In May 2021, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced AAPI LA, an initiative to help amplify and address the challenges and needs of AAPI communities to ensure that AAPI Angelenos, who have historically been left out of important conversations - whether due to cultural and language barriers or biases - have a seat at the table. A podcast, Asian American Stories, launched as the initiative’s effort to provide a platform to give voice to the Asian American Pacific Islander communities by sharing their stories. Hosted by Andy Wang and Kalika Yap.
Council Member John Lee
In celebration of AAPI LA Day, serial entrepreneur and Task Force member Kalika Yap interviewed LA City Council member John Lee of the 12th district. Listen in!
Young Chang of Asha Foods, USA
In celebration of AAPI LA Day, serial entrepreneur and Task Force member Kalika Yap interviewed Young Chang of Asha Foods, USA. Listen in!
SAIGU: Remembering the '92 Riots/Civil Unrest
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the 1992 LA Uprising or SAIGU. LA UPRISING is known in the Korean American community as SAIGU, which directly translates to 4.29 or ‘April 29th’: the start date of the civil unrest. We invite all Angelenos to attend the commemorative LA Uprising/SAIGU events this month, to partake in a healing space and reflect on the effects of the unrest.
Seoul Sausage’s Yong and Ted Kim
The brothers behind the street-food sensation that redefined Korean food in L.A. and conquered the Food Network talk about how they've found new ways to survive during Seoul Sausage’s 10-year run. Along the path, they’ve seen the power of social media, the rise of Korean culture in America and how Korean barbecue sausages can power a movement that starts on the streets and ends up in stadiums.
Dumpling Mafia Queen Shirley Chung
Two-time Top Chef finalist Shirley Chung tells the multi-generational story that led to her progressive Chinese-American food at Ms. Chi Cafe. She also discusses the importance of innovation, how she pivoted with nationwide delivery during the pandemic and how she created her own NFT collection at dumplingmafianft.com
Branding expert Kalika Yap: Responding to Asian Hate Has Empowered a Community
Citrus Studios CEO and multi-hyphenate business leader Kalika Yap talks to co-hosts Andy Wang and Danica Lo about her family escaping martial law in the Philippines, how living in Hawaii shaped her worldview, how living her values led to a successful entrepreneurial career that started with a $400 loan before she worked with clients like Dollar Shave Club and Nyx Cosmetics. We also discuss how food raises awareness and why it’s important to raise your voice and stand up against anti-Asian sentiment.