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*Webby Award Honoree* First Generation Burden was created in 2016 and focuses on the intersection of immigrants and the creative community. We celebrate the unique and diverse immigrant population in America through longform interviews. Basically, it’s just a bunch of fun conversations with good people. Hosted by Rich Tu.

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First Generation Burden Rich Tu

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 37 Ratings

*Webby Award Honoree* First Generation Burden was created in 2016 and focuses on the intersection of immigrants and the creative community. We celebrate the unique and diverse immigrant population in America through longform interviews. Basically, it’s just a bunch of fun conversations with good people. Hosted by Rich Tu.

Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes.
Follow us at @firstgenburden and @rich_tu Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/firstgenburden/support

    76. 'We Can Express Ourselves Through Work Ethic' w/ Jeffstaple, founder & creative director of Staple and Reed Art Department

    76. 'We Can Express Ourselves Through Work Ethic' w/ Jeffstaple, founder & creative director of Staple and Reed Art Department

    Before Jeffstaple (born Jeffrey Ng) built a creative empire he was sneaking into Parsons' silkscreening lab to hand print his first Staple tees. As the founder and creative director of Staple and Reed Art Department, Jeff's prolific work encompasses graphic design, fashion design, footwear design, and brand marketing for a range of from startup brands to Fortune 500 companies. Jeff and Rich Tu, sit down to talk about his humble beginnings growing up as the child of Chinese immigrants in New Jersey, the early days of Staple, helping HipHop mature with TheFader and Rawkus, and the launch of the iconic Pigeon Dunk.

    Also, they discuss the role of design in culture, how Jeff continues to embrace new technology, the ways in which Web3 reminds him of streetwear, and the time when Rich designed Staple tees based on theology.

    For even more, check out his new book Jeffstaple: Not Just Sneakers (with Rizzoli), chronicling his 25 year creative journey.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    75. 'There is No Playbook to Success" w/ Danica Tan Lijun, Animation Director

    75. 'There is No Playbook to Success" w/ Danica Tan Lijun, Animation Director

    Danica Tan Lijun is a Singaporean art and animation director with a multidisciplinary background in design, animation and film. She was recently inducted into the global class of ADC Youngs Guns 20 and won the second annual COLORFUL Awards with the OneClub. Danica and Rich Tu have a conversation about her upbringing in Singapore, the creative path that brought her to LA, her recent experience at SXSW, and how she tells "tender and ferocious" coming-of-age stories.


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    Audio produced by Timothy Simonson / @timwicked
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    74. 'Just Make It Art' w/ Gabriela Namie, Art Director at Google, YouTube Music

    74. 'Just Make It Art' w/ Gabriela Namie, Art Director at Google, YouTube Music

    Gabriela Namie is a designer and art director who's been recognized by the global creative industry and uses design to amplify messages she believes in. Currently she's an art director for Google YouTube Music platform, after being at &Walsh and founding Estúdio Barca in her native Brazil.

    Gabriela and Rich Tu chat about the unique shared culture, growing up Brazilian Japanese, what it means to have a personl voice in design, and how A.I. can potentially change the creative industry forever.


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    Audio produced by Timothy Simonson / @timwicked
    Illustration by Eugenia Mello / @eumiel
    Recorded at Canal Street Market, thanks to DesGin for their support

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    73. 'Success is Defined By How Many People I Can Help ' w/ Walt Geer, Chief Experience Design Officer at VMLY&R

    73. 'Success is Defined By How Many People I Can Help ' w/ Walt Geer, Chief Experience Design Officer at VMLY&R

    Walt Geer is the Chief Experience Design Officer of VMLY&R and was named the Change Creator of the Year by Adweek, but took the path less traveled to get there. In recent years, Walt has become a vocal advocate for inclusion in the creative space, and talks about how a viral post on LinkedIn and asking for accountability has helped build his platform today.

    Also, Walt and Rich Tu talk about the value of being a "swiss army knife", the definition of "Brand Experience" how he innovated at companies like Google, ViacomCBS (now Paramount), and Verve (to name a few) and earning some key patents along the way.


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    72. 'Chronically Online and Made of the Internet' w/ Kim Pham, co-founder of OMSOM

    72. 'Chronically Online and Made of the Internet' w/ Kim Pham, co-founder of OMSOM

    *Season Premiere* Kim Pham is the child of Vietnamese refugees and the co-founder of the Asian food brand OMSOM. Kim and Rich Tu sit down and talk about a range of topics like food shame, the importance of community, her founders' journey, and how OMSOM is fighting stigmatization of the ethnic food aisle.

    Also, they discuss what it means to be "chronically online and made on the internet", and how Kim is giving life to her multitudes on TikTok and sharing her experience as a lifestyle domme. This episode is all about fighting the model minority myth, and it's a must-listen!


    Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes
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    Audio produced by Timothy Simonson / @timwicked
    Illustration by Eugenia Mello / @eumiel
    Recorded at Canal Street Market, thanks to DesGin for their support

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    71. *LIVE* 'Don't Wait, Just Produce' w/ Esteban Serrano, creative director for Yo! MTV Raps

    71. *LIVE* 'Don't Wait, Just Produce' w/ Esteban Serrano, creative director for Yo! MTV Raps

    Esteban Serrano is a creator, television producer, and contributor to Hip Hop and pop culture for close to 20 years at places like MTV and FUSE. Over the course of his career, he has worked on iconic properties like TRL and had a hand in giving artists like A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar their first TV appearances.

    Rich Tu and Esteban sit down and talk about his upbringing in West Philadelphia, growing up in a Puerto Rican and African-American household, and how he broke into the entertainment industry.

    Also, they discuss Esteban's most recent endeavor, helping re-launch Yo! MTV RAPS in the United states on Paramount+, as the show’s Creative Director.

    Recorded live at Soho House, in New York City.



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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

char0ck ,

These are the convos you have when you’re kickin’ it after rehearsal or a session

This cross-section of creatives and x-gen immigrants (NTBCW gen x per se) are both inspiring and hilarious.

Mr. Abstrkt ,

Great Interviews!

Since Rich is a very well versed creative himself. I believe that this has given him the knack for asking the right questions. Questions that get the creatives he’s interviewing to really open up about their process and the personal moments behind their work.

For me as a listener, these in-depth moments really give insight to the work of the creatives Rich has on the show.

First Gen Burden is definitely a must listen for any creative wanting to learn more about the process behind some of the best creators doing it today!

satisfie_customer ,

Inspiring

Such a great podcast, very inspiring stories.

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