Sweet and Sour is a show exploring different facets of Asian American life.
30: “How Do We Make the Revolution Fun?” (ft. Asian American Feminist Collective — Julie Kim, Rachel Kuo, Senti Sojwal & Tiffany Diane Tso)
This week, we sat down with the founders of the Asian American Feminist Collective: Julie Kim, Rachel Kuo, Senti Sojwal, and Tiffany Diane Tso. They discuss their approach to an Asian American feminist movement, which pushes to encompass the plurality of people’s histories and lived experiences. They also talk about their experience building welcoming community spaces, particularly for those new to social justice. On Hella Asian, the AAFC founders discuss their unique habits around saving things.
29: Peak Asian Flush (ft. Banana Magazine – Kathleen Tso & Vickie Ho)
Kathleen Tso and Vicki Ho take us behind the scenes of Banana Magazine, a magazine centered on contemporary Asian culture and the voices of Asian creatives. They tell us how they’ve grown their annual print publication over the last few years, as well as their approach to its design and visual style. They share their experiences negotiating work, life, and Banana Magazine, and how they always prioritize their friendship first. On Hella Asian, Kathleen talks about a napkin drawer she started at work and Vicki wows us with her ability to debone a fish with her mouth.
28: Taste of Home (ft. Mitra Raman)
Founder and CEO Mitra Raman takes us behind-the-scenes of The Buttermilk Company, a delivery startup that makes authentic Indian dishes that can be cooked by just adding hot water. She discusses her emotional connection to her mom’s home-cooking, making the leap from engineer to full-time entrepreneur, and how she’s building her company with an emphasis on health, authenticity, and community. On Hella Asian, Mitra explains how her “whole life is Hella Asian.”
27: Little Discomforts (ft. Diana Zheng)
Author and founder Diana Zheng shares her journey of leaning into discomfort. Diana discusses her cookbook, Jia! The Food of Swatow and the Teochew Diaspora, digging into the Teochew culture, language and particular nuance of being rooted in China with global influences. She shares a few of her go-to recipes and how her cookbook then led her to founding Gwan-im, a plate company that makes modern chinoiserie with other artists of color. On Hella Asian, Diana professes her love of soup, regardless of weather.
26: Empathy Driven Design (ft. Hannah Chung)
Cofounder and chief creative officer Hannah Chung tells us about Sproutel, a patient-centered research and development workshop. She discusses her upbringing in the US and Korea, how she combined her love of art and science into user-centered design with social impact, and why she’s passionate about building health products for children. On Hella Asian, Hannah explains her obsession with sweet potatoes.
25: Goddess Days (ft. Katerina Jeng & Krystie Mak)
Katerina Jeng and Krystie Mak share the origin story of Slant’d — an independent media company that celebrates Asian American identity through personal storytelling. They share their upbringings, conceptions of being Asian American, and self-care practices. Katerina advises young Asian Americans to take the time to figure out what they’re truly passionate about, and Krystie emphasizes the importance of building a diverse inner circle of trusted advisers. On Hella Asian, Kat shares the exclamation she makes when she’s surprised and Krystie shares her buffet hacks.
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Addicted to it
I enjoyed so much listening to each episode. So excited that a new episode just came out.
a rare wise and fun podcast
It's super rare that I stumble upon a podcast that I listen to in its entirety. Sweet and Sour FM was my go-to for entertainment and insights. The Hella Asian parts definitely resonated with me, but there were moments during each show that made me go, "YASSSS!!" Can't wait for the next season - keep up the great work, ladies!
So far so good!
I’m only on the third episode of the first season and so far I’m really enjoying this podcast. As a first-gen Ghanaian immigrant I’m relishing at some of the cultural similarities of my own household compared to Katie + Nicole’s. For example, my dad is also guilty of making my sister and I wash and freeze ziplock bags to be reused😅. Excited to discover more similarities and differences as I continue to listen!
The main reason why I am commenting and the only reason for the 4 stars (as opposed to the 5 stars) is related to the production of the show. I’m not a sound technician so forgive me if I don’t make sense, but I’ve found it unpleasant to physically listen to these first couple of episodes, specifically because of how some segments are incredibly quiet and then some are much louder than the others. If there is a way that this can be resolved, I think it will make for a much more delightful and expansive listening experience as I’d be able to listen while with headphones biking or on a speaker while showering without having to worry about regulating the volume every five minutes. Thanks!