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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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Dec 28, 2015

Author and mother Marsha Aizumi talks about her experiences parenting Aiden, her transgender son. Marsha discusses her son's early years, her own choice of acceptance, and the church's reaction to her son. (Intro: Church Shooting?)

Dec 22, 2015

Professional hip-hop dancer Jenny Kita talks about her experiences performing with some of the biggest music acts in the industry, including her stint as a Harajuku girl for Gwen Stefani, and an embarrassing moment with Snoop Dogg. (Intro: 5 Minutes)

Dec 15, 2015

Megatoys CEO Charlie Woo talks about his business, political activism, and opinion on the presidential race. He also shares about his early life and how he overcame some major personal challenges. (Intro: Champion)

Dec 7, 2015

Media activist Guy Aoki discusses his long struggle to have Asian Americans fairly and equally represented on film and TV. Guy shares his battle with Sarah Silverman, and his appearance on Politically Incorrect. (Intro: The Teacher)

Nov 30, 2015

Author Lisa See discusses her current novel China Dolls, as well as her other best-selling works such as On Gold Mountain. Lisa also talks about what it was like growing up in a large Chinese American family in L.A.'s Chinatown. (Intro: Family Village)

Nov 25, 2015

Tim Dang, Producing Artistic Director of East West Players, talks about his manifesto "The 51% Preparedness Plan for American Theatre".  Tim also discusses how he counsels young AsianAm actors in taking on stereotypical roles. (Intro: Honestly)

Nov 16, 2015

JT Tran, aka the "Asian Playboy", tells us how he went from a NASA engineer to the world's best instructor for Asian pickup artists. JT discusses the "Asian poker face", the difference between a cold pickup and a warm pickup, and how to equip young Asian men to reach their full potential. (Intro: Delusions)

Nov 9, 2015

Walter Hong delves deeply into what it takes to be a professional standup comedian -- the long hours, low pay, nonexistent dating life -- and why he is absolutely dedicated and passionate about it.(Intro: Clean House)

Nov 2, 2015

Author Joy Huang Stoffers debuts her fiction novel WHASIAN on November 2nd! Joy talks with Ken about her character Ava Ling Magee, the writing process, and the many aspects of being "Hapa" -- a person of mixed ethnic heritage. (Intro: Breakthrough Moment)

Oct 26, 2015

Vivian Matsushige shares deeply about what it is like to live as a paraplegic, the skiing accident which caused her condition, and her resolve to live a grateful and purpose-filled life. (Ken’s Intro: Zen Christianity)

Oct 19, 2015

Actor Randall Park from FRESH OFF THE BOAT talks about the success of his TV show, the current state of Asian Americans in entertainment, and the casting of his 7-month old girl as a crime detective. (Ken’s Intro: Golf Fail)

Oct 12, 2015

Superblogger Ranier Maningding posts daily about racism and sexism on his popular FB page "Love Life of an Asian Guy". Ranier talks about why AsianAm men get a bad rep romantically, the myth of reverse racism, and xenophobic anti-Asian rhetoric. (Ken’s Intro: Irrelevant?)

Oct 5, 2015

Actress Krista Marie Yu discusses her starring role on the new ABC sitcom "Dr. Ken".  Krista talks about what it's like to to work with movie star Ken Jeong, her non-competitive approach to auditions, and her love of selfies.  (Ken’s Intro: The Band)

Sep 28, 2015

NASA Scientist Ashwin Vasavada shares about his work with Mars Rover "Curiosity" and his quest to find out if we are alone in the universe. Ashwin talks about his own faith, as well as his opinions on intelligent design, creation science, and climate change. (Ken’s Intro: 9/11 Memories)

Sep 21, 2015

Filipino American Pastor Danny Cortez recounts saga of how he became a gay-affirming minister, and how his own son "came out" to him soon after.  Danny also shares about the often difficult changes his formerly Southern Baptist church went through as a result. (Ken’s Intro: Facebook Photo)

Sep 15, 2015

Performance artist and writer Kristina Wong talks about her career, her emphasis on creating a new perspective, and the loneliness of being on the road. She also discusses her current work "The Wong Street Journal", a show which explores the economy, white privilege, and Africa. (Ken’s Intro: End Times)

Sep 8, 2015

Actor Ravi Patel talks about MEET THE PATELS, the new documentary that profiles his search for love via the Indian-American matchmaking system. He also discusses his path as an investment banker to a starring role on an upcoming network sitcom with John Stamos. (Ken’s Intro: The Unexpected)

Aug 31, 2015

 

Film Producer Teddy Zee talks about his radical spiritual transformation and the amazing difference it's made in his life. He also discusses his path from growing up in a poor family all the way to becoming a creative executive at some of Hollywood's biggest studios.  (Ken’s Intro: Comedy Virgin)

Aug 24, 2015

Writer and management expert Rob Asghar talks about his complicated spiritual journey: born a Muslim, converted to Christianity, and currently something in-between. Rob also discusses why Asian Americans haven't often been chosen for significant leadership positions.   (Ken’s Intro: Being Boring is a Sin!)

Aug 17, 2015

Criminal defense lawyer Mia Yamamoto hates phonies and cowards, so she couldn't die as one of them. Mia discusses her early life as a man, her transition to being a woman, and her pursuit of authenticity. (Ken’s Intro: Ladyboys)

Aug 10, 2015

Up-and-coming film director Jason Poon talks about his new film PICTURE TAIPEI, his extensive experience with making videos for YouTube stars, and the current state of AsianAm cinema. (Ken’s Intro: Celebrity Me)

Aug 3, 2015

No guest today! So instead, Ken issues talks about his wife Snoopy, and how they work things out when they are at different places spiritually and philosophically. (Ken’s Intro: Rate us on iTunes!)

Jul 28, 2015

Melissa Chen, PhD candidate at MIT and co-founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement, talks with Ken about the theory of evolution, her early introduction to Christianity, and why she became an atheist. (Ken’s Intro: New Wineskins)

Jul 21, 2015

Movie actress Nancy Kwan, star of The World of Suzie Wong, The Flower Drum Song, and many other films, talks about what it was like to be an Asian woman in 1960's Hollywood.  (Ken’s Intro: Stage Fright)

Jul 12, 2015

Pete Sung -- the guy handpicked to track down Osama Bin Laden -- talks about his own spiritual path, and the many twists and turns it took to get him from atheist to searcher to believer.  Pete also describes his current quest to reimagine church for the next generation. (Ken’s Intro: Music Faves)

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