48 episodes

Don’t Be Strangers ✨☺️ is a podcast and social experiment for learning to create meaningful connections together via collaborative conversations! Statistics show that (1) social isolation is on the rise and (2) the number of close friends someone would say that they have is decreasing. Considering that having a strong social network is one of the key factor in general happiness, overall health, and prolonged longevity, my hope is that this podcast will serve to bring awareness to the issue as well as provide a platform to start solving the problem, together!

Don’t Be Strangers ✨☺‪️‬ Creative Chimera

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Don’t Be Strangers ✨☺️ is a podcast and social experiment for learning to create meaningful connections together via collaborative conversations! Statistics show that (1) social isolation is on the rise and (2) the number of close friends someone would say that they have is decreasing. Considering that having a strong social network is one of the key factor in general happiness, overall health, and prolonged longevity, my hope is that this podcast will serve to bring awareness to the issue as well as provide a platform to start solving the problem, together!

    Toronto 🇨🇦 Nomad Engineer Emil! FAILing 137 times 🤕 problems creative people have 🙈 learning to talk to ANYONE 🙌🏻 (38)

    Toronto 🇨🇦 Nomad Engineer Emil! FAILing 137 times 🤕 problems creative people have 🙈 learning to talk to ANYONE 🙌🏻 (38)

    Co-Host: Emil / Host: Xinyi Xan (@xinyixan)
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    Welcome back to Don’t Be Strangers, a podcast and community focused on fighting adult loneliness by deepening our connections with ourselves and others. **If you’re into personal development and believe there’s something to be learned from everyone, then you’re in the right place. I’m your host XinYi, and I typically meet my co-hosts for the very first time while recording! If this sounds fun to you, please consider applying to co-host a future episode.

    I am diligently trying to clear my backlog of recordings from last year so that I can start recording new episodes again, and I’m proud to say I’m basically all caught up. After this, I have one more episode from last year, and then I’ll feel situated to re-evaluate the direction of my podcast. If you’ve been here from the beginning, you’ll know that very quickly this project transformed a podcast to more of a community. And speaking of communities, the co-host today is actually from another community I’m part of for digital nomads.

    I had never spoken to Emil prior to this call, but I had put out a post asking for co-hosts in the digital nomad community Slack channel and that’s how we connected! Just from first impressions, I loved how candid Emil was regarding his failures. His approach to life is definitely very bold, but extremely inspirational. And the way he analyses and thinks about different situations is so fascinating, I felt like I learned a lot in the process of editing and reviewing this particular conversation. In it we cover…


    keeping things perfect, but in your head vs letting things change but making it reality
    how Emil failed 137 times in his job search before finally landing his current job
    conversations to have in romantic relationships, especially as a nomadic soul
    is it possible to learn how to talk to anyone?
    how to create value from connecting with others

    With that, please meet Emil…


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    • 50 min
    Florida 🏝 Filipino 🇵🇭 Pao! finding out you’re adopted at 22 😱 día de muertos 💀 teaching English in Korea 🇰🇷 (37)

    Florida 🏝 Filipino 🇵🇭 Pao! finding out you’re adopted at 22 😱 día de muertos 💀 teaching English in Korea 🇰🇷 (37)

    Co-Host: Pao / Host: Xinyi Xan (@xinyixan)
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    📆 See Full Calendar of All FREE Upcoming Events!
    BONUS: 📍🗺 ☕️ Coffeeshops + 💻 Remote Offices

    Welcome back to Don’t Be Strangers, a podcast and community focused on fighting adult loneliness and the myth that “making friends is hard”. **I’m your host XinYi, and I typically meet my co-hosts for the very first time while recording! If this sounds fun to you, please consider applying to co-host a future episode.

    Today I’m chatting with Pao whom I actually had my first ever conversation with on this podcast. Sure, he applied and we had a few back and forths in terms of setting up the call, but I had no idea what to expect when I logged on. And I must confess that I’m often easily swayed by how people communicate virtually via text. So something I recognize that I personally value is the use of emojis and exclamation points, because otherwise, I read sentences with a tone of almost indiference? So Pao, if you’re listening, my first text-impression of you was that you were very serious. And I was doubly intimidated by the topics he proposed. But standing behind my mission to share the stories and perspectives of everyone who is gracious enough to come on, I didn’t let it deter me.

    Now, you may have a very skewed perspective of Pao given that introduction, but let me say — he completely surprised me and I absolutely adored this conversation. It truly surpassed all expectations and allowed me to dig into conversation topics that I need practicing with. This conversation today touched on…


    the Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese cultural perspective on celebrating and honoring our ancestors
    teaching English and living abroad in Korea
    finding out you’re adopted at the age of 22
    our first experiences with death (I’ll add the trigger warning of suicide)
    finding out that Pluto is no longer a planet

    There is so much gold in this conversation, and even though the topic of death was extremely intimidating to me, Pao taught me that it’s completely possible to talk about scary topics in a very light-hearted, encouraging, and positive light. There was also a bunch of storytimes in this conversation, so if you like that stuff, you’re gonna love this! With that, please meet Pao…


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    • 46 min
    Washington DC-based Creative Jonny! Stories from military school 🎖 fear of success 👻 anime worlds to live in 📺 (36)

    Washington DC-based Creative Jonny! Stories from military school 🎖 fear of success 👻 anime worlds to live in 📺 (36)

    Co-Host: Jonny (@col0or) / Host: Xinyi Xan (@xinyixan)
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    📆 See Full Calendar of All FREE Upcoming Events!
    BONUS: 📍🗺 ☕️ Coffeeshops + 💻 Remote Offices

    Welcome back to Don’t Be Strangers, a podcast and community focused on fighting adult loneliness and changing the narrative that “making friends is hard”. **I’m your host XinYi, and I typically meet my co-hosts for the very first time while recording! If this sounds fun to you, please consider applying to co-host a future episode.

    Today I’m chatting with Jonny who I met via this very Don’t Be Strangers community. If I remember correctly, he found our instagram page via episode 26 “aromanticism in relationships, growth from suffering, and the beauty of daily life with Nathan of Crawl Across the Sky” and that’s how we started chatting via text. So obviously, this is one of those scenarios where the co-host is not a complete stranger yet it was through this episode that I felt like I really got to know Jonny much better.

    My deep impression of Jonny after this particular conversation is that he’s very upbeat and insightful, derives his energy based on his surroundings and the types of people he’s with, and a fantastic friend. A sneak peek of what we cover include…


    Jonny’s stories from assisting a militant school for 6 months
    the fear of success
    my two top favorite podcasts for life and biohacking
    anime worlds that Jonny would potentially want to live in
    stereotypes we would like to break about us


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    • 39 min
    SF Bio Teacher 🌁🔬 Curtis of InfatuAsian Podcast! Starting a pod as an introvert 🎙 changing seasons 🍂 work from anywhere travel tips 🧳 (35)

    SF Bio Teacher 🌁🔬 Curtis of InfatuAsian Podcast! Starting a pod as an introvert 🎙 changing seasons 🍂 work from anywhere travel tips 🧳 (35)

    Co-Host: Curtis C. of @theinfatuasianpodcast / Host: Xinyi Xan (@xinyixan)
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    📆 See Full Calendar of All FREE Upcoming Events!
    BONUS: 📍🗺 ☕️ Coffeeshops + 💻 Remote Offices

    Welcome back to Don’t Be Strangers, a podcast and community focused on fighting adult loneliness and changing the narrative that “making friends as an adult is hard”. **I’m your host XinYi, and I typically meet my co-hosts for the very first time while recording! If this sounds fun to you, please consider applying to co-host a future episode.

    Today I’m chatting with Curtis who is the host of a podcast called Infatuasian which focuses on elevating Asian culture and creators. Curtis will be the second fellow podcaster I’ve had on the show and I’ll say that it’s always really fun to pick the brain of someone else doing what you’re doing. As you’ll hear, we swap our workflows and how we plan, prep, and produce our respective podcast episodes.

    From first impressions via this conversation, I would say that Curtis is a really jolly person. I think you can hear it in his voice, from the way he speaks, and the fact that he enjoys teaching and being with students… I left the conversation feeling more youthful. If I’ve made you curious, you should definitely stick around as we will cover…


    how he became a biology teacher
    how teaching during the pandemic actually inspired his podcast
    enjoying the change of seasons in San Francisco
    how I research my trips as a digital nomad
    what’s in my travel bag

    With that, please meet Curtis…


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    • 55 min
    Korean New Yorker 🇰🇷🗽 Gabriel of HugMatch Toys! Visual Impairment 👀 solo travel as an introvert INFJ 🪟 what’s on the other side of fear😱 (33)

    Korean New Yorker 🇰🇷🗽 Gabriel of HugMatch Toys! Visual Impairment 👀 solo travel as an introvert INFJ 🪟 what’s on the other side of fear😱 (33)

    Co-Host: Gabriel Lee of HugMatch (@hugmatch) / Host: Xinyi Xan (@xinyixan)
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    BONUS: 📍🗺 ☕️ Coffeeshops + 💻 Remote Offices

    Welcome back to Don’t Be Strangers, a podcast and community focused on fighting adult loneliness and changing the narrative that “making friends as an adult is hard”. **I’m your host XinYi, and I typically meet my co-hosts for the very first time while recording! If this sounds fun to you, please consider applying to co-host a future episode.

    If you listened to my last episode, which was a Love Letter reflecting on me hosting my first-ever in-person meet up for Don’t Be Strangers here in Dallas, you know that I’m on a mission to translate this virtual and global community into a physical one with city chapters all of the world. If you live in Dallas, we’re hosting another event in Staycation Coffee Richardson on Tuesday Oct 11. Tell your Texan friends. If you’d like to co-host a meet up in your own city with the help of Don’t Be Strangers with our mission in mind, reach out to me @dontbestrangers on instagram!

    Today I’m chatting with Gabriel Lee who is in charge of PR at HugMatch, a company that focuses on developing interactive toys for the visually impaired. To be completely honest, when he reached out and presented his pitch for co-hosting, I was under the impression that this would be purely a PR episode for HugMatch, which honestly, I have no qualms about because marketing and promoting your own passions is part of the experience and should be shared. But getting to know him and the story behind this project, as you will experience with me in this episode, I’m floored. I think he has a very precious perspective on life, and I would love to meet his wife and the rest of his team. In this conversation, we talk about…


    pivoting in life and exploring who we are, through the lens of being Asian American
    how he became part of the mission behind HugMatch
    the staggering stats behind visual impairment
    solo traveling as an introvert
    what’s on the other side of fear

    Also, a small note, there will be some background noise in this episode so if you hear stuff, no, nothing is happening in your house. With that, please meet Gabriel…


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    • 48 min
    Love Letters 💌 to the first of many deep, soft, and wholesome conversations with strangers 🧸 ps. I'm still shaking lol

    Love Letters 💌 to the first of many deep, soft, and wholesome conversations with strangers 🧸 ps. I'm still shaking lol

    At the end of the day, knowing that I want to scale Don’t Be Strangers as a global community (soft world domination?), I know it’s not reasonable to expect that the community would fold together so perfectly that everyone would want to be everyone else’s friend.

    But what I hope is that this community will provide an emotional point of reference for what a community can feel like. I hope that it inspires you to seek and create your own community, whether it is through Don’t Be Strangers, or any other means — one that wants to know you deeply, support you fully, and always make you feel as if you are coming home.

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    📆 See Full Calendar of All FREE Upcoming Events!
    BONUS: 📍🗺 ☕️ Coffeeshops + 💻 Remote Offices


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    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

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rhymonyblog ,

Meaningful Connections

Very relateable and fun to hear these conversations. It’s like I am at a slumber party hangout. 🛌

Bekah_TheHedge ,

Raw & Honest

What I always appreciate about listening to Xinyi is her ability to remain candid and honest. Tune in to a podcast that genuinely reflects life, unsugarcoated.

Pinktuesday ,

genuine heart to heart convos

I love playing this pod while doing my hour-long commutes - it really feels like I’m in the room with them. Xinyi and her co-hosts always nail the “creative chimera” experience spot on. I love that the speakers aren’t afraid to dive in deep, be vulnerable, & ask thought-provoking questions <3

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