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Rock the Boat is a narrative podcast about Asian American founders, pioneers, and leaders in their fields. Join host Lucia Liu as she uncovers the triumph and trials of top Asian leaders. www.gorocktheboat.com

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Rock the Boat is a narrative podcast about Asian American founders, pioneers, and leaders in their fields. Join host Lucia Liu as she uncovers the triumph and trials of top Asian leaders. www.gorocktheboat.com

    75 | Talk about US China Relations

    75 | Talk about US China Relations

    For the last episode of Season 5 of Rock the Boat, Lucia invites Lynne back on the pod to give an update. Lynne also invites her classmate Hua Qu to come speak about a political topic that has recently been at the forefront due to the pandemic, elections, and trade wars: US, China relations.

    Tune in for the last episode of the year!

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    Xiyue Wang’s Story as an Iranian hostage: https://www.npr.org/2020/06/11/874079626/released-from-iranian-prison-u-s-student-xiyue-wang-says-he-was-held-as-a-hostag

    Reputable Chinese News source: https://www.caixinglobal.com/

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    74 | Writer of the Affordable Care Act and Founder of Valera Health: Dr. Thomas Tsang

    74 | Writer of the Affordable Care Act and Founder of Valera Health: Dr. Thomas Tsang

    This week, Lucia speaks with Dr. Thomas Tsang, who is the CEO and co-founder of Valera Health, a physician, and a former congressional staffer in the Obama Administration who helped write and execute the Affordable Care Act.

    Thomas shares how he pursued a career in healthcare despite growing up not being able to afford healthcare. He also shares how his career at Charles B. Wang, the Chinatown community medical center in New York provided him with an opportunity to help write and execute Affordable Care Act. 

    In the interview, Thomas also opens up about his own experience with mental health and how it prompted him to create a data-driven mental health startup called Velera Health. 

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    Valera Health: https://valerahealth.com/

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    73 | Founder of The Slants: Simon Tam

    73 | Founder of The Slants: Simon Tam

    Simon Tam is the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all Asian American rock band. He’s also an author, activist, and self-proclaimed troublemaker, setting a world record by appearing on the TEDx stage 13 times.

    Asians are one of the most bullied demographics in America. When Simon Tam was growing up in San Diego, he faced the brunt of that. Bullies would make fun of him for the shape of his eyes.

    Well, when Simon grew up, he reclaimed that slur. Not only did he name his band The Slants, they won a historical Supreme court case which gave him the right to trademark his band’s name.

    Lucia speaks to Simon about his Asian American upbringing and how that prompted him to start an Asian American band named The Slants.

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    The Slant’s Supreme Court Case: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/19/533514196/the-slants-win-supreme-court-battle-over-bands-name-in-trademark-dispute

    Listen to The Slants: http://www.theslants.com/discography/

    The Slants foundation: http://theslants.org/

    Simon’s Website: https://www.simontam.org/

    Follow Simon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/simonthetam


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    72 | Former Health Commissioner of Baltimore: Dr. Leana Wen

    72 | Former Health Commissioner of Baltimore: Dr. Leana Wen

    The presidential election is over, well… sort of, but COVID is not. In this episode Lucia speaks with the former health commissioner of Baltimore, Dr. Leana Wen about how to ensure that mask wearing is a public health issue and not a political issue. Dr. Wen also speaks about her journey from being a practicing physician to being a public health advocate, standing up against xenophobia, and how we can all get on the same page when it comes to public health safety.

    Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician, public health leader, and a passionate advocate for patient centered health care reform.⁠ You may have seen her popular TED Talk called “What your doctor won’t disclose” or on CNN as a medical analyst speaking about COVID-19.⁠

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    You can find the Modern Majority Podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and on their website: https://modelmajoritypodcast.com/

    Follow Dr. Leana Wen on Twitter: @DrLeanaWen

    Listen to her TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/leana_wen_what_your_doctor_won_t_disclose?language=en

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    71 | Virginia Dem Congressional Candidate: Qasim Rashid (with Model Majority Pod)

    71 | Virginia Dem Congressional Candidate: Qasim Rashid (with Model Majority Pod)

    Qasim Rashid is a Pakistani-born author, activist, attorney, and is currently running for Congress in VA. When hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, Qasim was a senior in college confronted with a critical decision to make. Would you risk failing all your classes to help your neighbor? His choice was a paradigm shifting moment in his life. Now, Qasim’s campaign runs along similar veins, focused on bringing together and serving the community. In this episode Lucia talks to Qasim about his upbringing as an American Muslim and how his passion for the marginalized channeled the direction of his political career.

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    Follow Qasim on Twitter: https://twitter.com/QasimRashid
    His Website: https://rashidforva.com/

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    70 | New York Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou (with Model Majority Pod)

    70 | New York Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou (with Model Majority Pod)

    When we talk about representation, we usually think about representation in the media and in the corporate office. However, there is a place where we rarely see Asian Americans, and that is in the government. When was the last time you saw an Asian governor, or an Asian mayor? Today’s guest Yuh-Line Niou talks about the importance of having representation in the local state government. She shares her journey to becoming an elected Assembly Member of District 65 of Manhattan, an area that includes Chinatown, and what it means for our community.

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    Follow Yuh-Line on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yuhline

    Reach out to her office: https://nyassembly.gov/mem/Yuh-Line-Niou

    Learn more about the Child Victims Act and Yuh-Line’s involvement: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/19/nyregion/child-victims-act-lawmakers.html

    Don’t forget to vote! Check your voter registration status if live in NY: https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

Iambarbarachen ,

Fantastic insights and interviewer

As a former TV producer and NYC chapter board member of the national Asian American Journalists Assn, I readily give Lucia Liu five stars for thoughtful content and professional production quality. However, I recommend Rock the Boat to anyone looking for engaging discussions with influential people in many fields and industries, who also have an identity or immigrant story to share.

Tsiroga ,

Rock my brain!

I’ve listened to a few episodes now and I’ve loved it. It’s a great podcast that shows and amplifies the voices for Asian Americans everywhere. I specifically listened to the one with Brian Yang. It was a good conversation about diversity and giving representation to minorities.
Definitely looking forward to more conversations revolved around our community. Thanks!!!

Nicole Jia Liu ,

Refreshing curation and content

What a cool podcast showcasing Asian Americans doing interesting and unexpected journeys. Not to mention a phenomenal list of guests!

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