From the Los Angeles Times, “Asian Enough” is a podcast about being Asian American -- the joys, the complications and everything in between. In each episode, hosts Jen Yamato, Johana Bhuiyan, Tracy Brown and Suhauna Hussain of the Times invite special guests to share personal stories and unpack identity on their own terms. They explore the vast diaspora across cultures, backgrounds and generations, and try to expand the ways in which being Asian American is defined.
Bonus: Simu Liu
A conversation with actor Simu Liu about defying tropes as Marvel’s first Asian superhero, feeling empowered on the set of “Shang-Chi” after his experience with “Kim’s Convenience,” and the importance of being the “masters of our own narrative.” Guest photo by Miller Mobley.
A conversation with comedian and actor Maz Jobrani about centering his Iranian American identity in his standup, toeing the line with stereotypes onstage, and immigrating to California as a child when his family fled the Iranian Revolution. Guest photo by Storm Santos.
A conversation with model, actor and dancer Leyna Bloom about making history as the first trans cover model for a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, embracing her Black and Filipina identity, and reconnecting with her mother — who was deported more than 20 years ago. Guest photo by Zenobia.
A conversation with comedian and filmmaker Hari Kondabolu about taking on "The Simpsons" with his documentary “The Problem With Apu,” where he draws the line between activism and comedy, and why he’s cool with white people walking out of his shows. Guest photo by Rob Holysz.
A conversation with Maitreyi Ramakrishnan of the Netflix comedy series “Never Have I Ever” about her Tamil Canadian identity, having Mindy Kaling as a boss and breaking ground by playing a flawed Asian American lead on TV. Guest photo by Yasara Gunawardena / Netflix.
A conversation with Emmy-nominated actor Lucy Liu about fame, art, motherhood and standing up for herself on the set of "Charlie’s Angels." Guest photo by Sophy Holland.
Glad I found this show
Very insightful perspective on the Asian American experience
This podcast is my jam on the road to and from work. I heard an ad for this on another podcast (History of China) and bookmarked it for later. So glad I tuned in. Born in LA to immigrant Chinese parents I hear myself and my family's stories when I listen to these amazing hosts and guests. This is proof that our stories are worth listening to ❤️
Guests are great, hosts are terrible
*update 8/25/21 - I stopped listening to this podcast for awhile but saw some of the guests on the second season and wanted to give the show another try. I listened to the Hari Kondabolu conversation and it was so bad. I actually know Hari from Seattle and the hosts really wasted the interview time with him. They asked him sub par questions and hari is the one who had to add the depth. I hate to say this but the hosts seem to be very young and need a bit of support with how to maintain a conversation. The one co-host who identified as Filipina and Bengali was particularly bad…admitting at the end of the show that she doesn’t know much about her own personal history! Do your own work, and then start hosting a podcast! Anyway, I won’t be listening anymore.
There are some amazing guests on this show, but the co-hosts ask terrible questions. Antonio Vargas is amazing and he ran circles around the co-hosts who both seem apolitical and just not engaged. The Kamala Harris episode was good, but again, that’s because of the guest. Still deciding if I want to listen to the Padma Lakshmi episode.