks about the challenges of trademarking his band The Slants' intentionally political name.

  • Title: Simon Tam
  • Length: 9:21 minutes (8.55 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Anjali Forber-Pratt

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APA Compass
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Fri, 03/04/2011

Sarika Mehta speaks with paralympic athlete Anjali Forber-Pratt. More information about her achievements and projects can be found on her website, www.anjfp.com.

  • Title: Anjali Forber-Pratt
  • Length: 21:41 minutes (19.86 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Actor and activist George Takei discusses civil liberties

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APA Compass
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Fri, 03/04/2011

Actor and activist George Takei discusses civil liberties and the WWII internment of Japanese-American citizens. He was featured at the Japanese American Citizens League's Day of Remembrance.

  • Length: 20:57 minutes (19.18 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Angry APA Minute with Purvi Shah

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APA Compass
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Fri, 03/04/2011

Poet and activist Purvi Shah shares an Angry APA Minute -- her poem entitled "The Enemy Within." Her book, Terrain Tracks, is published by New Rivers Press.

  • Title: Purvi Shah
  • Length: 3:13 minutes (2.94 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Tamiko Beyer, author of Bough Breaks

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APA Compass
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Fri, 03/04/2011

Kushlani de Soyza talks with poet Tamiko Beyer about her new chapbook, Bough Breaks, just out from Meritage Press. Tamiko's website is www.wonderinghome.com.

  • Title: Tamiko
  • Length: 11:19 minutes (10.36 MB)
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Patti Duncan and "Finding Face"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 02/04/2011

Sarika Mehta speaks with film-maker and professor of Womens’ Studies at Oregon State University, Patti Duncan. Her film,“Finding Face”, explores acid violence against women in Cambodia. This film has been featured at a number of festivals and won a number of awards including best documentary feature at the San Diego Asian Film Festival last year.

You can learn more about the film at www.findingface.org.

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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