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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.

As part of KPFA, we are committed to promoting independent community media that is free and accessible to everyone.

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.

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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.

As part of KPFA, we are committed to promoting independent community media that is free and accessible to everyone.

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.

    APEX Express – November 19, 2020 Spotlight on Disability

    APEX Express – November 19, 2020 Spotlight on Disability

    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.



    On tonight's spotlight on disability, Anuj Vaidya interviews Arun Cherian, the founder of RiseLegs [1] and RiseArt - a Bangalore-based company that makes low-cost high-end prosthetics out of cane, and uses the leftover materials for high-end design, sets and furniture. For Arun, however, prosthetics are not at the center of his company, people are - and he shares his holistic vision around questions of mobility and disability in this conversation.

     

    Later in the show, Preeti Mangala Shekar converses with noted feminist disability rights activist Nidhi Goyal, around her organization Rising Flame [2], and the research they recently produced on how the covid pandemic has impacted disabled women and girls.

    [1] http://www.riselegs.com
    [2] https://risingflame.org/

    • 3 hr 19 min
    Apex Express: From Sidekick to Lead, AAPIs in Film November 12, 2020

    Apex Express: From Sidekick to Lead, AAPIs in Film November 12, 2020

    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.

    From Sidekick to Lead, Asian Americans in Film. Tonight Powerleegirls Miko Lee [1] and Jalena Keane-Lee [2] Hosts speak with independent filmmakers focused on AAPI stories. Producer Quintin Lee talks about his new endeavor to feature AAPI films with his AsianAmericanMovies.com. [3] We also talk with a documentary filmmaking trio about their film Rifle in a Bag.

    Calendar

    Quentin’s film, Searching for Anna May Wong at the Laemmle’s NoHo 7 Theatre from [4]November 20-26, 2020 and then online at AsianAmericanMovies.com [5]

    No Cut Collective’s Rifle in a Bag at the Asian Reel Festival in Toronto [6]Festival runs November 12 to 19, 2020. Public tickets will be priced $7.99.

    Music For Change [7] webinars around AAPI Representation in the arts on their youtube channel [8]. Catch the remainder of their series on November 21 & December 5 8-9pm EST.

     

    Call to Action

    We have an urgent action item from our colleagues at Asian Prisoner Support Committee and Asian Law Caucus. Demand that Gov. Newsom pardon incarcerated firefighters Boun and Kao to prevent their deportation [9] and stop turning Californians over to ICE!

    Get out the vote for run off races in Georgia. Check in with Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta [10] for how you can get involved.

     

    From Sidekick to Lead -  AAPIs in Film TRANSCRIPT

    Opening: [00:00:00] 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: [00:00:18] 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,

    [00:00:28] Tonight from sidekick to lead Asian Americans in film. In 2013, there was this trend hashtag not your Asian sidekick started by the great writer, suey park in supportive Asian American feminism.

    [00:00:48]Last year, it began to trend again, this time around Asian Americans in Hollywood. But we are seeing more and more changes with independent filmmakers so tonight we speak with producer Quentin lee about his new endeavor to feature AAPI films with his asian american movies.com. and we also talk with documentary filmmaking trio about their film rifle in a bag so join us tonight on apex express

    [00:01:18] Miko Lee: [00:01:18] welcome producer director artist, Quentin Lee to apex express.

    [00:01:24] Quentin Lee: [00:01:24] Hi, how's it going?

    [00:01:27] Miko Lee: [00:01:27] Hello, Berkeley and the Pacifica network. We are so happy to have you with us. first your film searching for Anna May. Wong is coming out really soon, November 20th to 26. , I'm sure many in our audience know about our hero Anna May Wong, but for those that don't, can you just give an overview of who she is and then talk about the film?

    [00:01:50] Quentin Lee: [00:01:50] Sure. Yeah. Anna May Wong is actually the first, Asian American movie star back, even from the silent era and, "Searching for Anna May Wong". Began as a filmmaker named Ziara, Jen came to me and said, Hey, Quinn, I wanted to make a documentary films about Asian American actors.

    [00:02:06] And I know, a lot of them, can you hook me up? I said, sure. So we started interviewing everyone from my timeout to Sandra. Oh. To like James Hong. and then we did about 20 actors or so, and then. And then, the filmmaker says, Oh, I don't know what to do with that. so four year, like four year or two . This film was just sling and, just staying on the editing floor, there's nothing happening with it. So I took it back. we

    • 3 hr 19 min
    APEX Express – November 5, 2020 | Beyond Elections 2020

    APEX Express – November 5, 2020 | Beyond Elections 2020

    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.



    Leaders from the AACRE network came together the day after November 3rd to reflect on the "results" of the election. Win or lose on any battleground, our north stars remain clear and we are grounded in the work. If you're feeling anxious or uncertain, tune in tonight for our thoughts about what's ahead, regardless of the results of the 2020 Elections. Special thanks to John Lam (Asian Prisoner Support Committee - APSC), Hong Mei Pang, (Chinese for Affirmative Action - CAA), Cha Vang (Hmong Innovating Politics - HIP), and Yuan Wang (APIENC) for joining us.

    Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality - AACRE [1]
    APIENC [2] (Yuan Wang)
    Hmong Innovative Politics [3] (Cha Vang)
    Asian Prisoner Support Committee [4] (John Lam)
    Chinese for Affirmative Action [5] (Hong Mei Pang)

    ENGLISH TRANSCRIPT:

    [00:00:00] Tracy: Apex express Asian Pacific expression and unity and cultural coverage, music and calendar visions, and voices coming to you as an Asian Pacific Islander in your view, it's time to get on board the apex express. Hello. You’re tuned into apex express on KPFA, bringing you an Asian and Asian American view in the Bay and around the world.

    [00:00:37] This is Tracy Nguyen. Today, we have leaders of the AACRE network with us and AACRE stands for Asian Americans for civil rights and equality, and we're bringing you the election results.

    [00:00:53] Welcome again to apex express. Tonight is AACRE Thursday. AACRE is a network of 11 Asian-American activist groups fighting for social justice and equality. Today, we're talking to four of my colleagues who are part of organizations within the AACRE network. We have Hong Mei Pang from Chinese for affirmative action, Cha Vang from Hmong innovating politics.

    [00:01:18] John Lam, from Asian prisoner support committee and Yuan Wang from APIENC. Today is a very special day. It's actually Wednesday morning. The day after the November 3rd, 2020 elections and this is a pre recording. So it's safe to say that many events may unfold by the time this show was aired and the facts and nbers may be different by then.

    [00:01:46] But hello everyone. Thank you all for joining us on apex express today. I'm super grateful to be with everyone virtually this morning. After what looks like will be a long journey to, , [00:02:00] understanding the results of our election this year. And you all work with organizations and communities fighting for civil rights, social justice equity for all Asian and Pacific Islander communities and all communities of color, and some of your organizations have even been around for decades.And so with that, I'm just extra proud and thankful to be with you all today. And just to open up our show, the big question, how is everyone feeling this week?

    John: John checking in, , you know, I feel great and , excited and the Dawn of a new day. You know, this, this is a really amazing turn of events with this election, you know, super excited to be on here today.

    [00:02:47] Tracy: Welcome John. Thank you. 

    Cha: Hi, everyone. I'm  and I am feeling, , hopeful, you know, last night I was feeling a lot of anxiety, but this morning there's some, a lot of hope. And then also we know that just to kind of breathe and like really let the process, happen. And then, so, there's tons of hope and, and looking for community to just really be around.

    [00:03:19] Tracy: Yeah. That's great to hear thanks Cha. How about you Hong Mei. 

    Hong Mei Pang: Yes. Hi Tracy. Thanks for having me. , I'm Hong Mei Pang. I work at Chinese for affirmative action. You know, they, after elections, , I feel very thankful, you know, I think that with the unprecedented voter turnout, , an

    • 3 hr 19 min
    APEX Express – October 29, 2020- We are the Leaders 5 – Missing in History

    APEX Express – October 29, 2020- We are the Leaders 5 – Missing in History

    [caption id="attachment_346625" align="alignnone" width="307"] Guests include Anirvan Chatterjee, Sammie Ablaza Wills and Hawane Rios[/caption]

     

    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.

    Powerleegirl Hosts Miko Lee [1] and Jalena Keane-Lee [2] present the final episode of our series "We Are the Leaders". which has been focusing on our AAPI history of resistance and change from our ancestors to the leaders on the ground today. Using the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism we seek to politically activate our community and amplify ways we can support each other. "We Are the Leaders" was inspired by one of our ancestor activists, Grace Lee-Boggs quote, "We are the leaders we've been looking for."

    Tonight we're focusing on AAPI stories that Helen Zia says are "Missing in History". Storyteller activists include:  Anirvan Chatterjee [3] of the Berkeley South Asian Radical Walking Tour [4], Sammie Ablaza Wills [5] of APIENC [6] and musician Hāwane Rios. [7]

     

    TRANSCRIPT of the SHOW

    Missing in History

    Opening: [00:00:00] 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: [00:00:18] 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, and tonight join us for our series. We are the leaders. Which will highlight our AAPI history of resistance and change from our ancestors to the leaders on the ground today.

    [00:00:39] Miko Lee: [00:00:39] We will use the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism as a way to politically activate our community and amplify ways we can support each other. We are, the leaders is inspired by one of our ancestor activists. Grace Lee-Boggs quote, "We are the leaders we've been looking for." So keep it locked on apex express

    [00:00:59] .

    [00:01:26]Jalena Keane-Lee: [00:01:26] Tonight we're focusing on api stories that has Helen Zia says, are missing in history here's her quote from earlier in our season ,

    [00:01:35]Helen Zia: [00:01:35] I call it M I H that we are at so often missing in history. And the only thing that's going to change, that is our voices. We have to restore that history.

    [00:01:47] Miko Lee: [00:01:47] Tonight we hear about activists from the past and present. From a South Asian Berkeley resident who was run out of town to a trans API elder who continues to be an activist today to a couple who were revered leaders in the fight against the occupation of Hawaii. First up is Anirvan Chatterjee. Welcome Anirvan Chatterjee to Apex Express. You're the founder of the Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking tour. Can you tell us about the seeds of inspiration for the walking tour?

    [00:02:17] Anirvan: [00:02:17] Sure. Thanks for having me. My walking tour partner Barnali Ghosh and I moved to Berkeley in the 1990s. For me, I grew up in the East Bay. She moved here from India and I think like when you writing in a new place, you don't necessarily need to know the history of activism in that place. You don't necessarily know the history of your people in that place. particularly when things like, ethnic studies are so hard to access . I remember meeting older activists in the community, on the streets , reading, Asian American history for the first time , Berkeley would come up a lot. Barnali and I started doing a lot of work in the archives and we started putting together this kind of patchwork story of generation upon generation of South Asian activists in the city of Berkeley.

    • 3 hr 19 min
    APEX Express – October 15, 2020 | Summer of Youth Organizing

    APEX Express – October 15, 2020 | Summer of Youth Organizing

    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.


    [Image Description: A screenshot of a zoom meeting with six people smiling at the camera. the top of the graphic reads "AACRE THURSDAY PRESENTS SUMMER OF YOUTH Organizing. bottom of graphic reads APEX EXPRESS, THURS @7PM KPFA 94.1FM]
    Host Tracy Nguyen [1] joins our Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE) colleagues to talk about a Summer of Youth Organizing. Guests include: Cassie Persaud (APIENC), Ranjana Thapa (ARU), Leo Hedge (ASATA/ PARIVAR), Chali Lee (HIP), and Asia Lee (HIP). While the pandemic year posed many challenges to staying connected, these youth leaders persevered and attending various leadership development programs all online! Listen to what they learned.

    More information about what was discussed on the show:

    ASATA [2]/ BASS [3] (Leo)
    Asian Refugees United [4] (Ranjana)
    APIENC [5] (Cassie and Leo)
    Parivar [6] (Leo)
    Hmong Innovative Politics [7] (Chali, Asia)


    ENGLISH TRANSCRIPT OF SHOW

    [00:00:00] Tracy: Good evening. You're tuned into APEX on KPFA, bringing you an Asian and an Asian American view from the Bay and around the world.

    [00:00:08] This is Tracy Nguyen. Tonight, we're talking with youth leaders of the AACRE network, AACRE stands for Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality. It's been six months of a pandemic. Tonight we're going to talk to them about growing the movement while we are sheltered in place and developing our leaders at a very  unique time.

    MUSIC PLAYS A BIT

    [00:00:32] And welcome to APEX Express. Tonight is AACRE for Thursday. AACRE is a network of 11 Asian American activist groups fighting for social justice and equality. Tonight, we're talking to four young activists who have just completed various summer trainings, organizing schools, fellowships, and institutes from across our AACRE network.

    [00:00:53] We have Leo who completed a youth activist training called the Bay area solidarity summer, hosted by Asata which stands for Alliance of South Asians Taking Action.

    [00:01:07] Tracy: We have Ranjana who finished camp, which is a weekend leadership camp for emerging Bhutanese refugees leaders with Asian refugees United. Fun fact, camp was actually inspired by BASS. We have Charlie and Asia who completed an organizing Institute with HIP in Fresno and Sacramento. Hip stands for Hmong Innovating Politics.

    [00:01:32] Tracy: And finally Casi who's graduated from APIENC's eight week summer organizing program. All right. Hi everyone. Thank you all for joining us on APEX Express. I'm super stoked to have you on the show tonight.  I'm also a product of many, many leadership programs, myself starting at the age of 18 and fun fact, I'm an alumni of APIENC's summer program 

    [00:02:00] as well. And I'm super thankful for people and activists who've invested their time in me in helping me build my own political awareness and organizing skills and activist chops. So just to start us off, I'm actually meeting a lot of you for the first time on this call tonight.

    [00:02:21] so let's do a go around and, to share where y'all are calling from because, you know, I know a lot of you were able to participate virtually from where you were, across the country. So where you're from, what you're spending your time doing currently, whether you're in school or working and just what sparked your activist journey around social justice. 

    [00:02:47] Ranjana: Hi everyone. My name is Ranjana. I'm currently a student at the Ohio State University. This is my fourth year. I'm getting - I'm majoring in finance. And, basically my inspiration for joining a youth activity, being a youth activist is the struggle that I've seen my people in my community go through and inc

    • 3 hr 19 min
    APEX Express – October 8, 2020

    APEX Express – October 8, 2020

    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.

    • 3 hr 19 min

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