Sharon Lee Thony and Raman Sehgal are two MODERN MINORITIES - Asian-American industry pros "making it" (?) - even though they never became the doctors their parents wanted them to be. Each week, they are joined by folks of all stripes - entrepreneurs, corporates, athletes, reporters, politicians, entertainers, and more - to uncover how our different cultural backgrounds shape how we uniquely experience the world.
MODERN MINORITIES is a collection of conversations about work and life through the lens of race and gender. It is a show where we talk about “the thing” that everyone is thinking about, but nobody is actually talking about it. New episodes drop weekly
Steven Wakabayashi’s (Yellow) Glitter
“Intersectional identities are complex - even Asian identities in the queer community. How do we find space for that?”
Steven Wakabayashi hosts “YELLOW GLITTER” - a podcast exploring the queer Asian experience. Steven’s thoughtful approach to life - and conversation - have created an amazing space for a community that is marginalized, not just in this country, about around the world. As we all know - neither the Asian or Queer communities are monolithes - with so many intersectional nuances that are often glossed over and not understood. You’ll enjoy this mindful exploration with Steven - about misunderstanding, fear, and most of all, love.
LEARN ABOUT STEVEN
Yellow Glitter (podcast): https://apple.co/3ba9yUx
BOOK: “The 5 Love Languages” (Gary Chapman): goodreads.com/book/show/23878688-the-5-love-languages
BOOK: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean_Vuong): goodreads.com/author/show/4456871.Ocean_Vuong
PERSON: Margaret Cho: MargaretCho.com
Margaret Cho’s (Mortal) Minority
“Trying to fit in was just not an option. But in comedy I could embrace my oddness.”
Margaret Cho may be infamous. She may also be a comedian, actor, musician, advocate, entrepreneur, artist...but she’s serious. The second season of HER podcast is titled “Mortal Minority” - and she’s unpacking historical hate crimes against Asian Americans that paved the way for the modern wave of anti-Asian hate we’re seeing today. Her animated film “Over the Moon” on Netflix - alongside Sandra Oh, Ken Jeong & John Cho - was nominated for an Academy Award. And yet somehow, Margaret only just found out she was Chinese (not Korean)
When hasn’t Margaret been a part of our Asian American consciousness? It seems like she’s always been here, lighting the path for others to follow. Despite all of her successes, feeling left out and alienated are subjects still near to Margaret’s heart. She has gladly become the “Patron Saint of Outsiders,” speaking for those who are not able to speak for themselves, and encouraging people to use their voice to promote change.
LEARN ABOUT MARGARET:
PODCAST: the Margaret Cho 'Mortal Minority': apple.co/3y1mMwT
TV: the Serpent (Netflix): imdb.com/title/tt7985576
TV: My Mister (K-Drama):.imdb.com/title/tt7923710
Mothers (day) secrets...
We've always known that we would LOVE to have a conversation with our guests' MOMS. So for this Mother's Day, we decided to do just that with THREE key questions. Joining us for a very special episode are the MOMS of Friends-of-the-Pod Buck Rocker, Jay Veraldi, Jieun Kim Kirtley, Dr. Nzinga Harrison, Rajiv Satyal, and Sarah Salem. Happy Mother's Day to ALL the MOMS out there!
LEARN MORE (about our guests's MM Episodes):
Lets talk (about) India
India is facing an overwhelming COVID-19 surge. Cases continue to rise, with record cases reported daily. Among a decline in cases in February, the government loosened restrictions, so we were all caught off-guard. The country's healthcare system is collapsing, with supplies running low/out, and more and more deaths reported daily. Many of us have family and friends suffering. Along with friend-of-the-Pod (and fellow Desi), we process our thoughts not just on India, but how we need to remain vigilant, and thoughtful about the pandemic around us. We are not out of the woods, by any stretch or measure.
Even with the terrible situation in India, this pandemic is so much bigger. Smarter people are talking about what this means for all of us - so you should go read and listen to what they're saying. Here's a quick summary: https://mobile.twitter.com/DrTomFrieden/status/1388172436999376899
Beyond just getting your vaccine as soon as you can - we need to get still WEAR MASKS, avoid crowds, maintain social distance, and make smart decisions - not just for yourself, but those around us. With India, we are seeing the worst that can happen unfold on the other side of the world.
HELP INDIA: While countries around the globe are sending aid to India, here are a few places YOU can help (list via NY Mag):
Making the Difference is helping provide medical supplies for public hospitals and nursing homes in Mumbai as well as grocery and ration kits to daily wage earners. https://www.donatekart.com/MTD/Save-Patients/
Rapid Response, India’s premier disaster-response and preparedness service, is seeking donations to provide dry food goods such as rice, dal, salt, and sugar to families across India. https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/donate-dry-ration-to-families-struggling-with-hunger-in-covid-second-wave?utm_source=MutualAidIndia
Breathe India, a fundraiser led by Indian Institutes of Technology alumni in conjunction with the SaveLife Foundation, is seeking donations to procure effective distribution of oxygen concentrators to hospitals in Delhi. Lack of supplemental oxygen is currently a massive problem amid the COVID surge in India. https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-arrange-oxygen-concentrators-in-delhi
Seva Kitchen, a nonprofit in Nagpur, is seeking donations to provide meal kits for marginalized communities. https://www.donatekart.com/seva_kitchen/Help-seva-kitchen/?utm_source=MutualAidIndia
Transgender Welfare Equity and Empowerment Trust (TWEET) has been creating and funding shelter homes for trans people in Delhi during the pandemic. https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-shelter-for-transgender-persons-in-mumbai
Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF), a children’s rights organization based in India, is collecting donations to help children in poverty-stricken communities with access to meals and education. https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/kscf-for-covid-19-relief
HelpNow is an initiative led by young students in Mumbai to provide quick, 24/7 medical transportation. It is currently seeking donations to ensure adequate supplies and compensate its drivers. https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/getHelpNow
Give India, a crowdfunding nonprofit platform created to support India throughout the pandemic, is currently running fundraising campaigns for oxygen supply, food shortages, and women’s reproductive health amid the pandemic. https://covid.giveindia.org/
Jason’s discovery (+faith) of Islam
“I was really struck by how universal the message was - and i wanted to be a part of it.”
Jason is a husband. A father. He’s an attorney. He’s also Black..and a Muslim. In a conversation about family, religion, race, and love - Jason shares his journey, how he discovered (and built) a relationship with Islam, and how’s its influenced his life for the better...
“The nuances of the Korean family takes you back to being in a new environment, trying to fit in../..but it felt like an American family story as well.”
The Oscars have come and gone, but what remains is how we feel about MINARI - the critically acclaimed film that had SIX nominations and Yuh-Jung Youn’s win for Best Supporting Actress (#TeamGrandma). It was a big year for Modern Minorities...at the movies. History was made with Chloe Zhao becoming the first woman of color to win Best Director, Viola Davis is now the most nominated Black Actress, Riz Ahmed was the first Muslim nominated for Best actor, and of course...MINARI
So along with Friends-of-the-Pod Jieun Kim-Kirtley AND Jon Pollock - we thought we’d have some fun talking MINARI, and the other Modern Minority-led films, actors, and big screen artists that made their mark. ALSO, we answer the age old question of who’s hotter - Steven Yeun or Riz Ahmed (spoiler alert, it’s Oscar Isaac =)
FRIENDS OF THE POD
Jon Pollock: modmypod.com/episodes/ep-35-jon-pollock-says-ciao-andiamo-legwx-lgphb-9j8lc-sx4fn-yl3p8
Jieun Kim Kirtley: modmypod.com/episodes/ep-38-jieun-kirtleys-kids-learn-taekwondo-korean
Chloe Zhao acceptance speech (2021): youtu.be/hagrJurgOqU
Yuh-Jung Youn’s acceptance speech (2021): youtu.be/syrGt0fpffY
Life is Beautiful acceptance speech (1999): youtu.be/8cTR6fk8frs
BOOK (Jon): Far from the Tree (Andrew Solomon): goodreads.com/book/show/13547504-far-from-the-tree
KIDS’ BOOK (Raman): The Ugly Vegetables (Grace Lin): goodreads.com/book/show/240144.The_Ugly_Vegetables
SONG: “You’re Welcome” (Moana): youtu.be/79DijItQXMM
Best coverage on this subject and brilliant conversation!
Love your podcast
I’m loving your series on Muslims. Having a variety of perspective is important to show the world
the diversity in culture and the unity in belief. You guys do a great job of covering a variety of good people.
Love Sarah’s Episode
I stumbled upon your podcast in Linkedin. I’m Indonesian recently taking grad studies in the U.S. and was the first time switching from being majority to be a minority, in a highly liberal school. I got to experience and had to adjust with a new way of life, at least for almost two years and I really enjoy the company and stories of muslim community in my campus. I really enjoyed Sarah’s story of being a muslim minority, and it is very heartwarming to hear such a strong faith that she had despite given a freedom from her families to explore faith. Thank you for the episode, really love it!