Pacific Underground

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Every first Friday from 9am-10am and every fourth Friday from 11am-12pm.

Pacific Underground is a show for and by the Asians and Pacific Islander (API) communities

There are nearly 225,000 APIs in Oregon. But in one of America’s whitest states, the issues that impact us simply aren’t covered. Imagine: 225,000 stories untold.

Stay tuned here for interviews, documentaries, audio essays, performances, as well as real-time coverage of national social, economic and political issues affecting APIs in your local community. 

Since the end of the only Pacific Northwest API public affairs radio program, APA Compass, there has been a lack of API representation in Oregon media. We believe that by creating a public platform in which APIs can tell our stories in a way that reflects our actual experiences, 

  • we empower our communities, 
  • we expand our reach in spaces previously denied to us and 
  • we honor the legacy of generations before us who have been left out of American narratives.

Pacific Underground is holding space for API community members who want to be heard. If you want to join us, email pacificunderground@kboo.org. No experience necessary. 

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American Sutra author Duncan Ryuken Williams (full interview)

Airs at: Fri, 02/22/2019 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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  Last week, we featured a special, shorter version of an interview with Duncan Ryuken Williams, author of American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War in anticipation of his reading at Powell's. This week, we bring you the full version of the inter... Read more

American Sutra

Airs at: Fri, 02/15/2019 at 11:00am - 11:30am
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Pacific Underground interviews Duncan Ryuken Williams, author of American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War. Williams will be in town for a reading of his book Friday, February 15 @ 7pm at Powell's Cedar Hills Crossing.  "This groundbreaking histo... Read more

Yukiyo Kawano's threads of witness

Airs at: Fri, 02/01/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  What does it mean to make sense of the most horrific use of weapons of mass destruction on a civilian population, and how that effects us as human beings, much less if that specifically impacts our family tree?  For Yukiyo Kawano, this means letting ancestors interfere w... Read more

Poet Emily Jungmin Yoon

Airs at: Fri, 01/25/2019 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Emily Jungmin Yoon is a Korean Canadian poet who wrestles with history. Producers Jake and Sara join Emily to talk about her debut full-length poetry collection, A Cruelty Special to Our Species which explores the history of Korean “comfort women” during World War II. Throu... Read more

API Playlist

Airs at: Fri, 01/04/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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We're kicking off the New Year with music! We have had the pleasure of interviewing truly talented musicians and artists at Pacific Underground and today, we curated a playlist of songs by API musicians. Not all of them have been on Pacific Underground and some of the songs... Read more

Pacific Underground on 12/28/18

Airs at: Fri, 12/28/2018 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Pacific Underground on 12/07/18

Airs at: Fri, 12/07/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mecha Samurai Empire's Peter Tieryas

Airs at: Fri, 12/07/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00pm
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What would Western North America look like if the Axis powers had won WW2?  In Peter Tieryas's new dystopian alternate history novel, Mecha Samurai Empire as well as his previous, United States of Japan, this scenario is explored with frightening detail. In conversation wit... Read more

Another episode about food

Airs at: Fri, 11/23/2018 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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  It's time for another food episode here on Pacific Underground. Past guests and friends of the show give their recommendations on where to eat in town. We also hear stories from a segment we produced for our first food episode in season one where we explore what made us ... Read more

Artists Lynn Yarne and Roberta May Wong

Airs at: Fri, 11/02/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Interview with Portland artists Lynn Yarne and Roberta May Wong who are both featured in the current exhibit "Descendent Threads" at the Portland Chinatown Museum. Also, a vox pop about mental health with audio collected at this year's EPALF (East Portland Arts and Liter... Read more

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