Imagine Talks Podcast covers topics on achieving success, overcoming life obstacles, and social impact, with an emphasis on Asian American leadership, women’s empowerment, and productivity. Imagine Talks is a network collaboration of the Asian America Foundation and Edge Interns focused on the mission of women’s empowerment, social impact, and entrepreneurship. We inspire the community to make a difference in the world by promoting mentorships and fostering growth through sharing ideas of innovation, art, and stories of humanity. Imagine Talks Podcast is produced by Edge Interns & Mental Power Hacks.
Is Quiet a Superpower? with Jill Chang
Let’s say you’re the quiet type. The kind of person who likes to keep to yourself. The introvert. What do you do when you’ve got to go to meetings? To parties? To work events? That can seem scary! Can quiet be a superpower?
Our guest, Jill Chang, has written just that in her new book!
In this episode, Jill talks about the definition of introversion, combatting negative stereotypes of introversion and turning them into strengths, working in "introverted" and "extroverted" cultures, and advice for introverts during the pandemic and beyond.
Jill Chang, author of Quiet is a Superpower, has fifteen years of international experience in diverse industries including sports, state government, and nonprofits. She currently oversees a team spread across twenty-three countries and has delivered over two hundred public speeches in the past two years alone.
Jill entered the sports industry as a professional sports agent at the age of twenty-six and successfully signed five major league contracts for her clients within eighteen months. When she worked for a US state government, she was in charge of procuring and trading projects between the US and Asia. She is now devoted to international philanthropy. Jill is also a Fellow of Harvard SEED for Social Innovation and was featured in Girls in Tech Taiwan 40 Under 40 in 2018. The traditional Chinese version of her book Quiet Is a Superpower was a #1 bestseller and stayed among the Top 10 bestsellers in Taiwan for 20 weeks.
Jill is a complete introvert (although most people find that hard to believe) who likes to get lost in a book with some music playing in the background and a cup of tea by her side. She is based in Taipei, Taiwan, with her family, and she regularly travels across the world to make a global impact in both philanthropy and in helping introverts in their career and leadership development.
Racial Imposter Syndrome
Diamond created the podcast Asian Tales to create a conversation to share the Asian American experience and insights that have made that community unique along the way. The podcast represents a beacon for individuals to look towards for inspiration and connection to identify and share knowledge and culture. Its mission is to break through barriers that others and, more importantly, the individuals have created in their mind. She has recently spoken at Imagine Talks 2021.
Why the AAPI Hate? A History of Chinese in America
John Jung is an author, psychology professor, and historian. His works include: Southern Fried Rice: Life in A Chinese Laundry in the Deep South, which describes living in the South during the Jim Crow era; Chinese Laundries: Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain, a social history of the important role that these businesses that once dotted the landscape held for the economic survival of Chinese immigrants; Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers, which examines the similar role of this family occupation for Chinese in the delta; Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants; and A Chinese American Odyssey, a writing memoir about the process and experience of how he, as a psychology professor, reinvented himself in retirement to become a public historian of Chinese in America.
In this episode, John talks about growing up Chinese American in the Deep South and covers the history of Chinese Americans from 1940s until today. He touches upon the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, paper identities, the model minority myth, hate crimes committed against Asian Americans, and the growth of Asian American activism.
From PharmD to Bon Appétit Entrepreneur
Lan Ho was recently crowned Miss Asian Global’s 1st Princess. Lan's mission is to advocate for more minority representation in mass media, executive positions, and leadership. She is currently working on her newest startup, Fat Miilk; Lan hopes to use her startup companies as a way to inspire women in entrepreneurship and encourage others to disrupt the status quo. In this conversation, we discuss Lan’s journey from pharmacy to entrepreneurship, her advice for asian women entrepreneurs, and her experience with the Stop Asian Hate movement.
How to Fight Racism in the AAPI Community: The Color-Blind Myth
Dr. Stephanie Wong is a licensed Counseling Psychologist at Peninsula Behavioral Health and the VA in Palo Alto, in addition to a researcher and adjunct professor at both the University of San Francisco and New York University. Her work centers on trauma-informed care, identity development, and social justice in therapy, research, teaching, and advocacy with diverse communities. Amongst Stephanie's many passions, she also works to fight anti-blackness in the AAPI community through education and awareness. In this conversation, we discuss combatting racism and anti-Blackness in the AAPI community, what it means to be a good ally, the Stop AAPI Hate movement, and advice for young Asians looking to enter the mental health space.
My Anxious Brain
Darae Jun received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from UC Berkeley and B.S. in Environmental Science from UC San Diego. Her hope is to utilize microbiology as a tool to promote sustainability by discovering and optimizing bioenergy solutions. Her mission is to be a role model and inspire students with real-world science careers and issues, engage students in hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences, and create teaching links between scientists and public elementary school.