14 episodes

In the Faith & Chai podcast, Caroline Lancaster and Kevin Wilson have real conversations at the intersection of faith and South Asian culture. They give voice to the experiences of many South Asian young adults and simultaneously highlight the diversity of the South Asian experience. You will laugh and possibly cry as they talk about everything from childhood experiences, their relationship with their parents, what it means to be South Asian and Christian, cultural expectations, and much more! Be inspired to take next steps in your personal faith and cultural identity journey. Make yourself a cup of chai, get some biscuits, and lets hang out!

Faith & Chai South Asian InterVarsity

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 24 Ratings

In the Faith & Chai podcast, Caroline Lancaster and Kevin Wilson have real conversations at the intersection of faith and South Asian culture. They give voice to the experiences of many South Asian young adults and simultaneously highlight the diversity of the South Asian experience. You will laugh and possibly cry as they talk about everything from childhood experiences, their relationship with their parents, what it means to be South Asian and Christian, cultural expectations, and much more! Be inspired to take next steps in your personal faith and cultural identity journey. Make yourself a cup of chai, get some biscuits, and lets hang out!

    My family has a secret.

    My family has a secret.

    Comedian Hasan Minhaj says "Immigrants love secrets." Our hosts discuss the propensity for South Asian families to keep secrets and what impact protecting the family's honor has on our identities. Enjoy the last episode of the season with a cup of chai as we spill the South Asian tea! 

    Credits:
    Hosts: Caroline Lancaster (@carolinesusie) & Kevin Wilson (@crossculturechristian)
    Production: Arul Karunanidhi, Kyle Lee & Alex Waters
    Design: Lisa Matsui & Caroline Lancaster
    Follow us on instagram @faithandchai
    Brought to you by South Asian InterVarsity @intervarsity.sa

    • 27 min
    I think I'm depressed.

    I think I'm depressed.

    Depression and mental illness are real but more often than not South Asian communities can ignore or deny those realities. Join our hosts as they discuss their experiences with depression in college, what they feared their parents would think and how their view of mental health has been shaped by time, culture and faith. Plus, during our biscuit break find out who ran for student council to hide being sad.
     
    Mental Health Resources:
    *Check your college's mental health office for local resources that are FREE to students.
    *South Asian Therapists Directory -  southasiantherapists.org
    *Asian Mental Health Collective -  asianmhc.org
    *Chicago + Denver-based South Asian Therapist -  https://optimumjoy.com/ruth-nathaniel/
    *Books from a Christian perspective about inviting God into your mental health journey -  https://www.ivpress.com/browse/resources-for-mental-health
     
    Mentioned on Today's Episode:
    *The Silence About Mental Health in South Asian Culture Is Dangerous:  https://newrepublic.com/article/122892/silence-mental-health-south-asian-culture-dangerous
     
    Credits:
    Hosts: Caroline Lancaster (@carolinesusie) & Kevin Wilson (@crossculturechristian)
    Production: Arul Karunanidhi, Kyle Lee & Alex Waters
    Design: Lisa Matsui & Caroline Lancaster
    Follow us on instagram @faithandchai
     Brought to you by South Asian InterVarsity @intervarsity.sa

    • 35 min
    I left my family's faith.

    I left my family's faith.

    What happens when we decide to leave our South Asian family's faith to practice another? Join our co-hosts as they welcome SPECIAL GUEST Divya Putty for a vulnerable and honest conversation about the challenges, beauty and healing that can come in navigating this major social stigma in the South Asian community.

    For more info about the South Asian InterVarsity Support Network mentioned on today's episode visit: https://www.southasianintervarsity.org/south-asian-support-network.html

    Credits:
    Special Guest: Divya Putty (@divya_putty)
    Hosts: Caroline Lancaster (@carolinesusie) & Kevin Wilson (@crossculturechristian)
    Production: Arul Karunanidhi, Kyle Lee & Alex Waters
    Design: Lisa Matsui & Caroline Lancaster
    Follow us on instagram @faithandchai
    Brought to you by South Asian InterVarsity @intervarsity.sa

    • 40 min
    I got dark this summer.

    I got dark this summer.

    Remember the last time your parents told you stay out of the sun? Grab your cup of chai and let's go there! Fair and Lovely creams to clouds of talc powder, South Asian women vs men's experiences of colorism, and how faith intertwines it all. Caroline and Kevin dive deep into the prejudices towards having darker complexion in the South Asian community. Also, find out what biscuit our hosts think best resembles their complexion! 

    Credits:
    SPECIAL THANKS to Khayali (Kevin's sister).
    Hosts: Caroline Lancaster (@carolinesusie) & Kevin Wilson (@crossculturechristian)
    Production: Arul Karunanidhi, Kyle Lee & Alex Waters
    Design: Lisa Matsui & Caroline Lancaster
    Follow us on instagram @faithandchai
    Brought to you by South Asian InterVarsity @intervarsity.sa

    • 33 min
    I'm dating a non-South Asian.

    I'm dating a non-South Asian.

    Join Kevin and Caroline as they dissect dating and marrying outside of their South Asian communities. Laugh along as they process how their families responded, the role faith played, gender dynamics and how they navigated this major "what will people think" moment.

    Credits:
    Hosts: Caroline Lancaster (@carolinesusie) & Kevin Wilson (@crossculturechristian)
    Production: Arul Karunanidhi, Kyle Lee & Alex Waters
    Design: Lisa Matsui & Caroline Lancaster
    Follow us on instagram @faithandchai
    Brought to you by South Asian InterVarsity @intervarsity.sa

    • 39 min
    I failed my class.

    I failed my class.

    Welcome to SEASON 2 of the Faith and Chai podcast! Whether its an exam, a class, or some other aspect of life, failure hits deep for South Asians. Join our hosts as they process their fails in light of their ethnic and faith journeys and how failure elicits the big question of this season: "What will people think?".

    Credits:
    Hosts: Caroline Lancaster (@carolinesusie) & Kevin Wilson (@crossculturechristian)
    Production: Arul Karunanidhi, Kyle Lee & Alex Waters
    Design: Lisa Matsui & Caroline Lancaster
    Follow us on instagram @faithandchai
    Brought to you by South Asian InterVarsity @intervarsity.sa

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Joshua_Kumar ,

Didn’t know how much I needed this

I don’t come across a lot of Christian desis in my life so getting the chance to listen and hear the conversations I’ve long been thinking about is incredibly affirming and powerful. Much love to both the hosts and can’t wait for them to start dropping again!

leah.rebecca ,

My favorite podcast :’)

This podcast has been an answer to an unsaid prayer. I’ve laughed and cried while listening to this and have genuinely felt so seen. It’s amazing being able to relate to Kevin and Caroline’s experiences which has helped me better understand the relationship and intersectionality of my faith and culture!

Dhdhdhdhfjx ,

Long time coming!

The conversations on this podcast have been a long time coming, and I’m so grateful for these episodes! Can’t wait for season two.

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