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The producers of Pacific Underground curated an hour of music by API musicians!We're kicking off the New Year with music! We have had the pleasure of interviewing truly talented musicians and artists at Pacific Underground and today, we curated a playlist of songs by API musicians. Not all of them have been on Pacific Underground and some of the so…
 
Elections are quickly approaching here in Portland so we're talking to Brandon Cruz from APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) to talk about their Voter Guide and efforts to increase voter participation. We'll also be talking to Matt Lim who works for the city of Portland about affnity groups for city employees. Also, we include a vox po…
 
We return to the Portland Chinatown Museum to chat with 2 artists that have work on exhibition at the museum. Roberta Wong and Lynn Yarne talk about their work, identity, and their inspirations. We also have a vox pop from EPALF, the East Portland Arts and Literary Festival, of folks sharing their mental health stories. And want to know about Novem…
 
2018 marks 13 years of public affairs programming at KBOO for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, between the last three years of both Pacific Underground and the equally fantastic Intersections Radio, and the ten (!) years that APA Compass was on the air (2005-2015). To celebrate this anniversary, producers Jenna and Tabitha are joined by specia…
 
Crazy Rich Asians is doing well in the box office and is trending on social media, especially among Asian American. There are many who love the movie and say it represents a big step in representation, while there are many who could do without it and say it only furthers the problems in Asian mainstream representation. The Pacific Underground crew …
 
Let's get personal with T Ngu, owner of Project Object! Join producer Vy Pham in a journey of learning about T's life story, including her family's resilience and survival as refugees in America, the birth and vision of Project Object, and the hardships of being a small business owner. Project Object is a retail shop that features and supports arti…
 
If you've ever wanted to learn more about tech and computer science but thought that it was too inaccessible a field for you, Vaidehi Joshi wants to help change that. Vaidehi is a software engineer with Tilde, and she also co-hosts the Base.cs podcast. Producer Kat Batuigas chats with Vaidehi about the tech industry, learning as well as teaching, a…
 
Producer Vy Pham talks to La Vang, owner of the only Hmong eatery in the Pacific Northwest - aptly named "@La's, A Hmong Food Cart," located in Aloha/Beaverton, OR. La is using her kitchen talents to spark conversations and educate the people of metro Portland about Hmong culture and history. An activist at heart, she is cultivating a platform for …
 
Jenna, Tabitha, and Jake talk about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Discussions includes a history of the International Hotel in San Francisco, feature on Grace Lee Boggs, Geena Rocero, and a brief overview of what the month is all about. Music/Spoken Word"Hate" by Ruby Ibarra"We are the children" by Yellow Pearl"Wire Ties" - @chopsmusic…
 
Producer Kat Batuigas chats with Carmel Laurino, founder of Kalsada Coffee Company. Kalsada, which means "road" in Filipino, partners with smallholder coffee farmers in the Philippines to bring quality Philippine coffee from farm to cup.Carmel and Kat talk about the coffee industry in the Philippines, Kalsada's beginnings, and their approach to wor…
 
On February 16th, Whitenoise Project held an event in memory of Quanice Hayes, one year and a week after he was shot and killed by police. Join Pacific Underground as we replay some of the recorded audio from that event and talk about the connections between art and activism, as well as some concrete steps nonblack folks can do to be in solidarity …
 
Until a few months ago, Nadya Okamoto was ashamed of being Asian but didn't really realize it. We talk to her about how her upbringing in New York and Portland affected how she viewed herself and how a recent run for city council brought her identity issues to light. We also talk about what it's like for her now as someone who is just starting to e…
 
For many API who call Portland home, eastern Oregon is a rarely visted or talked about part of our homestate. Producer Tabitha Teo spoke with Justin Chin about his experience of living in small town eastern Oregon and what it is to build community in a place where you don't always expect to find it.저자 Pacific Underground
 
October is Filipinx-American Heritage Month.According to Wikipedia, Filipino-American Heritage Month, has been celebrated since 1988. If it has been around nearly 3 decades, then why don't many people-API-identified or otherwise-- seem to know about it or acknowledge it?This month we're centering Filipinx voices in a live conversation around Filipi…
 
Portland can be a stressful place to live for people of color. POC who have moved here are often met with a feeling of being unwelcomed that stems from our state's historically racist founding. Writer Zahir Janmohamed's recent piece in the Portland Mercury talks about his experience of living in Portland and why he decided to leave.…
 
Continuing our conversation with activists, we talk to Jacob Bureros of Direct Action Alliance. He has a fascinating upbringing that inspired him to do the work he's doing today. He believes in getting to know your neighbors and talking to the people that live on your block to know what directly affects peoples' lives.…
 
"It still feels weird checking off the box 'Asian Pacific Islander' on....anything....because it seems clear to me that what they want to know is if I'm East Asian."Portland-based activist Amina speaks about her relationship to Muslim, South-Asian, and Asian-American identities, and the general lack of education/awareness that characterizes her exp…
 
May is Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month so we've decided to have another awkward episode about it. Last year, the crew of Pacific Underground found themselves in the not so comfortable position of being live on air while realizing that most of us didn't care to celebrate a month that was create to honor us. For some reason, we didn't really …
 
In a time where discussions around activism has taken over the social media scene, the topic of oppression olympics has become a relevant one. Although not a new idea, the pitting of marginalized groups against one another has been a tool of oppression used in our country since its founding. Activist and writer Scot Nakagawa of ChangeLab joined us …
 
What does it mean to be an Asian woman in America in 2017? In this special International Women's Day episode, the women of Pacific Underground explore what the Asian American experience for women is in a time when gender expression, identity, and sex are being defined more fluidly than ever. Listen along as we dive into the exploration of self and …
 
Being an Asian American woman has it's set of challenges and New York based comedy duo SJ and Ginny have managed to capture the experience in their new YouTube series "Quiet Tiny Asian." This series of shorts explains the frustrations that come with having all your problems being perceived as "tiny" or always being seen as doing "asianthings." Whil…
 
Call them what you want: the Muslim ban; the travel ban targeting 7 majority-Muslim countries (but curiously not many that pose any demonstrable terror threats to the US); the immigration ban; the executive orders; etc....We felt that we needed to have an off-the-cuff conversation about the state of immigration at this all-too-strange moment. We sp…
 
Immigration Attorney Diana Fakhrai talks to producer Jenna Yokoyama about the current state of immigration. They discuss what green card holders should know about travelling, changes in the refugee program, and what immigrants here in the United States should do to help protect themselves from policies that could affect their status. Diana Fakhrai …
 
Douglas Tsoi, founder of the Portland Underground Grad School (PUGS) talks about what's lacking in education and how PUGS helps build community. He also talks about his book "Why Are Conservatives Always Wrong?" Then the dance rock band, The Slants, talks to us about visiting Washington D.C. for their Supreme Court hearing and share their new album…
 
The Portland based band, The Slants, have released a new album titled "The Band That Must Not Be Named," a reference to their recent Supreme Court case (and yes, Harry Potter). We talked with all four members of the dance-rock band while they were in Washington D.C. this last week to hear about what life in the Supreme Court spotlight has been like…
 
You do not have to always march in the street to be an activist. Different people come to activism and resistance of oppresion in different ways. We talked to Portland zinester A'misa Chiu and musician/dancer Nobuko Miyamoto about how they use their respective artforms to resist and protest. They also draw links from activists from the past on how …
 
Congrats to everyone who made it through Thanksgiving family dinner relatively unscathed! Tabitha and Jenna take on what's happened since then including the Global Month of Action for supporting the water protectors in North Dakota; World's AIDS Day shines a light on the need for the API community to talk about the taboo; congress honors WWII Filip…
 
Where do we go from here? This is a question we've been asking ourselves a lot since the results of the presidential election were announced. To help give us some understanding about how we move forward in fighting oppression, we spoke with anti-fascist activist Scot Nakagawa of the grassroots political lab, Change Lab. Scot talks about his recent …
 
It's time for more post-election discussion. We're still trying to figure out what to do with all the feelings. Canaan, Tabitha, and Jenna dare to touch the dreaded safety pin debate and talk about what wearing it means; Megyn Kelly disrupts a Trump surrogate on Fox News which is calling the API community to action; we talk about how to engage the …
 
Election results got you down? Yeah, us too. Join Jenna and Canaan as they talk about how they've been coping and not coping with the reality of a Trump administration. Jenna talks about seeking out "any kind of asian" while Canaan dares to dive into Facebook. Also, is Star Wars' Lord Palpatine the son of Trump and Pence?! Music by @chopsmusic…
 
Weekly Disruption is back! This week, Jenna, Canaan, and Tabitha share their ideas about how to support #nodapl; we talk bout what it means when one of the defendants of the Malheur Refuge is API; the book A Wrinkle In Time is being made into a film and stars an 8-year-old Filipino-American; and Jenna spoils The Walking Dead for everyone while Cana…
 
Pacific Underground Producers Pamela, Tabitha, and Canaan are joined by a friend, Chisao, to break down this week's headlines. This week we dive into API representation in sitcoms and romcoms; scratch our heads and think about APIs supporting Trump; and stare disapprovingly and condescendingly slow clap for the US Federal government for finally ack…
 
This week, in addition to the pop news, we talk about API life in Portlandia. Have you ever wanted to move to Oregon? Before you do, have a listen to our lively discussion about all the wonderful b.s. going on in the headlines from our home state. Tabitha shares about a famous Oregon rodeo that portrays Chinese people as beggars, while Jenna reflec…
 
This week in headlines that need to be disrupted: the Standing Rock Sioux lead the largest native protest in modern history; Bon Appetite magazine tells the world how to eat pho via a white chef from Philly; Greg Pak and Dark Horse Comics brings us a Chinese cowboy; Mulan is being made into a live action movie by Sony, hopefully, with no Matt Damon…
 
On this week's round of disrupting the news, we tackle a broad range of headlines from the protests in Queens to APIs at the Oscars. Pamela shares her thoughts on the recent hate crimes in her hometown of Queens and why State Senate hopeful, SJ Jung, should have his New Yorker card revoked; NFL's Colin Kaepernick brings attention to what the heck w…
 
Weekly Disruption is back to it's regular format of calling out the headlines. This week, Jenna, Pamela, and Tabitha talk about Purvi Patel; a study about racism in Southern California shows that white people don't like living near Mexicans...but Asians are just fine; #MissSaigon forgets to cast Vietnamese people again; #StarringJohnCho is happenin…
 
Weekly Disruption takes a break from our usual format to bring you a special interview with hip hop and spoken word artist jason chu @jasonchumusic. jason chu talks about what inspires him as an artist to create music that makes helps carry his message. In his music, jason chu has touched upon topics such as race, sexism, superheroes, and mental he…
 
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