You Had Me At YLW is a safe space where Asian Americans can come to air it all out. I'm Lauren Espejo, artist and creator of the @YLWRNGR blog, your host. This show is the proverbial soapbox for our community. The more we share our experiences and stories, the more we can understand each other. It's all things social justice, self-love, inclusion, and representation.
Every episode, I close out by sharing self-care tips and wellness gems. No topics are off-limits and all voices will be heard! All music in the show is produced by Rodney Hazard. Want to be a guest? Have something else to say? Please send your inquiries to email@example.com.
Episode 16 - Chasing Color Project
In episode 15 I chat with Gerrie Lim, the creator of the Chasing Color Project, a photojournalism series sharing the stories of BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) folks. We chat about intersectionality and what it's like for Gerrie as a self-proclaimed "gaysian." I close out the episode with a mental health tidbit on triggers and how to hone in on them.
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Episode 15 - Use Gender Pronouns
Xorr Xiong reached out to me regarding how I was using gender pronouns that weren't inclusive in the early days of this podcast. I truly appreciated being held accountable because I owe it to my listeners to uplift folks of all identities. Take a listen as we dive into Xorr's work at the Asian American Organizing Project, queer identity, amplifying trans voices and why gender pronouns matter. I close out with insight on things that don't define us, things that do and how to differentiate between the two.
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Episode 14 - asienne magazine
In this episode, I chatted with Anna Ramos, the founder of asienne magazine. We talked about her journey to founding asienne, what it's like to be Filipino-American and intersectionality. I close out the show with a mental health tidbit about how to align what you do every day with what makes you happy.
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Episode 13 - Mixed Asians
Episode 13 is here! This episode features Sophie Kanno of the IG page, @MixedPresent. We discuss what it's like to be mixed Asians and representation in the media. I share a self-care tip on limiting your news intake, especially in today's political climate.
Episode 12 - Queens the Series
I got to chat with Cindy Chu, writer and actress of the series, Queens! We discuss her journey into acting and why it was important for her show to have diversity. I close out with self-care tips on skincare. Until next time!
Episode 11 - Microaggressions
In Episode 11 of You Had Me At YLW, I chat with writer Tiffany Soga on microaggressions: which ones we've experienced, how to deal with them, and how to educate others on how to avoid using them. We also talk about her journey to writing and activism. I close out with a self-love tip on spending quality time with yourself. Until next time, my lovelies!
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Lauren's amazing with such thoughtful guests! Love how she ends each episode with a self-care tip.