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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Growing up in rural Arkansas, An saw her parents struggle after fleeing the war. She's now partnered with the Asian Mental Health Collective. Intro: The Hard But Crucial Work of Reconstructing
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)