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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.

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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Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
12/15/2018

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

On this day in 1927, Patsy T. Mink was born in Hawaii. She was the first Asian American and the first woman of color elected to Congress; co-author of Title XI of the Higher Education Act and Women's Educational Equity Act; and the 1996 AALDEF Justice in Action Award recipient, http://bit.ly/2Ppl6Wb.

Get ready! New show 9p ET tonight, with Arjun Singh Sethi on hate crimes, policing, and his book American Hate: Survivor...
12/03/2018
Asia Pacific Forum - December 3, 2018 Show

Get ready! New show 9p ET tonight, with Arjun Singh Sethi on hate crimes, policing, and his book American Hate: Survivors Speak Out; also: Queens residents protest against NYC's planned subsidies to Amazon HQ2, and more! On WBAI 99.5 FM New York and live on the web. http://www.asiapacificforum.org/show-detail.php?show_id=459

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Tonight at 9pm ET on WBAI 99.5 FM New York!Midterm Elections: AAPI Women vs. Trump witth National Asian Pacific American...
11/19/2018
Asia Pacific Forum - November 18, 2018 Show

Tonight at 9pm ET on WBAI 99.5 FM New York!

Midterm Elections: AAPI Women vs. Trump witth National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)
Midterm AAPI Vote Roundup with Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
The Model Minority Myth and its Impact on the Asian Working Poor with Asian American Federation
Bhai Baldeep Singh Performs

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Belgian exhibition pays tribute to Chinese WWI labor corps
11/10/2018
Belgian exhibition pays tribute to Chinese WWI labor corps

Belgian exhibition pays tribute to Chinese WWI labor corps

In the run-up to the centenary of the end of World War I, an exhibition paying tribute to the Chinese labor corps was held Friday in the Belgian city of Bruges, 100 km northwest of Brussels.

OCA Vehemently Condemns President's Political Distraction
11/04/2018
OCA Vehemently Condemns President's Political Distraction

OCA Vehemently Condemns President's Political Distraction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 30 October 2018 Contact: Thu Nguyen | Senior Communications [email protected] | 202.223.5500 Washington, DC – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is extremely alarmed at President Trump’s intent to end birthright citizenship. Yesterday, the President ...

Click here to support Solidarity for the Migrant Caravan organized by Left Voice
11/04/2018
Click here to support Solidarity for the Migrant Caravan organized by Left Voice

Click here to support Solidarity for the Migrant Caravan organized by Left Voice

We need your help. The Migrant Caravan needs your help. Over the last few weeks, an estimated 8,000 people have set out on a long and perilous journey from their homes in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. They are traveling, many of them on foot, through Mexico toward the US border in search...

Colibri Center for Human Rights
11/01/2018

Colibri Center for Human Rights

www.bringthembackcampaign.org

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Today, the Colibrí Center for Human Rights launches our new campaign, Bring Them Back. As 2018 comes to a close, Arizona is approaching 3,000 migrant deaths since the year 2000. Colibrí believes that the only way to end this tragedy is by first recognizing its victims as human beings. This campaign seeks to recognize the invaluable, individual lives of those who have gone missing or passed during their journey across the US-Mexico Border. Over the coming weeks, we will be centering the voices of families searching for their missing loved one. We ask that you join us in honoring and demanding justice for missing migrants and their families. Visit our new campaign site bringthembackcampaign.org to see and hear from some of those most impacted by unjust border policies. Stay connected to receive updates on how you can help us raise awareness and contribute to the families' search for truth and justice. #BringThemBack

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Hoy, el Centro Colibrí de Derechos Humanos lanza nuestra nueva campaña, Devuélvanlos. Llegando al fin del 2018, Arizona se acerca a 3,000 muertes de migrantes desde el año 2000. Colibrí cree que la única manera de terminar con esta tragedia es reconociendo primero a sus víctimas como seres humanos. Esta campaña busca reconocer las vidas invaluables e individuales de aquellos que han desaparecido o fallecido durante su viaje a través de la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos. Durante las próximas semanas, centraremos las voces de las familias que buscan a sus seres queridos desaparecidos. Le pedimos que se una a la campaña para honrar y exigir justicia para los migrantes desaparecidos y sus familias. Visite nuestro nuevo sitio de campaña bringthembackcampaign.org para ver y escuchar a algunos de los más afectados por las políticas fronterizas injustas. Manténgase conectado para recibir actualizaciones sobre cómo puede ayudarnos a crear conciencia y contribuir a la búsqueda de la verdad y la justicia por parte de las familias. #Devuélvanlos

TONIGHT on Asia Pacific Forum, streaming live @ WBAI 99.5 FM:+ Asia Pacific Forum speaks with Bao Bao Chen and Tim Cole ...
10/23/2018
Asia Pacific Forum - September 24, 2018 Show

TONIGHT on Asia Pacific Forum, streaming live @ WBAI 99.5 FM:
+ Asia Pacific Forum speaks with Bao Bao Chen and Tim Cole of Small Island Big Song 小島大歌, a music project that traces the song lines of Pacific and Indian Ocean Islanders from over sixteen island nations spanning from Madagascar to Hawai’i and from New Zealand to Taiwan. The duo discusses following the voyages of the oceanic seafarers and the ancestral knowledge transmitted through these song lines, and the meaning it takes in the face of climate change.
+ On August 30, Asian American Writers' Workshop hosted a book drive in partnership with NYC Books Through Bars to mark the launch of A World Without Cages—AAWW’s new series of stories and workshops that bring together voices from jail, prison, and immigrant detention. Victoria Law, a co-founder of NYC BTB who has written about incarceration for more than a decade, co-hosted the event with Daniel A. Gross, Prisons Editor at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. They read letters from incarcerated readers and writers and talked about new and pressing threats to freedom of expression behind bars. Then other activists and formerly incarcerated people read letters and presented their experiences.

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18 Million Rising
10/17/2018
18 Million Rising

18 Million Rising

Asian Americans are facing racist discrimination, deportations, lack of healthcare, and more. Take our Activist Survey to tell us why you will or won't vote on Election Day: http://bit.ly/18activism

09/24/2018

TONIGHT, 9 PM ET, on Asia Pacific Forum:

Ny Nourn on Survivor and Southeast Asian Refugee Rights with Aree Worawongwasu
Ny Nourn is a Cambodian American domestic violence survivor and formerly incarcerated refugee woman. She is the 2018 Yuri Kochiyama Fellow at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, where she leads advocacy to help end deportation and continue to provide and create resources for immigrants fighting deportation. Since her release from incarceration, Ny has continued to pursue higher education and is currently attending San Francisco State University majoring in Sociology. Earlier this month, Ny also received the Asian Women's Shelter's Champion of Change Award in recognition of her organizing work to support other domestic violence survivors and refugee women.

Stopping Deportations with Stephanie Hoo
This year, the Trump administration has been deporting scores of Cambodian refugees who have been living in this country for decades, citing old criminal convictions for which they’ve served their sentences. The administration is also threatening to deport Vietnamese refugees for the same reason, some of them children of U.S. servicemen. Katrina Dizon Mariategue, director of national policy for the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), in Washington DC, discusses the legal strategy for fighting deportations and previews upcoming Senate and House briefings on the issue organized by SEARAC and the NAPAWF*New York City.

A Look Back: Yuri Kochiyama
In an interview from our archives, legendary activist Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014) discusses the struggle for global rights and emancipation – in a message that still resonates and is relevant to this day.

Republicans in Texas apologize for likening a Hindu deity to the GOP elephant
09/22/2018
Republicans in Texas apologize for likening a Hindu deity to the GOP elephant

Republicans in Texas apologize for likening a Hindu deity to the GOP elephant

To attract Indian-American voters, a Republican party group in Texas released a campaign ad with an image of Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu deity. It read: "Would you worship a donkey or an elephant? The choice is yours."

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