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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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Sep 20, 2017

Diversity expert Rosetta Lee discusses why diversity is so important. She talks about being safe but not comfortable, how inclusivity can help everyone, and the need to grapple with as many different perspectives and truths as possible. (Intro: Parent Trap)

Sep 15, 2017

Former IM5 boy band member Will Jay talks about his solo career as a pop singer and songwriter. Will discusses how he made the decision to leave IM5, his constant striving for quality and authenticity, and his dedication to release a new song every month. (Intro: 9/11 Hero)

Sep 8, 2017

Chef Mahesh Pradhan and his attorney Arthur Kim talk about the lawsuit they have filed against Azusa Pacific University, in which they allege that Mahesh Pradhan was subjected to repeated physical violence and verbal abuse by other APU employees. (Intro: Nashville Nonsense)

Sep 1, 2017

Lisa Sharon Harper talks about her experience marching with other clergy to confront the White Nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, VA. Lisa also discusses megachurch pastors, what it means to "be present", and how influential white men fear losing their power.

Aug 29, 2017

Graduate student and activist Frances Huynh shares about her passions for social justice and building healthy communities. Frances also discusses the model minority myth, Chinatown's working class residents, and rewriting history to accurately include Asian Americans. (Intro: Off the Sidelines)

Aug 24, 2017

Documentary filmmaker Kenneth Eng discusses his latest film, "My Life In China". He talks about how making the film gave him a deeper respect for his father, a new understanding of the humanity of Chinatown residents, and a truer realization of Kenneth's own identity. (Intro: Unwoke)

Aug 8, 2017

Actress Amy Hill (ALL-AMERICAN GIRL, MY CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND) talks about her career on stage and screen. She also discusses the racism she experienced as a person of mixed ancestry, the 7 years she spent in Japan, and her eternal love for theater. (Intro: War Flute)

Aug 1, 2017

Ryan Lee Wong discusses "Roots", his new exhibit presenting AsianAm activism in L.A. from 1968 through the 1980s. He also talks about how storytelling can be a radical action, how Maoist/Marxist ideology drove AsianAm activism, and his own hope for the future.  (Intro: No on Politics)

Jul 25, 2017

Award-winning playwright Lauren Yee has stories to tell. She discusses her newest play (KING OF THE YEES), how she incorporates humor and laughter, and how she collaborates with the director and actors. (Intro: Stage Magic)

Jul 17, 2017

Professional cyclist and Filipino American Coryn Rivera discusses her life in competitive racing. Coryn talks about being the first American to win the Tour of Flanders, her recovery from a major bike accident, and her strong mental state. (Intro: Retired)

Jul 4, 2017

As a bellydancer, musician, and actor, Dawn Xiana Moon is as original as they come. Dawn talks about her numerous creative endeavors, love of diversity, and spiritual transition from a formerly conservative Christian background. (Intro: Mission Accomplished)

Jun 27, 2017

Simon Tam took his battle all the way to the Supreme Court -- and won. Hear how his band fought the government to trademark their own name ("The Slants"), his early foray into artist management, his TedTalk prowess, and his faith. (Intro: T-boned)

Jun 19, 2017

Hudson Yang, Forest Wheeler, and Ian Chen talk about what it's like to act as the Huang brothers on the hit TV show "Fresh Off The Boat". The boys discuss their audition stories, being recognized in public, and what they want to do when they grow up. (Intro: Hold These Truths)

Jun 7, 2017

Rapper Heesun Lee talks about what it's like to be a female hip-hop artist whose lyrics are unabashedly positive and Christian. She also discusses her status as a Korean adoptee, whether rapping has an age-limit, and how she strives to be a Christian hip-hop MC whose main goal is ministry, not self-promotion. (Intro: Pay Up)

May 22, 2017

Actor Ryun Yu talks about his lead role in HOLD THESE TRUTHS, a play produced by The Pasadena Playhouse, in association with East West Players, that follows civil rights hero Gordon Hirabayashi. Ryun also does an amazing Sean Connery impression, and explains how he was the first theater major ever at MIT. (Intro: Reviews)

May 13, 2017

Deedee Magno Hall talks about her role as lead actress in NEXT TO NORMAL, the rock musical currently produced by East West Players. She also discusses what it was like to be a Mouseketeer, her Broadway role as Kim in MISS SAIGON, and how her parents and faith keep her grounded. (Intro: Mortal)

May 5, 2017

On the 25th anniversary of the L.A. Riots, we visit with Angela Oh, the eloquent spokesperson for the Korean-American community during that period of civil unrest. Angela gives context for how everything happened, as well as her current efforts to create lasting change through meditation and conflict resolution. (Intro: L.A. Riots)

May 1, 2017

Licensed psychotherapist Ling Lam (PhD, MFT) gives a fresh interpretation of the biblical story of Esau and Jacob, and how it specifically relates to the struggle of gay, Asian American Christians. Ling shares about his own history, how monkeys handle trauma, and how we all try to find acceptance with "goatskins". (Intro: Manzanar)

Apr 26, 2017

Tim Ouyang discusses what it was like to finally come out publicly as a gay man. Tim describes his past bouts with amnesia and anxiety, and how he now rests easy in his true identity. He also talks about the future of his music career, being an awesome uncle, and walking on water. (Intro: Overbooked)

Apr 14, 2017

Rev. Lydia Suh is a pastor and co-founder of the popular Facebook group "Progressive Asian American Christians". She talks about her early years as a rebellious pastor's kid, what it truly feels like to be a minority, and how she brings her unique voice and identity into ministry. (Intro: Next)

Apr 6, 2017

If you are a HOUSE OF CARDS fan, you'll recognize Jae Jin as the guitar playing worship leader. Hear the amazing story of how he got that part, his transformation into a musical artist, his spiritual outlook, and how he survived a terminal cancer diagnosis -- twice. (Intro: Hey Universe!)

Mar 30, 2017

Author Oliver Chin drops by the studio to talk about his company Immedium, an independent publisher of children's books and contemporary non-fiction. Oliver discusses his popular series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, his love for comics, and Asian American characters in children's books. (Intro: Termites, Part 2)

Mar 22, 2017

Helen Hong just might be the hardest working comedian in Hollywood. With starring roles in film and TV, Helen recounts the audition that got her into a Coen Brothers film, and a Trekkie nerd-out experience with Patrick Stewart. She also discusses dating difficulties, supportive parents, and her spiritual life. (Intro: Termites)

Mar 15, 2017

Miranda Kwok can do it all: acting, writing, producing, stuntwork, and martial arts. Miranda talks about how she created her own opportunities as an Asian American in Hollywood. She says that she initially rejected her heritage when she was young, but recaptured it in a personal journey back to China. (Intro: Hate Mail)

Mar 7, 2017

Actor Anil Kumar is on an amazingly joyous ride to move and transform the spirit of other people through his performances. Anil discusses his current role in the play FREE OUTGOING, the hustle needed to keep the dream alive, and the huge Best Picture Oscar fiasco. (Intro: Free Money, Part 3)

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