A show about slices of distinctly Asian American culture and history.
019 - Country Music for a Baan Nok Boy
Timothy Singratsomboune had a complicated relationship to country music. How did his own experiences bring him away from and eventually back to the genre? And how does country music connect Tim to both Lao culture and the Lao communities he grew up around?
In this episode, we explore the connections between Asian Americans, country music, and rural life.
018 - Fifth Anniversary
Five years ago in Spring of 2016, we launched Asian Americana. For our fifth anniversary, we take a moment to revisit all of the stories we’ve done from our first episode through the end of 2020. What happened after we stopped recording? What are those people doing now? Listen and find out.
017 - Until it Happened to Us
The Covid-19 pandemic has been in the United States for over a year, but the way we each think about it is shaped heavily by how it does or doesn’t directly affect us individually. For some people, they’ve become all too familiar with the impact of the coronavirus. Contributor Denise Chan shares her family’s experience with Covid-19 from her podcast, Until it Happened to Us, which originally ran in December of 2020.
016 - Comfort Food, part 2
This is the second part of our comfort food episode. In the previous episode, we focused on the ways food traditions get passed down through families, communities, and cookbooks, and the way they adapt over time. Today, we look at how simple foods, convenience foods, and even fast food restaurants can become part of our cherished memories and culture.
015 - Comfort Food, part 1
The first of two episodes about Asian American comfort foods. We explore the traditions we’ve passed down in our families, as well as the adaptations and substitutions different communities have picked up along the way.
014 - Kala Bagai
What was it like for a South Asian woman immigrating to the US in the early 20th century, and how did she build a community over her lifetime? And why name a street in Berkeley after Kala Bagai — especially since she may not have spent much time living there, if she did at all?
I want more
I heard the story based in Seattle and was surprised at how much of it was news to me. Living in Seattle I thought I’d know more. They are great topics but sometimes they can get dragged out to fill time. I’m excited to see how the episodes improve over the years. Don’t stop making them please! I want to learn more
Growing up as part of the Asian diaspora in a non—diverse community, I find such resonance and camaraderie with these beautiful, delightful and meaningful episodes. Thank you so much.