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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 29, 2016

Diane Quon is an up-and-coming documentary filmmaker who is touring the country with her first film: Cliff, Superfan! Diane also shares about her greatest personal tragedy -- the sudden loss of her eldest son Chris to a fatal disease -- and how his death continues to affect her life, thoughts, and faith. (Intro: Knife Fish)

Dec 14, 2016

Singer/songwriter Tim Ouyang talks about his band Tim Be Told, how he first got started in music, and being a YouTube artist. Tim also shares about how he has never quite fit into the "Christian music" scene, and how he chooses to best express his spirituality. (Intro: The Dash)

Dec 6, 2016

LA Times film critic Justin Chang shares his vast knowledge of cinema with the podcast. We discuss current state of AsianAm directors in Hollywood, the KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS controversy, and the value of being a good artist rather than a "Christian artist". (Intro: Lawyer Up)

Nov 30, 2016

Blogger and doctoral student Helen Jin Kim sees Christianity as an encounter with God, not just a doctrine. Helen discusses AsianAm leadership in InterVarsity, "evangelical" as an adjective rather than a noun, and the post-presidential election environment. (Intro: Turkey Math)

Nov 23, 2016

Tai Sunnanon knows how to lead by example. As a consultant who trains others to lead more effectively, Tai explains the 3 ways we evolve as humans, how he survived a brutal attack, and where his own spirituality now lies. (Intro: Keeping Watch)

Nov 18, 2016

Leah Nanako Winkler is a Japanese American playwright whose play KENTUCKY is premiering at East West Players this month. She talks about her irrepressible drive to write, working with other artists of color, and the hypocrisy of white evangelicals. (Intro: Trumped)

Nov 8, 2016

Clinical psychologist Dr. Martin Hsia, PsyD, discusses his therapeutic methods, how bad theology leads to bad psychology, Asian gambling addiction, and his new podcast Psych Rally, a show about psychology, psychotherapy, and mental health. (Intro: Do-Over)

Nov 2, 2016

Former InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) staff worker Bianca Louie recounts the difficulties she faced when IVCF released a new policy requiring employees to agree with its stated position against gay marriage and other LGBTQ issues. (Intro: Mind Blown)

Oct 26, 2016

Filmmakers Derek Shimoda, Oliver Ike & Koji Steven Sakai discuss their next big project: THE BIG BACHI. Hear all about the film's genesis, their casting choices, and how you can support this film through its Kickstarter campaign! (Intro: Dead Glenn Walking)

Oct 18, 2016

Brian Chan is a renaissance man -- someone who does everything and does it all well. Whether as a pastor, a professor, an author, an artist, or a master of Wing Chun martial arts, Brian is creating culture and imparting goodness. (Intro: Approval Ratings)

Oct 11, 2016

In 2014, Drew Cortez came out as gay to his father. Drew talks about that initial conversation, the trouble at his home church, and how everything that happened brought his family together stronger than ever before. (Intro: Issues at IVCF)

Oct 4, 2016

Kourtney Kunichika is a professional hockey player with the Buffalo Beauts in the NWHL with dreams of making the 2018 Olympic squad. Hear her talk about her career, hockey-crazy family, spirituality, and relationship with partner Cait. (Intro: Show Up)

Sep 28, 2016

Sam Louie is a psychotherapist who specializes in helping men deal with sexual addiction. He discusses intimacy disorders, shame in Asian culture, and connecting with our own inadequacies and needs.  (Intro: Sniffing Around)

Sep 20, 2016

Playwright & writer Velina Hasu Houston talks about her upcoming play "Little Women" at the Pasadena Playhouse. She also discusses her mixed-race upbringing, what it means to live in a "no-passing lane", and why diversity is not just for white people. (Intro: Trojan Ken)

Sep 12, 2016

If you've seen a Japanese tourist in film or TV, most likely it's Rodney Kageyama! He shares about how he's survived in a "white people" world, as well as internment camp stories, battles with HIV, and his acting demons. (Intro: Colorblind Pho)

Sep 7, 2016

Film Director Lee Isaac Chung talks about making his first film MUNYURANGABO, attending the Cannes Film Festival, learning to deal with failure, and combining cinema with theology.  (Intro: Judge Ken)

Aug 30, 2016

Judge Fred Fujioka knows why he is the person he is today -- because of all the people in his family who showed courage and made great sacrifice. Hear Judge Fred and Ken share amazing war stories from their fathers' lives. (Intro: College Advice)

Aug 24, 2016

Suffering Olympics withdrawal? Then you gotta listen to our interview with Bryan Clay, Gold Medal winner of the Decathlon event from Beijing 2008, and hear what it takes to be the world's greatest athlete. (Intro: Better Brain)

Aug 16, 2016

Hip-hop and spoken word artist Jason Chu is on a mission to speak hope, healing, and justice in a broken world. Hear about his story, how music became his salvation, and the new Kickstarter campaign for his fresh new album ARRIVALS. (Intro: Oh Canada!)

Aug 9, 2016

No one outworks Bill Fujioka! As the first non-white CEO of Los Angeles County, Bill shares stories of his battles against the mayor, how he inspired city workers, and what public service is all about. (Intro: Same Race)

Aug 2, 2016

Writer, actor, and artist Michael Yichao's life is a never-ending story. Listen in as he introduces us to his adventures in improv, standup comedy, fantasy writing, and oh yeah, his dating life! (Intro: Great White Wall)

Jul 27, 2016

Look into the abyss with Leland Cheuk, novelist and cancer survivor. Leland shares about his book, The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong, his ongoing cancer battle, and the lack of Asian American stories. (Intro: ESPN Radio)

Jul 20, 2016

The new superman is Chinese?!? Yup, and graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang is here to tell us how that happened. Gene also talks about AsianAm superheroes, his faith journey, and a non-fiction project about basketball. (Intro: Hiroshima)

Jul 12, 2016

Writer Cindy Wang Brandt talks about how she sees faith in the irreverent, miracles in the ordinary, and beauty in the margins. Cindy also shares about her blog, intersectionality, and a new book on parenting. (Intro: Black & White)

Jul 4, 2016

John Chung is living the dream: he gets to be both a firefighter and a band manager. As a member of the SF Fire Department, John shares about the intricacies and dangers of firefighting. John also talks about what it's like to be the manager for the jazz fusion band Hiroshima. (Intro: Japan Trip)

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