Ep.07 Soy Sauce Nation Part 2 with Sima Safavi-Bayat & Sadie Maeda
In June of 2021, Soy Sauce Nation, an Asian snowboard community focused on bringing more inclusivity into snowboarding and beyond hosted the first ever "Soy Sauce Nation'als" event at Timberline Resort at Mt. Hood, Oregon. Kim chats with her friends and colleagues Sima Safavi-Bayat and Sadie Maeda, who she attended the event with. They reflect on their different experiences growing in America, how snowboarding and skateboarding came to be a huge part of their lives and how the action sports/skate/snow industry can move forward together.
About Sima Safavi-Bayat:
Sima Safavi-Bayat (she/her) is currently the Skateboarding Inclusivity Cooperate (S.I.C.) Program Manager for Skate Like a Girl and has played various other roles within the organization since 2014. She grew up in a small town in Washington where she first was introduced to snowboarding and skateboarding. Working in shops in her late-teens and early 20s, Sima had a one-foot-in-one-foot-out presence in the snow industry. Being an ambiguous brown gal (Indonesian and Persian), Sima had a hard time seeing herself in the "scenes" she was in. She is an open book who wears her experiences and emotions on her sleeve and sticks to the idea that the biggest impact you have is within your own community. Sima hopes that having these conversations, the sad, the good, the bad and the laughs, help others feel more comfortable with themselves and opens up the door, even just a crack, for others to also be able to express and communicate their experiences and feelings.
About Sadie Maeda:
Sadie (she/her) is a marketing professional who has dedicated her career to working behind the scenes to create more opportunities for women in the action sports industry. She is deeply passionate about connecting, empowering, and creating a larger sense of community for women in a male-dominated industry. She's worked with brands such as Nikita Clothing, MAHFIA.TV, Slmbr Party, Yobeat, Launch Snowboards, and more.
About the Show:
Squeezing the Juice is a podcast and webinar series hosted by Kim Woozy & Ashley Masters featuring conversations with experts in skateboarding, fitness, nutrition, physical and mental health, creative culture and business. Our goal is to inspire, educate and empower our community by sharing our collective experiences, stories and backgrounds. Discover how to be the best version of you...with us!