Dr. Karen Umemoto, the current director of the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA, talks about her influential work in the fields of race relations and restorative justice, as well as how ethnic studies programs help foster more empathy in students and citizens. (Intro: 2019 Recap)
Chef Jenny Dorsey dives into how she uses her culinary art to explore complex emotions related to her Asian-American experience, the lessons she learned in both business and culinary school, and how she uses VR to create immersive culinary pop-up events. (Intro: A Fundamental Decision)
Jenny Ly and Bree Lee share how a parody video idea based on pop hit "7 Rings" and Asian Creative Network built a viral Internet hit. As a follow up, they have just released a new video, "Don't Call It Asian", calling out food vendors who culturally appropriate Asian cuisine to make profit. (Intro: Life Is Like A Three Act Show).
NPR personality, author, performer, and professor Sandra Tsing Loh reveals the inspiration behind her comedic holiday play "Sugar Plum Fairy". Throughout the episode, she gives a candid look into her life story and how it contributed to her unique voice in storytelling and media today. (Intro: The Real Prize)
Writer Marie Myung-Ok Lee stops by to expand on the ideas in her recent Los Angeles Times Op-Ed Piece "Andrew Yang seems invisible to the mainstream media - just like most Asian Americans", the current presidential candidate race, and her upcoming new novel, The Evening Hero. (Intro: Invisible)
Zeda Zhang decided to pursue a career as an MMA fighter and wrestler after her experiences with bullying, sexual harassment, and gender stereotypes. Her grit and determination to prove her naysayers wrong contributed to her success as the first female Asian-American wrester for the WWE and Asia. (Intro: Play Fighting)