16 episodes

A show about slices of distinctly Asian American culture and history.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 58 Ratings

A show about slices of distinctly Asian American culture and history.

    014 - Kala Bagai

    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?

    • 1 hr 4 min
    013 - That's Just The Way The Ball Bounces

    013 - That's Just The Way The Ball Bounces

    The language and phrases passed down in our families can reflect our specific cultures, heritage, and journey. But sometimes, they’re a way to cope with something darker and can belie hidden histories. Contributor Julianne Parker explores the depth and meaning of her grandmother’s signature saying in "That’s Just the Way the Ball Bounces."

    • 59 min
    012 - Letters for Black Lives

    012 - Letters for Black Lives

    How do we act as allies to the Black community when we see injustice? How do we start those actions and intentions from our homes and communities? We explore the story of how hundreds of people came together from all around the world to work on a letter — a letter that would be translated into 40 plus languages and help everyone start talking to their families and communities about supporting Black lives.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    011 - Helpers in the Time of Coronavirus

    011 - Helpers in the Time of Coronavirus

    We explore the stories of Asian Americans working to defend our communities from attacks, the volunteers organizing direct aid to vulnerable populations, the people translating information into terms and languages so more can understand, and the local businesses helping each other and their communities survive during Covid-19.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    010 - What We Inherit: Marie Kondo and the Security of Stuff

    010 - What We Inherit: Marie Kondo and the Security of Stuff

    Marie Kondo’s book, show, and Konmari decluttering method got popular in the past couple years, but her methods may not apply the same way to immigrant families. Contributor Christina Ong explores family and belonging in her piece, What We Inherit: Marie Kondo and the Security of Stuff.

    • 32 min
    009 - Facial Hair

    009 - Facial Hair

    Producers Ada Tseng and Caroline Chang don't have a lot of personal experience with facial hair, but they hear Asian American men — in media and in their lives — talk about it all the time. So they decided to investigate: who can or cannot grow it, what are the stereotypes, and the ways it can signify Asian American identity, masculinity, marketability, and resistance.

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

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One of my favorite sources of Asian-American storytelling

Nuanced, deliberate, and gorgeous

HeyyyJuliette ,

Very well researched!

Every single episode is extremely fascinating and well researched. Some of these topics are ones that I would have never considered looking into so it's interesting to learn about. My favorite one is the one on Giant Robot :)

NewFan5418 ,

Nuanced stories of our diverse Asian American community

I am loving this podcast and hoping we keep getting more episodes. The storytelling is solid and doesn't just feature East Asian American histories like so many other "Asian American" resources often do.

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