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A podcast featuring conversations with Diaspora Asians (third culture kids) about their life, stories and experiences. The podcast looks to highlight, amplify, and validate Asian voices worldwide.

Conversations about being Asian.

Follow the podcast on Instagram @whatkindofasianpod

https://www.instagram.com/whatkindofasianpod/

https://linktr.ee/whatkindofasianareyoupod

What Kind of Asian Are You‪?‬ DIASPORA ASIAN PRODUCTIONS

    • Society & Culture

A podcast featuring conversations with Diaspora Asians (third culture kids) about their life, stories and experiences. The podcast looks to highlight, amplify, and validate Asian voices worldwide.

Conversations about being Asian.

Follow the podcast on Instagram @whatkindofasianpod

https://www.instagram.com/whatkindofasianpod/

https://linktr.ee/whatkindofasianareyoupod

    【S2E7】The Power of Asian Media: Solidifying Asian American Identity w/Joanne Van

    【S2E7】The Power of Asian Media: Solidifying Asian American Identity w/Joanne Van

    Host: Kyle Leung (@kyle.lhkhk)
    https://linktr.ee/whatkindofasianareyoupod
    Guest: Joanne Van (@jovananne)
    https://www.instagram.com/jovananne/
    https://joannevan.com/
    https://www.theqoos.com/
    Today I talked to Joanne Van, a digital marketer with an ethnic Chinese Vietnamese-American background that was born and raised in America.  Her parents were born and raised in Vietnam (Diaspora Asians in their own right) that identifies more with being Chinese than Vietnamese. The interesting part of this would be that both Joanne and her parents actually never step foot in China. We went into the reasons why Joanne’s parents felt like this and how that contributed to Joanne’s own journey with her identity and cultural understanding of her own Chinese-Vietnamese culture mixed in with her Asian American identity. Joanne is also one that is very into Asian culture/media and we go into why that is and what she gets out of that.
    We also talked about her passion for creativity and business that led her to her career in digital and social media marketing. We talked about how her parents took that as it is not your normal career path. Last, we also talked about KPOP as Joanne is part of a company that is heavily involved in the KPOP music industry/community. She recommended a few KPOP acts to check out as well.
    Thank you for listening and make sure to follow the podcast on your streaming platform and also on Instagram at @whatkindofasianpod. Also, make sure to give this episode and the podcast in general a share to your friends and family. Last, please send me feedback for the podcast! I would love to read them!

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    • 59 min
    【S2E6】From Doing What "Made Sense" to Living a Financial Independence Lifestyle (FIRE) at 33 w/Maxwell Lee

    【S2E6】From Doing What "Made Sense" to Living a Financial Independence Lifestyle (FIRE) at 33 w/Maxwell Lee

    Host: Kyle Leung (@kyle.lhkhk)
    https://linktr.ee/whatkindofasianareyoupod
    Guest: Maxwell Lee
    At various stages in life he has been a professional musician, the general manager of a non-profit performing arts organization, a college professor, a full-time real estate investor and a city planning consultant. He is now focusing on sharing all of these passions through content creation, with his various YouTube channels, blogs and podcasts.
    In this episode, I had a conversation with Maxwell Lee about his experience as a Malaysian Chinese American growing up in Florida and his journey from being a music major in university to becoming involved in the music industry, to then becoming a real estate investor and finally to being involved in music and content creation (his true passion) again after years of leaving it behind.
    We covered things like his Asian American identity, how he spent a lot of his life doing what made sense to his family and to society without really thinking about himself and how he went through all that but is now going back to what he loves doing most which is music and content creation. Last, we talked about his future plans with relocating to Asia with his wife and kids.
    Thank you for listening and make sure to follow the podcast on your streaming platform and also on Instagram at @whatkindofasianpod. Also, make sure to give this episode and the podcast in general a share to your friends and family. Last, please send me feedback for the podcast! I would love to read them!
    Follow Maxwell and all his projects!
    Learn about Maxwell in this video!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lt6rEyBC7Q&feature=emb_title
    Link for all his passions!
    https://linktr.ee/projectmaximus
    Instagram!
    https://instagram.com/firewalkingjourney/
    https://www.instagram.com/projectmaximus/
    Website!
    https://firewalkingjourney.com/
    FIREwalking Journey Youtube (Investing, cities, and FIRE)!
    https://www.youtube.com/c/FirewalkingJourney/featured
    Project Maximus Youtube (Music)!
    https://www.youtube.com/user/theprojectmaximus
    The Urban Files Youtube (Cities)!
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeEJaPAJJ3qvYif0jJARAeQ

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    • 56 min
    【S2E5】Where is HOME? (One Filipino-Chinese Hongkonger's Diaspora Perspective) w/Lyra Tan (@leerahcosplays)

    【S2E5】Where is HOME? (One Filipino-Chinese Hongkonger's Diaspora Perspective) w/Lyra Tan (@leerahcosplays)

    Host: Kyle Leung (@kyle.lhkhk)

    https://linktr.ee/whatkindofasianareyoupod

    Guest: Lyra Tan (@leerahcosplays)

    https://www.instagram.com/leerahcosplays/

    Where does a Diaspora Asian consider home? Is it where they were born and raised? Is it where they had most of their family in? Is it where you/your family have property? Is it where they are most connected to? Do they actually have one definite answer?

    In today’s episode, I talked to Lyra Tan, a Filipino-Chinese Hongkonger that works in the American movie industry. She is also an avid cosplayer with her own Instagram account showing off all her cosplays that she has done. Make sure to check it out!

    We talked about the follow topics:


    Her background and her family’s background

    Her language abilities as a Diaspora Asian

    Her experience feeling in-between as a Diaspora Asian

    Her experience going to an international school in Hong Kong and her experience going to university in America as an international student

    Where she considers home

    Asian representation in media

    Her cosplay

    Her favourite Filipino foods


    Thank you for listening and make sure to follow the podcast on your streaming platform and also on Instagram at @whatkindofasianpod. Also, make sure to give this episode and the podcast in general a share to your friends and family.

    Make sure to follow Lyra!

    Lyra Tan (@leerahcosplays)

    https://www.instagram.com/leerahcosplays/


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    • 59 min
    【S2E4】Being Passionate About Chinese Culture ≠ Pro-CCP w/Stephen Ah Sen

    【S2E4】Being Passionate About Chinese Culture ≠ Pro-CCP w/Stephen Ah Sen

    【S2E4】Being Passionate About Chinese Culture ≠ Pro-CCP w/Stephen Ah Sen

    Host: Kyle Leung (@kyle.lhkhk)

    https://linktr.ee/whatkindofasianareyoupod

    Guest: Stephen Ah Sen (@stephenahsen) https://www.instagram.com/stephenahsen/

    Shadow Danceland’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shadowdanceland/

    Stephen’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/stephenahsen/videos

    “I didn’t know myself, so I asked my friends first” - Stephen Ah Sen (when asked what kind of Asian he was)

    In today’s episode, I was joined by Stephen Ah Sen, a Diaspora Asian from Mauritius. He is a dance teacher/dancer (Chinese dance/hip pop) living in Mauritius. He is also a youtuber that shows his audience his life living in Mauritius as an ethnic Chinese person. His goal is to highlight the Chinese experience in Mauritius as well as promote Mauritius’ Chinatown to the world.

    In our conversation, we covered topics like:


    His background, his feelings towards his identity, and his Diaspora Asian experience being born and raised in Africa

    How he didn’t know what kind of Asian he is and how studying in Singapore helped him figure out his Asian identity

    Racism against Chinese in Mauritius

    His Overseas Chinese identity (He’s not from China!)

    His passions (Chinese dance/literature/culture)

    Being passionate about Chinese culture isn’t being pro-CCP

    His Youtube channel


    Thank you for listening and make sure to follow the podcast on your streaming platform and also on Instagram at @whatkindofasianpod. Also, make sure to give this episode and the podcast in general a share to your friends and family.

    Follow Stephen Ah Sen!

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephenahsen/

    Shadow Danceland’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shadowdanceland/

    Stephen’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/stephenahsen/videos


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    • 54 min
    【S2E3】A SEAT AT THE TABLE: THE CHINESE-CANADIAN HISTORY LESSON YOU DIDN'T GET IN SCHOOL w/Denise Fong (@cantoneseheritage)

    【S2E3】A SEAT AT THE TABLE: THE CHINESE-CANADIAN HISTORY LESSON YOU DIDN'T GET IN SCHOOL w/Denise Fong (@cantoneseheritage)

    Host: Kyle Leung (@kyle.lhkhk) https://linktr.ee/whatkindofasianareyoupod

    Guest: Denise Fong - Hong Kong-Chinese Canadian (PhD Candidate, UBC Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program)

    Chinese-Canadian migration history and stories about Chinese Canadians in the early days of Canada are often overlooked and ignored in Canadian history lessons and mainstream media. In today’s episode, I have Denise Fong, a Hong Kong-Chinese Canadian living in Canada involved in bringing Chinese-Canadian diaspora migration stories and history to a wider audience in her work in academia and being a co-curator of two Chinese Canadian museum exhibitions in Vancouver.

    In our conversation we covered topics like:


    Her cultural roots and how she got interested in the Chinese-Canadian identity and experiences of Chinese-Canadian diaspora

    Her thoughts on Chinese-Canadian diaspora

    The work that she does and the exhibitions that she helped curate

    Chinese-Canadian migration history

    What Chinese-Canadians are doing in Canada for their communities and heritage preservation

    Our favourite Hong Kong foods


    Thank you for listening and make sure to follow the podcast on your streaming platform and also on Instagram at @whatkindofasianpod. 

    Last, here are the links to find out more about Denise, the cool things she's working on and cool Chinese-Canadian links Denise recommended:

    Instagram: Denise Fong (@cantoneseheritage) https://www.instagram.com/cantoneseheritage/?hl=en

    Website: https://ccie.educ.ubc.ca/denise-fong/

    Visit the Exhibitions:

    A Seat at the Table @MOV https://museumofvancouver.ca/a-seat-at-the-table

    A Seat at the Table @Chinatown https://www.chinesecanadianmuseum.ca/

    Across the Pacific @Burnaby Village Museum https://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/

    Read more about Chinese Canadian experiences:

    Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC http://www.cchsbc.ca/

    Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop http://www.asiancanadianwriters.ca/

    Learn Cantonese in Vancouver:

    UBC Cantonese https://cantonese.arts.ubc.ca/

    Youth Collaborative for Chinatown Cantonese School http://ycc-yvr.com/saturday-school

    Experience and Learn about Cantonese Intangible Heritage:

    INSTRCC (Chinese Canadian Studies) https://instrcc.ubc.ca/

    ACAM (Asian Canadian Studies) https://acam.arts.ubc.ca/

    Get involved in Vancouver Chinatown Heritage:

    Youth Collaborative for Chinatown http://ycc-yvr.com/

    hua foundation https://huafoundation.org/

    Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice https://www.yarrowsociety.ca/

    Chinatown Foundation: https://www.chinatownfoundation.org/


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    【S2E2】Navigating the 3C IDENTITY: CHINESE, CANADIAN, AND CATHOLIC - w/RACHEL WONG [PART 2]

    【S2E2】Navigating the 3C IDENTITY: CHINESE, CANADIAN, AND CATHOLIC - w/RACHEL WONG [PART 2]

    Host: Kyle Leung (@kyle.lhkhk)

    https://linktr.ee/whatkindofasianareyoupod

    Guest: Rachel Wong - Chinese, Canadian, and Catholic

    @rchlcwng @femgeniuspod https://www.rchlcwng.com/

    Content Warning: This podcast episode will talk about mental health, depression, suicidal ideation, therapy, and body image.

    Three distinct identities all wrapped into my guest on today’s episode of What Kind of Asian Are You? Podcast.

    In the second part of my conversation with Rachel, we continued on our conversation about her journey and her mental health experience. We had a conversation that tries to explore Rachel’s journey in navigating her Chinese Canadian Catholic identity living in Canada. Through that, we touched on topics like, culture, race, racism, identity, Asian family dynamic/love language, and mental health. We even managed to talk about our favourite dim sum dishes, so make sure to listen till the end for our top dim sum picks!

    Thank you for listening and make sure to follow the podcast on your streaming platform and also on Instagram at @whatkindofasianpod. Also, make sure to give this episode and the podcast in general a share to your friends and family.

    Make sure to follow Rachel on her social media and check out The Feminine Genius Podcast, a podcast hosted by Rachel that is about celebrating the diversity of Catholic femininity, one woman's story at a time.

    Rachel’s website: https://www.rchlcwng.com/

    Rachel’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rchlcwng/

    The Feminine Genius Podcast’s website: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/

    The Feminine Genius Podcast’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/femgeniuspod/


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    • 41 min

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