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Hairy Butthole is a podcast based on the Korean saying "If you laugh while crying, hair will grow out of your butthole!" Each week Youngmi Mayer is joined by a guest with a sad story and counters it with a funny one in hopes of causing hair to grow out of their butthole.
 
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Feeling Asian

Youngmi Mayer & Brian Park

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Feeling Asian is a weekly podcast hosted by Youngmi Mayer and Brian Park, two Asian Americans with plenty of feelings about sex, dating, survival, self-worth, and everything in between. Meet our fun, interesting friends along the way; past guests include Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast, Stephanie Hsu, Bowen Yang, Yaeji, and more! Named a top podcast of 2021 by CNN and featured on Apple and Spotify’s homepages, Feeling Asian offers a healthy and compassionate space for Asians, Asian Ame ...
 
Comedy interviews are great, but they never ask the really juicy questions: how much is your rent? How do you have sex? What's that weird trait you find attractive in potential partners that other people find bizarre? You wanna know! And we don't blame you. Enter CRAZY HOT, a podcast hosted by Eileen (Aries) and Lauren (Virgo), two hotness experts and chronic over sharers six years into our overnight success as NYC comedians, featuring interviews with the world's hottest funny people (and ou ...
 
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This week I talk to my friend Cindy who is the owner of Azaelea's in NYC. She and I have been friends for a long time so I was totally shocked about a traumatic incident she endured in her early 20s. We talk about the nature of traumatic events, especially events that happened a long time ago in a different era of our lives. We talk about how we ca…
 
ALOK is a comedian, poet, author, and this week’s amazing guest who many of you have asked us to have on the show! We talk to them about using comedy as an instrument for social good, embracing our sense of play as adults, and the hypocrisy of gender constructs in society. Thank you Alok for the reminder to feel radicalized in the midst of devastat…
 
This week I talk about how I discovered that the abortion I had was illegal and why I had no idea until I discussed it on this podcast. I talk about how Korean people deal with an oppressive and conservative government and how the spirit of doing whatever they want behind "father's" back lives on in me. I also talk about being confused by people wh…
 
Yumi Nu is a model and singer-songwriter who recently graced the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, becoming the first plus-size model of Asian descent to do so!! Our hearts swell when we think about all the self-love and kindness she shows herself. We talk to Yumi about what helped her embrace her beauty, reclaiming her Asian identity l…
 
CW: childhood assault, Bullying. This week I talk to Gus Constantellis (Comedian, Tiktok star) about how his obsession with celebrities and media from a certain time of his life relates to a trauma that he experienced during the same time. Gus discusses how during the pandemic his body had a severe reaction to an incident he experienced almost 20 y…
 
Luna Li is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer…basically there’s nothing she can’t do!! Based in Toronto, the artist first took off at the height of the pandemic with her at-home jam sessions which led to her blissful debut album Duality. We talk to her about coming up as an outsider in the Toronto garage rock scene, our rider wis…
 
CW: Sexual Assault, Childhood Sexual Abuse. This week I talk to Lucie Pohl, the brilliant comedian behind Immigrant Jam Podcast. I talk about a really traumatizing experience I had as a teenager and Lucie talks about two incidents of her life where she experienced sexual assault and why her inital reaction was to blame herself. Also we laugh about …
 
We are so honored to have Lucy Yu of Yu and Me Books on the pod this week! Yu and Me Books is the first female Asian American owned bookstore in NYC and we were so eager to have the founder on after Youngmi heard her speak at an event last month. Tune in to learn about how Lucy, a lifelong career changer, began as a chemical engineer but then follo…
 
Zoe Si is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated cartoonist, illustrator, and a firm believer that when words fail, a cartoon can succeed. Too often, her comics and autobiographical doodles make us go “wow I feel seen.” Zoe and we talk about the craziness of being named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for your cartoons, her past life as a lawyer, and the joy of bein…
 
Sheena Melwani is a content creator with the most infectious laugh known to TikTok. You may know her from her wholesome videos with her family, who love to put the biggest smile on her face (goals). We talk about letting the universe guide you and following its signs, and how it is never too late to pursue your dreams. This is especially true for m…
 
CW: death. This week I talk to John deBary about the death of his mother from brain cancer. John had no emotional reaction to her passing only to suffer a mental breakdown two years later after Hilary Clinton lost the presidential race in 2016. We talk about how we both tend to repress strong emotions and how it's conditioning from our childhoods. …
 
Ke Huy Quan is an actor who most recently played leading man Waymond in Everything Everywhere All At Once. We consider this his celebratory return to the big screen given our earliest memories at the movies are of watching him in The Goonies and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom! We talked about his return to acting, why his recent role as Waymo…
 
CW: Abortion, Statutory Rape, Abuse. This week I talk about my abortion in full detail by myself. It was weird recording on my own but then I ended up sharing stories I have NEVER told until this day. I talk about having sexual relationships with adults as a minor and why I think that happened and how it directly led to me having to have an abortio…
 
Stephanie Hsu plays Joy/Jobu Tupaki in Everything Everywhere All At Once. With a breakthrough performance where she stars opposite Michelle Yeoh and Jonathan Ke Huy Kuan, the actress joins us to talk about the rock scene (*sniffles*), being kind and sweet in a cutthroat industry (*whimpers*), and allowing herself to love what she does (*cries*). We…
 
CW: Child Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Homophobia. This week I talk to Ryan Marie Burdge (who also goes by Hilary Burdge) about growing up neurodivergent and queer. Ryan Marie talks about being part of the first group of children to be diagnosed with ADHD in the 80s and the abuse they went through at the hands of the adults in their community. We discus…
 
Phew. It was only a matter of time until we did this episode, and we’re pretty sure you are excited for this one as well. To celebrate Mother’s Day, we invite Youngmi’s umma Ippun and Brian’s noona Jessica to the pod and quickly learn that we are fated to become our mothers!! We also unpack some of your submissions when we asked you, “what is a con…
 
CW: Negligent Abuse, Child Death. This week I speak to Anne Ishii Executive Director of The Asian Arts Initiative, the owner of the clothing brand MASSIVE and a manga translator. Anne discusses the shocking death of her younger sibling when she was 6 years old and the ways it shaped her life and personality. We both discuss sharing a history of neg…
 
Alex Sujong Laughlin is a writer and audio producer who has created podcasts for the New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Washington Post. You might know her recent work on Normal Gossip (a must-listen for nosy lovers of banal gossip)! We talk about biases in newsrooms, knowing your worth, and ghostwriting. Oh, and ghosts. Listen to Alex’s amazing wor…
 
CW: Death and illness in children. This week I talk to Alex Pemoulie about her baby going through open-heart surgery (he is fine). Alex and I met when her first child and my son were babies and got along because we were utterly traumatized by motherhood. We had a short-lived feminist mom podcast (one of approximately one trillion feminist mom podca…
 
Lily Lizotte (she/they) aka THE BLSSM is an artist who hails from Sydney, Australia. Lily is our inaugural Aussie guest and they had some choice words about what it was like growing up there. Lily also gives us an honest, inside look into the ups and downs of being an artist on the rise in the music industry. Go stream THE BLSSM right now!!! Be sur…
 
CW: Violence, ED, Negligent Abuse. This week is part two of the conversation with Chansophalla Nop and Oak Laokwansathitaya. Chan talks about her family's traumatic history of living in wartime Cambodia and Oak discusses recently finding out he might suffer from narcoplepsy. Oak also talks about his discovery of being lactose intolerant after a chi…
 
Nigel Ng is a London-based comedian who made a splash on the Internet with his “Uncle Roger” persona on TikTok and YouTube. We dive right in with Nigel about the image he’s created to provide commentary on Asian stereotypes, lampoon popular food critics and restaurateurs for their fascination with Asian dishes, and reflect on – you know – the “acce…
 
CW: Childhood SA, A, Asian hate crimes, Violence. This week on Hairy butthole Chansophalla Nop and Oak Laokwansathitaya discuss childhood trauma and how the recent spike in Asian hate crimes encited trauma responses from both of them. They discuss how their response to violence and harrassment might seem confusing or inappropriate to people who hav…
 
Yaeji is an artist, singer, producer and mastermind behind your favorite club bangers. She joins us to discuss her artistic evolution and how to treat music as documentation. Yaeji also shares what it was like to develop her forthcoming album in Korea. It gets fiery too – we talk about confronting repressed emotions! Listen to Yaeji wherever you ge…
 
This week Lana Siebel joins Youngmi to discuss her life as a Ukranian Jewish refugee in America. She talks about Ukraine in a realistic way that feels authentic and different compared to recent discourse. Her family considered themselves "second class citizens" as Jews in their own homeland and thus their relationship to Ukraine is complicated. She…
 
We’re excited to bring back friend of the pod - Eric Kim! Eric is a cooking columnist at the New York Times and author of the memoir/cookbook Korean American! Bring the tissues because this is a heartfelt one. We dive into relationships and the validation of obtaining your dreams. Grab Eric’s book at your nearest bookstore and impress all your frie…
 
This week I'm joined by the hilarious comedian Dylan Adler. Dylan talks about not being able to cry about the death of his grandma. Then I discuss being called a 'stupid ass btich who doesn't know where tf she's going' by a receptionist and then feeling the need to apologize to her. We then discuss the urge to apologize to people who treat us poorl…
 
This week on Hairy Butthole I talk to my long-time friend Helen Cho. Helen is a celebrated producer. After four years she finally breaks her silence on the death of her beloved friend Anthony Bourdain. We also talk about grieving the loss of Christina Yuna Lee as strangers, not feeling entitled to expressing grief, and feeling like our expressions …
 
Natalie Lee is the star of the hit reality show show Love is Blind on Netflix. We’re officially a part of the cultural zeitgeist! Natalie joins us to discuss her time on the show and what she learned from it all. She also dishes on some hot goss that you won’t get in the tabloids, but you’ll have to listen to find out! Follow her at @natalieminalee…
 
Chris Ying is a writer and co-host of The Dave Chang Show. He is popularly known as the editor in chief of the influential food imprint Lucky Peach but most importantly he is the naturally funniest guy. Chris and Youngmi recount the early aughts of their food careers and the beginning of their lasting friendship. We also dissect yelp-elite culture.…
 
Rachel Nguyen is a fashion blogger, youtuber and bonafide internet "it girl". Rachel joins us to share her experiences of literally growing up on the internet before instagram and tik tok. We also analyze what it means to be “authentic” online and predict how our internet selves will evolve. Follow Rachel at @thatschic! Also check us out on Patreon…
 
Yang-Yi Goh is the commerce editor of GQ and overall purveyor of good fits. Yang joins us to share his insights into the state of men’s fashion - the good, the bad, the ugly. We also do a fit check of your new fashion inspo aka young legend Mino Bowien. Follow Yang at @yanggoh! As always, if you like the pod please support us on Patreon!…
 
Kathy Kim is a puppeteer and voice of the first Asian-American Sesame Street muppet, Ji-Young. Kathy gives us the lay of the land into puppeteering and recounts her journey to Sesame Street. We also get real about self-worth and shedding the bad habit of crediting our accomplishments solely to circumstance. Please check us out on Patreon!…
 
An Li aka your "bully next door" is a professional dominatrix. This is a hot one! She joins us to discuss all things BDSM and provides an insider's perspective on sex work. If you've been curious about opening your sexual horizons then this is the episode for you. Follow her work at youremybit.ch! While you're at it, check out our Patreon too!…
 
We are honored to have Lisa Ling and Helen Cho on Feeling Asian! Lisa Ling is a journalist, tv personality and Host of Take Out with Lisa Ling. Helen Cho is an Executive Producer and Showrunner of Take Out with Lisa Ling. We discuss the inspiration for the series and the importance of learning Asian history in America. We also get real about self-d…
 
SASAMI is a visionary singer-songwriter and musician who has been described as “a Satanic Brian Wilson.” Aka the vibes are immaculate. She joins us to unpack toxic positivity and LA, and why more people could benefit from Korean-mom approved toxic negativity lol. SASAMI also gives us a peek into her upbringing in the Unification Church. Check out h…
 
Janet Yang is an Emmy Award and Golden Globe winning Hollywood producer. With a career that spans decades, Yang came to prominence as Executive Producer of the iconic The Joy Luck Club and most recently as Executive Producer of the Oscar-nominated animated feature Over The Moon. A true Hollywood legend! She details her instrumental role in introduc…
 
Wilfred Padua is a NY-based comedian who regularly performs at comedy clubs and festivals across America. Up top, we address Wilfred’s jealousy-driven hate of us lol. Wilfred also opens up about being an outsider among Asians, performing in middle America and manifesting smooches in the coming year. Follow him at @wilfredpadua and important to note…
 
Jes Tom is a comedian and actor who was recently anointed by Vulture as a Comedian You Should Know in 2021. Jes joins us to discuss what comes with being a non-binary artist in this day and age. They also share highlights from their time working at a sex shop and explain why queers be having better sex. Follow them at @jesthekid. Also don't forget …
 
James Park is a food content creator popularly known for his mouth-watering instagram @jamesyworld. James teaches us a thing or two about mukbang and spreading joy through good eats. We also trade insights on how to receive compliments better and overcome imposter syndrome. Follow James at @jamesyworld! Also if you have a moment, please like, subsc…
 
Feeling Asian favorites Dylan Adler and Jenny Arimoto join us to talk dating and relationships! We answer your fiery questions which cover interracial relationships, coming out as queer, body dysmorphia and intra-Asian dating. Thank you to everyone who submitted their stories! Follow Dylan at @dylanadler_ and Jenny at @jennyarimoto. As always pleas…
 
Pam Yang is an executive career coach with 15+ years experience in brand, marketing and business strategy. We discuss career anxiety and aimlessness! Why do we feel stuck at our jobs? How do we evaluate ourselves and what we want out of work? If your parents are still pestering you to consider medical school then this is the episode for you lol. Le…
 
[TW: suicide in last 5 min] We are joined by friend of the podcast Fumi Abe! This one puts the feeling in Feeling Asian. Fumi opens up about experiencing depression for the first time after realizing his dream. Not gonna lie, we all spiral a little bit on this episode lol. Be sure to check out Fumi’s podcast - Asian Not Asian! Also don't forget to …
 
Dana Donnelly is a comedian and tv writer popularly known for her Twitter account @danadonnelly. On this episode, we dive deep into social media and the art of crafting an online persona and the drawbacks it has in the real world. Essentially, this is a primer for our future world when Mark Zuckerberg has inevitably hacked all of our brains. Give h…
 
In this episode, we dive into pleasure and orgasms! We are joined by Tiffany (not real name) who recounts her journey with achieving an orgasm for the first time at the age of thirty. She also discusses the psychological reasons that many people with vulvas cannot reach orgasm and shares what she has learned while diligently researching this topic.…
 
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