On the Airwaves: Asians and Asian Americans in Punk Rock!

Eskapo performing in 2006 at Kearny Street Workshop's APAture

Eskapo performing in 2006 at Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture.

Apex Express

Tonight, we dedicate a whole hour on a musical genre that is near and dear to our hearts: punk rock. This is an often misunderstood music form associated with disgruntled suburban white kids, but tonight, you’ll learn how punk rock has been an important part of liberation for Asian and Pacific Islanders here and abroad.

Next week, Aklasan Records presents an amazing Filipino punk showcase in San Francisco. We’ll hear from Josh Castro and Rupert Estanislao, who run the label with a lot of passion. You’ll also hear from APEX Contributor Puck Lo who interviewed Yumi Lee, a one-time avid zine maker who is now the guitarist for punk band In School from New York.


Community Calendar

On Saturday, July 12 taiko artist and choreographer Melody Takata integrates movement, text, projection, and music in a new work called Shadow to Shadow. She explores the nature of legacy in a rapidly changing cultural landscape. There are two shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Running from July 12 to August 2, Bindlestiff Studio presents The Guerrillas of Powell Street by Rody Vera, a play about Filipino veterans from World War II connected by a single dream – to return to the homeland to be buried.

On Tuesday, July 15 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Modern Times Bookstore Collective in San Francisco, members of the LaborFest Writers will read their work on the theme: Fighting for Survival – From Rockefeller to the Tech Titans, featuring Nellie Wong, Alice Rogoff, Margaret Cooley, Keith Cooley, Jerry Path, Susan Ford, Phyllis Holliday, and Richard Chen.


APEX Express is a weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders from all corners of our community.  The show is produced by a collective of media makers, djs, and activists and airs each week on KPFA 94.1FM. APEX Express is committed to building a broader social movement for justice and collective liberation for all oppressed people, including poor & working-class people, people of color, women and queer people.  We support grassroots organizing and cultural work that advance these goals, and see APEX as a space for building consciousness and promoting critical discussion about these efforts. Like what you hear? Show your support for independent community media that is free and accessible to everyone by sharing this broadcast of ideas, news, and views with your network of thinkers and doers.