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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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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.

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)

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