ASIAN AMERICA: THE KEN FONG PODCAST is a weekly show that explores the cultural, artistic, historical, and spiritual aspects of the Asian American community. Each podcast, host Ken Fong shares stories and thoughts from his own life, and then interviews guests across all sectors of society who are transforming what it means to be Asian American.
KEN FONG Host A 3rd generation Chinese American, Ken was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1976 with a degree in biology. After graduating, he served as youth director for two years at First Chinese Baptist Church (Sacramento), his home church. After a year as an M.Div. student at the American Baptist Seminary of the West (Berkeley), he felt led to transfer to Fuller Theological Seminary, graduating in 1981, and then again in 1990 with his D.Min. in Asian American church growth. He joined the pastoral staff of Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles (then in East LA; later moved to Rosemead) and helped guide it to become ostensibly the first English-only Japanese/Chinese American church in the country. After a “friendly split” in the mid-90s, Ken was called to lead EBCLA as the senior pastor. He pioneered several cutting edge ministries, not the least of which was to extend God’s kingdom-hospitality to AAPI Christians who identify as LGBTQ. He was the main Bible expositor at Urbana 2000 and has served on the boards of a number of non-profits. He retired in July 2017 from pastoring, but continues to teach as an affiliate associate professor of Asian American church studies at Fuller. Since May 2015 he has served as the host and co-producer of “Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast” (www.aapodcast.com), which has attracted listeners throughout the U.S. and in over 100 countries. He is an avid cyclist and now a professional photographer. He lives in Sierra Madre, CA, with his wife Sharon and their daughter Janessa.
CHRISTOPHER WONG Producer/Director A documentary filmmaker for over fifteen years, Christopher Wong looks for stories of ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things, with a specific focus on Asian Americans. His feature-length documentary WHATEVER IT TAKES garnered multiple "Best of Fest" awards from film festivals nationwide, as well as a nationwide broadcast on PBS' Independent Lens. Chris is hopelessly addicted to podcasts, especially Sklarbro Country and This American Life. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two kids.
PAUL SIM Web Programmer/Sound Engineer Paul is involved in creating music for films and podcasts. In his spare time, he builds websites, plays video games, and scrimmages friends in the game of soccer. His composing work can be viewed at PaulSimMusic.com.