I'm Yu Tsai, welcome to Let’s Talk, a place for Open Conversations.
As a very curious person, I have been blessed with a career as a biologist, creative director, commercial director, celebrity and fashion photographer, TV personality and the host of a food series.
Throughout my journey I have met the most inspiring people and heard the amazing stories they carry.
Because of my background and experience, I invite them to join me on Let’s Talk to celebrate the work of immigrants, marginalized in media, the Asian and the LGBTQ communities.
I learn from each conversation, and I hope you do.
Episode 60 : Young Chang : Heritage as Identity
Young Chang is the founder of A-Sha Dry Noodle. He's an entrepreneur with an extensive resume, who left a corporate career to start a business near to his heart.
He's an incredible ambassador with the foods created by A-Sha, delicious Taiwanese noodles created in Tainan using a 100 year old tradition. He's become a global success story while honoring his heritage.
Episode 59 : Revisiting Lisa Ling : Inspiring our Fellow Humans
Lisa Ling is an award winning journalist, author, and media personality, and she has always been an inspiration for me. In 2020, Lisa challenged me to dig deeper into dialogue about AAPI empowerment, immigrant stories, and marginalized Americans. Here is our open conversation.
Episode 58 : Irene Chen : Facing Your Responsibility
Today's guest is Irene Chen from Parker Thatch, known for their chic handbags, accessories and jewelry. Parker Thatch started in the early 2000's making high quality goods, with simplicity and elegance.
But I'm interested in how an Asian woman, immigrant, and mother had the courage to build a thriving business.
Episode 57 : Colton Haynes : Miss Memory Lane
Colton Haynes is an actor, famous for roles Jackson Whittemore in MTV's Teen Wolf and Roy Harper in CW's Arrow. He's adding a new title to his list of accomplishments, Author.
His memoir titled "Miss Memory Lane" takes you on his beautifully raw and honest journey from Kansas to Hollywood.
Episode 56 : Eric Buterbaugh : Unapologetically Blooming
Eric Buterbaugh's floral and fragrance brand is synonymous with the high end luxury lifestyle. He has established himself as the most prominent florist in the world, describing his work as “opulent flowers presented in a modern way." He outlines his journey for us and his keys to living authentically and unapologetically.
Episode 55 : Jerome LaMaar : The Importance of Knowing
Jerome LaMaar, the Style Monk, is an inspiration. A polymath, futurist, a creative director, a designer, a stylist, and a manifester, with a magical and up-lifting personality, they create with an easy understanding, a deep sense of knowing about themself. Jerome is very generous about describing the creative path and manifesting safe space.
Love the stories and the guests!
Yu Tsai gives us a look into his guests compelling stories and experiences that are so informative and intriguing! I’m looking forward to more conversations that open my mind to learning about people’s journeys, culture etc!