First of All is a real, unfiltered conversation on career, family, relationships, & culture. Your host is actress/director/entrepreneur Minji Chang, who will bring in her friends & special guests from all walks of life to kick back in her virtual living room. Together we will laugh, drop whatever knowledge we have, & speak our truth on weekly featured topics. Get ready for good times & all the feels.
Being Single & Dating in your 30s with Mel Cheng (AsianBossGirl Podcast)
So the world continues to feel like it's imploding for a lot of us. And in the meantime, we're all at different stages in life - family dynamics, age, income, career trajectories, and relationship status - and just doing our best to figure things out from day to day. It has been one helluva strange year and a half to say the least, but also packed with tons of reflection on our places in life, who we want to be, where we want to go, and also who we want to go with. In this episode, we bring back Melody Cheng from AsianBossGirl podcast to talk with Minji about being single women in their 30's. As a new member of the 30's club, Mel has been saying bye-bye to those crazy 20's and transitioning into the beloved decade that supposedly promises more clarity, maturity, and self-love. Has it lived up to the hype so far? Let's talk about that. They discuss how they've processed the isolation of the pandemic, healing from breakups, and the aspects of dating in your 30s that make it challenging (especially with Minji unni having a few years head start). They talk about how they grapple with the harsh realities about themselves, expectations, realized hopes and dreams and how the heartaches have led them to reset and grow stronger for the next season. The wisdom that these ladies share not only applies to dating but to transitions and changing seasons of life at large.
Finding Your Voice, Setting Intentions + Spirituality with Roxy Shih & Priska Liang-Kim (Two Horny Goats Podcast)
The world feels like it's on fire or flooding at the moment, but we're here to bring some joy into it however we can. The two amazing hosts of Two Horny Goats podcast join Minji this week to put it all on the table about finding their voice and spirituality. Can we say dream collabo? The strength, vulnerability and honest humor of these women come through in a very open conversation about how they decided to go from "wouldn't it be nice" to "F it, I'm doing it, I'm making my own channel." They go over the intimacy of talk radio, how THG podcast came to be, how FOA may or may not have set the groundwork, and how we're all just particles in the crest of rising POC voices. They also dive into being gentler to our younger selves, and the practice of intention. They top it off by going into their newfound spiritual journeys that include religious upbringings, "what your sun/ moon/ rising sign?" and even a collective Tarot card reading for all our listeners!
Spilling Tea & Creating Diversity in Hollywood with Dino-Ray Ramos
Times are a-changing in Hollywood when it comes to putting stories from minority voices up on the screen. How does it all work? How have people made a lasting difference in this very historically white male dominated industry? In this week's episode, we get a little peek into the world of a seasoned Hollywood journalist working in "the trades". Our guest is Dino-Ray Ramos, who has been amplifying marginalized communities through his journalism for two decades. He shares insight on the inner workings of the machine and his perspective covering stories of for the BIPOC, female, & queer communities, once upon a time for Deadline Hollywood and now for his own publication, Diaspora. Listen in to hear how he and Minji believe the Asian American community in Hollywood has evolved and some of the growing pains. You'll also learn how Papa Ramos influenced Dino-Ray’s work all the way from Texas, how we can flex on Hollywood better as viewers, and what we can do to create change beyond social media.
Panic Attacks & Chicken Cutlets
This week, Minji is extra thankful, humbled, and lost all at the same time as she examines the state of the world, America’s battle with Covid and common sense, concerns in her personal life as well as her very own scary run-in with 'Rona. Forced to go into full blown quarantine once again, she works through a panic attack, bouts of despair and a lot of anxiety. While in recovery, she comes across a documentary that educates and fires her up about longstanding gender discrimination in Hollywood. She shares her own experience with toxic body image through an unlikely fashion accessory and what she is doing to undo the warped representations of "reality" we're so used to as well as the overwhelming news of the world. Get ready to hear her hopes, revelations and self-liberation talk and why the world needs us to put out more messages of hope and support for all things good and positive.
"Normal People", Intimacy & Growth with Priska
First loves, coming of age, passion, romance, angst. YES, PLEASE. Minji and Priska openly share their love for the show “Normal People” based on the beloved novel by Sally Rooney. They go deep right out the gate with their thoughts and experiences with intimacy, abuse, heartache, beauty, class and mental health. They also dive into how the series portrays a particularly authentic journey with all the nuance and emotions of finding and losing love that everyday people around the world could connect with. There will be some spoilers but if anything, it may want you to watch the show more, so really they might as well be teasers. ;) (In true Minji fashion, she acknowledges she's a tad late to the hit of 2020 but let's overlook that because it's a miracle she even watched something, pls don't @ us.)
Priska is also our musical guest so stick around to hear her beautiful cover of "If The World Was Ending" with her husband Abe at the end!
How they felt about "Normal People" the TV show -
“I think this is the best thing I’ve watched since Parasite.” - Minji
“I do feel like this is millennial emotional porn.” - Priska
Coping With The Latest "Normal" with Steve Lim aka Steebu
So how about that Delta variant, eh? Yeah, it's been a lot for us here at First Of All and for our returning guest Steve, making us just like every other person on this planet in 2021. As many of you out there may have been sorting through returning to work, getting vaccinated, debating about vaccinations, pondering about work, questioning the meaning of life, being free of masks, having to mask up again, worrying about humanity, feeling every emotion under the sun about every one of your relationships under the sun, revenge traveling, & so much more, all while feeling like human interaction is everything you want and everything you hate at the very same time...we're with you. We're also very tired, and very much with you. In this episode, Minji and Steve share a little glimpse of how they have been managing this particular phase of the pandemic- quite poorly, in many cases. This one goes out to everyone whose energy gas tank has been running empty really fast. Together they discuss how they process the feelings, how they manage emotions and physical health, and how they remain hopeful, polite, and strong enough to get through each day. We can do this fam!