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Pacific Underground

82 episodes - English - Latest episode: almost 3 years ago - ★★★★★ - 4 ratings

A radio show in Portland, Oregon highlighting the stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs).

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New Year API playlist

January 06, 2019 23:45 - 55 minutes - 76 MB

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 songs are older, but here's a taste of what plays in our earbuds. 1:04 Tito Felix- Anak 6:00 Abhi The Nomad- Somebody to Love https://www.instagr...

Voter Guide Show; Affinity groups for city employees

November 04, 2018 21:15 - 59 minutes - 81.8 MB

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 pop about mental health from interviews collected at this year's East Portland Arts and Literary Festival. Links about the city's affinity groups: ...

Descendent Threads- Roberta Wong, Lynn Yarne, EPALF

November 02, 2018 18:46 - 56 minutes - 130 MB

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 November API events in Portland? Listen in!

Asian Femme Time

October 25, 2018 18:46 - 56 minutes - 77.9 MB

It's Asian femme time! Tabitha and Jenna hang out live on air. They try out double eye lid tape and talk about all the things they talk about when they're hanging out off air like dating, music, whiteness, and east Asian American topics.

APA Compass Returns

October 25, 2018 18:30 - 57 minutes - 79.3 MB

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 special guests and founding members of the APA Compass collective Liz Rogers, Marie Lo, and Patti Sakurai. While the active roster of both shows has evo...

Crazy Rich Asians and other media representation

October 25, 2018 18:25 - 58 minutes - 80.7 MB

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 will talk about their take on the movie and about other Asian American media they're consuming these days. We'll also have a special guest -- Portl...

T Ngu of Project Object

October 25, 2018 17:53 - 56 minutes - 77.5 MB

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 artists and designers who identify as women, people of color, and/or lgbtq. It donates a portion of proceeds to non-profits and organizations making a...

Vaidehi Joshi

October 25, 2018 17:47 - 57 minutes - 78.4 MB

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, and putting together Base.cs. Bonus: Vaidehi lets us know which side she's on with Salt & Straw versus Fifty Licks. Follow Vaidehi on Twitter: http...

Joe Kye

July 06, 2018 22:17 - 56 minutes - 77.9 MB

Joe Kye plays live, talks about his experience as an immigrant, and talks about his artivism.

La's Hmong Food Movement

July 02, 2018 06:07 - 57 minutes - 52.2 MB

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 the Hmong community through her food.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2018

May 25, 2018 19:41 - 59 minutes - 81.6 MB

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

Carmel Laurino

April 29, 2018 21:04 - 54 minutes - 49.9 MB

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 working sustainably and ethically with local producers. Carmel also shares her experiences being "simultaneously in and out" as a Filipina-American ...

The Only Islander in the Room

March 24, 2018 23:22 - 1 hour - 55.2 MB

Lilian Dirrebes Ongelungel speaks with Pacific Underground producers Jake and Kat about being the only Pacific Islander in the room, Moana, tattoos, and storytelling / oral histories.

Remembering Quanice Hayes

March 16, 2018 00:40 - 47 minutes - 43.1 MB

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 with Black lives. Featuring: Teressa Raiford/Don't shoot Portland: Glenn Waco: Jami...

Ashamed of being Asian and embracing identity

January 27, 2018 02:40 - 58 minutes - 80.4 MB

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 embrace their identity. Read Nadya's piece "Until Three Months Ago, I Was Ashamed of Being Asian" on The Pacific Underground collecti...

And interview with Manumalo Al'ilima

January 09, 2018 02:44 - 59 minutes - 81.6 MB

We talk with LGBTQ activist Manumalo Al'ilima about their work.

Year End Lookback

January 09, 2018 02:20 - 56 minutes - 77.5 MB

2017 has been a tumultuous year for the United States and Pacific Underground. We take a look back and discuss what we've learned this year and maybe what we might do differently going ahead.

Being API in Eastern Oregon

December 05, 2017 04:35 - 52 minutes - 120 MB

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.

Celeste Noche

November 07, 2017 01:34 - 56 minutes - 51.8 MB

Local editorial and lifestyle photographer Celeste Noche joins us in studio to talk about representation in media, freelancing, and her project Portland in Color.

Matt Dorrien

October 31, 2017 00:12 - 51 minutes - 47.1 MB

Musician Matt Dorrien, formerly known as Snowblind Traveler, talks to us about his music and his experience as a Filipino-American. He also gives us a special in-studio concert!

FAHM with Whitenoise Project and GABRIELA Portland!

October 13, 2017 01:28 - 56 minutes - 51.6 MB

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 Filipinx-American identity. Does Filipino-American Heritage Month matter to Filipinos? What, if anything, are folks under the broad API umbrella doi...

Zahir Janmohamed

October 06, 2017 00:32 - 57 minutes - 39.4 MB

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.

Alex Chiu

September 05, 2017 23:39 - 59 minutes - 81.8 MB

Portland artist Alex Chiu joins us to talk about his recent work and what inspires his latest style.

Sustainable activism with Jacob Bureros

August 08, 2017 03:26 - 56 minutes - 77.6 MB

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.

A talk with D Pei Wu

August 08, 2017 03:10 - 54 minutes - 75.1 MB

We talk with labor organizer and activist D Pei Wu. How did they get involved? How do they stay motivated? How does their API identity help motivate or influence their work? Listen and find out!

Fourth of July feels and other pop culture topics

July 14, 2017 22:50 - 58 minutes - 80 MB

Our planned guest wasn't able to make it in today, so we talked about our complex feelings about the 4th of July. Plus, we talk about Hawaii Five-0 and the two prominent API cast members leaving the show and other pop culture topics!

Update on The Slants and We Talk to Ken Yoshikawa

July 14, 2017 22:34 - 58 minutes - 80.3 MB

We spoke to Portland actor, poet, and spoken word artist Ken Yoshikawa about his work and how he explores his identity through his art. Also, an update on The Slants Supreme Court Case!

Amina Breaks Down Islamophobia and South Asian Identity

May 05, 2017 18:12 - 16 minutes - 15.4 MB

"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 experience negotiating PNW Whiteness.

AAPI Hertiage Month

May 05, 2017 17:53 - 56 minutes - 38.9 MB

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 address it much, we just had a weirdly awkward show. So this year, we're tackling it head on. Bring on the awkwardness and much needed discussion a...

Scot Nakagawa talks Oppression Olympics; Hari Kunzru talks White Tears

April 28, 2017 22:01 - 59 minutes - 81.6 MB

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 live in studio to talk about the effect of oppression olympics on identity politics and cultural change. We'll also be featuring an interview with ...

International Women's Day Special

March 11, 2017 03:27 - 55 minutes - 50.6 MB

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 reclamation. We also talk to the comedy duo SJ and Ginny about their new YouTube series "Quiet Tiny Asian," where they present a hilarious look at ...

SJ and Ginny talk about "Quiet Tiny Asian"

March 11, 2017 02:53 - 18 minutes - 16.7 MB

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." While Quiet Tiny Asian is hilarious, SJ and Ginny explain to us how the series aims to highlight those microaggressive moments that ultimately contribu...

A Live Convo on Immigration @ KBOO

February 09, 2017 18:13 - 57 minutes - 78.9 MB

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 speak with Diana Fakhrai, and immigration attorney in California, and Romeo Sosa of community organization, Voz. With both a legal and more communi...

Immigration Attorney Diana Fakhrai

February 04, 2017 02:09 - 39 minutes - 36.6 MB

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 was featured on our February 3 episode where she briefly touched on these topics. This is an extended interview that dives deeper into the issues.

Portland Underground Grad School; The Slants "The Band Who Must Not Be Named"

February 03, 2017 00:08 - 57 minutes - 52.9 MB

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 Band Who Must Not Be Named." Theme music by @CHOPS Music: "Imperialism Is Another Word for Hunger" - Yellow Pearl "Grandma's Kitchen (ft Ol...

The Slants take on a new album and the Supreme Court

January 19, 2017 17:23 - 23 minutes - 21.5 MB

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 and to get a listen of their new EP. We also talked about their decision to decline an invitation to play for Trump's Asian Pacific American Advis...

On Resistance

January 02, 2017 08:33 - 56 minutes - 56.1 MB

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 it influences their work in the present and beyond. Thanks to CHOPS music, A'Misa Chiu, Nobuko Miyamoto, and Yellow Pearl music.

Weekly Disruption Dec 3, 2016

December 04, 2016 19:41 - 16 minutes - 14.9 MB

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 Filipino vets; and Michelle Yeoh is going to command an "Asian sounding ship" on Star Trek that we all want to serve on. Music by @chopsmusic.

Taking Action: Change Lab's Scot Nakagawa

November 25, 2016 17:57 - 56 minutes - 51.5 MB

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 post on, "The Next Wave: Getting Ready For Trump’s America" and what the API community needs to consider in this time of polarization...

Weekly Disruption Nov 19, 2016

November 20, 2016 01:22 - 16 minutes - 15.1 MB

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 API community as a whole and whether or not that's useful at all; and Tabitha makes a plan to spend some time in Canada by dating a movie star. Mus...

Weekly Disruption Nov 13, 2016

November 13, 2016 18:08 - 16 minutes - 14.7 MB

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 Nov 5, 2016

November 05, 2016 22:30 - 16 minutes - 14.7 MB

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 Canaan advocates for #zombieequity. Music by @chopsmusic

Weekly Disruption October 2nd, 2016

October 03, 2016 08:13 - 30 minutes - 27.5 MB

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 acknowledging indigenous Hawaiians.

An Interview with Jeff Chang

October 02, 2016 01:56 - 32 minutes - 29.6 MB

Producers Pamela Santos and Canaan Schlesinger speak with Jeff Chang about some of the themes he write about in his new book: "We Gon Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation".

Weekly Disruption Sept 24, 2016

September 24, 2016 20:43 - 16 minutes - 14.9 MB

This week, Weekly Disruption focuses on one issue. Pacific Underground producer Canaan joins Jenna to talk about AAPIs and their role in today's social justice movement. We ask ourselves, how can we as a community help to support and amplify the voices of those who need to be heard? music by @chopsmusic

Weekly Disruption Sept 17, 2016

September 17, 2016 15:59 - 16 minutes - 14.8 MB

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 reflects on the Portland Police's not so successful "Police Matter" PR campaign; Mark Wahlburg has finally dropped his pardon request for committing a ha...

Weekly Disruption Sept 10, 2016

September 10, 2016 19:46 - 16 minutes - 14.7 MB

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; #MyAAPIVote album brings us music to inspire the vote. Join Jenna and Tabitha as they talk headlines and b.s. while also revealing Tabitha's secr...

Weekly Disruption Sept 2, 2016

September 03, 2016 17:25 - 15 minutes - 14.6 MB

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 we're singing about in the national anthem; Jenna discovers a yellowface novela on Brasilian TV via Twitter; and Jackie Chan is getting an honorary ...

Weekly Disruption Aug 27, 2016

August 30, 2016 16:50 - 16 minutes - 14.7 MB

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 happening; the new youtube show, #SingleBy30, reminds us of why APIs have the best house parties (it's the leftovers); and Panda Express brings the #chork ...

Weekly Disruption (w jason chu)

August 20, 2016 19:28 - 14 minutes - 13.5 MB

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 health. We get a special glimpse of his new album Arrivals and talk about his song, Asians for Black Lives. Music by hip hop artist jason chu http:...


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