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They Call Us Angry Asian Man

They Call Us Bruce

05:28 min | Last week

They Call Us Angry Asian Man

"Hello and welcome to another edition of call us bruce an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in asia america. I'm phil you. And i'm jeff yang and on this very special episode of they call cost bruce. We have well. We have a special guest special guest. Is you literally feel you because you're marking the twentieth anniversary of angry asian man the blog that kind of started all this stuff and ended up launching. I don't know maybe a a million people into the asian american digital space A million stories million posts and build a community of sorts that continues even now today and has extended itself with this. This podcast right here. Phil you welcome back to your own hottest f from the intro. Just couple of seconds ago. Yeah i mean it feels a little self-indulgent to dedicate our podcast to a observing the twenty th anniversary of the blog that i started but I figured twenty. If i'm going to do it anytime. It's got to be this twentieth anniversary. It's significant significant enough. And i didn't want it to just pass by doing nothing. So hey you know. I gotta record record episode anyway right through. This is just an easy way out really. But the fact is i mean. It's something i would have wanted to do to because obviously we would not have had become friends if it hadn't been for the fact that you created this blog and in a lot of ways picked up On the rubric in some ways the mantle of asian american media in in fashion from that sort of prior generation of media creators. Of which i was apart right. I mean you know back. When we first met i was i had been running magazine. A magazine inside asia america. It literally you know passed into the great beyond like ripe founding angry asian man and it just it felt good to see that these these stories these ideas and frankly these emotions were were still being put out there into the into the world do you. Do you remember when we first met ver. I first time we met like face to face the very first time. Damn i'm not sure actually i remember. I remember us meeting multiple times. I mean i was living in new york. The time right and i came out here a couple times various events. But i don't remember actually. The very first time we met was so the first time we met was was the launch of star tv molly. Well of course. I remember thirteen dirt. Tv was the Sort of asian-american magazine style. Show that you produced And you guys held a press conference sorts in san francisco right. Yeah so. I went over there on my lunch break. Actually i went to the. I got an invitation so i went and then that's where i met. That's where we met. I knew who you were and then like you remember when when we came up. You're that guy right and you're like yes in fact time that guy but you know it's funny 'cause yeah that was our first meeting and i do remember that now It was it was really an interesting errand some ways because i feel like there was this brief moment when the literally at that moment it felt like all these things are happening in asia america. We had like five asian american cable channels. That had all been lost the same time you know. Internet was big. Oh my god asian app you know all these things that were happening at once and then none of those things like literally. None of them are still around except for angry asian man. Let's be real right. The magazines are gonna you know. I and i think that the staying power twenty years a long time between anything you know but but you wait so you launch this. It was february thirteenth right. Very technically february fourteen thousand one well past midnight every team. That's right. yeah. Valentine's day in two thousand one and you've basically uninterrupted been running the black since then but when you actually i hit the keystroke to put this live what were you doing. What were you thinking like. Did you think that this was even going to be around this long. I mean obviously an absolutely not not in even any way like you know because I was angry. men was Kind of a subsection of a personal website. That i i put i put together This was around. The time of this is two thousand one so like i was hard coding in html uploading via ftp to you know like to this domain and And angry men was just kind of a section of that website which also had like my resume. Like all you know like random you put on a personal website back then right

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Waiting on the world to change

Talks with Chepe

04:44 min | Last week

Waiting on the world to change

"What's going on everybody. You know who it. Is you know what time it is. It's time for uncle. Chebbi talks which have paid back at it again with another episode. Listen as you heard from the man. John lead not john legend little long day today. John maher. We're still waiting for the world to change today. We're gonna talk about something that's manhattan. News lately has been spoken about a lot and more and more cases keep happening and in the aspect of you know new change new president new everything. It's important we talk about it because it's it's something that needs to be changed needs to be brought in a couple of months ago. I an episode of black lives matter and it was important. We talked about at that time because it was a very controversial issue a lot of injustices going around our country and it was something that was not being swept under the rug. It was bringing you shown everywhere and this situation right now. Going on in the world is kind of under the rug. I guess if you want to say So for all of you who don't know over the last past three to four weeks. There has been an increase in crime against asian americans and asian american descendants. And it sucks to see this because you would think that as a country in twenty twenty. We wouldn't have to deal with this. You know i get it. Racism is apart stigma of this country. That's been back from when it was founded it's built into the system systemic You know i'm not gonna have the argument of truth as it happens but this is something that unfortunately stands from that could have been avoided really like now. People are attacking asian americans for no reason and today was another thing on the news where this poor girl. She was just simply walking videos on an answering. You can go look at it. She's being harassed by some ecorse. I mean you know. Typical man white male with two bulldogs. Young i her and telling her that her country and nobody cares about her and search spitting at her. Why what and accused case of this going on and on and on there's another case in san diego or an old man in asian man was beat to death be into death for no reason and people are saying why is going on. Why is it happening all of a sudden. You know why it's going to happen little sudden there's only one man to blame Really i i've been advocate of me liking him for a while now and that man is donald john donald j trump thing. He's office but it all stems back from an idea that he impl- implanted in the minds of his naive followers. Because that's really what they are. They're naive because they don't know better. i wanna believe and give them the benefit that they don't have that racism in their heart. I really don't People are taught that or they're shown to learn how to hate no one's ever born with it and it all started with the covid nineteen situation and you know calling it the china virus i get. The virus originated in wuhan china. The virus came from china but to put that stigma in time word countries already divided based on race situations. You know that the is already on edge with all that's going on with black lives matter the police and all these things going on and you wanna put this gasoline on the fire and saying oh well now. We have the china areas. And then you're gonna call the flu and saying racist things about it like at some point. You've got to be like dude. You gotta stop. You can't be doing this and nobody did that. Unfortunately it took an election to them out and for it to stop but it's obviously not stopping things are happening and people are gonna say. Oh well it's not. It's not that serious borough. Just forget it happens. Whatever people are like that no you know why it's interesting that we have to talk about because asian americans have been given to enter the stake for a long time just as bad as not just as bad as african americans. That's different situation. But as bad as the irish as bad as latinos and all this aspect asian. Americans were first scrutinize when they moved here to the united states and they were not able to find a job and they were forced not forced to work but they were given the opportunity to work on the transcontinental railroad which they helped build that entire railroad along with the irish unfortunately though the chinese asian all those who moved here denied get paid very. Well they didn't have any of the sources that you know that a white male will get at that

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"I Am Always Enough Just Being"

Immigrantly

04:56 min | 3 weeks ago

"I Am Always Enough Just Being"

"Today. I am so thrilled to have you all tuned in for our guest. She is so down-to-earth such a busy woman. And if you look at the movement. She's leading i. Frankly don't know how she does it all our conversation. This particular conversation inspired me. And i came away from it. Renewed and challenged do more introspection to look at my mental health. More covered issues. That always been booed in bogus bonnie culture and for me. It wasn't easy to talk about stuff that was considered and still is considered western construct or a privileged that many cannot afford but today's guest and i spoke about it and it was fun. It was beautiful. It was challenging. Yes but i would do it again. If given an opportunity. Sahara goalie is the prince and energy behind brown girl therapy. A mental has platform that is the first and largest of its kind. What started out as fashion project turned into a world where community for first and second generation immigrants who seek to understand a firm that emotional and mental experiences. I did a lot of research. I looked at other platforms and i realized you know there really. Isn't there just. There wasn't anything that existed for children of emigrants when it comes to mental health. And as i reflected on my experiences i realized a lot of by struggles are rooted in this cultural. As in this identity as a child of immigrants. I remember as a kid and even now there are moments of consciousness in experiences that i have literally trouble putting words to are fully comprehending a lot of cultures. Like my own did not promote mental health conversations. Never mind have the lexicon. To even engage nasa hodge colby biz witnessed this unique reality and uses her platform to address these issues. I cannot wait for you all to hear what she has to share. An amazing amazing cheney up onto now and if you want to learn more about brown girls. Ap give her a follow on instagram and they also have a newsletter for which you can sign him. And i've said this before if you have any new ideas story ideas guest ideas diaz even email us. You can reach out to us. This is your platform. And i want to have as many conversations as began with people who stories will resonate with you our listeners. So let's get started. So i am so excited for this episode because i feel like there is so much that i always wanted to talk about and this episode is going to be my answer. Do all that. I want to talk about especially in the context of mental health. But a lot of what we are going to talk about is tied to your story. So i want to start with your ginny thus far. Can you share your story way. did you grow up. where were you born. How did you end up where you are right. Now sure I'm really excited to be here and be having this conversation with you. So i was born in the suburbs outside of richmond virginia The first of my family to be born in the west. I have two older siblings. Who moved to this country with my parents. Right before i was born and i was socialized. Grew up in predominantly non-indian environments. Yes so my parents from job but my mom actually is from japan so while she's full indian full-page rb Grew up in japan. So i have family in japan so i was born outside of richmond. Virginia my parents and my siblings were all born in india but my mom was socialized and grew up in japan. So i spent most of my years growing up Our vacation time between visiting family in india. Which would be. My paternal family and split time going to japan to visit my maternal family. So i feel like. I grew up in a try cultural household because my mom would often make japanese food she would often be watching tv. Dramas and japanese and we have a lot of decorations around the house. That are japanese but my family is sick. They follow the sick religion and my dad is fairly religious and so we grew up speaking jobe. You know going to goodwater on sundays. But i was going to school and had friends. Who were not sick or indian

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Organize Your Life & Your Business For Success

Her Inner Badass

03:44 min | 3 weeks ago

Organize Your Life & Your Business For Success

"Hello jane locum to this episode of my podcast. Thank you so much for being here today. And i'm so excited to get on the conversation about organizing your live and organizing your business with you. So what's new with you. Oh hi thanks for having me and you know what what's new with me is. I'm just even more focused to help. More people and businesses get more organized because this pandemic has taught us. We need to be able to move fast quickly and be better organized than we even thought absolutely. I think i need your help us swallow. Everybody needs jane in their life. So just a little bit of introduction so that our audience kinda get a little bit of an idea of what you do and how you actually got started with this business. Because i think it's genius. Can you please share a little bit about how you start your business and your entrepeneurship journey. Sure so i call myself a self-described life organizer and i've been doing this. I've been running organized jay now for three years. It didn't start to be like a pretty organized. Business like it is now. I started like every other entrepreneurs messy in the beginning. You don't know you're messaging all of that. But i actually started the business thirteen years ago and i failed the first time because i was scared to really market myself. And you're in canada's well we in society there in north american general. I think we have the stigma stigma that we should go to school. We should get a degree. We should work for a big company and thirteen years ago. That was really in my mind. So i actually had a traditional career insurance and construction and management and and really was just organizing people in businesses on the side it with my side hustle and it wasn't until about three years ago when i had a moment i was tired of helping shareholders businesses. And all the work. That i was doing to help people in corporate was not actually helping them directly. It was only going to big corporate. So i really want to focus more on entrepreneurs. Help people that i cared about. And that's when. I really launched organiz jane for the second time and this time hired a coach to help me get over my fears of course and then now it has evolved into fully or jane that is awesome. So what was your first men when you kinda like you know this. This is such a great idea. And that a lot of people in the world will need my service and kinda gave you that moment to start your business or you know. I always knew it. Even since i was six years old i was organizing things and people and even in my teachers would ashford bison kid and then going and university in my friends and then going into corporate colleagues. I always knew that i was my passion was helping people. I just knew it. I was just too scared to really. I didn't think i'd devalued. I didn't think it could be a full time business. So the aha moment for me really was when i was working in corporate helping make unprofitable business. Profitable and i was doing this through consulting through organizing processes and things. Wow and then. And then i had a lot of colleagues from my former jobs and what reaching out to me being like. Can you help me with this. And i was getting so many requests that i thought you know what i really need to show up and make this my own business. I always had the passion. I learned the skills. And i had this kind of the backing behind. It took me a while to really get confident in myself to say okay. I'm gonna do this fulltime. And i think with a lot of entrepreneurs that's the case we devalue what we offer were scared and we don't think i was scared. People would make fun of me if i started organizing business or it wasn't professional up enough but on the contrary it is the most professional business to be organized super professional so i think we need to get out of our own heads a bit and that was kind of the hall from me. More people coming to me. And i can really do this

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Sharon Kwon

Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast

06:28 min | 21 hrs ago

Sharon Kwon

"Is sharon kwan. She is a korean-american therapist. Who wrote an essay for the huffington post. Two weeks ago that went viral in it. She explains how the confluence of external and internal forces often make us. Asian americans are issues and the injustices we suffer invisible. I posted it on my personal facebook page and so many of my facebook friends who are asian american really really appreciated. How she was able to articulate. What many of us kind of sense. But we don't know how to explain this past week to more of our loyal listeners became monthly supporters. Thank you so very much you know who you are and if you two would like to become patron please go to. Www dot patriots dot com and search for asia-america. The ken jong podcast would love to. Have you join the ranks. If you were listening several weeks ago. I shared about this disastrous occurrence. Where i was contacted by google. And they said that. This enterprise level cloud-based. Google drive that i was paying a certain fee. A month to my. It guy that some of the clients on this account and it certainly wasn't me had violated their use policy and they basically had locked the account and thrown away. The key my it person also was feeling the head of this year a lot of his files on there as well but he was also feeling very bad so he had actually hired someone who was a programmer and of helped search. What's called the case file. I don't know that much about it but apparently as you use a computer there are things stored temporarily in this case and then it kind of automatically empties itself. And so he says well even though the files that were stored on google or gone some of those files that were stored on. Google might still be in your case and so let me run this software and let's see what we can find and you know it found a bunch of my photos and sonal sofer but all very recent things. The thing that i was looking to find was an episode with a poet based in new orleans that i had recorded in early part of december of last year. And i i just couldn't find it in the case. So i had just rescheduled that interview with daniel w k lee for march and then just a few ago. I was searching my download folder for a graphic that i had saved that someone had sent me and i just couldn't find it on on first glance and so i was kind of being more careful than looking through all these files that i had downloaded in the past and i noticed there was a whole bunch from the ring app. Which is the previous app. That i was using to record episodes remotely with guests and Unlike well wait a minute. This missing file from early. December might beer. So there's no clear names on these things. So i kind of was looking for dates and i found it. I found it at first. I thought oh no. I only found the guest track. But i don't have my track but a little bit more work and i found my track as well so i quickly copied them over to my noodle highway play. His and i contacted daniel. And i said boy we are in luck. We don't have to do this again. He was willing and i'm very grateful that he was so gracious about having to do this. It's the one thing that i was looking for that. I was finally able to find. So i'm very very excited to have that. Because it has the original energy and chemistry that i i was feeling hard-pressed like how are we going to duplicate this when it feels like we're going to be going over kind of the same material in ways that feel a little bit redundant right so anyway. I thought i'd share that with you. I think that you some of you have been feeling my pain and just to be able to find this one particular episode. That i thought was gone for good man. That's just great news. My new apple watch has taught me how the lie on a daily basis. Yeah you heard me right. It's taught me how to lie. I was a little bit slow. I wasn't an early adopter when the apple watch. I came out i waited. I thought very wisely till the second generation came out but probably before a year had passed. I quit wearing it and that's because of one particular reason it's battery. Life was horrible. Sometimes it would last like nine hours. And i'd be somewhere away from home away from my charger and at an event or something and my watch would die and i'm like this is completely useless so i just throw it in a nightstand drawer and didn't think i'd ever come back to win an apple. Watch well when the sixth generation watch came out last year. I think it was last year i saw the new features and they said the improve the battery life so i said hey you know what. I'm going to put my toe back into that pond again. So i got one and i've been working now every day but one of the new features among many features sounds kind of innocuous but this is a feature that has basically taught me the lie. It's tied. I think to the health app and i think it's very specific to the pandemic that we're all still experiencing and it's all about washing your hands now if you are not familiar with these apple watches They have motion sensors in them. In addition to gps. And what have you so this watch senses when your hand. Whatever arm is wearing. The watch is making the motions of washing your hands. What they have built into this detection is whether you're washing your hands for the recommended twenty seconds. I mean some people. They don't have this you know they're saying happy birthday to you song twice to work or take me out to the ball game. You know twice but you look kind of silly doing that in a public washroom humming under your breath. Believe me. I tried it so this watch. If you stop washing your hands if it senses that you've stopped before the required twenty seconds within a second or two after you stop it ask you. A question was being and it says.

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Dealing With Uncertainty with Kulap Vilaysack (Add To Cart Podcast)

First of All

05:12 min | 4 d ago

Dealing With Uncertainty with Kulap Vilaysack (Add To Cart Podcast)

"You guys. Make sure you're doing. Well do a little self check. As i am beginning to do a lot these days. We're still in it. We're out here in a pandemic so please You know pay attention to your well being take care of yourselves. Wear masks social distance meditate. Wash your hands sleep. Well drink water all that stuff Yeah it's a lot and that's why we're here with cool off to talk about dealing with uncertainty because that is life right now right but anyway back to the episode. Cool is somebody that. I am really honored to have on the podcast. Because she is an asian woman in the entertainment industry who is has been and is killing it. I've i technically encounter cool up by watching her on the office The episode where michael scott goes to benny hana's and brings the asian chicks back to his office party and he then can't tell who is who like his asian girl is and it was so cringe but it spoke to me and it made me laugh and cool off the one that gets her arm marked. It's ridiculous but she's just a fantastic actress and she was also in Parks and rec lonnie. And she's an amazing creative which we'll get into this episode. But i personally don't really have that many asian women that i feel like i've encountered and gun to know on a personal level and then i truly feel really good vibes with and genuinely respect and look up to and cool up is one of those people and i just feel very fortunate that you know we've gotten to know each other and that she's down to be a guest on this podcast because it's an honor Yeah so for anybody out there who's also been kind of lost in not feeling like they have a lot of role models or mentors. Now i tried to not to get too caught up in that but really when you encounter people that speak to you and kind of really motivate you and inspire you. It is something really special. So that's just what this means to me and this is Kind of conversation. Where i get to be guided and i have questions for her and Yeah we got to have that. Have that kind of talk. So i hope you guys enjoy this. Because because she's amazing so a little bit more on cool up she's a writer director. Who created the tv series but jillion dollar properties on c. So frigging hilarious and she is also the creator of the original documentary origin story which was honestly such a moving film and like a breathtaking journey because people. Just don't get a look into this kind of a story An origin story is chronicling. Her travels to her native land of laos to search for her father. So it really just is into her story You know rooted in being a refugee from laos and you know being separated from her parents and like it's just incredible in such a deep dive into her personal life. And it's it's amazing. I really recommend that you go check it out. I believe it's on amazon. But yeah you're welcome. She currently cohoes add to cart with in pack another role model from like the mtv days blows my mind that i've gotten to meet su chin An add to cart is a podcast about what we buy. And what that says about who we are. And that is made for lemonade. Media kulab is dope. Please enjoyed this conversation and go check her work. Because i mean it's just the beginning. There's more to come also please against day for the ultra music because every week. I'm featuring different music from our that. I love this week's ultra music is by the very talented tim at list and it's his song peace at last which is one of his newer singles. I freaking love it and sidebar on him i actually got to meet him through collaboration. And up in the bay area he is berry native holler and I actually made my very first piece of arts like my very first piece of film. Work through tim's music. I was inspired by his song. Ten goodbyes because i was dealing with a really gnarly break-up at the time and Yeah that was the first thing. Like i wrote and directed an active when in with friends. So Yeah if you guys want to check that out on youtube. It's tim. Atlas hanger buys. I think we titled it like unofficial music video but shoutout to kenny lou. My friend who's an amazing actor. And he plays my love interest and chat out john rica's who co directed that with me One of my dudes and patty lin for helping out. That was seriously such a fun. Random like i'm inspire. Let's go make something. And i was stunned to see the response for it. I was so glad that. Tim atlas let me as music you know. He's a friend he didn't have to and it's been really great to see how much tim has grown as a singer and songwriter and You know he's performance south by southwest. And i actually got to produce a showcase that he was in. It's just oh people are making all kinds of things and everyone's on their path so it's just really cool to get to know how they came about that and how they navigated all these things so this is basically me thinking out loud that i need to have him on this podcast too so that'll be forthcoming but in any case.

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Fighting Invisibility & Speaking Up with Bryan Pham & Maggie Chui (Asian Hustle Network)

First of All

07:22 min | Last week

Fighting Invisibility & Speaking Up with Bryan Pham & Maggie Chui (Asian Hustle Network)

"Of all a real unfiltered conversation on career family relationships and culture. I'm your host mickey chain. I'm an actor producer. An entrepreneur and i'm here to share inspiring stories and to walk their everyday life with you. Thank you so much for tuning in for this week's episode episode one thirty eight fighting visibility and speaking with brian lamb. Maggie chew from the asian hustle network. I'm very excited for this conversation to share it with all of you but before we get into that just want do really quick check in you. Good you doing okay. I hope you're staying safe healthy. We are still in the middle of a panorama and vaccines on just sitting here. Waiting for mine Be i just wanted to continue. Make space of for for all of you to check in. I really appreciate all the different conversations and the different content creators acknowledging it. Because this we're still it's still not normal and who knows what the normal will be going forward but For any of you. That are going through a tough moment. I love you sending you big hug big hug and wishing guys the best and also sending out a reminder. You know because this is still what it is with the pandemic and new variants and all that stuff. Please remain vigilant. Wear your masks. Double masking is a thing. I've been doing that. Section of that bad and social distance gotta stay on the quarantine in isolation game. I know it sucks. I miss hugs and friends and trips and all that stuff too And stay genyk. That's just a regular life thing you know and Stay strong so keep an eye on your physical mental emotional health. Because it's a tough time still in. You know we gotta just do everything we can to be there for each other so yeah so now that we got the check out of the way back to the intro. I'm really upset. Excited to have bright and maggie on his podcast. I'm a fan of their work. I am a member of the asian hustle network. And it's just incredible. What these two have done in creating a space and a network and community for asian american business owners and entrepreneurs and leaders Started at zero back in november of two thousand eighteen. It's grown to over seventy thousand members since that's just like just over a year which is incredible and this conversation is to highlight their work. They're who they are as people why they started this and honestly the timeliness of it is very you know significant given the fact that it is a really tough time right now for the asian american community. There's a lot of horrible things that have been happening for the last year odyssey for generations but like really the surge has happened since kovic started. And there's been a lot of anti-asian hate crimes happening But in the last few weeks it's been particularly horrible because there have been these targeted attacks on an elderly which is so mind-numbingly. Painful infuriating and heartbreaking for me to like watch and fathom and fear for my parents my grandparents and all my friends like everybody you know just like for people and so because you know the asian american community. Has this longstanding stereotype that has proven to be true in a lot of ways of being quiet about a lot of our issues or not getting kind of the same of media attention or the same resources to us or Getting the same kind of solidarity or an all the layers that go behind that of why In terms of the race conversation why it has been the way that it is. There's a lot to unpack and so. I'm very grateful that. Brian and maggie share space with me here on first of all to start talking about that and as we go into that. I just wanna do a disclaimer. You know we're we recorded this at a certain point in time there are things that have happened before and there are things that unfolded after. We recorded this conversation so please take everything with a grain of salt and with an open mind and open heart. you know. We're not experts. Were not the. Were not the people any person out there. The one with like the answer. we're just three individuals who were doing the very best. We can to address the situation to our best of abilities given everything that's happening in the world in our personal lives and so Yeah there's we'll go into that. You guys will understand the different reasons why people may feel hesitant or scared to speak up. And that's real too so you know that's kind of just a reflection on this larger conversation. Why certain people engage in wipe. Some people stay away from it. Why there's certain kinds of anger out there. We don't have all the answers but it's important that we talk about it so keep that in mind for yourself too. I just. I just know from personal conversations. There's a lot of different opinions and feelings towards what's happening and there's a lot of judgement out there too. I mean given the age of cancel culture and social media. There's a lot of reasons why people Feel scared to even speak up later. I felt that too And everyone's processing it in their own way. You know what. I mean like that's really the takeaway guys were processing At our own ability and capacity. And we're doing the best that we can and i think the big the other takeaway that i hope to put out there and encourage everybody is that the doing is what matters a lot right now so We gotta do things. We gotta speak up. We got to make change how we can and there's a lot of different ways to do that. That action can take so many different forms but Talking about is one thing sharing resources donating Reaching out checking on people creating a volunteer opportunities all these things Holding our powers accountable. That's also another. There's just a lot of ways so keep that in mind And i encourage you and welcome. Invite anybody who's not asian listening to thank you. Thank you for being an ally for having interest for learning something new and for just making space for a an experience that may not be yours or personal to you. But it's just a human experience and that for the asian american community will take that in stride and continue to be better ourselves and show up for others as we have been and as we can improve on doing from here on out k. So that's my spiel as a intro to this conversation and also just want to again. Shut out to brian maggie. A little bit of background on them is that they are the co founders of the asian hustle network which was started in twenty nineteen and brian. Fan he has a background in real estate so he's also the founder of crushing it in real estate also. The founder of hate is a virus and he's a venture partner at the outlier fund. So now that he's doing asian hustle network fulltime. He's left his Real estate universe to the side but he's also very active in Entrepreneur universe he's the director of strategic partnerships at startup berkeley so definitely involved in the ecosystem of vc's angel investors and and aspiring entrepreneurs and maggie choo who is fabulous and has amazing background interior design. She a co founder. Ceo of asian hustle network and She has been featured in the la times voyage. La next shark and cg tv.

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The Magical Language Of Others By E.J. Koh

Books and Boba

05:40 min | Last month

The Magical Language Of Others By E.J. Koh

"And welcome to books and boba a podcast between pittsburgh asian and asian american authors. My name is yet. And i'm re-re you and welcome to our first book club. Discussion of twenty twenty one. We're discussing your january twenty twenty one book club pick the magical language of others by ej co but before we get to the book rear. How has your twenty twenty one going. I mean we talk about this a lot. How time is just like a flat circle and it just feels like january has flown by. It has even though i mean wasn't there a coup. Wasn't there a lot of things happened politically. Obviously but i don't know like everything kind of feels like a fever dream and with the vaccine situation. The it's it's just been constant change degeneracy that antibac- sir shutdown vaccination site now. I did not hear about that. But i did hear about was how we have a how how we have like a vaccine shortage for like more than half of the country and not there's like a new variant of the covid nineteen screen. Yeah it's gotten really bad and it's like a question of of like wilda vaccine be able to stop the symptoms of the new strains and i am trying to stay as calm as possible. I've been staying at home as much as i can. Considering that like now like covid has been happening on the outskirts of inner circle. So it's just like. I'm just i'm just like people. Please stay home because now now it's like right outside my door stop and you're kind of terrified at this point. Well we're here today to talk about our january twenty twenty one book club pick so let's get to it As always as always we're gonna talk all about the book the magical language others so if you haven't read it yet read it i if you don't wanna get spoiled But if you want to listen to us first and then read it. And that's fine to do you. And i would like to give out the trigger warnings of of eating eating disorder suicidal thoughts. I guess like child neglect This there's a lot of sensitive topics in this book. So i would proceed with caution if if you are sensitive to those topics art. So let's get started. A rewrite won't start off with the book jacket description. All right the magical language of others is a powerful and aching love story and letters from mother to daughter after living in america for over a decade g. Cho's parents return to south korea for work leaving fifteen year old and her brother behind in california overnight. G finds herself abandoned and adrift in a world. Made strange by her mother's her mother writes letters in korean over the years seeking forgiveness and love. Letters engy cannot fully understand until she finds them years later hidden in a box as nj. Translate the letters. She looks to history her grandmother. June's ears as a love sick wife and tej on the horrors her grandmother. Kumiko witnessed during the island massacre and to poetry as well as her own lived experience to answer questions inside all of us. So right off the bat. I figure i mean i really enjoyed reading this book I'm not like literally trained person but Ej's pros is really beautiful very descriptive. Very there's a lot of stuff going on and a lot of really like beautiful descriptions. But i know that because i am a son of immigrants and not a daughter especially not a daughter of a korean immigrant. I know that your relation to this story might be a little more deeper than than mine. But what did you. How did you feel about this book. Man i how do i even answer that question. Is i knew that i knew going in that memoir was going to be very difficult for me to read. I'm a very emotional reader for those of you. Who haven't been listening to our podcast for for a while. But when i memoirs are supposed to be personal and it's supposed to tell the story of the author but for me when i was reading. Ej hose book. It seemed like she was holding up a mirror. I guess instead of her instead of just like listening and consuming her story. It felt like i was seeing kind of like this distorted reflection of my own childhood and my own adulthood and like you said like her prose is really gorgeous. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that she is a poet and she knows how to use each word to its maximum effect. Just like an example of her poetic prose. I highlighted a quote from her. I watched the sun come up like an egg cracked open underwater. It's yoke rising with listlessness.

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Interview With Megan Kang

Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast

04:31 min | Last month

Interview With Megan Kang

"I guess today is making king and she is a doctoral student at princeton in sociology. And she first came to my attention because as i was scrolling through my morning news feed this headline jumped up at me about how this person had embittered themselves among stop the steel trump supporters and wanted to really understand. Just not only what they thought. Because i think a lot of us know what they think. But it's more like what's behind that. Why do they keep thinking what they think. So i immediately reached out to megan. And i said man i would love to have this conversation. I think. Our country after the inauguration of president biden and vice president harris and we're right in the midst of this impeachment trial as recording this. We're still hugely terribly divided as a country. And i just wanna thank you for your willingness. Come on talk about this. We don't expect you to have any more definitive answers than anybody else out there. But i think your experience of spending a month of weekends at an intersection in florida is priceless. And so welcome to the podcast. Thanks so much for having me can so you kind of come from this approach from what i could glean from your article that you're not just looking at data you want to imbed yourself because you said either walking in the shoes or at least near the shoes of the people that you're studying is very different than just looking at raw data is that is that accurate. Yeah that is accurate. So i guess one thing. I should point out about the word in bed. I that that was a huffpost like editorial decision more nefarious than what. I think i was doing. You know like a click bait thing. Sounds very intriguing but really got me. Click we get the impression that you went deep undercover. You know it it was. I think i would say more naive in that. You know i. I saw this group of people that had been standing on a corner where i had been doing grocery shopping over winter break. I happen to be in florida staying in my partners family's house kind of on accident actually. I need to go home to southern california. Where i know you're from kobe. Rates had gotten so bad. And so i decided to just stay put in florida where things a little bit better. So we saw them there for a few weekends. I learned from the the grocer that this group had actually been out there for the past six months and it had transformed from from pro trump rallies to part election to stop the steel rallies. Right after who does the same group of people consistently there. Every saturday morning. I think like many americans like you said had been had been having a hard time grasping this divide that we've been seeing our country and feeling like i was missing perspective. And so like you say. I think the the method that i i am drawn to is just going up and talking to people and asking them and that's something that i'm i'm getting trained to do as a sociology. Phd student and particularly a method called goofy and we prioritize personal experience and getting close to the issues and trying to understand people who are living those issues experience making sense of them. I'm just trying to imagine that as you almost use the word infiltrate as you associated as you kind of dropped in on these weekends at this intersection. I'm imagining that. There weren't a lot of people that looked like you already. They're like the regulars weren't anywhere close to people of color sets to say that's right. yes. I'm a twenty eight year old korean-american woman who was raised in california and has lived in berkeley oakland chicago detroit and princeton. So that just gives you a glimpse of my political. Leanings have influenced my thinking. This is in south florida. Florida's a quintessential purple state. it voted marginally for trump. in the past two elections. I was in one of the blue counties but only marginally blue and so very different political environment than the ones that i've used to and the group of people that were there. I had seen them before. They were primarily middle aged white and hispanic floridians decked out fully and trump gear. And we're definitely looked very different and clearly have different perspectives than anyone. That i'm around

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interview With Frank Toby Chi

Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast

05:24 min | Last month

interview With Frank Toby Chi

"Listeners. If you have been keeping up with the episodes near the end of last year You may have listened to episode number two hundred eighty where i interviewed coach. Nancy son and she and i had a pretty extensive conversation About a person did. I didn't name who had experienced a stroke and i was just kind of pushing her a bit to say well. How would you apply some of your coaching techniques to help people get past. Self cancelling self critical thinking. How would you apply to someone. Were they actually have had a physical injury happened to them and it's not something they can think away. I was already looking forward to actually having that unnamed person on soon after i posted the episode with coach. Nancy and so my guest today is that person. He's a former parishioner of the church. That i pastor for many decades he continues to be a friend and he is also a listener to this podcast and his name is toby so toby i want to welcome you to the podcast. Hello everybody had pastoral. Care is to call your pastor. Kent surrey oh habby you keep blowing my cover listener. First-time caller yeah. Yeah well you know. Did you ever think that you would be actually one of the guests one day. I was hoping yes but now hundreds of kind of circumstance which is very special for today. Well before we get into what happened to you. Tell our listeners. What your business was what you all about. Because you're one of the top people in your field of. What was that all about. I was ruining my mic production company. Doing visual effects and documentary film work for various corporations like entertainment and business and also nonprofit international ministries travelling to different parts of the world to document a workout. they're missionaries. Yeah that was happening near the end of this working. Part of your your life right. And and i was reading your facebook posts and you're pretty pumped you're saying if you had to do your career over again. You would love to do this. Because you're hanging out with people that were your now heroes and and getting to share their their work with the world yes. I think you're definitely one of the most influential person in that part of the journey. 'cause you even your servants seriously talk about joseph campbell and hero's journey storytelling technique. The very inspiring. So i wanna be a story town of himself by either doing social worker documents documentary work. Well you certainly excelled at that. I remember the excitement of the missionaries that were in dr congo. When you went over there with the team within pastor sharon and they'd never had anyone document with video of the work that they were doing out in the bush but also in the kinshasa in the city with the women at risk right. Yeah one of the most memorable shots that you took that. I think they were astounded. By was in you. Use your drone technique and you had the team going down that that big river in the congo and the jungle but you have to aerial view. That was amazing. That's fun yeah so you had just completed a trip. To thailand i think it was with international ministries doing similar work capturing for promotional purposes. The work of these missionaries and and they're doing a lot of social justice work. How would you feel about that well. That's very interesting. As i was in my filming to work of missionary kimbro. She ran the clinic for children with developmental diseases. Very moving to you. Yeah the provide like were down syndrome or learning disability physical therapy speech therapy and then you finish your work and you flew back home to culver city out out here right. The westside of los angeles pick up the story as it changed for you then will flew back. The next morning woke up too skinny ready to drive my son to school. I was still able to walk and drive those feeding kind of funny like little bit. Dizzy nosso weakness. When i came home. That's when it happened stroke. Yeah so when you were starting to feel funny. Did you have any thoughts. I wonder if. I'm having a stroke. Did that even enter your mind now than ever enter my mind though idea. Did you think it was maybe after effects of all this international travel. Maybe you cut a bug in thailand. Something like that. Will there a couple of little funny stories that can tell you about that. Yeah first of all the symptoms are just feel left we miss and what does that mean. Mike host left side of body feel very heavy like i was actually sitting on a toilet. Sorry maybe too much information. No i feel like. I'm i was going to fall off the toilet. I did end up falling off the toy onto the floor was able to push myself up. The funny thing is i was still able to walk

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2021 Book News

Books and Boba

06:40 min | Last month

2021 Book News

"Pain. Sukuk symbol of the club and podcast featuring books by asian and asian american authors in. My name is mervin. And i'm rewrite you and welcome to our first books in boba bid month news review For the year. Twenty twenty one rira. How's your new year been It's been going okay. I've been avoiding social media which has been reporting a lot of garbage. That's been happening as of late to this country so it's been pretty mellow on my side. How about you. That's probably a good call. I've been am. I a on social media. I noticed you know how on instagram people do your top nine for the year. Your top narayan images In twenty twenty. I only had nine xers total. Yeah i'm not. I'm not a big instagram user. Either which is probably why books boba. Our instagram is. Pretty bare and i apologize for that. We do have content. It's just we upload as my thoughts who i've been. I've been being a little lax in creating audio grams of our episodes but I'm working on those where we're going to have some highlights from someone are best author interviews over the last year up soon. I promise But just this whole lockdown quarantine pandemic situation. I think i mentioned this on the podcast before. But i feel like i'm becoming more and more with sudden like i know i'm being forced to be a shut in but finding that actually like it. It's gonna it's not. It's not a bad life being a being a shot in well. We're here today to talk about the latest book news in asian american literature We always start with the latest publishing deals And it's a pretty light month. January is typically just not a big month for deals said it's a it's a debt month mainly because the holiday season has passed but there are a saw. Let's get to them. What's i deal. I deal is amulet acquired. My sister's big fat indian wedding by patel. The why romcom follows an aspiring violinist. Who must secretly juggle the obligations of her sisters extravagant wedding week with auditions for a prominent music contest. On top of all this. She must dodge her nosy families matchmaking. Schemes publication is scheduled for spring. Twenty twenty two awesome title. The way i feel like we've been seeing more and more of these asian wedding stories. You know what bring it. I love wedding stories. I love movies. That take place during weddings. And it's just. I don't know i just like big party. Seems yeah annoy mentioned that. I've never been to indian wedding. But i hear they're per t nuts Chinese weddings would just eat a lot. korean wedding. I don't think i've twinned with those neither well. Korean weddings have definitely transformed a lot from the traditional crean weddings Sort of like for the korean traditional weddings like you wear like humble and there's like specific rituals you drink alcohol and you catch dates with your skirt and whatnot and a lot of a lot of couples. Don't do that anymore. It's become very streamlined and westernized so Actually have a pretty funny story about about korean wedding so last time i went to korea I went for my cousin's wedding and it was my first korean wedding that it was going to and it took place at a wedding hall. There's there's a bunch of wedding halls in this district and seoul and pretty much like what they do is like the bride usually doesn't buy address. They can rent it from the wedding hall. And they have like makeup artists and hairstylists. It's all part of the package. So it's much cheaper and the bride usually sits like in a sitting room where people come up and say congratulations and then they take pictures. So it's literally a place for people to just take pictures with the bride and once the wedding starts for my cousin's wedding. There was like a runway like it wasn't like an eye on it was like a platform runway show. Yeah it's kind of like a modeling runway and every everything in the wedding hall was like super. It seemed more kind of like Like a press conference in way. It didn't it was definitely like not like the romantic decorations that you see in american weddings. But they don't have bridesmaids they don't have groomsmen but what they do have our wedding singers. So what happens during the wedding is that they have like a performer. Sometimes it's a friend who can sing really well or professional wedding singer and they serenade the couple but the thing is it's very awkward because the couple is just standing there watching the wedding singer like saturday to them. And it's like it's just like okay. Well like no one is. Dancing is just like them standing there and watching the strangers sing to them and you have an option of having like a dinner and show pretty much so people will be like eating while they watched the wedding hap. It happened sometimes. it's a buffet style so for the buffet style. Which was what happened with my cousin's wedding. Everyone who is invited to wedding. They have to like pay because that is like the wedding tradition. You pay money to help. Cover the cost of housing for them. Or whatever. if you go to like an asian wedding attorneys wedding everyone brings. There's no wedding gifts. Everyone just brings down belowps. Yeah bring envelopes. And there's like a set amount depending on how close you are to the bride and groom so. If you're just like a coworker it might just be like like twenty five dollars or whatever and the closer you are you pay more

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Food Activism with Jenny Dorsey

Model Majority Podcast

05:50 min | Last month

Food Activism with Jenny Dorsey

"Jimmy dorsey welcome to the model majority. Podcast today thank you for being one of our very first episodes to record in the year. Twenty twenty one which is a very exciting for so many people that we are here at this point but before we get into all that one actually start from the very beginning to get to know your personal story a little bit. i love to hear about. Where did you grow up. how did you grow up. And if anything during that time leads you become who. You are today as a chef but also has an activists usc for sure so i was born in shanghai china and my parents moved to the us when i was around to pursue their both of them are scientists and so they moved to new york. They went to a school in the bronx. And so i followed them when i was up three and a half with grandparents so i was really raised by my grandparents growing up And lived in new york until about eight. Yeah that's i think that's right. I moved to seattle so i. I set my larger chunk of my childhood in seattle washington and ended up going to school College in seattle as well so like good decade plus in seattle cut the no it and during that time also like learned. I think that seattle is not the place for me. I really really wanted to go back to new york so right after college and making that switch back to new york i i. started in management consulting after college. I was a finance major in school. Originally marketing major switched over to finance was not doing so great. Marketing and very quickly knew that finance. It's fine but it was something that is not naturally good at it. You know. I think everyone kind of has their own talents and you can tell you a talented something when it's really yes you're still gonna have to work hard and there's times where you're not doing great job or what. Not but for the most part. Like in makes just intuitively makes sense to you and tell. The numbers intuitively. Don't make sense to me the way that they did to other people And i hate like the serota asian being good at math and talk about that maybe later on but at least it was like a way to get my foot in the door ever since i was young. Who was always a big part of my life. But i didn't even think about it in college or honestly dion for a while because it was never really encouraged by my family. My family going up with more traditional than they are now I'm chinese american and like and we kind of because they were scientists. They were very wary of Career or they felt that. I cannot get ahead because they were you know they were in our lab. They were always the ones that were doing all the work. If you've just look at lab dynamic it's always usually by hawk. Individuals a lot of them. Asian east asian or south asian. Doing all the research all the were all the writing but who is the main like name on the paper that you see who's getting nobel peace prize for their work in science. It's usually white men and that dynamic played out throughout my childhood. I never really consciously understood it but now looking back it was. You know my parents had these bosses. And i'd be like but you do everything and they get all the credit. I'll get it. You know so anyway. I think my parents really wanted me to find a career where i could succeed and not have to be under someone's thumb so to speak and they really wanted you know they've really encouraged less ultra prenatal careers for more careers where you can make money and you can be independent so business. Definitely they definitely encouraged. I was an undergrad business school and they were like yeah. You can now go out as a console. You do make a lot more money like you know so. They just wanted that stability they wanted to non you know. Be a lab technician salary for me Even if they really loved the sciences sciences so anyway with that kind of mind food never really felt like a real clear path. Never really thought about. I never really even explored at. I had no idea what to do right. I think a lot of people who are interested in food don't really know how many years pm and starting my career absolutely hated it. I was in the fashion and luxury division. So i usually work with clients in your fashion and luxury so i spent a lot of time By clothes being obsessed with clothes and shoes and being skinny and it was like a really tough period of time because everyone around me really encourage that behavior as well. It was always about how you lose more way out of your book. Nice you know there was a lot of judgement and it. I think it really came to a head. there was one time at At work where our partner came in and she was very fashionable. Amazing like wealthy Woman and she had brought in a bunch of clothes she had purchased at a sample sale. We We work in chelsea in new york city and chelsea market. Has this like if you've been. There was kind of large area in the center of the market. That always has sampled feels. And i guess she had gone to hurry and she just said that she would just buy everything that basically that was in her size and just figure it out later and it was. I mean there was a lot of things but let's about. But i just remember thinking of this woman coming ahead at all. You know she was. She was such a bath right and the fact that she would come in with a garbage bag full of new clothes designer clothes. It's like it's never ending hole in your heart that you're just trying to fill with dot and you can't ever fill it like spoil alert for anyone who's over there you can't feel it it's impossible it doesn't matter how much money you out you can't feel it because that's not something that can be so thing

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China's Starring Role in Hollywood

Why It Matters

04:41 min | Last month

China's Starring Role in Hollywood

"So what does china have to do with hollywood. So this is a particularly important year for the china. Hollywood relationship because this is the year that the chinese box office is expected to surpass the american box office as the most important box office in the world. This is james taker. He's the deputy director for free expression research and policy pen america and the author of the pen. America report made in hollywood censored by beijing now to get access to that box office. Any movie studio in this includes hollywood has go through. A regulatory process set up by beijing. Set up by the chinese government. The is that this regulatory process includes censorship that compliance with china censorship model is a prerequisite to entering the chinese market. So what we've seen. Increasingly is hollywood studios firstly complying with the censorship and editing or altering or removing content that chinese central subject to but increasingly. We're seeing more proactive. Compliance anticipatory compliance. And a self censorship basically removing things that studios even suspect will upset the chinese sensor and beyond that sort of working more actively with chinese censors and chinese government officials to include portrayals of china or to include portrayals at the chinese government particularly likes within their movies in many cases altered content only affects the versions that are sent to theaters in china but in other cases these changes are included in the global release to meaning that american audiences and audiences all over. The world are sometimes watching propaganda without even knowing it it shocking when you think about it for a second and seems to undermine a lot of what hollywood stands for. So why are they doing it. Hollywood studios like any other foreign studios in this situation really have significant economic imperatives to cooperate with this chinese model censorship in order to get into the country and this is perhaps most pronounced when we look at hollywood's. Biggest movies the blockbusters the movies that everyone sees you know movies like iron man. Three where china's sensors were actually invited to the set to kind of see what was going on every city further released way back in two thousand thirteen ironman three grossed one point two billion worldwide of that it made four hundred and nine million domestically and one hundred and twenty one million in china. That's a huge chunk of change and the proportion of prophets coming from china continues to grow. There is a quota system. That is in place where the chinese government will allow up to thirty four movies from outside the country. Technically they can bend the rules on this little bit but usually the numbers thirty four. Many of these spots are obtained by hollywood studios. With their biggest blockbusters and access or lack thereof to the chinese market for these big big movies can literally make or break the profitability of certain. Hollywood movie in two thousand nine hundred nine before the pandemic caused chaos in the film industry global box office sales were worth roughly forty two point. Five billion dollars of this the. Us box office accounted for eleven point. Four billion and china's accounted for nine billion while the us was still slightly ahead it's take had fallen from twenty thousand eighteen whereas china's had continued a long trend of growth the pandemic has made it difficult to measure things accurately but many think that china's market either already has or will very soon surpass that of the us and that the trend will only become more pronounced with time and regardless china has already become essential to hollywood's bottom line especially when it comes to domestic flops. Consider the twenty sixteen film warcraft based on the video game or so it was reported just to break. Even the film needed to gross four hundred million worldwide but in the us it got panned and only brought in forty six point seven million not to fear china to the rescue because of the popularity of the video game there had the widest release of any film up to that point and pushed prophets into the green with a final total of four hundred twenty two million

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Interview With Dr Bradley Onishi

Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast

05:43 min | 2 months ago

Interview With Dr Bradley Onishi

"I listen to several podcasts. Every week and it is especially a thrill. When i can bring onto host of one of the podcasts that i listen to on a regular basis because i feel like i know this person already but we've never had a conversation in this case. It's actor bradley. She he's the associate professor of religion at skidmore college. Which i look where that was bred as like you must be snowed in spirit man. I'm here in southern california for california boy whose deaths from maui. This is not my native environment so well a little bit of your background. You actually went to zoos. The pacific university. Which is right down the road from where i live where you got your be in philosophy and always wonder you know when a undergraduate majors flossy where they planning to end up. You ended up getting a master's in philosophical theology at oxford. And then you did. Some time in france doing postgraduate work in philosophy. And then finally you finish up at the university of california. Santa barbara doing your piece de and religious studies. I just want. It's tell my listeners. If you ever enjoy some of the conversations i get into on this podcast. With my guest that crosses over into this post evangelical political sort of realm. The person feeding me. Most of my information is now my guest on the show. That's kind now thank you. That's flattering thank you can. Let's start with your story. Because i think what set you up. Not just as an academic to have such a substantive take on what's been going on during the trump years before trump years where we're going to go after the trump years is also not just rooted in your research but it's it's based in your own life so tell us a little bit about that. Yeah i let me just say thank you for that flattering introduction and just. It's it's an honor to be here. So i've been looking forward to this for a long time and i'm really grateful so you know for me i. I grew up in north orange county. My father's japanese-american my mother's white woman from tennessee. And they met in the middle He's from hawaii and we grew up. Your belinda placentia fullerton area. I did not grow up religious. My dad was was culturally. Buddhist is what i would say he. He mowed the lawn. At the buddhist temple on maui in inkatha louis he. He went to japanese school there. But when i was thirteen and ask them about what it meant to be a buddhist to give me a book and i read it and i thought after i read it he would discuss it and i realized later. He gave it to me because he didn't know anything that was in it. He just didn't want to have me ask questions about what it meant to be a buddhist at fourteen. I had a very extreme conversion at a evangelical mega church and a conversion meant that i went from the kid who was hanging out with other teenagers behind the movie theater. Smoking and drinking and doing that kind of stuff to within months standing in front of the movie theater asking people if they knew my savior the lord. Jesus christ and if they knew where their so would be return ity. Tell us a little bit about how that dramatic conversion took place. I was invited to wednesday night. Bible study at rose drive friends church. rose drive is part of that network of quaker churches that richard nixon grew up in so i i was invited to that church by a girlfriend and i thought you know i'm fourteen. There's not a lot of ways to see your girlfriend on a with night off to pragmatist and there's no way mom can say no to this. If i want to go to church she's gonna say yes. So let's do it. This is a great plan She dumped me very quickly but that youth group became my second home. I found there what you would find in the ninety s at youth groups all over the place. Young cool hip leaders. They had tattoos. They played the guitar. We have a lot of fun games. The bible messages weren't boring and all of a sudden the existential angst. I had about the meaning of life and the depression that i faced throughout my entire childhood. I found answers found solutions to my condition. In jesus in god and so a very quickly i went from a kid probably hanging around folks who are going down the wrong direction drugs and alcohol and other stuff too when my mom asked me what i wanted for christmas on my When i was sixteen. I asked her how much she was gonna spend. She told me i said mom. I want you to give me that money. And i'm going to buy as many pamphlets and tracts and bibles as i can for people in nepal and i'm going to send them there because that's what's important and that's why how we should be using our money. Now i gotta ask you bread. Did your parents on the one hand. I'm sure they're going well. This is nice. He's not hanging around with those bad people anymore. The water bozos right. Okay right these these these yoga right but but at the same time is dislike. Did our son just joined a cult. So it's exactly what you said. For mom. there was times. I think she was relieved. But you know when your son is saying. Hey i don't buy me letterman's jacket for the basketball team. Send the money to nepal for bibles. I think she kinda wish. I was back to the guy getting caught with the kid. Smoking pot again. I mean she was kind of like. This is a little extreme. It was a lot harder for my dad. My dad's japanese-american guy. He grew up in the cradle of asian american. You know Communities on maui. His life was in the buddhist temple even though he he really didn't wasn't a practicing buddhist so for me to join a mega church especially church. That was ninety percent. White was really hard for him and it took a lot of convincing to let me go to the wednesday night. Bible study or the retreat or the youth group party or whatever.

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All The Things: A 2020 Debrief with Sean Miura

First of All

05:01 min | 2 months ago

All The Things: A 2020 Debrief with Sean Miura

"Living cooney In in many ways that is the most that we can ask ourselves right. Now i was gonna say what qualifies as living now is simply a pulse because sure i got that notes a into bleak time but i think I'm leaving this year with capacity to be grateful for stuff. That's that's kind of something that i'm i'm happy about and i feel very privileged good. I'm very happy to hear that. That's an esa. Just sean way to start this off. isn't it also need. I'm still like writing this high of realizing that. This is the first time that you're on my first of all podcasts. 'cause i was like i've podcast with sean before. This is not the first but if the verse but this one. So i've done. I've been on collab- cast multiple times. I think the last time was when we recorded with david joy okay and then the recording. They didn't like that so that but it was fine. I think laden wanna had just come out and that was all we were talking about or something so it was kind of saying that in intro as well it was a whole thing it was a it was beautiful thing. That is so solicit. Start with that. That my memory is non-existent This i mean the whole purpose of this conversation. Is i just wanna talk with you. But it's really we're at the very very end of twenty twenty which will go down in infamies. Two days left two days left as probably gonna go up the last day. So we're just like you know settling and coming to terms with all that was this year. So yeah we're just if anyway i mean i said this in the intro. We good but just or eight. We're debriefing. I calling this. Like a twenty twenty debrief a good a good debrief. Yeah thank thank you for having me. This is actually the. I've i've said no to pretty much every like podcast or video or or writing. Ask that. I've had This year really. Yeah just because i had. I didn't it was it was like either at. It didn't feel like i was the right person to talk about the subject. Or i just wasn't really feeling like i. I wanted to be putting anything. That i was saying at the time on tape because my brain was all over the place but I'm i'm happy to be here just to to look back because i think that that's that's an important thing for everyone to be doing right now. I'm slow. I am just so beyond honor. Now this is so meaningful that it's the first time you're on first of all and also that it's a rarity because i one hundred thousand percent support that i think i did ask you earlier this year and you did say no. I really admired and respected you for that. I think that an imprint. On my heart of like i need to be more on i. Yeah i mean. It's i think you're asking me to talk about the The uprisings after the murder. Of george. Floyd and taylor and And the The central park on incident. And i think that for for for many from for many of us who were applying. That was an interesting moment because that sort of like amplifying and supporting movement work has been is just kind of part of what we do and then in that moment. Suddenly i found myself being pegged as like a like a weird spokesperson. For that. i wasn't. I wasn't a leader. Hin or was an expert in nor nor should i really be the person to go to and i think that i i think for many of us. Were just trying to figure out who who who could have. The conversation. And i got asked quite a few times actually In the weeks following that to not surprised podcasts. Or or Write a thing or do a photo shoot or et cetera et cetera. Simply off the fact that i was reposting things on on instagram stories and I think what. I what what i've taken away from. That is just this reminder that you know we we need to be more clear on who within our community is doing this work and who were in the scene to and who were uplifting and And so and so in that moment would it's some. This is something that i've always tried to practice I thought it was really important. Just to pass the mic. Which i did a few times and referred people to other folks but Yeah i mean i. I'm i'm glad that was. That was a good thing. I'm always a little a little bit unsure. When i say no to stuff but yeah trying to try and do more of that.

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They Call Us Bugs Bunny

They Call Us Bruce

04:42 min | 2 months ago

They Call Us Bugs Bunny

"Low end. Welcome to another edition of they. Call us bruce. An unfiltered conversation about what's happening in asia america which now includes bugs. Bunny what's up. Asian americans you and i'm jeff yang and i'm just going to be cracking up the whole time but here it is here we are. We have with us a very special guest. The man the voice the magic eric. Abou- za the new voice of bugs. Bunny has it going guys. Well this is my real voice. This is my asian canadian plane. Pundit salt voices pianos it just regular filipino bread voice. This is the one. That i think iraq customize wanna hear you know for repeat business in all i mean it's amazing how you can slip in and out of it. I mean that's what strikes me like as we were getting ready to record. I'm like oh my god and made me wonder like. Are you like this all the time. Like are people just cracking up around you time. I'm the fattest of my friends. Because i'm the one that makes all the jokes. No one makes me laugh. So i haven't had an an ab workout in like years. Everyone everyone benefits around me but me But that's that's my lot in life you know like i don't mind and i love i love making people laugh And you know thank you for first of all thank you for inviting me on your podcast and and your show and You know the last two weeks have been Insane as far as just wanting to talk you know suddenly paying attention. This show that. I've been on looney tunes cartoons. Has it premiered in march And only now it's like. I'm getting the attention but you know what else premiered march is covid. So that's exactly. Why only now. After a whole year of chasing covert stories. You know so tragic all like so much so much sadness so much like the news has been so heavy. And there's been very light hopeful inspiring moments with vis this pandemic You know just supporting our frontline workers in the current social climate that we're living in you know black lives matter and there's so much see i mean biden. Hello you know like and then all of a sudden this filipino kid from candidates. The voice of bugs bunny like what a way to end the year. Right like what a strange who held out on their bingo card. Nobody has no one. You know the scratch tickets like cherry cherry filipino. Voices bugs bunny damn but so as we're talking on the run up to this. I actually feel like it's remarkable that just in the last couple of years it it feels like we are finally starting to integrate childhood right. That is the voices not just adding diverse programming in the form of look. Let's put an asian kid in the back row you know. Let's let's add franklin to peanuts back when it was probably as that that attempted bussing in ended up being. We're actually starting to see these. Hallowed these hallowed i don't like institutions finally populated by by people who can bring a very different context but the same context to them. I mean obviously bugs. Bunny is a big one of them. I i would also point to blues clues right and yeah your your fellow filipino. north american stepped into that that arena as well I mean like let's let's Let's go back to our youths right. I'm i'm forty one now. And the first real exposure to seeing a face that was like mine and represented in mind. Film in movies was Short round and data from goonies. Jonathan kwan- it's crazy. I met him in toronto. And i was just like you don't understand man like you're you're my hero like you were and i think that goes for a lot of young asian boys and girls just to see like there's the there's the kid that's like me and the group of friends and that they bothered to include him in in you know even something like goonies. I know it was one movie but it was the best movie. It was like the only movie you really needed to see

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They Call Us Asian in New Zealand

They Call Us Bruce

03:51 min | 3 months ago

They Call Us Asian in New Zealand

"A low unwelcome. Today calls bruce unfiltered conversation about what's going on in asia america and other parts of the world bank less affected by covid. I feel you have yang. And as phil has served telegraphed we are connecting with another part of the asian diaspora in the form of very special guests old friend. Who is actually a dialing us in from new zealand from the code. Free paradise of the medicaid seeming mark. And thank you so much for joining us. I killed a koto carta. Yeah all the way from my little island safe-haven aspirational destination of all of us. Who are currently huddled. Sorry we both a wall. You don't want people from shithole countries like america company. How does it feel well. I mean okay. So let's begin where we begin and obviously you are there You actually have been in your from new zealand out born in new zealand. Yeah there are chinese new zealanders again part of the espera that we don't really kind of talk about enough here in in our american centric place now of america and one of the things which has actually been a delight Over the years we've known each other has actually been hearing from a different perspective. What if what. Asian america looks like from people who are asian but not american and i. I am kind of curious what america especially looks like from the perspective of somebody in new zealand at this point. What looks like. Oh you want me to say i don't wanna like i'm you walked. It looks like i. I honestly i wanted to press you. We just sitting here going. Holy shit you know holy shit. We knew it was gonna be bad with the guy you know for four years. It's basically as bad as if anyone could have imagined that could get so we. We have elected him out. The only person who can not really acknowledge that is donald trump out Hopefully means things will get better but he really did kind of dig a fricken marianas trench for us and through us in there and he still to acknowledge again that the rule of democracy is is is operated. And it's like guys yeah you know. He lost the election but he won. really damaging the democratic process. And a still doing so as a as a kind of like a political scientist you guys are in like a bad situation with regards to keeping democracy functioning and not becoming like a regime that really recon uphold its democratic institutions. And something that you know compared with new zealand I just like you sit around on my god. I'm so lucky that i have a functioning government that has a loyal opposition by the concept of an opposition that supports the democratic process that supports like peaceful transition of power. A wicked human rights longtime right. So using tim's that we use you know amnesty international About how this is not a peaceful transition of power. Will people really excited. Because maybe you're going to have a peaceful transfer of power. It's like you shouldn't be getting excited about a peaceful transfer of power. You develop develop democracy

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Dr. Leana Wen (with Rock the Boat)

Model Majority Podcast

06:02 min | 3 months ago

Dr. Leana Wen (with Rock the Boat)

"I'm happy to join you today. I am dr lena. I'm emergency physician and public health professor george washington university. I also previously served as the health commissioner for the city of baltimore into it wouldn't be a complete introduction here without mentioning that i am a chinese american immigrant. My parents and i came to the us. Just before. i turned eight. And i'm also the you mother of two. I have a son who just turned three and a baby daughter who is five months old. My gosh congratulations. I also noticed that you are from shanghai. As am i so. I don't know if that you still speak shanghainese at all at home. I actually never did. Because i was raised primarily with my grandparents on my father's side whom did not come from shanghai and so i understand shanghainese but actually never spoke. We will not do a practice here. team that don't come late rayo he say you're gonna understand it and kerley speak it. It's always great to connect with somebody from my hometown. We always love to start with an origin story. Lena and you just have such an incredible ordinance story. And you've talked about it in your ted talks and everything but i'm kind of curious like what little was like thinking about this because i look at my son and someone told me prior to you having kids and i didn't really understand this. They said your son or your your children will have all of your best characteristics but also all of your worst characteristics whereas you as parents or adults are able to filter out to end can elise temper your worst. Tendencies your wounded just wash. Show you on your worst using so. I'm thinking about that as i'm answer your question because when i see my son i think is a lot of the same of the worst tendencies up. I think i was very opinionated. Child if you who's who as adults don't find surprising at all. I don't know if i threw a lot of tantrums by son deafening does so i. I'm not sure if it from me or my husband but you know because my parents and i came. When i was pretty young and i think like many immigrant families. We went through a lot of hardships. When we first came to the us we came to utah. Which is another kind of a strange story. Because what shanghai china has in common with. Logan utah is really not very much. Yeah but my mother had actually spoken to a professor of hers back in shanghai and she had gotten into to university so we came because like might. My mother was a graduate student. Here and got into universities one was utah state university in logan utah and the other was university of illinois in chicago and her professor said to her. Oh utah that is. The place to be your. In retrospect your leg. Chicago's way more like shanghai than utah. I think it's just a reminder of how much of our lives are determined by circumstances like that and so we ended up in utah and then we were in la and you know. My parents always worked for jobs just to make ends meet. And so i think so much of what shapes be early on. Were the struggles. Have my parents went through. I mean these things that people referred to as entitlements me. My mother depend on wake when she was pregnant with my sister here in the us we depend on food stamps stamp in. We depend on a medicaid in children's health insurance program and i went to public school all the way throughout including college. Those were not entitlements for us. Those were our lifeline. I can really relate to that so my parents moved to toledo ohio after shanghai as well and when we first arrived in ohio rolling. There's nobody here and just like snow on the ground. There's like nothing around. And i think just the impression of what america is back then is is is just so different and dissimilar to to your family. My mom worked many different jobs like she's worked as a grocer. She's worked at a karaoke bar at some point and so i can totally relate. And it's such a quintessential immigrant story for so many of us. Did your parents ever want you to be anything as you were growing up. It's a good question. It's hard to separate it at this point. Because i am one of those knowing people who always knew that i wanted to be a doctor and so i don't know whether it was something that could be influenced by my parents impossibly but they also knew that it was something that had wanted to do and so encouraged it and so it's kind of hard to tell i will say that i think a lot of immigrants may be able to relate to this too in the us we didn't have any connections. It's not as if we knew doctors right. And so i knew my pediatrician. But i wasn't exactly someone that you could just go to become a doctor in so it was actually really challenged him even in college. I didn't know how to be a doctor. I mean i just didn't have the networks of people who could tell me you need to be taking this m cap prep cores and you need to be volunteering at hospitals in how here's how you get a shadowing experience and These are the types of activities that you should be involved in an and i think that's what's made me want to be in medical education also because i think there are so many people who have that passion for medicine or for whatever other fueled before just never given the opportunity and it's one thing for us to talk about we should have programs to recruit underrepresented minorities and to encourage people who otherwise didn't know about different fields before but for so many people that there's just so much in that experience that's not at all we could imagine including the levels of loans that you have to go through in order to get educated so i think all that is an important component to.

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They Call Us Election 2020

They Call Us Bruce

04:14 min | 4 months ago

They Call Us Election 2020

"Low end. Welcome to another edition of us bruce. None kilter conversation about what's happening in asia america which includes the white house. I'm bill you. And i'm jeff yang and yes. The white house got a little bit less white over the last couple of days. We are exhausted. We are mentally physically may even spiritually very very tired. All of us as americans i think. But we're also tonight kind of exultant and sitting the essentially the stoop of history. So we thought it'd be a fantastic opportunity for us to just get our thoughts out there with some are are close closest friends in just smartest hot takers. That could actually reach out to We want to welcome to the podcast to talk about the election election. Twenty twenty gen fang Friend of ours. Friend of the show blogger behind the appropriate and aisha sultan who is a syndicated columnist based at the st louis post dispatch and just as personal round many many different hyphen. Tash her. i walked thank you so much. Thanks for having me on for the very first time now. Welcome and thank you much for having me two guys. Welcome back your back boy. So okay so this one this episode together pretty quickly because you know. We woke up this morning to some major news and after the shock of that and are quick twitter takes. I texted jaffna like yo. I think we got record episode tonight. So let's get some smart people on and let's let's do this so smart people welcome. What were your respective first thoughts when you heard the news and let's be honest here we've been we've been all just far too far out on that limb of wondering whether or not the future of our republic was strong aisha I mean how did it feel. What did you feel so I'm a public writer In writing in a red state. I'm in missouri and i write too frequently Ideas and things that challenge a lot of my readers here Humanely disagreed little Some of the things. I have to say and ever since the last election cycle the response to a lot of where i wrote got much more personal much more bigoted. Much more violent nasty. I think you know all all of us probably experienced that to some extent but And you know we're used to as journalists public writers. We're used to harsh criticism but it felt very different and I feel like i did take an emotional toll on me. And i felt like for the i. Guess almost five years because it started before the last election I feel like. I was really questioning whether the work i did even mattered. I was wondering if truth even mattered in this country. I wondered if people even had enough empathy to care about the stories. I was telling and honestly jeff i was ready to Look for different job or do something different. If this election it turned out differently. I had thought this all through. Because i didn't see any meaning in it and so there is so much and beyond being a muslim woman. A brown woman a south asian woman and mother I just felt like there was so much personally writing on his election for me. And so when i heard that it was official they called it. i don't know that i could even intellectually process that moment because there was such a physiological flood of emotion in my body.

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An Election 2020 Conversation

They Call Us Bruce

04:14 min | 4 months ago

An Election 2020 Conversation

"Low end. Welcome to another edition of us bruce. None kilter conversation about what's happening in asia america which includes the white house. I'm bill you. And i'm jeff yang and yes. The white house got a little bit less white over the last couple of days. We are exhausted. We are mentally physically may even spiritually very very tired. All of us as americans i think. But we're also tonight kind of exultant and sitting the essentially the stoop of history. So we thought it'd be a fantastic opportunity for us to just get our thoughts out there with some are are close closest friends in just smartest hot takers. That could actually reach out to We want to welcome to the podcast to talk about the election election. Twenty twenty gen fang Friend of ours. Friend of the show blogger behind the appropriate and aisha sultan who is a syndicated columnist based at the st louis post dispatch and just as personal round many many different hyphen. Tash her. i walked thank you so much. Thanks for having me on for the very first time now. Welcome and thank you much for having me two guys. Welcome back your back boy. So okay so this one this episode together pretty quickly because you know. We woke up this morning to some major news and after the shock of that and are quick twitter takes. I texted jaffna like yo. I think we got record episode tonight. So let's get some smart people on and let's let's do this so smart people welcome. What were your respective first thoughts when you heard the news and let's be honest here we've been we've been all just far too far out on that limb of wondering whether or not the future of our republic was strong aisha I mean how did it feel. What did you feel so I'm a public writer In writing in a red state. I'm in missouri and i write too frequently Ideas and things that challenge a lot of my readers here Humanely disagreed little Some of the things. I have to say and ever since the last election cycle the response to a lot of where i wrote got much more personal much more bigoted. Much more violent nasty. I think you know all all of us probably experienced that to some extent but And you know we're used to as journalists public writers. We're used to harsh criticism but it felt very different and I feel like i did take an emotional toll on me. And i felt like for the i. Guess almost five years because it started before the last election I feel like. I was really questioning whether the work i did even mattered. I was wondering if truth even mattered in this country. I wondered if people even had enough empathy to care about the stories. I was telling and honestly jeff i was ready to Look for different job or do something different. If this election it turned out differently. I had thought this all through. Because i didn't see any meaning in it and so there is so much and beyond being a muslim woman. A brown woman a south asian woman and mother I just felt like there was so much personally writing on his election for me. And so when i heard that it was official they called it. i don't know that i could even intellectually process that moment because there was such a physiological flood of emotion in my body.

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They Call Us The Donut King

They Call Us Bruce

04:43 min | 4 months ago

They Call Us The Donut King

"Low end welcome to another edition. They call us bruce and unfiltered conversation about what's happening in asia america. I feel you sorry. I'm jacky my mouth is full right now. Because i'm i'm eating doughnut. Which should give you a little bit of a clue as to this special episode or doing just swallow. I really do but is not fair. This is not fair at all. I know this is. This is intent intended to be a little bit of a Torture for you guys. i'm eating actually decay. Donuts doughnut and was it's fantastic and is a fortune for us that we actually have a two guests with us Who will share quite a lot about the business and a documentary. that's specifically about it. The documentary called donut king. The donut king and the director of that documentary is with us. All's goo else welcome to the show welcome and we also have listen one of the stars of the documentary. Put it that way right l. Be donut. Princess may lead tau of decays donuts gone. Hey guys what i'm doing. My princess wave. Meles is actually coming from the future as she is in another time zone. She's you are in cambodia. Right yes i am in kampot which is about three hours south penn in. It's a living in the future. Some fifteen hours ahead of you can i. Can i just say your internet is spectacular sounding like better than it is here in los angeles. Oh you don't even want to know what i did to get this wifi here. I have a a friend to an uncle. We call them boo in cambodian sephardic respect. So we actually also tonight. We did a cuban a little bit earlier on today. And then you know we have this podcast scheduled and i. I told my uncle where is the best wi fi here in kampot. And you know there's a lot of you know cafes. And i did a little test in one i was like. This isn't going to do so what he did was. He gave me his wifi at home. And i'm sitting in my hotel room with. His wifi plugged in amazing amazing. Thank you so we should mention that. you guys did a. I guess you guys did acuna earlier and during this now because the movie is the donut. King is Hit theaters out is out. Virtually eaters This weekend as a record this correct. Correct me opened friday october thirty and i just actually went to an in person screaming anna the only playing the film in california in person and it was being sold out screening. What is sold out mean. These days sold out at like twenty five percent capacity every other seat every other row. Now we were in With a two hundred and forty five person capacity theaters so the game is really big theater. Packet out as much as you could. During ninety five percent of the people were actual like extended family members of mealy gotta show strong so this is actually the core of the documentary. It's not just about donuts. It's actually about a community and i. It's fantastic by the way Literally it was. It was such a engrossing Story to watch. That not only did make me incredibly hungry but it may be hungry for knowledge. It's inspiring it's inspiring had inspiring about the story and inspiring our hunger for donuts so it basically tells the story about how it is that cambodian americans ended up essentially dominating the donut trade in southern california. Is that right else. Yeah it's some people make casually now. Asian people work at my local donut shop. When you know in doing this film. I've talked to people. And when i told them working on newly i thought it was just to own mind donut shop when i go to michael time. I didn't realize it's like all of them.

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Confesions by Kanae Minato

Books and Boba

04:51 min | 4 months ago

Confesions by Kanae Minato

"You're listening to books and bobo. Oppo club podcasts. Between books by easing american doctors are marvin gaye and angrier. And we're here today to talk about our october. Twenty twenty book club. Pick confessions by name and knoxville translated by steven snyder. Who re-re you picked. You picked a doozy for spooky twenty twenty. It really was the perfect read for for spooky month. In my opinion yeah. This episode should be released on election. Day twenty twenty. How are you feeling as we enter this potentially new era. I've just been trying not to think about it. I submitted my ballot a couple of days ago. And i'm like well. It's i don't know it feels kind of hopeless but you know you're i don't now i don't know i feel i don't wanna i don't wanna think about it. I like when the results come out. I'm still skeptical on. How much can change. How much damage control do yeah. Oh at least we can still escape to our books as a resident alien from canada. I'm counting on all you people to To us that's right. You can't vote. I voted for the first time when a moved to california. Because i didn't become naturalized until i was like twenty one twenty. Which very like my this is only like my second election because because the last election the first very first one i voted for was trump versus clinton and wow. I was appointed by the results of it my first election. I vote and i was like. Wow i feel like my vote. Didn't cout of but that's democracy for you right. I mean did count. it just didn't count enough. Yeah i know because of the electoral college or some bullshit like our international listeners are going to just be so continue. No i think they understand. Also what's at stake here. I mean everyone knows the situation that our country is an and yeah so Those of us in the future. How's it over there. I hope i hope it's I hope it's not as bleak but yeah Quick reminder that we're gonna be talking about the whole of confessions by claiming not so so that includes spoilers and since this book is kind of like a crime thriller. You definitely don't want to get spoiled before you get into it so make sure you read the book before coming back listening to our discussion. Yeah i would put this in the same category as never let me go. I'll just go into it as cold as possible and then come back and listen to us and it's a pretty quick read only about two hundred and thirty five pages for a novel. It's relatively short so you can probably knock it out in a day or two and back. Okay so we're we're gonna move on tear discussion. Yeah marvin what have you heard about this book before. Because it you know it was an international bestseller. It was extremely popular in japan. It sold millions of copies. And there's a movie based on this book as well. So have you heard about this book before. Going in actually haven't so this is my first time exposed to this I guess you can call source material. actually didn't know there was a film Yeah it's directed by tetsuya kashima. Who is a pretty well known director and it debuted at the toronto international film festival back in twenty ten and it got a lot of critical acclaim so i have not watched a movie and interested in how they adapted it. Yeah i mean it is a form of story that is somewhat familiar in asian media tropes which is like the revenge story right like we've seen this before in like the korean cinema. A lot of japanese films anime manga light novels also feature stories that like kind of focused on revenge right like the wrong party. Getting their justice is probably one of the darker ones of these that i've read

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They Call Us Chinatown Pretty

They Call Us Bruce

05:02 min | 4 months ago

They Call Us Chinatown Pretty

"Hello and welcome to another edition of they call Bruce Non filtered conversation about what's happening in Asia America I'm bill you and Jeff Yang, and this week we have a very special set of guests who are the authors, the creators of a very, very special book when his right in. The heart bone. Shall we say? It is a book called Chinatown Pretty. It is a book of incredible photographs and some just lovely words celebrating the elders who Don't just make up a the generation, the greatest generation of our community but who? Make. It beautiful with their very presence? So. We left a welcome to they cost Bruce. Valerie Lou in. Andrea Lo. Thank you guys so much for joining us. Thanks for having US have come. You guys have put together a really great project. Know it started off as kind of a Website Project And then is now an a full-fledged published book. It's Chinatown Pretty. Is Just A. Really. Great tribute to Chinatown Elders grandmas and GRANDPAS, but it hits on a very specific. Aesthetic. A fashion aesthetic. I think what's really great about is that you've taken sort of the The the style photography mold and apply to kind of the more most unlikely subjects I think. People who are very special in our community so Maybe, you guys could describe actually what is Chinatown Pretty Yeah. This is Valerie Chinatown pretty as a style that's common and chinatowns across North America It's really a patchwork of different. Eras right close from Hong Kong? They've had for thirty years mixed with like say supreme hat that they got from who knows where? A lot of colors. A lot of patterns sometimes I, four shades of pink or four different floral patterns in one outfit. And that's about keeping warm mostly So you could have a big puffy jacket but also keeping the sun out at the same time. So really white built a hats. I love that description just viscerally but I think for people who have not seen your blog and the book itself. Just a little bit more kind of literal color around that. So. When we talk about transparency pretty we're talking about people who are usually immigrants for immigrants who but who have lived here a while and who have. Synthesized a look and the fascinating thing is the look is different from person to person but somehow it all still fits this mold of Chinatown pretty it blends Western clothing it blends. Traditional clothing from. Historical closets as it were. Sometimes across gender lines. It's often incredibly colorful like you said, is layered it's branded, but it's also unique like there's a signature to how people. In that generation dress that feels so much more vibrant than you know those of us, who are I mean in in quarantine were like the sweatpants anyway. But I guess, what was it? That first struck you about the look of Of these elders and kind of lead you to coin the term and decided to actually explore it photographic in words. Yeah. This is Andrea I'm I'm the photographer behind the project and I think we would. have. Known each other for. Several years now, and we would hang out in Chinatown get dim sum and just people watch in the park. And that press was really fascinating Chinatown I feel like has some of the best people watching and I think what we? Both intuited without really realizing why is that? A lot of the outfits we would see on the senior so people sixty five and plus. They there's all this history woven into their outfits I think. For us we might think, oh, it's like this vintage jacket from the seventies but you know for them it's like close. It had ended preserved for decades. Mixed with with newer Chinatown fines and let the handmade clothing as well. So there's so much. Shown in one outfit it's like there's a lot you can extract from it, and so we were really curious about you know. Not only like where did you get these cool shoes but also yeah, how did this? Is just such A. Look in. So we're really curious. About the stories and the people behind it and so that's that was sort of the seed of. What led us to investigate. So

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They Call Us Chinatown Pretty

They Call Us Bruce

05:02 min | 4 months ago

They Call Us Chinatown Pretty

"Hello and welcome to another edition of they call Bruce Non filtered conversation about what's happening in Asia America I'm bill you and Jeff Yang, and this week we have a very special set of guests who are the authors, the creators of a very, very special book when his right in. The heart bone. Shall we say? It is a book called Chinatown Pretty. It is a book of incredible photographs and some just lovely words celebrating the elders who Don't just make up a the generation, the greatest generation of our community but who? Make. It beautiful with their very presence? So. We left a welcome to they cost Bruce. Valerie Lou in. Andrea Lo. Thank you guys so much for joining us. Thanks for having US have come. You guys have put together a really great project. Know it started off as kind of a Website Project And then is now an a full-fledged published book. It's Chinatown Pretty. Is Just A. Really. Great tribute to Chinatown Elders grandmas and GRANDPAS, but it hits on a very specific. Aesthetic. A fashion aesthetic. I think what's really great about is that you've taken sort of the The the style photography mold and apply to kind of the more most unlikely subjects I think. People who are very special in our community so Maybe, you guys could describe actually what is Chinatown Pretty Yeah. This is Valerie Chinatown pretty as a style that's common and chinatowns across North America It's really a patchwork of different. Eras right close from Hong Kong? They've had for thirty years mixed with like say supreme hat that they got from who knows where? A lot of colors. A lot of patterns sometimes I, four shades of pink or four different floral patterns in one outfit. And that's about keeping warm mostly So you could have a big puffy jacket but also keeping the sun out at the same time. So really white built a hats. I love that description just viscerally but I think for people who have not seen your blog and the book itself. Just a little bit more kind of literal color around that. So. When we talk about transparency pretty we're talking about people who are usually immigrants for immigrants who but who have lived here a while and who have. Synthesized a look and the fascinating thing is the look is different from person to person but somehow it all still fits this mold of Chinatown pretty it blends Western clothing it blends. Traditional clothing from. Historical closets as it were. Sometimes across gender lines. It's often incredibly colorful like you said, is layered it's branded, but it's also unique like there's a signature to how people. In that generation dress that feels so much more vibrant than you know those of us, who are I mean in in quarantine were like the sweatpants anyway. But I guess, what was it? That first struck you about the look of Of these elders and kind of lead you to coin the term and decided to actually explore it photographic in words. Yeah. This is Andrea I'm I'm the photographer behind the project and I think we would. have. Known each other for. Several years now, and we would hang out in Chinatown get dim sum and just people watch in the park. And that press was really fascinating Chinatown I feel like has some of the best people watching and I think what we? Both intuited without really realizing why is that? A lot of the outfits we would see on the senior so people sixty five and plus. They there's all this history woven into their outfits I think. For us we might think, oh, it's like this vintage jacket from the seventies but you know for them it's like close. It had ended preserved for decades. Mixed with with newer Chinatown fines and let the handmade clothing as well. So there's so much. Shown in one outfit it's like there's a lot you can extract from it, and so we were really curious about you know. Not only like where did you get these cool shoes but also yeah, how did this? Is just such A. Look in. So we're really curious. About the stories and the people behind it and so that's that was sort of the seed of. What led us to investigate.

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Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (with Rock the Boat)

Model Majority Podcast

05:50 min | 4 months ago

Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (with Rock the Boat)

"My name is Yulia new. I'm actually the Assembly member representing Lower Manhattan, which actually encompasses some very thing statue of Liberty Wall Street financial, district Battery Park City salary seep, or and of course, my favorite, which is like the lower east side Chinatown area, which I think everybody thinks. As new. York. So yeah. Proud of my district. Yeah. Well, I'm very proud of your district too because I live their. So you know, we always like to start off the podcast with going back in time and understanding who our guests are when they're little. So what was little you lean like parents brought me to the states when only six months old mom and dad were actually really amazing and brave and they were in their late twenties and they decided to immigrate to the United States with a thousand dollars in their pockets and sixty cases the baby can have to you know. On my dad decided that he was going to go to Moscow Idaho. Doing school at the University of Hide Ho in Moscow was willing to actually give my data package that would be able to bring over his young family. So yeah was able to get a dormitory for families that would allow him to be able to keep our family together, and so that's the decision that he made and I'm really glad that I wasn't just like left behind somewhere but I would only six months old when we came and then we moved around a lot to agent immigrant family was really in pursuit of my fathers education, my nurse, and so she was amazing and just kind of picked up and started up wherever my dad needed her to and yeah, that's like the strength of. This amazing woman that I call mom yeah I see. So many parallels between might Ernie in your journey my dad is the same. He got a scholarship at the University of Toledo Ohio similar to you my family and I have moved around to seven different states, and so I was looking at your bio and I notice that you lived in Idaho and Texas and. All these different states where there are very few Asians in those states. Like for you when we moved to Oregon I still remember just. Having, a small Asian American community around us because we were in a small town called Beaverton Oregon and there's a lot of actually Asian Americans there what you know like within the school I was obviously Asian kid and I just was. Very, lonely I got bullied a lot in school and when I was in. Elementary School on Texas I. still remember she used to bully me a lot like she pulled me into the CO closet and have all of my other classmates take turns spitting on me. There was a time when she likes to remind lunchbox bathroom and I was too afraid to. There, but she set the trash can on fire, lock me in, and then the sprinklers went off and John My. Gosh appeal right. That was whole thing. I didn't catch on fire but she ran out. Locked the door and I was so afraid that I actually paid by solve in a bathroom. Into things that were going on in Texas all the time and totally acceptable and I still remember how it was totally okay for somebody to just WANNA be up because. I actually read home to my mom and I was crying and telling her I had no friends and the she was so sad for me and I remember little calmer face because I kept saying like why I was blaming her I was like, why did you have to make me Chinese like why? Make Asian, and mom. So remember that day distinctly 'cause I was so angry at her way that. Now I can talk about a lot easier, but I just don't remember like her shock her her and like her inability to do anything to protect me right and. There was nothing that of course you could do and I. Still Remember her was to study harder because you know everybody likes people with good grades. The most Asian answer. I guess at what point were you able to sort of embrace Eurasian identity when I can't I didn't understand a lot of my parents are doing it like I understand why my dad you know put a break in the toilet or like. It was like, wow, people must. Like do weird things. But actually when was like an Enviro and he was making a low flow toilet, you know he was doing all kinds of stuff that was interesting like garden and I was like Oh. My Gosh like please stop gardening. Poor. Poor but I don't look like that. I remember being like very scared in a shame ole time and then when I started to see how that was so wrong and where my Internalizing all this stuff. Was it really kind of broke one of the things I remember the most was watching my mom study. And I remember crying a little bit because she studied and worked so hard all the time. She. Was a nurse for most of my life. She was just. Nurse. All the time and. She worked night shifts and she was also studying because I like all of her certificates and everything had to be redone he was very experienced in very qualified nursing. Taiwan. To recertify everything and. She start working towards for Masters to be able to do administration and things like that and so as I still remember she was pregnant with my brother and she was studying an issue going to work and doing all these things I just remember thinking like, wow like. I'm home is amazing.

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