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Asia Pacific Forum Check out Asia Pacific Forum every other Monday night at 9pm ET on WBAI 99.5 FM in NYC and live on the web http://www.asiapacificforum.org
Asia Pacific Forum is the progressive pan-Asian radio show broadcast every other Monday night from 9-10pm on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City and live on the web at http://wbai.org. Twitter: @APFRadio
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Check out Asia Pacific Forum Monday nights at 9pm EST on WBAI 99.5FM http://www.asiapacificforum.org.

Mission: We cover underreported stories from Asia, as well as Asian American politics and culture. Our guests have included Arundhati Roy, Gary Locke, Jessica Hagedorn, Tariq Ali, Yuri Kochiyama, David Henry Hwang, Monique Truong, Edward Said, Maxine Hong Kingston, Vijay Prashad, Cathi Tactaquin, Zia Mian, Grace Lee Boggs, Vivek Bald, Phil Tajitsu Nash, Bhairavi Desai, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Monami Maulik, Margaret Fung, Robin D.G. Kelley, Shashi Tharoor, Joo-Hyun Kang, Mike Honda, Vandana Shiva, John Liu, Stacey Ann Chin, Jeff Chang, DJ Rekha, and Asian Dub Foundation.

06/08/2020
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC

WATCH: Act To Change and NextShark’s conversation on how Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders can support Black Lives, with panelists Bo Thao-Urabe of Coalition of Asian American Leaders - CAAL, Aerica Shimizu Banks, Kwame Alexander and Chair Maulik Pancholy.

#ActToChange #SolidarityConvos #BlackLivesMatter

New episode of Asia Pacific Forum, hosted by Olivia T. Canlas, Saurav Sarkar and Michelle Chen'Organizing API communitie...
06/07/2020
Asia Pacific Forum June 2020: COVID-19, Electoral Politics and Labor; Asian Americans & Black Lives Matter; Chinatown Rent Strike, Natisu by Asia Pacific Forum • A podcast on Anchor

New episode of Asia Pacific Forum, hosted by Olivia T. Canlas, Saurav Sarkar and Michelle Chen

'Organizing API communities in the face of the pandemic and systemic racism
We spoke Kim Geron, Monica Thammarath and Alvina Yeh of the Asia Pacific Labor Alliance about how Asian American workers and their communities are faring as they face the COVID-19 pandemic, economic devastation, and an explosion of racial unrest.

Pushing back against "tough on China"
Tobita Chow, head of Justice is Global, talks about the politics of the presidential election are heating up under the specter of China. While Trump's ant-China rhetoric is on full blast, Biden’s upping his anti-China game too. A group of Asian American activists recently penned an open letter to Biden condemning one of his campaign ads, which accuses Trump of "being soft on China," and called for a more enlightened foreign and domestic policy when dealing with both Beijing and the Asian American diaspora.

#CancelRent in Chinatown
Melanie Wang with Caaav: Organizing Asian Communities talks about a rent strike in Chinatown, part of a citywide campaign to demanding rent and mortgage relief for all New Yorkers.

Myanmar's workers are on a strike wave
Labor organizer Andrew TIllett-Saks discusses workers' struggles in Myanmar’s garment factories and the broader impact of the pandemic on conditions in South and Southeast Asia’s factories.

Cultural protest in Chile and Palestine
Natisú, a Chilean-based musician and cultural worker with Trabajadoras de la Música, and Tarin Gonzalez, a Bronx-based activist with Existence Is Resistance, speak about the recent surge in protests in Chile, along with what it means to draw global connections and build solidarity from the Bronx, Palestine, to Chile.'

Since our last episode, the world seems to have been turned upside down. Not only has the COVID-19 pandemic continued to ravage communities here and around the world, but a nationwide groundswell of protest against police brutality has erupted in the wake of George Floyd's killing. Meanwhile, hostil...

On this episode of Asia Pacific Forum: Anti-Asian Violence and Discrimination in the Coronavirus EraInternational Crimin...
04/15/2020

On this episode of Asia Pacific Forum:
Anti-Asian Violence and Discrimination in the Coronavirus Era
International Criminal Court Opens Door to Investigating US War Crimes Charges with Center for Constitutional Rights
MoMA Divest Disrupts Iraq War Art Exhibit with Freedom to Thrive
Confronting the Danger of Environmental Activism in the Philippines with Spirit Questing

Listen here:
http://www.asiapacificforum.org/show-detail.php?show_id=465

02/26/2020
Museum of Chinese in America

Museum of Chinese in America

We are staging a march and rally at 9:30AM this Thursday, February 27, 2020. We are marching from 215 Centre Street to 70 Mulberry Street.

We are doing this to heighten the importance of 70 Mulberry to Chinese life in America, the national status of MOCA's Collections, and the urgent prioritization MOCA and the community demand to salvage this priceless, national collection. Our reasons for the rally are as follows:

Four weeks have passed; despite sincere efforts by NYC agencies to retrieve materials from 70 Mulberry, the importance of MOCA’s irreplaceable national collection has not been given proper priority. This jeopardizes MOCA's Collections and the accurate telling of U.S. history.

We cannot let MOCA’s Collections “rot” without providing a space and platform for all concerned parties to voice their support and demand action.

The time is now: MOCA must make a concerted effort to move beyond the regular process and make loud and clear the importance of its Collections. Our motto is: Save Our Stories, Save Our Heritage, Save Our History, 70 Mulberry. Official announcement to come. Please stay tuned ...

Why the AAPI Community Should Support Bernie Sanders for President ❧ Current Affairs
02/10/2020
Why the AAPI Community Should Support Bernie Sanders for President ❧ Current Affairs

Why the AAPI Community Should Support Bernie Sanders for President ❧ Current Affairs

A little while ago, 150 prominent Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) came together to endorse Elizabeth Warren for President. Wealthy luminaries such as actress Constance Wu, CEO Anil Dash, and author Celeste Ng were on the list. The list’s creators took their inspiration from the group 1...

'Matt Huynh is a Sydney-born, New York–based visual artist and storyteller. His brush-and-ink paintings are informed by ...
01/21/2020
Cabramatta - Believer Magazine

'Matt Huynh is a Sydney-born, New York–based visual artist and storyteller. His brush-and-ink paintings are informed by Eastern sumi-e ink calligraphy and Western comic books. Huynh’s work combines sumi-e painting traditions with found perishable objects repurposed for unpredictable mark-making. His illustrated essays, comics, and animations interrogate war with a particular focus on amplifying diasporic voices, telling refugee narratives, and recounting the experiences of asylum seekers and migrant communities. Huynh’s illustrations, comics, and murals have been exhibited at MoMA, the Smithsonian Institution, the Sydney Opera House, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the New-York Historical Society.'

An interactive comic by Matt Huynh about growing up in a community of Vietnam War refugees resettled in Australia’s heroin capital.

'Lucky Lee’s opening in April received major backlash from the Asian community after its restaurateur marketed the resta...
12/12/2019
White Couple's 'Clean' Chinese Restaurant Shuts Down After Only 8 Months

'Lucky Lee’s opening in April received major backlash from the Asian community after its restaurateur marketed the restaurant’s Chinese food as “clean” while traditional food as “oily,” “salty,” and “icky.”

Many people reportedly flooded the restaurant’s social media with messages calling out its owner, saying how they were profiting from Chinese culture while also disrespecting it. There were also others who called out the name of the restaurant implying that it is Chinese owned, but it’s actually the name of Haspel’s Caucasian husband.'

Lucky Lee’s, a Chinese-American restaurant ran by nutritionist Arielle Haspel, has closed down eight months after opening its doors in April. Haspel’s restaurant, located at 67 University Place in Greenwich Village, New York, made the announcement on Dec. 6, Friday, on Instagram, according to Ea...

New APF with  Wilfred Chan of Lausan Collective on the Struggle in Hong Kong, HKCTU, etc. 'Hong Kong is now entering its...
11/23/2019
Asia Pacific Forum - November 22, 2019 Show

New APF with Wilfred Chan of Lausan Collective on the Struggle in Hong Kong, HKCTU, etc.

'Hong Kong is now entering its sixth month of protests, chaos in the streets and vicious police crackdowns. What began as a revolt against an extradition bill that would have allowed people to be plucked from the island to face justice in the mainland’s authoritarian legal system, has now become a massive and volatile social uprising. Will the movement for full universal suffrage be answered by Beijing, will the local government unravel under public pressure, and what role does Hong Kong and its sovereignty play in the emerging political landscape surrounding so-called Greater China?'

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'When he was in art school in the 1970s, Michael took thousands of photos of California life—everything from San Francis...
11/14/2019

'When he was in art school in the 1970s, Michael took thousands of photos of California life—everything from San Francisco street scenes and LA party culture to domestic shots at his family home.

He graduated, put those old photos away and didn’t think about them much.

It wasn’t until 2001, when Michael—then in his fifties—dropped off a box of prints at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art.

The curators were astounded, his work was accepted right away and overnight he was being recognised as one of the era’s most important documentary photographs.

Michael's story on today's Outlook.'

Here are a few of his pictures:

Photographer Michael Jang hit the big time many decades after taking the photos that won him that acclaim.

When he was in art school in the 1970s, Michael took thousands of photos of California life—everything from San Francisco street scenes and LA party culture to domestic shots at his family home.

He graduated, put those old photos away and didn’t think about them much.

It wasn’t until 2001, when Michael—then in his fifties—dropped off a box of prints at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art.

The curators were astounded, his work was accepted right away and overnight he was being recognised as one of the era’s most important documentary photographers.

Michael's story is on today's Outlook.

Here are a few of his pictures:

📷 Michael Jang

Check out Asia Pacific Forum's most recent podcast episode: Ancestral Memory and Fighting Climate Change with Queens-bas...
10/04/2019

Check out Asia Pacific Forum's most recent podcast episode: Ancestral Memory and Fighting Climate Change with Queens-based community artist and organizer Remember Your Connection's Cecilia Lim & Finding Ohana and Protecting #MaunaKea in New York with Joanna Pruett​, a Native Hawaiian-Chinese, reiki practitioner and massage therapist, answering the call to action.

http://www.asiapacificforum.org/show-detail.php?show_id=463

Andrew Yang told to “go back to China”
09/07/2019
Andrew Yang told to “go back to China”

Andrew Yang told to “go back to China”

Andrew Yang Campaign Photo Right wing pastor and radio host Jesse Lee Peterson declared on his show that "there's this little Asian guy or Chinese guy, whatever he is, he…

New Asia Pacific Forum: Jeffrey Ngo, Hong Kong-based activist with 香港眾志 Demosistō, discusses the future of young Hong Ko...
07/09/2019
Asia Pacific Forum - July 8, 2019 Show

New Asia Pacific Forum:

Jeffrey Ngo, Hong Kong-based activist with 香港眾志 Demosistō, discusses the future of young Hong Kongers’ struggle for self-determination.
Kham Moua with Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) on SE Asian refugee communities fighting against deportation.

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05/19/2019
Nailed It 2 min trailer

Nailed It 2 min trailer

A fortuitous encounter with 20 Vietnamese refugee women and The Birds actress Tippi Hedren in 1975, sparks the Asian nail salon as we know it. In this hour long…

Check out our new podcast-only episode! The Education of Eddy ZhengOn today’s first podcast-only episode, Michelle Chen ...
04/29/2019
Asia Pacific Forum - April 29, 2019 Show

Check out our new podcast-only episode! The Education of Eddy Zheng

On today’s first podcast-only episode, Michelle Chen talks to Eddy Zheng. Zheng, a community educator in some of America’s hardest-to-reach communities, got his own education in unlikely places. At age 12, he emigrated to Oakland, California, from China with his family, and was quickly plunged into poverty, cultural alienation and social dislocation. At 16, he was convicted as an adult for armed robbery and kidnapping, and faced a life sentence. During the two decades he ultimately spent in California’s San Quentin prison, Zheng developed a political consciousness forged through radical thinkers and writers of color – from historical pioneers such as Frederick Douglass to his mentor, Japanese American revolutionary Yuri Kochiyama. It was a grassroots education that, in his words, “saved my life”.

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Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
02/14/2019
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

On Feb. 13, closing arguments will take place in Boston federal court in the lawsuit challenging Harvard University's admission policies. Read our post-trial amicus brief on behalf of 33 Asian American groups and academics in support of race-conscious admissions, http://bit.ly/2FoQLH1, and this NYT op-ed by playwright Young Jean Lee, about how affirmative action benefits Asian Americans, https://nyti.ms/2Gz0n1t

Asia Pacific Forum is among the shows leaving WBAI this month. We’ve been on WBAI since 1998, bringing you news from Asi...
12/31/2018
Asia Pacific Forum - December 31, 2018 Show

Asia Pacific Forum is among the shows leaving WBAI this month. We’ve been on WBAI since 1998, bringing you news from Asia and Asian America with a progressive focus. We hope to continue in our online format as a podcast, and to continue building a platform for AAPI and diaspora voices around the world. To stay up to date on what’s next for us, see our website asiapacificforum.org (where you can also check out our extensive archive of past episodes), follow us on Twitter at @apfradio or like on on Facebook.

We’ll hear excerpts from our favorite stories of 2018: The Real Story Behind Asian Americans and Elite Admissions, Fighting the Muslim Ban, Climate Justice in India and Worldwide, Ending Gender-based violence in APIA communities, and music from Small Island, Big Song.

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