Poor People is a platform for people of color to discuss the current political-economic environment, stories of socioeconomic upbringing, to share success stories and experiences of today.
005: Immigrant Children Problems
Special episode with special guests! After a few super serious episodes, PPP decided to do something a little more lighthearted and fun. Mee and Jackie invite two of their college friends Raul and Jessica to come join them on the show to discuss and compare notes on their different (but also very similar!) upbringings. From pressure to make specific decisions on college majors to fears about being on the receiving end of "La Chancla", this episode is full of fun stories to which many children of immigrants will find familiar.
004: Healthcare - Part 2
Mee and Jackie finish their discussion on healthcare in Part 2 of their Healthcare segment! They discuss the healthcare systems of Sweden, Taiwan, and Canada to compare and contrast with the current healthcare system in the United States. They go into a little more detail about healthcare plans in the American system, then discuss how all these different healthcare systems are currently operating during this global pandemic.
003: Healthcare - Part 1
Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated! Just kidding, we did. Mee and Jackie kick-off Part 1 of 2 episodes that Poor People dedicate toward discussing healthcare in the United States. They go through their own experiences as kids, then later as adults, and talk about all the complicated issues that can come with having an employer-based healthcare system, especially in today’s world with COVID-19.
002: Politics and Why They Matter
Mee and Jackie discuss politics! While acknowledging that the topic is a sensitive and a bit divisive in today's world, Mee and Jackie talk about the importance of politics and why participation in it would benefit POC (particularly Asian Americans). They talk through their past experiences in politics and suggest ways to participate in politics and make your voice heard.
001: Introducing Poor People!
Poor People--it sounds like an odd name for a podcast...almost insulting! But that's the phrase that came up again and again in the many conversations between Mee and Jackie while ranting about various grievances they had in their daily lives. They found that they (and many of their other Asian-American friends) have had very similar growing pains throughout their childhoods to their present-day lives, all related to...well, growing up poor. From education to banking to healthcare, there were many different areas in their lives where they wish they had received more guidance, whether it be during adolescence or even their current lives.
Mee and Jackie kick off their inaugural episode of Poor People by talking about their backgrounds and their motivations for this podcast. They explore the different factors and influences that have shaped their experiences and beliefs, including education, religion, and family. They hope to use this platform for people of color to discuss the issues in the current political-economic environment, stories of socioeconomic upbringing, and success stories and experiences of today.