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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 46! Every now and then, something comes along that opens up doors and captures your imagination. We really feel that Kwento Comics and their first comic book, The Mask of Haliya could serve to impact the world of comic books and media in that way. An all women-run, all Asian led team, Kwento Comics is out to open up min…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 45! More diverse stories have been on the rise in the last decade or so… especially in books. One of the most accomplished authors who has led the charge is Grace Lin, the award-winning writer of picture books, early readers, and novels including Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Ling & Ting, and A Big Mooncake for Lit…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 44! Anthony Christian Ocampo is a professor, sociologist, and author. His latest book is Brown and Gay in LA: The Lives of Immigrant Sons published by NYU Press. It’s a book full of powerful interviews with second generation gay men of Filipino and Latinx descent. Raised in Northeast Los Angeles, Ocampo earned his BA in…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 43! The second (and hopefully last episode with only Ted as the host)… Today’s guest is Manjusha P. Kulkarni. Manju is one of the three co-founders of Stop AAPI Hate, the nation’s leading aggregator of hate incidents against AAPIs. In addition to founding and working with Stop AAPI Hate, she is also Executive Director o…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 42! Born and raised in France till his teens before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, Tony Giroux has been a professional dancer, actor, and filmmaker. He is known for his work as the male lead, Billy Martin in Lifetime’s A Sugar and Spice Holiday, the first Lifetime holiday movie centered on an Asian American stor…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 41! As huge fans of Top Chef, we were so over the moon excited to get a chance to interview Top Chef 19 winner Buddha Lo. He is the sixth Top Chef winner of Asian Pacific Islander descent, but Buddha did it in a unique way. Originally hailing from Australia, Buddha went to Houston having prepared for the competition lik…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 40! We’re fans of professional sumo in Japan. It’s fun to watch and takes a great amount of skill. There’s actually a relatively rich history of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in professional sumo. Although there aren’t any impactful AAPI in the sport now, there have been some amazing wrestlers in the past includi…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 39! We love reading… and finding an author who creates more diverse representational stories is always a treat. In this episode’s conversation, we welcome Oliver Chin who is not only an author of over 20 titles, but he’s also the founder of the publishing house Immedium which really does a great job in promoting diverse…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 38! We love reading and learning, so it was a treat to get a chance to have a conversation with Daryl Joji Maeda, the Dean and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. His latest book is Like Water: A Cultural History of Bruce Lee. It was a fascinating, well-researched book that tak…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 37! History books and curriculum are missing a lot of information. There are a plethora of moments that are ignored or not talked about in true depth. Even worse are the times throughout our history that the majority has worked to erase the history, culture, and very existence of groups like Asian Pacific Islanders. Tod…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 36! Kiyoka “Kex” Rhodes is an award-winning filmmaker who expresses her storytelling through writing, producing, and directing. She leverages her creativity by trying to increase more representative stories and opportunities. She is the Founder and Creative Director of Kex Studios, a full-service production company that…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 35! About 49 years ago, Bruce Lee passed away at the age of 32. Even to this day, Lee is an icon and role model for martial arts, activism, and the Asian Pacific Islander community. With the anniversary of his passing coming up on July 20, we take time to share a little about his life and career. His memory and ideas ar…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 34! This week we talk to Varun Nikore, the executive director of the AAPI Victory Alliance. Founded in 2017 as AAPI Progressive Action, the AAPI Victory Alliance works to build Asian American and Pacific Islander political power across the country by providing education on progressive issues; creating and advocating for…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 33! On June 30, 1946, about 76 years ago, the United States began nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific Islands. The approximately 20 years of testing was predominantly executed in the Marshall Islands around Bikini Atoll and Enewetak Atoll. U.S. researchers, military, and government contaminated the islands and many o…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 32! We’ve admired Chef Dale Talde and his work for years. He’s a proud Filipino American who is the chef/owner of the restaurant Goosefeather and Food Crush Hospitality with his wife Agnes. He’s also a deep thinker who believes in more representation and mainstream normalization of Asian Pacific Islanders and our cuisin…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 31! June 13th marks another anniversary for the landmark Miranda ruling that established rights that are read out when you’re arrested. However, there were rulings that influenced the Miranda decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. One such decision was Ziang Sung Wan vs The United States, a chilling case that included a tr…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 30! Jacky Lai is a Canadian actress of Vietnamese descent who starred in A Sugar and Spice Holiday, the first Asian-led Lifetime holiday movie ever. She has also been a part of sci-fi fantasy shows like V Wars and The Shadowhunters. Her latest role is as Rina Kimura, one of the main characters in Eraser: Reborn a reboot…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 29! If you’re a fan of HBO’s show Warrior, like we are, then you’re familiar with the prevalence of tongs in Chinatowns in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In this episode, we talk about The Six Companies and the formation of tongs. These tongs didn’t originate as illegal or violent groups, but that changed as a result o…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 28! One reason we do the mid-week conversation series is because we love talking to people about a topic we want to dig into more deeply. In honor of National Donut Day and to provide more depth to the previous episode on The History of Cambodian Doughnut Shops, we had a chance to talk to Jessica Ly Chau and Jennie Fou …
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 27! National Doughnut Day is coming soon! It’s safe to say that without the Cambodian American community, the world of independent doughnut shops in the U.S. would be very different. How did Cambodian refugees and immigrants end up with over 80% of the doughnut shops in California and Houston? In this episode, we talk a…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 26! Patsy Mink was an Asian Pacific American hero of so many causes. Although she is best known for her work and championing of Title IX, she also supported environmental issues, women’s rights, immigrant rights, and more. In today’s mid-week interview, we had the pleasure of talking to Judy Tzu-Chun Wu and Wendy Mink, …
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 25! Most people know Mount Everest is the highest summit above sea level in the world. Did you know that its original name is Chomolungma? In this episode, we talk about the history of climbing Mount Chomolungma and the role of the Sherpa. We also talk about Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who was instrumental in summiting M…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 24! There’s no secret to why Chef Sheldon Simeon was selected as “Fan Favorite” both times he was competing on Top Chef. He’s an amazingly down-to-earth person who puts family and community first. He’s also an incredible chef who has won multiple awards personally and for the food in his different restaurants like Tin R…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 23! Hawai’i Regional Cuisine is the culmination of over a century of the merging of tradition, fresh ingredients, colonialism, Asian immigrants, and more. It’s developed into what we think is the most unique and diverse regional cuisine in America. We talk about the various impacts on Hawaiian cuisine that influenced HR…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 22! We’ve had so many wonderful recent conversations with guests, and we don’t want it to stop! So here’s another installment in our mid-week interview series. This episode is a conversation with Yvonne Chapman, an actress best known recently as Zhilan, the main antagonist in the CW remake of Kung Fu. Her career also in…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 21! We’re back to talk about one of our favorite things… food! This week we focus on The History of Korean Food in America. Which is inspiring for us because we love the flavors of Korean cuisine. One reason we’re talking about Korean food is because May 11th marks the anniversary of the name SPAM getting registered. An…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 20! Here comes another installment in our mid-week interview series. This week, our conversation is with Hiro Kanagawa, a veteran actor and voice over artist you’ve probably seen or heard over the past 30 years. He’s also a writer, so we take time to talk about acting, writing, the changes he’s seen over his career, and…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 19! There are a lot of Filipino nurses. In fact, the Philippines is the leading exporter of registered nurses across the world. So how did that happen? Spoilers… American Colonialism was a factor. To celebrate National Nurses Day, we take a look into the History of Filipino Nurses and talk about some of the conditions t…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 18! This is another installment in our special interview series. In this episode, we talk to Brad Jenkins, the President and CEO of the AAPI Victory Fund, the first Super PAC focused on mobilizing Asian American and Pacific Islander voters in the U.S. We’ve talked about how representation in media, the boardroom, and at…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 17! April 17th marked the anniversary of the fall of Phnom Peng, the capitol of Cambodia. So in our main segment, we talk about the history of Cambodia that led to the vast number of Cambodian refugees who came here in the 1970s and 80s. We also briefly reflect on Good Housekeeping online selecting us as as one of the 1…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 16! Noodles and rice are two of the most ubiquitous food staples across Asian and Pacific Islander communities. The origin of noodles is debated, but we take a crack to explain a few of the different theories. We also discuss the spread of noodles across Asia and some notable dishes. Before talking about noodles, we beg…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 15! We’re back with another installment of Most Forgotten Massacres. This week it’s an all Washington State focus as we talk about The Tacoma Riot of 1885 and the Seattle Riot of 1886. What led to these incidents and how did the communities respond? We also take time to talk about some positive current events and end wi…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 14! Most people like a good joke, but when it is harmful or demeaning, or there is a pattern of a specific target being laughed at instead of laughed with, then it can lead to reinforcing stereotypes and power dynamics. This is what has happened to Asian Pacific people in the U.S., and being the target of jokes desensit…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 13! Do you know why people born in the United States get birthright citizenship? Most textbooks point to the 14th Amendment as the reason for this, but the U.S. vs. Wong Kim Ark ruling solidified this right. In this episode, we discuss the history of this landmark ruling and also share some positive current events. In o…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 12! Do you know who the Chinese Marie Curie was? Chien-Shiung Wu was one of the greatest physicists ever and faced racism and sexism here in the U.S. in her professional journey. She overcame it to become a key physicist with research that helped the Manhattan Project goals as well as two other physicists who would win …
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 11! Did you know that the first professional basketball player who broke the color barrier was of Asian descent? That’s right, it was Wataru “Wat” Misaka. He battled racism and discrimination to become a winner at the high school and college levels before getting a chance to play professional basketball. We start this e…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 10! It’s time for another episode on food! This time we’re going to focus on one of our favorites… Vietnamese food. It’s interesting to examine the influences to Vietnamese food over the years that were a result of colonialism. Throughout all the occupiers, Vietnamese food has still had key flavors and ingredients used.…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 9! We begin with a few words on the Ukraine situation and our memories of trains. The main story is on something that will seem familiar to many U.S. taught students… The Chinese and the first Transcontinental Railroad. Chinese laborers were key in the building of the transcontinental railroad, all while facing discrimi…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 8! February 19, 2022 marked 80 years since the signing of Executive Order 9066 that wrongly imprisoned over 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. Of the ten concentration camps that the U.S. government created (and referred to as relocation centers), Tule Lake was the most brutal. For our main segment, we talk about t…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 6! It’s another installation of the Most Forgotten Massacres. This week we talk about the Hells Canyon Massacre and the Pacific Coast Race Riots. As always, it’s important to learn about and never forget some of the less savory parts of U.S. history. On the more positive side, we’re excited to support the athletes in th…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 5! Happy Lunar New Year to all! It’s the Year of the Tiger so we take time to ring in the new year by talking about some food traditions from China, Vietnam, Korea, and Tibet. We also talk about the Lantern Festival. Our main story is on the History of Ketchup which actually has Asian roots. No, Heinz wasn’t the first… …
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 4! We start by talking about Michelle Alyssa Go, the Asian American woman recently killed by being pushed on the subway tracks near Times Square in New York. It’s another tragic death of someone in the Asian Pacific American community. Our main segment is on the impact of Asian Americans in the Fishing and Shrimping Ind…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 3! We begin this episode with some current events, but we take time to talk about chocolate as well! The main segment is in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as we focus on two more Asian Pacific American Civil Rights Leaders, Kiyoshi Kuromiya and Haunani-Kay Trask. Both were inspirational leaders with an impact …
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2! It’s time to talk about music again, and we focus on the Asian Americans making an impact in R&B. Pretty much anyone who follows R&B knows H.E.R. and Bruno Mars, but the start for Asian Americans in R&B actually can be traced back to Hiroshima in the 70s and 80s. We also mention some other great new Asian Pacific R&B…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 1! We know that we have a lot of newer listeners, so this episode is a little bit of a refresher on our show and how our segments are set-up. We also take time to discuss some of our Resolutions and Hopes personally and for the podcast. What stories will you hear during Season 2? What interviews do we hope to do? To lea…
 
Welcome to Episode 64! This is it… the end of Season 1. Whether you’ve been listening to us since the very beginning or just joined recently or anywhere in-between, we appreciate your support. What were some of your favorite episode topics and interviews? We share some of ours as well as some of the Asian American positive media we enjoyed reading …
 
Welcome to Episode 63! It’s still a few months away, but we’re so excited about the Winter Olympics, so we take time to talk about the history of Asian Americans in figure skating. Michelle Kwan and Kristi Yamaguchi are so well known, but we also take time to talk about Tiffany Chin. To open the episode, we take time to catch up and talk about the …
 
Welcome to Episode 62! It’s time to bring back another episode on the history of an Asian Pacific American food. In this episode, we talk about the history of Japanese food in America. From sukiyaki to teppanyaki to sushi, Japanese food is one of the few Asian cuisines that is viewed as more refined and deserving of higher prices, but it wasn’t alw…
 
Welcome to Episode 61! Every December 7th we remember the attack on Pearl Harbor for good reason. Did you know that the Japanese military also executed coordinated attacks on three other U.S. Territories? For some reason, our K-12 history books don’t mention these much, but the Imperial Japanese forces also attacked Wake Island, Guam, and the Phili…
 
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