40 episodes

First Generation Burden is a series of conversations with immigrants the children of immigrants. It is a platform to celebrate the unique and diverse immigrant population in this America. Also, it’s just a bunch of fun conversations with good people. Hosted by Rich Tu.

Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes.
Follow at @firstgenburden and @rich_tu

First Generation Burden Rich Tu

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First Generation Burden is a series of conversations with immigrants the children of immigrants. It is a platform to celebrate the unique and diverse immigrant population in this America. Also, it’s just a bunch of fun conversations with good people. Hosted by Rich Tu.

Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes.
Follow at @firstgenburden and @rich_tu

    40. Kadeem Hudson & Joanna Pauline "If You Want to Wear That, Wear That"

    40. Kadeem Hudson & Joanna Pauline "If You Want to Wear That, Wear That"

    Episode 40 (!), is double-sized with two fashion-focused interviews with models Kadeem Hudson (family from Jamaica) and Joanna Pauline (originally from the Philippines). We cover the gamut of representation in the industry, the mentality behind-the-scenes right before stepping on the runway, gender neutrality, and how beauty standards figure into the business of fashion (especially Asian nose politics). Just in time for New York Fashion Week, this one is deep dive into the world like you haven't heard before.


    Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes.
    Follow at @firstgenburden and @rich_tu
    Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket)
    Thanks DesGin for their support.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    39. Isometric Studio "Trying to Find a Narrative of Resistance"

    39. Isometric Studio "Trying to Find a Narrative of Resistance"

    Andy Chen and Waqas Jawaid are the founders of Isometric Studio, a visual identity and graphic design consultancy based in New York City. They specialize in creating brand identities and exhibitions for some of the biggest institutions in the country like Princeton, Google, Cooper Hewitt, and the Museum of the City of New York. Rich sits down with Andy and Waqas to talk about how they met and how they acknowledge identity in their work (including their own, Andy being of Taiwanese descent and Waqas hailing from Pakistan). Also they describe their process of navigating large organizations through the lens of activism.

    Also, what DO they think of the Museum of Pizza???


    Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes.
    Follow at @firstgenburden and @rich_tu
    Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket)
    Thanks DesGin for their support.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    38. Mara Lecocq "I Saw a Female President"

    38. Mara Lecocq "I Saw a Female President"

    This week, Rich Tu speaks with Mara Lecocq, who leads Brand and Community at Fishbowl, a social network for professionals in the creative industry that allows for honest and semi-anonymous conversations. Also, she’s the founder of Where Are the Boss Ladies, the largest database of senior women leaders in advertising. And she’s the founder of Secret Code, a customizable children’s book that can star any young girl as a tech hero. Additionally, Mara has a storied career in advertising, having worked at AKQA, 72andSunny, and BETC Paris on brands like Starbucks, Nike, Verizon, and McDonalds.

    Rich and Mara talk about her upbringing in the Philippines, her mixed French and Filipino heritage, and how her talent has allowed her to live all over the world. In her own words, Mara loves "helping the disempowered rise through their professional development", and the main takeaway from this conversation is that the creative industry can innovate itself by taking a good look at who is steering the ship.


    Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes.
    Follow at @firstgenburden and @rich_tu
    Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket)
    Thanks DesGin for their support.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    37. Adam Garcia "The Dichotomy of Wild and Mild"

    37. Adam Garcia "The Dichotomy of Wild and Mild"

    Adam Garcia is an artist, creative director, dancer, and even a dungeon master. Currently, he is a residing in Los Angeles and works in Apple Music's creative team. Additionally, Adam created The Pressure studio, was a creative director at Instrument, and even worked on the Yeezy II during his time at Nike. Rich and Adam catch up after a couple years of no contact, and discuss being born into a mixed raced family in South Texas, growing up in Minnesota as a designer and dancer, and how we came to fully embrace his Tejano and Mexican heritage.

    And as a finale, Adam graces us with a found passage in the style of his reading podcast, Dope Excerpts. 


    Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes.
    Follow at @firstgenburden and @rich_tu
    Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket)
    Thanks DesGin for their support.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    36. Nicole Jacek & Noreen Morioka "Success isn't Finite, it's Infinite"

    36. Nicole Jacek & Noreen Morioka "Success isn't Finite, it's Infinite"

    Noreen Morioka & Nicole Jacek are two of the most awarded designers who have sat down with Rich, having worked with some of the biggest clients in the world including Nike, Airbnb, Nickelodeon. Also, most recently, they held the roles as Co-Heads of Design at Weiden + Kennedy. The two of them discuss how they make their partnership work in a variety of contexts, how they wrestle with identity, and what it takes to be a great leader. Also, the group does a 3-person post mortem on the Portland experience, and they discuss the logistics of genetic engineering to create a better generation of creative.


    Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes.
    Follow at @firstgenburden and @rich_tu
    Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket)
    Thanks DesGin for their support.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    35. Nontsikelelo Mutiti “How Can We Be a Part of Making 'WHAT’S NOW?'”

    35. Nontsikelelo Mutiti “How Can We Be a Part of Making 'WHAT’S NOW?'”

    SEASON 5 PREMIERE! Designer, artist, and educator Nontsikelelo Mutiti kicks off a brand new season by sitting down with Rich to talk growing up in Zimbabwe, how being accepted to Yale brought her to America, and how her design work focuses on the nuanced differences between black cultures. They also touch on her work concerning erasure of culture, and how that lead to Reading Zimbabwe, a digital archive of Zimbabwean literature. Also, they talk about the process of de-colonizing, and the pros and cons of the language we use (i.e. are we doing the most?)


    Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes.
    Follow at @firstgenburden and @rich_tu
    Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket)
    Thanks DesGin for their support.

    • 1 hr 41 min

Customer Reviews

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.

Jens Marklund ,

Rich is the best

Wonderful podcast in every way ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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