209 episodes

A podcast about politics, culture, and life through the eyes of two Asian-American grassroots organizers--former members of (a lot of) political campaigns, the Obama White House, Department of Commerce, the DNC; currently in tech and Hollywood. We have stuff to say.

Model Majority Podcast Kevin Xu, Tony Nagatani, Jenn Fang

    • Personal Journals
    • 4.8 • 76 Ratings

A podcast about politics, culture, and life through the eyes of two Asian-American grassroots organizers--former members of (a lot of) political campaigns, the Obama White House, Department of Commerce, the DNC; currently in tech and Hollywood. We have stuff to say.

    186: Weightlifting Out of Racism with Amazin Lethi

    186: Weightlifting Out of Racism with Amazin Lethi

    Amazin Lethi (https://twitter.com/amazinlethi) — athlete, author, and advocate — joins the podcast to share with Kevin her incredible life story: growing up in Australia as a Vietnamese transracial adoptee in a harsh environment of intense anti-Asian racism, finding weightlifting early in life which saved her, and now fighting against racism and bullying through her writing, weightlifting, and foundation: the Amazin Lethi Foundation.







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    • 52 min
    185: From Immigrant to Local Leader with Hongbin Gu

    185: From Immigrant to Local Leader with Hongbin Gu

    Hongbin Gu (https://twitter.com/hongbin4council), Town Councilmember of Chapel Hill, NC, joins the podcast to share her incredible life story from growing in China during the Cultural Revolution to serving her local town council in Chapel Hill, NC. She came first in a 9-way race for 4 seats while running as a first time candidate.







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    • 50 min
    184: RIP RBG, AAPI Candidates, COVID Mental Health

    184: RIP RBG, AAPI Candidates, COVID Mental Health

    Jenn Fang (https://twitter.com/reappropriate) cohosts with Kevin (https://twitter.com/kevinsxu) and Tony (https://twitter.com/AnthonyNagatani) to talk about mental health during COVID, the passing of Justice Ginsburg, and the AAPI candidates that have been featured on Reappropriate.co







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    • 1 hr 6 min
    183: PAC that A$$ with Linh Nguyen

    183: PAC that A$$ with Linh Nguyen

    Linh Nguyen (https://twitter.com/l4nguyen), executive director of the Super PAC, PAC that A$$, and seasoned political organizer who’s worked on campaigns like: Cory Booker for president and Beto O’Rourke for Senate, joins the podcast to have heart to heart with Kevin about how the harsh realities of being a minority staffer on campaigns, why she loves organizing, why she loves Texas, and why she decided to start her own Super PAC.







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    • 49 min
    182: Has China Won? With Prof. Kishore Mahbubani

    182: Has China Won? With Prof. Kishore Mahbubani

    Prof. Kishore Mahbubani (https://twitter.com/mahbubani_k) joins the podcast to talk about his new book, “Has China Won?“. He and Kevin had an in-depth discussion about why America is being lazy to generalize China into the Chinese Community Party, when it should be considered the Chinese *Civilization* Party, why the US dollar is being weaponized recently as a unique American power and how long that could last, and why the Cold War is the wrong strategic framework to think about what’s happening between the US and China, and more!







    Prof. Mahbubani served in the Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1971 to 2004, including as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United Nations, and was the Dean of the National University of Singapore‘s (NUS) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.







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    • 38 min
    181: Friendship During COVID

    181: Friendship During COVID

    Jenn Fang (https://twitter.com/reappropriate) of Reappropriate.co joins Tony (https://twitter.com/AnthonyNagatani) and Kevin (https://twitter.com/kevinsxu) for a long overdue conversation about life during COVID. We talked about Tony’s plasma donation, Jenn’s life as a young parent, Kevin’s Hamilton trivia, and of course…the election!







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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Arconna ,

Informative and Powerful

Model Majority Podcast is, I think, an important voice for the Asian-American community. All of their interviews are informative, honest, and thorough, whether they're talking about working in a state treasury, combatting bullying or racism, or even the racial dynamics of pandemics. If you're from within the Asian-American or diaspora community, this show will speak to issues that may affect your life. If you're not, you'll learn something about an important U.S. community, something all of us need to do more of these days.

Also: the show is pretty funny sometimes, which I didn't expect even though the title of the show is obviously a play on words. Laughing during an interview with a guy who works in a state treasury was definitely a surprise! Good work, y'all!

vinalotys ,

AAPI point of view

I love the insight and perspective offered in this podcast. It’s nice to have representation and to learn about today’s politics through the experiences of two AAPIs. They’re excellent at finding diverse guests and sharing important news.

katastrophical ,

One of the leading Asian American podcasts

This podcast is the perfect blend of policy analysis, commentary, and humor. Tony and Kevin's backgrounds as community organizers in the Asian American space makes the information presented in this podcast extremely accessible. I've been recommending this podcast to most of my Asian American friends who are looking to understand how international and domestic policy affects our community. Can't wait to hear more!

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