Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

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Throughout the month of May, KEXP is joining the national celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM). May was declared to be APAHM through congress to commemorate both the immigration of the first Japanese people to the United States on May 7, 1843, as well as the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869.
This is a time for all of us to reflect, pay homage, and celebrate Asian and Pacific Islanders in our country, and their amazing feats and contributions to our shared history. All month long and beyond, KEXP will be spotlighting AAPI artists who charted new territory and artists who are breaking the mold today, through songs, stories, interviews, performances, and more. 
Observing this Heritage Month is made all the more vital in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, with anti-Asian hate crimes and racism rising dramatically due to their wrongful association with the virus. In addition to Asian American and Pacific American artists, listeners tuning in will also hear the music of artists from Asian and Pacific Islander countries - an important inclusion as we stand in solidarity against racism directed at people of Asian descent at large.
Tune in to listen, and revisit some of our archived content below. 

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Upcoming On-Air Programming

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  • May 29, Friday Night With Michelle Meyers (6-9 PM PT): DJ Michele Myers salutes Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a spotlight on Friday Night, May 29th. Tune in from 6 - 9 p.m. PT to hear tracks from Anderson .Paak, Karen O, Toro y Moi, Niki, Dan the Automator, Little Dragon, Blue Scholars, Yaeji, Tokimonsta, and more.
  • May 31, Pacific Notions with DJ Alex (6-9 AM PT): DJ Alex celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this week, featuring Asian Pacific American artits, as well as artists of Asian descent. Expect everything from legendary influential artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto and Midori Takada, to the contemporary sounds of Yu Su, Curved Light, Ana Roxanne, and many others.


Live on KEXP


Haley Heynderickx [Bandcamp]
Sasami [Bandcamp]
Mitski [Bandcamp]
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down [Bandcamp]
Kikagaku Moyo [Bandcamp]
Cibo Matto [Web Store]
The Flavr Blue [Bandcamp]
Jay Som [Bandcamp]
Japanese Breakfast [Bandcamp]
Shugo Tokumaru [Bandcamp]
Bo Ningen [Bandcamp]
Tomo Nakayama [Bandcamp]