Dear Asian Americans is a podcast for and by Asian Americans, focusing on authentic storytelling rooted in origin, identity, and legacy. Host Jerry Won brings on guests from diverse backgrounds and career paths to celebrate, support, and inspire the Asian American community. New episodes air every Tuesday across all major platforms. Instagram: @dearasianamericans
169 // Calvin Sun // The Monsoon Diaries
Dr. Calvin Sun, founder and CEO of The Monsoon Diaries, joins Dear Asian Americans to talk about his new book, appropriately titled The Monsoon Diaries. Dr. Sun shares about the origins of The Monsoon Diaries blog, what led to the book, and how it uses Covid-19 as a backdrop to tell an overarching story of how one derives resilience from something they already have, rather than acquiring it externally. Listen in as Jerry and Dr. Sun also discuss navigating the Asian American family dynamic, the importance of self-advocacy, the effects of the pandemic on healthcare workers, and the two most important bets of his life: the one that took him to Egypt and the one that took him to medical school.
168 // Michael Chui, Kweilin Ellingrud, Jackie Wong // McKinsey & Co // Asian American workers: Diverse outcomes and hidden challenges
Michael Chui, Kweilin Ellingrud, and Jackie Wong of McKinsey & Company join Jerry to talk about the recently released report Asian American workers: Diverse outcomes and hidden challenges. Michael, Kweilin, and Jackie each share why this particular report means so much to them individually. Listen in as they discuss a wide range of topics with Jerry, including their routes to the corporate world and McKinsey, the importance of disaggregated data, the challenges that lie ahead, and what actions we can take to continue raising awareness and fighting for change for the Asian American diaspora in the workplace and beyond.
167 // Mike Kim // You Are The Brand
Mike Kim, personal brand expert, best-selling author, and host of the You Are The Brand Podcast, joins Dear Asian Americans to talk about personal branding, identity, and everything in between. Mike shares about his work at a church in Connecticut that allowed him to start building his personal brand very early on, leaving the church to find a life of impact, and what it means to let go of old identities in order to forge new ones. Listen in as Jerry and Mike discuss Mike’s foray into content creation before it became a viable career path, what it means to discover “self-expression,” and the community in this work.
166 // Vivian Tu // Your Rich BFF
Vivian Tu, CEO & Founder of Your Rich BFF, joins Dear Asian Americans to talk about all things personal finance and being your own boss. Vivian shares about growing up in a predominantly white community, gaining a wider perspective once she got to college, and how all of this became intertwined with her journey through finance (from school to Wall Street and beyond). Listen in as Jerry and Vivian talk about the way Asian American families dealt with finance, the power in seeing successful Asian Americans in positions of leadership, and what it means to make finance fun and accessible to our community and beyond.
165 // Simon Alexander Ong // Make the Most of Every Moment
Simon Alexander Ong, leadership coach, business analyst, speaker, and author, joins Jerry for an episode Dear Asian Europeans to talk about the process of going from the corporate world of banking to entrepreneurship and taking a chance on yourself. Simon shares about his family’s journey from Malaysia to the U.K., finding success as an entrepreneur, and the very challenging process of writing a book in the midst of a pandemic AND being a new parent. He also talks about where his energy comes from: his physical health and fitness. Listen in as Jerry and Simon discuss the varying experiences of the Asian diaspora, the importance of following your heart and being open to what it says, and why taking up space in places we historically have not, hits differently with audiences that look like us.
164 // Dr. Raynald Samoa // Dear Pacific Islanders
Dr. Raynald Samoa, Endocrinologist at City of Hope and member of the Presidential Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, joins Jerry to talk about his upbringing, his path to medicine, and his advocacy work for the more marginalized voices within our wider Asian American community. Dr. Samoa shares about finding his love of biology, being the first Samoan to attend the University of Washington School of Medicine, and what exactly led him to endocrinology. Listen in as Jerry and Dr. Samoa discuss the importance of disaggregated data, how we can meaningfully represent all the diverse cultures that make up our diaspora, and why the solutions for sharing information with each other lies in community.
Thank you and keep doing what you’re doing
I wish I found your podcast sooner, but I’m catching up now. The White House episode is so touching and made me cry. Asian parents rarely say they are proud and I know how much that must of meant to you for them to so that to you. I’m proud of you, your podcast, your vision and mission to tell our stories. So many stories to tell and am spreading the word that Dear Asian American is a must listen to.
A look into the power of dual cultural identity
This podcast brings listeners through the adventures, blessings and challenges that Asian Americans face in today’s society. It’s a wonderful, down to earth, authentic inside view into the lives of this very important demographic. Thank you for creating and thank you for sharing!
Love this show and showcasing AAPI stories
I have felt so seen and heard when listening to this podcast. I wish it were around when I was growing up - would have made me more proud of my roots and my experiences.