56 episodes

One in a Billion is a podcast about Asian values, culture and society – one person at a time.

We interview Asian writers, producers, entrepreneurs and entertainers about what they do, and what drives their choices and decisions. Hosted by Mable Chan (former ABC News producer), “One in a Billion” gives the stage to the young and the bold with a voice and a view that is rarely heard.

Learn more at https://www.oneinabillionvoices.org/

One in a Billion Mable Chan

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

One in a Billion is a podcast about Asian values, culture and society – one person at a time.

We interview Asian writers, producers, entrepreneurs and entertainers about what they do, and what drives their choices and decisions. Hosted by Mable Chan (former ABC News producer), “One in a Billion” gives the stage to the young and the bold with a voice and a view that is rarely heard.

Learn more at https://www.oneinabillionvoices.org/

    Season 6 Episode #2: “LifeChangers: Money Matters”

    Season 6 Episode #2: “LifeChangers: Money Matters”

    LifeChangers is about Asian philanthropists sharing stories about life-changing turning points that have shaped their mindset and inspired their philanthropic passion. Now, they feel compelled to change the lives of others.
    How old were you when you first started making money? 16? 17? 18?
    Meet Mei-Lee Ney - an investment advisor, philanthropist, and art collector. 
    At age 75, Mei-Lee has been working non-stop since she was 10. Why?
    Who gave her critical advice about how she could get anything she wanted? And what is that advice? 
    How did Mei-Lee build and create wealth for herself and others without a college degree? And what motivated Mei-Lee to begin giving away her fortune, and for what causes? 
    Tune into my conversation with Mei-Lee Ney in Episode #2 “Money Matters”
    Music used:
    Working For the County by Derek Clegg
    Playtime by Jahzzar
    Banish by Slinte
    Dear Old Dad by HoliznaCCO
    Acoustic Fingerpicking 5 by Independent Music Licensing Collective
    Gray Drops by Sergey Cheremisinov
    Acoustic Fingerpicking 1 by Independent Music Licensing Collective
    Love Wins by Lee Rosevere
    Sour Grapes by Pictures of the Floating World
    Go Tell It On The Molehill by Doctor Turtle
    Climb by The Ghost in Your Piano
    Florid by Mid-Air Machine
    The Dance of the Sky by MMFFF
    One in A Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
    Mei-Lee Ney is the president of Richard Ney & Associates, Asset Management, Inc., a registered investment advisory firm that she joined in 1973. She was the business partner and wife of Richard Ney, author of three books on the stock market: The Wall Street Jungle, The Wall Street Gang, and Making It in the Market, the last two of which she edited. She was co-writer and editor of “The Ney Report,” an investment newsletter, from 1976 to 1999. She also serves on the USC Pacific Asia Museum Board of Councilors, and the Otis College of Art and Design Board of Trustees and is active in several other communities, arts, and education organizations. Learn more about Mei-Lee here.

    • 30 min
    Season 6 Episode #1: "LifeChangers: Am I the Only One?"

    Season 6 Episode #1: "LifeChangers: Am I the Only One?"

    We kick off Season 6 “LifeChangers” today (August 26th)  with a limited special series.
    LifeChangers is about Asian philanthropists sharing stories about life-changing turning points that have shaped their mindset and inspired their philanthropic passion. Now, they feel compelled to change the lives of others. 
    You don’t need to give away a lot of money like Bill Gates to be a philanthropist.
    You only need to ask the right question at the right time.
    Episode #1 “Am I the Only One?”
    What more do you want when you reach the VP level of a top tech company in America? 
    For Buck Gee - a Chinese-American retired tech entrepreneur and philanthropist, when he became a senior executive at Cisco in the early 2000s, he asked his supervisor, “Am I the only one?”  He noticed that he was the only Asian American at that level, and he was unhappy. Why? What did he do about it? That question would become the seed of his philanthropic passion. 
    Tune into my conversation with Buck Gee in Episode 1 “Am I the Only One?”
    (Note: Buck Gee was Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Business Unit at Cisco before retiring in 2008. In 2010, he co-founded the Advanced Leadership Program for Asian American Executives, an executive education program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has published several Ascend Foundation research papers on the Asian glass ceiling and has written opinion pieces on that issue for the Harvard Business Review and The New York Times.) Buck Gee holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Learn more about Buck here.  (source: Committee-100 )
    Music used:
    Xi by Andy G. Cohen
    Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions
    The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan by Chris Zabriskie
    Which That is This by Doctor Turtle
    Thingamajig by Json Shaw
    Day Trips by Ketsa
    One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
    We want to include you in this conversation. Share your thoughts. Pitch us a story.
    To send us your comments or stories, email us @ info@oneinabillionvoices.org
    Or go to our Facebook page or our website at OneinABillionVoices.org under “Pitch a Story.”
    “One in a Billion” connects Asians and Americans through storytelling, one person at a time.
    Subscribe to “One in a Billion” below:
    PRx | iTunes | SoundCloud Season 6 LifeChangers Series is produced by One in a Billion Productions, a non-profit educational media company (501c3) with generous funding from Claudia Lin, Founder/President of Legacy Maker LLC.

    • 24 min
    Daniel Christopher “D.C.” Rogers: A Storied Career, as Passion and Heart Hit the Screen

    Daniel Christopher “D.C.” Rogers: A Storied Career, as Passion and Heart Hit the Screen

    What would you do if you’ve written about becoming a Supreme Court justice, dreamed of a life and career in law, put in a lot of time and work to prepare for that track - then one day you change my mind? 
     
    Is it a waste of time, money and education at that point?
     
    These are some of the questions that Daniel Christopher “D.C.” Rogers (Harvard Class of ‘12) had to wrestle with during his college years. And what made him change his mind?
     
    In “Where Are They Now?” Episode #6, Gemma Schneider (Harvard student journalist/Class of 2023) interviews D.C. Rogers - award-winning writer, producer, and actor.  D.C. is a story editor for the upcoming Netflix legal show Partner Track. Previously, he was a staff writer on the CW drama In the Dark.  
     
    I am happy to be co-hosting this podcast as a contributing commentator. You’ll hear my views about how to figure out what you want to do with your life – before and after college. 
     
    “Where Are They Now?” is a special co-production between One in a Billion and WHRB (Harvard Radio Broadcasting).
    It is a 6-part series featuring one-on-one interviews with Harvard graduates who draw lessons from their campus experience and personal insight from their current career to give you a taste of their trailblazing journey.
    “Where Are They Now” is sponsored exclusively by One in a Billion Productions Inc. (501c3) – an educational media company designed to foster Asian voices and to build bridges between different communities of color.  We believe in the power of personal storytelling to reach a wider and diverse community of audiences for better intercultural understanding.

    • 42 min
    Neil Shubin: The Evolution of an Evolutionary Biologist

    Neil Shubin: The Evolution of an Evolutionary Biologist

    How far will you travel outside of your hometown, your neighborhood, your comfort zone, in order to see the world differently?
    Why is it important to keep your sense of insecurity as your companion as you embark on your scientific, academic or philosophical enquiry?
    How does failure keep you hungry for success?
    Those are some of the questions that have led to surprising discoveries and satisfying rewards for Dr. Neil Shubin (Harvard GSAS Class of 1987).
    In “Where Are They Now?” Episode #4, Gemma Schneider (Harvard student journalist/Class of 2023) interviews Dr. Neil Shubin - A paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and popular science writer.  Dr. Shubin made headlines in 2004 when he co-discovered Tiktaalik roseae, a fossil of a creature with traits found in both fish and tetrapods, and has since published three popular science books: Your Inner Fish, The Universe Within, and Some Assembly Required.
    I am happy to be co-hosting this podcast as a contributing commentator. You’ll hear my reflection on how I, like Dr. Neil Shubin, first became drawn to a new world of possibilities that would light up my imagination to pursue a path that’s formed who I am today.
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    “Where Are They Now?” is a special co-production between One in a Billion and WHRB (Harvard Radio Broadcasting).
    It is a 6-part series featuring one-on-one interviews with Harvard graduates who draw lessons from their campus experience and personal insight from their current career to give you a taste of their trailblazing journey.
    “Where Are They Now” is sponsored exclusively by One in a Billion Productions Inc. (501c3) – an educational media company designed to foster Asian voices and to build bridges between different communities of color.  We believe in the power of personal storytelling to reach a wider and diverse community of audiences for better intercultural understanding.

    • 37 min
    Sangu Delle: Investing in Dignity, Innovation, and a Healthier Future

    Sangu Delle: Investing in Dignity, Innovation, and a Healthier Future

    Should a Harvard education prepare you for failure?
    Should failure be normalized in the course of higher education?
    Or at the very least, would you want to learn how to take or talk about failure?
    Those are the sort of questions rarely asked if you’re a Harvard student who is used to acing your exams, winning accolades or top awards until one day – you suddenly lose what you’ve been taking for granted.
    In “Where Are They Now?” Episode #4, Gemma Schneider (Harvard student journalist/Class of 2023) interviews Sangu Delle (Harvard Class of 2010, Harvard JD & MBA 2016).  An entrepreneur, investor, author and philanthropist, Sangu speaks powerfully about his personal struggle with depression after a major business investor died suddenly before wiring the money. A lot were at stakes. Sangu was at a loss for words and found himself in a dark world for a long time before getting back on his feet.
    Today, he is a champion for mental health and a vocal teacher about the norm of failure.
    I am happy to be co-hosting this podcast as a contributing commentator. You’ll hear my reflection on how I too had rebounded from despair after first losing my mother, before losing my job and my health.
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    “Where Are They Now?” is a special co-production between One in a Billion and WHRB (Harvard Radio Broadcasting).
    It is a 6-part series featuring one-on-one interviews with Harvard graduates who draw lessons from their campus experience and personal insight from their current career to give you a taste of their trailblazing journey.
    “Where Are They Now” is sponsored exclusively by One in a Billion Productions Inc. (501c3) – an educational media company designed to foster Asian voices and to build bridges between different communities of color.  We believe in the power of personal storytelling to reach a wider and diverse community of audiences for better intercultural understanding.

    • 33 min
    Janet Hook: Always Asking Questions, From Politicians on Capitol Hill to Strangers on the Streets

    Janet Hook: Always Asking Questions, From Politicians on Capitol Hill to Strangers on the Streets

    How do I want to engage in the world?
    Do I want to be an academic teaching philosophy as a professor?
    Wouldn’t that be a very inward-looking, insular kind of life?
    Is that what I want?
    Those were some of the questions Janet Hook, (Harvard Class ’77) asked herself before deciding not to pursue a Phd in philosophy.
    For Janet, a Harvard graduate with a degree in philosophy and government, her career choice is also a lifestyle choice. She chose to become a journalist right after college.
    In “Where Are They Now?” Episode #3, Gemma Schneider (Harvard student journalist/Class of 2023) interviews Los Angeles Time national correspondent Janet Hook. Janet reflects on her student days at Harvard, and some of the ways in which she has been influenced to choose the path of a journalist. She also talks candidly about her career trajectory and the life of a reporter.
    I am happy to be co-hosting this podcast as a contributing commentator. You’ll hear my thoughts about how Harvard fit into my former career as a TV journalist as well.
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    “Where Are They Now?” is a special co-production between One in a Billion and WHRB (Harvard Radio Broadcasting).
    It is a 6-part series featuring one-on-one interviews with Harvard graduates who draw lessons from their campus experience and personal insight from their current career to give you a taste of their trailblazing journey.
    “Where Are They Now” is sponsored exclusively by One in a Billion Productions Inc. (501c3) – an educational media company designed to foster Asian voices and to build bridges between different communities of color.  We believe in the power of personal storytelling to reach a wider and diverse community of audiences for better intercultural understanding.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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So worth listening.

So many episodes of this podcast are worth the while. My favorite has been the one with Kim Jung. I loved how Mable Chan had such a natural interaction with Kim Jung when Kim talked about wanting to be a mother. That ability to nurture a serendipitous comment further brought the story to life and led to one of the concluding thoughts about our shared experiences as human beings.

jinzhaowang ,

Moving themes for life and career progression

Really interesting conversations with cool people from all walks of life in the Asian American spheres. Highly recommend if you want to become wiser, kinder, and more impactful!

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Relatable topic and powerful stories

As a first generation immigrant from mainland China, as a teacher. On in a Billion helped me and my students understand that we are not alone. Though those beautiful and powerful stories I was unable to relate and be proud of my background.
Looking forward for season 5!