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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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Oct 20, 2020

Adrienne Robillard and Dawn Sakamoto Paiva are the writer and photographer of their first cookbook, "The 'Ohana Grill Cookbook". They share some of the personal stories behind their favorite recipes and the emphasis on storytelling in Hawaiian culture. (Intro: Midnight Diner)

Oct 13, 2020

Before COVID-19, Tina Wu Fredericks was frustrated with the issues she saw in her educational community and decided to run for Pasadena Unified School District Board Member. As the election on 11/3 approaches, she talks about how the issues she campaigns on have been impacted by the pandemic. (Intro: 3 Vignettes)

Oct 6, 2020

Congressional Candidate David Kim for CA-34 in the U.S. House of Representatives (https://davidkim2020.com/) shares some of his campaign platform and how being a second-generation Korean-American and immigration attorney led him to pursue this step in public service. (Intro: A Life That Brought Others Together)

Sep 29, 2020

Author Jenny Bhatt shares how she went from a myriad of careers to writing her debut book, "Each Of Us Killers": a collection of short stories exploring the space between our work and our emotional lives, particularly through her unique experience as a South Asian-American woman. (Intro: Running Out of Margin)

Sep 22, 2020

Two guests share their stories and connection to the Asian American Drug Abuse Program: Kevin Shibuya, a graduate and now counselor for the program, and renowned saxophonist Michael Paulo who has regularly contributed his musical talents to past Showtime events. (Intro: How I Got Involved with AADAP) 

Sep 14, 2020

Latin teacher by day and tattoo artist by night, Phuc Tran shares how he went from TEDx stage to writing his now released memoir, "Sigh, Gone": a coming of age story interweaving his Vietnamese-American adolescence with his love of punk rock and classic literary references. (Intro: The 2020 Census)

Sep 8, 2020

Baoky Vu, a longtime Republican active in the political process, talks about his recent CNN Op-Ed suggesting that older Vietnamese-American voters could play a key role in voting margins in November and why he's not voting for Trump. (Intro: Mulan)

Sep 1, 2020

Maeley Tom's new book, "I'm Not Who You Think I Am", chronicles her life and career journey from political neophyte to seasoned insider as the first woman and ethnic minority to reach the top of an all-male, nearly all-white power elite in the California capitol. (Intro: Car Buying Hassles)

Aug 25, 2020

Helen Li helps make politics engaging to AAPI Gen-Z and Millennial youth through her podcast "Fresh Off The Vote" specifically timed for this year's election. Helen and Ken discuss her experience at the 2020 Democratic National Convention as a delegate representing American voters abroad. (Intro: First, Clean Up Your Mess)

Aug 18, 2020

Bao Nguyen, director of ESPN documentary film "Be Water" on the life of Bruce Lee, shares what makes his perspective on Lee's story unique as an Asian American filmmaker, and what we could learn from Bruce Lee regarding American systemic racism today. (Intro: Missing The Life Moments)

Aug 11, 2020

Susan Park lives with a mission to give as much as she can to those who are in need. Not only is she the founder of AA4H (Asian Americans For Housing), her family-owned restaurant Revolutionario serves meals to the homeless on Skid Row, and she plans to one day operate a mobile food pantry. (Intro: Living Room Update)

Aug 4, 2020

In "The Last Cherry Blossom", author Kathleen Burkinshaw honors her mother's survival of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as a young girl through the lens of historical fiction, and hopes her book will help young readers learn about the damages of nuclear war and the healing of empathy and forgiveness. (Intro: Water Bill)

Jul 28, 2020

Dr. Alexander Jun and Reverend Wendy Tajima discuss how living out the Christian faith includes recognizing one's complicity in anti-black racism alongside showing solidarity for the black community, and invite you to attend the AAPI Christians for Black Lives prayer vigil in Los Angeles on August 1st. (Intro: A Bridge Too Far)

Jul 21, 2020

Speaker, strategist, and standup comedian Simmone Park shares about her journey to find herself, her identity as a strong and confident Korean Canadian woman, and how her desire to create a positive impact and speak the truth about what she sees in the world led her to comedy. (Intro: The NEOWISE Comet)

Jul 14, 2020

Angie Kim talks about how her experiences as a Korean immigrant, a former trial attorney, and a mother of a "submarine" patient led her to write her first novel, the award-winning legal thriller "Miracle Creek". (Intro: Into An Ice Age)

Jul 7, 2020

Lucas Kwan Peterson, award-winning columnist and video producer for the Food section of the Los Angeles Times, shares some of his favorite food spots in LA and Las Vegas, as well as the experiences that led him to a career built on loving food. (Intro: A New Way Of Togetherness)

Jun 30, 2020

In a world full of noise, is silence more than just the absence of sound? Filmmaker Patrick Shen shares what he's learned while making his latest film "In Pursuit Of Silence", a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence and the impact of noise on our lives. (Intro: It's Time To Move On)

Jun 23, 2020

Valerie Soe comes by the podcast to talk about her documentary feature film "Love Boat: Taiwan" that explores how a small government sponsored cultural program to promote Taiwan became a coming-of-age experience for many Chinese and Taiwanese Americans to hook up and find romance. (Intro: This Father's Day)

Jun 17, 2020

As a writer-director who grew up closeted in the conservative church, Steven J Kung couldn't find stories about Asian American men in leading roles or exploring LGBTQ+ identity, so he created his own: his feature film A Leading Man and the Koreatown episode of HereTV’s Falling For Angels. (Intro: Not An Agenda Pt. 2)

Jun 9, 2020

Ella Baker shares her journey of coming out as a transgender woman shortly after she turned 30, navigating her life as a person of faith as well as a queer transgender woman, and how she plans to use her experience as an educator to uplift transgender students. (Intro: Is This A Calling Bullshit Moment In History?)

Jun 2, 2020

Actor Michael Tow talks about his role in the newly released film "Lucky Grandma" and the cultural easter eggs in it that await Asian-American audiences. He also reflects on his seasoned career as an actor and producer, and how casting calls for Asian-American roles in Hollywood have changed over time. (Intro: 8 Minutes)

May 26, 2020

Victoria Vang Rivera, host of the podcast "American Born Hmong", reflects on her experience as a Hmong American and her mission to spark dialogue within the Hmong community through the stories of healing and personal growth that she shares on her podcast. (Intro: Searching Individual) 

May 19, 2020

(Part 2 of 2) Al & Jane Nakatani share about how gun violence and HIV/AIDS led to the deaths of each of their three sons, Glen, Greg, and Guy. After their deaths, Al and Jane formed the non-profit, "Honor Thy Children, Inc.", to honor their memory. (Intro: Not An Agenda)

May 12, 2020

(Part 1 of 2) Al & Jane Nakatani talk about the systemic and societal failures that contributed to the deaths of all three of their sons and how they arrived at their lifelong mission of educating parents and institutions how to affirm the inherent value and diversity of children and youth. (Intro: Try New Things, But Also Do What's Helpful)

 

May 5, 2020

It's a special episode to kick off our 6th year of the podcast! We get an extensive overview of the new PBS documentary series "Asian Americans" from showrunner and senior producer Renee Tajima-Peña, as well as a look at the unique curriculum created for the series with educator Nick Yeh. (Intro: Welcome to Los Angeles)

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