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Welcome to Feeling Asian! A podcast where two Asians talk about their feelings. After a lifetime of holding in their emotions (shoutout to Korean moms!), comedians Youngmi Mayer and Brian Park are ready to let them all out. Each week, Youngmi and Brian dive into topics that range from sex/dating to umm...not sex/dating stuff, and invite their interesting friends along the way. Who knew catharsis could look so Asian? New episodes out every Wednesday! Follow us on IG @itsbrianpark and @ymmayer ...
 
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Dylan McKeever (@deemakes) joins Feeling Asian this week to discuss the real life experiences behind her viral comedy videos. Dylan discusses what it's like being a fourth-generation Chinese American, whose extremely Californian family barely fits many Asian immigrant stereotypes. She also discusses the nuances of being mixed race and how her famil…
 
Happy Lunar New Year! Year of the Ox, baby! Youngmi recounts a frustrating experience of when she had to suppress her emotions in the face of racism. Brian talks about the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes. We also discuss Chinese zodiac signs and Lunar New Year traditions. If you or someone you know experiences an anti-Asian attack, report it at stop…
 
Joseph Azam is a lawyer who specializes in anti-corruption and ethics investigation, and one of the co-founders of Afghan Americans for Biden/Harris. Joseph details his experiences of Islamophobia in a post-9/11 America, the pressures poc’s face to play nice in corporate America and the exclusion of Central Asians from the Asian cultural dialogue. …
 
Jin Yoo-Kim is a filmmaker and screenwriter who grew up in Bolivia. So cool! The Asian diaspora is far-reaching and, as a result, the stories of our ancestors can get lost or forgotten. Jin shares the story of how her family ended up in South America and how her unique upbringing has informed her work. Follow her on Instagram at @jykfilms. Like, su…
 
Julia Shiplett is a talented comedian and writer who was recently named one of Comedy Central’s Up Next comedians and a TBS Comic To Watch. Julia joins us for this dating-centric episode! We discuss the internal and external challenges of dating in these times, the pressures that come with dating in your thirties, and what we want going forward. Fo…
 
Back by popular demand Jenny Wang Medina joins us again! Jenny is a Professor of East Asian Culture at Emory University. Listeners have asked us to discuss the topic of inter/intra-Asian racism. Jenny distinguishes the difference between the two and highlights some factors that contribute to each. We also discuss where Asians have fit into racial c…
 
Htet Gyaw is a Burmese-American photographer and video editor with a new photo book titled Down By Canal. Htet describes what it was like growing up in Burma and having to adapt in America. We learn about Htet’s creative process and how photography helps him stay present. We also discuss Southeast Asian representation within the Asian diaspora. Buy…
 
What a year?! Remember when we thought the pandemic would only last two weeks? Remember when we didn’t know about Zoom lol? We all had a challenging year so we dedicated this episode to the silver linings of it all and our hopes for 2021! Follow us on instagram at @itsbrianpark, @ymmayer and @feelingasianpodcast. Please like, subscribe and consider…
 
Mary HK Choi is a NYT bestselling author with a new book titled Yolk coming out in March 2021. We dive really deep into Asian moms and why they can be so frustrating. Mary also opens up about grief and her struggles with eating disorders and how she channels all of this into her writing. You can follow her on socials at @choitotheworld. Also, pleas…
 
Gerrie Lim is a comedian, photographer and public health expert. They are also our first gender non-binary guest. We discuss gender and the class anxiety that comes with it. Gerrie also tells us what it's like to date someone that's in the same industry and the very quiet dinners with their parents lol. Follow them on socials at @gerrieyaki and the…
 
Terry Nguyen is a reporter for Vox on consumer trends, internet and gen-z. We discussed Terry's recent piece on Vietnamese-American voting trends in the recent election cycle. Terry also breaks down the differences between gen-z and millennial Asian-Americans. Spoiler alert: we archive photos now. Follower her work on twitter at @terrygtnguyen. Fol…
 
Nick Cho is the co-founder of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters and the brain behind the viral TikTok sensation @yourkoreandad. Nick walks us through the inspiration for Your Korean Dad and the psychology behind its popularity. We also discuss Asian dad stereotypes and how TikTok fame has affected his own relationship with his teenage daughters. Follow…
 
Michael Cruz Kayne is a writer for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Michael describes what it's like to embark on a creative career relatively late and why it's so difficult to actually try hard in order to make your dreams happen. Youngmi teaches us the true meaning of a fuckboi and Brian talks about being lonely (again!). Follow Michael at @cr…
 
Joe Biden is going to be our new president and this week's episode is just us. Two reasons to celebrate, let's goo! We unpack our theory that White women hit on Asian guys today the way White guys hit on Asian girls fifteen years ago. Thank you to our wonderful listeners who submitted their stories! Youngmi also talks about how there needs to be mo…
 
Danish Maqbool is a Pakistani-American comedian who, most recently, featured in the new season of Ramy. He joins Feeling Asian to open up about his past-life as a professional gamer and how that experience informed his worldview. Danish also gives us a crash-course on the nuances of what it means to be Desi and how he likes to be more Asian than he…
 
Caroline Liou is a multi-hyphenate arts professional. She is an artist, curator and art historian with enough graduate degrees to satisfy even the strictest Asian moms. Caroline joins Feeling Asian to discuss Asian-American cultural landmarks which invites a larger conversation on "taste". For instance, why are certain Asian fashion choices perceiv…
 
Yumi Sakugawa is an inter-disciplinary artist whose work you might recognize from her popular Instagram account @yumisakugawa. Yumi joins Feeling Asian to talk about being in the “artist’s closet” and how certain cultural aspects of her upbringing helped her find emotional freedom through art. We also discuss the importance of mindfulness and solit…
 
Joining us this week is famed fashion designer and Forbes 30 under 30 inductee, Sandy Liang! We discuss her childhood as a Chinese restaurant kid and how her parents' frivolous views on fashion influenced her to pursue a career in it. Sandy also dishes on what it's like being an Asian-American woman in a field which only recently has found room for…
 
Joel Kim Booster is an amazing comedian and actor whose work you may have seen on NBC, Comedy Central and NPR. Joel joins Feeling Asian to discuss how he misses the comfort of chaos and what he does to remedy that. He also opens up about his relationship to his "Asian"-ness and the challenges that come with striving to be a good representative for …
 
Welcome to Chinatown is a grassroots initiative to support Chinatown businesses and amplify community voices to preserve one of NYC's most vibrant neighborhoods. Jen Tam and Vic Lee join Feeling Asian to discuss the inspiration behind Welcome to Chinatown, Covid-19 related racism and their relationship to their Chinese heritage and American upbring…
 
Jenny Wang Medina is a Professor of East Asian Culture at Emory University and a former goth. She joins Feeling Asian to discuss Asian-American culture and also dismantles our false preconceptions of East Asia. Jenny also decolonizes our minds regarding the modernization of Korea and provides her insight on the globalization of Kpop. Follow us @its…
 
It's our one year anniversary! Woo! Honestly, it felt kind of weird congratulating ourselves for this but we’re proud :) Youngmi and I are so, so grateful for your support and being ride or die with us on these chaotic emotional streets. We recap some of our favorite podcast moments from the past year and express our hopes for Feeling Asian in the …
 
Moss Perricone is a talented comedian and former staff writer for Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. He joins Feeling Asian to talk about mending a broken heart and why it’s especially difficult during quarantine. Moss also opens up about his biracial, Indian and Italian, identity and discovering the importance of representation in the least likely pla…
 
Anne Ishii is the Executive Director of the Asian Arts Initiative, Pornographer and the ring-leader of the Asian Illuminati. She joins Feeling Asian to talk about the challenges of being an Asian woman in a leadership position. Anne also describes how she created Massive Goods, a publisher and agent for queer manga and fashion by artists from Japan…
 
This week it’s just Youngmi and Brian! We originally had an amazing guest episode planned for you all, but encountered some technical difficulties which led to a discussion on how mistakes are interpreted. Brian also talks about experiencing survivor’s guilt and what it’s like to have a haircut everyone hates. Youngmi discusses her run-in with toxi…
 
Kimmy Yam is a reporter for NBC News and drops so many insightful gems on this episode of Feeling Asian. She describes what it was like growing up in a Chinese restaurant family and walks us through the importance of being real and no-bullshit in her journalism work. We get deep when Kimmy implores us to show compassion to our parents and why it's …
 
Mona Jones is the world's only female Chamorro comedian. She describes the distinction between being Pacific Islander and being Asian, and America's tendency to clump the two together. She also gives us a crash course on island culture and the racism that existed in its school systems. Follower her @kirida and follow us @itsbrianpark, @ymmayer and …
 
Jared Goldstein is a hilarious comedian and star of Nikki Fre$h on Quibi. He describes what it was like being biracial in suburban Long Island. Jared also opens up about the challenges of being a child actor, coming to terms with your homosexuality and eating disorders as a means of control. Follow him @heyjaredhey and follow us @feelingasianpodcas…
 
This week on Feeling Asian it's just Youngmi and Brian. Back to our OG roots! We talk getting left on read, divorce and choking on pink Himalaya salt lamps. However, the main topic this week is codependency and how it manifests in our relationships. Follow us @feelingasianpodcast, @itsbrianpark and @ymmayer. Also, leave us a review and like and sub…
 
*TW childhood sexual abuse* This week on Feeling Asian we are joined by Danny Bowien the chef and owner of the popular restaurant Mission Chinese Food. (Also Youngmi’s ex-husband.) Danny and Youngmi openly discuss allegations that occurred at their business. He reveals what it was like growing up as a Korean adoptee in an ultra religious White comm…
 
Brittany Carney is an immensely talented comedian by way of Japan. She describes what it was like being biracial in Japan and how her relationship to her Black identity changed when she moved to America. We also discuss xenophobia, BLM and police officers in Asia. Follow Brittany at @brittany_carnage and follow us at @itsbrianpark, @ymmayer and @fe…
 
Haesue Jo is the clinical support lead at BetterHelp aka a legit therapist and gives actually good advice in this episode lol. She describes what we should all be looking for in a mental health provider and analyzes the prevalent themes and issues that appear with her Asian-American clients. Youngmi talks about disturbing work occurrences and Brian…
 
Youngmi and Brian discuss attachment styles, Kpop stans and processing grief for the childhood you never had. If you have the means, please consider donating to Elijah McClain's Gofundme (https://www.gofundme.com/f/elijah-mcclain) and Therapy for Black Girls (https://donorbox.org/therapyforblackgirls). Follow us on instagram @itsbrianpark, @ymmayer…
 
Nataly Aukar (@natyourcolor) is an incredible comedian from Lebanon and describes what it's like being in America having grown up against the backdrop of political instability. Nataly also also opens up about how self-indulgent her desires seem in the wake of what's been going on. Follow her on instagram at @natyourcolor! Please like and subscribe …
 
Youngmi and Brian discuss the emotions that come with realizing privilege and the efforts to correct it. Self-pity. Burnout. Guilt. Optimism. Youngmi also shares her oversight as a business owner and how she plans to keep herself accountable going forward. If you have the means, please consider donating to the below orgs: Emergency Release Fund Ven…
 
This is a call to action to our listeners. Now is not the time to stay silent. On this week's episode, we discuss the prevalence of anti-Blackness in Asian communities and the history of Asian-America's upward social mobility and its benefit to White power structures. To stay silent is a privilege and only serves to reinforce White supremacy. Educa…
 
This week on Feeling Asian we have comedian and writer Bryan Yang (NBC)! Bryan describes the harrowing experience of nearly dying from Covid-19 and what he's learned from it. We also discuss the silver lining this pandemic has had on Asian-American entertainers. Please subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes! Also, follow us at @feelingasianpodas…
 
This week on Feeling Asian we have food writer Noah Cho (Catapult, The Atlantic)! You may know him from his widely-circulated article defending the sanctity of cheese ramen. We discuss “authenticity” in Asian cuisine, teaching in the time of Corona and the longing to be more Asian as a biracial person. Brian reminisces about old exes and Youngmi ta…
 
This week on Feeling Asian we talk about our feelings surrounding Mother's Day and what it's like having immigrant mothers whose lives were way more difficult than ours. We also address the Alison Roman controversy and the complexity of passive racism in liberal America. Leave us a review on iTunes and please follow us @feelingasianpodcast!…
 
Another chaotic week in quarantine filled with breakthroughs and insights! Brian talks about the fear of an unknown future and how it's making him question his non-traditional career path. Youngmi discusses how in times of stress she fixates on her mistakes in an attempt to feel like she's in control. Also please rate and review our podcast on iTun…
 
This week on Feeling Asian we discuss post-quarantine fantasies! The difficult emotions arising during these times has us fantasizing about Korean BBQ to backpacking around the world and everything in between. We also read some of your submissions! We unpack our respective 22 year old girl and divorced dad energies through a twitter game. Please ra…
 
Another week in quarantine, another win! Brian talks about the fears that come with turning thirty and the frustration of being unable to work when you haven't realized your dreams. Youngmi discusses the unresolved feelings from previous relationships that have come up for her in quarantine. We also roast each other's tweets! Please rate and review…
 
This week Youngmi and Brian discuss their different levels of quarantine horniness and Andrew Yang's Washington Post Op-Ed. Brian describes a realization on how to best deal with Asian parents. Conversely, Youngmi explains why it's hard being a quarantine parent and the best way to handle racist trolls online. Thanks for your continued support and …
 
Usama Siddiquee (Mango Bae Podcast) joins us this week to discuss his upbringing as a Bengali-American in Texas, getting beatings from his immigrant mom, and disappointing his entire family by dropping out of medical school to become a comedian. We also unpack his notorious dating life and his breakdown on the rules of attraction. Youngmi talks abo…
 
Emanuel Hahn (Photographer/Filmmaker) joins Feeling Asian this week to discuss what it was like growing up with Christian missionary parents. We examine the importance of church to the Korean diaspora and the social impact it had on all of us growing up. Emanuel shares stories about being left to live alone in a foreign country at the age of thirte…
 
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