Category Archive: Radio

Anupama Jain: How to be South Asian in America

Anupama Jain, professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, recently published her debut book, “How to be South Asian in America: Narratives of Ambivalence and Belonging.” In this work, she examines the… Continue reading

South Asian American Digital Archive: History at Our Fingertips

Samip Mallick, founder and president of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), was my guest for APA Compass on KBOO 90.7 FM. We first discussed the notion of archiving and the importance… Continue reading

Racial Disparities in Oregon: Panel Discussion

The Coalition for Communities of Color published a thorough report in 2009, detailing the staggering disparities in racial minorities in Multnomah County, Oregon (home to Portland). Last month, they developed another report specific… Continue reading

Amy Chua: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Amy Chua, professor at Yale Law School and author of the critically-acclaimed Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, is now on her paperback tour, which began here in Portland. I sat down with her at our… Continue reading

Thanhha Lai: Inside Out & Back Again

Thanhha Lai is the award-winning author of Inside Out & Back Again. Thanhha Lai’s semi-autobiographical book of prose poems won the 2011 National Book Award for Young Adult Literature as well as the 2012 Newberry Honor. I interviewed her… Continue reading

Angry APA Minute: My Ambiguous Ethnicity

As if guessing my ethnicity wasn’t enough fun, it gets even more complicated when the outside world has to guess my race. Inspired by an angry post on Sepia Mutiny, I did another… Continue reading

DJ Phatrick: Inspiring Youth in Los Angeles

Patrick Huang, or DJ Phatrick, is a Chinese American DJ and educator, based out of Los Angeles. He was recently featured in a short documentary, “Loves of a DJ”. He also runs Sessions LA… Continue reading

Manvee Vaid on Indian Folk Art

For our November broadcast of APA Compass on KBOO 90.7 FM, I spoke to Manvee Vaid. Manvee is a practicing artist and curator of Indian Art based out of Chicago, Illinois. She experiments… Continue reading

Angry APA Minute: Movies are Not Real Life

I contributed an “Angry APA Minute” to APA Compass for our October, 2011 show last week. After dealing with ignorant assumptions (such as my eating monkey brains according to Indiana Jones and the… Continue reading

Kiran Ahuja: White House Initiative on AAPIs

I spoke with Kiran Ahuja, the executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for APA Compass on KBOO 90.7 FM here in Portland. Kiran told me a… Continue reading