Welcome to A Growing Home! I’m Sarah, I’m a mom of 5 young kids. We are Asian-American, Catholic, and we’ve made our home in the Silicon Valley. I’m all about being intentional in all aspects of our lives. From the big important things like thoughtfully raising our kids with a strong ethnic identity, to the smaller things, like trying to find the most eco-friendly, zero waste shampoo. I’m really excited you’re here to explore these things with me.
Catholic Faith from a Chinese Canadian Lens with Rachel Wong
Rachel Wong (黃曉曦) is a podcaster, writer and speaker living in Vancouver, Canada. She is a first generation Chinese-Canadian. Though she was raised as a Catholic, she experienced a radical encounter with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament when she was 20 years old. Ever since then, she was set ablaze in her conviction to share the love of God and speak to her own testimony of how God saved her life. She now speaks and writes on the feminine genius, the intersection of faith and mental health, race and representation in the Church and beyond, and her personal faith journey.
Rachel is the host of The Feminine Genius Podcast, which is inspired by Pope St. John Paul II and his writings on women. Her hope with the podcast is to celebrate the diversity of the Catholic Church, one woman's story at a time. She is also the co-host of A Pondering Heart Podcast, which dives into different issues facing Catholics and pondering them like Mary.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication and International Studies from Simon Fraser University, and has experience working in the areas of tech, radio broadcast, journalism, marketing & communications and parish ministry.
@femgeniuspod and @rchlcwng on Instagram
The Feminine Genius Podcast
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The Intersection of Ethnic Identity and Faith with Karianna Fray
Karianna Fray is a Catholic wife, mother to four, and Classical Educator based out of Minnesota. Growing up Baptist, she developed a deep love for the Lord, which grew as she learned more about the Sacraments and the Catholic Church. She enjoys sharing the story of her conversion to Catholicism, about her life as a Black Catholic woman, how our values help define who we are, and how each and every person is created in the image and likeness of God with a specific role in His Church. She is the author of four books and one e-book and you can find out more about her at www.kariannafrey.com or on Instagram at @kariannafrey.
We are Beloved: 30 Days with Thea Bowman
The 90 Day Morning Devotional
Serviam Non Serviam
The Virtuous Path: A Daily Examination of Conscience Journal for Kids.
Saints Around the World
Diverse Books with @AsianLitforKids Creator Shuli de la Fuente-Lau
Shuli de la Fuente-Lau is the creator of the Instagram @AsianLitforKids, and the Content Lead at LittleFeminist.com – a monthly book club subscription and publishing house. By day, she is an assistant principal at an elementary school. Shuli is also proudly a third culture kid who holds her Chinese Malaysian American identity with gratitude. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and two strong, spirited, and vibrant daughters.
I Dream of Popo by Livia Blackburne
It Began with a Page by Kyo Maclear
Laxmi’s Mooch by Shelly Anand
Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho
I am Brown by Ashok Banker
The Famous Flights of Hazel Ying Lee by Julie Leung
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Re Jane by Patricia Park
I Love you So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
Dumpling Days by Grace Lin
The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
Vanderbeekers Series by Karina Yan Glaser
Own Voices Article by Shuli
Time Reading List to Celebrate Asian Authors
Shuli’s Bookshop Link
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Inspiration to Grow in Prayer with Theresa Yang and Rosa Lee
Theresa Yang is a former elementary classroom teacher and school librarian. After co-founding Graphic Campus with her sister, Theresa has become a full-time literacy advocate. Inspired by her graphic novelist husband and her four creative children, she is passionate about supporting teachers and students in the art of storytelling.
Rosa Lee is a former elementary school teacher, a Writing Workshop coach, and co-founder of Graphic Campus. She loves to discover and explore new children's books, coffee flavors and jogging routes.
Theresa and Rosa are also sisters who are Korean-American and Catholic and they have 8 children between the 2 of them ranging from freshman in college to kindergarten. They have taught me almost everything I know in the Catholic mom department.
I wanted to learn from them about how to teach kids to pray and that’s where our conversation started. But here’s the thing, everything they shared actually gave me ideas of ways to grow in my own faith life too. So, get ready for some inspiration in both your kids’ prayer life and your own.
If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Instagram @asiancatholicwoman for some continued conversation in the Asian Catholic department.
Rosary Meditation Books
The Rosary Comic Book by Gene Luen Yang
The Holy Rosary by Father Lovasik
I Pray the Rosary by Margaret Scarfi
Rosary Blocks by Almond Rod Toys
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* Edit to episode intro: Theresa and Rosa have 8 children between the two of them. *
An Interview with BuzzFeed's Director of Diversity: Dionna Scales
California native and USC graduate, Dionna Scales has always been passionate about giving people the tools to get from where they are to where they want to be in their careers. Her experience in recruiting, learning & development, early career program management and diversity & inclusion have made her a valuable asset to companies like NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company. Now Dionna serves as Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging and Learning and Development at BuzzFeed. She’s passionate about helping organizations better reflect the communities they serve and educate their employees on issues surrounding diversity, so that they can create inclusive environments where everyone feels free to be their authentic selves.
Check out my new space, @asiancatholicwoman
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Finding Your Voice, Friendship, and Strengths Finder with Tracey Gee
Tracey Gee is a leadership coach and consultant who is passionate about working with vision-driven leaders especially women of color. She has over 20 years of experience in ministry designing training experiences and resources. She is certified in three frameworks - Gallup StrengthsFinder, Cultural Intelligence, and the Enneagram as tools to help leaders grow in self-awareness, development, and healthy teams. She is also a published author of a book by and for Asian American women called “More Than Serving Tea.” She studied Socio-cultural Anthropology and Business at UCLA and has her Masters in Leadership from Fuller. Originally from the Bay Area of California, Tracey now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two boys, and dog. When she is not training the creative leaders that the world needs, she tries not to kill her plants, loves watching baseball in both youth form and as a Dodger fan, and likes to take advantage of the amazing food options in LA.
I had so much I wanted to chat with Trace about. In this episode, we dig into the journey of finding her voice and how her Chinese heritage influenced this. She shares about her “war counsel”, her deep, trusted group of friends and why this is so needed and important to her. And we also talk about strengths finder, what it is, what led Tracey to decide to become a coach, and also some next steps if you want to go deeper with the tool.
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A Growing Home podcast is a breath of fresh air. Sarah offers a unique perspective on a variety of topics that are all so relatable. From easy family dinner ideas to being more eco-friendly, every episode has impacted the way I think and make decisions.
Thank you for bringing such thoughtful insight and diversity to the podcast world. I can’t wait for Season 2!!
Thoughtful and Inspiring
I admire Sarah’s intentionality and thoughtfulness in parenting and life as a whole. I especially appreciate her passion for uplifting diverse voices, especially in the literature world, and expect some challenging, fun and interesting topics ahead.
As a white mom raising Taiwanese biracial girls, Sarah’s multicultural background has been such a unique support in my own parenting in helping me to raise daughters with a strong sense of self and identity.
So exciting to have diverse voices!
Sarah brings such a unique voice and offers something much needed in the community - diverse perspectives! Representation in the Asian American space as well as Asian American Catholics is so hard to find!
In addition to having a unique viewpoint, her topics are so relatable, spanning from art as form of outlet for processing feelings to environmentalism to raising children.