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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 & broader POC communities bringing their unique perspectives.

These are thoughts from people your parents would be disappointed in. Angela and Jesse are not related, but might as well be.

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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 34 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 & broader POC communities bringing their unique perspectives.

These are thoughts from people your parents would be disappointed in. Angela and Jesse are not related, but might as well be.

Instagram: @whereareyoufrompod

    S4 EP08 Boba or Bust

    S4 EP08 Boba or Bust

    We always like to end on a sweet treat, but why not dedicate an entire episode to one? This week we're talking about boba or bubble tea - the delicious dessert imported from our motherland Taiwan. Prepare for a history lesson, as we open the episode with a look into how boba came to be and how it found its way to the United States. As such a ubiquitous treat, we discuss how this tasty snack is actually entangled with Asian culture both here for Asian-Americans and in Asia where it originated. Of course with its rising popularity, many new shops have taken boba to the extreme - and we review all of these new fads. Finally, we share our favorite boba orders with you, listeners - try them out! 

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    • 35 min
    S4 EP07 Jian Bao: My Favorite Kind of Bao

    S4 EP07 Jian Bao: My Favorite Kind of Bao

    Sorry y'all, we're not talking about XLBs (xiao long baos) today - in fact, we're talking about the Taiwanese universal health care system and the colloquially referred to "jian bao," which is the health insurance card every Taiwanese citizen carries to get access to these services.



    We introduce how Taiwan was able to reform their health care system in the 90s to provide universal health care, what benefits its citizens gain from this system as well as the drawbacks for not only citizens but also the health care providers themselves, and then we speculate about why we think this sort of system could or could not be adopted by the United States. 



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    • 36 min
    S4 EP06 I Got My B.S. in Bullsh*t

    S4 EP06 I Got My B.S. in Bullsh*t

    Have you ever wondered what your college degree has done for you?

    Well, so have we! It has been such a contentious topic that we decided to turn it into an episode! This week we're talking all about college education - our personal experiences as well as our perspective on how our parents viewed it. We discuss the investment versus payoff of matriculating at a name-brand school, both from an undergraduate and graduate level. We also dive into what we actually got out of education, whether it's actual knowledge or just street knowledge. Finally, we take a look at popular new forms of education and how that could transform the traditional Asian studies pathway into something more.

    Tune in and educate yourself! 



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    • 36 min
    S4 EP05 The Price Is (Al)right ft. Raymond Luu & Renee Ya from Reel Asian Podcast

    S4 EP05 The Price Is (Al)right ft. Raymond Luu & Renee Ya from Reel Asian Podcast

    Would you like to play a game....about Asian TV and cinema? 

    This week we're bringing you a fun new game show format co-hosted by Raymond Luu and Renee Ya from Reel Asian Podcast! We compete in a semi-free-for-all, semi-team-based game where we answer questions regarding all things Asian-American pop culture as it relates to celebrities, fun facts behind popular films, and plots from Asian TV/film. Along with shenanigan trivia, we share some must-watch Asian media and talk about how Asian representation in cinema has transformed. Finally, we close with a recap of some of the comically worst representations of Asians and yellow face in throughout recent history. 

    What's the winning team get? You'll have to tune in to find out!



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    • 33 min
    S4 EP04 Is There Still Common Ground in U.S. Politics?

    S4 EP04 Is There Still Common Ground in U.S. Politics?

    In honor of 4th of July, we wanted to examine where we are as a nation and if there's still hope for all of us to come back together after a very divisive past 4+ years... 

    We discuss an often underrepresented (up to half) of the country that self-identify as independents, moderates, and/or centrists, and how a lack of strong identification with either extreme of the political spectrum has left many of them feeling underrepresented by the two-party system. We also discuss some hot button current issues (further restrictions on voting, $15 minimum wage), and how there is a lot to agree on in terms of the problem and the desire to find a solution, but where we often get stuck is the *how* and a lack of a trust in our elected officials to properly execute on these visions. We end things by postulating on if we feel hopeful for our country coming back together in a less divisive way in the future (spoiler alert: we do, with time). 

    As always, we are not proclaiming to be experts on these matters by any means, and we always welcome feedback, especially from those who are much more informed! All discussion is simply our personal opinion on these matters :)



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    • 37 min
    S4 EP03 Arranged Marriages: Then and Now ft. Shibani Joshi

    S4 EP03 Arranged Marriages: Then and Now ft. Shibani Joshi

    Arranged marriages are often thought of as an archaic relic of the past. But what impact does the cultural and historical relevance of this practice have on the marriages of today? This week, we'll attempt to answer this question with our special guest, Shibani Joshi. Shibani is an accomplished business and technology journalist, lecturer, and professional speaker, and is an Indian-American who has had first hand experience with trying to reconcile with checking off all the "Indian-approved" boxes and the realities of what it takes to build a successful marriage. 

    We dive into the roots and perceived benefits of arranged marriages, as well as how they operate in India and the US. We also examine the cultural context of marriages in general, including how perceptions of marriage and divorce differ. Finally, we look at how we can reconcile personal happiness and cultural expectations in pursuit of love and marriage. 

    • 34 min

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