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 10/03/14

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APA Compass
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Fri, 10/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to APA communities

APA Compass: Mee Moua, Andrew Yeh

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APA Compass
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Fri, 09/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Mee Moua, Andrew Yeh
For this espisode of APA Compass:
  • Learn about the upcoming Jade Night Markets sponsored by APANO and Portland's Jade District.
  • Mee Moua, president of Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), tells us what Asian-Americans can do to ensure fair representation in politics.
  • In this send-off interview, APA Compass collective member, Andrew Yeh, shares his favorite moments and memories from his tenure. We thank him for his contributions and wish him the best in his future adventures! 
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

APA Compass: Simon Tam, Alex Tizon, Sara Onitsuka

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Simon Tam, Alex Tizon, Sara Onitsuka
For this episode of APA Compass:
  • Portland musician and TED Talk speaker Simon Tam tells us why the US Patent and Trademark Office will not allow him to trademark his band's name, "The Slants" and how he's responding.
  • Pulitzer Prize winner, Alex Tizon, explores and punctures stereotypes of the Asian-American male identity in his book, "Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self".
  • Sara Onitsuka explains her college application quandary in her latest Angry APA Minute.
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

APA Compass: Sandra Tsing Loh, Jean Kwok

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APA Compass
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Fri, 07/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Sandra Tsing Loh, Jean Kwok
APA Compass features
  • Author and radio personality, Sandra Tsing Loh, tells us about her experiences navigating the ups and downs of menopause, including losing her desire to mother two her daughters.  Her latest book is "The Madwoman in the Volvo".
  • Acclaimed author Jean Kwok, whose latest novel "Mambo in Chinatown", describes a young woman who is struggling to reconcile the disparate worlds of working-class Chinatown and the professional ballroom dancing circuit.
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

APA Compass on 06/06/14

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/06/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to APA communities

APA Compass on 06/06/14

Program: 
APA Compass
Air date: 
Fri, 06/06/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to APA communities

APA Compass: Chang-Rae Lee, Marivi Soliven

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/06/2014 - 9:00am
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APA Compass: Chang-Rae Lee, Marivi Soliven
On the next APA Compass:
  • Award winning author, Chang-Rae Lee, describes his Asian-American heaven and his latest novel "On such a Full Sea".
  • Marivi Soliven explores the Filipina immigrant experience in her novel "The Mango Bride".

APA Compass: Jaideep Singh, Linda Ueki Absher

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Jaideep Singh, Linda Ueki Absher
On the next APA Compass:
  • Dr. Jaideep Singh, Scholar with UC Berkeley's Center of Race and Gender, discusses the severe bullying and harassment of Sikh-American children
  • Linda Ueki Absher, hipster librarian, presents her Angry APA Minute, Keep Portland White!
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

APA Compass: Anselmo Villanueva, Susan Choi, Kim Fu

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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APA Compass: Anselmo Villanueva, Susan Choi, Kim Fu
On Friday's APA Compass:
  • Anselmo Villanueva, Executive Director of the "Disorient Film Festival of Oregon", tells us what's up and coming in Asian-American film. 
  • Susan Choi, author of the novel "My Education", shares her secrets for writing about passion, obsession, and love.
  • Author Kim Fu explores culture and gender in her debut novel, For Today I Am A Boy.  
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.

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:

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APA Compass: The 1882 Project

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APA Compass
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Fri, 11/02/2012

The US Congress passed resolutions this summer formally apologizing for the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, which denied citzenship and basic rights to Asians for more than half a century.  Numerous Asian-American groups under the umbrella of the 1882 Project worked passionately for several years to attain this apology.  We learn from the organizers why the apology and education are essential for protecting civil rights for all Americans.

"Deep Creek" music courtesy of Gareth Tabor.  Podast produced by Andrew Yeh.


 

  • Length: 13:41 minutes (10.21 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 104Kbps (ABR)

Angry APA Minute: Linda Ueki Absher's "Keep Portland White"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 11/02/2012

This month's Angry APA Minute comes to us from the local librarian and blogger, Linda Ueki Absher, who tires of granting the "Asian Seal of Approval" and proclaims: "Keep Portland White!"

  • Length: 6:43 minutes (5.7 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 118Kbps (ABR)

Sara Onitsuka's Japan Reflections: An APA Minute on APA Compass

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APA Compass
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Fri, 10/05/2012

In this Asian-Pacific Islander-American Minute, high school student Sara Onitsuka reflects on her home stay in Sapporo, Japan, and shares what she and her host family learned from each other. 

Produced by Andrew Yeh.

Bhi Bhiman: Vintage Blues

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/03/2012

Sri Lankan American blues singer, Bhi Bhiman, released his second album, Bhiman, this past January. Born in St. Louis, MO, he currently resides in San Francisco, CA. His unique style is influenced by Blind Blake, Nina Simone and others. Sarika Mehta spoke with him in Washington, DC, while he was on tour. This interview features three songs: Time Heals, Kimchee Line and Guttersnipe

 

  • Title: Bhi Bhiman
  • Length: 13:50 minutes (6.33 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Kiran Ahluwalia: Fusing Ghazals

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/03/2012

Ghazal singer, Kiran Ahluwalia, released her fifth album, Aam Zameen: Common Ground, last year. This won her second Juno award for Best World Music Album. Kiran's musical style is known for fusing other music with ghazals, such as Portuguese fado and Tuareg blues. The infamous cover of Mustt Mustt in collaboration with the Malian blues group, Tinariwen, also gained much fame over the past year. Sarika Mehta spoke with Kiran at her home in New York City, while she was on a short break from her European tour. This interview features three songs: Matadjem, Rabba Ru, and Mustt Mustt

  • Title: Kiran Ahluwalia
  • Length: 21:49 minutes (19.97 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

'Ukulele master Herb Ohta, Jr.

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/03/2012

During his west coast tour, the funny and talented Herb Ohta, Jr. recently visited Portland for an 'ukulele concert, educational outreach, and master classes.  APA Compass caught up with him and had the pleasure of sitting down for an interview after his elementary school concert.  Many thanks to the Kiako Foundation for arranging Herb's visit and our interview.  Interviewed and produced by Andrew Yeh. 

  • Length: 15:59 minutes (14.64 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

John Jung, author of Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants

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APA Compass
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Fri, 07/06/2012

John Jung tells us about his family's Chinese-American immigrant experience, as the sole Chinese family in a small Georgia town and about his unexpected brush with history and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek.  He is the author of four books exploring how Chinese-American immigrants made it in this country, including his memoir, Southern Fried Rice, and his latest, Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants. Interviewed and produced by Andrew Yeh.

Comedian Hari Kondabolu

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APA Compass
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Fri, 07/06/2012

Comedian Hari Kondabolu has appeared on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2007. He recently joined the writing team for FX Network's Totally Biased. While he was touring the Pacific Northwest, he joined Sarika Mehta in the KBOO studios to discuss his style of political humor: fighting stereotypes while still gaining a wider audience in comedy. 

  • Title: Hari Kondabolu
  • Length: 28:56 minutes (24.82 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 119Kbps (ABR)

Dilruba Ahmed: Dhaka Dust

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/01/2012

Sarika Mehta spoke with Bangladeshi American poet, Dilruba Ahmed, about her debut collection, "Dhaka Dust." "Dhaka Dust" won the 2010 Bakeless Literary prize for poetry, which honors new authors of literary works in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

  • Title: Dilruba Ahmed
  • Length: 14:18 minutes (13.1 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Greg Nokes, author of Massacred for Gold, The Chinese in Hells Canyon

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/01/2012

Gregory Nokes, former reporter and editor for The Associated Press and The Oregonian, is the author of "Massacred for Gold:  The Chinese in Hell's Canyon", which documents the robbery and murder of as many as 34 Chinese gold miners on May 25, 1887.  This is more than just the story of a hideous crime, it's also the story of a cover-up which lasted more than a century, and of how the passion and persistence of Gregory Nokes rescued the tale from the almost forgotten shadows of the Oregon history.  A memorial to the miners will be dedicated at Chinese Massacre Cove during the Chinese Remebering Conference, June 21-22, 2012 in Lewiston, Idaho.  Interviewed and produced by Andrew Yeh.

 

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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