Podcasts
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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Aviatrix

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)

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)

Judge 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)

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)

OffWhyte

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)

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)

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)

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)

Urbana

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)