25 episodes

A podcast about Asian Americans in Kentucky.

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    • 4.9 • 38 Ratings

A podcast about Asian Americans in Kentucky.

    'My immigrant mom's pride and disappointment' | A conversation about parents and children

    'My immigrant mom's pride and disappointment' | A conversation about parents and children

    The children of immigrants often have a complicated relationship with their parents. It’s not unusual for first-, one-and-a-half and second-generation immigrants to translate both language and cultural norms for their elders. And parents can feel the pressure of being their children’s only connection to the traditions, language and values of home. In this special episode, we gather the whole podcast team to unpack our relationships with our parents, and how it’s influenced the way we raise our own children. And a special guest helps us take a first-hand look at this relationship from the other side: Nima's dad!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    'They come to me when they're hungry' | A conversation about food and love

    'They come to me when they're hungry' | A conversation about food and love

    The holiday season is upon us, and so many of our celebrations are centered around a table full of delicious food. In AAPI families, cooking food is practically its own love language. In this special episode, we explore the ties between food, culture, identity and family, with Kentucky restauranteurs Dan Wu and Toa Green.

    • 31 min
    Joyce and Xiao-Yin Chen | 'I'm from here now'

    Joyce and Xiao-Yin Chen | 'I'm from here now'

    On this episode, Dan Wu introduces us to mother-and-daughter duo Joyce Chen and Xiao-Yin Chen. Joyce reflects on her early life in China and how she ended up in Harlan, Kentucky (which wasn't full of chicken farms, to her surprise). As a mom, she was determined that Xiao-Yin wouldn't miss out on any typical American experiences, and would have opportunities beyond working in Chinese restaurants or being laser-focused on academic achievement. So Yin grew up with few limitations, doing everything her friends did. Now that she's an adult, and living in a bigger city with more Asian Americans, she's intentional about deepening her connection to her Chinese heritage.

    • 48 min
    Nancy Ngo | 'A bridge between America and Vietnam'

    Nancy Ngo | 'A bridge between America and Vietnam'

    It's not unusual for young people to keep things secret from their parents. Having to repeat a college course, letting the apartment get too messy... but Nancy Ngo's secret was a little different. She didn't tell her parents she was in the running to be a 2022 Kentucky Derby Princess. "I only told them I applied after I got into the first round, because I knew they were going to be like... what is that?" Ngo served as Derby Queen in 2022. On this episode, she talks to Charlene Buckles about her deep commitment to human rights and public service, generational gaps in AAPI families, and why she chose to go for the tiara and sash.

    • 28 min
    Angela Singla | 'If she can do this, I can do this too'

    Angela Singla | 'If she can do this, I can do this too'

    When Dr. Angela Singla was a little girl, she got sick during a trip to India. While hospitalized there, she had an eye-opening experience. "I saw a female physician come in," she says. "And I was just blown away, because I had never seen a female physician before." It started her on a path that eventually led her to become an OB-GYN. On this episode, Dr. Singla sits down with Nima Kulkarni to talk about reproductive health care, political engagement among Indian Americans, and why she walked away from her medical career to focus on community service.

    • 53 min
    Nima, Charlene and Dan | 'Can we reclaim our names?'

    Nima, Charlene and Dan | 'Can we reclaim our names?'

    Your name can either make you blend in, or mark you as a perpetual other.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Lizfitzruns ,

Interesting and enjoyable!

An engaging podcast that creates community, educates, and encourages people to think differently about the world around them. Wonderful hosts!

Jay Todd Richey ,

Insightful, Illuminating

Centered on identity and belonging in a largely demographically-homogenous state, this is a must-listen podcast for Kentuckians who seek to better understand how Asian Americans navigate the many microaggressions and the race-based trauma that comes with living as your authentic self as an AAPI person in Kentucky. Amidst heightened violence against Asian Americans throughout the COVID pandemic, “Where Y’all Really From?” asks much-needed, pointed questions to well-meaning white folks and highlights the lives and work of some incredibly brave AAPI people in our state. Excited for each episode that comes out every Tuesday!

rrr52916 ,

An awakening

It is so easy to forget about others especially in this pandemic. Listening to this podcast has made me question things and understand my white privilege. It is fascinating to hear these stories, and it is sad at the same time for people to be constantly questioned on where they are really from. Thank you for starting and sharing this podcast, and I am so glad that you have come together to share your experiences.

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