What's the thread running through the Birther movement, the health care protests, fear of socialism, anti-immigrationism, and generalized wingnut craziness? It's Oppressed White Man Syndrome. The United States will be a "majority minority" nation sometime around 2042. Resisting that fact is as foolish as it is bigoted. Deal with it, White Dudes.
Last month, President Obama sat down over beers with a Cambridge cop and a Harvard professor to talk about an ugly incident that brought home how deep racial tensions still run in our nation. The president saw the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. by Sgt. James Crowly as a "teachable moment" that could help Americans in their struggle to understand race and its impacts. But can talking about race make a difference?
This month, APA Compass tackled the topic of homeland politics and how it effects Asian Pacific Americans. To look at it through a very specific issue, APA Compass member Priya Kandaswamy spoke to Dr. Svati Shah and author Minal Hajratwala about the recent decriminalization of gay sex in India.
Dr. Shah is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of Massachussets at Amherst, and author of a forthcoming book about sex work in Mumbai. Ms. Hajratwala is author of Leaving India: My Family's Journey from Five Villages to Five Countries, as well as a poet, performer and queer activist.
Last month we had a chance to meet students from the Pan Asian Rites of Passage program in Lane County, OR. During this month's program, APA Compass aired the audio from the video I Am Asian American by Jia Ming Chen & Eugenia. This is the audio we played. Click here for the original video.
The name of the new show, by veteran KBOO programmer, Shaheed Haamid It Takes A Village is from an old African proverb that recognizes the diversity, differences and unity needed to make a community work. It Takes A Village will attempt to examine some of the current political and social issues affecting our local as well as global community today, in order to view situations and peoples from a multi-dimensional perspective.
Charges were recently dropped against 4 of the San Francisco 8, leaving only one defendent left.
We talk with Richard Brown of the SF8 and Miasha Quint from the Committee to defend the SF 8 about the recent developments, the sucess of the organizing, the cointelpro targeting of the Black Panther Party, and more.