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Asian America Podcast by Ken Fong

Asian America Podcast

by Ken Fong

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Ken Fong gets to the heart of Asian American culture, history, and spirituality. Through interviews with movers and shakers in the Asian American community -- some you know, others you've never heard of before -- prepare to laugh, cry, and be amazed.


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  • Kai Tse
    Tue, Jun 19, 2018


    Kai Tse describes his life as an Asian American non-binary trans masculine person. Kai discusses how the Pulse nightclub shootings motivated him to come out publicly, why pronouns reflect reality not just preference, and what his spirituality looks like now after having grown up in a Christian church. (Intro: Babble On)

  • Wai & Sung Tse
    Sun, Jun 10, 2018


    Wai & Sung Tse describe their relationship with their transgender son Kai. They discuss when Kai first came out to them, how Korean families are often especially resistant to acceptance, and why their spiritual faith is now stronger than ever. (Intro: Where I Am Now)

  • Dr. Sarah Moon
    Fri, Jun 01, 2018


    Licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Sarah Moon aims to discover how we can expand our thinking, emotional, and relational experiences so that we find out who we really are. She also discusses the pitfalls of Christian therapy, and the damaging impact of the Nashville Statement. (Intro: Muscle Car)

  • Nathan Ramos & Alison De La Cruz
    Fri, May 25, 2018


    Playwright Nathan Ramos and Director Alison De La Cruz talk about their new play "As We Babble On". They discuss the value of portraying joyful Asian Americans, the process of casting for specific LGBT roles, and refusing to wait for mainstream America to catch up. (Intro: Soft Power)

  • Phil Kim & Vedant Patel
    Sat, May 19, 2018


    Democratic National Committee staff members Phil Kim talk about their efforts to mobilize the AAPI community to vote and be active in politics. Phil and Vedant discuss being more than anti-Trump, leading with values first, and what the new DNC looks like. (Intro: Yin Yang)

  • Nicole Gon Ochi
    Thu, May 10, 2018


    Attorney Nicole Gon Ochi talks about why affirmative action in college admissions benefits all students. Nicole discusses why affirmative action does not unfairly affect Asian Americans, that America is not a meritocracy, and how students are so much more than their test scores. (Intro: Erased)

  • Paisley Rekdal
    Thu, May 03, 2018


    Author and poet Paisley Rekdal shares about her latest book "The Broken Country". She discusses the silencing of Vietnamese voices in favor of a white-centric perspective, intergenerational trauma, and how biracial identity changes when in different countries. (Intro: Left Out)

  • Marcus Choi
    Tue, Apr 24, 2018


    Stage, film, and television actor Marcus Choi talks about his starring role as George Washington in the hit musical HAMILTON. He also discusses what it's like to represent Asian American artists, why HAMILTON shouldn't work but it does, and  (Intro: Cramps)
     

  • Sarah Park Dahlen
    Fri, Apr 13, 2018


    Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen discusses diversity within children's literature, specifically how transracially adopted Koreans are dealt with. Sarah also talks about the "We Need Diverse Books" hashtag/movement, "Mommy, that's me!" moments of discovery, and why Minnesota seems to be the epicenter of transnational adoptions. (Intro: Last Words)

  • Mika Yamamoto
    Thu, Apr 05, 2018


    Former teacher Mika Yamamoto refuses to have her voice be silenced. Mika talks about her firing from her charter school, the students who confided in her, why teaching tolerance should be uncomfortable, and how outrage can heal. (Intro: Connection)

  • George Takei
    Tue, Mar 20, 2018


    Actor George Takei talks about his starring role in the Broadway musical ALLEGIANCE, now playing in L.A. through 4/1/18. George discusses how he got cast in Star Trek, memories of internment camp, and lessons his father taught him about true democracy. (Intro: Theater Reviews)

  • Cambodian Rock Band
    Thu, Mar 15, 2018


    Playwright Lauren Yee talks about her new play CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Lauren discusses the amazing songs and sound of rock band Dengue Fever, the play's theme of discovering the lost history of one's parents, and her focus on writing great roles for AsianAm actors. (Intro: Safari Snob)

  • Barney Cheng
    Wed, Mar 07, 2018


    Actor and filmmaker Barney Cheng talks about his film BABY STEPS. Cheng also discusses how Woody Allen influenced him, how he landed Oscar-winning Producer Li-Kong Hsu, and how the film profoundly and positively changed his relationship with his mother. (Intro: Presence)

  • Allegiance
    Tue, Feb 27, 2018


    Actors Elena Wang and Ethan Le Phong discuss their starring roles in the new musical Allegiance, an East West Players and JACCC production starring George Takei, and now playing at JACCC’s Aratani Theatre from February 21 through April 1. (Intro: Pride & Pathos)

  • Wes Hatakeyama
    Thu, Feb 15, 2018


    Japanese American cyclist Wes Hatakeyama talks about Eroica California, an annual vintage road bicycle festival held in CA's Central Coast Wine Country. Wes discusses Eroica's communal feel, how the event returns to cycling's original roots, and its unique rules that some riders attempt to skirt. (Intro: Slowdown)

  • Winnie Li
    Thu, Feb 01, 2018


    Author Winnie M. Li discusses her debut novel, DARK CHAPTER, which was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Winnie candidly shares about her own story of surviving rape, and how it led to her book and activism. (Intro: #KenToo)

  • Dr. Bandy Lee
    Sun, Jan 28, 2018


    Dr. Bandy Lee is calling for an emergency evaluation of Donald Trump's mental health. She discusses why presidents should go through the same rigorous testing as other military personnel, the misuse of religion for the sake of political power, and recent threats to her own physical safety. (Intro: Sleepless in Hawaii)

  • M8: Stephen Liu & Linda Kim
    Mon, Jan 22, 2018


    Stephen Liu and Linda Kim talk about why they founded M8, their new online dating and matchmaking app. Stephen and Linda discuss how producer Teddy Zee matched them up, how church is no longer the best place to date, and why Asian men have a tough time online. (Intro: Hawaii 9-1-1)

  • Grace Ji-Sun Kim
    Thu, Jan 11, 2018


    Author and professor Grace Ji-Sun Kim predicts that 2018 will be the year when women speak out against assault and violence in the church. She also discusses why Christians are so often mean-spirited, how the Bible should come with a warning label, and the Asian understanding of Qi. (Intro: Pilates)

  • Quincy Carroll
    Thu, Jan 04, 2018


    Author Quincy Carroll talks about his novel "Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside". He also discusses his time as an English teacher in China, his writing routine, and how he creates the characters in his novels. (Intro: Feels Like Xmas)

  • Dave Min
    Mon, Dec 25, 2017


    Dave Min talks about his upcoming run for Congress in 2018. Dave discusses the failings of current incumbent Mimi Walters, how he plans to outwork and outlisten his competition, and his deep knowledge of developing and implementing good legislative policy. (Intro: Surprised)

  • Trung Le Nguyen
    Sun, Dec 17, 2017


    Comic book artist and illustrator Trung Le Nguyen, aka "Trungles", addresses the recent controversy involving Marvel's new editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski, a white man who posed as a Japanese comic book writer for a year. Trungles also talks about his own art, whitewashing, and privacy. (Intro: Extended Warranty)

  • Richard Lowe
    Thu, Dec 07, 2017


    Richard Lowe talks about his career in writing for film and television. Richard discusses his work with Ken Jeong on DR. KEN (ABC), his nerve-wracking first experience as a standup comic, and learning to explore his own Asian American voice. (Intro: A Safe Church)

  • John Chiang
    Fri, Dec 01, 2017


    State Treasurer John Chiang is running for Governor in 2018! Hear his stance on housing, education, immigration, as well as his commitment to humility and servant leadership. John also shares about the discrimination and bigotry that his family overcame when he was growing up. (Intro: Big Hole)

  • Joe Kye
    Wed, Nov 22, 2017


    Singer, songwriter, and violinist Joe Kye talks about his immigrant experience, and how that led creatively to his album MIGRANTS. Joe discusses how music was an escape for him during childhood, his improvisational violin-playing style, and his focus on feeding the audience rather than presenting perfection. (Intro: Unfettered)

  • Justice for Mahesh
    Thu, Nov 16, 2017


    Live coverage of the Justice for Mahesh Prayer Vigil at Azusa Pacific University on November 6, 2017. Interviews with attendees, speeches by Ken Fong, Mahesh Pradhan, Arthur Kim, and others.

  • June Angela
    Sat, Nov 11, 2017


    Actress June Angela talks about her lead role in new theater production YOHEN (10/27-11/19). She also discusses graduating from college at age 18, her experiences with Broadway greats Richard Rodgers and Yul Brynner, and establishing a believable long-term on-stage marriage with co-star Danny Glover. (Intro: Good Texts)

  • Matthew Knowles
    Tue, Nov 07, 2017


    Actor Matthew Knowles shares about his leading role in "Asura", the biggest budget production in Chinese film history. Matthew also discusses his former NFL aspirations, his mastery of Mandarin Chinese, and how he considers himself to be a new breed: American Asian. (Intro: Move On?)

  • Elizabeth Liang
    Thu, Oct 26, 2017


    Comedian and actress Elizabeth Liang shares about her stage show "Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey". Elizabeth also talks about growing up all around the world, developing thick skin as an actor, and her podcast "Hapa Happy Hour". (Intro: Breakthrough)

  • Kristina Wong
    Mon, Oct 23, 2017


    Performance artist and comedian Kristina Wong shares about her new web series "How to Pick Up Asian Chicks", and the revival of her solo stage show "The Wong Street Journal". Also discussed: Kristina's obsession with Jeremy Lin and her Pulitzer Prize loss to Hamilton. (Intro: Craft Show)

  • Dr. Hitomi Gray
    Sat, Oct 21, 2017


    Dr. Hitomi Gray shares about her work with poor, marginalized children with the group Alongsiders International. Hitomi talks about the new way of doing Christian missions, her search to understand why God allows people to suffer, and the power of being present with each other. (Intro: Life Train)

  • Dr. Mimi Hoang
    Thu, Oct 12, 2017


    Dr. Mimi Hoang educates us on what it truly means to be bisexual. In addition to sharing about how she discovered her own sexual identity, Dr. Hoang discusses “gold star” lesbians, why chemistry is more important than plumbing, and how identity incongruence leads to internalized biphobia. (Intro: Full Breath)

  • SueAnn Shiah
    Sun, Oct 08, 2017


    Artist, musician and intellectual SueAnn Shiah talks about her documentary "HuanDao", a film that covers her physical and personal journey while biking through Taiwan. SueAnn also discusses the danger of assimilating into a "white Christianity", and how Asian Americans need to make their own rules in game rigged against them.  (Intro: Grief)

  • KevJumba
    Wed, Sep 27, 2017


    YouTube star KevJumba (Kevin Wu) talks about his early days as one of the internet's first social media sensations. Kevin also discusses his foray into feature films, his awesome dad, the car accident that almost killed him, and his focus on spirituality. (Intro: Dry Eyes)

  • Rosetta Lee
    Wed, Sep 20, 2017


    Diversity expert Rosetta Lee discusses why diversity is so important. She talks about being safe but not comfortable, how inclusivity can help everyone, and the need to grapple with as many different perspectives and truths as possible. (Intro: Parent Trap)

  • Will Jay
    Fri, Sep 15, 2017


    Former IM5 boy band member Will Jay talks about his solo career as a pop singer and songwriter. Will discusses how he made the decision to leave IM5, his constant striving for quality and authenticity, and his dedication to release a new song every month. (Intro: 9/11 Hero)

  • Mahesh Pradhan & Arthur Kim
    Fri, Sep 08, 2017


    Chef Mahesh Pradhan and his attorney Arthur Kim talk about the lawsuit they have filed against Azusa Pacific University, in which they allege that Mahesh Pradhan was subjected to repeated physical violence and verbal abuse by other APU employees. (Intro: Nashville Nonsense)

  • Lisa Sharon Harper
    Fri, Sep 01, 2017


    Lisa Sharon Harper talks about her experience marching with other clergy to confront the White Nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, VA. Lisa also discusses megachurch pastors, what it means to "be present", and how influential white men fear losing their power.

  • Frances Huynh
    Tue, Aug 29, 2017


    Graduate student and activist Frances Huynh shares about her passions for social justice and building healthy communities. Frances also discusses the model minority myth, Chinatown's working class residents, and rewriting history to accurately include Asian Americans. (Intro: Off the Sidelines)

  • Kenneth Eng
    Thu, Aug 24, 2017


    Documentary filmmaker Kenneth Eng discusses his latest film, "My Life In China". He talks about how making the film gave him a deeper respect for his father, a new understanding of the humanity of Chinatown residents, and a truer realization of Kenneth's own identity. (Intro: Unwoke)

  • Amy Hill
    Tue, Aug 08, 2017


    Actress Amy Hill (ALL-AMERICAN GIRL, MY CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND) talks about her career on stage and screen. She also discusses the racism she experienced as a person of mixed ancestry, the 7 years she spent in Japan, and her eternal love for theater. (Intro: War Flute)

  • Ryan Lee Wong
    Tue, Aug 01, 2017


    Ryan Lee Wong discusses "Roots", his new exhibit presenting AsianAm activism in L.A. from 1968 through the 1980s. He also talks about how storytelling can be a radical action, how Maoist/Marxist ideology drove AsianAm activism, and his own hope for the future.  (Intro: No on Politics)

  • Lauren Yee
    Tue, Jul 25, 2017


    Award-winning playwright Lauren Yee has stories to tell. She discusses her newest play (KING OF THE YEES), how she incorporates humor and laughter, and how she collaborates with the director and actors. (Intro: Stage Magic)

  • Coryn Rivera
    Mon, Jul 17, 2017


    Professional cyclist and Filipino American Coryn Rivera discusses her life in competitive racing. Coryn talks about being the first American to win the Tour of Flanders, her recovery from a major bike accident, and her strong mental state. (Intro: Retired)

  • Dawn Xiana Moon
    Tue, Jul 04, 2017


    As a bellydancer, musician, and actor, Dawn Xiana Moon is as original as they come. Dawn talks about her numerous creative endeavors, love of diversity, and spiritual transition from a formerly conservative Christian background. (Intro: Mission Accomplished)

  • Simon Tam
    Tue, Jun 27, 2017


    Simon Tam took his battle all the way to the Supreme Court -- and won. Hear how his band fought the government to trademark their own name ("The Slants"), his early foray into artist management, his TedTalk prowess, and his faith. (Intro: T-boned)

  • Fresh Off The Boat Boys
    Mon, Jun 19, 2017


    Hudson Yang, Forest Wheeler, and Ian Chen talk about what it's like to act as the Huang brothers on the hit TV show "Fresh Off The Boat". The boys discuss their audition stories, being recognized in public, and what they want to do when they grow up. (Intro: Hold These Truths)

  • Heesun Lee
    Wed, Jun 07, 2017


    Rapper Heesun Lee talks about what it's like to be a female hip-hop artist whose lyrics are unabashedly positive and Christian. She also discusses her status as a Korean adoptee, whether rapping has an age-limit, and how she strives to be a Christian hip-hop MC whose main goal is ministry, not self-promotion. (Intro: Pay Up)

  • Ryun Yu
    Mon, May 22, 2017


    Actor Ryun Yu talks about his lead role in HOLD THESE TRUTHS, a play produced by The Pasadena Playhouse, in association with East West Players, that follows civil rights hero Gordon Hirabayashi. Ryun also does an amazing Sean Connery impression, and explains how he was the first theater major ever at MIT. (Intro: Reviews)

  • Deedee Magno Hall
    Sat, May 13, 2017


    Deedee Magno Hall talks about her role as lead actress in NEXT TO NORMAL, the rock musical currently produced by East West Players. She also discusses what it was like to be a Mouseketeer, her Broadway role as Kim in MISS SAIGON, and how her parents and faith keep her grounded. (Intro: Mortal)

  • Angela Oh
    Fri, May 05, 2017


    On the 25th anniversary of the L.A. Riots, we visit with Angela Oh, the eloquent spokesperson for the Korean-American community during that period of civil unrest. Angela gives context for how everything happened, as well as her current efforts to create lasting change through meditation and conflict resolution. (Intro: L.A. Riots)

  • Ling Lam
    Mon, May 01, 2017


    Licensed psychotherapist Ling Lam (PhD, MFT) gives a fresh interpretation of the biblical story of Esau and Jacob, and how it specifically relates to the struggle of gay, Asian American Christians. Ling shares about his own history, how monkeys handle trauma, and how we all try to find acceptance with "goatskins". (Intro: Manzanar)

  • Tim Ouyang
    Wed, Apr 26, 2017


    Tim Ouyang discusses what it was like to finally come out publicly as a gay man. Tim describes his past bouts with amnesia and anxiety, and how he now rests easy in his true identity. He also talks about the future of his music career, being an awesome uncle, and walking on water. (Intro: Overbooked)

  • Lydia Suh
    Fri, Apr 14, 2017


    Rev. Lydia Suh is a pastor and co-founder of the popular Facebook group "Progressive Asian American Christians". She talks about her early years as a rebellious pastor's kid, what it truly feels like to be a minority, and how she brings her unique voice and identity into ministry. (Intro: Next)

  • Jae Jin
    Thu, Apr 06, 2017


    If you are a HOUSE OF CARDS fan, you'll recognize Jae Jin as the guitar playing worship leader. Hear the amazing story of how he got that part, his transformation into a musical artist, his spiritual outlook, and how he survived a terminal cancer diagnosis -- twice. (Intro: Hey Universe!)

  • Oliver Chin
    Thu, Mar 30, 2017


    Author Oliver Chin drops by the studio to talk about his company Immedium, an independent publisher of children's books and contemporary non-fiction. Oliver discusses his popular series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, his love for comics, and Asian American characters in children's books. (Intro: Termites, Part 2)

  • Helen Hong
    Wed, Mar 22, 2017


    Helen Hong just might be the hardest working comedian in Hollywood. With starring roles in film and TV, Helen recounts the audition that got her into a Coen Brothers film, and a Trekkie nerd-out experience with Patrick Stewart. She also discusses dating difficulties, supportive parents, and her spiritual life. (Intro: Termites)

  • Miranda Kwok
    Wed, Mar 15, 2017


    Miranda Kwok can do it all: acting, writing, producing, stuntwork, and martial arts. Miranda talks about how she created her own opportunities as an Asian American in Hollywood. She says that she initially rejected her heritage when she was young, but recaptured it in a personal journey back to China. (Intro: Hate Mail)

  • Anil Kumar
    Tue, Mar 07, 2017


    Actor Anil Kumar is on an amazingly joyous ride to move and transform the spirit of other people through his performances. Anil discusses his current role in the play FREE OUTGOING, the hustle needed to keep the dream alive, and the huge Best Picture Oscar fiasco. (Intro: Free Money, Part 3)

  • Nancy Yuen
    Tue, Feb 28, 2017


    Nancy Yuen discusses her new book REEL INEQUALITY, and how Hollywood continues to put forth white people and white stories as the standard, while ignoring and dehumanizing people of color. Don't miss Nancy's rant about LA LA LAND and her love for MOONLIGHT!  (Intro: Unseen)

  • Shawn Wong
    Wed, Feb 22, 2017


    Award-winning novelist, race car driver, and professor Shawn Wong stops by to chat about his upcoming book, drag racing exploits, and the Red Badge Project -- an amazing program that supports military veterans as they discover and give voice to their unique stories. (Intro: Free Money, Part 2)

  • Anupama Chandrasekhar
    Wed, Feb 15, 2017


    Playwright Anupama Chandrasekhar talks about the L.A. debut of her new work FREE OUTGOING, running at East West Players' David Henry Hwang Theater from 2/9 - 3/12. She discusses the collision of modern technology with traditional values, and the hypocrisy that exists regarding female sexuality. (Intro: Free Money)

  • Jeff Chang
    Thu, Feb 09, 2017


    Author Jeff Chang discusses race and resegregation in his newest book WE GON' BE ALRIGHT. He talks about displacement, the growing economic gaps between races, the warehousing of people of color in prisons, and how Asian Americans need to do more than just stand on the sidelines. (Intro: Tears)

  • Dinesh Sabu
    Tue, Jan 31, 2017


    Director/Producer Dinesh Sabu talks about his new documentary film UNBROKEN GLASS, which chronicles his journey of discovery with his family dealing with the still raw emotions and consequences of his immigrant parents’ lives and deaths over 20 years ago. (Intro: Thank you, Nate)

  • Paula Williams Madison
    Thu, Jan 26, 2017


    Paula Williams Madison has a fascinating life story, and you need to hear it! She also discusses her search for her grandfather's descendants, her passion to improve relations between people of the African and Asian diasporas, and her growing concern over the future of race relations in the era of Donald Trump. (Intro: Women's March)

  • Liz Lin
    Fri, Jan 20, 2017


    Liz Lin is the co-founder of the Facebook group "Progressive Asian American Christians". She talks about the genesis of the group, her own spiritual and racial history, the commitment required to make change, and the progressive dilemma of making things "more perfect". (Intro: Toxic Tank)

  • George Cheung
    Thu, Jan 12, 2017


    George Cheung is a longtime Hollywood actor with decades of fascinating stories. Hear how he started out as a Wah Ching gang member and Wing Chun martial artist, then performed death-defying stunts, and finally ended up starring alongside Sly Stallone and Steven Seagal. (Intro: Toilet Trouble)

  • Aviatrix
    Fri, Jan 06, 2017


    Katherine Sui Fun Cheung was a true badass: the first Chinese American woman to earn her international flying license. Director Ed Moy and Katherine's daughter Dottie share about AVIATRIX, the new award-winning documentary celebrating this amazing aviation pioneer. (Intro: Final Wishes)

  • Diane Quon
    Thu, Dec 29, 2016


    Diane Quon is an up-and-coming documentary filmmaker who is touring the country with her first film: Cliff, Superfan! Diane also shares about her greatest personal tragedy -- the sudden loss of her eldest son Chris to a fatal disease -- and how his death continues to affect her life, thoughts, and faith. (Intro: Knife Fish)

  • Tim Ouyang
    Wed, Dec 14, 2016


    Singer/songwriter Tim Ouyang talks about his band Tim Be Told, how he first got started in music, and being a YouTube artist. Tim also shares about how he has never quite fit into the "Christian music" scene, and how he chooses to best express his spirituality. (Intro: The Dash)

  • Justin Chang
    Tue, Dec 06, 2016


    LA Times film critic Justin Chang shares his vast knowledge of cinema with the podcast. We discuss current state of AsianAm directors in Hollywood, the KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS controversy, and the value of being a good artist rather than a "Christian artist". (Intro: Lawyer Up)

  • Helen Jin Kim
    Wed, Nov 30, 2016


    Blogger and doctoral student Helen Jin Kim sees Christianity as an encounter with God, not just a doctrine. Helen discusses AsianAm leadership in InterVarsity, "evangelical" as an adjective rather than a noun, and the post-presidential election environment. (Intro: Turkey Math)

  • Tai Sunnanon
    Wed, Nov 23, 2016


    Tai Sunnanon knows how to lead by example. As a consultant who trains others to lead more effectively, Tai explains the 3 ways we evolve as humans, how he survived a brutal attack, and where his own spirituality now lies. (Intro: Keeping Watch)

  • Leah Nanako Winkler
    Fri, Nov 18, 2016


    Leah Nanako Winkler is a Japanese American playwright whose play KENTUCKY is premiering at East West Players this month. She talks about her irrepressible drive to write, working with other artists of color, and the hypocrisy of white evangelicals. (Intro: Trumped)

  • Dr. Martin Hsia
    Tue, Nov 08, 2016


    Clinical psychologist Dr. Martin Hsia, PsyD, discusses his therapeutic methods, how bad theology leads to bad psychology, Asian gambling addiction, and his new podcast Psych Rally, a show about psychology, psychotherapy, and mental health. (Intro: Do-Over)

  • Bianca Louie
    Wed, Nov 02, 2016


    Former InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) staff worker Bianca Louie recounts the difficulties she faced when IVCF released a new policy requiring employees to agree with its stated position against gay marriage and other LGBTQ issues. (Intro: Mind Blown)

  • The Big Bachi Film
    Wed, Oct 26, 2016


    Filmmakers Derek Shimoda, Oliver Ike & Koji Steven Sakai discuss their next big project: THE BIG BACHI. Hear all about the film's genesis, their casting choices, and how you can support this film through its Kickstarter campaign! (Intro: Dead Glenn Walking)

  • Brian Chan
    Tue, Oct 18, 2016


    Brian Chan is a renaissance man -- someone who does everything and does it all well. Whether as a pastor, a professor, an author, an artist, or a master of Wing Chun martial arts, Brian is creating culture and imparting goodness. (Intro: Approval Ratings)

  • Drew Cortez
    Tue, Oct 11, 2016


    In 2014, Drew Cortez came out as gay to his father. Drew talks about that initial conversation, the trouble at his home church, and how everything that happened brought his family together stronger than ever before. (Intro: Issues at IVCF)

  • Kourtney Kunichika
    Tue, Oct 04, 2016


    Kourtney Kunichika is a professional hockey player with the Buffalo Beauts in the NWHL with dreams of making the 2018 Olympic squad. Hear her talk about her career, hockey-crazy family, spirituality, and relationship with partner Cait. (Intro: Show Up)

  • Sam Louie
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016


    Sam Louie is a psychotherapist who specializes in helping men deal with sexual addiction. He discusses intimacy disorders, shame in Asian culture, and connecting with our own inadequacies and needs.  (Intro: Sniffing Around)

  • Velina Hasu Houston
    Tue, Sep 20, 2016


    Playwright & writer Velina Hasu Houston talks about her upcoming play "Little Women" at the Pasadena Playhouse. She also discusses her mixed-race upbringing, what it means to live in a "no-passing lane", and why diversity is not just for white people. (Intro: Trojan Ken)

  • Rodney Kageyama
    Mon, Sep 12, 2016


    If you've seen a Japanese tourist in film or TV, most likely it's Rodney Kageyama! He shares about how he's survived in a "white people" world, as well as internment camp stories, battles with HIV, and his acting demons. (Intro: Colorblind Pho)

  • Lee Isaac Chung
    Wed, Sep 07, 2016


    Film Director Lee Isaac Chung talks about making his first film MUNYURANGABO, attending the Cannes Film Festival, learning to deal with failure, and combining cinema with theology.  (Intro: Judge Ken)

  • Judge Fred Fujioka
    Tue, Aug 30, 2016


    Judge Fred Fujioka knows why he is the person he is today -- because of all the people in his family who showed courage and made great sacrifice. Hear Judge Fred and Ken share amazing war stories from their fathers' lives. (Intro: College Advice)

  • Bryan Clay
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016


    Suffering Olympics withdrawal? Then you gotta listen to our interview with Bryan Clay, Gold Medal winner of the Decathlon event from Beijing 2008, and hear what it takes to be the world's greatest athlete. (Intro: Better Brain)

  • Jason Chu
    Tue, Aug 16, 2016


    Hip-hop and spoken word artist Jason Chu is on a mission to speak hope, healing, and justice in a broken world. Hear about his story, how music became his salvation, and the new Kickstarter campaign for his fresh new album ARRIVALS. (Intro: Oh Canada!)

  • Bill Fujioka
    Tue, Aug 09, 2016


    No one outworks Bill Fujioka! As the first non-white CEO of Los Angeles County, Bill shares stories of his battles against the mayor, how he inspired city workers, and what public service is all about. (Intro: Same Race)

  • Michael Yichao
    Tue, Aug 02, 2016


    Writer, actor, and artist Michael Yichao's life is a never-ending story. Listen in as he introduces us to his adventures in improv, standup comedy, fantasy writing, and oh yeah, his dating life! (Intro: Great White Wall)

  • Leland Cheuk
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016


    Look into the abyss with Leland Cheuk, novelist and cancer survivor. Leland shares about his book, The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong, his ongoing cancer battle, and the lack of Asian American stories. (Intro: ESPN Radio)

  • Gene Luen Yang
    Wed, Jul 20, 2016


    The new superman is Chinese?!? Yup, and graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang is here to tell us how that happened. Gene also talks about AsianAm superheroes, his faith journey, and a non-fiction project about basketball. (Intro: Hiroshima)

  • Cindy Brandt
    Tue, Jul 12, 2016


    Writer Cindy Wang Brandt talks about how she sees faith in the irreverent, miracles in the ordinary, and beauty in the margins. Cindy also shares about her blog, intersectionality, and a new book on parenting. (Intro: Black & White)

  • John Chung
    Mon, Jul 04, 2016


    John Chung is living the dream: he gets to be both a firefighter and a band manager. As a member of the SF Fire Department, John shares about the intricacies and dangers of firefighting. John also talks about what it's like to be the manager for the jazz fusion band Hiroshima. (Intro: Japan Trip)

  • Chucky Kim
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016


    Musician Chucky Kim talks about his life in music. He also shares about his fascination with philosopher Foucault, the central place that suffering plays in the Korean narrative, and a crazy camel ride through Morocco. (Intro: True Value)

  • Anthony Ocampo
    Tue, Jun 21, 2016


    Dr. Anthony Ocampo talks about his new book "The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race." He also discusses the recent killings at a gay bar in Orlando, as well as his own faith journey.  (Intro: Orlando)

  • Lynne Chen
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016


    Actress Lynn Chen talks about her career in film & television. She also discusses how she got into blogging about food and body image. Lynn gives her opinion on whitewashing in the entertainment industry. (Intro: Whitewashing)

  • Will Wang Graylin
    Tue, Jun 07, 2016


    Will Wang Graylin talks about his long business career operating tech startups. Also detailed are exploits in the US Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Officer, his record-setting class schedule at MIT, and his conversion to Christianity. (Intro: Peter Liang sentencing)

  • June Kuramoto
    Tue, May 31, 2016


    June Kuramoto is a master of the koto, an ancient Japanese instrument which she started playing as a 6-year-old. She discusses how she found her musical voice, and the deep connection between instrument and player.  (Intro: Driving Lessons)

  • Reggie Lee
    Tue, May 24, 2016


    Fans of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Prison Break" will immediately recognize actor Reggie Lee, currently starring as Sergeant Drew Wu on "Grimm". He talks about his career, his first big break, dancing for Prince, and his choreography for East West Players' production of "La Cage Aux Folles". (Intro: Beautiful)

  • OffWhyte
    Mon, May 16, 2016


    Filipino American Rapper OffWhyte talks about how he first earned his "street cred", how competition made him a better artist, and how visiting his motherland connected him to his true identity. OffWhyte also discusses his new album "Dialogue", released under hip-hop label Galapagos4.  (Intro: Contribution)

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