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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

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

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.

    S2 | E1 - You Konichiwa'ed the Wrong Guy

    S2 | E1 - You Konichiwa'ed the Wrong Guy

    Welcome back for Season 2!
    After a long pandemic-induced break, we're back today with Hansol Seung, a Korean-German musician, to hear how he transformed an aggression on the street into a punkrock song.

    The single tells the story of anti-Asian racism from the perspective of Hansol (he/him), who is of Korean descent. SHORELINE teamed up with Asian-American Singer-Songwriter KOJI (they/them) to work on the song. 

    KOJI was born in Peixtin (Paxton) (or Harrisburg) PA and just recently came back from a long hiatus, releasing their most recent single “To Carry (On and On)”- a song about their experience as a member of the Asian diaspora, facing white supremacy and the movements to eradicate the conditions that create violence. 

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    SHOWNOTES

    Konichiwa Lyrics:
    Start another conversation about the place where I was born

    (but where are you really from?)

    I don’t really understand why you want to be in control

    Tell another joke that I’ve heard about a thousand times before

    your fingers stretch your eyes to mock mine

    you think like a dinosaur



    I don’t know how your head’s so old but you’re still young

    not in a good way, it’s all wrong



    your excuse and words mean nothing

    your ideas were broken by the test of time

    shout “konichiwa” and I swear one more time

    and I will lose my shit and fuck you up



    Okay I know, you’ve been asking out of interest

    low expectations, you compliment my language

    maybe at some point you should reflect on your choice

    to fetishize my skin

    (you speak so well)

    you’re just a clone of an older species

    you will go on and praise tradition



    I don’t know how your head’s so old but you’re still young

    not in a good way, it’s all wrong



    your excuse and words mean nothing

    your ideas were broken by the test of time

    shout “konichiwa” and I swear one more time

    and I will lose my shit and fuck you up

    stray for more, stray for love

    I know you’re smart at heart

    shed the skin, it’s embarrassing


    decenter, dismantle, abolish

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    SHORELINE’s website: shorelineband.com
    Instagrams: Band: @shoreline_band
    Hansol: @meatfreeyouth
    KOJI: @kojisaysaloha
    Label Shoreline: @end_hits_records
    Label KOJI: @getbetterrecords

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    • 25 min
    10d. Living Life Itself: Sylvie Barbier | Chapter 4: The Hub Knock Life

    10d. Living Life Itself: Sylvie Barbier | Chapter 4: The Hub Knock Life

    • 14 min
    10c. Living Life Itself: Sylvie Barbier | Chapter 3: Life Itself, Belonging, & Hubs

    10c. Living Life Itself: Sylvie Barbier | Chapter 3: Life Itself, Belonging, & Hubs

    • 19 min
    10b. Living Life Itself: Sylvie Barbier | Chapter 2: Life Itself, Belonging, & Hubs

    10b. Living Life Itself: Sylvie Barbier | Chapter 2: Life Itself, Belonging, & Hubs

    • 34 min
    10a. Living Life Itself: Sylvie Barbier | Chapter 1: Culture, Family, & Narratives

    10a. Living Life Itself: Sylvie Barbier | Chapter 1: Culture, Family, & Narratives

    • 16 min
    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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

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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