Dan Matthews: Korean Adoptee and Rap Artist

While Dan is the first to say that he’s clearly a work in progress, he’s managed to craft a mindset and a work ethic that keeps him positive and his creative juices flowing. You’ll hear a sample of his latest songs at the end of the episode. Intro: Go Fish

Hedy Wong in “Take Out Girl”

Hedy Wong began writing a story that she knew: hers. But it took years of refining and determination to bring it to screens in 2020 as “Take Out Girl.” She is beautiful, smart, street-savvy, and oozing with talent, bringing all of that to bear as the lead in this feature film. Intro: Reacting to “Shang-Chi”… Read more »

The Two Kens: You Can’t “Pray Away the Gay”

In this latest special episode, these two long-time friends, former pastors, and fellow podcasters critique the “reparative therapy” movement while reviewing the Netflix documentary “Pray Away.” But they wrestle with why anybody–gay or straight–would willingly be part of groups the require them to repress essential aspects of who they know themselves to be. Intro: Choosing… Read more »

Bao Tran and The Paper Tigers Movie

Director/Writer Bao Tran has given us a rarity–a martial arts film where the fighters get older and have complicated lives! Ultimately, it’s the timeless tale of aging warriors needing to rethink what they once believed and practiced in the face of today’s challenges. Intro: Your Phone Is Listening!

Lee Uehara: What Are You Waiting For?

Lee is a wife, a mom, a PTA leader, hosts several podcasts, and is the co-founder of the Asian American Podcasters Association (AAP), arguable the very first group to gather AAPI podcasters and those exploring possibilities. The lessons she imparts can be applied to so many aspects of our lives.

Nancy Yang on Suni Lee and Hmong Americans

Suni Lee’s Olympic triumphs have not only elevated her profile, but the heretofore invisible profile of her fellow Hmong Americans. Yet some are criticizing her for not displaying enough nationalism. Yang has been reporting on Lee and the Hmong American communities, and knows Suni well. Intro: Coming Out as a Family

Darien Hsu Gee: A Micro Essay Memoir

Award-winning novelist and creative writer Darien Hsu Gee recently published her memoirs in the form of micro essays. We talk about the artform and required discipline, she recites several of them, and then we explore what these say about her relationship to her parents and only brother. Intro: When Things Stop Working

Jeanie Chang: Psycho-Educator

Ever since getting a ‘wake up call’ about her mental health at age 14, Chang has personally prioritized it, leaving a hard-earned position as a broadcast journalist and eventually going back to grad school to become a therapist. She is using her skills as a courageous communicator, entrepreneur, and clinician today to reduce the stigma… Read more »

The Two Kens: Deconstructing While Married & Attacks on Critical Race Theory

Persons–especially coming from Evangelical backgrounds–who’ve been ‘de-constructing’, often end up with radically different positions and in vastly unfamiliar places. But for those who are married (and/or who have adult children), there’s an oft-unspoken impact on family members who might be content with the status quo. The Two Kens talk frankly about how their respective journeys… Read more »

Kimo Cornwell

Kimo Cornwell loves and plays all kinds of music, but he’s been the keyboardist for legendary jazz-fusion group Hiroshima for the past 30 years. This is his story. Intro: Becoming Our Parents

Matthew Oh: Actor, Model, Athlete, Artist & Environmentalist

Matthew Oh grew up in a tiny Texas town as a Korean American whose athleticism and need for father figures led him to an unusual career in football at many different levels. But he has also been a stunt man, a model, and an actor. On top of all that, he developed a passion for… Read more »

Jackie Faye aka Rapper “Drippy J”

By day, she’s Jackie Faye the data engineer. But when the sun sets and the neon signs light up, she’s rapper Drippy J. Hailing from Dallas, she drove alone to the City of Angels amidst the pandemic to pursue her dreams as an emerging artist. Intro: Neighbors

Anthony Ma & Alle Hsu: A Deep Dive Into the Death of Vincent Chin

Thirty-nine years after 27-year-old Vincent Chin was murdered on the eve of his wedding, his case has proven to be a durable symbol during this current time of anti-Asian racism and violence in America. For the first time, filmmakers Anthony Ma and Alle Hsu publicly reveal overlooked or ignored aspects of this case that they’ve… Read more »

YeSeul Kim: A Seriously Serendipitous Story

If the definition of “serendipity” is when preparation meets opportunity, then YeSeul Kim is living a seriously serendipitous life! She is a social entrepreneur who merges the science of analyzing big data, the art of qualitative research, and the application of a growth mindset to fuel her passion for solving complex social problems. She is… Read more »

Liat Shapiro: Exploring the World of Korean American Adoptions

Liat Shapiro is one of five Koreans who were adopted by a white American Christian family. She shares openly about how this has impacted her and her siblings differently, and that she is working with a non-profit in South Korea to create a culture where orphaned Koreans are readily adopted and accepted there. Introduction: So… Read more »

Tetsuro Shigematsu: “One Hour Photo”

Japanese Canadian playwright and actor Tetsuro Shigematsu takes us on a journey through the 20th Century via the life of his boss’ Japanese Canadian father. We vicariously experience not only his hardships, heartaches, and social injustices, but also his teenage crush and multiple rebootings of his life. Introduction: An Unexpected Reunion

Dr. Christopher S. Tang: A Pervasive Form of Anti-Asian Racism

Long a distinguished professor in the Anderson School of Management  at UCLA, Dr. Tang wrote an Op Ed in the LA Times recently where he pointed out that Asian Americans are rarely seen as being management or executive material. We not only explore what stereotypes are behind keeping most of them below the ‘glass ceiling,’… Read more »

Linda Champion: Speaking Out for the “Comfort Women”

A Harvard Law School professor has published an article claiming that the hundreds of thousands of Asian women whom the Japanese Imperial Army forced into being sex slaves were actually paid prostitutes willingly who signed up to be dehumanized, tortured, and even killed. Boston attorney Linda Champion, who is Korean and Black, is one of… Read more »

Learning To Embrace Not Being in Control

In this latest special The Two Kens episode, we get into what’s involved when talking to someone who holds to what they call a “biblical worldview.” Both of us embraced that worldview for a good chunk of our lives. But like many folks we know, we have come to see the inherent problems with that… Read more »

Gloria Fanchiang: Asian American Worship Music!

Gloria Fanchiang is a soft-spoken Asian American Christian singer and songwriter, and too humble to appreciate fully that she has composed a rarity: a worship song that authentically expresses the injustices suffered by Asian Americans. Introduction: Planned to Perfection

Sabeeh Jameel: An Unpredicted Outcome (So Far)

Hosting S1 of “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” was already a ceiling-shattering event for Lilly Singh. But her second season is a major paradigm-shift for late night television. And while Sabeeh Jameel looked like he was heading for a job in a big consulting firm or a UN gig, he landed in Singh’s writers’… Read more »

Elise Go: Singer, Songwriter & Producer

Born and raised in San Francisco, Elise graduated from the incomparable Berklee School of Music. This is her can’t-miss formula for writing songs: 30% jazz chords + 30% throwback groove + 30% pop lyrics + 10% fueled by boys who have wronged her!  Intro: Double Vision

Suman Mallick: The Black-Marketer’s Daughter

We kick off our 7th season and AAPI Heritage Month with my conversation with Suman Mallick, who recently published his first novel about a young Pakistani woman who must learn to surmount the myriad obstacles presented by living in a world bound by patriarchy and a love-less marriage. Intro: It’s OK Not to Be OK

Harry Manaka: Chronicles of a Sansei Rocker

The 60s and 70s in Southern California (and to a lesser extent in Northern California) were marked by the flourishing of talented Asian American dance-party-bands. Harry was a central figure in that captivating scene, as a musician and later as the co-owner of one of the hot venues. As such, he has captured this era… Read more »

William Hung: Whatever Happened After His Failed “American Idol” Audition?

William Hung was a college student in 2004 when he decided to audition for the “American Idol” televised singing competition. Although his lack of ability was seen by millions, Hung’s positivity seemed to counter the judges’ negativity. Was he faking that for the cameras? Or was he wired in such a way to keep taking… Read more »

Alice Gu and the Cambodian American “Donut King”

There’s a reason why 80% of California’s donut shops are owned by Cambodian Americans, and it’s because of the vision and perseverance of immigrant Ted Ngoy. After earning his trust, filmmaker Alice Gu created “The Donut King” which is an honest telling of Ngoy’s rags-to-riches-to-downfall story. Intro: Not-So-Distant Anymore

An Honest, Real-life Alternative to Purity Culture

The confessed killer in Atlanta claimed he was motivated by sex addiction. This has created a renewed fascination in something that’s been called “Purity Culture” since the 1990s in conservative Evangelical churches. While some are defending it as what the Bible says that a holy God requires of us, others are condemning it as unnatural,… Read more »

Kristina Wong & Kirn Kim: From Number to Name

Creator and director Kristina Wong has assembled a small circle of Asian Pacific Islanders who’ve either been incarcerated or have a loved one that is in prison. Kirn Kim was released from prison after serving 20 years for his part in “The Honor Roll Murder” (1992). He sees his role in this two-performance virtual production… Read more »

Daniel W. K. Lee – Queer Asian American Poet

Daniel has embraced all the elements of his identity, from being a 3rd generation refugee, a proud queer man, an immensely gifted creative writer, and an Asian American who is thriving today amidst the fecund energies of New Orleans. He recently debuted his collection of poems in “Anatomy of Want.” Intro: Speed Racer

Dr. Gordon Nagayama Hall: Anti-Asian Racism On Display In Georgia

Clinical psychologist and progressive Christian Hall believes that, despite the killer’s denial, this was an anti-Asian hate crime. Hall also believes that Long’s so-called “sex addiction” has deep roots in the “purity culture” that continues to pervade white Evangelicalism.

Gideon Tsang: 40 Days On Being a Seven (Enneagram)

Adventurer, spiritual leader, and artist Gideon Tsang tackles this question with the signature style of a Seven. Intermixed with stories of travel and making new friends in surprising places, is a commitment to honest self-assessment. Gideon shares how his Enneagram journey has led to personal and spiritual transformation in a series of readings that will… Read more »

The Two Kens – I Am Not Your Scapegoat (Anti-Asian Racism)

Given the appalling 1,900% increase today in racism aimed at Asian Americans, Fong and Kemp chose to have an in-depth conversation not only about the pandemic-induced racism focused on Asian Americans, but also about the oft-ignored dark chapters of America’s history where Asian Americans have suffered and died because they were made the scapegoats.

Dr. Ashwin Vasavada: Five Discoveries About Life on Mars and More

The successful landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars prompted a second, fascinating conversation with Dr. Vasavada, NASA’s project scientist for the previous Curiosity rover, which has determined that the Red Planet once had conditions that would have supported life. If this were true, then the new technology on the latest rover will be looking… Read more »

Sharon Kwon

LA-based Korean American therapist Sharon Kwon felt led to write a piece that explained the external and internal forces that contribute to Asians in America so often being overlooked or “othered.” The Huffington Post published it on 2/18/21 and it immediately went viral. She and Ken go over her thesis and then take the conversation… Read more »

Special Episode: Three Podcasters & Former Pastors Discuss the Insurrection, Inauguration & Future of Trumpism

These are friends and former pastors who each host their own podcasts. Two are ex-evangelicals and one no longer identifies as a Christian. On February 10, 2021, they co-hosted a free nationwide Zoom webinar to discuss what was happening politically at the start of 2021, to share pertinent parts of their own journeys of deconstruction… Read more »

CA Assemblymember Alex Lee

Alex Lee holds the distinction of being the first from Gen Z (1996-2015) to be elected to the State Assembly of California. He is openly bisexual and a passionate Progressive Democrat who was endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang. Intro: Life Imitating Art

Peter S. Lee & Julian Kim

Long-time friends Lee and Kim wrote and directed this compelling feature-length film about a Korean American immigrant family that is both struggling to achieve the American Dream and to navigate their complex intergenerational differences. Intro: Curb Your Ego

Dick Evans & Kathy Chin Leong: San Francisco’s Chinatown

This close-up look at the oldest Chinatown in North America brings readers to a deeper understanding of this iconic destination. Evan’s images capture the diversity and humanity of the densest urban neighborhood west of Manhattan. Leong’s concentrated profiles of select Chinatown residents introduce the reader to voices of the community. Intro: A Worthwhile Hassle

Megan Kang: Understanding MAGA Minds

Princeton sociology doctoral student Megan Kang recently spent a month of Saturdays hanging out with ardent Trump supporters in a small south Florida town. As a sociologist, she wanted to dig beneath their beliefs to try and discover their reasons. Intro: Gone for Good

Riya Goel

Young AAPI leaders and organizers like Riya should give all of us hope about the future of America. She’s passionate about gender equality, the environment, and is already attuned to the necessary complexities of intersectionality. Don’t be surprised when you hear one day that she’s a serious candidate for POTUS! Intro: Dashed Hopes

Dr. Laura Huang

Author and award-winning Harvard Business School associate professor Laura Huang lays out what her research has revealed about how anyone can gain an “edge” in nearly every avenue of life. Intro: High Anxiety

Frank “Toby” Chi

Right when nearly everything in his life was firing on all cylinders, Toby suffered a major stroke. Almost three years later, I invited him to share with me how he and his family are coping with the persistent challenges that the stroke has brought to their family. Intro: A New Symbol of White Supremacy?

Dr. Bradley Onishi

Bradley Onishi experienced a dramatic conversion as a teenager in north Orange County and quickly bought into the nationalized evangelical culture that was burgeoning from there. But when he left that bubble to pursue a graduate education, he soon became disillusioned. Today, as a religious studies scholar, he is uniquely qualified to explain why the… Read more »

The Two Kens: The End Is Near

The third collaborative podcast with my buddy Ken Kemp. Guaranteed to make you laugh, but also to make you think or even think again about some critical issues.

Coach Nancy Sun

A perfect conversation with Coach Nancy Sun to look ahead with an eye towards getting unstuck and moving forward professionally, creatively, relationally, and/or personally. Intro: Ready? Set? Live!

Jian Peng & Lisa Xia

How does a mother who grew up in the throes of the Cultural Revolution convey the impact and implications of that to her only child who grew up as Asian American? Peng’s book “Mulberry Child” tells that story, which she then produced as a movie in 2012. Introduction: Taking Small Bites

Grace Shen

Veteran actor Grace Shen recently starred in Korean director Seayoon Jong’s “Breaking the Silence,” a short film about how the Japanese military forced nearly half a million AAPI girls and women to be sex slaves for their soldiers. Intro: Dr. Who?

Joe Kye

Three years after he first appeared on this pod, I check in with innovative violinist, looper, and vocalist Joe Kye to hear firsthand how this ongoing pandemic has impacted his personal and professional lives. Turns out, he’s transformed himself into an Asian American Mister Rogers! Intro: Socially Distant Jury Duty

The Two Kens: Trying to Understand Trumpism

Following Thanksgiving friend and fellow podcaster (The Beached White Male) Ken Kemp discussed whether coastal elites like us have seriously misunderstood rural Americans who still see Trump as their savior.

Say Yang

Say’s long journey to fully embrace who God made led them through a violent Asian gang and then almost a decade of being pressured to conform to the rigid binary norms of Evangelical Christianity. But in June ’20, they courageously came out publicly and has discovered a world chock full of new opportunities for their creativity,… Read more »

E. Samantha Cheng

The heroic contributions and sacrifices of the tens of thousands of Chinese Americans who fought, served, and sacrificed during World War II have finally been recognized by the U.S. government and recorded in Cheng’s new book “Honor and Duty: The Chinese American WWII Veterans.”

Joe Ide

While it took Joe Ide years to find his ‘lane,’ his 4th novel in his “IQ” crime series is proof that he indeed finally found it! Masterfully reimagining Sherlock Holmes as brilliant, streetwise Black detective, Ide has him solving daunting crimes throughout the LA basin. Intro: Pandemic Imperfections

Takeshi Fukunaga

Japanese filmmaker Fukunaga has recently released his latest feature-length movie “Ainu Mosir,” a touching coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old Ainu boy who is struggling with the death of his father, his emerging adulthood, and his traditional Ainu culture.

Joshua Wong

Joshua Wong grew up as the son of the “Billy Graham” of South East Asia. Which delayed his coming to terms with his being gay. His love for designing beautiful women’s shoes ultimately led him to Charles Jourdan Paris, then to work alongside Ralph Lauren, and eventually to Banana Republic. He’s been married to his… Read more »

Ruby Le

As a marriage counselor, Ruby concluded that some couples she was seeing shouldn’t have gotten married. After working in several top dating agencies, she launched “Good Gentleman.” Intro: Cautiously Hopeful

A Morning to Remember

Friends and fellow podcasters Fong and Kemp were texting each other this morning (11/7) after just learning that Biden had won the election. They decided to record their reactions and predictions for others who share their optimism, as well as their pessimistic predictions for the President-elect, the nation, and Christians.


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… Read more »

Jason Chu

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 and why his music has evolved since landing in LA several years ago. Intro: Eavesdropping on a Karen

An Phan

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 Crucial Work of Reconstructing

Adrienne Robillard, Dawn Sakamoto Paiva

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)

Tina Wu Fredericks

Before COVID-19, Tina Wu Fredericks was frustrated with the issues she saw in her educational community and decided to run for the 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)

David Kim, Esq.

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)

Jenny Bhatt

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)

AADAP Showtime 2020 (Kevin Shibayama + Michael Paulo)

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) 

Phuc Tran

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Kathleen Burkinshaw

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)

AAPI Christians for Black Lives (Dr. Alexander Jun, Reverend Wendy Tajima)

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)

Simmone Park

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)

Angie Kim

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)

Lucas Kwan Peterson

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 Together)

Patrick Shen

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)

Valerie Soe

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)

Steven J Kung

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)

Ella Baker

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?)

Michael Tow

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)

Victoria Vang Rivera

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) 

Al Nakatani & Jane Nakatani – Part 2

(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)

Al Nakatani & Jane Nakatani – Part 1

(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)

PBS “Asian Americans” (Renee Tajima Peña + Nick Yeh)

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)

#HateIsAVirus (Michelle Hanabusa, Bryan Pham, Tammy Cho)

Michelle Hanabusa, Bryan Pham, and Tammy Cho talk about creating #HateIsAVirus, a social media campaign raising $1 million to support small Asian-owned businesses and bringing awareness of racism in the community due to COVID-19. (Intro: An Acute Pain Felt All Over)

Nina Wallace

Nina Wallace, communications coordinator at Densho, addresses why Andrew Yang’s Op-Ed for The Washington Post, particularly his reference to Japanese Americans serving during WWII, is a problematic one. She also discusses Yang’s recent response to the criticisms towards his controversial remarks. (Intro: Back Pain)

Son of Paper (Kyle Jae Shin)

From his musical influences, the story behind how he chose his artist name, and how he plans to expand his career path after graduation from Wesleyan University, it is clear that rapper Son of Paper (Kyle Jae Shin) applies thoughtful intentionality in everything he does. (Intro: The Limits of Sympathy).

Sam Louie

Psychotherapist, former journalist, and spoken word poet Sam Louie returns to discuss about the problematic racialization of the COVID-19 pandemic on AAPIs, including President Trump’s use of the term “Chinese Virus” to describe the virus. (Intro: Andrew Yang, You’re Not Helping).

Dr. Scott Kim

Infectious diseases MD Dr. Scott Kim offers his informed view on what may lie ahead with the novel COVID-19 pandemic and what the United States needs to do effectively right now, as well as his predictions of how long the pandemic will last depending on what action is taken. (Intro: Masks). 

Hana Wu

Hana Wu shares her journey to becoming an actor after a life in academia, discovering along the way her own definitions of calling, faith, and success. She also opens up about her personal struggle with depression and practicing self care in a competitive acting industry. (Intro: An Unexpected New Friend).

Shandra Woworuntu

Shandra Woworuntu recounts how she became a survivor of human trafficking after coming to the US from Indonesia. Not only did she eventually escape her captors and help convict her traffickers, she now serves as an advisor and founder of organizations fighting for human rights. (Intro: Care During Coronavirus)

Dr. Leana Wen + Dr. Rosalind Chou

Ken invites physician Dr. Leana Wen and sociologist Dr. Rosalind Chou to discuss the current impact of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), including clearing up misconceptions about the virus and fighting against awakened xenophobia towards Asians and AAPIs. (Intro: Debunking The Myth)

Larissa Lam & Baldwin Chiu

Husband and wife team Larissa Lam and Baldwin Chiu return to the podcast to talk about how their award-winning short documentary film “Finding Cleveland” turned into full-length documentary “Far East Deep South” that is currently on the festival circuit. (Intro: That’s Not Teriyaki)

Josh Chuck

Josh Chuck talks about co-directing with his father, Harry Chuck, the documentary film “Chinatown Rising”, which explores the iconic neighborhood, its rich and changing history, and the activists who helped shape it during times of oppression. (Intro: Checking My Idealized Expectations)

Dr. Soong-Chan Rah

Dr. Soong-Chan Rah reveals the pervasive damage the “Doctrine of Discovery” as a distorted view of Christianity has done to justify American triumphalism, white supremacy, and ongoing injustices towards minorities and indigenous peoples in his new book with co-author Mark Charles, “Unsettling Truths”. (Intro: President’s Day)

Dr. Jun Love Young

Dr. Jun Young shares his personal journey of coming out as a gay Christian in mid-life and the aftermath, including the rejection by faith organizations that he previously served in, and his new non-profit, Beloved Arise, that serves to celebrate and empower queer youth of faith. (Intro: Things Are Moving)

Rowena Chiu, Esq.

Rowena Chiu recounts her alleged assault by Harvey Weinstein and the decades of traumatizing silence afterwards. She talks about how her upbringing in a Chinese church culture influenced her fear of speaking up and urges these communities to create safer spaces for people to be imperfect. (Intro: My Daughter’s Aquarium)

Walk With Anime

Walk with Anime is a premiere MC, DJ, host, and full-time accountant. She talks about the struggles of dating as an accomplished woman with ambition, why her mother is the reason for her drive to succeed, and her mission to be “Asian Ellen DeGeneres” and spread positivity through her work. (Intro: A Week of Reminders) 

jeffstaple (Jeffrey Ng)

Fashion and graphic designer jeffstaple (née Jeffrey Ng) schools us on street culture in fashion and how he went from college dropout to founder and creative director of the world renowned Staple Design Studio. (Intro: A Prayer For Ryan)

Gene Luen Yang

Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang returns to talk about his latest work as a writer for DC comics (“Superman Smashes the Klan”, “New Super-Man”) and his upcoming graphic novel “Dragon Hoops”, showing us a historical look behind the similarities between superhero culture and the immigrant journey. (Intro: The Green Ninja)

Arthur Dong

Arthur Dong returns to promote his book “Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films”, a richly detailed look at the Chinese American influence on American cinema. He also shares his passion for exploring stories about oppression within the AA and LGBTQ communities. (Intro: From Sidewalk To Press Tower)

Dr. Karen Umemoto

Dr. Karen Umemoto, the current director of the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA, talks about her influential work in the fields of race relations and restorative justice, as well as how ethnic studies programs help foster more empathy in students and citizens. (Intro: 2019 Recap)

Jenny Dorsey

Chef Jenny Dorsey dives into how she uses her culinary art to explore complex emotions related to her Asian-American experience, the lessons she learned in both business and culinary school, and how she uses VR to create immersive culinary pop-up events. (Intro: A Fundamental Decision)

Arigato Grande (Jenny Ly and Bree Lee)

Jenny Ly and Bree Lee share how a parody video idea based on pop hit “7 Rings” and Asian Creative Network built a viral Internet hit. As a follow up, they have just released a new video, “Don’t Call It Asian”, calling out food vendors who culturally appropriate Asian cuisine to make profit. (Intro: Life Is Like A Three Act Show). 

Sandra Tsing Loh

NPR personality, author, performer, and professor Sandra Tsing Loh reveals the inspiration behind her comedic holiday play “Sugar Plum Fairy”. Throughout the episode, she gives a candid look into her life story and how it contributed to her unique voice in storytelling and media today. (Intro: The Real Prize)

Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Writer Marie Myung-Ok Lee stops by to expand on the ideas in her recent Los Angeles Times Op-Ed Piece “Andrew Yang seems invisible to the mainstream media – just like most Asian Americans”, the current presidential candidate race, and her upcoming new novel, The Evening Hero. (Intro: Invisible). 

Zeda Zhang

Zeda Zhang decided to pursue a career as an MMA fighter and wrestler after her experiences with bullying, sexual harassment, and gender stereotypes. Her grit and determination to prove her naysayers wrong contributed to her success as the first female Asian-American wrester for the WWE and Asia. (Intro: Play Fighting)

Sue Kim Bonifazio (The Kim Sisters)

Sue Kim Bonifazio is one third of The Kim Sisters, a trio of Korean musicians who went from performing songs for GIs in the Korean War to appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show a record 22 times. You might even say they were the first “K-Pop” group to break into the US! (Intro: Beneath The Surface)

BD Wong

BD Wong stops by to promote “The Great Leap”, a play by Lauren Yee that he has performed in twice and is now directing at The Pasadena Playhouse. Later, the conversation turns to his most recent acting performances in “Mr. Robot” and the upcoming “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens”. (Intro: A New Family Member)

Margaret Cho

Comedian Margaret Cho and Ken talk about the chance encounter they had at an airport. Margaret delves into her experience growing up in the Korean American church, fighting against beauty standards set by the media, and her successful careers in comedy, acting, and music. (Intro: Welcoming Them Home)

Warren Furutani

Fourth generation Japanese American and former politician Warren Furutani shares his life story. He discusses the difference between empowerment and power and his predictions for the final four candidates of the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary. (Intro: Aubergine)

Steve Yamaguma

Designer and community leader Steve Yamaguma talks about the upcoming Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest and his role as co-chair. He also shares his experiences with the Asian American movement on college campuses and in the music scene around the San Jose area during the 1970’s. (Intro: I Was Expecting You)

Anu Bhatt

Actor and dancer Anu Bhatt discusses her new play HOLLOW/WAVE. Anu shares how she found empowerment through the correct pronunciation of her name, the challenges she faced while in school for acting, and bringing difficult topics in the South Asian community to the forefront. (Intro: Rat Trap)

Alison Chang

In this special episode, Ken bids goodbye to Chris as co-producer of the Asian America podcast and welcomes new co-producer Alison Chang. Alison discusses the unusual path she took to pursuing her passions, her spiritual journey, and how she got involved with the podcast. (Intro: Lost Package)

Tzi Ma

Actor Tzi Ma talks about how THE FAREWELL went from indie movie darling to internationally distributed hit. Tzi discusses his support for Asian-American independent film projects, his role in upcoming Disney live-action film MULAN, and the importance of promoting diverse stories. (Intro: Learning to Coexist)

Albert Tsai

Actor Albert Tsai talks about his starring role in the new hit animated film ABOMINABLE. Albert discusses how he first got into acting, what it’s like to ad-lib during voiceover sessions, and why authenticity in casting and culture were so important in the making of ABOMINABLE. (Intro: Healing)

Dr. Russell Low

Author and physician Dr. Russell Low shares about his new book “Three Coins: A Young Girl’s Story of Kidnappings, Slavery, and Romance in 19th Century America”. Russell discusses the decades-long search for Ah Ying (the courageous heroine of his story), and why it’s so important to know where and whom we’ve come from. (Intro: Primary Wound)

Tim Lounibos

Actor Tim Lounibos shares about his life in film and television. Tim discusses his crazy childhood filled with tragedy and drama, his early success in Hollywood, and how his mid-career departure from the industry gave him even more gravitas, depth, and life experience for his roles now. (Intro: Not My Pic)

Amy Shu

Actor Amy Shu shares about her starring role in the play THE CHINESE LADY. Amy talks about the amazing story of Afong Moy (the first female Chinese immigrant to America), how this play reveals the true meaning of liberty, and the thrilling vulnerability of performing live. (Intro: RIP Dylan)

Rev. Dr. Duncan Ryuken Williams

Duncan Ryuken Williams talks about his book American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War. Duncan discusses his 17-year journey to write this book, being simultaneously Buddhist and American, and Japanese American relocation and resettlement. (Intro: Opposite)

Kurt Kanazawa

Actor Kurt Kanazawa shares about his life on stage and screen. Kurt discusses the freedom of non-racial casting, his burgeoning career as a professional opera singer in Europe, and the devastation when a doctor told him he might never sing again. (Intro: Secret Asian Agents)

Aaron Takahashi

Aaron Takahashi shares about his career on-screen, most notably as a commercial actor. Aaron discusses how he booked his first big national commercial, why he turns down roles that call for Asian accents, and his portrayal of the “everyman”. (Intro: No Control)

Dr. King-Kok Cheung

English professor King-Kok Cheung (UCLA) talks about Asian American literature, and how it should be respected and valued as more than just ethnography. She discusses how Asian Americans so often reach for “white” standards, and why good writing is so powerful. (Intro: The Legend of Velda)

Al Lowe (w/ Larry Wilson)

Businessman Al Lowe spent his life breaking through racial barriers. Journalist Larry Wilson talks about how Al led the integration of his community’s segregated schools, and changed the culture of the formerly all-white Tournament of Roses committee. (Intro: Plus One)

Gerald Ishibashi

Concert promoter and Producer Gerald Ishibashi shares about his life in music. Gerald discusses his early choice for a guitar instead of a motorcycle, putting on live concerts for corporate America, and having three daughters in the entertainment industry. (Intro: Dylan)

Ariel Chan

Artist Ariel Chan shares about her work in comics and animation. Ariel talks about her upcoming graphic novel “Yuwen’s Journey”, how nothing is truly original anymore except for one’s artistic voice, and learning to trust God with her dreams. (Intro: Yellow Belly)

The Joy Luck Club (dir. by Tim Dang)

Theater director Tim Dang talks about his upcoming stage production of THE JOY LUCK CLUB. Tim discusses his unique approach to actors’ auditions, how he got his nickname “Teflon Tim”, and why it’s crucial to cultivate a healthy Asian American economy of actors, writers, producers, and executives. (Intro: The Farewell)

Alex Luu

Spoken word poet Alex Luu talks about his art and performs several pieces on the podcast. Alex discusses how he uses spoken word to reconnect with his cultural identity, when he discovered he was ethnically Chinese (not Vietnamese!), and how he won the huge Texas Grand Slam poetry slam competition. (Intro: No Bird)

Follow Me: The Agape Fellowship Cult – Part 3

Arlene Inouye shares about her relationship with Tohru Matsuo, the founder of the Agape Fellowship cult. Arlene details how Tohru convinced her to marry him, how Tohru brainwashed her and so many others in the community, and how she finally exited the cult and found healing on the outside. (Intro: Pop Secret?)

Dr. Cathy Soliva & Erin Lim, Esq.

Cathy Soliva & Erin Lim celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with the podcast by sharing their coming out stories, how the Open Door group at their church has become a home and a family for them, and why they were once scared of Christians. (Intro: More Room)

Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee shares about his online article “I Am The One Percent” in Inheritance magazine. Matthew discusses how he survived middle-school bullying, the frequent conflict between institutional values and cultural realities, and why it would be great if LGBTQ+ individuals didn’t have to “come out”. (Intro: Superpower)

Sabrina Moyle

Sabrina Moyle shares about her writing, activism, business, and spiritual journey. Sabrina discusses her dinner at the White House with the Obamas, the Hello!Lucky design studio she co-founded with her sister, and her passion for bridging divides between conflicted groups of people. (Intro: Always Be My Maybe)

Follow Me: The Agape Fellowship Cult – Part 2

Bill Watanabe shares about the bad experiences with and downfall of the Agape Fellowship cult: why cult leader Toru Matsuo’s system of personal growth was inherently flawed, how Toru abused his doctrine of intimacy, and Bill’s eventual escape from the group. (Intro: Crazy AF)

Follow Me: The Agape Fellowship Cult – Part 1

Bill Watanabe shares about his experience with Agape Fellowship, a Christian group that started as a commune and soon became a cult. Bill discusses the encouraging beginnings of the fellowship, and then the first warning signs that the group’s charismatic leader was starting to lose his way. (Intro: Mamma Mia)

AJ Rafael

AJ Rafael shares about his musical career and his role in East West Players’ new production of “Mamma Mia”. AJ discusses his Crazy Talented Asians cabaret, the power of his Dad’s musical legacy, and why giving full commitment often means saying “no”. (Intro: Big Fan)

Adrian Pei

Adrian Pei shares about his new book “The Minority Experience: Navigating Emotional and Organizational Realities” (available at minoritybook.com). Adrian discusses the unique pain minorities experience, how racial reaction can cause victimhood in white people, and why listening is healing. (Intro: Succession)

Tony Nagatani & Kevin Xu

Tony Nagatani and Kevin Xu talk about their passion for politics and their Model Majority Podcast. They share what it was like to work as campaign staffers for President Obama, how to amplify the Asian American voice in politics, and why intraparty squabbles have hurt the Democratic party. (Intro: Tragic Nonsense)

The Brothers Paranormal

Playwright Prince Gomolvilas and Director Jeff Liu share about their new play “The Brothers Paranormal”. Prince and Jeff discuss why we need to be the heroes of our own imaginations, the casual intersection of the play’s AsianAm and Black characters, and the deeper meaning of diversity. (Intro: When I’m 65)

Brooke Ishibashi

Brooke Ishibashi talks about her career as an actor for stage and screen. She shares about the Khmer community’s amazing response to the musical “Cambodian Rock Band”, the continuing impact of Crazy Rich Asians, and her work with Fair Wage Onstage. (Intro: Catfished)

PJ Raval

Award-winning filmmaker PJ Raval shares about his documentary film CALL HER GANDA. PJ discusses why he was the right person to make this film, the controlling presence of the U.S. military in the Philippines, and why violence is so prevalent against trans women. (Intro: Bad Breakup)

Judy Jean Kwon

Producer, actor, and creator Judy Jean Kwon shares about her new TV comedy show “MILFriend”. Judy discusses her mission to take parts originally intended for white actors, breaking the stereotypical persona of Asian actresses, and her early years making bootleg video copies for her father’s store. (Intro: Poppy Pics)

Vanessa Hua

Award-winning author Vanessa Hua talks about her novel “A River of Stars”. Vanessa discusses the rippling effects of China’s one-child policy on the U.S., the phenomenon of pregnant Chinese women and “maternity hotels”, and her work as a columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle. (Intro: Good Fit)

Rev. Mihee Kim-Kort

Author and minister Mihee Kim-Kort talks about her book “Outside the Lines”, and embracing her own queerness. Mihee discusses how queerness is “magic”, how it made her marriage complicated and rich, and why the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman inspires her. (Intro: Get In!)

Iris Chen

Blogger Iris Chen shares about “Untigering” and what it has meant for her children’s schooling, character, and faith. Iris discusses the harmful cycle of spanking and yelling, why she ditched math curriculum, and a “stripped-down” version of church. (Intro: Mentor)

Renee Marchol

Writer and filmmaker Renee Marchol shares about her fight against terrible treatment from church leadership, including sexual harassment, false accusations, and patriarchal control. Renee discusses “success porn”, true vulnerability, and unsmashable optimism. (Intro: Jeff Adachi)

Mark Nagata

Mark Nagata talks about his passion for classic Japanese character toys. Mark discusses the process of bringing an original Kaiju creation to life, the tension between being both a toymaker and an artist, and his 2019 exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum. (Intro: Can’t Stop Smiling)

Dr. Jenn Fang

Dr. Jenn Fang talks about her blog (Reappropriate.co) and her passion for mobilizing the AAPI community. Jenn discusses the compatibility between the scientific and the spiritual, why the Asian American electorate needs to wake up, and the new curated essay series “Write Back, Fight Back”. (Intro: Messy Faith)

Virginia Duan

Writer Virginia Duan shares about her blog “Mandarin Mama”. She discusses why she forces her kids to learn Chinese, being honest with her children about sex and politics, and how therapy helped her get past fear and anger. (Intro: Screen Addict)

Michele Selene Ang

Actor Michele Selene Ang talks about her on-screen and theatrical career. She discusses how the producers of 13 REASONS WHY prepared the cast to deal with the topic of suicide, why diverse writers help to create a diverse show, and the true story behind the play MAN OF GOD. (Intro: Coons Win)

Dr. Roy Vongtama

Actor Roy Vongtama talks about his career, new book, and role in the play “Man of God”. Roy discusses how he balances his life as both actor and medical doctor, why he refuses to accept established dogma, and how one’s inner reality has a profound effect on the outer reality. (Intro: Flood)

Scott Tong

Journalist Scott Tong shares about his book “A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World”. Scott discusses the remarkable stories of his ancestors, the baby-selling scandal that may have involved Scott’s adopted daughter, and “islands of modernity” in China’s past. (Intro: Resolved)

Joel John Roberts

Joel John Roberts shares his solution to homelessness and his role as CEO of PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). Joel discusses his own life story as an abandoned infant in Hong Kong, how the faith community needs to speak out prophetically, and why the next generation has to step up. (Intro: Roses on Fire)

Harmony Through Union – Rose Parade Float

Major General William Chen and businessman Wilson Lee share about the Harmony Through Union Rose Parade float, honoring their Chinese American ancestors’ arduous, dangerous, and sacrificial work on the Transcontinental Railroad. (Intro: Cult Concert)

Sean Lee

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Lee shares about his passion for cars and helping kids. Sean discusses what he learned from his close friendship with “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker, his own history of crashing cars and motorcycles, and his charitable work with the Purist Group. (Intro: Wired and Tired)

Victoria Namkung

Author Victoria Namkung shares about her work as a novelist and journalist. Victoria discusses the timeliness of her latest book THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS, why Asian American studies gave her such confidence in her identity, and how to get apologies from internet trolls. (Intro: Tree of Honor)

Alice Wong

Alice Wong shares about her mission and work with the Disability Visibility Project. Alice discusses how to be a true ally to disabled persons, what makes for a genuinely “healthy” life, and why disabled people have to be ingenious to survive in a world that is a hostile environment for them. (Intro: The Green Ninja)

Luis Valdez

Playwright and director Luis Valdez discusses his new play Valley of the Heart. Luis talks about the shared California experience of Chicanos and Japanese Americans, how injustices of the past mirror those of today, and why theater is a unifying force in human history. (Intro: Turkey Bowl)

Ed Gor

Ed Gor discusses the Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project: how Chinese Americans played a significant and courageous role in the war effort, and what the public can do to convince Congress to officially honor these veterans with a Congressional Gold Medal. (Intro: My Hero)

Jennifer Chang

Jennifer Chang talks about her role as director of the new play VIETGONE. She discusses why every theater performance must be fresh and new, how she gets to hold the door open for traditionally underrepresented individuals, and the theme of VIETGONE as a love letter to Asian men. (Intro: Word to the Wise)

Paul Yen

Paul Yen talks about his starring role in the new play VIETGONE. He discusses how he created Asian backstories for well-known superheroes, the importance of telling the story of Vietnamese people, and why the live nature of theater is so thrilling. (Intro: Roots)

Betty Hung, Esq. & Set Rongkilyo

Betty Hung and Set Rongkilyo talk about DACA and the struggle for rights for all undocumented immigrants. They discuss the tremendous organizing power of undocumented individuals, how Asian Americans have not been vocal enough, and the moral imperative for Christians to support the undocumented. (Intro: Out of the Nest)

Mia Malhotra

Poet Mia Malhotra talks about her new book of poetry ISAKO ISAKO. Mia also discusses the continuum of the female experience, how playing with grammar and language can create new meaning, and growing up as a missionary kid in Southeast Asia. (Intro: Justice Delayed)

Dr. John Inazu

Author and Professor Dr. John Inazu talks about his book “Confident Pluralism” and how we can heal our fractured society. John discusses navigating arguments in the online world, diversifying perspective in our social media feeds, and the unlikely friendship of Jerry Falwell and Larry Flynt. (Intro: Ticking Clock)

Dr. Grace Kao

Dr. Grace Kao talks about her work as Professor of Ethics at Claremont School of Theology. She discusses her experience of dealing with the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting, a new understanding of premarital sex, and the negative ways people react when their core beliefs are threatened. (Intro: Crazy Joy Luck Asians)

Annie Yee

Annie Yee talks about her career as a dancer, choreographer, and actress, as well as her work as a community activist with Chinese American Citizens Alliance. Annie discusses her time as a Laker girl with Paula Abdul, her love for Chinese dance, and her own mother’s acting prowess. (Intro: Friend Sorting)

Crazy Rich Asians

Dr. Nancy Wang Yuen talks about the theatrical debut of Crazy Rich Asians and the new Netflix film To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Nancy discusses her Huffington Post article about AsianAm RomComs, and the revolutionary optics of Crazy Rich Asians. (Intro: Sealioning)

Dr. Bert Ballard

Dr. Bert Ballard shares about intercountry adoption and his own adoptee story during Operation Babylift at the end of the Vietnam War. He also discusses the adoption myth, his own adopted son, and how he encourages adoptive parents to broaden the narrative of their family. (Intro: Buried Treasure)

Dr. Joseph Lee

Dr. Joseph Lee shares about effective parenting skills for raising children to be secure, mature, and fulfilled people. Joseph also discusses why authoritarian parenting leads to bad outcomes, how surprises in life reveal our blind spots, and why parents should be gardeners not carpenters. (Intro: Sugar Rush)

Pen-Pen Chen

Pen-Pen Chen shares about her experience running startup company Bang Cookies. Pen-Pen also discusses her former work as a voiceover artist, learning not to say “yes” to everything, and how she leads by prioritizing what’s best for the business. (Intro: Not Annoyed)

Ariel Bui

Singer/songwriter Ariel Bui talks about her music, upbringing, and life experiences. Ariel also discusses her life “off the grid” constructing earthships, her love for writing sad songs, and her struggle to make this world a better place. (Intro: The Race Myth)

Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang talks about his upcoming campaign run for President as a Democrat in 2020. Andrew discusses his goal of implementing Universal Basic Income, how automation is taking away millions of jobs, and what his slogan “Humanity First” means. (Intro: Fish Fail)

Drs. Allie & Joyce Taur

Drs. Allie & Joyce Taur talk about how they made their marriage and family work when Allie came out as a trans woman. They discuss Allie’s crippling battle with gender dysphoria, Joyce’s decision to be a helper (not a speedbump), and the process of telling their three boys. (Intro: Yard Work)

Kai Tse

Kai Tse describes his life as an Asian American non-binary trans masculine person. Kai discusses how the Pulse nightclub shootings motivated him to come out publicly, why pronouns reflect reality not just preference, and what his spirituality looks like now after having grown up in a Christian church. (Intro: Babble On)

Wai & Sung Tse

Wai & Sung Tse describe their relationship with their transgender son Kai. They discuss when Kai first came out to them, how Korean families are often especially resistant to acceptance, and why their spiritual faith is now stronger than ever. (Intro: Where I Am Now)

Dr. Sarah Moon

Licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Sarah Moon aims to discover how we can expand our thinking, emotional, and relational experiences so that we find out who we really are. She also discusses the pitfalls of Christian therapy, and the damaging impact of the Nashville Statement. (Intro: Muscle Car)

Nathan Ramos & Alison De La Cruz

Playwright Nathan Ramos and Director Alison De La Cruz talk about their new play “As We Babble On”. They discuss the value of portraying joyful Asian Americans, the process of casting for specific LGBT roles, and refusing to wait for mainstream America to catch up. (Intro: Soft Power)

Phil Kim & Vedant Patel

Democratic National Committee staff members Phil Kim talk about their efforts to mobilize the AAPI community to vote and be active in politics. Phil and Vedant discuss being more than anti-Trump, leading with values first, and what the new DNC looks like. (Intro: Yin Yang)

Nicole Gon Ochi, Esq.

Attorney Nicole Gon Ochi talks about why affirmative action in college admissions benefits all students. Nicole discusses why affirmative action does not unfairly affect Asian Americans, that America is not a meritocracy, and how students are so much more than their test scores. (Intro: Erased)

Paisley Rekdal

Author and poet Paisley Rekdal shares about her latest book “The Broken Country”. She discusses the silencing of Vietnamese voices in favor of a white-centric perspective, intergenerational trauma, and how biracial identity changes when in different countries. (Intro: Left Out)

Marcus Choi

Stage, film, and television actor Marcus Choi talks about his starring role as George Washington in the hit musical HAMILTON. He also discusses what it’s like to represent Asian American artists, why HAMILTON shouldn’t work but it does, and (Intro: Cramps)

Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen

Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen discusses diversity within children’s literature, specifically how transracially adopted Koreans are dealt with. Sarah also talks about the “We Need Diverse Books” hashtag/movement, “Mommy, that’s me!” moments of discovery, and why Minnesota seems to be the epicenter of transnational adoptions. (Intro: Last Words)

Mika Yamamoto

Former teacher Mika Yamamoto refuses to have her voice be silenced. Mika talks about her firing from her charter school, the students who confided in her, why teaching tolerance should be uncomfortable, and how outrage can heal. (Intro: Connection)

George Takei

Actor George Takei talks about his starring role in the Broadway musical ALLEGIANCE, now playing in L.A. through 4/1/18. George discusses how he got cast in Star Trek, memories of internment camp, and lessons his father taught him about true democracy. (Intro: Theater Reviews)

Cambodian Rock Band

Playwright Lauren Yee talks about her new play CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Lauren discusses the amazing songs and sound of rock band Dengue Fever, the play’s theme of discovering the lost history of one’s parents, and her focus on writing great roles for AsianAm actors. (Intro: Safari Snob)

Barney Cheng

Actor and filmmaker Barney Cheng talks about his film BABY STEPS. Cheng also discusses how Woody Allen influenced him, how he landed Oscar-winning Producer Li-Kong Hsu, and how the film profoundly and positively changed his relationship with his mother. (Intro: Presence)


Actors Elena Wang and Ethan Le Phong discuss their starring roles in the new musical Allegiance, an East West Players and JACCC production starring George Takei, and now playing at JACCC’s Aratani Theatre from February 21 through April 1. (Intro: Pride & Pathos)

Wes Hatakeyama

Japanese American cyclist Wes Hatakeyama talks about Eroica California, an annual vintage road bicycle festival held in CA’s Central Coast Wine Country. Wes discusses Eroica’s communal feel, how the event returns to cycling’s original roots, and its unique rules that some riders attempt to skirt. (Intro: Slowdown)

Winnie M. Li

Author Winnie M. Li discusses her debut novel, DARK CHAPTER, which was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Winnie candidly shares about her own story of surviving rape, and how it led to her book and activism. (Intro: #KenToo)

Dr. Bandy Lee

Dr. Bandy Lee is calling for an emergency evaluation of Donald Trump’s mental health. She discusses why presidents should go through the same rigorous testing as other military personnel, the misuse of religion for the sake of political power, and recent threats to her own physical safety. (Intro: Sleepless in Hawaii)

M8: Stephen Liu & Linda Kim

Stephen Liu and Linda Kim talk about why they founded M8, their new online dating and matchmaking app. Stephen and Linda discuss how producer Teddy Zee matched them up, how church is no longer the best place to date, and why Asian men have a tough time online. (Intro: Hawaii 9-1-1)

Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Author and professor Grace Ji-Sun Kim predicts that 2018 will be the year when women speak out against assault and violence in the church. She also discusses why Christians are so often mean-spirited, how the Bible should come with a warning label, and the Asian understanding of Qi. (Intro: Pilates)

Quincy Carroll

Author Quincy Carroll talks about his novel “Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside”. He also discusses his time as an English teacher in China, his writing routine, and how he creates the characters in his novels. (Intro: Feels Like Xmas)

Dave Min, Esq.

Dave Min talks about his upcoming run for Congress in 2018. Dave discusses the failings of current incumbent Mimi Walters, how he plans to outwork and outlisten his competition, and his deep knowledge of developing and implementing good legislative policy. (Intro: Surprised)

Trung Le Nguyen

Comic book artist and illustrator Trung Le Nguyen, aka “Trungles”, addresses the recent controversy involving Marvel’s new editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski, a white man who posed as a Japanese comic book writer for a year. Trungles also talks about his own art, whitewashing, and privacy. (Intro: Extended Warranty)

Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe talks about his career in writing for film and television. Richard discusses his work with Ken Jeong on DR. KEN (ABC), his nerve-wracking first experience as a standup comic, and learning to explore his own Asian American voice. (Intro: A Safe Church)

John Chiang

State Treasurer John Chiang is running for Governor in 2018! Hear his stance on housing, education, immigration, as well as his commitment to humility and servant leadership. John also shares about the discrimination and bigotry that his family overcame when he was growing up. (Intro: Big Hole)

Joe Kye

Singer, songwriter, and violinist Joe Kye talks about his immigrant experience, and how that led creatively to his album MIGRANTS. Joe discusses how music was an escape for him during childhood, his improvisational violin-playing style, and his focus on feeding the audience rather than presenting perfection. (Intro: Unfettered)

Justice for Mahesh

Live coverage of the Justice for Mahesh Prayer Vigil at Azusa Pacific University on November 6, 2017. Interviews with attendees, speeches by Ken Fong, Mahesh Pradhan, Arthur Kim, and others.

June Angela

Actress June Angela talks about her lead role in new theater production YOHEN (10/27-11/19). She also discusses graduating from college at age 18, her experiences with Broadway greats Richard Rodgers and Yul Brynner, and establishing a believable long-term on-stage marriage with co-star Danny Glover. (Intro: Good Texts)

Matt William Knowles

Actor Matt William Knowles shares about his leading role in “Asura”, the biggest budget production in Chinese film history. Matthew also discusses his former NFL aspirations, his mastery of Mandarin Chinese, and how he considers himself to be a new breed: American Asian. (Intro: Move On?)

Elizabeth Liang

Comedian and actress Elizabeth Liang shares about her stage show “Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey”. Elizabeth also talks about growing up all around the world, developing thick skin as an actor, and her podcast “Hapa Happy Hour”. (Intro: Breakthrough)

Kristina Wong

Performance artist and comedian Kristina Wong shares about her new web series “How to Pick Up Asian Chicks”, and the revival of her solo stage show “The Wong Street Journal”. Also discussed: Kristina’s obsession with Jeremy Lin and her Pulitzer Prize loss to Hamilton. (Intro: Craft Show)

Dr. Hitomi Gray

Dr. Hitomi Gray shares about her work with poor, marginalized children with the group Alongsiders International. Hitomi talks about the new way of doing Christian missions, her search to understand why God allows people to suffer, and the power of being present with each other. (Intro: Life Train)

Dr. Mimi Hoang

Dr. Mimi Hoang educates us on what it truly means to be bisexual. In addition to sharing about how she discovered her own sexual identity, Dr. Hoang discusses “gold star” lesbians, why chemistry is more important than plumbing, and how identity incongruence leads to internalized biphobia. (Intro: Full Breath)

SueAnn Shiah

Artist, musician and intellectual SueAnn Shiah talks about her documentary “HuanDao”, a film that covers her physical and personal journey while biking through Taiwan. SueAnn also discusses the danger of assimilating into a “white Christianity”, and how Asian Americans need to make their own rules in game rigged against them. (Intro: Grief)


YouTube star KevJumba (Kevin Wu) talks about his early days as one of the internet’s first social media sensations. Kevin also discusses his foray into feature films, his awesome dad, the car accident that almost killed him, and his focus on spirituality. (Intro: Dry Eyes)

Rosetta Lee

Diversity expert Rosetta Lee discusses why diversity is so important. She talks about being safe but not comfortable, how inclusivity can help everyone, and the need to grapple with as many different perspectives and truths as possible. (Intro: Parent Trap)

Will Jay

Former IM5 boy band member Will Jay talks about his solo career as a pop singer and songwriter. Will discusses how he made the decision to leave IM5, his constant striving for quality and authenticity, and his dedication to release a new song every month. (Intro: 9/11 Hero)

Mahesh Pradhan & Arthur Kim, Esq.

Chef Mahesh Pradhan and his attorney Arthur Kim talk about the lawsuit they have filed against Azusa Pacific University, in which they allege that Mahesh Pradhan was subjected to repeated physical violence and verbal abuse by other APU employees. (Intro: Nashville Nonsense)

Lisa Sharon Harper

Lisa Sharon Harper talks about her experience marching with other clergy to confront the White Nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, VA. Lisa also discusses megachurch pastors, what it means to “be present”, and how influential white men fear losing their power.

Frances Huynh

Graduate student and activist Frances Huynh shares about her passions for social justice and building healthy communities. Frances also discusses the model minority myth, Chinatown’s working class residents, and rewriting history to accurately include Asian Americans. (Intro: Off the Sidelines)

Kenneth Eng

Documentary filmmaker Kenneth Eng discusses his latest film, “My Life In China”. He talks about how making the film gave him a deeper respect for his father, a new understanding of the humanity of Chinatown residents, and a truer realization of Kenneth’s own identity. (Intro: Unwoke)

Amy Hill

Actress Amy Hill (ALL-AMERICAN GIRL, MY CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND) talks about her career on stage and screen. She also discusses the racism she experienced as a person of mixed ancestry, the 7 years she spent in Japan, and her eternal love for theater. (Intro: War Flute)

Ryan Lee Wong

Ryan Lee Wong discusses “Roots”, his new exhibit presenting AsianAm activism in L.A. from 1968 through the 1980s. He also talks about how storytelling can be a radical action, how Maoist/Marxist ideology drove AsianAm activism, and his own hope for the future. (Intro: No on Politics)

Lauren Yee

Award-winning playwright Lauren Yee has stories to tell. She discusses her newest play (KING OF THE YEES), how she incorporates humor and laughter, and how she collaborates with the director and actors. (Intro: Stage Magic)

Coryn Rivera

Professional cyclist and Filipino American Coryn Rivera discusses her life in competitive racing. Coryn talks about being the first American to win the Tour of Flanders, her recovery from a major bike accident, and her strong mental state. (Intro: Retired)

Dawn Xiana Moon

As a bellydancer, musician, and actor, Dawn Xiana Moon is as original as they come. Dawn talks about her numerous creative endeavors, love of diversity, and spiritual transition from a formerly conservative Christian background. (Intro: Mission Accomplished)

Simon Tam

Simon Tam took his battle all the way to the Supreme Court — and won. Hear how his band fought the government to trademark their own name (“The Slants”), his early foray into artist management, his TedTalk prowess, and his faith. (Intro: T-boned)

Fresh Off The Boat Boys

Hudson Yang, Forest Wheeler, and Ian Chen talk about what it’s like to act as the Huang brothers on the hit TV show “Fresh Off The Boat”. The boys discuss their audition stories, being recognized in public, and what they want to do when they grow up. (Intro: Hold These Truths)

Heesun Lee

Rapper Heesun Lee talks about what it’s like to be a female hip-hop artist whose lyrics are unabashedly positive and Christian. She also discusses her status as a Korean adoptee, whether rapping has an age-limit, and how she strives to be a Christian hip-hop MC whose main goal is ministry, not self-promotion. (Intro: Pay Up)

Ryun Yu

Actor Ryun Yu talks about his lead role in HOLD THESE TRUTHS, a play produced by The Pasadena Playhouse, in association with East West Players, that follows civil rights hero Gordon Hirabayashi. Ryun also does an amazing Sean Connery impression, and explains how he was the first theater major ever at MIT. (Intro: Reviews)

Deedee Magno Hall

Deedee Magno Hall talks about her role as lead actress in NEXT TO NORMAL, the rock musical currently produced by East West Players. She also discusses what it was like to be a Mouseketeer, her Broadway role as Kim in MISS SAIGON, and how her parents and faith keep her grounded. (Intro: Mortal)

Angela Oh

On the 25th anniversary of the L.A. Riots, we visit with Angela Oh, the eloquent spokesperson for the Korean-American community during that period of civil unrest. Angela gives context for how everything happened, as well as her current efforts to create lasting change through meditation and conflict resolution. (Intro: L.A. Riots)

Dr. Ling Lam

Licensed psychotherapist Ling Lam (PhD, MFT) gives a fresh interpretation of the biblical story of Esau and Jacob, and how it specifically relates to the struggle of gay, Asian American Christians. Ling shares about his own history, how monkeys handle trauma, and how we all try to find acceptance with “goatskins”. (Intro: Manzanar)

Tim Ouyang

Tim Ouyang discusses what it was like to finally come out publicly as a gay man. Tim describes his past bouts with amnesia and anxiety, and how he now rests easy in his true identity. He also talks about the future of his music career, being an awesome uncle, and walking on water. (Intro: Overbooked)

Rev. Lydia Suh

Rev. Lydia Suh is a pastor and co-founder of the popular Facebook group “Progressive Asian American Christians”. She talks about her early years as a rebellious pastor’s kid, what it truly feels like to be a minority, and how she brings her unique voice and identity into ministry. (Intro: Next)

Jae Jin

If you are a HOUSE OF CARDS fan, you’ll recognize Jae Jin as the guitar playing worship leader. Hear the amazing story of how he got that part, his transformation into a musical artist, his spiritual outlook, and how he survived a terminal cancer diagnosis — twice. (Intro: Hey Universe!)

Oliver Chin

Author Oliver Chin drops by the studio to talk about his company Immedium, an independent publisher of children’s books and contemporary non-fiction. Oliver discusses his popular series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, his love for comics, and Asian American characters in children’s books. (Intro: Termites, Part 2)

Helen Hong

Helen Hong just might be the hardest working comedian in Hollywood. With starring roles in film and TV, Helen recounts the audition that got her into a Coen Brothers film, and a Trekkie nerd-out experience with Patrick Stewart. She also discusses dating difficulties, supportive parents, and her spiritual life. (Intro: Termites)

Miranda Kwok

Miranda Kwok can do it all: acting, writing, producing, stuntwork, and martial arts. Miranda talks about how she created her own opportunities as an Asian American in Hollywood. She says that she initially rejected her heritage when she was young, but recaptured it in a personal journey back to China. (Intro: Hate Mail)

Anil Kumar

Actor Anil Kumar is on an amazingly joyous ride to move and transform the spirit of other people through his performances. Anil discusses his current role in the play FREE OUTGOING, the hustle needed to keep the dream alive, and the huge Best Picture Oscar fiasco. (Intro: Free Money, Part 3)

Dr. Nancy Yuen

Nancy Yuen discusses her new book REEL INEQUALITY, and how Hollywood continues to put forth white people and white stories as the standard, while ignoring and dehumanizing people of color. Don’t miss Nancy’s rant about LA LA LAND and her love for MOONLIGHT! (Intro: Unseen)

Dr. Shawn Wong

Award-winning novelist, race car driver, and professor Shawn Wong stops by to chat about his upcoming book, drag racing exploits, and the Red Badge Project — an amazing program that supports military veterans as they discover and give voice to their unique stories. (Intro: Free Money, Part 2)

Anupama Chandrasekhar

Playwright Anupama Chandrasekhar talks about the L.A. debut of her new work FREE OUTGOING, running at East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Theater from 2/9 – 3/12. She discusses the collision of modern technology with traditional values, and the hypocrisy that exists regarding female sexuality. (Intro: Free Money)

Dr. Jeff Chang

Author Jeff Chang discusses race and resegregation in his newest book WE GON’ BE ALRIGHT. He talks about displacement, the growing economic gaps between races, the warehousing of people of color in prisons, and how Asian Americans need to do more than just stand on the sidelines. (Intro: Tears)

Dinesh Sabu

Director/Producer Dinesh Sabu talks about his new documentary film UNBROKEN GLASS, which chronicles his journey of discovery with his family dealing with the still raw emotions and consequences of his immigrant parents’ lives and deaths over 20 years ago. (Intro: Thank you, Nate)

Paula Williams Madison

Paula Williams Madison has a fascinating life story, and you need to hear it! She also discusses her search for her grandfather’s descendants, her passion to improve relations between people of the African and Asian diasporas, and her growing concern over the future of race relations in the era of Donald Trump. (Intro: Women’s March)

Dr. Liz Lin

Liz Lin is the co-founder of the Facebook group “Progressive Asian American Christians”. She talks about the genesis of the group, her own spiritual and racial history, the commitment required to make change, and the progressive dilemma of making things “more perfect”. (Intro: Toxic Tank)

George Cheung

George Cheung is a longtime Hollywood actor with decades of fascinating stories. Hear how he started out as a Wah Ching gang member and Wing Chun martial artist, then performed death-defying stunts, and finally ended up starring alongside Sly Stallone and Steven Seagal. (Intro: Toilet Trouble)


Katherine Sui Fun Cheung was a true badass: the first Chinese American woman to earn her international flying license. Director Ed Moy and Katherine’s daughter Dottie share about AVIATRIX, the new award-winning documentary celebrating this amazing aviation pioneer. (Intro: Final Wishes)

Diane Quon

Diane Quon is an up-and-coming documentary filmmaker who is touring the country with her first film: Cliff, Superfan! Diane also shares about her greatest personal tragedy — the sudden loss of her eldest son Chris to a fatal disease — and how his death continues to affect her life, thoughts, and faith. (Intro: Knife Fish)

Tim Ouyang

Singer/songwriter Tim Ouyang talks about his band Tim Be Told, how he first got started in music, and being a YouTube artist. Tim also shares about how he has never quite fit into the “Christian music” scene, and how he chooses to best express his spirituality. (Intro: The Dash)

Justin Chang

LA Times film critic Justin Chang shares his vast knowledge of cinema with the podcast. We discuss current state of AsianAm directors in Hollywood, the KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS controversy, and the value of being a good artist rather than a “Christian artist”. (Intro: Lawyer Up)

Dr. Helen Jin Kim

Blogger and doctoral student Helen Jin Kim sees Christianity as an encounter with God, not just a doctrine. Helen discusses AsianAm leadership in InterVarsity, “evangelical” as an adjective rather than a noun, and the post-presidential election environment. (Intro: Turkey Math)

Tai Sunnanon

Tai Sunnanon knows how to lead by example. As a consultant who trains others to lead more effectively, Tai explains the 3 ways we evolve as humans, how he survived a brutal attack, and where his own spirituality now lies. (Intro: Keeping Watch)

Leah Nanako Winkler

Leah Nanako Winkler is a Japanese American playwright whose play KENTUCKY is premiering at East West Players this month. She talks about her irrepressible drive to write, working with other artists of color, and the hypocrisy of white evangelicals. (Intro: Trumped)

Dr. Martin Hsia

Clinical psychologist Dr. Martin Hsia, PsyD, discusses his therapeutic methods, how bad theology leads to bad psychology, Asian gambling addiction, and his new podcast Psych Rally, a show about psychology, psychotherapy, and mental health. (Intro: Do-Over)

Bianca Louie

Former InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) staff worker Bianca Louie recounts the difficulties she faced when IVCF released a new policy requiring employees to agree with its stated position against gay marriage and other LGBTQ issues. (Intro: Mind Blown)

The Big Bachi Film

Filmmakers Derek Shimoda, Oliver Ike & Koji Steven Sakai discuss their next big project: THE BIG BACHI. Hear all about the film’s genesis, their casting choices, and how you can support this film through its Kickstarter campaign! (Intro: Dead Glenn Walking)

Brian Chan

Brian Chan is a renaissance man — someone who does everything and does it all well. Whether as a pastor, a professor, an author, an artist, or a master of Wing Chun martial arts, Brian is creating culture and imparting goodness. (Intro: Approval Ratings)

Drew Cortez

In 2014, Drew Cortez came out as gay to his father. Drew talks about that initial conversation, the trouble at his home church, and how everything that happened brought his family together stronger than ever before. (Intro: Issues at IVCF)

Kourtney Kunichika

Kourtney Kunichika is a professional hockey player with the Buffalo Beauts in the NWHL with dreams of making the 2018 Olympic squad. Hear her talk about her career, hockey-crazy family, spirituality, and relationship with partner Cait. (Intro: Show Up)

Sam Louie

Sam Louie is a psychotherapist who specializes in helping men deal with sexual addiction. He discusses intimacy disorders, shame in Asian culture, and connecting with our own inadequacies and needs. (Intro: Sniffing Around)

Velina Hasu Houston

Playwright & writer Velina Hasu Houston talks about her upcoming play “Little Women” at the Pasadena Playhouse. She also discusses her mixed-race upbringing, what it means to live in a “no-passing lane”, and why diversity is not just for white people. (Intro: Trojan Ken)

Rodney Kageyama

If you’ve seen a Japanese tourist in film or TV, most likely it’s Rodney Kageyama! He shares about how he’s survived in a “white people” world, as well as internment camp stories, battles with HIV, and his acting demons. (Intro: Colorblind Pho)

Lee Isaac Chung

Film Director Lee Isaac Chung talks about making his first film MUNYURANGABO, attending the Cannes Film Festival, learning to deal with failure, and combining cinema with theology. (Intro: Judge Ken)

Hon. Fred Fujioka

Judge Fred Fujioka knows why he is the person he is today — because of all the people in his family who showed courage and made great sacrifice. Hear Judge Fred and Ken share amazing war stories from their fathers’ lives. (Intro: College Advice)

Bryan Clay

Suffering Olympics withdrawal? Then you gotta listen to our interview with Bryan Clay, Gold Medal winner of the Decathlon event from Beijing 2008, and hear what it takes to be the world’s greatest athlete. (Intro: Better Brain)

Jason Chu

Hip-hop and spoken word artist Jason Chu is on a mission to speak hope, healing, and justice in a broken world. Hear about his story, how music became his salvation, and the new Kickstarter campaign for his fresh new album ARRIVALS. (Intro: Oh Canada!)

Bill Fujioka

No one outworks Bill Fujioka! As the first non-white CEO of Los Angeles County, Bill shares stories of his battles against the mayor, how he inspired city workers, and what public service is all about. (Intro: Same Race)

Michael Yichao

Writer, actor, and artist Michael Yichao’s life is a never-ending story. Listen in as he introduces us to his adventures in improv, standup comedy, fantasy writing, and oh yeah, his dating life! (Intro: Great White Wall)

Leland Cheuk

Look into the abyss with Leland Cheuk, novelist and cancer survivor. Leland shares about his book, The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong, his ongoing cancer battle, and the lack of Asian American stories. (Intro: ESPN Radio)

Gene Luen Yang

The new superman is Chinese?!? Yup, and graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang is here to tell us how that happened. Gene also talks about AsianAm superheroes, his faith journey, and a non-fiction project about basketball. (Intro: Hiroshima)

Cindy Brandt

Writer Cindy Wang Brandt talks about how she sees faith in the irreverent, miracles in the ordinary, and beauty in the margins. Cindy also shares about her blog, intersectionality, and a new book on parenting. (Intro: Black & White)

John Chung

John Chung is living the dream: he gets to be both a firefighter and a band manager. As a member of the SF Fire Department, John shares about the intricacies and dangers of firefighting. John also talks about what it’s like to be the manager for the jazz fusion band Hiroshima. (Intro: Japan Trip)

Chucky Kim

Musician Chucky Kim talks about his life in music. He also shares about his fascination with philosopher Foucault, the central place that suffering plays in the Korean narrative, and a crazy camel ride through Morocco. (Intro: True Value)

Dr. Anthony Ocampo

Dr. Anthony Ocampo talks about his new book “The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race.” He also discusses the recent killings at a gay bar in Orlando, as well as his own faith journey. (Intro: Orlando)

Lynn Chen

Actress Lynn Chen talks about her career in film & television. She also discusses how she got into blogging about food and body image. Lynn gives her opinion on whitewashing in the entertainment industry. (Intro: Whitewashing)

Will Wang Graylin

Will Wang Graylin talks about his long business career operating tech startups. Also detailed are exploits in the US Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Officer, his record-setting class schedule at MIT, and his conversion to Christianity. (Intro: Peter Liang sentencing)

June Kuramoto

June Kuramoto is a master of the koto, an ancient Japanese instrument which she started playing as a 6-year-old. She discusses how she found her musical voice, and the deep connection between instrument and player. (Intro: Driving Lessons)

Reggie Lee

Fans of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Prison Break” will immediately recognize actor Reggie Lee, currently starring as Sergeant Drew Wu on “Grimm”. He talks about his career, his first big break, dancing for Prince, and his choreography for East West Players’ production of “La Cage Aux Folles”. (Intro: Beautiful)


Filipino American Rapper OffWhyte talks about how he first earned his “street cred”, how competition made him a better artist, and how visiting his motherland connected him to his true identity. OffWhyte also discusses his new album “Dialogue”, released under hip-hop label Galapagos4. (Intro: Contribution)

Arthur Dong

Award-winning Arthur Dong talks about his storied career of making documentaries about Asian Americans. He also discusses the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the offensive 2016 Oscar award show telecast, and his new film THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR. (Intro: The Wall)

Happy Anniversary!

It’s the very first anniversary of ASIAN AMERICA: THE KEN FONG PODCAST! In this episode, we reminisce about the amazing guests and stories we covered in this first year, and what we are looking forward to in the second year. Hope you like the new music! (Intro: Passion & Purpose)

Hank Chen

Film and television actor Hank Chen discusses how he has managed to carve out a successful career in Hollywood despite being both Asian and openly gay. Hank also talks about his own spirituality and how he navigated his way through three years at a Christian college. (Intro: Lights Out!)

Christopher Wong

Documentary Film Director Christopher Wong talks about what it’s like to tell true-life stories of ordinary Asian Americans accomplishing extraordinary things. Chris also discusses his latest short film BE ABOUT IT, and his growing frustration with film festivals. (Intro: Childlike)

Dr. Bob Suzuki

Dr. Bob Suzuki shares about his time in the internment camps, and his leadership of a successful nationwide campaign that led to the Congressional repeal of the Emergency Detention Act of 1950. He also discusses his groundbreaking role as one of the few Asian Americans to serve as college president. (Intro: Diversity Search)

Dr. Joshua Swamidass

Dr. Joshua Swamidass discusses what it means to be both a devoted Christian and a serious scientist. He specifically calls Christians to return to the core of their faith rather than concentrating on anti-evolutionism. (Intro: Scientific Christianity)

Rev. Danny Cortez – Part 2

Pastor Danny Cortez talks about his new appointment as a board member for the Gay Christian Network, his challenge to power structures of current evangelicalism, and his call for the gospel to reach the margins of society in practical ways. (Intro: The Gardener)

Carl Choi

Entertainment producer and entrepreneur Carl Choi talks about the ups and downs of his career — from management consultant to nightlife promoter to his current position as the founder of The Great Company. (Intro: Know-It-All)

Deborah Jian Lee

Deborah Jian Lee talks about her new book Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism. She also discusses intersectionality, purity culture, and her own spiritual story. (Intro: Asian Cop Peter Liang)

Marty Hom

Marty Hom talks about what it’s like to be the Tour Manager for A-list artists like Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, and Fleetwood Mac. Marty even shares a great story about how he helped Jennifer Lopez get her career off the ground! (Intro: Love What You Do)

Larissa Lam & Baldwin Chiu

Singer/songwriter Larissa Lam and rapper Baldwin Chiu aka “Only Won” share about their new award-winning documentary FINDING CLEVELAND. This husband-and-wife team also talk about their careers and the racism present in the music industry. (Intro: So Many Voices)

Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura, world-renowned artist and Director of Fuller’s Brehm Center, talks about his contribution to Martin Scorcese’s latest film, why so few Japanese have embraced Christianity, and his own faith transformation. (Intro: Eastern Minds)

Misty Irons

Popular blogger Misty Irons talks about how she feels she is fighting for the “honor of Christ” when she speaks out against the church’s historical mistreatment of gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals. Misty also recounts how an article she wrote almost shattered her life. (Intro: The “C” Word)

Rev. Dr. Dickson Yagi

Rev. Dr. Dickson Yagi talks about how Buddhism is infused through much of Christianity, his 30 years as a Baptist missionary in Japan, and his concept of “yellow theology”. (Intro: True Humility)

Peter Kwong

Actor and martial artist Peter Kwong shares his experiences in film and television – his role in the cult classic BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, a special audition with Dustin Hoffman, and opinion on #OscarSoWhite. (Intro: Story Worthy)

Eric Chen

Eric Chen talks about his work as an assistant coach with the #1 nationally ranked Gabrielino H.S. speech and debate team. Eric discusses how great teamwork, long hours of practice, and dedication lead to amazing results. (Intro: Presence)

Chheng Ear

Chheng Ear talks to Ken about how she survived the Cambodian genocide during the Khmer Rouge regime. Chheng recounts her time in the labor camps, her family’s harrowing escape to Thailand, and eventual settlement in the US. (Intro: Ice on the Wing)


Ken Fong visits the Urbana Student Missions Conference. Ken runs into three big fans of the podcast and asks them what they like about it. Ken also recounts story of all the conference attendees who wanted to talk to him about their own LGBT issues.

Marsha Aizumi

Author and mother Marsha Aizumi talks about her experiences parenting Aiden, her transgender son. Marsha discusses her son’s early years, her own choice of acceptance, and the church’s reaction to her son. (Intro: Church Shooting?)

Jenny Kita

Professional hip-hop dancer Jenny Kita talks about her experiences performing with some of the biggest music acts in the industry, including her stint as a Harajuku girl for Gwen Stefani, and an embarrassing moment with Snoop Dogg. (Intro: 5 Minutes)

Charlie Woo

Megatoys CEO Charlie Woo talks about his business, political activism, and opinion on the presidential race. He also shares about his early life and how he overcame some major personal challenges. (Intro: Champion)

Guy Aoki

Media activist Guy Aoki discusses his long struggle to have Asian Americans fairly and equally represented on film and TV. Guy shares his battle with Sarah Silverman, and his appearance on Politically Incorrect. (Intro: The Teacher)

Lisa See

Author Lisa See discusses her current novel China Dolls, as well as her other best-selling works such as On Gold Mountain. Lisa also talks about what it was like growing up in a large Chinese American family in L.A.’s Chinatown. (Intro: Family Village)

Tim Dang

Tim Dang, Producing Artistic Director of East West Players, talks about his manifesto “The 51% Preparedness Plan for American Theatre”. Tim also discusses how he counsels young AsianAm actors in taking on stereotypical roles. (Intro: Honestly)

JT Tran

JT Tran, aka the “Asian Playboy”, tells us how he went from a NASA engineer to the world’s best instructor for Asian pickup artists. JT discusses the “Asian poker face”, the difference between a cold pickup and a warm pickup, and how to equip young Asian men to reach their full potential. (Intro: Delusions)

Walter Hong

Walter Hong delves deeply into what it takes to be a professional standup comedian — the long hours, low pay, nonexistent dating life — and why he is absolutely dedicated and passionate about it. (Intro: Clean House)

Joy Huang Stoffers

Author Joy Huang Stoffers debuts her fiction novel WHASIAN on November 2nd! Joy talks with Ken about her character Ava Ling Magee, the writing process, and the many aspects of being “Hapa” — a person of mixed ethnic heritage. (Intro: Breakthrough Moment)

Vivian Matsushige

Vivian Matsushige shares deeply about what it is like to live as a paraplegic, the skiing accident which caused her condition, and her resolve to live a grateful and purpose-filled life. (Ken’s Intro: Zen Christianity)

Randall Park

Actor Randall Park from FRESH OFF THE BOAT talks about the success of his TV show, the current state of Asian Americans in entertainment, and the casting of his 7-month old girl as a crime detective. (Ken’s Intro: Golf Fail)

Ranier Maningding

Superblogger Ranier Maningding posts daily about racism and sexism on his popular FB page “Love Life of an Asian Guy”. Ranier talks about why AsianAm men get a bad rep romantically, the myth of reverse racism, and xenophobic anti-Asian rhetoric. (Ken’s Intro: Irrelevant?)

Krista Marie Yu

Actress Krista Marie Yu discusses her starring role on the new ABC sitcom “Dr. Ken”. Krista talks about what it’s like to to work with movie star Ken Jeong, her non-competitive approach to auditions, and her love of selfies. (Ken’s Intro: The Band)

Dr. Ashwin Vasavada

NASA Scientist Ashwin Vasavada shares about his work with Mars Rover “Curiosity” and his quest to find out if we are alone in the universe. Ashwin talks about his own faith, as well as his opinions on intelligent design, creation science, and climate change. (Ken’s Intro: 9/11 Memories)

Rev. Danny Cortez

Filipino American Pastor Danny Cortez recounts saga of how he became a gay-affirming minister, and how his own son “came out” to him soon after. Danny also shares about the often difficult changes his formerly Southern Baptist church went through as a result. (Ken’s Intro: Facebook Photo)

Kristina Wong

Performance artist and writer Kristina Wong talks about her career, her emphasis on creating a new perspective, and the loneliness of being on the road. She also discusses her current work “The Wong Street Journal”, a show which explores the economy, white privilege, and Africa. (Ken’s Intro: End Times)

Ravi Patel

Actor Ravi Patel talks about MEET THE PATELS, the new documentary that profiles his search for love via the Indian-American matchmaking system. He also discusses his path as an investment banker to a starring role on an upcoming network sitcom with John Stamos. (Ken’s Intro: The Unexpected)

Teddy Zee

Film Producer Teddy Zee talks about his radical spiritual transformation and the amazing difference it’s made in his life. He also discusses his path from growing up in a poor family all the way to becoming a creative executive at some of Hollywood’s biggest studios.  (Ken’s Intro: Comedy Virgin)

Rob Asghar

Writer and management expert Rob Asghar talks about his complicated spiritual journey: born a Muslim, converted to Christianity, and currently something in-between. Rob also discusses why Asian Americans haven’t often been chosen for significant leadership positions. (Ken’s Intro: Being Boring is a Sin!)

Mia Yamamoto, Esq.

Criminal defense lawyer Mia Yamamoto hates phonies and cowards, so she couldn’t die as one of them. Mia discusses her early life as a man, her transition to being a woman, and her pursuit of authenticity. (Ken’s Intro: Ladyboys)

Jason Poon

Up-and-coming film director Jason Poon talks about his new film PICTURE TAIPEI, his extensive experience with making videos for YouTube stars, and the current state of AsianAm cinema. (Ken’s Intro: Celebrity Me)

Rev. Dr. Ken Fong

No guest today! So instead, Ken issues talks about his wife Snoopy, and how they work things out when they are at different places spiritually and philosophically. (Ken’s Intro: Rate us on iTunes!)

Melissa Chen

Melissa Chen, PhD candidate at MIT and co-founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement, talks with Ken about the theory of evolution, her early introduction to Christianity, and why she became an atheist. (Ken’s Intro: New Wineskins)

Nancy Kwan

Movie actress Nancy Kwan, star of The World of Suzie Wong, The Flower Drum Song, and many other films, talks about what it was like to be an Asian woman in 1960’s Hollywood.  (Ken’s Intro: Stage Fright)

Pete Sung (Part 2)

Pete Sung — the guy handpicked to track down Osama Bin Laden — talks about his own spiritual path, and the many twists and turns it took to get him from atheist to searcher to believer. Pete also describes his current quest to reimagine church for the next generation. (Ken’s Intro: Music Faves)

Pete Sung (Part 1)

Former Air Force Captain Pete Sung tells the story of how he was handpicked to track down Osama Bin Laden shortly after 9/11. Pete discusses some of the tactics, the frustrations, and his most dangerous moments as a soldier. (Ken’s Intro: A Father’s Gift)

Jamie Hagiya

CrossFit athlete Jamie Hagiya talks with Ken Fong about being an Asian American professional basketball player, her struggles with body image issues, and her goals for being one of the fittest people on earth.  (Ken’s Intro: Odd Hawaii Trip)

Jenny Yang

Comedian and activist Jenny Yang laughs and cries with Ken about the power of female comics, the similarity between preaching and standup, and the shootings in Charleston. Jenny even invites Ken to do standup at her upcoming event! (Ken’s Intro: Charleston Tragedy)

Jon Kaji

Japanese American businessman Jon Kaji talks with Ken Fong about his key role as an advocate for gay rights and honorary bachelor’s degrees for Japanese American students whose studies were interrupted when they were thrown into internment camps during WWII. (Ken’s Intro: An Adoption Story)

Paul Kim

Ken interviews standup comedian PK. They talk about becoming a regular at the Laugh Factory, and how he started the Asian American talent show Kollaboration. PK also explains why he stopped going to church for 15 years, and why he feels like he should now return. (Ken’s Intro: Beloved Fiancee)

Naomi Hirahara

Ken interviews award-winning writer Naomi Hirahara. They talk about her mystery novels as well as some of her nonfiction writing. Naomi also discusses how her father survived the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and how she came to faith in God. (Ken’s Intro: The Worst/Best First Date Ever!)

Dan Kuramoto

Ken and Dan reminisce about how they first met. Dan shares about what he feels true Christianity is. Also discussed: internment camps, Pearl Harbor, and creating a uniquely Asian American sound. (Ken’s Intro: Silencing the Self-Critical Voice)

Drs. Randy & Meg Palisoc

Ken Fong interviews super-educators Randy & Meg Palisoc, about how they founded the #1 charter elementary school in California. They talk about the the huge risks they took to make their school a success and the novel teaching methods they’ve developed to help kids.  (Ken’s Intro: My Life as a Supermodel)

Phil Yu (aka Angry Asian Man)

Ken and Phil have a mutual obsession with Bruce Lee. Phil talks about how he started up his blog, and why he left the corporate world to run his website full-time. Phil then shares about his spiritual background, and his frustration with how Asian Americans have trouble speaking out about social justice issues. (Ken’s Intro: We’re All Rats)

MC Jin

MC Jin is here to talk about battle rap, the recording industry, and his faith journey. Along the way, MC Jin discusses Fresh Off the Boat, how he got started in the rap game, and maintaining authenticity. MC Jin also shares about his current album XIV:LIX. (Ken’s Intro:  Why I Started This Podcast)