I'm sad to report that journalist, writer, and community leader Gina Hotta died last night of a heart attack.
Gina was perhaps best known as the executive producer of Apex Express, the API show that's been hosted on Berkeley-based radio station KPFA since 2001. Since KQED's Pacific Time shut down a few years back, she had been the voice of Asian America. She produced a number of documentaries and more recently branched out from print journalism into creative nonfiction and fiction writing, appearing in KSW's APAture festival reading in 2006.
In recent years we've lost many community leaders of the Baby Boomer generation: Sachiko Nakamura, Chiori Santiago, Bill Sorro, Al Robles, Ronald Takaki, and many more. The Movement leaders are passing, Asian America. Let's remember to honor our elders before they leave us.
And let's also remember that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the US. If you feel so moved, you might make a donation to WomenHeart. And be sure to read and pass on this information about how symptoms of heart disease may be different for women, and what the risk factors are.
Here's a much more expressive tribute from Digitron (Adriel Luis) of ILL-Literacy.
APEX EXPRESS will honor Gina tonight (Thursday)
KPFA 94.1 FM
A public memorial will be held in late October. Details TBA.
For more information and to post memories and condolences go to: www.firstvoicemap.org
ETA: from Michael Yoshida's comment below:
A public celebration of the life of Gina Hotta will be held on
Sunday, October 25 from 5-7pm, with a reception following. We will
gather at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th street 2nd floor,
in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza.
If you are interested in sharing your memories or music, please contact us by Friday, October 16.
You can contribute photos or other small items to the Community Altar, or an appetizer for the reception.
We also encourage you to bring a cranes to add to our 1,000 cranes installation in honor of Gina’s legacy.
Contact: Apex [at] kpfa.org
510-848-6767 x 464