85 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
    • 4.7 • 34 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://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/firstgenburden/support

    84. 'I Like New Spaces Because There Are No Rules' w/ Isaiah Steinfeld, Executive at AWS and AIGA Board Member

    84. 'I Like New Spaces Because There Are No Rules' w/ Isaiah Steinfeld, Executive at AWS and AIGA Board Member

    Isaiah Steinfeld is a tech executive who started his creative journey in the punk and hardcore scene. Also, he’s is a first gen Filipino, on the national board at AIGA, and a Global Head of Startups at Amazon AWS.

    We get into his early days at #LYFT, #GenerativeAI, and what it takes to excel at large organizations like #Nike and #Amazon. Also, we talk about what inclusion in the tech world means, and how the creative industry is on the verge of meteoric change due to A.I.

    Also, pardon the audio for the first 16 minutes. It gets sorted out =)


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    Illustration by Eugenia Mello / ⁠@eumiel⁠
    Thanks to DesGin for their support


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    83. 'It Starts With Us' w/ Alvin Cailan, Author, Chef and host of The Burger Show

    83. 'It Starts With Us' w/ Alvin Cailan, Author, Chef and host of The Burger Show

    *Season Finale* Alvin Cailan is a chef, author, and host of The Burger Show on First We Feast. Alvin grew up in a Chicano section of LA as an AMBOY (American raised Filipino), and trained as a world-class chef with Thomas Keller before striking out on his own as founder of the now iconic breakfast brand Eggslut. Alvin and Rich Tu sit down and talk about his early days as a "tournat", how grind culture has changed, his love of Filipino cuisine, and how he has become the most high profile in voice America's Filipino food movement. 


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    Audio produced by Timothy Simonson / @timwicked
    Illustration by Eugenia Mello / @eumiel
    Thanks to DesGin for their support

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    82. 'I'm Always a Student' w/ Rashad Rastam, founder of Dahsar & Host of 'Wear Many Hats'

    82. 'I'm Always a Student' w/ Rashad Rastam, founder of Dahsar & Host of 'Wear Many Hats'

    Rashad Rastam grew up as a skate kid in Philadelphia who went on to found the brand Dahsar. He cut his teeth as a BMX streetwear buyer, designer, digital producer, visual producer at a non-profit, and a brand consultant, all in one. In addition Rashad hosts the podcast Wear Many Hats, where his guests reveal their side hustle. Rich Tu met Rashad at an event promoting his collaboration with Commercial Type before the pandemic. Now, Rich and Rashad sit and talk about his journey to being a professional multitasker, the connection between typography and fashion, and why collaborating with trusted partners is important.

    Listen to Rich's appearance on Wear Many Hats here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-136-rich-tu/id1536111608?i=1000588523490


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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 22 min
    81. 'We Design With An Accent' w/ Beatriz Lozano, Designer and Educator

    81. 'We Design With An Accent' w/ Beatriz Lozano, Designer and Educator

    Beatriz Lozano is a designer, typographer, and educator who's work pushes the intersection of creativity and technology and was recently inducted into the prestigious Young Guns 20 class. Beatriz has worked with clients like Planned Parenthood, Target, NPR, and ESPN where she designed the ESPN 50 identity in 2022. She sits down with Rich Tu to talk about growing up in Detroit, Michigan, how social activism is integral to her creative identity, and how technology and A.I. will change the creative industry.


    Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes
    Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu
    Audio produced by Timothy Simonson / @timwicked
    Illustration by Eugenia Mello / @eumiel

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    80. 'Soft But Not Vulnerable' w/ Eva Zar, Director and Photographer

    80. 'Soft But Not Vulnerable' w/ Eva Zar, Director and Photographer

    Eva Zar is a director and photographer who’s mission is to show diversity across all spectrums in her work. Within a short amount of time Eva's built an impressive client list including Fenty, Olay, MTV, and Pinterest. Eva and Rich Tu have a thoughtful and funny conversation about growing up as a Third Culture Kid in Austria and Israel, beginning her creative journey during the Syrian refugee crisis, being comfortable on big sets, and the importance of feeling at home with your chosen family.


    Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes
    Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu
    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 24 min
    79. 'If I'm Gathering a Gang, I'm Getting Librarians' w/ Lauren Tamaki, Illustrator and Author

    79. 'If I'm Gathering a Gang, I'm Getting Librarians' w/ Lauren Tamaki, Illustrator and Author

    Lauren Tamaki is an illustrator and artist with a new book out titled Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams's Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration. Lauren and Rich Tu have a hilariously emotional conversation about growing up in a talented family, her journey to authorship, and how glamour connects to Star Trek and drag. Also, Lauren discusses how a recent medical emergency has changed her outlook on life and why it's important to process trauma in order to grow. This episode is not to be missed.


    Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes
    Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu
    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 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 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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