On this installment of APEX Express:
Queen Lili’uokalani (Source: Hawaii Cultural & Spiritual Services Center)
January 17th marked the 120th anniversary of the illegal overthrow of Hawaiian Queen Lili’uokalani. APEX Contributor Nonogirl attends the commemoration event where she spoke with “onipa’a,” or the steadfast, that stand with those in the Hawaiian Sovereignty movement, and those who stand in solidarity with Idle No More.
Contributor R.J. Lozada brings us two pieces that add to the important discussion of mental health. Lozada brings in author and psychiatrist, Ravi Chandra, M.D., to further contextualize these stories.
Joshua, 32, remembers telling his mother that he no longer wanted to live at 5 years old. This was Joshua’s first memory of his depression, which he battles with today. R.J. Lozada presents an audio profile on Joshua, and his insights on how this deeply personal struggle is shared with his family, his friends, and his communities.
Khmer Rouge Tribunals (Source: Wounds We Carry, M. Siv)
Michael Siv’s film, Wounds We Carry, follows a small group of Cambodian Americans who set out to observe the Khmer Rouge trials. Siv, who was the subject of Refugee (dir. Spencer Nakasako), is now behind the camera in this compelling exploration of historical trauma, resilience, and justice. In this interview, Siv highlights some of his experiences and realizations that hit close to his soul.
With Host RJ.