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 Angry APA Minute: Sara Onitsuka on college applications

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/01/2014
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.
  • Length: 5:55 minutes (5.42 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: Alex Tizon, author of Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self

program: 
APA Compass
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Fri, 08/01/2014
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".

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.
  • Length: 20:33 minutes (18.81 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: Malinda Lo, author of "Inheritance"

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APA Compass
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Fri, 03/07/2014
Malinda Lo started writing because she just wanted to be the hero of her own story. She’s now the author of four acclaimed young adult novels, including the science fiction thriller, "Inheritance".

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.
  • Length: 13:20 minutes (12.21 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: Gene Luen Yang, author of Boxers & Saints

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APA Compass
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Fri, 02/07/2014

Gene Luen Yang writes and illustrates award winning graphic novels for adults and kids.  He tells us about the controversy surrounding his most viewed "The Last Airbender" comic, and about the inspiration behind his latest companion novels, "Boxers" and "Saints".

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.
  • Length: 12:05 minutes (11.07 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: Andrew Lam, author of Birds of Paradise Lost

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APA Compass
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Fri, 02/07/2014
Award winning author and journalist Andrew Lam tells us why he cofounded New American Media, which is a coalition of thousands of ethnic media outlets.  His fiction and non-fiction writings, including "Birds of Paradise Lost", explore the interactions between the east and the west. 

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.
  • Length: 17:21 minutes (15.88 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: CHOPS, producer of Strength In Numbers

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APA Compass
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Fri, 02/07/2014
Producer and hip hop rapper CHOPS talks about how the music scene has changed in recent years, and his kickstarter campaign to produce a great album of amazing Asian-American musicians.

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.
  • Length: 9:53 minutes (9.06 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: Vu Pham, director of Sway of the Knife

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/06/2013
Filmmaker Vu Pham talks about his family circumstances which led him to write and direct the film, "Sway of the Knife."

Interviewed by Dao Strom and Andrew Yeh.  Produced by Andrew Yeh.  Music by Dao Strom.
  • Length: 15:28 minutes (14.15 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass: Simon Tam on The Slants' trademark case

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APA Compass
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Fri, 12/06/2013
Musician Simon Tam describes his ongoing legal action to trademark his band's name, "The Slants."  The US Patent and Trademark Office denied his applications on the grounds that the word is offensive, though approved hundred of other trademarks containing the same word.

Interviewed by Anna Preble.  Produced by Anna Preble and Andrew Yeh.  Music is "Sour Love" by The Slants.

APA Compass: Author and Musician Dao Strom

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APA Compass
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Fri, 11/01/2013
Musician Dao Strom plays from her latest creation - "We Were Meant to be a Gentle People" - a hybrid music CD and chapbook, inspired by her Vietnamese-American family's experiences.

Interviewed and produced by Andrew Yeh.
  • Length: 12:54 minutes (11.8 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

APA Compass on 10/4/2013: Congressional Gold Medal, Amy Uyeki, Vivek Bald, heart2heart

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APA Compass
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Fri, 10/04/2013
Japanese-American World War II Nisei Soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service were recently celebrated in Portland, Oregon.  This tribute included bringing together the honored veterans from Oregon and Washington, the Congressional Gold Medal, screenings of “Honor and Sacrifice: The Roy Matsumoto Story” and “Searchlight Serenade”, and the Minidoka Swing Band.  We feature interviews with several participants. Many thanks to event organizers, the Oregon Nikkei Endowment and the Oregon History Museum.
  • An audio postcard from the Congressional Gold Medal celebration.
  • Medal recipients Shige Imai and Roy Matsumoto explain their very different roles as Japanese-American soldiers in the US military during WWII.
  • Amy Uyeki‘s documentary “Searchlight Serenade: Big Bands in the WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camps” explores how music was used to restore a sense of normalcy to the internees.
  • Former camp singer Chickie Ishihara White relates her family’s internment era experiences.
  • In his book “Bengali Harlem”, Vivek Bald traces the lives of South Asian Muslim silk peddlers who settled within communities of color in the U.S.
  • “Heart2heart with Ka” features thoughts on leaders and leadership.
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media. Find podcasts at apaCompass.wordpress.com.  If you have a story idea or would like to contribute, leave us a message on our Facebook page, APA Compass Radio.
  • Length: 59:40 minutes (54.62 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Playlists

APA Compass playlist for 09/04/2009

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Program name: 
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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
Air date: 
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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