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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 ...
 
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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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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.…
 
Jenny Yang is an LA-based standup comedian, tv writer and professional opinion-haver. She discusses how her college experience and career in politics helped her establish a unique voice in the comedy world. Jenny also talks about what it means to be an Asian comedian who is known for having a strong political voice. Brian talks about having multipl…
 
Back by popular demand we have Asian therapists Peter Adams, Ph.D and Melissa Yao, Ph.D of Buckeye Psychology! We asked all of you beautiful listeners, “If you had an Asian therapist what would you ask them,” and were overwhelmed with so many thoughtful questions. Listen to the episode to see how we did as “armchair psychologists” lol. Thank you to…
 
Ed Pokropski is a comedian, writer and producer for NBC. Warning: this episode is extremely Korean lol. Ed graciously shares his experiences as a Korean adoptee and what he learned from his trip to Korea. We also discuss Squid Game and the “controversy” surrounding Justin Chon’s new film Blue Bayou. Follow him on all socials at @epopski. Also don't…
 
Our famous friend, Jordan Mendoza returns to the podcast. Do what’s good for ya and give it a listen before he gives us the Hollywood treatment. The vibes are off the charts in this episode! We discuss everything ranging from heirloom tomato induced depression to what it’s like acting in a Netflix show. Follow him on socials at @jordypizza. While y…
 
This week it’s just us two! Back on our power cringe bullsh*t. Brian talks about obtaining one of his goals and what it taught him. Youngmi opens up about her body dysmorphia flareup and teaches us about amor fati by way of tiktok to mic. We also discuss a recent article centered around reddit Asians. Thank you for listening!!! Our next live show i…
 
Alexander Chee is most recently the author of the essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel and professor at Dartmouth College. He is also the first guest to subscribe to our Patreon on air lol! Alexander joins us to discuss his relationship to his biracial identity and recount stories of his family’s unique background. He also shares…
 
Kim Pham is the co-founder of your favorite pantry staple Omsom and vocal advocate for sex positivity, kink and bdsm. In other words, she’s much cooler than all of us. Kim joins us to describe the trials of starting your own company while being unapologetically yourself through it all. We also dive into kink and bdsm. More specifically, Kim teaches…
 
Jenny Arimoto is a comedian, writer and creator of your favorite viral videos this year. Jenny describes what it’s like to have “the conversation” with your White friends and subsequently becoming the main character. We also discuss the inspiration behind her viral videos and question people’s allegiance to Gwyneth Paltrow lol. Follow her on social…
 
Jordan Andino is a chef, tv personality and owner of Flip Sigi. Jordan is the embodiment of positive vibes only. Truly! Despite being one of the busiest people in the culinary industry, we asked him to reveal the secrets behind his optimistic outlook. We also discuss Michelin stars and get the tea on what it’s like to cook for the Kardashians. If y…
 
Feeling Asian favorites Julia Shiplett and Mic Nguyen join us this week for a dating-centric episode. We answer your questions from four different stages of dating/relationships: Julia is single, Brian is in a new relationship, Mic is married and Youngmi is divorced. The most popular topics listeners brought up were: interracial relationships, dati…
 
Steffie Baik is a model, actor and co-host of the Fun With Dumb podcast. Aka all-around very cool. Aka one-half of the cool Asian girl G20 summit with Youngmi. Steffie gives us a peek into her past life as a real estate agent before she became a true maven of Koreatown. We also discuss dating, monogamy and audition horror stories. Follow her on ig …
 
This week's episode is just us two! Centering ourselves in our own podcast (embarrassing)??? Youngmi discusses the horrible side-effects social media is having on her mental health. Brian talks about growing up and his fear of Peter Pan syndrome. For the optimal listening experience enjoy this outside with a nice cup of deer antler juice. As always…
 
John deBary is the author of Drink What You Want, co-founder of Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation and our podcast's first White guest. John tells us about his grandfather, Wm. Theodore de Bary, who is one of the most well-known East Asian scholars in the West and shares his own personal history with East Asian culture. We also dive into ally…
 
Logan Sandoval is a talented chef and co-founder of Zef BBQ, which was recently named by Eater as one of California’s best new restaurants. Logan grew up thinking he was Latino, then Black then discovered he was, in fact, Asian. We know it sounds confusing lol but it will all make sense once you hear Logan share his incredibly unique story. We also…
 
Jonathan "Joma" Ma is a modern renaissance man. Joma is a software engineer at Google and a YouTuber with 1 million+ subs. Basically how our parents want us to be creatives lol. Joma joins us to provide insight into the balancing act of having a stable tech job and managing a creative career all while avoiding burnout. We also dive into the nitty-g…
 
Hyungi Park is a multimedia artist popularly known for her signature tattoos, which you can see on ig at @park_hyun_gi. Hyungi joins us to discuss all things tattoos! Why she got her first tattoo, what tattoos she hates and how her strict Korean parents reacted to them. Hint: they don’t like them! Jokes aside, it’s a fantastic episode about followi…
 
Bowen Yang is a comedian and actor popularly known for his work on Saturday Night Live. Bowen joins us to discuss what it’s like being in the public spotlight as an Asian-American and gives us a peek behind the curtain into the Asian illuminati. Let us in!!! We also talk about parasocial relationships in the age of social media and best practices t…
 
David Yi is the foremost expert on male beauty standards. He joins us to discuss the politics behind the shifting perspectives of male beauty throughout history and encourages us to embrace "beauty beyond the binary." We also discuss how Western ideals of masculinity affect Asian-Americans. Go read his new book Pretty Boys, available at all booksto…
 
On this very special episode of Feeling Asian, we invited multiple Asian mental healthcare professionals to discuss unique issues afflicting the AAPI community. We also asked them what it has been like being Asian in a field that is 88% White. Joining us in this discussion are Diana Liao LMHC, Sonalee Rashatwar LCSW MEd, Christina Harrison LCSW, Me…
 
We return to our chaotic OG roots! This episode is just us two, for better or for worse??? In true Feeling Asian fashion it gets silly and heavy. Youngmi opens up about her ADHD, which often left her feeling too overwhelmed to do any work. Brian talks about feeling creatively inspired after seeing Bo Burnham’s Netflix special. We also discuss perso…
 
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