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 06/07/13

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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.

APA Compass on 05/03/13

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Audio

Patti Duncan and "Finding Face"

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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.

Portland's API Pride

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Fri, 02/04/2011

Liz Rogers speaks with Dennis Lo and Sogene Mah of Portland's API Pride.

  • Title: API Pride Interview
  • Length: 8:08 minutes (5.59 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

Asian Pacific American perspectives on holiday food and cultural traditions

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Fri, 12/03/2010

To celebrate the holiday season, Marie Lo hosted a roundtable discussion with Timothy Nishimoto, owner of Vino Paradio and member of Pink Martini, and James Louie, co-owner of Huber's. They discussed family, food and holiday traditions from an Asian Pacific American perspective.

  • Date: 0512
  • Year: 2010
  • Length: 49:40 minutes (68.21 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

An Angry APA Minute from 14 year old Sara Onitsuka

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Fri, 11/05/2010

14 year old Sara Onitsuka has some thought provoking things to say about representations of Asian Americans in the media.

Context for looking at APAs on television and an audio postcard

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Fri, 11/05/2010

First up, Marie Lo gives some context for analyzing images of APAs on mainstream popular media. For more information on some of the resources and items mentioned check out the links below:

Asian American Justice Center's TV Diversity Report Card

Media Action Network for Asian Americans - Dedicating to monitoring the media and advocating balanced, sensitive, and positive coverage and portrayals of Asian Americans.

More on the recent racist anti-Chinese political ad that ran for during this past election season (these blogs are also generally great resources for examining APA media representation:

Breathtakingly Racist Anti-Chinese Political Ad from the blog Reappropriate

politcal ad: future china will laugh at your downfall from Angry Asian Man

 

Next, Sarika and Kushlani talked with Portlanders on the street to find out their thoughts.

Debut of Pop Watch, a critical look at APA representation in media and pop culture: This month a roundtable about APAs on TV

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Fri, 11/05/2010

First Kushlani de Soyza speaks with Vincent Pham, doctoral candidate in Communication and graduate teaching assistant in Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois and co-author of Asian Americans in the Media.

Then, Vincent joins Kushlani and other APA Compass collective members, Sarika Mehta, Brian Yarne and Toni Tabora-Roberts in a roundtable discussion about the current slew of mainstream TV shows that feature Asian Pacific Americans.

Kushlani speaks with fashion designer Jay Nicolas Sario

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Fri, 10/01/2010

Kushlani deSoyza had a chance to speak with Filipino American fashion designer Jay Nicolas Sario. Sario is best known for his appearance on the television show Project Runway. He was in town to show a collection at Portland Fashion Week taking place October 6-10.

  • Length: 8:25 minutes (7.7 MB)
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Historian and Author Judy Yung speaks with Andrew Yeh about "Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America"

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Fri, 10/01/2010

Andrew Yeh had an opportunity to speak with historian and author Judy Yung about her new book Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America.The book was published in commemoration of the Angel Island Immigration Station's 100th anniversary.

"In this landmark book, published to commemorate the immigration station’s 100th anniversary, historians Erika Lee and Judy Yung provide the first comprehensive history of the Angel Island Immigration Station.  Drawing on extensive new research, including immigration records, oral histories, and inscriptions on the barrack walls, the authors produce a sweeping yet intensely personal history of Chinese “paper sons,” Japanese picture brides, Korean refugee students, South Asian political activists, Russian and Jewish refugees, Mexican families, Filipino repatriates, and many others from around the world."

  • Length: 27:45 minutes (25.41 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Race, Tenure and the University

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Fri, 09/03/2010

Thanks for tuning into APA Compass. Our September program focuses on education and some of the ongoing challenges and barriers surrounding diversity in educational institutions. Collective member Marie Lo talks with Professor Sarita See about the challenges she sees facing faculty of color in higher education.

 

 

 

  • Length: 15:50 minutes (14.49 MB)
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Roundtable on diversity and education in Oregon

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Fri, 09/03/2010

Collective member Andrew Yeh talks to Phillip Dirks, Patti Sakurai and Sho Shigeoka about issues of diversity and education here in Oregon.

  • Length: 31:17 minutes (46.55 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 208Kbps (VBR)

Playlists

APA Compass playlist for 09/04/2009

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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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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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