Hawaii, Donald Trump, Barack Obama discussed on Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast


And it's a very time specific guests. We talked about this in our first conversation that you're really aiming to get the vote out from November third. So why did you start this and why target API young voters. Right so I guess why start something? Well, it comes out of this sense of. What's out there like content that's out there I think within the podcast space there are definitely a ton of API related podcast. Focus on parallel topics with us like I know model majority podcast, they have reformer Obama staffers, doing commentary and. A lot of these young people in high school or Saudi podcast to amazing what they're doing nowadays. But I I. Yeah. I started the podcast because I felt like. There's curiosity by API's to get involved, but the issues are not laid out very clearly. And we are such a diverse group of people. And Me Myself. I have been questioning whether to use the label AP API because we're so diverse but I tell myself like they're six percent of the population, we don't have much for separated. But yeah. So I started podcasts to to. To have conversation with. Gen millennials about civic engagement in politics amongst Asian, American Pacific Islanders because. I. Think it's not something at least my parents talked extensively with me about and. One of my role models is hustled hodge, which unfortunately this week you found out his show, the Patriot Act was canceled by net flicks. his talk show which was amazing. Yeah. So he's my role model and I would love to meet them someday but the podcast itself kind of models after the sense of their issues, let's deep into one issue and one podcast episode. So our podcast again, get out the vote increase if they can gauge Asian Americans with two styles of episodes. One is more focused on educating and being a topical focus. The others we occasionally release bonus episodes in these bonus episodes more roundtable table, more raw conversations that people want to hear and I'll give you an example. We recently did an episode on affirmative action and proposition sixteen in. California. So we had one episode focused on. What are the facts? Let's talk to an expert lay down misconceptions etcetera, and then we had a round table for a bonus episode with high schoolers who are applying to college. And that conversation is so different when you're going through applying to higher education. So I think those kinds of conversations are missing within the podcast base. And that's where I wanted to contribute. But on the other hand, I think what's been really lovely is. I tell my team members it's about the podcast, but also it's about us as the team learning together. Because all of them when I made the initial facebook posts because can you tell me to make the? I. Can't do this. Helen you gotTa Post and so I did and people started me and they were like, well, unlike not super involved with politics. My background's in like things like, oh, consulting landscape architecture design but I wanna get to know more about this topic myself through this process and I think it's been really awesome us together as a collective learning along the way more about these issues that we aren't seeing talked about. Yeah, and I want to give a shout one of those people Angela saying. Apparently, she listens to our fight. CAST. So. I mean, that's I love the intersection, right Just how we help each other out and we discover common touch points. Right right. Yeah and Kinda speaking on common touch points. It's. Part of I'm realizing this. Responsibility that comes with having even a small platform like our podcast because WHO's ever who who is at the table determines what story is told absolutely, and we've done the yeah we've done a lot of reflection on. Are we allowed to embrace saying that we represent acidic islanders because. Our team is mostly not Pacific Islanders and. Are we you know. Is is the term Asian American erasing a lot of the nuances and I, made it really appoint from the beginning telling my team and I'm still learning this as well. We have to diversify our storytelling and that comes with pitching stories that. FEATURE COMMUNITIES THAT MAY NOT BE Talked about or if we're in a community, our listeners can then learn more about segments within and one of the prime examples is our on our launch date. We launched an episode we did one episode on. College voter. Suppression then we did a second episode on the Small Third Party called the Aloha Party in Hawaii. And they just became a legitimized party this past spring they ran some candidates for their primaries in Hawaii and there founded by three. Native. Hawaiian Identifying people and those stories are. Not In the mainstream because just you know do to everything that's happening and. I was really surprised to win. We release that episode and we got some feedback like, oh, I had never heard about this and. Thanks for sharing about Hawaii Hawaii has a special place in my heart and hearing those words come from these people who we didn't really know that shows that these stories need to be told and whoever is at the writers table director's table needs to think intentionally about what platform you have and what stories you tell. Yeah I mean we're going to run your episode next week and the following week we're running a one with his Vietnamese American because you know our podcast feels the same kind of tensions, a lot of East Asian representation, right and this guy had written an op Ed for CNN several weeks ago and he was basically trying not to sound too partisan but he was kind of reaching out to Vietnamese Americans over fifty who typically are anti-china anti-communist and trying to make the case why this election they can't just look at that and vote again for trump. And so I out to this guy and his was balcony view and this guy served in the Bush administration right? He he was actually an elector for the State of Georgia and twenty? Sixteen. When. Then candidate trump had made fun of that South Asian Goldstar family and he said this is ridiculous and so he said I can't promise and I as an elector that I'm going to vote for trump as he got slammed. So he he resigned and now he's like the deputy vice chair of elections and registration for the state. And he is one of those never trumpers now and and so it's like, wow, that's a really interesting store. We don't typically have on our podcast and and I wanted to help him get it out there right and he goes well, I'm just touched it someone out there read myopic. Yeah I mean actually I would love to get advice while we're having this conversation of how do you? Think about who you invite on the show and the intentional about storytelling because I think we're running into on our team in, and this is I'm going to describe how our team works right now. So the way as of right now as of this August date, the way we run is we have a team of actually more than ten people and. We have people work on, you know outrage marketing, content, development, audio editing, etc. But if you have an idea for an episode, you pitch it to the team. Once we green light it, you contact gas make arrangements and work with the scripts and so anyone on the team can push for a topic and that matters because. You know. I can't you know I'M GONNA burn out if I'm the only content developer that's one thing. But on the other hand like the stories and perspectives people bring like. We're going to do an episode, Kamla Harris Soon and about. Her south..

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