23 episodes

Self Evident challenges the narratives of where we come from, where we belong, and where we're going — by telling Asian America's stories. With host Cathy Erway, we present reported narratives, personal stories, and community conversations that tackle today's tough questions about identity, cultural change, and nationhood.

Self Evident is a Studiotobe production, incubated at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP and supported by our listener community.

Self Evident: Asian America's Storie‪s‬ Self Evident Media

    • Documentary
    • 4.9 • 154 Ratings

Self Evident challenges the narratives of where we come from, where we belong, and where we're going — by telling Asian America's stories. With host Cathy Erway, we present reported narratives, personal stories, and community conversations that tackle today's tough questions about identity, cultural change, and nationhood.

Self Evident is a Studiotobe production, incubated at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP and supported by our listener community.

    Saving the Seeds

    Saving the Seeds

    Why do Asian Americans have such deep relationships with fruits like mango, persimmon, and durian?

    Cathy goes on a quest to find the answers from our listeners, fellow food writer Priya Krishna, heritage melon farmer Kristyn Leach... and Cece, her friendly neighborhood fruit vendor.

    • 39 min
    A Day at the Mall

    A Day at the Mall

    Remember when it was perfectly normal to bounce around your local mall, recording conversations with over two dozen people as they figure out their next steps in life?

    Well, neither do we — but this audio time capsule of a California shopping plaza is a reminder that no matter what part of the story we think we’re in, it’s OK to feel lost.

    • 29 min
    Finding Joy

    Finding Joy

    When Joy, who recently immigrated to the U.S. from China, finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship, she makes the choice to walk away from the family she thought she always wanted — and rebuild the family she always thought was broken.

    • 40 min
    Conversations About Conversations

    Conversations About Conversations

    During this year’s protests for Black lives, the national conversation was filled with calls to have uncomfortable conversations about anti-Blackness. We chat with a few folks who’ve done exactly that, to hear what really happens when Asian Americans talk to their loved ones about racism.

    • 49 min
    I Voted

    I Voted

    During the 48 hours of uncertainty after November 3, 2020, our producer James called over a dozen people to hear their frustrations with how we vote for President and process his own feelings of cynicism. The conversations that followed — particularly with younger Asian Americans — led him to a surprising source of hope.

    • 45 min
    Self Evident Presents: A Conversation With Yuh-Line Niou (by Rock the Boat)

    Self Evident Presents: A Conversation With Yuh-Line Niou (by Rock the Boat)

    With so much attention focused on the Presidential race and other federal elections right now, we hope you'll find it refreshing to hear from Yuh-Line Niou, the only Asian American woman in New York's state legislature.

    In this conversation with Rock the Boat podcast host Lucia Liu, Yuh-Line explains how and why she got involved with local and state government, and how her experiences as an immigrant woman have enabled her to make a distinct impact in the New York state assembly.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
154 Ratings

154 Ratings

Rodney Amadeus Anonymous ,

Thanks for educating me, an Asian American

Wow! Great podcast. Love that it covers all Asian and Pacific Islander communities. The individual stories are inspiring and uplifting.

erfr4626 ,

Thank you!

Excellent storytellers working together to amplify the voices and experiences of Asian Americans. Thank you for this important work, educating people like me so we can understand and support the Asian American community.

fibertime ,

Great storytelling and representation

As someone who often feels left out of the Asian American conversation, I was so happy to find a podcast that included many different perspectives and stories. I like that this isn’t exclusively an “East Asian” or “South Asian” podcast, among other types of Asians. Although I know there are differences between the many types of Asians, it was nice to find a place where many perspectives come together. I especially love the episodes “pull up the roots” and “the non United States of Asian America.” Please keep making more episodes!

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