19 episodes

A show about slices of distinctly Asian American culture and history.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 3.6 • 201 Ratings

A show about slices of distinctly Asian American culture and history.

    017 - Until it Happened To Us

    017 - Until it Happened To Us

    The Covid-19 pandemic has been in the United States for over a year, but the way we each think about it is shaped heavily by how it does or doesn’t directly affect us individually. For some people, they’ve become all too familiar with the impact of the coronavirus. Contributor Denise Chan shares her family’s experience with Covid-19 from her podcast, Until it Happened to Us, which originally ran in December of 2020.

    016 - Comfort Food, part 2

    016 - Comfort Food, part 2

    This is the second part of our comfort food episode. In the previous episode, we focused on the ways food traditions get passed down through families, communities, and cookbooks, and the way they adapt over time. Today, we look at how simple foods, convenience foods, and even fast food restaurants can become part of our cherished memories and culture.

    015 - Comfort Food, part 1

    015 - Comfort Food, part 1

    The first of two episodes about Asian American comfort foods. We explore the traditions we’ve passed down in our families, as well as the adaptations and substitutions different communities have picked up along the way.

    014 - Kala Bagai

    014 - Kala Bagai

    What was it like for a South Asian woman immigrating to the US in the early 20th century, and how did she build a community over her lifetime? And why name a street in Berkeley after Kala Bagai — especially since she may not have spent much time living there, if she did at all?

    013 - That's Just The Way The Ball Bounces

    013 - That's Just The Way The Ball Bounces

    The language and phrases passed down in our families can reflect our specific cultures, heritage, and journey. But sometimes, they’re a way to cope with something darker and can belie hidden histories. Contributor Julianne Parker explores the depth and meaning of her grandmother’s signature saying in "That’s Just the Way the Ball Bounces."

    012 - Letters for Black Lives

    012 - Letters for Black Lives

    How do we act as allies to the Black community when we see injustice? How do we start those actions and intentions from our homes and communities? We explore the story of how hundreds of people came together from all around the world to work on a letter — a letter that would be translated into 40 plus languages and help everyone start talking to their families and communities about supporting Black lives.

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5
201 Ratings

201 Ratings

lindsayj26 ,

I want more

I heard the story based in Seattle and was surprised at how much of it was news to me. Living in Seattle I thought I’d know more. They are great topics but sometimes they can get dragged out to fill time. I’m excited to see how the episodes improve over the years. Don’t stop making them please! I want to learn more

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Richard KL ,

An Informative Delight

This show is full of care and thought. It presents stories of the many facets of Asian American experience. It speaks to the different communities and the diverse voices within them, and interrogates what it means to be Asian American.

It touches on topics as varied as comfort food, views about facial hair, and the history of Asian American activists. It's a great resource for exploring stories of Asian Americans.

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