109 episodes

Hosts and life-long best friends Angela Lin and Jesse Lin explore their identities as Asian-Americans through the lens of their first-generation upbringings and how those influences have shaped how they see the world and their place in it.

Each episode explores a different topic of identity or common struggle, with many episodes featuring special guests from both the Asian and broader POC communities bringing their unique perspectives, showing us that there's so much more that connects us than divides us.

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But Where Are You Really From?: An Asian-American Struggle Angela Lin and Jesse Lin

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 42 Ratings

Hosts and life-long best friends Angela Lin and Jesse Lin explore their identities as Asian-Americans through the lens of their first-generation upbringings and how those influences have shaped how they see the world and their place in it.

Each episode explores a different topic of identity or common struggle, with many episodes featuring special guests from both the Asian and broader POC communities bringing their unique perspectives, showing us that there's so much more that connects us than divides us.

Instagram: @whereareyoufrompod
Tik Tok: @butwhereareyoureallyfrom Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/butwhereareyoureallyfrom/support

    108. Which Generation is it Anyways?

    108. Which Generation is it Anyways?

    Is there a reliable way to predict what's coming in the future? Sometimes, we just need to look to the past to inform what changes we might see soon! 



    In The Fourth Turning, authors Neil Howe and William Strauss postulate that four unique generational archetypes govern the changes we see in American history. Each generation's development is informed by the events and social conditions of the previous generation. The archetypes feed into each other cyclically, creating repeating patterns of growth and decay. 



    Angela and Jesse reflect on how the archetypes do and do not resonate with each of them. They discuss when the current phase of historical events will end and how the world might look after this current world "turning" or "season" ends.



    Which archetype do you fit in and does it resonate with you? Chime in on our comments on Tik Tok or Instagram what your thoughts are!



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    • 38 min
    107. (Mini) Is Polyamory For You?

    107. (Mini) Is Polyamory For You?

    We're all searching for the "one," but what if there was more than one "one" for you out there? What would it take to work it out with multiple loves in your life? 



    We've talked about dating and open relationships before, and we're taking it one step further with a discussion on polyamory. Many of you brought up this type of relationship structure on TikTok when we discussed open relationships, so in this episode we talk more about how this structure works and is different from other structures. Polyamorous folks may have more than one significant relationship in their lives. Some of them might have a more hierarchical relationship structure, while others split their time evenly among their various partners. Relationship structures are a very personal matter - Angela and Jesse both weigh in on why or why not they believe polyamory might be a good fit for them.



    Is your curiosity piqued by this topic? Chime in on our comments on TikTok or Instagram with your thoughts!



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    • 17 min
    106. Being A Global Citizen

    106. Being A Global Citizen

    As many of you know, Angela has been living that digital nomad life for the past year and a half. 



    In this episode, we talk about how the pandemic has opened up remote work possibilities, including how governmental bodies (from countries down to cities) are trying to attract this newly mobile class of workers through generous digital nomad visas to literally paying people to start families to counteract declining fertility rates. 



    We then discuss the pros and cons of this new way of life for both remote workers themselves as well as for the local residents of these places that are becoming hot spots for this massive influx of nomadic workers (i.e., Portugal, Mexico City). Is the short-term economic benefit of welcoming these remote workers' dollars enough to justify gentrification and cultural erasure? How come governmental bodies haven't worked through policy to strike the right balance?



    What do you think about all this? Are you a digital nomad yourself? Or, do you live somewhere that's changed massively since the start of remote work migration? Let us know your thoughts in the comments on our social media accounts!



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    *Podcaster Notes:


    Nothing discussed is financial advice. Regarding taxes, while it's true that many countries do not charge income tax on income earned outside of their country (i.e., if the company you're remote working for is based elsewhere), each country is different. Please consult the tax regulations of the country you're considering moving to and do your own research.

    In discussing Japan's border restrictions, this episode was recorded prior to their opening. The country has opened its borders to tourists again starting October 11th.

    Switzerland does not officially have a digital nomad visa. They have a longer term stay "Type D" visa. The minimum income requirement is not set, though generally you'll have to prove you have sufficient funds to live in the country, where cities like Zurich can cost ~$5K/month in living expenses. 


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    • 37 min
    105. (Mini) Affordable Healthcare Outside the U.S.

    105. (Mini) Affordable Healthcare Outside the U.S.

    Inspired by a viral TikTok video Angela made about her uninsured dental experience in Korea a few months ago, we're discussing some of the ways healthcare is different outside of vs. inside the U.S.

    As a self-employed freelancer, navigating the world of uninsured life after years of Corporate America-backed insurance plans has been... quite an adjustment! We talk about the cost differences with how much Angela paid abroad vs. what the same procedures would cost in the U.S., how the actual experience was different (and in some ways similar), and the overall system and incentive structure for citizens to be insured at all. 

    Have you had a crazy healthcare-related experience, good or bad, abroad or in the US that you want to share? What do you think about the differences between how these systems are run? Let us know in the comments on our social media accounts!

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    *Podcasters' Note: apparently neither of your podcast hosts is great at mental math (lol), because we didn't catch at the time the blip Angela made about how much she used to pay into her employer-backed dental plan. She paid $240/year, not $120/year. 

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    • 17 min
    104. Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist

    104. Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist

    Have you ever thought about what racism looks like in other countries, especially Asian countries? We're exploring that this week through the lens of Angela's travel experience in Korea and Japan, as well as stories told by those living in these countries.



    Racism is a difficult subject to broach in largely homogeneous countries. While there are certain small pockets of non-local workers and expats, it can be difficult for certain actions or associations to be considered racist. In many cases, socioeconomic disparities play into these discriminatory perspectives, creating a separation between the majority and minority that could be seen as racist.



    We discuss the many different ways racism can exist in these homogenous Asian countries - from colorism, to blatant discrimination of Southeast Asians in East Asia, to xenophobia.   If you've ever felt othered living or working in another country, we'd love to hear from you. What do you feel rings the truest for you?



    Let us know in our comments on Tik Tok or Instagram what your thoughts are! 



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    • 46 min
    103. See You in Your Nightmares

    103. See You in Your Nightmares

    It's spooky season! Are you a fan of All Hallows' Eve? Do you love to watch horror movies and spook yourself with scary stories? If so, this week's titillating episode of Asia-based Reddit horror stories is just for you.


    Jesse shares his scary story find about a young group of travelers camping in the wrong forest in Japan. Angela follows up with her own frightening tale of a sleepless apartment haunting in Taiwan. Will our story subjects escape their ghostly hauntings and live to tell the tale another day? 


    Do you have a spooky tale of your own? Let us know in the comments on our Tik Tok at @butwhereareyoureallyfrom or on our Instagram at @whereareyoufrompod !



    *Note: Angela misspoke about the area with lakes/views of Mt. Fuji. It is called "Fujigoko" or "Fuji Five Lakes")


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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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42 Ratings

42 Ratings

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