219 episodes

Escape From Plan A is the podcast that talks about all the forbidden topics in Asian America. They're the topics that rarely make it unfiltered to NYT or Huffington Post, but constantly dominate any discussions among Asians when we're freed from supervision. We're Asian women and men who've come together to carve out a uniquely Asian American progressive perspective that's different from the usual supporting-cast roles we play for everyone else. No more face-saving. Time to get real.

We also run an online magazine, Plan A. Visit us at the link below!

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 158 Ratings

Escape From Plan A is the podcast that talks about all the forbidden topics in Asian America. They're the topics that rarely make it unfiltered to NYT or Huffington Post, but constantly dominate any discussions among Asians when we're freed from supervision. We're Asian women and men who've come together to carve out a uniquely Asian American progressive perspective that's different from the usual supporting-cast roles we play for everyone else. No more face-saving. Time to get real.

We also run an online magazine, Plan A. Visit us at the link below!

    Ep. 219: Uber Drivers Unite (ft. Hailing Chen)

    Ep. 219: Uber Drivers Unite (ft. Hailing Chen)

    Hailing Chen is running for New York City Council representing the mostly Asian and Latinx immigrant community of Flushing, NY. Jess, Diana and Teen talk to Hailing -- an Uber driver -- talk about the ways COVID threatens to break the back of the immigrant working class, and how it is now do-or-die to stand up politically. We hear a lot from the elite class on what's best for immigrant communities, but we rarely hear from members of these communities directly.

    Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/planamag

    REFERENCED RESOURCES:
    Hailing's campaign website: https://www.hailingchen.nyc/

    SUBMISSIONS & COMMENTS:
    editor.planamag@gmail.com

    EFPA Opening Theme:
    "F**k Out My Face" by Ayekay (open.spotify.com/artist/16zQKaDN5XgHAhfOJHTigJ)

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Ep. 218 (Preview): The Snack Review

    Ep. 218 (Preview): The Snack Review

    We're serving up lighter fare for this bonus. You Peng and Diana deliver on the promise of an episode where EFPA reviews snacks. Here's what we've been eating and cooking during the last half year quarantine, with a bit of political discussion sprinkled like furikake on rice.

    Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/planamag

    SUBMISSIONS & COMMENTS:
    editor.planamag@gmail.com

    EFPA Opening Theme:
    "F**k Out My Face" by Ayekay (open.spotify.com/artist/16zQKaDN5XgHAhfOJHTigJ)

    • 10 min
    Ep. 217: Is Affirmative Action Legitimate Activism?

    Ep. 217: Is Affirmative Action Legitimate Activism?

    With Prop. 16 on the ballot for Nov. 3 -- which will decide whether California will reinstate affirmative action -- the eternal issue of whether Asian Americans are "for or against affirmative action" is again causing a rift among activists. It seems to be a deadlock where one is either "selling out" other AsAms if they support affirmative action, or "being complicit with white supremacy" if they oppose it.

    Jess, Diana and Teen discuss this deadlock, and whether there is a different perspective by which to understand affirmative action and the Asian American. Is affirmative action even a proper domain for "activism" -- whether one is for or against -- in the first place?

    TWITTER:
    Jess (@cogitatotomato)
    Teen (@mont_jiang)
    Diana (@discoveryduck)

    REFERENCED RESOURCES:
    LA Time endorsement of Prop 16: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-09-11/endorsement-affirmative-action-ban

    SF Chronicle opposition to Prop 16: https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Racial-preferences-are-wrong-Vote-no-on-15558704.php

    "Thomas Jefferson High School Wants Fewer Asians," The National Review: https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2020/10/19/thomas-jefferson-high-school-wants-fewer-asians/

    SUBMISSIONS & COMMENTS:
    editor.planamag@gmail.com

    EFPA Opening Theme:
    "F**k Out My Face" by Ayekay (open.spotify.com/artist/16zQKaDN5XgHAhfOJHTigJ)

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Ep. 216 (Preview): Reading Discussion, Ho Chi Minh and Huey P. Newton (ft. Mike Nguyen)

    Ep. 216 (Preview): Reading Discussion, Ho Chi Minh and Huey P. Newton (ft. Mike Nguyen)

    Mike joins Q this week to discuss two short readings: Hồ Chí Minh’s Letter to Old People regarding the role of elder people in revolutionary movements, and the second, Huey P. Newton's "In Defense of Self Defense," concerning the role of violence in liberation. These two seemingly disparate works provide important advice for those of trying to agitate and organize during these tumultuous times. Valuing new voices and being welcoming of the young into the new world we are trying to build also requires correcting important errors when it comes to what “Gen Z” has to offer without repeating the mistakes of our elders. Given the anti-communist propaganda rampant in the Asian diaspora, it is vital we provide a clear and objective articulation of an alternative to the status quo. On the other hand, what systemic change might look like may vary based on the eye of the beholder. Newton’s essay makes a clear and simple request: that it is the right of the oppressed peoples, of the world and the US in particular, to act in self-defense by disrupting the white supremacist’s monopoly on violence. In the wake of chaos, we can only grow by learning to depend on one another.

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    TWITTER:
    Q (@allyouneedis_q)
    Mike (@euthanasiaclown)

    REFERENCED RESOURCES:
    Letter to Old People (Ho Chi Minh): https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/ho-chi-minh/works/1945/09/20.htm

    In Defense of Self Defense (Huey P. Newton): https://www.hamptonthink.org/read/in-defense-of-self-defense-huey-p-newton

    American "Revolution," The "Black Hole" of American Electioneering and the Lessons China Must Draw (Tu Zhuxi): https://www.qiaocollective.com/en/articles/american-revolution-tu-zhuxi

    SUBMISSIONS & COMMENTS:
    editor.planamag@gmail.com

    EFPA Opening Theme:
    "F**k Out My Face" by Ayekay (open.spotify.com/artist/16zQKaDN5XgHAhfOJHTigJ)

    • 12 min
    Ep. 215: Black Zebra Speaks (ft. Kajah and Jeoffrey)

    Ep. 215: Black Zebra Speaks (ft. Kajah and Jeoffrey)

    Kajah and Jeoffrey of Black Zebra Productions joins Nia and Diana for a rare interview. The husband-and-wife team shares stories of documenting the protests in Sacramento, Portland, Kenosha, and Paris. As Asian American artists, they also share their experiences with breaking out of the scarcity mentality, personal decolonization, and finding connection and community within the greater struggle against fascism happening all over the world.

    Please consider donating to Black Zebra Productions' coverage efforts on Venmo (@BlackZebra), Paypal (paypal.me/blackzebrainc), or CashApp (cash.app/$theblackzebra)

    TWITTER:
    Black Zebra (@blackzebrapro)
    Nia (@nxn_nrc)
    Diana (@discoveryduck)

    REFERENCED RESOURCES:
    Black Zebra Productions: www.travelwithblackzebra.com
    https://www.facebook.com/blackzebraproductions/

    Black Zebra Productions crew attacked by federal agents in Portland protest, video shows: https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article244412477.html

    Facebook Deleted Black Zebra Productions’ Sacramento George Floyd Protest Videos, Before Restoring Page: https://www.capradio.org/articles/2020/06/09/facebook-deletes-black-zebra-productions-page-sacramento-george-floyd-protest-videos/

    SUBMISSIONS & COMMENTS:
    editor.planamag@gmail.com

    EFPA Opening Theme:
    "F**k Out My Face" by Ayekay (open.spotify.com/artist/16zQKaDN5XgHAhfOJHTigJ)

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Ep. 214 [UNLOCKED BONUS]: Chinese Scientists, American Fascism, American Decline

    Ep. 214 [UNLOCKED BONUS]: Chinese Scientists, American Fascism, American Decline

    On August 20, 2020, Asian Americans Advancing Justice's Asian Law Caucus, along with dozens of Asian American and Civil Rights organizations, filed an amicus brief opposing the US government's increasing attacks on Chinese American scientists.

    In this special unlocked bonus episode, Teen and Diana discuss "The China Initiative," how and why something like this gets enacted, who it hurts and who it benefits. Ethnic cleansing and fascism don't require violent mobs. Jealous colleagues, ambitious prosecutors, and an ignorant public will get the job done. But are Chinese scientists the first victims of an impending Boba Liberal pogrom, or the last line of defense against a truly failed state? In an America that is insane and eating itself, Asian Americans need to develop our own tradition of intellectualism to fight for ourselves and all Americans.

    TWITTER:
    Teen (@mont_jiang)
    Diana (@discoveryduck)

    REFERENCED RESOURCES:
    United States vs Tao Amicus Brief: https://advancingjustice-aajc.org/sites/default/files/2020-08/Tao%20Amicus%20Brief.pdf

    The Chinese in America, by Iris Chang: https://b-ok.cc/book/3236054/6cdc89

    Thread of the Silkworm, by Iris Chang: https://b-ok.cc/book/2372111/9b0caa

    One Billion Americans: The case for many more Americans: https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/21449512/matt-yglesias-one-billion-americans

    How Two Students Touring Florida Found Themselves Branded as Chinese Spies: https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/09/28/china-lost-students-spies-michigan-florida-espionage-fears/

    Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? by Graham Allison: https://b-ok.cc/book/5152796/296be7

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    editor.planamag@gmail.com

    EFPA Opening Theme:
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    • 1 hr 39 min

Customer Reviews

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158 Ratings

158 Ratings

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Really In-Depth Discussions about Asian America

Are you tired of the overwrought and trite views brought to you by Boba Liberals and Blue Check Twitter Asians?

Then you should listen to this podcast. Going through the catalogue, there are so many really fresh takes on the really unique experience of being Asian American.

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I really enjoy this podcast because we as Asian Americans don’t often address a lot racism issues that we face. This podcast really dives into a lot issues we often just pushes down and ignore even though it affects us in a much deeper way than we realize. Listening to this podcast not only make me have this ah ha moment like finally I am able to put words to those underlying feelings I have been feeling inside but also give me different perspectives on the issues we face as Asian currently. I highly recommend!

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