- 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“. Listen to the podcast.
- Sara Onitsuka explains her college application quandary in her latest Angry APA Minute. Listen to the podcast.
- 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.
- 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”
- 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!
- 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”.
- Ishmael Beah tells us his amazing story: of being a child solider in Sierra Leone and the transition to his second life in the United States. Beah is the author of the novel “The Radiance of Tomorrow”.
- 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. Listen to the podcast.
- Portland vocalist, Lyndee Mah, sheds light on the complexities of being Chinese-Welsh-American and brings this to the stage in her performance memoir, “E-Bon E-Bon”
APA Compass features authors and artists.
- 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”. Listen to the podcast.
- 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. Listen to the podcast.
- 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. Listen to the podcast.
APA Compass features selections from our best programming from 2013:
- Comedian Jenny Yang, co-founder of the first-ever, all female, Asian American standup comedy tour, “Dis/orient/ed Comedy”
- Film maker Vidyut Latay‘s documentary, “Beyond Silence” chronicles the lives of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in Mumbai India. The film has won the Award of Merit for Short Documentary – Best Shorts Competition in LA Jolla, CA.
- Professor Pinky Hota of Smith College speaks on women and violence, and the social uprising in India.
- Stories from Japanese-American WWII veterans and camp internees, who recently came together in Portland to celebrate the veterans’ Congressional Gold Medal.
- Historian Jo Ogden, describes the Punjabi community which thrived in Astoria, Oregon around 1900, and explains the leading role they played among the Punjabi diaspora.
- Local community organizer, Dr. Thuy Tran, encourages more Asian-Americans to find their political voice.
- Liz Rogers presents this tribute to Afifa Ahmed Shafi, a terrific community organizer, and one of the founding collective members of this radio program. Our collective fondly remembers her as kind and generous, committed and dedicated, amazing and super cool.