Asia Pacific Forum

Asia Pacific Forum Asia Pacific Forum (APF), is a unique public affairs podcast on Asian and Asian American culture, politics, history and current events. Formerly on New York's famed WBAI, 99.5 FM, we now podcast at http://anchor.fm/asiapacificforum.

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

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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The new episode of Asian Pacific Forum is out!'In this episode, we look at the significance of the cotton ban from Xiang...
04/24/2021
Cotton Ban in Xinjiang, Pandemic historical specificity of anti-Asian violence, and Remembering Corky Lee by Asia Pacific Forum • A podcast on Anchor

The new episode of Asian Pacific Forum is out!

'In this episode, we look at the significance of the cotton ban from Xiang, untangle the data around the increase of anti-Asian violence across the country and in New York City, unpack how race, gender, and class issues impact Asian American communities, and we will end with audio archives of Corky Lee's voice; the unofficial Asian American photographer laureate died of COVID-19 in January of this year. '

In this episode, we look at the significance of the cotton ban from Xiang, untangle the data around the increase of anti-Asian violence across the country and in New York City, unpack how race, gender, and class issues impact Asian American communities, and we will end with audio archives of Corky L...

01/28/2021

RIP, Corky Lee.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
01/06/2021

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

One more hour until the polls close in the Georgia Senate runoff elections! AALDEF staff are monitoring polling places in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties and conducting a multilingual exit poll of Asian American voters with Center for Pan Asian Community Services. Stay tuned for results from our Jan. 5 exit poll.

'“I think that people also forget that San Francisco and New York's Chinatowns are historic immigrant communities and th...
12/23/2020
'They're just irreplaceable': Why Grace Young is fighting to save Chinese restaurants

'“I think that people also forget that San Francisco and New York's Chinatowns are historic immigrant communities and they tell the story of America," Young continued. "And if we allow these businesses to go without a fight, and therefore the small landlords can't pay their mortgages or they can't pay their property taxes, this is what opens the door for gentrification.'

Mom-and-pop Chinese restaurants are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic's impact and many are on the verge of closing if they haven't already.

In this post-election special (thank god it's over), we look at how the election has affected Asian American communities...
12/17/2020
December 2020-Post-election Episode: the campaigns, the voters, and the future of immigration detention under Biden by Asia Pacific Forum • A podcast on Anchor

In this post-election special (thank god it's over), we look at how the election has affected Asian American communities, and also how immigration issues in particular have played out for the incoming Biden administration.

We check in with Alvina Wong, Campaign & Organizing Director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), and Shaw San Liu, executive director of the Chinese Progressive Association, about how the election played out for AAPI voters in California, including the fight around Proposition 15, a ballot measure that would have raised taxes on high-priced commercial properties.

We also talk to Jerry Vattamala, Democracy Program Director with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), about the group’s extensive exit polling data on Asian Americans in New York, Florida, Georgia and ten other states plus Washington, DC. Not surprisingly, Biden won a significant majority of the overall Asian American vote, but there were pockets of Trump support, as well as some ethnic variations in voters’ choices.

Finally, we examine one of the critical issues Biden will have to deal with once he enters office: addressing the longstanding inequities in the detention system and undoing the disastrous policies that Trump has put in place over the last four years at the southern border. Yet many of the human rights violations that are occurring now with immigrant detention and deportation were prevalent under the Obama administration as well--that is, they happened when Biden was vice president. We talk to Silky Shah, executive director of the Detention Watch Network, about how much activists can expect from a Biden administration when it comes to addressing the mass incarceration and deportation of immigrants.

In this post-election special (thank god it's over), we look at how the election has affected Asian American communities, and also how immigration issues in particular have played out for the incoming Biden administration. We check in with Alvina Wong, Campaign & Organizing Director of the Asian Pac...

New Episode: Asian America on the Black-led Uprising for Racial Justice with Thenmozhi Soundarajan of Equality Labs, The...
09/01/2020
Asia Pacific Forum August 2020 by Asia Pacific Forum • A podcast on Anchor

New Episode: Asian America on the Black-led Uprising for Racial Justice with Thenmozhi Soundarajan of Equality Labs, The Future of Dissent in Hong Kong with Gina Anne Tam, professor at Trinity University, and Part 2 of Cultural Protest of Chile and Palestine with Natisú of Trabajadoras de la Musica and Tarin Gonzalez of Existence Is Resistance

https://anchor.fm/asiapacificforum/episodes/Asia-Pacific-Forum-August-2020-eih4sv/a-a287vg6

Asian America on the Black-led Uprising for Racial Justice The Black Lives Matters protests that have spread around the country for the last several months have been punctuated by solidarity protests led by Asian American groups. We spoke to Thenmozhi Soundararajan of Equality Labs about the connect...

Caaav: Organizing Asian Communities
08/10/2020

Caaav: Organizing Asian Communities

We are hiring! CAAAV has an opening for the Chinatown Tenants Union (CTU) Membership Organizer position! The Chinatown Tenants Union Membership Organizer is responsible for building a base of working-class Asian immigrants in rent-stabilized apartments in Chinatown to fight against gentrification.

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to build relationships with working class Asian immigrants and be confident in basebuilding, leadership development, and campaign planning and development to fight displacement and gentrification in Chinatown and the Lower East Side, and connect tenant organizing to a larger more radical housing agenda.

Interested? Please send in your resume and cover letter by August 15th! Click here for more information: https://caaav.org/take-action/job-opportunities-2020

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

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?'

email: Click here to send an email phone: (212) 209-2991 fax (WBAI): (212) 747-1698 or mail: Asian Pacific Forum, WBAI 99.5 FM, 120 Wall St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10005

'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.

email: Click here to send an email phone: (212) 209-2991 fax (WBAI): (212) 747-1698 or mail: Asian Pacific Forum, WBAI 99.5 FM, 120 Wall St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10005

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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