Writer and comedian Jenny Yang’s live performances draw from her experiences as an immigrant, Asian American and recovering overachiever. Jenny co-founded the first-ever all female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Dis/orient/ed Comedy, which highlights the powerful and funny voices of diverse talent: a Japanese former import car model, a high-energy South Asian transgender boi, and an Egyptian-American female grouch. Interviewed by Luann Algoso, produced by Luann Algoso and Andrew Yeh.
Award-winning children's author, illustrator, and designer, Salina Yoon, chats with producer Andrew Yeh at the annual Wordstock Festival in Portland. Salina explains how she chooses the ethnicities of her characters and why her work is the antithesis of electronic books.
Grant High School, Portland, has proposed cuts to its well-regarded and well-loved Japanese immersion and language program for the upcoming academic year. Student Sara Onitsuka presents this APA Call to Action, and encourages everyone to show support for the program at https://www.facebook.com/SaveGrantJapanese. Produced by Andrew Yeh.
A new bill proposed in the Oregon House of Representatives would address accessibility of voting materials to citizens who speak primary languages other than English, such as Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Russian.
New information has come out this week that could have an impact on the upcoming May twenty-first vote on water fluoridation in Portland.
A lab test of the fluoridation compound proposed for Portland’s water supply found high levels of arsenic in the compound. The test was commissioned by the anti-fluoridation group ‘Clean water Portland’.
In addition, the Oregon Health Authority just released the latest figures on children’s dental health in Multnomah County, showing significant improvements in all categories, and bringing into question the county’s claim that fluoridation of water is necessary to improve dental health.
Drawing on personal and recent experiences of a fatal shooting and on her own background of owning and enjoying guns, Old Mole Iven Hale reflects on the ambiguities and contradictions in efforts to control guns and gun violence in a society that breeds and provokes violence in so many ways.