Join KEXP as we celebrate Pushing Boundaries! This May, we’ll be centering Asian and Pasifika voices locally and nationally in conversation with the Asian and Pasifika diaspora. From historical pioneers to contemporary innovators, international game-changers to artists molding Seattle’s creative landscape, Pushing Boundaries is moving past borders and conceptions to honor the musical contributions of our Asian and Pasifika neighbors.
This year’s programming will be different from last year’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration. Rather than focusing primarily on American artists of Asian and Pasifika descent, we wanted to celebrate artists from the diaspora, stories of migration, and mixed-race identity. Throughout the month, we’ll be presenting new interviews and articles, Live on KEXP at Home sessions with must-hear artists, brand new podcast offerings, guest DJ sets from local musicians, and much more.
We also want to share our commitment to more coverage of Asian and Pasifika artists and issues year-round. As a white-led organization, we acknowledge our previous shortcomings in allyship and look to Asian- and Pasifika-led organizations and leaders in our community to guide us as we continue on our journey to more equitable programming at KEXP.
As we celebrate Asian and Pasifika artists in the best way we know how – through music! – explore the many organizations doing life-saving and culture-shaping work for Asian and Pasifika communities in our resources section.
Throughout May, we'll be featuring artists from throughout the Asian diaspora on our YouTube channel as a part of our Live on KEXP at Home session series. Subscribe to our channel to catch these must-see sessions and look forward to more in the coming months.