Culture of Tonga; Filipino-American rapper Kiwi, whose words and music speak to a personal and conscious journey; Why is the Smithsonian Museum quiet about the role of the U.S. war plane that dropped the first weapon of mass destruction on Japan; Plus music, calendar, and War.
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APEX Express is a weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Asian Americans from all corners of our communities. A collective of media makers, djs, and activists produce a show that airs each week on KPFA 94.1FM.
APEX Express is committed to building a broader social movement for justice and collective liberation for all oppressed people, including poor and working-class people, people of color, women and queer people. We support grassroots organizing and cultural work that advance these goals. APEX is a space for building consciousness and promoting critical discussion about these efforts.
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We work collectively to share our skills and resources, and to build the capacity and confidence of community members to tell their own stories. Within our group, we prioritize maintaining a culture of mutual support, respect, and love.
The US "secret war" was waged in Laos – while fighting Vietnam – and left terrible scars on Laos. What is the aftermath of this war and its impact on the local Laotian community? We talk about this with Sary Tatpaporn, of the US Lao NTR Coalition, and of the possible the normalization of trade … Continued
Scapegoat or Spy? Chinese American ImamYousef Yee provided religious services to Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Recently released from his internment by the military, we’ll learn why and the latest about Yee’s case from Justice for New American’s Cecilia Chang. Also, what’s the importance of environmental justice for Asian Pacific Islanders? Apex talks with global … Continued
This week our attention is on Hawaii. After being taken by the US military after Pearl Harbor was attacked, a sacred Hawaiian island is being given back to the Hawaiian people. But will this effect real change? Apex talks with EB Media Center director Paul Kealoha Blake about this. And, Hawaiian guitarist Patrick Landeza plays … Continued
Apex talks with June Kuramoto of the group Hiroshima about what kind of impact the group – the first of it’s kind to popularize Asian instruments in R’n’B music – has had on her, as well as the Japanese-Afro-American community links that fostered the music. Also, Cherokee flute player Tommy Wildcat talks about his collaborative … Continued
Special re-registration/ Special detainment? Sounds and true stories from Nov. 19th’s rally to halt registration and endangerment of civil liberties for immigrants, Muslim Americans, South Asians, and North Koreans held at INS in SF. Also, learn about Asian American prisoner Mike Ngo’s struggle to end segregation in prison. Plus, a Native American History Month Special: … Continued
Stories from the Cherokee and Pacific Rim peoples are featured in the performance Ghost Festival III: Fire in Heaven. We’ll talk with award-winning story-tellers Brenda Wong Aoki and Gayle Ross – a descendent of John Ross, leader of the Cherokees during their forced removal along the Trail of Tears. The performance at Yerba Buena Center … Continued
Apex talks with Oliver Chin about his book The Tao of Yao about basketball star Yao Ming, and about his 11/22 appearance at Eastwind Books in Berkeley. San Francisco Taiko Dojo is the leading US-based Japanese folk drum group. Find out about their November performance as well as their guest drummers including American Indian activist … Continued
Not Hollywood but Bollywood. The city of Bombay is the most prolific producer of movies in the world. Find out about this genre as its impact grows globally. Apex talks with 3rd I, a SF nonprofit that presents their International South Asian Film Festival in the first week of November. Visit the Festival Website Plus, … Continued
How the recent shooting death of a young Laotian woman has affected the Laotian community in Richmond; Award-winning author Maxine Hong Kingston on the Power of Non-Violence; Members of Korean Americans United for Peace talk about the recent suicide of a Korean farmer at the WTO meeting.