Join award-winning, international journalist, May Lee, as she sits down with the most impactful and relevant Asian and Asian Americans who are boldly enhancing and elevating Asian voices and issues around the world. The show strikes an authentic and intimate tone with honest, entertaining and, sometimes, uncomfortable conversations. Expect the unexpected on the show.
EP 2 - SHOES OFF INSIDE with MKT - Anna May Wong
Welcome to another 'beta' episode of a brand new show with May Lee, Kelly Hu and Tamlyn Tomita, or MKT!* On this episode, we unveil the official title of the show and why we chose it! We also catch up on our recent travels, which include a serious sailing adventure, a festival in Okinawa that only happens every 5 years and wine tasting in Paso Robles with the fur babies. We also try and unpack the results of the midterm elections. IMPORTANT NOTE: This episode was recorded just hours before the GOP clinched control of the House and a day before Speaker Nancy Pelosi stepped down as Democratic leader.
The star of this episode, however, is none other than the late, great, gorgeous Anna May Wong. She just became the first Asian American to be featured on U.S. currency, but do people really know her full story? We invited Professor Shirley Lim, an expert in all things Anna May, to dig deeper into the life of the trailblazing actress, fashion icon and activist.
Professor Shirley Lim's books,
"Anna May Wong: Performing the Modern"
"A Feeling of Belonging: Asian American Women’s Public Culture, 1930–1960"
*Shoes Off Inside will soon migrate to its own platform under the new title. We will make this as seamless as possible when it happens!
NO NAME SHOW with Tamlyn Tomita, Kelly Hu and May Lee!
Something’s brewing and it’s pretty damn exciting! A brand new show is in the works with hosts May Lee, Tamlyn Tomita and Kelly Hu!! Details coming soon, including an official name so for now, it's the "No Name Show". In this episode, we talk about the news of a sequel to the beloved film “Joy Luck Club”. Tamlyn, of course, was in the first, groundbreaking movie in 1993 so she tells us what she can!
We also cover the reemergence of Constance Wu and her accusations of sexual harassment, cancel culture and the blame game. And we dig into the importance of the upcoming Midterm Elections with Asian Americans Advancing Justice president John Yang. With anti-Asian sentiment still plaguing AANHPIs and democracy on the brink, what do we need to know before November 8th?
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#85 - K-POP on Broadway with Jully Lee!!
This is a mini episode featuring TV, Film and Theatre actress Jully Lee who will be starring in the new broadway show K-POP!! The show has an all-Asian cast and opens in November! Theatre still lacks AAPI representation so this production is helping to break down those long-standing barriers! Jully shares her thoughts on being part of K-POP and how the traditional theatre is slowing making progress towards more diversity an authentic representation.
#84 - SILVER SISTERS SPEAK OUT!
Ageism is no joke, especially for women and CTV news anchor Lisa LaFlamme is the latest victim who was punished for embracing her true self by going gray. As a fellow silver-haired broadcast journalist, this story got May really fired up so she called up her fellow fabulous silver sisters, Kelly Hu and Tamlyn Tomita, to break down the stereotypes of what women are supposed to look like, according to age old societal definitions (created mostly by men). Kelly, Tamlyn and May share their experiences with insecurity in their youth and how they grew into their own mature identity. Their stories are honest, authentic, powerful and rarely spoken about in such a public way, especially by AAPI women. We need to change the narrative about women and aging and it starts with this episode!
#83 - A Girl and Her Car
This is the story of a girl and her car. That girl is me, May, and the car is Bonnie Blue 2.0. Believe it or not, this story is related to Anti-Asian Hate and how the anxiety of this ongoing crisis has made me and others think twice about what we wear, drive, live and socialize. I'm sharing this story because it could have ended with total defeat and heartbreak, but because of the power of storytelling and connecting with others, this has a happy and inspiring ending. Bonnie Blue 2.0 served as so much more than just a pretty car. She played a role in fighting Asian Hate.
#82 - Vincent Chin 40th Anniversary
On the 40th anniversary of the murder of Chinese American Vincent Chin, the AANHPI community is still fighting against racism and invisibilization as well as working towards more representation and empowerment. In March of 2020, when Covid-19 was raging across the U.S. and the world, an episode of “The May Lee Show” featuring Helen Zia, legendary journalist, author and activist, was released. Helen, who covered the Vincent Chin case in Detroit as a young journalist, shares her memories from 40 years ago and how it ignited a movement for change that’s more important now than ever before. This latest episode is an edited re-release of that interview.
May is so inspirational
This show pumps me every time. May is so inspirational and she has such compelling insights into current events. I love how passionate she is about AAPI issues! Love this show!
So much depth
Congratulations on 1 year and for your continued drive to bring these topics germane to all Americans alike. I appreciate the range of guests and intensity of topics.
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I have listened to quite a few of your podcasts now and watched your You Tube videos! I’m
so happy to have found your video by accident! Thank you for sharing stories on Asians and all the people you have interviewed and topics of what we go through. I’m Asian American...and I’m 55, and Happy this exist now! I’m looking forward to watching and listening to more from you 2021!!