A podcast hosted by Lucia Liu (host of Rock the Boat) and China Correspondents Caiwei Chen, Kayla He, and Jenny Tang exploring how Asian Americans and Chinese deal with modern issues like dating, identity, mental health, and much more.
Episode 15: Social movement through food with Soleil Ho
On Episode 15 we're joined by SF Chronicle's food critic and James Beard award-winning writer Soleil Ho to talk about how their work uses food to explore larger social issues like race, labor, and gender. Specifically, we dive into Soleil’s piece: "I was done talking about cultural appropriation. The rise in anti-Asian violence pulled me back in" and the many issues around cultural appropriation.
Episode 14: Paying it forward through acting and comedy with Derek Mio
On Episode 14 we're joined by Actor and Comedian Derek Mio as he shares how the Japanese-American community helped him break into the industry, how his craft helped him better understand his heritage, and why its so important to keep paying that generosity forward.
Episode 13: Carrie Zhang and the Asian Mental Health Project
On Episode 13 we're joined by Carrie Zhang, founder of the Asian Mental Health Project. Carrie shares her journey to become a champion for mental health in the AAPI community and gives us some of her personal advice on how to converse about mental health across generations. Jenny and Lucia also discuss the growing emphasis on mental health after COVID lockdowns in the States and most recently, in China.
Episode 12: Shanghai COVID Lockdown with Jenny Tang and Kayla He
On Episode 12 our Shanghai-based correspondents Kayla He and Jenny Tang join Lucia to share their experiences amidst the city-wide Shanghai COVID lockdown.
Episode 11: Chinese Social Media and Ukraine with Mengyu Dong
On Episode 11 we're joined by journalist Mengyu Dong, who writes about technology, women’s rights, and the Chinese diaspora, to examine the nuances of Chinese social media through the lens of Putin's invasion of Ukraine. While Western social media users emphasize their support of Ukraine's defense of their homeland, the restrictive Chinese digital landscape requires a more detailed examination to uncover the true views of its netizens.
NOTE: This episode was recorded on 4/3. Please note that the situation in Ukraine and Shanghai's COVID response (which we briefly discuss in the introduction) is quickly evolving.
Episode 10: Hip Hop History and Culture in China with Wes Chen
On Episode 10 we're joined by the most connected man in China's underground hip hop scene: Radii's Wes Chen. Wes is a radio/podcast host, producer and creator who has had a hand in the rise and growth of hip hop in China. We talk to Wes about how he's seen the music and culture change, his involvement with AR's beef with Kris Wu, and his recommendations on who and where to listen in Chinese hip hop.