Feeling Asian is a weekly podcast hosted by Youngmi Mayer and Brian Park, two Asian Americans with plenty of feelings about sex, dating, survival, self-worth, and everything in between. Meet our fun, interesting friends along the way; past guests include Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast, Stephanie Hsu, Bowen Yang, Yaeji, and more! Named a top podcast of 2021 by CNN and featured on Apple and Spotify’s homepages, Feeling Asian offers a healthy and compassionate space for Asians, Asian Americans, and Asians in America to be themselves without feeling as if their time is a fleeting moment. Check out Feeling Asian for a catharsis that is, well, pretty Asian! New episodes out every Wednesday!
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“There was this space for a podcast like this and I was like, ‘Let’s just try it out, I think there's going to be other Asian Americans out there that feel like we do,’” says Brian Park, co-host and co-creator of Feeling Asian. “As long as we stay irreverent and stay authentic to ourselves and lead with empathy and vulnerability, I think that this is something that could resonate with other people.” What started as an idea between two fellow stand-up comedians, Park and Youngmi Mayer, Apple Podcasts’ Spotlight show for May 2022, Feeling Asian, has made its mark amplifying Asian American voices and illuminating all facets of the Asian American diasporic experience.
After meeting at an open mic in New York City, Park and Mayer decided that podcasting was the ideal way to go in-depth about their shared experiences, and to go beyond their comfort zones as comics to speak freely and vulnerably. It’s with that very vulnerability that they’ve been able to build a devoted community of listeners and continue to grow each week. “I remember last May during AAPI [Asian American & Pacific Islander] Heritage Month, the Stop Asian Hate movement got going and I was just inundated with hundreds of DMs from people about all the racist acts that they were living through,” says Mayer. “That's when I really realized that it’s much bigger than just a podcast. It’s like we’re giving back to this community that maybe all they really need is to hear someone that's like-minded.”
With new episodes airing Wednesday, the weekly show focuses on their feelings (as evidenced in its title), but goes beyond the surface with a sense of openness and honesty that makes you feel like you’re in same room laughing (or crying) alongside them with guests, ranging from fellow entertainers to mental health professionals, and even their family members, Youngmi’s mom and Brian’s sister. “We're not claiming ourselves to be experts, we're not claiming ourselves to be journalists,” says Park. “We're comedians by trade. We like to make people laugh and we like to inject levity. And I think it's created this nice flavor to our podcast where we can go really deep with our guests and provide a very comfortable space for them and for ourselves and for everyone listening.”
For Mayer, the loyal and diverse following that Feeling Asian has cultivated gives a glimpse of the potential for what a successful podcast can do. “I don't want to sound too grandiose, but a lot of people really use our podcast as something to help themselves process,” she says. “I just want to grow a community and make people feel less alone.”
Ducks In A Pond (feat. Kulap Vilaysack, Add to Cart Pod)
This week we have an OG in the podcasting world! Kulay Vilaysack is a comedian, writer, director, show runner, former co-host of the Who Charted? podcast and most recently a co-host of Add To Cart podcast! We talk to her about what our consumption patterns reveal about our psyches, letting things simply happen (AKA don’t cockblock the universe), and her 2019 documentary. We also pitch show ideas…tell us how we did! Enjoy this wonderful episode and hope to see you on Patreon! patreon.com/FeelingAsian
Renaissance Woman (feat. JY Choi, Sex Educator)
(TW: SA) This week we talk to JY Choi, a sex educator and sex toy shop owner based in Korea (insert audible gasps here). In a country that is still working hard to bring sex positivity and sexual wellness into the mainstream, Choi is a pioneer in her field. We talk to her about working as a freelance educator, creating a more female-focused sex toy industry, and the cultural significance of Jeju Island sea divers. We have a feeling this will be an instantly beloved episode! Follow JY Choi at @standupjy and subscribe to our Patreon for bonus content!
More Than Just Pressing Play (feat. Jai Wolf, DJ)
This episode belongs on the summer festival main stage: we have electronic music producer and artist Sajeeb Saha aka Jai Wolf with us this week! We talk about EDM (you know, the genre that everyone has an opinion about) and all of the misconceptions and changes that it has endured over the last decade. Sajeeb also breaks down all of its different scenes as well as the many forms that your identity can take in your creative practice. Follow him at @jaiwolfx, add “We Will Meet Again” to your feel-good playlist, and subscribe to our Patreon for bonus content! patreon.com/FeelingAsian
Not Just Sneakers (feat. Jeff Staple, Creative Director)
From sneaking into Parsons’ silk screen lab to making sneaker history: we have hometown legend Jeff Staple in the house today! You may know this creative visionary for his DIY roots and shaking up streetwear with his Nike Dunk Low SB collab “NYC Pigeon.” We talk to Jeff about his come up in streetwear, what draws people to the scene, the current state of sneaker culture, and reimagining work-life balance now that he’s decades into his business. Follow @jeffstaple on Instagram and catch us on Patreon for bonus content from this episode!
We Are Nothing More Than A Grain Of Sand (feat. Kaitlin Chan, Cartoonist)
Look out, Feeling Asian has gone international (from our bedrooms)! Our guest this week is cartoonist and cultural worker Kaitlin Chan, whose work has appeared on The New Yorker, Popular, and The Margins! We talk to her about living in Hong Kong, creating cartoons about your feelings, the idea that the U.S. is the literary/film/art capital of the world, and feminism in Asia. Tune in for a very honest and soul-soothing conversation and follow Kaitlin at @kaitlinmchan! Please share with your closest friends and family members and let them know to support us on Patreon for bonus content and upcoming goodies :)
Cartoon Parties (feat. Elizabeth Ito, City of Ghosts)
Elizabeth Ito is a director, writer, storyboard artist, and recent Peabody Award recipient for her show City of Ghosts! We discussed what the writers rooms look like for our favorite animated series (like Adventure Time!), having your own award-winning Netflix show (but also not having it renewed :\), and what we could all learn from children. Also, the bane of everyone’s existence – industry parties. Follow Elizabeth Ito at @ottersnaps on Instagram and Twitter and subscribe for more bonus content at patreon.com/FeelingAsian!
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Thank you for sharing your radical honesty with us every week! I listen to this podcast while I’m at work and am often laughing to myself in the corner of the room like a psycho 🤪
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Long time listener of the podcast. As a Korean femme, this was the podcast I never knew I needed to help me in my day to day life. After the Atlanta Spa shootings, it helped me feel less alone in a community that didn’t even acknowledge what happened. It allowed me to feel unapologetically Asian as I navigated an increasingly hostile country that scapegoated us for COVID. It made me cry tears of happiness to hear of all the guests with their successes as we started to see ourselves authentically represented in movies and TV and fashion and food more and more. The hosts are hilarious, honest, and genuine people that continue to show the world that us Asians are human too.