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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 culture-makers and -shapers 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 2, 2021

LA-based Korean American therapist Sharon Kwon decided to stick her neck out and write a piece to address the external and internal forces that keep contributing to Asians in America being overlooked and "othered." The Huffington Post published her piece on 2/18/21 and it immediately went viral.

Feb 21, 2021

Three former pastors and current podcasters Ken Fong, Brad Onishi, and Ken Kemp hosted a Zoom webinar on Feb. 10, 2021, sharing some of their respective journeys of deconstruction and awakening amidst Post Modern progressivism. They discuss the Insurrection, Inauguration, and the future of Trumpism, as well as take questions from some in the webinar.

Feb 21, 2021

Alex Lee is the first from Generation Z (born between 1996 and 2015) to be elected to the California State Assembly (11/2020). He is also openly bisexual and a proud Progressive Democrat who is following in the large footsteps of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Feb 14, 2021

Long-time friends Lee and Kim wrote and directed this amazing film about a family of Korean American immigrants both struggling to achieve the American Dream and to figure out how to manage their complex generational differences.

Feb 7, 2021

This close-up look at the oldest Chinatown in North America brings readers to a deeper understanding of this iconic destination. Evan's images capture the diversity and humanity of the densest urban neighborhood west of Manhattan. This book tells the story of Chinatown from the perspectives of tourism, daily life, and celebrations and traditions

Jan 31, 2021

Princeton sociology doctoral student Megan Kang recently spent a month of Saturdays hanging out with impassioned Trump supporters in order to understand why they continue to stand with this twice-impeached, insurrection-inciter. 

Jan 27, 2021

Toby's life was going great. He was doing amazing, fulfilling work and he had a wonderful, loving family. So when a blood vessel in his brain burst one morning, he didn't see it coming. Almost three years later, he still can't work, he might never fully recover, and his family is still living with the consequences of his stroke. This is a rare and invaluable conversation about how a person deals with his entire life coming to a screeching halt.

Jan 25, 2021

Even though she's still in high school, Riya has already proven herself to be a pioneering leader and grassroots organizer. As a South Asian American female adolescent, her dreams of where she'll make her mark have only been expanded by the election of Vice President Kamala Harris. She is passionate about gender equality and the environment, and attuned already to the complexities of intersectionality.

Jan 18, 2021

Author and award-winning Harvard Business School associate professor Laura Huang lays out what her research has revealed about what anyone can do to gain an "edge" in nearly every avenue of life.

Jan 3, 2021

Onishi grew up in a non-religious family as Christian Nationalism began to explode and expand in Orange County and beyond. He became a zealous convert, graduated from a Christian college, but his graduate studies revealed a more complicated world beyond his bubble. Today he is a religious studies professor who is not a Christian, but still a person of faith. He is an expert on unpacking Christian Nationalism and the rise of Donald Trump.

Dec 31, 2020

Without a doubt, 2020 has been a year to forget, but one we will long remember. Friends and fellow podcasters Ken Fong and Ken Kemp look back on their 2020 episodes for ones that still resonate strongly with them. They also talk frankly about a glaring blindspot for some of the champions for racial reconciliation.

Dec 27, 2020

Nancy Sun is also an actor and writer who coaches high-achieving professionals and creatives to advance their careers, pivot industries, and/or develop as leaders. She is a Lehman Bros. alumnus, a Princeton-in-Asia fellow, and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dec 20, 2020

How does a mother who grew up in the throes of the Cultural Revolution in China convey the impact of that to her only child who grew up as an Asian American? "Mulberry Child" is both a timeless lesson on the evolution of family dynamics and a fascinating history lesson.

Dec 14, 2020

Veteran actor Grace Shen plays an older Asian American woman who survived being forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Army. 

Dec 8, 2020

Joe Kye was born in Korea and grew up in Seattle. He graduated from Yale and in 2013 launched his career as a professional violinist, looper, and innovator. On his return to the podcast, he talks about the impact the pandemic has had on his young family and how he's turned the challenges and obstacles of COVID-19 into opportunities to innovate even further.

Dec 4, 2020

As we both digested our respective Thanksgiving dinners, The Beached White Male Podcast host Ken Kemp and I discussed the possibility that coastal elites like us may have mischaracterized rural Americans who still voted for Trump. But that was just the jumping off point for our monthly collaborative conversation about what's happening in America.

Nov 30, 2020

It took them about 37 years to finally embrace their queer sexuality and non-binary gender identity. But that was after joining and leading a violent Asian gang, then joining a string of conservative Christian churches and letting them use them to promote a "pray the gay away" agenda around the world. But they are finally out, having found a path that affirms their full identity and faith in God.

Nov 26, 2020

Veteran broadcast journalist E. Samantha Cheng and her team just published "Honor and Duty: The Chinese American WWII Veterans." Now the little-know acts of heroism and significant, sacrificial contributions of tens of thousands of Chinese American veterans during the Second World War is finally established in the annals of U.S. history.

Nov 22, 2020

While it took him years to figure out what he was good at, Joe Ide's 4th novel in his "IQ" detective series is the latest evidence that he's definitely found his spot! He's masterfully reimagined Sherlock Holmes as a brilliant Black detective solving daunting crimes in the LA basin.

Nov 20, 2020

Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Fukunaga recently released his second full-length film "Ainu Mosir" on Netflix and in Japanese theaters. It's a soft-spoken coming-of-age story of a 14-year-old boy who belongs to the group of indigenous people in northern Japan called "Ainu."

Nov 15, 2020

Joshua Wong grew up as the closeted gay son of the "Billy Graham" in SE Asia. But his love for designing women's shoes ultimately had him working side by side with Ralph Lauren! These days, he heads up his own design studio while studying to be an Episcopal priest.

Nov 9, 2020

Ruby Le was an MFT but while counseling married couples, concluded that some couples never should have tied the knot. After working for several major dating companies, she launched www.goodgentleman.com. She has give a highly rated TEDx Talk on the dating, and has even had a 91-year-old man as a client. 

Nov 7, 2020

Two long-time friends and now fellow podcasters, Ken Fong and Ken Kemp decided to record their initial reactions and predictions an hour after they learned that Biden had officially beaten Trump.

Nov 3, 2020

Since Asian America launched over 6 years ago, there's been a veritable explosion of AAPI podcasts. With this being such a consequential election, "Dear Asian America" host Jerry Won worked with Biden/Harris' AAPI engagement team to pull together this representative group of AAPI podcasters, all of whom are using their platforms to help Biden defeat Pres. Trump.

Nov 2, 2020

Jason Chu is a poet, musician, artist, and activist who in part is inspired by his progressive faith as a Christian. He talks about the renewed partnership of AAPIs with BLM. He also expounds on how his music has evolved since landing in LA several years ago.

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