4 episodes

Do you live outside the world of straight white males (or aspire to)? From Hirah Media, each episode of Sample Space is a collection of narratives centered around a theme, like This American Life, for non-white folks. These are our stories, sad and sweet, funny and dramatic, familiar and strange. They are the stories of our lives, the stories of color, gender, abilities, culture ethnicity, age, and poverty. Ideas? Comments? Burning desire to be featured? Reach out at info@hirahmedia.com

Sample Spac‪e‬ Hirah Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Do you live outside the world of straight white males (or aspire to)? From Hirah Media, each episode of Sample Space is a collection of narratives centered around a theme, like This American Life, for non-white folks. These are our stories, sad and sweet, funny and dramatic, familiar and strange. They are the stories of our lives, the stories of color, gender, abilities, culture ethnicity, age, and poverty. Ideas? Comments? Burning desire to be featured? Reach out at info@hirahmedia.com

    S3E1 - Hey Jad, Thanks For Listening: Talkin' Bout My Generation

    S3E1 - Hey Jad, Thanks For Listening: Talkin' Bout My Generation

    Diana met Jad Abumrad! There was hand-shaking, picture-taking, question-asking. So thanks @Jad for listening, this one’s for you.

    Talkin’ bout my generation: what it means to be part of it, raising it, and defining it. Stories about the next generation and all the expectations, guilt, sacrifice, disappointment, and yes, love, that comes with it. #secondgenproblems

    Part of this episode originally aired in Season 2 Episode 2, The Next Generation, which you can find wherever you get your podcasts.

    Special thanks to Veronica Garcia, Ria Das Gupta, Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi and the Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach office of the University of San Francisco. Music by Kevin Mcleod of Incompetech and the Who.

    • 16 min
    S2E11 - Mine To Own - Part 3

    S2E11 - Mine To Own - Part 3

    Mine To Own – Part 3

    A dominatrix, a romance novelist, and a new mom walk into a podcast episode… this episode! The final part of our 3-part series on “Periods, Pussies, and Power: Asian American Woman & Our Sexuality” and what happens when we assert ownership over our sexuality: we get to see and value our bodies in a totally new way, we get to dole out our own happiness and pleasure, we get to define what a woman’s sexuality is and who it is for.

    “Periods, Pussies, and Power: Asian American Woman & Our Sexuality” is a 3-part series of stories from Asian American women about our sexuality in all its color, nuance, and embarrassing hilarity. We explore getting our period for the first time, losing our virginity, discovering masturbation, pursuing sexual pleasure, and through it all, find what it is we stand to gain in embracing our sexuality as Asian American Women.

    Recognition thanks and gratitude go to Learkana Chong, Lucy Sweetkill, Mindy Hung, Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, Zed Meade at the Center for Research and Education on Sexuality at San Francisco State University, Kai Ling Chieh, Alison Lee, Marielle Magtibay, and Johnson Fung. Music credit goes to Kevin Macleod of Incompetech, Bruno Mars, 3 Doors Down, and Helen Reddy. Subscribe to Sample Space on iTunes or your podcast app of choice so that you don’t miss Season 3!

    Mindy Hung’s many books can be found at mindyhung.com. More of Learkana Chong’s writing can be found at lampshadeonherhead.blog.

    • 55 min
    S2E10 - Touched For The Very First Time - Part 2

    S2E10 - Touched For The Very First Time - Part 2

    Touched For The Very First Time – Part 2

    First times are tough: they are sticky, and awkward, and for Asian American women in particular, guilt-ridden due to familial and cultural influences. In Part 2 of our special series on “Periods, Pussies, and Power: Asian American Woman & Our Sexuality”, in all its glory, stories about our first times, good and bad, embarrassing and scary, alone and with others.

    “Periods, Pussies, and Power: Asian American Woman & Our Sexuality” is a 3-part series of stories from Asian American women about our sexuality in all its color, nuance, and embarrassing hilarity. We explore getting our period for the first time, losing our virginity, discovering masturbation, pursuing sexual pleasure, and through it all, find what it is we stand to gain in embracing our sexuality as Asian American Women.

    Special thank yous and deep admiration go to Johnson Fung, Lynette Ferrer, Melissa Hadiyanto, Vicki So, who writes romance at vickiessex.com, Priyanka Wali, whom you can find at priyankiwalicomedy.com for a list of her stand up shows across San Francisco, and Serena Olsen, Laura Miller, and Will Butler at Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Music credit goes to Kevin Macleod of Incompetech, Madonna, and Inner Circle.

    • 38 min
    S2E9 - On Becoming A Woman - Part 1

    S2E9 - On Becoming A Woman - Part 1

    On Becoming A Woman – Part 1

    The first part of our special series on “Periods, Pussies, and Power: Asian American Woman & Our Sexuality” begins with what it means to become a woman. Featuring a vignette of Asian American women confessing their most embarrassing, hilarious, and cringe-worthy spills, one Asian American girl’s vagina monologue, and a story on what coming of age really means, Part 1 explores the internal and external cultural expectations Asian American women face when it comes to becoming a woman.

    “Periods, Pussies, and Power: Asian American Woman & Our Sexuality” is a 3-part series of stories from Asian American women about our sexuality in all its color, nuance, and embarrassing hilarity. We explore getting our period for the first time, losing our virginity, discovering masturbation, pursuing sexual pleasure, and through it all, find what it is we stand to gain in embracing our sexuality as Asian American Women.

    Special thanks, recognition, and accolades go to Learkana Chong, Abeer Hoque, Joyce S., Melissa Hadiyanto, Serena Olsen, Laura Millar, and Will Butler at the Lighthouse Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Priyanka Wali, Jenna Rapues, Lotus Dao, MLin and the good folks at API Equality Northern California, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Kristin Cheung and the leadership of the many women who have come before and will come after. Music credit goes to Kevin Macleod of Incompetech.

    Abeer Hoque’s memoir, Olive Witch is available online and in-stories now, Priyanka Wali’s comedy and stand up schedule can be found at priyankawali.com, and Learkana Chong’s writing can be found at lampshadeonherhead.blog.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

ivanlikesnaps ,

Telling Stories Rarely Told in the Mainstream

I learned about the podcast when I met Diana at a Meetup in San Francisco. She described it as something similar to This American Life, so I gave it a try.

As another reviewer mentioned, the stories are diverse in the demographics they cover, but it's a personal treat when they cover Cantonese/Chinese stories. But sometimes I do tense up a bit because I could very much relate to certain aspects of the subjects' lives.

This is a great podcast for not just Asian American/Canadians, but those interested in intersectionality of cultures as well.

One bit of constructive feedback: It would be great if the sound quality could be better, especially when the interviews are conducted over the phone. I know it might be unfair to compare to This American Life, but their podcast has very clear audio and everyone enunciates.

Ja1121 ,

A much needed conversation

Sample Space really hits home to the stories I grew up listening to but never heard. It's refreshing to hear someone use the word 'duty' in the same way that my parents had used it on me so many times before! If you grew up Asian American / Canadian and have a perchant for reflection, I'd highly recommend giving this a listen!

Ravenclaw12630 ,

Stories so real!

Great first season; interesting and diverse group of people with lots of insight and well-produced! Really something different and refreshing. Looking forward to season 2!

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