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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 29, 2016

Musician Chucky Kim talks about his life in music. He also shares about his fascination with philosopher Foucault, the central place that suffering plays in the Korean narrative, and a crazy camel ride through Morocco. (Intro: True Value)

Jun 21, 2016

Dr. Anthony Ocampo talks about his new book "The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race." He also discusses the recent killings at a gay bar in Orlando, as well as his own faith journey.  (Intro: Orlando)

Jun 13, 2016

Actress Lynn Chen talks about her career in film & television. She also discusses how she got into blogging about food and body image. Lynn gives her opinion on whitewashing in the entertainment industry. (Intro: Whitewashing)

Jun 7, 2016

Will Wang Graylin talks about his long business career operating tech startups. Also detailed are exploits in the US Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Officer, his record-setting class schedule at MIT, and his conversion to Christianity. (Intro: Peter Liang sentencing)

May 31, 2016

June Kuramoto is a master of the koto, an ancient Japanese instrument which she started playing as a 6-year-old. She discusses how she found her musical voice, and the deep connection between instrument and player.  (Intro: Driving Lessons)

May 24, 2016

Fans of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Prison Break" will immediately recognize actor Reggie Lee, currently starring as Sergeant Drew Wu on "Grimm". He talks about his career, his first big break, dancing for Prince, and his choreography for East West Players' production of "La Cage Aux Folles". (Intro: Beautiful)

May 16, 2016

Filipino American Rapper OffWhyte talks about how he first earned his "street cred", how competition made him a better artist, and how visiting his motherland connected him to his true identity. OffWhyte also discusses his new album "Dialogue", released under hip-hop label Galapagos4.  (Intro: Contribution)

May 9, 2016

Award-winning Arthur Dong talks about his storied career of making documentaries about Asian Americans. He also discusses the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the offensive 2016 Oscar award show telecast, and his new film THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR.   (Intro: The Wall)

May 3, 2016

It's the very first anniversary of ASIAN AMERICA: THE KEN FONG PODCAST! In this episode, we reminisce about the amazing guests and stories we covered in this first year, and what we are looking forward to in the second year. Hope you like the new music! (Intro: Passion & Purpose)

Apr 25, 2016

Film and television actor Hank Chen discusses how he has managed to carve out a successful career in Hollywood despite being both Asian and openly gay. Hank also talks about his own spirituality and how he navigated his way through three years at a Christian college. (Intro: Lights Out!)

Apr 18, 2016

Documentary Film Director Christopher Wong talks about what it's like to tell true-life stories of ordinary Asian Americans accomplishing extraordinary things. Chris also discusses his latest short film BE ABOUT IT, and his growing frustration with film festivals. (Intro: Childlike)

Apr 4, 2016

Dr. Bob Suzuki shares about his time in the internment camps, and his leadership of a successful nationwide campaign that led to the Congressional repeal of the Emergency Detention Act of 1950. He also discusses his groundbreaking role as one of the few Asian Americans to serve as college president.  (Intro: Diversity Search)

Mar 29, 2016

Dr. Joshua Swamidass discusses what it means to be both a devoted Christian and a serious scientist. He specifically calls Christians to return to the core of their faith rather than concentrating on anti-evolutionism. (Intro: Scientific Christianity)

Mar 21, 2016

Pastor Danny Cortez talks about his new appointment as a board member for the Gay Christian Network, his challenge to power structures of current evangelicalism, and his call for the gospel to reach the margins of society in practical ways. (Intro: The Gardener)

Mar 15, 2016

Entertainment producer and entrepreneur Carl Choi talks about the ups and downs of his career -- from management consultant to nightlife promoter to his current position as the founder of The Great Company. (Intro: Know-It-All)

Mar 7, 2016

Deborah Jian Lee talks about her new book Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism. She also discusses intersectionality, purity culture, and her own spiritual story. (Intro: Asian Cop Peter Liang)

Mar 1, 2016

Marty Hom talks about what it's like to be the Tour Manager for A-list artists like Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, and Fleetwood Mac. Marty even shares a great story about how he helped Jennifer Lopez get her career off the ground! (Intro: Love What You Do)

Feb 23, 2016

Singer/songwriter Larissa Lam and rapper Baldwin Chiu aka “Only Won” share about their new award-winning documentary FINDING CLEVELAND. This husband-and-wife team also talk about their careers and the racism present in the music industry. (Intro: So Many Voices)

Feb 17, 2016

Makoto Fujimura, world-renowned artist and Director of Fuller's Brehm Center, talks about his contribution to Martin Scorcese's latest film, why so few Japanese have embraced Christianity, and his own faith transformation. (Intro: Eastern Minds)

Feb 8, 2016

Popular blogger Misty Irons talks about how she feels she is fighting for the "honor of Christ" when she speaks out against the church's historical mistreatment of gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals. Misty also recounts how an article she wrote almost shattered her life. (Intro: The "C" Word)

Feb 1, 2016

Rev. Dr. Dickson Yagi talks about how Buddhism is infused through much of Christianity, his 30 years as a Baptist missionary in Japan, and  his concept of "yellow theology". (Intro: True Humility)

Jan 26, 2016

Actor and martial artist Peter Kwong shares his experiences in film and television - his role in the cult classic BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, a special audition with Dustin Hoffman, and opinion on #OscarSoWhite.  (Intro: Story Worthy)

Jan 18, 2016

Eric Chen talks about his work as an assistant coach with the #1 nationally ranked Gabrielino H.S. speech and debate team. Eric discusses how great teamwork, long hours of practice, and dedication lead to amazing results. (Intro: Presence)

Jan 11, 2016

Chheng Ear talks to Ken about how she survived the Cambodian genocide during the Khmer Rouge regime. Chheng recounts her time in the labor camps, her family's harrowing escape to Thailand, and eventual settlement in the US. (Intro: Ice on the Wing)

Jan 5, 2016

Ken Fong visits the Urbana Student Missions Conference. Ken runs into three big fans of the podcast and asks them what they like about it. Ken also recounts story of all the conference attendees who wanted to talk to him about their own LGBT issues.

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