14 episodes

A podcast about Asian Americans in Kentucky.

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    • 4.9 • 37 Ratings

A podcast about Asian Americans in Kentucky.

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    Dan & Charlene reflect on our inaugural season, from interpersonal decolonization to Doritos and buttermilk.

    • 16 min
    Lee Kiefer and Gerek Meinhardt | 'Just loving the sport is enough'

    Lee Kiefer and Gerek Meinhardt | 'Just loving the sport is enough'

    These Kentuckians are among the best fencers in the world, they're both in med school, and they're married... to each other.

    • 42 min
    Angelika Weaver | 'We can be one voice'

    Angelika Weaver | 'We can be one voice'

    A victims' advocate uses her (very unexpected) voice to change her community for the better.

    • 28 min
    Dr. Joann Lianekhammy | 'You are who you are'

    Dr. Joann Lianekhammy | 'You are who you are'

    What if it's actually ok to talk about the things you don't think you can talk about?

    • 34 min
    Ie Meh | 'A place to call home'

    Ie Meh | 'A place to call home'

    Ie Meh was born in a Karenni refugee camp in Thailand, and lived there until her family moved to Bowling Green when she was 12. She's 23 now.

    • 35 min
    Donna Lee Kwon and Jon Silpayamanant | 'Music as a window to understanding'

    Donna Lee Kwon and Jon Silpayamanant | 'Music as a window to understanding'

    "If Beethoven had grown up in the Bay Area in the early 1980s, he would have started a thrash band, probably." Irresponsibly wild conjecture, or another great conversation from "Where Y'all Really From?" 

    On this week's episode, host Dan Wu talks with ethnomusicologist Donna Lee Kwon and multi-instrumentalist and composer Jon Silpayamanant about all things music.

    Donna Lee Kwon grew up playing classical piano, which placed her right at the center of a pervasive stereotype: "The Asian classical music prodigy," she says. She thinks of it as a variation on the model minority myth. And it comes with a lot of pressure. "If you don't live up to that, you're just like, nothing, basically. It was hard being a young Asian-American musician who did not play perfectly."

    Now, in her ethnomusicology classes, she debunks another myth for her students. "They've grown up in this system all their lives to believe that Western classical music is superior," she says. "That is why it's worth spending eight hours a day doing that." But she teaches her students to see music as "a window to understanding other cultures." 

    Jon Silpayamanant sees that decentering of male European composers as part of his mission too, particularly as artistic director of Saw Peep - An Intercultural Orchestra

    He says music by non-Western composers is no less valuable or enjoyable just because it might challenge mainstream audiences' expectations. "Some of these traditions have existed for centuries. They're no less developed than Western classical music. There's so much out there," he says. "And I think there needs to be a narrative about that. And a narrative about how Western music, in general, has excluded all of that."

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Lizfitzruns ,

Interesting and enjoyable!

An engaging podcast that creates community, educates, and encourages people to think differently about the world around them. Wonderful hosts!

Jay Todd Richey ,

Insightful, Illuminating

Centered on identity and belonging in a largely demographically-homogenous state, this is a must-listen podcast for Kentuckians who seek to better understand how Asian Americans navigate the many microaggressions and the race-based trauma that comes with living as your authentic self as an AAPI person in Kentucky. Amidst heightened violence against Asian Americans throughout the COVID pandemic, “Where Y’all Really From?” asks much-needed, pointed questions to well-meaning white folks and highlights the lives and work of some incredibly brave AAPI people in our state. Excited for each episode that comes out every Tuesday!

rrr52916 ,

An awakening

It is so easy to forget about others especially in this pandemic. Listening to this podcast has made me question things and understand my white privilege. It is fascinating to hear these stories, and it is sad at the same time for people to be constantly questioned on where they are really from. Thank you for starting and sharing this podcast, and I am so glad that you have come together to share your experiences.

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