2013 Programs

December 2013

Justice and the Arts

  • 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. Listen to the podcast.
  • Vanita Gupta, ACLU deputy director, speaks of her efforts to improve the racial inequities of the criminal justice system. Listen to the podcast.
  • Filmmaker Vu Pham talks about his family circumstances which led him to write and direct the film, “Sway of the Knife.” Listen to the podcast.
  • In this end of the year edition of “Heart2Heart with Ka“, Ka speaks with youtube-to-fame guitarist and singer ClaraC.

Listen to the entire December 2013 program.

November 2013

  • 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. Listen to the podcast.
  • 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.  Listen to the podcast.
  • Heart2Heart with Ka” features a holiday message.
  • Ping Khaw-Sutherland, artist and president of the APA Chamber of Commerce (APACC), tells the story of the Baba-Nyonya culture and her life motivation.

Listen to the entire November 2013 APA Compass program.

October 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. Listen to the podcast.
  • Medal recipients Shige Imai and Roy Matsumoto explain their very different roles as Japanese-American soldiers in the US military during WWII. Listen to the podcast.
  • 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. Listen to the podcast.
  • Former camp singer Chickie Ishihara White relates her family’s internment era experiences. Listen to the podcast.
  • 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. Listen to the podcast.
  • Heart2heart with Ka” features thoughts on leaders and leadership.

Listen to the entire October 2013 APA Compass program.

September 2013

  • Atsuko Okatsuka, co-founder of the all-female APA comedy group dis/orient/ed, speaks about the challenges of being an Asian-American in entertainment. Listen to the podcast.
  • Local community organizer, Dr. Thuy Tran, encourages more Asian-Americans to find their political voice. Listen to the podcast.
  • This installment of “heart2heart with Ka” features back-to-school tips. Listen to the podcast.
  • Laetitia Thomas presents an audio tribute to APA Compass co-founder, Afifa Ahmed Shafi. Listen to the podcast.

Listen to the entire September 2013 APA Compass program.

August 2013

We introduce our newest collective member and feature two prominent media missteps involving Asians and Asian-Americans.

  • Liz Rogers produces a tribute to our dear friend and colleague, Afifa Ahmed Shafi, a founding member of our APA Compass collective, who passed away July 29, 2013. Listen to the podcast.
  • Our newest collective member, Ka Her, introduces herself in the first installment of “heart2heart with Ka”.
  • Asawin Suebsaeng reports on how both new and traditional media misidentified a missing Brown university student as the Boston marathon bombing suspect. Listen to the podcast.
  • Bobby Caina Calvan describes how multiple news outlets were taken in by a racist hoax following the crash of Asiana flight 214, and how similar mistakes could be avoided in the future.  Listen to the podcast. Listen to the podcast.
  • Sarika Mehta interviews author Jean Kwok about her novel, Girl in Translation. Listen to the podcast.

Listen to the entire August 2013 APA Compass podcast.

July 2013

Our program of Silenced Stories:

  • Professor Linda Tamura, author of “Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River” explains the national notoriety which Hood River, Oregon received after WWII, and how and why she broke the code of silence surrounding the situation.  Listen to the podcast.
  • Film maker Vidyut Latay‘s documentary, “Beyond Silence” chronicles the lives of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in Mumbai, India.  The film won the Award of Merit for Short Documentary – Best Shorts Competition in LA Jolla, CA.  Listen to the podcast.

Listen to the entire July 2013 APA Compass podcast.

June 2013

We feature interviews with several APA authors in this APA Compass program.

  • ABA Award and Pushcart Prize winning author, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni speaks of how she portrays the complex mixture of the contemporary and the traditional which is found in today’s India in her latest novel, “Oleander Girl”.  Listen to the podcast.
  • Author and storyteller CP Chang speaks about the challenges of interracial relationships and the challenges of telling those stories.  CP is with the Chicago storytelling collective, 2nd Story, and a contributor to the anthology, “Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low Flying Duck”.  Listen to podcast.
  • ABA award winning author and film maker Ruth Ozeki presents her latest novel, “A Tale for the Time Being”, which brings together themes and personalities from Tokyo and British Columbia.  Listen to podcast.

Listen to the entire June 2013 APA Compass podcast.

May 2013

  • An APA Call to Action from Grant High School student Sara Onitsuka on proposed cuts to next year academic year’s Japanese program. Listen to the podcast.
  • Comedian Jenny Yang, co-founder of the first-ever, all female, Asian American standup comedy tour, “Dis/orient/ed Comedy”. Listen to the podcast.
  • Award-winning children’s author, Salina Yoon, who explains why her work is the antithesis of electronic books. Listen to the podcast.
  • Professor Ann Wetherell, curator of “Flying Tigers: Chinese American Aviators in Oregon, 1918-1945”, explains the circumstances around the unusually large number of Chinese-American pilots in the Portland area. (April 2013 rebroadcast) Listen to the podcast.
  • In our May PopWatch segment, Kushlani de Soyza sounds off about a racist Chevy commercial and brings you the latest news about Lela Lee’s Angry Little Girls comic and Houston Rockets’ point guard Jeremy Lin.

April 2013

  • Professor Ann Wetherell tells us why Portland had an unusually large number of Chinese-American pilots in the early 1900s. Professor Wetherell is the curator of “Flying Tigers: Chinese American Aviators in Oregon, 1918-1945”.  Listen to podcast.
  • Award winning Kiran Ahluwalia entertains with her ancient Persian and Punjabi Ghazals. (August 2012 rebroadcast)  Listen to podcast.
  • Linda Ueki Absher sounds off in her Angry APA Minute, “Hapa For Hire”.  Listen to podcast.

March 2013

In recognition of International Women’s Day, APA Compass features three interviews on resistance to gendered violence.

  • Sonia Faleiro, author of Beautiful Thing, explains the culture of Bombay’s Dance Bars and the recent social uprising around women’s rights in India.  Listen to podcast.
  • Professor Pinky Hota of Smith College speaks on women and violence, and also about the social uprising in India.  Listen to podcast.
  • Professor Patti Duncan on her documentary film “Finding Face”, the story of survivor Tat Marina and the rise and decline of acid violence against Cambodian women.  (February 2011 rebroadcast)  Listen to podcast.

Listen to the entire March 2013 APA Compass program

February 2013

Interviews and Storytelling from the Lewis and Clark Multicultural Symposium

  • “The Race Monologues” are the popular student production and a highlight of the Lewis and Clark Multicultural Symposium.  We feature recordings of six of the performers: Camille Christie, Raymond Fenton, Jasmine Graze, David Jenkins, Guadalupe Triana, and Tony Zamora. Listen to the podcast.
  • Comedian Baratunde Thurston on technology, race, and politics.  Listen to the podcast.
  • Arizona State professor Merlyna Lim on how minority voices use social media to organize.  Listen to the podcast.

Listen to the entire February 2013 APA Compass program

January 2013

Our favorite APA Compass stories of 2012, and one new Angry APA Minute

  • Kilong Ung, author of Golden Leaf: A Khmer Rouge Genocide Survivor
  • Hari Kondabolu, comedian and activist
  • Race Monologues with Goldann Salazar and Musa Ahmed
  • Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize winner and Define American founder
  • Sarika Mehta’s Angry APA Minute, “My Ambiguous Ethnicity”
  • Kushlani de Soyza’s all-new Angry APA Minute, “We proudly declare in 2013 in the United States of America that racism is over. Right?”

Listen to the entire January 2013 APA Compass program

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