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ASIAN AMERICA: THE KEN FONG PODCAST

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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Oct 8, 2019

Actor Tzi Ma talks about how THE FAREWELL went from indie movie darling to internationally distributed hit. Tzi discusses his support for Asian-American independent film projects, his role in upcoming Disney live-action film MULAN, and the importance of promoting diverse stories. (Intro: Learning to Coexist)

Oct 1, 2019

Actor Albert Tsai talks about his starring role in the new hit animated film ABOMINABLE. Albert discusses how he first got into acting, what it’s like to ad-lib during voiceover sessions, and why authenticity in casting and culture were so important in the making of ABOMINABLE. (Intro: Healing)

Sep 24, 2019

Author and physician Dr. Russell Low shares about his new book “Three Coins: A Young Girl’s Story of Kidnappings, Slavery, and Romance in 19th Century America”. Russell discusses the decades-long search for Ah Ying (the courageous heroine of his story), and why it’s so important to know where and whom we’ve come from. (Intro: Primary Wound)

Sep 16, 2019

Actor Tim Lounibos shares about his life in film and television. Tim discusses his crazy childhood filled with tragedy and drama, his early success in Hollywood, and how his mid-career departure from the industry gave him even more gravitas, depth, and life experience for his roles now. (Intro: Not My Pic)

Sep 10, 2019

Actor Amy Shu shares about her starring role in the play THE CHINESE LADY. Amy talks about the amazing story of Afong Moy (the first female Chinese immigrant to America), how this play reveals the true meaning of liberty, and the thrilling vulnerability of performing live. (Intro: RIP Dylan)

Sep 3, 2019

Duncan Ryuken Williams talks about his book American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War. Duncan discusses his 17-year journey to write this book, being simultaneously Buddhist and American, and Japanese American relocation and resettlement. (Intro: Opposite)

Aug 26, 2019

Actor Kurt Kanazawa shares about his life on stage and screen. Kurt discusses the freedom of non-racial casting, his burgeoning career as a professional opera singer in Europe, and the devastation when a doctor told him he might never sing again. (Intro: Secret Asian Agents)

Aug 21, 2019

Aaron Takahashi shares about his career on-screen, most notably as a commercial actor. Aaron discusses how he booked his first big national commercial, why he turns down roles that call for Asian accents, and his portrayal of the “everyman”. (Intro: No Control)

Aug 13, 2019

English professor King-Kok Cheung (UCLA) talks about Asian American literature, and how it should be respected and valued as more than just ethnography. She discusses how Asian Americans so often reach for “white” standards, and why good writing is so powerful. (Intro: The Legend of Velda)

Aug 6, 2019

Businessman Al Lowe spent his life breaking through racial barriers. Journalist Larry Wilson talks about how Al led the integration of his community’s segregated schools, and changed the culture of the formerly all-white Tournament of Roses committee. (Intro: Plus One)

Jul 30, 2019

Concert promoter and Producer Gerald Ishibashi shares about his life in music. Gerald discusses his early choice for a guitar instead of a motorcycle, putting on live concerts for corporate America, and having three daughters in the entertainment industry. (Intro: Dylan)

Jul 23, 2019

Artist Ariel Chan shares about her work in comics and animation. Ariel talks about her upcoming graphic novel “Yuwen’s Journey”, how nothing is truly original anymore except for one’s artistic voice, and learning to trust God with her dreams. (Intro: Yellow Belly)

Jul 16, 2019

Theater director Tim Dang talks about his upcoming stage production of THE JOY LUCK CLUB. Tim discusses his unique approach to actors’ auditions, how he got his nickname “Teflon Tim”, and why it’s crucial to cultivate a healthy Asian American economy of actors, writers, producers, and executives. (Intro: The Farewell)

Jul 9, 2019

Spoken word poet Alex Luu talks about his art and performs several pieces on the podcast. Alex discusses how he uses spoken word to reconnect with his cultural identity, when he discovered that he was ethnically Chinese (not Vietnamese!), and how he won the prestigious Texas Grand Slam poetry slam competition. (Intro: No Bird)

Jul 1, 2019

Arlene Inouye shares about her relationship with Tohru Matsuo, the founder of the Agape Fellowship cult. Arlene details how Tohru convinced her to marry him, how Tohru brainwashed her and so many others in the community, and how she finally exited the cult and found healing on the outside. (Intro: Pop Secret?)

Jun 25, 2019

Cathy Soliva & Erin Lim celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with the podcast by sharing their coming out stories, how the Open Door group at their church has become a home and a family for them, and why they were once scared of Christians. (Intro: More Room)

Jun 10, 2019

Matthew Lee shares about his online article “I Am The One Percent” in Inheritance magazine. Matthew discusses how he survived middle-school bullying, the frequent conflict between institutional values and cultural realities, and why it would be great if LGBTQ+ individuals didn’t have to “come out”. (Intro: Superpower)

Jun 4, 2019

Sabrina Moyle shares about her writing, activism, business, and spiritual journey. Sabrina discusses her dinner at the White House with the Obamas, the Hello!Lucky design studio she co-founded with her sister, and her passion for bridging divides between conflicted groups of people. (Intro: Always Be My Maybe)

May 28, 2019

Bill Watanabe shares about the bad experiences with and downfall of the Agape Fellowship cult: why leader Toru Matsuo’s system of personal growth was inherently flawed, how Toru abused his doctrine of intimacy, and Bill’s eventual escape from the group. (Intro: Crazy AF?)

May 21, 2019

Bill Watanabe shares about his experience with Agape Fellowship, a Christian group that started as a commune and soon became a cult. Bill discusses the encouraging beginnings of the fellowship, and then the first warning signs that the group’s charismatic leader was starting to lose his way. (Intro: Mamma Mia)

May 14, 2019

AJ Rafael shares about his musical career and his role in East West Players’ new production of “Mamma Mia”. AJ discusses his Crazy Talented Asians cabaret, the power of his Dad’s musical legacy, and why giving full commitment often means saying “no”. (Intro: Big Fan)

May 6, 2019

Adrian Pei discusses his new book “The Minority Experience: Navigating Emotional and Organizational Realities”. Adrian talks about the unique pain that minorities experience, how racial reaction can cause white people to view themselves as victims, and why listening can be one of the most healing actions. (Intro: Succession)

Apr 30, 2019

Tony Nagatani and Kevin Xu talk about their passion for politics and their Model Majority Podcast. They share what it was like to work as campaign staffers for President Obama, how to amplify the Asian American voice in politics, and why intraparty squabbles have hurt the Democratic party. (Intro: Tragic Nonsense)

Apr 24, 2019

Playwright Prince Gomolvilas and Director Jeff Liu share about their new play “The Brothers Paranormal”. Prince and Jeff discuss why we need to be the heroes of our own imaginations, the casual intersection of the play’s AsianAm and Black characters, and the deeper meaning of diversity. (Intro: When I’m 65)

Apr 16, 2019

Brooke Ishibashi talks about her career as an actor for stage and screen. She shares about the Khmer community’s amazing response to the musical “Cambodian Rock Band”, the continuing impact of Crazy Rich Asians, and her work with Fair Wage Onstage. (Intro: Catfished)

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