Founded in July 2018, Kairos aims to spotlight influencers of color who are blazing their way through their respective industries.
Every two weeks, we release a 20-50 minute interview with an influencer of color, ranging from ceramics artists to musicians to activists. Influencers who have been previously featured on Kairos include Nobel Peace Prize nominee Amanda Nguyen, K-pop producer Vakseen, AAPI blogger Angry Asian Man, and more.
Mina Kimes: Politics & Athletics
Mina Kimes, award-winning investigative journalist and ESPN sports reporter, speaks to us about the prominence of political discussion in sports, the question of her identity, and the distinctions between public and private life for athletes.
Mina has written for Fortune Magazine and Bloomberg News, and she co-hosts a weekly radio show and regularly appears on multiple television programs for ESPN. She has been recognized by the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and the Asian American Journalists Association, among other organizations.
Justin Thach: Empowering AAPI Youth
"Action is in our DNA."
Justin Thach, co-founder and executive director of Youth Asian Leaders of America, on the power of young Asian-American civic engagement and activism, and the potential of the current generation to make change in America. With high school chapters across the US and a literary magazine named RISE, YALA is succeeding at spreading just that. Justin is also a United States Senate Youth Program speaker and a 2019 Coca Cola Scholar.
Connect with YALA:
Twitter | @yalamerica
Instagram | @yalamerica
Facebook | www.facebook.com/yalamerica
Sinying Ho: Bridging Culture Through Ceramics
Sinying Ho, an internationally recognized and award-winning expert on ancient Chinese techniques of porcelain ceramic making who has studied in Jingdezhen, the Porcelain Capital in China, speaks about the cultural collisions between the East and the West and how her work addresses them, her entrance into the pottery world, diverse heritages, and the relationship between art, the modern world, and globalization.
Connect with her here:
Website | sinyingho.com
Khaya Osborne: Black, Genderqueer, Activist Poet
“I want to talk about simple heartbreaks. I want to talk about simple grief. I want to talk about simple love. And I don’t want to mention Trump in it. “
Black, genderqueer slam poet Khaya Osborne (they/them), 2019 Sacramento Youth Poet Laureate, tells us about poetry as their higher calling, the hierarchy of society, their experiences as a Black Lives Matter protestor, and the pigeonholing of minorities in literary works into narratives of ‘marketable diversity.’
Connect with them here:
Twitter | KhalypsoThePoet
Paypal | email@example.com
Email | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathryn Finney, Edward Zhong: Diversity and Youth in the Workplace
Welcome to Volume 2 of Kairos. In our first episode of the year, Cat speaks to Kathryn Finney about the lack of diversity in the workplace, the nuances of underappreciation of marginalized groups, and how Finney is working to combat that through digitalundivided and Project Diane, is allowing black and Latinx founders in the technology world to gain funding for their start-ups.
In addition, Kairos also talks with Edward Zhong, who co-founded and sold his first company for $1.2M when he was 16 and has since created LeanGap, the only incubator for high school startups. In this episode, Zhong speaks about his experience starting a smart niche watch company Blanc inc. and his motivations behind starting LeanGap, as well as the missing components in traditional schooling--particularly the room to innovate and create.
Images courtesy of LeanGap and Echoing Green.
2018 In Review
Chinese-American Podcast creators Cat & Sarah look at 2018 in review and what it means for the Asian community, including the Dolce & Gabbana scandal, K-pop, and Crazy Rich Asians.
We're so glad to have been able to create Kairos this year, and we'll be back in spring 2019 with a new volume of episodes.
D&G information courtesy of Fashion Magazine.