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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 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)

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)

Jun 1, 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)

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)

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)

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)

May 3, 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)

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)
 
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)

Apr 5, 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)

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)

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)

Mar 7, 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)

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)

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)

Feb 1, 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)

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)

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)

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)

Jan 4, 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)

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)

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)

Dec 7, 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)

Dec 1, 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)

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)

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