Ken Fong gets to the heart of Asian American culture, history, and spirituality. Through interviews with culture-makers and -shapers in the Asian American community -- some you know, others you've never heard of before -- prepare to laugh, cry, and be amazed.
Dr. John Chuck: Pearls from the Practice of Life
Dr. Chuck recently self-published a book wherein he shares the sum total of all the wisdom he learned while caring for patients and medical colleagues for over three decades. His is especially passionate in his conviction that developing better mental health is the key to our experiencing greater overall health and satisfaction.
Claire Chao: Remembering Shanghai
Claire and her aging mother Isabel begin their journey together by visiting the once-beautiful mansion in Shanghai where the young Isabel had grown up. Much more than a trip down Memory Lane, "Remembering Shanghai" reveals the triumphs and tragedies going back five generations that mirror China's own challenges. Chao has layered the bones of this country's history with the flesh of her own family.
Dr. Lucas Emile Kwong: An Open Letter
Early in 2021, Dr. Kwong started a movement to challenge self-professing Christian politicians in D.C. (and their pastors) to admit that they were spewing hateful, racist rhetoric that was damaging their Asian American countrymen and fomenting the belief that China poses the biggest threat to this country. Was this incredibly naive on Kwong's part, or did he have another outcome in mind?
Shihori: Harnessing the Power of Her Perfect Imperfections
Born deaf in one ear and with a form of autism, Shihori had no friends and was terribly bullied. She was staring at a lonely, fraught future. But she discovered that singing and writing music provided her with the means and the motivation to connect with people. Despite achieving great success in Japan, she was recently inspired to start afresh in America, launching her debut album "Mutation" on October 1, 2021.
Ray Valido: Complicated Gay Catholic & Language Savant
Before Ray's language prowess landed in the U.S. State Department, he felt God had called him to be a liturgist and musician in the Catholic Church that he so loved. But when he came out of the closet, he no longer believed that the Church would love him as much as he loved the Church. He reflects on the changes in the State Department, especially as it begins to admit its long history of homophobia and discriminatory practices against POC.
Dan Matthews: Korean Adoptee and Rap Artist
While Dan is the first to say that he's clearly a work in progress, he's managed to craft a mindset and a work ethic that keeps him positive and his creative juices flowing. You'll hear a sample of his latest songs at the end of the episode.
Ken Is A Fun Dad
Ken Fong the host is a modern American Dad, funny and compassionate while he talks about issues facing Asian Americans. He’s Christian, but religious or not, I think everyone can take away something from this podcast.
Comfort food for the soul
Inclusive, incisive and insightful. Thank you, Ken Fong, for an incredibly heartfelt and loving podcast. Your podcast allows me to stand stronger in myself, feel the collective power of the AAPI community and believe in a better tomorrow for humanity. Great interviews, great reflections by Ken and great vibes all around.
Relevant and Encouraging
Poor in Spirit Blessed...
I can not be too certain...
Reflect I must.
“Evil is not committed by people who feel uncertain about their righteousness, who question their own motives, who worry about betraying themselves.” M. Scott Peck, M.D.
Thank you for the encouragement I received from your interview with Megan Kang! I can be a Christ follower and still be Relevant to our broken world.