Conversations about the intersection of Asian American identity and mental health as we explore our experiences, our beliefs, and what it means to be us.
Episode 11 - Kalene Khan on Finding and Meeting Our Own Emotional Needs as Helpers and Allies
Guest Kalene Khan shares her grief experience in response to George Floyd’s death, and the importance of self care and grieving as a response to racial injustice as activists and allies. Kalene also talks about the common Asian American tendency to ‘help others before helping yourself’, and how to honor our own stories and emotional needs, rather than being caught in the rush to support others.
Episode 10 - Shinyung Oh on Maintaining our Asian American Humanity in a Black and White World
Guest Shinyung Oh shares her thoughts about the dehumanizing response to Tou Thao, the Asian American officer involved in the killing of George Floyd, and how Asian Americans can participate in a Black and White world without losing our humanity. Shinyung also discusses the value of sharing your voice to engage with the pain of our country and the Black community.
Episode 9 - Eunice Lee on Engaging with Systemic Racism as Asian Americans
Guest Eunice Lee shares her ideas about how Asian Americans can either take away or help restore the dignity of the Black community. Eunice reminds us the importance of acknowledging Asian Americans’ white adjacency and privilege. Eunice also reassures us that there is more than one way to participate in the narrative of racial injustice and systemic racism, and shares resources to support everyone in their own individual journeys.
Episode 8 - Hannah Lee Sandoval on Healing and Allyship with Black Lives Matter
Guest Hannah Lee Sandoval shares her perspective as a second generation Korean American woman, a mother, a therapist, a Christian, and a wife in a multiracial marriage on how Asian Americans can respond on a micro, mezzo, and macro level to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Episode 7 - Alex Ly on Being Asian American and Black Lives Matter
Guest Alex Ly shares how he was impacted by the Black Lives Matter movement, and his own journey of figuring out where he fits in as an Asian American in the movement. Alex encourages us to not be afraid to engage, to act from a place of empathy, and to examine how we have either been affected by or demonstrated racism in our lives.
Leaves on a Stream
Intrusive thoughts are unwelcome and uninvited thoughts that occupy your mind. It can happen when we feel stressed, when we feel anxiety, or when we are healing from a traumatic experience. And sometimes, these intrusive thoughts can start to snowball and feel unimaginably big and weighty. Mindfulness can help us have a different relationship with these intrusive thoughts. Rather than viewing them as unwelcome visitors that overstay their welcome, you can treat them instead as unexpected visitors that you turn away at the door. Join me as I lead us in a guided visualization to practice mindfulness with those intrusive thoughts. Please find a quiet place to participate, where you can be present without risk of interruptions of distractions.