69 episodes

*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 • 19 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

    68. 'I Stopped Trying to Put Myself in a Certain Category' w/ REO, Music Producer and Visual Artist

    68. 'I Stopped Trying to Put Myself in a Certain Category' w/ REO, Music Producer and Visual Artist

    REO is a music producer and dynamic futurist poised to change the way the world views digital art. His work in both music and digital art have lead him to into the metaverse with high-ticket NFTs, and collaborations with the likes of Beyoncé and Kanye West. REO opens up about finding his true identity as an artist, discovering his West African roots, and how he hacked the educational system.

    Also REO and Rich Tu discuss how NFTs have empowered this generation of digital artists, what's creatively possible in the Metaverse, and they take a peek behind the curtain of Kanye's Donda listening parties and what it takes to create on that level.



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    • 44 min
    67. 'I Want to Evoke an Emotion, I Want to Touch a Button' w/ Walshy Fire of Major Lazer

    67. 'I Want to Evoke an Emotion, I Want to Touch a Button' w/ Walshy Fire of Major Lazer

    Walshy Fire is a Jamaican American DJ, MC and record producer who is a part of the Grammy-nominated dancehall reggae-influenced group Major Lazer. In this special episode, Walshy talks to Rich Tu about how he quit a corporate day job at IBM to pursue his dream in the music industry, becoming a part of the Black Chiney sound system, and later on the joining Major Lazer. They also talk about his music influences, the importance of the New York club scene in the 90's, why cultural validity matters, and the importance of positive music.

    LINKS


    This is a special collaboration with The OG magazine. For more, go to: TheOnline.Gallery
    For more on Rich Tu x MINI x American Immigration Council, go to: MINI.com

    SOCIAL MEDIA


    Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes.
    Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu
    Thanks to Listening Party and DesGin for their support.


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    • 36 min
    66. 'It's Burnt Wood on More Burnt Wood' w/ Anna Park, Fine Artist

    66. 'It's Burnt Wood on More Burnt Wood' w/ Anna Park, Fine Artist

    Anna Park is quickly gaining notoriety as one of the most exciting new artists to emerge in the past few years with her large scale charcoal drawings that simultaneously equals parts hedonism and Americana. A recent grad, she has shown in major galleries around the world, and gained the attention of the likes of KAWS and Billy Eilish. Anna and Rich Tu talk about her artistic process, what it was like growing up in Utah as a Korean immigrant, how parental expectations within Asian culture is intense, and why it's important to take a break to protect your mental health. 

    LINKS


    This is a special collaboration with The OG magazine. For more, go to: TheOnline.Gallery
    For more on Rich Tu x MINI x American Immigration Council, go to: MINI.com

    SOCIAL MEDIA


    Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes.
    Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu
    Thanks to Listening Party and DesGin for their support.


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    • 39 min
    65. 'Unity Within Our Community Creates Opportunity' w/ Daniel Buezo, co-founder of Kids of Immigrants

    65. 'Unity Within Our Community Creates Opportunity' w/ Daniel Buezo, co-founder of Kids of Immigrants

    *Season 8 Premiere* We're back! Daniel Buezo is a designer and co-founder of LA-based streetwear upstart Kids of Immigrants and the perfect guest to kick off the new season. Daniel sits down with host Rich Tu to talk about his early days growing up on the East Coast in a first gen Honduran family, being acutely aware of the sacrifices his parents made, and how he avoided trouble to pursue a college degree in social work. Also, Daniel opens up about how he and co-founder Weleh Dennis worked behind-the-scenes for two years before launching the KOI brand in 2016, how their approach to collaborations has evolved, and why it's important to focus on love and community against all odds. This is a conversation you can't miss. 

    LINKS


    This is a special collaboration with The OG magazine. For more, go to: TheOnline.Gallery
    For more on Rich Tu x MINI x American Immigration Council, go to: MINI.com

    SOCIAL MEDIA


    Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes.
    Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu
    Thanks to Listening Party and DesGin for their support.


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    • 38 min
    64. 'Be Comfortable in Your Discomfort' w/ Cris Ramos Greene, Author of "Embrace That Girl"

    64. 'Be Comfortable in Your Discomfort' w/ Cris Ramos Greene, Author of "Embrace That Girl"

    *Season Finale* Cris Ramos Greene is a Spanish-American writer and author of the memoir Embrace That Girl. Her writing has also been featured in Thought Catalog, The New Tropic, and BuzzFeed. Rich and Cris discuss her debut book, which tells the heartfelt and humorous story of navigating adulthood and searching for meaning and love in Miami. They talk about the creative process and the importance of taking risks, her early days in advertising, and how the pandemic changed her approach to the book. And for you artists out there, they talk about the book cover process from the author’s point of view. 

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    • 50 min
    63. 'The Story Will Always Glorify the Hunter, Until the Lion Learns to Write' w/ Dometi Pongo of MTV News and True Life Crime

    63. 'The Story Will Always Glorify the Hunter, Until the Lion Learns to Write' w/ Dometi Pongo of MTV News and True Life Crime

    Dometi Pongo is a correspondent for MTV News and the host of True Life Crime. He is also the son of Ghanaian immigrants and a Chicago native, who has used his love of music and thirst for knowledge to walk the line between journalism, activism, and pop culture. Rich and Dometi talk about his pre-MTV days as a rapper-turned-radio host in Chicago (as well as a veritable handbook of useful tips for any aspiring journalists), being raised with pride in his African identity, and why black men should have more intergenerational conversations. Also, they discuss why it was important for Dometi to share his Ghanaian homeland with others in order to re-write the Eurocentric history book. This episode is a must-listen!

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    Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu
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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

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.

eky56 ,

Great podcast

First Gen Burden is such a necessary conversation to have in 2019!!! Immigrants in America and worldwide, share such strong characteristics and now in a time when people are slowly losing hope, these stories remind us that at the end of it all: we are ALL HUMAN and deserve the same rights to live, work and enjoy.

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