69 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 • 25 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 7 Episode #10: "I Love India!"

    Season 7 Episode #10: "I Love India!"

    Sheetal Sheth is an Indian American actress, author and activist based in New York City. You may remember her breakout role as “Maya” co-starring with Albert Brooks in “Looking For Comedy in the Muslim World”  (2005). Since then, Sheetal’s star keeps rising, appearing in dozens of TV shows and films. In 2013, she got married and soon became a mother to two girls. Then, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. As Sheetal struggled to recover, she was determined to raise her children with a deep sense of pride and love for India. Why? Also, what inspired her to write children’s books for Indian Americans while she was pregnant in New York City?

    Click here for more about Sheetal Sheth.

    Music used:
    What Is Love (Piano) by Zight
    Sad Ambient Piano by Lite Saturation
    Free Hopping Piano by Lobo Loco
    Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1 - II. Adagio by Daniel Veesey

    Brand New World by Kai Engel
    One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy

    Photo Credit: David Goddard

    • 38 min
    Season 7 Episode #9: "Due to You Guys"

    Season 7 Episode #9: "Due to You Guys"

    Neil Mody is a media entrepreneur, tech enthusiast and philosopher at heart.
     
    In this open-hearted conversation, Neil shares snippets of his phone conversations with his father that would forever be seared into his mind. What did his father say? Why did Neil tell his mother not to wear a “sari” to his eighth grade graduation?  Why did he feel embarrassed by his “Indianness” growing up in New Jersey,  and how does he feel now?
     
    Find Your Roots is a history and culture project centering on Asian American voices, perspectives, and experiences. It is a one-on-one, in-depth podcast interview show with Asian “Roots-Finders” seeking to remember the diverse and profound influences of their parents and grandparents. This educational podcast project is designed to promote and preserve the legacy of the countless contributions—as well as forgotten struggles and sacrifices—of our ancestors who paved the way for us today.
     
    We want to include you in this conversation. Share your thoughts. Pitch us a story. To send us your comments or stories, email us at info@oneinabillionvoices.org
    or go to our Facebook page or website under “Pitch a Story.”
     
    One in a Billion connects Asians and Americans through storytelling, one person at a time.
     
    Season 7: Find Your Roots series is produced by One in a Billion Productions, a non-profit educational media company (501c3), with generous funding from PLUS Charitable Trust.
     
    Music used:
    New Boots Rag by Doctor Turtle
    Trees In The Wind by Daniel Birch
    Wherever I Lay My Hat Thats My Wife by Doctor Turtle
    Sailor's Lament by Jason Shaw
    Tumult by Kai Engel
    Spiritual by HoliznaPATREON
    One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
     
     

    • 36 min
    Season 7 Episode #8: "Let me in. Let me in!"

    Season 7 Episode #8: "Let me in. Let me in!"

    Martial Arts, Kung Fu Master (師傅) , Yoga Instructor, Political Activist
    Mai Du was just eight years old when she aspired to learn Kung Fu. Then she became a refugee after the Vietnam war fleeing with her family through Thailand and the Philippines before arriving in America.
    Today, Mai du is a martial arts instructor, kung fu master and political activist.  What formed her fighting spirit? How did her parents’ survival skills mold her mindset? 
    Check out our conversation!
    Music used:
    Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions
    Adventure by The Ghost in Your Piano
    Trophy Endorphins by Andy G Cohen
    Mountain Monk C by Lobo Loco
    Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1 - II. Adagio by Daniel Veesey 
    Stormy Blues by Arne Bang Huseby
    A Yankees Southern Blues by HoliznaCC0 
    Only Our Footsteps in the Sand by Mid-Air Machine 
    One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
    Photo Credit: 
    Dat Nguyen 
     

    • 30 min
    Season 7 Episode #7: "Reflections of a Tiger Mom"

    Season 7 Episode #7: "Reflections of a Tiger Mom"

    More than a decade after she was labeled as “Tiger Mom” for her 2011 memoir “The Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother,” Amy Chua reflects on her strict parenting style as she traces the roots of her culture to Fuzhou, China. Why did Amy feel right about raising her daughters the same way she was raised by her immigrant parents? What lessons has she learned from her critics in the West? What prompted her to pursue a career in corporate law before teaching law at Yale? And now, what motivated her to write  her first novel “The Golden Gate?”

    Amy Chua is a Yale law school professor with expertise in international business transactions, ethnicity and conflict, and globalization. She is an author of five non-fiction titles including Political Tribes: Group Instinct and Fate of Nation, and The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America.
     
    Photo Credit: Joel Griffith
     
    Music used:
    I Will Not Let You Let Me Down by Josh Woodward
    Your Mothers Daughter by Chris Zabriskie

    On The Clock by Pictures of the Floating World
    Tumbling Dishes Like Old-Mans Wishes by Jahzzar
    One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy

    • 38 min
    Season 7 Episode #6: "For Self-Healing"

    Season 7 Episode #6: "For Self-Healing"

    Have you ever felt abandoned by your parents? What would you do to reconcile with them?
    24-year-old Angela Li was born in New York City but sent back to Fuzhou, China while an infant to be raised by her grandparents until she turned five. When she entered the U.S, she felt she’d closed the door on her childhood in China. Now, she is just beginning to reconcile with that as an adult. 
    In this podcast conversation, Angela describes her process of self-healing by starting an oral project of interviewing her parents. “For the first time, I see my mom as a human being.”  Angela says. 
    What did she mean? What did she find?
    Music used:
    Space Full by Andy G. Cohen
    Rain by Unheard Music Concepts
    Inside the Moon by Stephan Siebert
    Mountain Monk C by Lobo Loco 
    Bells In The Wind by Daniel Birch
    The Shine by Jahzzar  
    One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
     

    • 31 min
    Season 7 Episode #5: "Undying Faith"

    Season 7 Episode #5: "Undying Faith"

    Have you ever lost your sense of purpose after your loved one suddenly died? Whom do you turn to find strength to renew your mind and spirit?
    Born in Sorsogon, the Philippines, Loida N. Lewis, traces the roots of her undying faith that revives her in her darkest hour after her husband Reginald F. Lewis died of brain cancer.
    Loida also talks about her new memoir,“Why Should Guys Have All the Fun?” - an Asian American story of love, marriage, faith and running a billion dollar business empire. 
    Loida Lewis is a business executive, immigration lawyer, philanthropist and activist.
    Music used:
    Dream by Chan Wai Fat
    Spiritual by HoliznaPATREON 
    Space Full by Andy G Cohen
    You're Right But I'm Me by Doctor Turtle
    Undercover Vampire Policeman by Chris Zabriskie
    One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
     

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

JackieS00 ,

Great listen!

Absolutely love this podcast. Mable is an excellent host who interviews with curiosity and understanding of her guests and what they do. Highly recommend!

HS_ApplePodcasts ,

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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