A podcast celebrating and redefining Asian American identity
As a child, the podcast host didn’t see many Asians in the media that inspired her to be more than what her parents pigeonholed her to be. As an adult, she still felt like strong Asian voices were underrepresented in all facets of public life. So, she started a podcast interviewing Asian guests who share stories that she hopes will uplift and entertain listeners, while celebrating the talents and achievements of these multi-faceted individuals.
A$AP Eva has survived Chinatown’s brutal jewelry competition in the last 3 decades by making a name for herself among hip hop stars and other celebs. But what really keeps customers coming back is the kind way she treats people. Eva talks about her connection with A$AP Rocky, changes in Chinatown’s businesses, finding fulfillment in helping immigrants, Pepcid AC pendants, gold gun cases, international fans, shoe modeling, and fake Mafia.
Mikki Yamashiro fights systems of oppression through her wrestling nom de guerre Candy Pain. She talks about being half-Japanese half-white, correct usage of ‘Hapa’, being mistaken for a Latina or Jewish, figuring out her queer identity, wrestling to fight The Man and to educate people on how to deal with uncomfortable social situations, being a queer superhero for others, and creating crochet art inspired by her childhood cartoon-watching days.
Benny wants Asian Americans to connect with each other and understand different views through his news site, NextShark. He talks about being a bad college student, his journey to internet marketing, being called a dog eater, DJ’ing on Winamp, NextShark’s poker connection, going all in after Dr. Dao’s United Airlines debacle, giving Asian Trump supporters a platform, connecting Asians to each other IRL, and being an anti-influencer.
Named one of the top 10 film photographers in the world, Jen Huang is an expert in natural light and creating the most romantic, fine art portraits. In this week’s podcast, Jen talks about how she started her career, making mistakes early on, developing her own style, pros and cons of film photography, having someone else handle the business side, being a bride and groom whisperer, her favorite destination wedding spot, connecting with her Chinese culture, and her upcoming photoshoot to increase Asian representation in the bridal industry.
PHUNG HUYNH, BADASS ARTIST + EDUCATOR
Phung Huynh wants people to question dominant culture (aka white and patriarchal) and embrace their Asian identity through her artwork. She talks about creating a tribute to immigrant labor in Roy Choi’s Las Vegas restaurant, growing up in Chinatown, Barbie confusion, cathartic art, pre-med college lies, community college love, vagina peaches, baby nose pinching, monolids, and her upcoming donut project.
AARON TAKAHASHI, ACTOR AKA COMMERCIAL KING
He’s known as the Commercial King and sometimes the Asian guy with three testicles. actor Aaron Takahashi reacts to Bobby Lee calling him the Asian Commercial Guy, talks about going from a grocery store manager to landing a national TMobile commercial, Backstage vs Backpage, auditioning against a bunch of white guys, racist Asian accents, Mr. Robot, representation behind the camera, red carpet awkwardness, and seeping into people’s subconscious.