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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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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)

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)

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