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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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    • 4.8 • 16 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

    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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    • 1 hr 8 min
    62. 'Seeing Brown Faces in Film, and the Making of ULAM' w/ Alexandra Cuerdo, Director, Filmmaker, Writer

    62. 'Seeing Brown Faces in Film, and the Making of ULAM' w/ Alexandra Cuerdo, Director, Filmmaker, Writer

    Alexandra Cuerdo is an award-winning director and writer recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women In the World. Her feature directorial debut ULAM: Main Dish is the first Filipino food documentary to achieve worldwide distribution and she recently released a book with Eggslut founder Alvin Cailan, titled AMBOY: Recipes From the Filipino-American Dream. Rich and Allie have a laugh-filled conversation about her beginning in the film industry as George Clooney's assistant and how Ulam stemmed from a love of tradition, food, and the desire to see more brown faces in film. Also they discuss how her recent Asian rave documentary Dancing on My Own became a much more personal story about coming out to her mother. 

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    61. 'Pursuing Quality Over Quantity, and Going Bi-Lingual' w/ Michael Coveto, Singer-Songwriter

    61. 'Pursuing Quality Over Quantity, and Going Bi-Lingual' w/ Michael Coveto, Singer-Songwriter

    Michael Coveto is a rising star in the Latin music scene and also the last in-person interview for First Gen Burden before all hell broke loose in 2020. Michael and Rich sat down to talk about growing in a Mexican American household, how he dropped out of SVA to pursue music full time, and why it was important for him to go bi-lingual and embrace his Latin roots for his latest album All Or Nothing. Also, they talk about the current Latin explosion, and why it was always destined to happen. *recorded earlier this year*

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    • 52 min
    60. 'Question What You're Teaching and How You've Been Taught' w/ Juan Villanueva, Type Designer at Monotype

    60. 'Question What You're Teaching and How You've Been Taught' w/ Juan Villanueva, Type Designer at Monotype

    Juan Villanueva has made a name for himself as a designer and activist who uses his craft to diversify the classroom, decolonize the industry, and speak truth to power. Juan and Rich delve into his Peruvian heritage, his education at Cooper Union and how he landed a full-time gig at the prestigious type foundry Monotype. They discuss his recent exit from the Type Directors Club, and how his BIPOC design scholarship has become critical to his mission of bringing diverse talent into the industry. Also, they talk about controversial statements by Massimo Vignelli in the film Helvetica, and if they do more harm than good.

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    • 56 min
    59. 'From Rolling Stone to Broadway, and the Importance of Flying Your Flag' w/ Gail Anderson, Designer, Author, Educator

    59. 'From Rolling Stone to Broadway, and the Importance of Flying Your Flag' w/ Gail Anderson, Designer, Author, Educator

    Gail Anderson is a designer, author, educator, and two-time lifetime achievement award winner. Gail sits down with Rich to discuss her Bronx upbringing as a first generation Jamaican American, and being the first in her family to receive a college education. They also talk about her legendary career in design, how she got to Rolling Stone Magazine and her equally iconic tenure at SpotCo. And they also discuss how the School of Visual Arts is addressing the pandemic and social justice.

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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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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