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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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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)

Apr 8, 2019

Award-winning filmmaker PJ Raval shares about his documentary film CALL HER GANDA. PJ discusses why he was the right person to make this film, the controlling presence of the U.S. military in the Philippines, and why violence is so prevalent against trans women. (Intro: Bad Breakup)

Apr 2, 2019

Producer, actor, and creator Judy Jean Kwon shares about her new TV comedy show “MILFriend”. Judy discusses her mission to take parts originally intended for white actors, breaking the stereotypical persona of Asian actresses, and her early years making bootleg video copies for her father’s store. (Intro: Poppy Pics)

Mar 26, 2019

Award-winning author Vanessa Hua talks about her novel “A River of Stars”. Vanessa discusses the rippling effects of China’s one-child policy on the U.S., the phenomenon of pregnant Chinese women and “maternity hotels”, and her work as a columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle. (Intro: Good Fit)

Mar 18, 2019

Author and minister Mihee Kim-Kort talks about her book “Outside the Lines”, and embracing her own queerness. Mihee discusses how queerness is “magic”, how it made her marriage complicated and rich, and why the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman inspires her. (Intro: Get In!)

Mar 12, 2019

Blogger Iris Chen shares about “Untigering” and what it has meant for her children’s schooling, character, and faith. Iris discusses the harmful cycle of spanking and yelling, why she ditched math curriculum, and a “stripped-down” version of church. (Intro: Mentor)

Mar 4, 2019

Writer and filmmaker Renee Marchol shares about her fight against terrible treatment from church leadership, including sexual harassment, false accusations, and patriarchal control. Renee discusses “success porn”, true vulnerability, and unsmashable optimism. (Intro: Jeff Adachi)

Feb 25, 2019

Mark Nagata talks about his passion for art and classic Japanese character toys. Mark discusses the process of bringing an original Kaiju creation to life, the tension between being both a toymaker and an artist, and his 2019 exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum. (Intro: Can’t Stop Smiling)

Feb 20, 2019

Dr. Jenn Fang talks about her blog (Reappropriate.co) and her passion for mobilizing the AAPI community. Jenn discusses the great compatibility between her scientific studies and spiritual searchings, why the Asian American electorate needs to wake up, and the new curated essay series “Write Back, Fight Back”. (Intro: Messy Faith)

Feb 11, 2019

Writer Virginia Duan shares about her blog “Mandarin Mama”. She discusses why she forces her kids to learn Chinese, being honest with her children about sex and politics, and how therapy helped her get past fear and anger. (Intro: Screen Addict)

Feb 1, 2019

Actor Michele Selene Ang talks about her on-screen and theatrical career. She discusses how the producers of 13 REASONS WHY prepared the cast to deal with the topic of suicide, why diverse writers help to create a diverse show, and the true story behind the play MAN OF GOD. (Intro: Coons Win)

Jan 26, 2019

Actor Roy Vongtama talks about his career, new book, and role in the play “Man of God”. Roy discusses how he balances his life as both actor and medical doctor, why he refuses to accept established dogma, and how one’s inner reality has a profound effect on the outer reality. (Intro: Flood)

Jan 16, 2019

Journalist Scott Tong shares about his book “A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World”. Scott discusses the remarkable stories of his ancestors, the baby-selling scandal that may have involved Scott’s adopted daughter, and “islands of modernity” in China’s past. (Intro: Resolved)

Jan 8, 2019

Joel John Roberts shares his solution to homelessness and his role as CEO of PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). Joel discusses his own life story as an abandoned infant in Hong Kong, how the faith community needs to speak out prophetically, and why the next generation has to step up. (Intro: Roses on Fire)

Dec 29, 2018

Major General William Chen and businessman Wilson Lee share about the Harmony Through Union Rose Parade float, honoring their Chinese American ancestors’ arduous, dangerous, and sacrificial work on the Transcontinental Railroad. (Intro: Cult Concert)

Dec 24, 2018

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Lee shares about his passion for cars and helping kids. Sean discusses what he learned from his close friendship with “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker, his own history of crashing cars and motorcycles, and his charitable work with the Purist Group. (Intro: Wired and Tired)

Dec 16, 2018

Author Victoria Namkung shares about her work as a novelist and journalist. Victoria discusses the timeliness of her latest book THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS, why Asian American studies gave her such confidence in her identity, and how to get apologies from internet trolls. (Intro: Tree of Honor)

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