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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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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.

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)

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