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    APEX Express – 6.23.22 – QT Viet Cafe Collective Celebrates 6th Year Anniversary

    APEX Express – 6.23.22 – QT Viet Cafe Collective Celebrates 6th Year Anniversary

    The QT Viet Cafe Collective [1] celebrates their 6th year anniversary through this community reflection with artists and healers: HẢI VÕ (host), TRANG SÁNG TẠO(host), JEAN PHẠM, PHIBI TRẦN, TOTAL (TỐ TỒ) NGUYỄN, and AI LE. In this episode, the QT Viet Cafe Collective reminisces on their first days in the collective, their journey through their artwork and healing last year, and what's to come in the upcoming cycle. QT Viet Cafe is a proud part of Asian Refugees United (ARU) and ARU is one of eleven AACRE organizations [2].



    QT Viet Cafe Collective: Circle of Artists and Healers

    The Circle’s purpose is to gather interested and committed QTViệt artists and healers to make space to deeply nurture and support our individual and each other’s art forms and practice and share our creative expressions with the greater community.  We welcome and encourage Circle members to consider their art form(s) as it relates to being Queer/Trans and Vietnamese in the dispora and/or homeland.  We hope to emulate the beauty of circles - we find them in shapes like the sun, the moon, planets in the cosmos, tree trunks, cell structures, nhãn (longan and many other fruits), and in cycles like the lunar calendar and the concept of plants sprouting, repopulating, and composting

    AACRE Thursdays

    a monthly radio show featuring an organization from the AACRE: Asian American for Civil Rights and Equality [3]. AACRE Thursdays premiers every third Thursday of the month at 7pm. Find more APEX Express Shows here. [4]


    Learn more about their work: 

    https://www.qtvietcafe.com/circle
    https://www.facebook.com/QTVietCafe/
    https://www.instagram.com/qtvietcafe/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNlW904fkq899D-bnAuLQIQ

     

    Transcript

    [6_23_22] QT Viet Cafe 6th Year Anniversary Reflection TRANSCRIPT [5]


    [1] https://www.qtvietcafe.com/circle
    [2] http://aacre.org/
    [3] http://aacre.org/
    [4] https://kpfa.org/program/apex-express/
    [5] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/6_23_22-QT-Viet-Cafe-6th-Year-Anniversary-Reflection-TRANSCRIPT-.docx

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    APEX Express – 6.16.22- Celebrating Arts

    APEX Express – 6.16.22- Celebrating Arts

    A weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders from all corners of our community. The show is produced by a collective of media makers, deejays, and activists.

    June Celebrating Arts - Show Transcript


    [00:00:00] Opening: Asian Pacific expression. Unity and cultural coverage, music and calendar revisions influences Asian Pacific Islander. It's time to get on board. The Apex Express. Good evening. You're tuned in to Apex Express.

    [00:00:18] Jalena Keane-Lee: We're bringing you an Asian American Pacific Islander view from the Bay and around the world. We are your hosts, Miko Lee and Jalena Keane-lee the powerlee girls, a mother daughter team,

    In honor of Asian-American Pacific Islander heritage month, we're highlighting the ways that you can celebrate in the bay area and beyond.

    [00:00:44] Miko Lee: Jason Bayani artistic director of Kearny street workshop. Welcome to apex.

    [00:00:51] Jason Bayani: Thanks for having me.

    [00:00:52] Miko Lee: We are so happy to learn about the 50th anniversary of, and a big gala that's set for this weekend. June 11th. Tell us about your big event. That's happening at the San Francisco mint.

    [00:01:05] Jason Bayani: Yeah, we're we're about to have our 50th anniversary gala for Kearny street workshop. We're the oldest, multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American arts organization in this country founded in 1972. We wanted to celebrate all our 50 years of history at this gala that we're having at the San Francisco mint. The name of the gala is titled to imagine is to exist 50 years of Kearny street workshop. And yeah we're open to bring up. From all the different generations. And this is really going to be a celebration of those 50 years and a way for us to interact and share space together and to commemorate all the history of the many different communities of artists that have come through for all these decades

    [00:01:52] Miko Lee: I know Kearny street was founded around the time of the political unrest of the seventies. Tell us about how Curtis street was founded and how that resonates today.

    [00:02:04] Jason Bayani: In that time, there's like many different forces swirling around. When we talk about the student movements the anti-war movements there's just so many different things happening at that time. In Chinatown and what was remaining of Manila town at that moment you had different artists in that area decided to get together and one thing that hold on a second here, a second.

    You have three different artists named Jim doll, Lord Joe Fu and Mike chin. They wanted to actually do workshops for youth at the time. They started doing like screen printing and, visual arts workshops. They were able to acquire space underneath the I hotel. those workshops expanded into more community-based workshops and like photography and literary workshops. They had a space underneath a hotel as a storefront under the hotel. The legendary Filipino poet Al Robeson was active there at the time. Jessica Hagadorn gangs of love there's the, there has mentioned of a hour was like figure teaching workshops, that hotel and through chronicity workshop in, in, in this kind of a time period. And you had all that going on and, they will to create this currency workshop organization.

    They operated out of that space until 1976 or 1977 when the residents of the hotel and all the different organizations that were based out of there, including us in not only us in, Clooney folks like Chinese progressive association we were all were evicted from this building. And a lot of our. Ties are, live our beginnings of rooted in community-based arts. And also at the, also through the intersection of art and activism.

    [00:03:50] Miko Lee: Jason, tell me about what people will see when they walk into this gala celebration. The San Francisco mint is a really large space. So how are you taking it over an artifying it?

    [00:04:03] Jason Bayani: Yeah. So when you enter the room, we

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    APEX Express – June 2, 2022

    APEX Express – June 2, 2022

    A weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders from all corners of our community. The show is produced by a collective of media makers, deejays, and activists.

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    APEX Express 6.2.22 – Lavender Phoenix Announces New Name!

    APEX Express 6.2.22 – Lavender Phoenix Announces New Name!

    Host Yuan Wang interviews Dino Duazo, Vince Crisostomo, Gisele Pohan, Doreena Wong, and Lori Lai to announce APIENC's new organizational name: Lavender Phoenix!

    Gisele Pohan, Doreena Wong, and Lori Lai were members of Phoenix Rising, the first newsletter for and by Asian Pacific Islander women and Dino Duazo and Vince Crisostomo were members of Lavender Godzilla, the first gay Asian Pacific Islander men. Leo Hegde is the community organizer and Yuan Wang is the executive director at Lavender Phoenix.

    Learn more about the history [1] of these two groups and how their names and legacies inspired the new organizational name: Lavender Phoenix!

    Lavender Phoenix builds transgender, non-binary, and queer Asian and Pacific Islander power in the Bay Area. We inspire and train grassroots leaders, transform our values from scarcity to abundance, and build vibrant intersectional movements.

    AACRE Thursdays is monthly radio show featuring an organization from the AACRE: Asian American for Civil Rights and Equality [2]. AACRE Thursdays premiers every third Thursday of the month at 7pm. Find more APEX Express Shows here. [3]

    Links:

    Donate to sustain our work: lavenderphoenix.org/donate [4]
    Instagram: @lavphoenix
    Facebook: facebook.org/lavphoenix [5]
    Twitter: @lav_phoenix [6]

    Lavender Phoenix Transcript:

    [6/2/22] APIENC Name Change

    [00:00:00] opening: Apex express Asian Pacific expression.

    [00:00:18] Unity and cultural coverage, music and calendar, new visions, and voices coming to you with Asian Pacific Islander point of view. It's time to get on board the apex express.

    [00:00:30] Yuan: Hi there. Welcome to AACRE Thursdays on APEX Express Radio. Thanks so much for joining us today. My name is Yuan and my pronouns are she and her. I'm the director of the organization currently known as APIENC. We're an organization of Transgender Non-binary and Queer Asians and Pacific Islanders fighting for community safety, healing, justice, and sustainable movements in the San Francisco Bay Area. But today I am so proud and excited [00:01:00] to announce that APIENC is changing our name. What, after more than a decade as a pink or API equality, Northern California. From today onwards, we will be known as Lavender Phoenix. Woo. Our name lavender Phoenix is a commitment to our past and our future. It's an homage to lavender, Godzilla and Phoenix rising. The first ever newsletters created by and for our lesbian gay and queer API elders in the 1980s here in the bay area, in them, our people challenged isolation connected and celebrated each other and kept each other safe.

    [00:01:41] They committed to imagining each other and our community's future, even when that seemed impossible. We chose this name after a two year process that involved over 200 original name ideas, a community-wide voting process and a final decision by apex core [00:02:00] leadership committee. And we are so proud to call ourselves Lavender Phoenix, because it reminds us of the generations of trans and queer APIs who fought for us to thrive and the generations that we will fight for too.

    [00:02:13] So today I am joined by a small group of incredible people who I admire deeply and together. We're just going to kick it and reflect a little on this history, our visions and dreams for the future. And we're going to talk a little about this new name too. So I want to give everyone an opportunity to introduce yourselves first, will you share your name, your pronouns and your relationship to Lavender Godzilla or Phoenix rising? I'll pass it over first to you Vince.

    [00:02:45] Vince Christostomo: Hi Everyone, Vince Christostomo. Pronouns are he him his and I joined GAPA in 1991, 1992, so I sort of consider myself one of the second way folks. [00:03:00] And in the middle of the nineties, I was like forever co-chair and sometimes just chair cause my other chairs kept quitting and yeah. Then one of the other things, we had a Godsy award and I got one of those and I just want

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    APEX Express – May 26, 2022

    APEX Express – May 26, 2022

    A weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders from all corners of our community. The show is produced by a collective of media makers, deejays, and activists.

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    APEX Express – May 19, 2022

    APEX Express – May 19, 2022

    A weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders from all corners of our community. The show is produced by a collective of media makers, deejays, and activists.

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