48 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 • 20 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 5 Episode #10: Reflections on 2020

    Season 5 Episode #10: Reflections on 2020

    With less than ten days before Thanksgiving, my podcast team and I find ourselves counting the innumerable ways that we have been challenged, and the unpredictable opportunities that have come our way in 2020. 
    So in today’s Season 5 True Colors Episode #10 Reflections on 2020, we each will share our voices expressing our thoughts and feelings about some of these life-changing experiences. But we will kick off with Kira Oman’s story.
    Before the pandemic, Kira moved to Hollywood to build her acting and modeling career. But as the coronavirus spread and some of her family members were infected, how did she think differently about her move away from home? How did 2020 impact her career and life priorities? What surprises her about herself that the pandemic has uncovered for her, for the better?
    Here’s our conversation. 
    Music Used:
    One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
    The Dance of the Sky by MMFFF
    Flux by The Ghost in Your Piano
    Bumbling by Pictures of the Floating World
    Convergence by Pictures of the Floating World
    Bells in the Wind by Daniel Birch
    Estampe Galactus_Barbere_Epaul_Giraffe_Ennui by Monplaisir
    True Colors – a Season 5 Special Series – is about the color of one’s character in a time of crisis.
    In this 10-part podcast series, we have expanded our focus beyond Asians to include the African American experiences in Episode #1, Episode #3 and Episode #5.
    We want to include you in this conversation.
    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.”
    Share your thoughts? Pitch us a story?
    “One in a Billion” connects Asians and Americans through storytelling, one person at a time.
    Subscribe to “One in a Billion” below:
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    • 28 min
    Season 5 Episode #9: Hard Choices - For Better and For Worse

    Season 5 Episode #9: Hard Choices - For Better and For Worse

    Today, tens of thousands of Americans head to the polls.
    Our choice of the next president - Donald Trump or Joe Biden - may be hard for some, but it will have immediate and long-term consequences for America in the years to come.
    Many of our listeners like you may not be able to choose your country’s leaders for a variety of reasons. But in your own lives, you often make hard choices about where to live and work, or where to raise your children. These choices could be far more consequential with unpredictable and immediate effects on your quality of life and your future than a vote for a president.
    And that is the story of Chinese American David Wang and his Shenzhen-born wife Candy Yang.  
    In 2019, they got married in Boston and had a baby girl. Shortly after, they moved to Shanghai to build their entrepreneurial careers.  Just as they thought they would move back to Boston earlier this Spring, they couldn’t. The pandemic paralyzed their move. They decided to pivot.
    In Season 5 True Colors Episode 9: Hard Choices - For Better and For Worse - Candy and David talked about their decisions under fast-changing conditions. What did they decide to do? How did that affect their quality of life and career trajectory? What about their young children? 

    Here’s our conversation. 
    Music used:
    One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
    The Family by Chad Crouch
    The Lean by Derek Clegg
    Dead From The Beginning Alive Till The End by Doctor Turtle
    Rosedale Daydream Back in the Room by Greg Atkinson
    Need by Les Hayden
    The Beauty of Maths by Meydn
    Flux by The Ghost in Your Piano
    True Colors – a Season 5 Special Series – is about the color of one’s character in a time of crisis.
    In this 10-part podcast series, we have expanded our focus beyond Asians to include the African American experiences in Episode #1, Episode #3 and Episode #5.
    We want to include you in this conversation.
    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.”
    Share your thoughts? Pitch us 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 | RadioPublic 

    • 30 min
    Season 5 Episode #8: The Bias Before the Virus

    Season 5 Episode #8: The Bias Before the Virus

    Three in ten Americans blame China or Chinese people for the Coronavirus pandemic, according to the Ipsos Poll.  Anti-Asian harassment, assault and hate crimes have also been on the rise since the outbreak began. However, the racial bias against Asians in America has long existed in everyday life way before the virus.
    In Season 5 True Colors: Episode 8: The Bias Before the Virus, Janet Wu, a former  Boston-based television journalist at WHDH-TV and media personality, talks about a racially-hostile incident on the subway five years ago that made her confront her identity as a Chinese American. 
    That subway encounter took Janet on a soul-searching inner journey reflecting on the roots of her culture - China - and her upbringing in her birthplace - America.
    Listen to our conversation here. 
    Janet Wu is currently a reporter for Bloomberg Business News.
    Music used:
    One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
    Trees in the Wind by Daniel Birch
    Tumult by Kai Engel
    Perennial by Pictures of the Floating World
    Inside the Moon by Stephan Siebert
    True Colors – a Season 5 Special Series – is about the color of one’s character in a time of crisis.
    In this 10-part podcast series, we have expanded our focus beyond Asians to include the African American experiences in Episode #1, Episode #3 and Episode #5.
    We want to include you in this conversation.
    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.”
    Share your thoughts? Pitch us 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 | RadioPublic 

    • 26 min
    Season 5 Episode #7: Mission After Mission

    Season 5 Episode #7: Mission After Mission

    When was the last time you felt your life was turned upside down?
    How did you find a way out? 
    Last Spring when Covid-19 outbreak led to a series of campus closures, forcing tens of thousands of students to move out of their dorms in a matter of days, Kimberly Jung, a graduate student at MIT Engineering School, got the news on her mobile phone. 
    Stunned, she kicked into crisis-ready mode. 
    As a U.S. army veteran with three years of combat experience in Afghanistan and emergency response training dealing with natural disasters relief, Kimberly quickly followed orders to move out, and found a critical mission to help save lives.
    Ventilators were badly needed in hospitals emergency rooms filled with Covid patients.  Kimberly decided to join the MIT E-Vent Team as the chief executive to help guide the engineers to design an FDA approved low-cost ventilator prototype that would soon be picked up by manufacturers not only in America, but around the world. 
    In Season 5 True Colors: Episode 7 Mission After Mission, Kimberly talks about her mission-driven mindset and calling, which is instantly motivational and simultaneously inspirational. 
    Listen to our conversation here.
    Music used:
    One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
    The Gloaming by Josh Woodward
    Return of the Indigo Sparrow by Tropo
    That's Exciting by Pictures of the Floating World
    Stage 1 Level 24 by Monplaisir
     
    Kimberly Jung is currently the COO of PickleRobots in Somerville, MA. 
    True Colors – a Season 5 Special Series – is about the color of one’s character in a time of crisis.
    In this 10-part podcast series, we have expanded our focus beyond Asians to include the African American experiences in Episode #1, Episode #3 and Episode #5.
    We want to include you in this conversation.
    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.”
    Share your thoughts? Pitch us 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 | RadioPublic 

    • 19 min
    Season 5 Episode #6: Reflect and Reach Across

    Season 5 Episode #6: Reflect and Reach Across

    As the Black Lives Matter movement spread across America earlier this summer, many Asian Americans began to reflect on their personal history of struggling for racial equality. 
    In particular, one civil rights group has pushed for attitude change among Asians to reach across the racial divide and join African Americans and other communities of color in the fight for social justice.
    In Season 5 True Colors: Episode 6, Jenny Chiang and Dr. Mabel Lam of the Asian American Commission (AAC) in the state of Massachusetts share their personal story of growing up with and without Black friends, and their own reckoning with the urgent need to come together for the greater good.
    Listen to our conversation here.
    Music used:
    One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
    The Way I Feel by Derek Clegg
    Break Through by Pictures of the Floating World
    Rain by Unheard Music Concepts
    Chill Out Theme by Komiku
    Above the Clouds by Bio Unit
    The Army’s March by MMFFF
    Silver on the Outside by Heather Christie and Vir McCoy
    That’s Exciting by Pictures of the Floating World
    Dr. Mabel Lam is a psychologist in Cambridge, MA and a commissioner of the AAC.  Jenny Chiang is the Executive Director of the AAC. 
    True Colors – a Season 5 Special Series – is about the color of one’s character in a time of crisis.
    In this 10-part podcast series, we have expanded our focus beyond Asians to include the African American experiences in Episode #1, Episode #3 and Episode #5.
    We want to include you in this conversation.
    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.”
    Share your thoughts? Pitch us 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 | RadioPublic 

    • 26 min
    Season 5 Episode #5: We Owe Them

    Season 5 Episode #5: We Owe Them

    To whom do you feel indebted for your civil rights and citizenship status in America? 
    Your parents or your parents’ parents? Or yourself?
    Frankly, I had never considered this question until I came across Eileen Huang’s critical letter  urging the Chinese American community to confront their anti-Black racist statements and stereotypes. 
    In her words, “We owe them (referring to Africans Americans) everything.”
    In Season 5 True Colors: Episode 5 “We Owe Them”, Eileen makes a case for Asians to acknowledge what she perceives as our racist attitude against Black people in America, and to begin difficult conversations with our parents' generation.
    Eileen Huang is a creative writer, and a junior at Yale University.
    Music used:
    One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
    Break Through by Pictures of the Floating World
    Inside the Moon by Stephan Seibart
    The Place I Called Home by Julie Maxwell
    As the Crow Flies by Axeltree
    Dreaming Days by Ketsa

    True Colors - a Season 5 Special Series - is about the color of one’s character in a time of crisis.
    In this 10-part podcast series, we have expanded our focus beyond Asians to include the African American experiences in Episode #1 and Episode #3.
    We want to include you in this conversation.
    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.”
    Share your thoughts? Pitch us 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 I RadioPublic 
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

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!

尖十 ,

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!

K.T.2020 ,

A timely, powerful podcast

One in a Billion is a timely, powerful podcast that eloquently brings to the fore diverse voices and stories of Chinese millennials in the United States. In an era of complex tensions across and within borders, in our incredibly interconnected global society, this podcast, now in its fourth season, will appeal to listeners from a range of backgrounds and experiences. Mable Chan is an accomplished journalist whose expertise shines through.

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