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The Third Culture is what emerges at the intersection between your culture of origin, and the other cultures by which you’ve been shaped.

Beyond Asian is a place for stories of global nomads with Asian roots, brought up in diversity.

Together, we explore the interplay of our pasts with our presents, and our relationships with the multiple cultures we move in.

These are more than conversations about Asian identity - they’re portraits of whole people - what keeps them up at night, what their hearts long for, and the impact they hope to have on their communities.

I’m your host, Sen Zhan, a Third Culture Kid born in China, raised in Canada, and currently based in Berlin. This series is a first step towards making peace with my own Asian background, and it’s my hope that other Third Culture Asians will hear themselves reflected in our stories.


New episodes on Sundays, every 2 weeks.

Beyond Asian: Stories of the Third Culture Bear Radio

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The Third Culture is what emerges at the intersection between your culture of origin, and the other cultures by which you’ve been shaped.

Beyond Asian is a place for stories of global nomads with Asian roots, brought up in diversity.

Together, we explore the interplay of our pasts with our presents, and our relationships with the multiple cultures we move in.

These are more than conversations about Asian identity - they’re portraits of whole people - what keeps them up at night, what their hearts long for, and the impact they hope to have on their communities.

I’m your host, Sen Zhan, a Third Culture Kid born in China, raised in Canada, and currently based in Berlin. This series is a first step towards making peace with my own Asian background, and it’s my hope that other Third Culture Asians will hear themselves reflected in our stories.


New episodes on Sundays, every 2 weeks.

    BONUS: Psychedelics | Beyond Asian Meets No Stone Unturned

    BONUS: Psychedelics | Beyond Asian Meets No Stone Unturned

    Dear Listeners, this is a bonus episode for all of you on a topic close to my heart: Psychedelics.
    I was invited by Frank and Cynic to guest on their podcast, No Stone Unturned, to talk about my experiences with psychedelics, the differences between the classical psychedelics: LSD, Psilocybin Mushrooms, and Ayahuasca, how to prepare for a psychedelic journey, whether psychedelics are for everyone, and much more!

    Enjoy this fun bonus episode, and stay tuned for the next regular episode on Beyond Asian!

    • 2 hrs
    9b. Chinese-Canadian Psychiatrist On the Asian Human Condition (Part 2 of 2)

    9b. Chinese-Canadian Psychiatrist On the Asian Human Condition (Part 2 of 2)

    Part 2 of Episode 9 with Julian, the only Chinese-speaking psychiatrist in a large Canadian city will cover:

    - A psychiatric perspective on the trauma of immigration

    - The role of extended history on the Asian continent in shaping the mindsets of present-day immigrants

    - The shortcomings of both Eastern and Western frameworks in specifying the conditions for human flourishing

    - A helpful perspective on the role of shame in relation to the family
    Extending a hand to anyone struggling with mental health, and especially at the brink of suicidality

    • 51 min
    9a. Chinese-Canadian Psychiatrist On the Asian Human Condition (Part 1 of 2)

    9a. Chinese-Canadian Psychiatrist On the Asian Human Condition (Part 1 of 2)

    The Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989, a fractured childhood with memory loss, and recovering from the trauma of immigration.

    In Episode 9, Julian, the only Chinese-speaking psychiatrist in a large Canadian city weighs in on how the clashing of Western ideals with Confucian philosophy is at the heart of mental health issues amongst Asian immigrants and their families.

    • 42 min
    8. Discovering Sexual Freedom From Indonesia to Morocco

    8. Discovering Sexual Freedom From Indonesia to Morocco

    How did growing up in a Catholic-Muslim family lead to the discovery of sexual freedom for a young Indonesian woman?

    In Episode 8, Dewi tells the story of how she discovered her bisexuality despite a strict family and societal setting, and the freedoms she found upon leaving Indonesia.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Intermission, Updates, & Musical Interlude (July 26, 2020)

    Intermission, Updates, & Musical Interlude (July 26, 2020)

    TL;DL?
    - Episode 8 will be released in the week of July 26, 2020 - this episode was workshopped with the help of Bear Radio, and it'll be even better than the ones you've heard before!
    - Beyond Asian is partnering with and will be hosted by Bear Radio, Berlin's English Podcasting Network
    - Musical Interlude: "Hisen" by the late Susumu Yokota
    - See you in Episode 8!

    • 3 min
    7. Korean-Canadian Builds Asian Dating Platform After Devastating Divorce

    7. Korean-Canadian Builds Asian Dating Platform After Devastating Divorce

    What are Asians doing to find cultural fit in the online dating world?

    In Episode 7, I’m speaking with Hanmin Yang, the CEO of Alike - a video-based dating platform designed with Asians of all backgrounds in mind. Hanmin describes his long journey of self-understanding and healing from a devastating divorce in the creation of this platform, and how he hopes to help Asians find meaningful connections with each other.

    Sign up to be a beta tester of Alike: www.alike.dating
    Instagram: @alike.dating

    Transcript of this episode on www.beyondasian.com

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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kate.app ,

So insightful!

I’m not from an Asian background, and still - this podcast opennd my eyes to a lot of issues we all face as humans: the search for belonging and community, the feeling of inadequacy and conflict.
Many impulses, it’s as if I gained a whole new understanding.
I also love the engaging, calming voice of the podcast host Sen. The whole podcast team has put a lot of effort and love into the production. Thanks!

kparkerdesign ,

Eye-opening and interesting!

Intriguing and insightful. The host, Sen Zhan really has a knack for interviewing and hosts very interesting guests. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to stories, hardships, and points of view from a culture that is very different from my own - very eye opening. I think such podcasts help open our eyes to other cultures and helps faciliitate a more conscious, accepting society. Can't wait for the next episode!

montrealrider ,

These are the stories I’ve been needing to hear all my life

So grateful I found this new series. It’s sometimes challenging to hear what other people have been through as Asians, or Third Culture Kids, but it’s been such a relief to hear someone talk about these issues. Definitely worth following!

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