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.
Aya Kanai wants to get into your head when she styles you. As the Chief Fashion Director of six different women’s magazines, she has to understand the celebrities that she styles as well as the different demographics that the magazines cater to. She talks about dressing like a tomboy, why you won’t see her in heels at work, the hours of work that goes into creating a single photo, working with Cardi B and a then unknown Alexander Wang, banning fur in magazines, sustainable fashion, passing on lessons of kindness to her daughter.
A regular on Food Network and The Cooking Channel, Judy has made Korean food accessible to large audiences with her simplified recipes. Now she’s out with a new cookbook that reflects her identity as a Korean, American and Londoner. She talks about giving up a lucrative finance job to pursue a more fulfilling career, breaking the mold of what a female chef looks like, male chef privilege, hater reviews, Asian tv chef representation, and what’s in her new cookbook.
Andrew Samuel went from collecting and selling cow dung in India to leading multi-billion dollar banks in the US. He talks about living in a tiny shack with 15 family members, relocating to Africa as a kid, utensil shock in the US, night-shift restaurant work igniting his true passion, cultivating a culture of the heart at his companies, the best way to invest your money, and writing a book to impart the values and principles that he learned along the way so younger people can live a more rewarding life.
Yu Gu wants you to think about urgent social issues of race, gender and equality through her documentaries Who is Arthur Chu (co-directed by Scott Drucker) and A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem. An expression of her personal values and perspectives, her films connect audiences with marginalized people who risk finding their own voices to effect change in society. Yu talks about her path and challenges to filmmaking, the human journey at the heart of her films, and embracing our complex Asian American identities.
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.