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A highlight from Staten Island Asians (w/ Mark Kramer)
"We love having that. We're trying to get to a thousand reviews. If you're on YouTube, hit subscribe, hit like and leave a comment. We want to know what brand a condom you like, okay? I'm a classic guy, okay? I like fucking a good old acme one. Acme. Acme. That's like me. Yeah. That's the shit that they give you at college campuses, I feel like that's the shit that they got the roadrunner got, you know? So that's the kind of like. And if you're checking us out on Spotify, hit subscribe so you can always get the latest episodes. It's gonna be a lot of fun. Also, if you're listening on YouTube, please don't abandon your audio platforms because that's how you mainly make money. So do both. Subscribe, but also hit both download on my phone. The phone thing is a little bit more important. Before we start to show we always give a shout out to a news page on subscribers. What is Patreon, is the best way to support this podcast where you completely independent operation. We're not with any network. So we need money to pay for our producers, editors, all that good stuff, especially now that Mike and I know different coasts. So if you like what you've been hearing, please consider going to Patreon dot com slash Asian dot Asian pod. And give us your money. And in exchange, we give you bonus episodes. We send it to your DMs, and most importantly, we give you a shout out on this podcast by guessing what ethnicity you are based on your last name. Also a quick note, we are getting a lot. So we do like three or four at a time. If you're like, hey, I don't like three weeks ago, where's my name at? We'll get you within the month. So just chill out. Chill out. This would be cool man. It's really not a big deal. All right. So here we go. Our newest subscribers for this week first person. It's a good mix. We gotta get a mix. Here we go. Athena, Chuck E. Tom. ATI and a, CHAI, KIT, HOR and techy thorn. Take a thorn. Yeah, this person is ties shit. This person. You think this is Thai? Are you goddamn kidding me dude? You put a Latina? I've never met an ITW. Okay, first of all, you okay, you're right. You write about a Tina, a Tina sounds like a cyborg name. A Tina battle angel Latina, right? But chaika Thorne, any thorn in there? That's like a Thai name. I bet you this is even the short time name. Probably gonna sign. I didn't think it was long enough for ty. Yeah. Oh, you think this is a British version? Yeah, this is like this is like the little Wayne, you know, the shortened street version, you know what I'm saying? Yes. Yeah. Of the Thai name. So I shit and also a little wing. So your tie Asian. I love that. Yeah, I love that type people's last name is kind of like the new Taylor Swift song that came out. It's like ten minutes long, but it took her like ten. It took like ten years to release it because people weren't ready. It's like that. They weren't ready. We're not a full name. We don't get the tie version. You get the first. Three syllables. When you're ready, that other 12 will come out. Okay. Yeah. Love it. Next you have Patrick Wen WE. I think this Chinese. I think those Chinese, this is a good old Chinese rolled in heights Chinese dude, you know? It's role the nights. Next, we have V just VV dot last name is chow. That's kind of like a cool pop pop singer name. You know, I'm getting I'm getting like Taiwanese pop surgery. Yeah. Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong HK pop going on V trial. That's cool. I got to see you. I got CD. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Thank you so much for donating until your record label. We said hi. And last but not least, we have, is this Tammy? I think it's Tammy. Shoe, HSU. Tami, Tammy shoe. Chinese. She was Chinese, but Tam Tammy, Tammy. Oh, is this fucking maybe a Japanese name? Like tummy a word? Damn. You make everything Japanese, don't you? Well, 'cause just 'cause it's like the pattern, you know? Yo, I get you. Well, my grandpa's name was Tommy yah. So maybe Tommy, maybe a girl's name? Maybe have Taiwanese have or have Chinese F Japanese maybe, maybe. Okay, you got that hypothesis. I'm gonna go Tammy. This is a good old, this is a good old Midwestern good hearted Christian Chinese woman living in Wisconsin. Tammy. Good old Tamil. Little Tammy. Good old Tammy. All right, get some get some donuts and chill, you know? Go with some fried curd. We love that about Wisconsin. Love it. All right. Well, thank you so much for donating. And if you want to get into this game, please go to Patreon dot com slash Asian Asian pod. Before you bring our guests on, we always like to start this podcast by asking each other what kind of Asian, we were this week to figure out what it means to be Asian Americans. So Mike, what kind of Asian, will you this week? I was crime victim Asian. This happened, I was for people who know I was visiting my relatives in Los Angeles last week. My mom and my aunt, I was staying at my house and my aunt is, you know, she does well. And she lives in a very nice part of Los Angeles. And I was there for three days. I was there, well, no, like, four days. I got there on Thursday and I left on Sunday. In over those four days in Southern California, my mom was a victim of crime twice. Twice. In that neighborhood, in that nice neighborhood. So not so first on Friday, she went to go get me some file. She went to 5 79. It's like one of James beard award. It's the best file. I mean, it's a really good. And so she was in that she was in the parking lot with my aunt. And man has a nice car. And they had their purses in the front seat and my mom is like loading the car with her baby boy. That's me. And loading the car with like in the to go to go. To go to go. She was loading up the car with pho. And my aunt is in the driver's seat and they notice there's these other guys who are parked right next to them in her description. They looked kind of scary. That's what she described the match. She said, they're kind of scary. They're like, young guys. And she was like, what's going on here? But whatever. She's loading the fob. And my aunt notices that she needs some help, so she gets out of the car. As soon as my aunt gets out of the car, the car the scary guy car peels out and drives off. And they're like, what was that? And then right away, they realized they had taken the purses that were sitting in the driver in the passenger seat. So when it goes down. So we're not sure they can't remember if they had the windows down or maybe there's open the door and took it. But they took both of the
A highlight from 142: They Call Us Thankful 2021
"Pot luck. Let's go. Hello and welcome to another edition of they call us Bruce. Conversation about what's happening in Asian America. I'm fill you. And I'm Jeff Yang, and welcome to our annual Thanksgiving episode of the show. So one of the things that's actually happened this year is we've seen so much Asian stuff come out that we actually haven't been able to catch up on all of it. And as we head to the end of the year, we thought we'd do some special critics corner episode. It's bringing together some of our best Friends, most respected collaborators and voices to just round up some of what we've missed. And so this week, we have with us senior editor of culture for salon and co host of our sister podcast on potluck, good pop culture club. Han win. Welcome to the show. And we have entertainment editor and journalist, PS and how Roy. Yay, thank you, thank you guys for coming on a Sunday Night to join us for the show. So like I said, we have a lot to talk about. I mean, you know, we, with all good intent, wanted to do episodes on stuff like squid game and the eternals and now cowboy bebop is out in full. And the fire hose is honestly getting so fast now that we're having trouble drinking out of it. And I think that's something to be thankful for, right? That there's just so much to talk about, but there's so much to talk about. I thought we'd just, you know, before we let an even talking about squid game is like, you know, that's like, that feels like so two months ago or something else. So but, you know, we didn't want to let it pass entirely without at least acknowledging the phenomenon of it. And in addition to all these big pop culture explosions that are happening, many explosions that in and of itself would have been like the event of the year had it just been that thing alone in any previous year, you know? So this is kind of a like Jeff said like an abundance of things to be thankful for. I mean, let's talk about it, we'll see, I think. What should we tog first? Let's talk about squid game. I mean, I feel like in a way we gotta talk about both as a phenomenon and not really so much as a show, but also as something that's clearly getting a second season. I think that announced. And maybe we can actually speculate a little about where this is going to go, I guess. Yeah. You guys have watched it, right? Like 500 billion other people. I only saw you at the FYC event Phil. That's right, right. It's like the only public I've event that I've done in recent in like 18 months has been this awards screening thing that we went to for squid game and I saw you there. So jealous, I have spent ten years ten years in this industry working on staff for all these prominent places. And the one year I don't have a job on is the year that there's all this. Maybe it's me, maybe me sort of, you know? Heading out in the industry. Is why we got all of this, but yeah, I saw all these amazing people come together for the FYC event, this great game. And I was like, insanely jealous because you were all together and I wasn't there. I got to tell you, I don't even know how it's invited, so. I'm the one watching. I don't know how I was not invited. I feel a little bit miffed. That is a little odd. I do have to say. Hey, Netflix. What's going on here? We'll talk about it later. But no. So let's talk about, let's talk about squid game first. And I think that we should just we have to acknowledge that squid game is just has been a gigantic phenomenon. And the gigantic miss of the phenomenon in some ways, underscores something we've been saying all along, which is if you actually put together content that is provocative and smart and engaging and grossing, people will fucking read it.
Interview With Model, Actress, Dancer, Activist, Leyna Bloom
"So you're a dancer. A model an actor an activist. You were the cover model on. The sports illustrated swimsuit cover It's a famous pop cultural institution. But it's one that's historically been seen. I think in the mainstream through a straight male gaze and in this year's edition there was like an intentional effort to celebrate an inclusive spectrum of women. And i think i understand you shot it before you learn. You made the cover along with tennis player. Naomi osaka and rapper meghan stallion. But what were your hopes going into the shoot and what did you want to convey images. Well anything that i do sense. Being in these spaces of representation is fairly new to argos system. All around the world. I think for me. It has to be some type of cultural shift. Has the part of something that is not just based around vanity orc gluttony. It has to be something that has a message in yes. I have beaten suit on. Yes i'm in. My muslim informed bites what i stand for. And why i was chosen to be part of the issue and then be on the cover was because of what i wanna do with everything i do in the bible being In the past a lot of the models are beautiful. Yes what is a story what is fighting for. What are they really rooted and makes them who they are. And the reason why. I've gotten up to this. Point is not because meek just being beautiful. It's me fighting the system it's me. I'm being blacklisted. It's me saying no. I don't wanna do. This is saying it's not what you say. Yes you is what you say no to that builds character. So what we doing. And what i do with this issue is to invite people who think differently. And that's why i was session for a moment winning a transient on the cover. Because are every single. Day being brutalized murdered sexualize. Harass already has been thirty three on some of cases of trans women especially of color being murdered in america so when that is happening society is imperative in his responsibilities to have moments like
More Than 9,000 Anti-Asian Incidents Occurred in US Since Pandemic Began
"Despite months of out reach it appears that thousands of attacks against Asian Americans keep occurring in the U. S. the national groups stop A. A. P. I. hate says there've been more than nine thousand incidents from taunts to physical attacks in the U. S. since the pandemic began with people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in some cases being treated as scapegoats for a virus first reported in China there have been countless social media campaigns training sessions and public rallies to try to counter the trend and president Biden signed the covert nineteen hate crimes act to expedite justice department reviews of anti Asian hate crimes still about forty five hundred incidents were reported last year and about the same number this year I am Jackie Quinn
Coping With the Latest "Normal" With Steve Lim Aka Steebu
"Thanks oprah. Now they're attacked by a rug and screamed in my ear and now we are here. I apologize i apologize. it's just You know just you got to pivot every half second these guys. It's all about the pivot. Pivot pivot pivot title of this episode. I think we have it now. Pivot pivot pivot I'm doing a little dance. I wish you could see it. But it's not worth watching okay. We'll boomerang it later. And then i'll use the ross me from oca- friends all right. You are hino. Sure you have the hair now too anyway back. How are you doing okay. I mean we're both dislike hunker down again kind of where we're just for time reference because every time we have these check ins and we're talking about this new normal that we're trying to figure out right now and it's been a hell of eighteen months. We're recording this end of july beginning of august of twenty twenty one. Well here's a here's what for me. I feel like The lesson is is that there's no such thing is normal. Yeah that was just the concept that we think we understood but the reality is normal is just the fabrication. It's an ideal welcome to first of all everyone where we go right out. The gate knows that. If you've been listening to this podcast y'all know so anyway but yeah love it new neural. What's your fabric. What okay first of all. Let's start off with like we. We tried recording this and it was really funny because we recorded this. I think in may and we both been vaccinated cetera. So we can kind of regroup on that. Because i don't know what happened. I'm trying to remember and memory is like a nice little luxury. That i don't have any more. You don't remember that probably means you got cova you've got the brain fog memory loss long. Cove it right there in your drops was losing my taste man because food is like the one thing that like gives the most joy and i was like. You can't take that away from me so there's literally going to lose my taste. I know some people who probably got cova but it wasn't like in december or january with before you know it was more widely known And they just felt they described having just like everything tastes like metal. So you can imagine that it's like that's not fun.
They Call Us Seoul Sausage
"Hello and welcome to another edition of call us bruce unfiltered conversation about what's happening in asia. America i'm phil you and i'm jeff yang and we are here with some very special guests fresh from reality television and maybe a window serving delicious food near you. We're talking here to ted. Kim yong kim and on one of seoul sausage who competed just now in the great food truck race all-stars season and we'll talk a little bit about that finale which just happened What it was like being on on the all stars of this competition whereas like winning season three of that competition and just in general what. It's like to be trying to sell sausage or things other than sausage in a pretty rough environment for selling any kind of stuff right now. Welcome to the show guys It's so good to have you guys here as you guys know. I've been a fan and a supporter of sociologist Since before day one. I think yeah i knew guys before you guys didn't started in was a huge fan of season three and everything you've done of course have been a big consumer of your your wears a since then fan of your sausages know. I was wondering maybe we could start by. Maybe talking about 'cause 'cause when you guys compete in season three this season that you won you guys had never actually run as a food truck before and i'm kind of wondering like and we still don't know how to do can't jump into that like i i. I do starting this venture even before the food truck race. But what was the impetus to get started. Where you up the short story version or the long version cast on the show and you know We want a food. Truck aussies three so. It was never part of our plans. But here we are. You know We open our store and we have a truck and a and a store at the same time. So yeah that's how we started
Author Chat with Emiko Jean
"And we are here with emiko gene. The author of will never be apart impressive. All seasons and most recently tokyo ever after emiko so nice to have you on the podcast. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Thank you for having me today. Yeah congratulations on your recent book. Launch of my girlfriend has already re-regular. She read your book before. I even had a chance to receive your book. I think she's very excited. I'm talking to you right now. So we usually like to ask our authors like if they were always a writer if it's a passion that came later in life. I know that like i was looking at your bio earlier and it seems like you've juggled a lot of things in your past in your past life. You were an entomologist. You were a candle maker. You were a teacher. So how did you become a writer. Yeah so my road to writing and publication was really windy and long always been a really voracious reader. Remember getting stacks and stacks of books from the library on my mama. Take me there like every weekend. And i would get you back then. I think libraries have limited to now. But back then you. It was as much as you could carry over like rain. Myself down with books But i never really saw myself in any of the books that i read. I looking back now as i am. Kind of examining my adolescents. I i had never read a book. By japanese american author or even an asian american author. Add never read a book as a young person that featured in asian american protagonist And so i think that was really formative The clothes that pathway. So although i loved reading i never thought that i could be a writer
Interview With Actor, John Cho
"How's it going. thanks for. thanks for coming down. Thanks for doing this. Yeah john we were thrilled when you said yes. What was it about our podcast that made you wanna come on l. a. times. It's my hometown paper. Secondly i listened a lot of podcasts. I just become really interested in the medium. And then thirdly i was Few months ago. I was listening to divvy chang's podcast and he had I can't remember the guests now. But he's had a few asian americans on and when they got into culture was so unique. Or i realized it was very foreign to hear asian speaking to one another in media and i realized also called a buddy of mine and we who had the same reaction he was so excited to hear it and it wasn't anything explicit. It was just like the tone was different. I realized also at that moment. I've been talking about being asian my whole career to white people and i thought oh i have to make a concerted effort to talk about these things that come up To asian americans. And i i would like asian americans to hear that conversation. Well we're going to start out by talking about. I guess your childhood your life. Well so your family came to the us in the seventies you grew up in a bunch of places including like monterey park and went to school in glendale what was that. Like which component of that Growing up in monterey park. I did i was there very briefly as born in seoul was there till i was six years old and then came to houston texas went to elementary school in houston then the roaming started we went to. I think seattle daly city san jose monterey park We settled in glendale so the year. You kinda went off to college was was nineteen. Ninety-two right. ninety
Interview With Writer, Nicole Chung
"Thank you so much for joining us to call. Thank you tracy john. It's good to be here. Let's are at the beginning. You were born to korean immigrant parents. But you're adopted. As an infant into a white catholic family in a mostly white rural town in oregon. So how did you first start developing your own sense of identity. Sure sure so. I will say i lose the only korean that i really knew until i left home and it was formative and ways and at the same time. That's really hard to see when you're growing up there when you're in the midst of it when whiteness is just kind of the default around you as it was for me and did grow up in a very white area and it wasn't just like my family. It was my neighborhood. It was my school every school. I went to pretty much. you know. It was definitely the church we went to. It was one of those things where i definitely noticed from a young age. I noticed i didn't look like everyone and also like it was pointed out to me and like many different ways by different people. I will say that i. I don't think. I began really noticing a lot or feeling self conscious about it until i was old enough to go to school so my early years and how many of us has that many memories of our early childhood right but the memories i do have. It's like well of course. I knew that i was adopted. I don't remember being told so. I must have been told like around the time i was two or three. Is my gas like when i was actually verbal and i remember a few discussions like my. My main memory is asking my adopted mother. My mom likes to tell me the story of my adoption. And i would ask for this over and over when i was a kid and i remember like sitting in her lap and hearing the story and it never changed but growing up for me it was so impossible and honestly still isn't possible to separate like my asian my korean identity from my adoptee item. They are so bound together.
Author Chat With David Yoon
"Hey we're hearing with david author and guess now publisher dvd. I'll stick thanks for joining us on books and boba. Thanks for hopping looking forward to this. Yeah we are here to talk about what we're talking to david about all his great accomplishments but also about his newest book version zero But before he gets that we always like to start because this is a book club about asian american authors. We always like to hear how did you. How did you end up becoming an author like what was your journey as a writer was always something that was part of your life or something that you discovered later on. It's definitely it's. I mean i love this question. 'cause for me. It's definitely been something i've always wanted to do Ever since i was in third grade. I wrote a story in the class and they loved it. They're cracking up. And i was feeling and then a another story interested in it was crickets. Okay okay good feedback gonna try them better. And since then. My favorite classes have been english. I major was in english. I went to grad school for fiction. That's where i met Nikola wife Yeah and yeah and we learned about writing but we didn't learn about the publishing industry so we spent a lot of years just working our day jobs because they paid really well and writing in the mornings or at night and Really the are grad school contacts for members in college was the way we got to be agents and people like that was that was mainly networking. And the the more you write the more you can make your own luck. So when the agent when you friendly do need an agent now i will assume your stuff budgets to sean
Interview With Author, Jesse Q. Sutanto
"And we're here with jesse. Qc who tanto the author of dial a for aunties as well as the obsession. Welcome jesse were so excited to have you here on the show. I thank you so much for having me your full disclosure. We've been trying to make this interview happen for months. I feel like to who calling in from. Are you in singapore. No or carter. Indonesia jakarta so time zones are thing. Yeah well So just starting off. Jesse can you tell us a little bit about when you wanted to become a writer like was writing always something that was part of your life. i heard that it took you like eight manuscripts to get published like it was very long journey for you so if you could expand a little bit on that on my never ending saga yeah i mean i i. I've always loved and bucks. And i think it was around like ten years ago now actually longer than that I was like okay. I'm gonna get a master's in creative righty and my parents were like. Oh you should go to business school and outright ending yet right But they supported me anyway that they're wonderful and and so i did that and then it's a heck of a long time After graduating to even get like one book published so that was that was a really long and twist the during with lots and lots of rejections and for the longest time. I was kinda trying to find my voice. And i think around At that time we didn't really have like that diverse You know push for more diverse city. And so i was writing. I didn't think that you know publishing. Would once stories from people like me. And so for the longest time i was just kinda writing occasion characters and stuff like that. So i'm very grateful for all the authors who you-know-who kind of paved. The way for us
Interview With Musician, Thenmozhi Soundararajan
"We wanted to start by looking at your own journey. Navigating discrimination as an indian american woman. Your parents were delegates from a village in rural india. But you grew up in southern california after your family immigrated to the united states. Can you talk a bit about what your family's experience in india was like and why they chose to come here. I think that you know both of my parents really struggled with tremendous discrimination. My dad was one of the first people educated in his generation that was able to leave to the united states but to imagine the kind of terror that he went through like his village was constantly tortured by dominant caste people who in order to kind of keep the wages low would often come with machetes to make sure that people never got quite settled. The threat of violence was always Looming kind of crisis. That that just kept people kind of contained and when my dad went to medical school people were always trying to find out what is cast was and you know. He tried to keep quiet where he could and so he hid and so he just learned to create and perfect. You know how to be the invisible belet you know excel but never be present and be able to kind of like crack a joke that could disarm people but always keep up the shield to that people would never get to know you you know. My dad went by his initials his whole life so he went by t s s rogen. And i was like this is so embarrassing. You just like tell people what your real name is. And he was afraid because his real name would actually have revealed his cast background
The Silence of Bones by June Hur
"Eighteen hundred chosen korea homesick and sixteen year olds. Whole is living out the ancient curse. May you live in interesting times indentured to the police bureau. She's been tasked with assisting a well. Respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged. Murder of a noblewoman. As they delve deeper into the dead woman's secrets whole forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector but her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect in may be the only one capable of discovering. What truly happened on the night of the murder. I will say before we get started. I'm going to do my best with the korean pronunciations. I i do not have native tongue rear this so i apologize in advance totally fine. 'cause like The thing. I don't know if you have the same trouble marvin but when you use the correct pronunciation with like an english sentence sometimes your tongue. Kind of does like gymnast. Ix and it's very hard to be consistent with the pronunciation because stiffer and it's also just proof of how globalization and colonization has like screwed with our mind. I know when i meet someone. Who's last name's lou. That lame extra khalil. But i still say lou because it's easier in my mind and it's just where we're we are living interesting times like I was thinking about this In terms of the legacy of colonization and howard like mess the world up and like we're all just dealing with the repercussions figuring how to how to best move forward right before we were recording. We were talking about romanisation complaining to marvin. Saying romanisation makes absolutely no sense when it comes to Phonetically spelling korean into english because english is best up and the pronunciation guide is. It's just ridiculous like half the time. I'm like this yawn or is this yoon when it's spelled. Y u n
Interview With Writer and Sociologist, Anthony Ocampo
"Thanks for joining us. Anthony thank you for having me. We just kind of want to start out by asking you a little bit about your background. There's been this kind of gap in filipino academic research. And and i think you're part of the sort of growing number of scholars that is focusing on the lived experiences of filipino. Americans can you tell us a little bit about your own childhood. And what motivated you to focus on filipino. Americans in your work. So i'm a son of immigrants. My parents migrated from the philippines in one thousand nine hundred eighty and then i was born shortly. Thereafter nineteen eighty-one and i grew up in a very robust filipino. American community so i i grew up most of my life in eagle rock which folks Me no has a significant number of filipino. American residents And i also like many filipinos in this country grew up with a very very large extended family that i spend a lot of time with it so most weekends were spent at like filipino. Social gatherings My parents house was the place where when new relatives were migrating from the philippines and getting settled in the us. They'd often stay with my parents for a number of weeks number of years in. So i just had a plethora of filipino reference points and then of course lake because of where i live the school that i went to also had a large number of filipinos in so i guess i've always had the opportunity to just observe how being filipino. American culture is in my everyday life from the food to the inner general dynamics to visits to the home country And that's that's i guess we're all interest started.
Interview With Author, Payal Doshi
"And we are here with pile. Doshi the author of ria and the blood of the nectar. We are so excited to have her on the show. Her her book is a middle grade fantasy adventure. And i'm pretty sure are indian american readers out. There are going to be very excited for this book. It's coming out on june fifteenth pale than so much for being with us today. Hi thank you so much for having me. I'm super excited to be here. Yeah congratulations on the launch of your book. How's it been like i. I saw on instagram stories. Your first unboxing of your the first like print feeling. Oh my gosh So surreal feel like this mixture of relief. Happiness disbelief I've lived with this book or about danielle's took me daniels to write this book. And then to me about two years to sell this book and then this whole last year has been you know a lot of everything just the general situation in the world and then at the same time it was all of these you know highs of book news like your cover coming out and seeing that for the first time and then you know get in your arc out people to read and then getting those are so many of those like insanely surreal moments but i nothing beats holding it in your hands. I feel like that's a before and after before bio and like the oft the book is it my hand. It was incredible. I was so nervous. You have all these imaginations and expectations. About what your would be like and then you hold it. I smell that we all do that. It's like the new book and like i. That's the quality of the paper and had a lovely like oh creamy yellow color. And like i was like all of those Bangle my own book so it was. It was awesome and even more excited for the launch in june. Because i know that it's you know it's a really good-looking book as well. That rita's will have and hold and hopefully love the story as well so it's very exciting. Very very exciting.
White Women, Listen Up!
"I am thrilled to have you on again side. I know it's been a minute. And as much as the world has gone through the wringer and shifted these last few months. I'm sure you've experienced a lot of changes as well. I believe it was early. March when you and i spoke rate And at the time. We had regina as well. And i remember being so impressed with your radical honesty how you would unafraid to call out racism and also admitted to the nuances. It plays at the person level. So today what i want to do is i want you to build on the conversation further. And maybe we go in uncharted directions. Sure and i'm going to put on the spot now and snippet from your last episode. Take listen when. I ran for congress. The a pat the asian american. You know hack in. Dc has a big gala every spring and they invited all the asian americans for office and they're like eight of us running for congress at the time except for me. They didn't invite me. Do you know who invited me. And i went and they all died. Andrew yang invited me to go as his date so andrew and they all were like holy fuck. She came like and i was told by more than one person. There that they feel like my platform is too radical and alienating and do you know why it's because i had black lives matter on my website and i was told specifically to take that down because it's too alienating to a lot of asian people
What AAPI Heritage Month Means to Ben's Chili Bowl's Sage Ali
"May is Asian, American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we've been celebrating by checking in with recent guests about what this month means to them. This week, we caught up with Sage Ali, co owner of the iconic Washington D. C restaurant, Ben's Chili Bowl. Ali's father. The restaurant's namesake was from Trinidad and of Indian descent, and that was a big part of his identity. Growing up. We were raised Muslim My dad is, you know Muslims, so he's from India, Muslim, and so we even living in D C. We went to the mosque and the mosque was a largely Indian community. In fact, at one point do we went from the Islamic Center in Washington, D. C. To a Caribbean base mosque that was probably 90% Indian. So we were raised with I mean, we loved, you know, Roti and Curry and all of the Indian foods and The music and the culture in general, you know, and in fact, Vida my wife. She's also from Trinidad from the same community. Ali says it being black and Asian American gave him a rich cultural background to draw from it felt to me like Was a little bit lucky because I had a bigger world than most of my friends. Doesn't mean it's not like I just had a little bit more to draw from. You know when we went to Trinidad for a month, and there's my grandmother, and she's teaching us how to do the curry and the roadies and stuff every day and teaching us songs and or doing stuff. You was just a nice addition because it just added something. That's something included Indian films, which Ali says we're a big part of how his father connected to
Getting Ghosted and Rejected
"Talk about rejection because it's been my observation from a lot of different personal conversations. I've been privileged to have From my friends who trust me with their deepest darkest secrets to complete strangers. Who for some reason. Open up their deepest darkest secrets to me. Like in an uber driver or in a i know meeting just getting to know somebody. I've been really lucky And sometimes really overwhelmed and not knowing what to do with it but Been very at the end of day. I think really honored and and Fortunate for people to be so frank with me be very vulnerable with me and i know how much these encounters these everything from like your deepest truest love to like a one night stand to like just attempting to talk to somebody else and getting rejected like how much of a scar. That can leave or how much that can like. Change your entire outlook on life for yourself and it can be really tough to talk about publicly or even to just even like your friend or a person to say out loud. It's really personal. And so i thought that in light of it being asian pacific american heritage month and it also being mental health awareness month which i cared deeply passionately about that share some a in my opinion a pretty funny story at this point to reflect on all those elements combined so here we go garrity for one of my most embarassing moment. I still don't understand why. Keep this story. Keep kept creeping on me and i literally have had conversations like do i really need to share this on a podcast and it keeps coming up. So i'm aligning with my higher calling and gaden myself and here. We go so As i mentioned my first crush was bryant housing kindergarten. He was beautiful brown eyed sandy brown hair. He dressed up dracula in kindergarten for halloween. I was strawberry shortcake. It was adorable and he sat diagonal to me kindergarten glass and i remember he liked candy corn and i thought it was kinda gross and tasted like wax but i ate it because brian haas liked it so i wanted to have a connecting point of interest with him so i to eight candy corn.
Interview With Novelist, Min Jin Lee
"Thank you so much for joining us mention out. It's a pleasure to be here. Tracy and jen and Yes i do have a lotta side hustles. I don't know he do it. And the pandemic even very like on your hustle and very productive seems. Well i'm fifty two. And i'm the sole provider for my family so in a way. I think that i have my priorities. And also i'm a writer. The which means that i'm a freelancer. That's what it is so you kind of have to keep your game on. Well i think for me. This is the biggest question for all writers but why novels i feel like that's one of the hardest storytelling ways that is out there. It started out with a corporate lawyer. Just wine apples while. I'm a big reader so that is really the reason why i wanted to write a novel and has really for me very very difficult. I've only produced two in about thirty years. So i've had to have all these side hustles to basically pay for these things. Because i never wrote a book before on contract and that's really important to share because a lot of people think that you have an idea you contact the publisher and say hey. I want to write a book and it just doesn't work that way. So i wrote it on spec and of course in the film industry guys no i wrote the entire thing and i presented it to somebody and said hey can i get one representation. I'd even have an agent. When i wrote my first book and it took me about eleven years of this kind of beating my head against the wall. Why did i choose novels. Because i think novels can create an incredible world. That's really difficult to do any other media. So that's why i did it but for me. It was a very long struggle. I've met young very talented writers who can just pop out. And i think that's awesome. That was not me.
Interview With Rapper, Ruby Ibarra
"Thanks so much for joining us. Ruby johanna hi jan. Thank you so much for having me. it really is an honor for me to be in this conversation especially with asian american pacific islander heritage month coming up. I'm pretty sure you know the conversation that we're about to have is is gonna be relevant to what's been going on in this country. Yeah definitely. we're really excited to have you here. speaking of being asian american. You know you're known around the world as rapper rubio barra you know ruby bar in the belleek. Byron's that's the name of your band and so much of your music is centered on not just your philippine identity but this concept of being a and for listeners. Who don't know what that is. It's it's basically generally speaking of a filipino. Ex pat but there is this sort of larger obligation to feeling the need to give back to your home country or your family because you've left the country and sought out you know better economic opportunities and things like that but you came here when you were really young. At what point did you decide that this was something that you wanted to focus your music gone. And and what is being a buy into you. Those are really great questions to start for conversation to. I answer how. I got to the point in my artistry where i knew that i wanted to discuss or focus on you. Know my background and my heritage. My culture honestly. I don't think that really became a thought until my cirque ninety one album i think prior to that when i was making music a lot of it really involved just me trying to find my voice when we think about identity a lot of it really gets muddled and these thoughts of who am i and how. How do i belong in the space. That i'm in these her constant thoughts that i had in my head even as a young child. I never really felt that. I belonged in the us and at the same time. I never really felt that i belonged in the philippines because i grew up over here and so i think my journey in finding my voice. It's really started in college. I attended uc davis. And even though i majored in biochemistry i took it on myself to take classes that were outside of the scientists and one of them being asian american studies.
Interview With Mommy Legislator, State Senator Stephanie Chang
"Senator stephanie chain wall come to the model majority podcast today. thanks so much for having me. I'm excited to be here absolutely. We are very excited. Heavy on our show as well. We've been tracking your career for quite some time. You're serving as the state senator in michigan right now but i want to begin by starting from the very beginning. If we may to get you know a little about your personal background and even maybe find some clues as to why you are serving in public office today. So i love to hear about. Where did you grow up. How did you grow up and anything from that. Upbringing might have even triggered or contributed to you entering public service today. So i am the daughter of taiwanese-american immigrants who came to this country like so many others looking for better educational opportunity in my parents matches school. They met at the university of notre dame and moved to michigan when my dad found a job in the auto industry which is has is the thing that has brought most families to michigan and I grew up in canton. Which is about a half hour outside of detroit me and my sister mom and dad and we grew up one of the public schools there. I remember feeling very much like there. Were not a ton of asian americans. At the time. I remember going up there. I have think that was the only asian american girl in my class during pretty much almost all elementary school and then it really wasn't until high school that i started to learn more about asian american history through an asian american student group that was there and really had a strong mentor. Who was a teacher out. Who really sort of started to pull me into different leadership positions and encouraged me to learn more about my identity as a nation american and so I definitely think that growing up as daughter of immigrants and growing up in canton and getting that type of experience has certainly shaped to i. Am i definitely think that nobody of the values that my parents came to america believing in you know opportunity Is is something that as legislator that i try to fight for Constantly trying to stand up for our values
Analyzing the Latest Data on Anti-Asian Hate Crimes
"You so much for having me. So we'll talk about the rise in anti-asian hate crimes and incidents. We've seen the recent data that i've seen shows that during the year of pandemic i think this was. The data was taken between march of last year. In february of this year. There have been nearly four thousand incidents of hate crimes at least reported hate crimes in comparison to the previous year. Were there are twenty six hundred for the entire year. I don't know if those numbers are correct but that seems like a significant rise. Yeah since the start of the pandemic we have definitely seen from different sources that there has been an increase in reported incidents with Racial bias against asian americans. But there's also a difference in in gender right in the way that women experienced these hate crimes and incidents versus the way that men are experiencing them. And i want you to parse you some of that data for me because one of the things that i had read in this appropriately wrong and i think there's why there's gulf in how the media is reporting the incident with the data actually says but is it not true that women are experiencing or at least a reporting more incidents than men can parsi data. Sure yeah this. Is i think an important point in the current moment of how we understand both race and gender and the violence that is associated with both so we know that the atlanta shootings in march that that was a white gunman who opened fire on a on an asian owned spa and or asian on spas and that violence was for sure a function of both race of the women's national origin and gender. Those women were in that position because of their gender you know occupations and they were also economically vulnerable. What we're seeing in the
Interview With Elise Go, Singer, Songwriter
"This episode is least go. She's in la based singer. Songwriter and i would also say fantastic producer. You the triple threat girl. I always prepare every guest by reading their books listening to their music waiting through their poetry. And sometimes it's not my thing. But i do it because i want to be prepared. I have been marinating in a least goes music this week. As i've been editing photos for hours and hours. And i want to say at least you really bring all these amazing gifts together and i can't wait for our audience to sample some of your wear. So welcome to the five cast. I can think you so much for having me hello listeners. What's up well you are not from. La in fact. I watched a little bit of your youtube video. Twenty eighteen when you and your mom your piled into the previous for the free is right to make that journey so tell us a little bit about your back story so we can kind of appreciate how you've landed in l. a. as this amazing berkley. School of music graduate talent were awesome So when i was little. I started pointing seattle when i was four. So music has always been in my life and me and my mom are very very close race by single mom so that comes with its own hardships. But she always found time to you know she. I i see now as an adult looking back ever since i was younger. She always made sure. I had all the opportunities that i could to explore extracurriculars to see what i was passionate about to help. Find that passion. So i started playing piano on os for the classical music for really long time and then progressed to really liking to sing. And i always bring up the lizzie mcguire movie. I watched that with my daughter. That's too cute. Dreams are yes that is exactly thong on ironically. Got me into pop music.
How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
"Stories that make up how to pronounce focus on character struggling to find their bearings in unfamiliar territory or shuttling between idioms cultures and values a failed boxer discovers what it truly means to be a champion when he starts painting nails at his sister salon. A young woman tries to discern the invisible immutable. Social hierarchies at a chicken processing plant. A mother coaches her daughter in the challenging art of worm harvesting in todd. Visceral pro style. That establishes her as one of the most striking and assured voices of her generation. Tonka interrogates what it means to make a living to work and to create meaning so at the top like this is a story. A collection of stories about the lao refugee diaspora and laos is a country is adjacent to vietnam. But it's southeast asian like block. That wasn't solved the the vietnam war and because of that were the source of a lot of refugees along with vietnam. Cambodia that came from that area in the seventy s sixty seventies. Yeah it was like The sixties and seventies laos is the only landlocked country in southeast asia. Like you said it. Borders vietnam also borders thailand and is also the most heavily bombed country in all of history in terms of country size and population and most of that is from americans and a lot of the bombs that were dropped. Not all of them have detonated so every year. There is a lot of casualties from these from these bombs. So yeah western colonization and meddling has definitely you. I don't know what else to say.
Outgrowing People Pleasing With Kevyn Fong
"Guys. Oh my god jim so. I don't think there's anybody more excited than i am. Because i freaking love you let me just say right. I loved you the most i love you. So how are you doing today. Pretty good actually got to workouts in been very very focused on work and despite the weather being what it is right now. I'm very blessed and happy to stop took. I took a walk. And i'm like good girl. I walk to the fridge. And then i was saying i mean your workouts have been very inspiring which is why i'm so excited to talk to you because we're talking about transformation here right. Oh you better stop. I'm still in the middle we're ongoing. We're we're ongoing work in progress monitoring very excited about it. Well okay so to get situated. It's been really fun having so many awesome guests on first of all and because not everybody tuning in may of heard your incredible episode with me earlier which was like another lifetime ago or he talked about your coming out story right and just everything that made you who you are. How would you. How'd you do your little elevator. Pitch of like what's kevin long story and like a may life story treat tiktok tiktok on animate tiktok. I know. I guess. I am a military brat. Half chinese half filipino. Filmmaker turned digital content creator that focuses a lot on talent management. And that's where i've been. I've been in la for the last ten years. And i think now. I'm like really learning to just help others so i can also help myself.