Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

For the month of May, KFPA radio is celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage month! The Powerleegirls from APEX Express will be hosting a series of shorts on Asian American activists – both elder and present day change makers – and making some guest appearances.

On May 1st from 9-11am The Sunday Show will be celebrating the first day of Asian Pacific American Heritage month by turning the reins over to APEX Express. Hosts, the Powerleegirls will live broadcast a series of conversations with some of the AAPI movers and shakers in the Bay and Beyond. Go here to listen and download.

Then on May 30th at 11am, KPFA is bringing you a special hour of programming featuring never-before-heard stories that lift up AAPI communities, from the birth of the Asian-American movement and the fight to save San Francisco Japantown, to a celebration of food, music and culture.

Listen here to APEX Express segments from the We Are Leaders series featuring:

  1. Sammie Ablaza Wills, Executive Director of APIENC which builds transgender, non-binary, and queer API power.
  2. Gayle Romasanta, author of Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong the Filipino American Labor Organizer and Saru Jayaraman founder of One Fair Wage a coalition of service workers pushing for a livable wage.
  3. Dr. Laureen Chew, one of the 1968 San Francisco State student strikers and professor of Asian American studies at SF State for many years.
  4. Activist, journalist, lawyer, and civil rights icon Helen Zia.
  5. Featuring ancestor activist Yuri Kochiyama.
  6. Hāwane Rios, Native Hawaiian singer, songwriter, and water protector. She is one of the leaders of the movement to protect Mauna Kea and talks about the importance of remembering you own stories and history.
  7. Anirvan Chatterjee co-founder of the Berkeley South Asian Radical Walking Tour. Anirvan speaks to the importance of knowing our history in this country.

Tune-in to KPFA at 94.1 FM or stream online at kpfa.org.