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

Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II

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APA Compass
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Fri, 06/05/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II



Tim Nakayama with a special interim episode for the Asian and Pacific American Compass public affairs hour, interviews renowned author and journalist Richard Reeves about his new book:

Infamy

The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II

Bestselling author Richard Reeves provides an authoritative account of the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese aliens during World War II

Tenth Anniversary Best of Show

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/01/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Tenth Anniversary Best of Show

It's our 10th anniversary special AND it's our last episode! We're featuring the BEST of our 10 years as the Pacific Northwest's only Asian Pacific American public affairs radio show! That's interviews, features, and Angry APA Minutes AND we're having a collective reunion in studio to reminisce on the old days. We're also featuring a new piece on Deaf Indians fighting for their rights as we gear up for Compass's makeover to "Intersections", a new radio show produced and hosted by Sarika Mehta. Hosts of today's show are Sarika Mehta, Liz Rogers, Marie Lo, Toni Tabora Roberts and Patti Sakurai (by phone).

APA Compass on 04/03/15

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/03/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to APA communities

Aasif Mandvi on "No Land's Man," the Sikh play Kultar's Mime, and An Angry APA Minute

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APA Compass
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Fri, 02/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Aasif Mandvi on "No Land's Man," the Sikh play Kultar's Mime, and An Angry APA Minute

Sarika Mehta interviews Aasif Mandvi, actor, comedian and correspondent on "The Daily Show" about his collection of essays "No Land's Man." Liz Rogers talks to the creators of the powerful Sikh play, "Kultar's Mime." And Dmae Roberts presents An Angry APA Minute.

2015 New Year Special: Best of AAPAM

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APA Compass
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Fri, 01/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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2015 New Year Special

Happy New Year from all of us at APA Compass! To celebrate 2015, we're kicking off the new year with a full hour of our most popular segment, the Angry APA Minute! We're featuring:

Atul Gawande, Eric Liu, Elaine Cha

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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December APA Compass

It's our last episode of APA Compass for 2014! Don't miss this winter membership drive special! We're featuring:

APA Compass on 11/07/14

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APA Compass
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Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A forum for dialogue, exploration, and dissemination of issues pertinent to APA communities

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.

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PopWatch: No, Ashton Kutcher, Brownface is Not OK

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Fri, 05/04/2012

 Kushlani de Soyza critiques the latest examples of Asian and Asian-American representation in advertising. Who thought putting Ashton Kutcher in brownface was a good idea? We also take a look at stereotypes that underpin recent New Balance and Intel commercials featuring APAs.

Anupama Jain: How to be South Asian in America

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Fri, 05/04/2012

 Sarika Mehta spoke with professor of English, Anupama Jain, about her debut book, "How to be South Asian in America: Narratives of Ambivalence and Belonging." They discussed issues of race, identity politics and the new wave of South Asian American independent films and literature that have surfaced over the past fifteen years.

 

  • Length: 14:00 minutes (12.82 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Kilong Ung's Golden Leaf: A Khmer Rouge Genocide Survivor

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APA Compass
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Fri, 05/04/2012

Kilong Ung, a Portlander who's the survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, shares emotional stories from his past.  He touches upon how the conflict changed him, how he adapted in America, and what he did for revenge.  Kilong is now a role model in the community, and giving back through the Golden Leaf Education Foundation.  His memoir is entitled "Golden Leaf: A Khmer Rouge Genocide Survior"

Interviewed and produced by Andrew Yeh.

  • Length: 19:30 minutes (17.86 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Catherine Chung: Forgotten Country

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/06/2012

Kushlani DeSoyza chats with Catherine Chung, author of Forgotten Country. Forgotten Country is Catherine's debut novel and she uses her own history to write the pieces of the tale of two sisters, and how this relates to Korea's past. 

  • Length: 14:58 minutes (13.7 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

API Communities in Multnomah County: Panel Discussion on Racial Disparities

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/06/2012

 The Coalition for Communities of Color published a thorough report in 2009, detailing the staggering disparities in racial minorities in Multnomah County. Last month, they developed another report specific to Asian Pacific Islander (API) Communities and the severe inequalities here, as compared to the rest of the nation.

Sarika Mehta spoke with Ann Curry-Stevens, professor of Social Work at Portland State University and co-author of the report, June Arima Schumann and Reverend Joseph Santos-Lyons of APANO

Check out the report and learn more about the work by these dedicated contributors!

*Special thanks to Andrew Yeh for his help with this segment

  • Title: CCC Panel
  • Length: 21:26 minutes (19.62 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

South Asian American Digital Archive

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APA Compass
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Fri, 04/06/2012

Sarika Mehta spoke with Samip Mallick, founder and president of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) about the importance of archiving our communities' histories. They also discussed lesser-known histories of the first wave of South Asian immigrants into Washington state, and the language surrounding the sentiments of immigrants even in the early 1900s. 

 

  • Title: SAADA
  • Length: 17:04 minutes (15.62 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Thanhha Lai: Award-winning author for Young Adult literature

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APA Compass
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Fri, 03/02/2012

Sarika Mehta spoke with Thanhha Lai, author of Inside Out & Back Again. Thanhha Lai's semi-autobiographical book of prose poems won the 2011 National Book Award for Young Adult Literature as well as the 2012 Newberry Honor. She describes her experiences as a Vietnamese refugee in Alabama at the height of the Vietnam War. 

  • Length: 16:56 minutes (15.51 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Amy Chua: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

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APA Compass
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Fri, 03/02/2012

Amy Chua, professor at Yale Law School and author of the critically-acclaimed Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, is now on her paperback tour, which began here in Portland. She joined Sarika Mehta at our KBOO studio to reflect on the past year's reaction to her book, the process of parenting as Chinese American, as well as other issues concerning the Asian American community. 

You can keep up with Amy Chua at her website or her facebook page

  • Length: 22:49 minutes (20.89 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Race Monologues: Goldann Salazar and Musa Ahmed

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APA Compass
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Fri, 03/02/2012

Musa Ahmed and Goldann Salazar share their humorous, touching, and heartfelt stories in an excerpt from the dramatic performance piece, "The Race Monologues".  The Lewis and Clark students reflect upon issues of race, ethnicity, and personal identity.  Interviewed and produced by APA Compass' Andrew Yeh.

 

APA Compass interviews Gary Okhiro

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APA Compass
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Fri, 02/03/2012

Gary Okhiro is professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, and receipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Studies Association. He is known for his writing, teaching, and institution building in Asian American Studies.  In this interview with APA Compass' Andrew Yeh, Professor Okihiro speaks about the post September 11th environment, the bullying of APAs, and the unexpected influence of Hawaiians on the mainland.
 

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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