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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 32! We’ve admired Chef Dale Talde and his work for years. He’s a proud Filipino American who is the chef/owner of the restaurant Goosefeather and Food Crush Hospitality with his wife Agnes. He’s also a deep thinker who believes in more representation and mainstream normalization of Asian Pacific Islanders and our cuisin…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 31! June 13th marks another anniversary for the landmark Miranda ruling that established rights that are read out when you’re arrested. However, there were rulings that influenced the Miranda decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. One such decision was Ziang Sung Wan vs The United States, a chilling case that included a tr…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 30! Jacky Lai is a Canadian actress of Vietnamese descent who starred in A Sugar and Spice Holiday, the first Asian-led Lifetime holiday movie ever. She has also been a part of sci-fi fantasy shows like V Wars and The Shadowhunters. Her latest role is as Rina Kimura, one of the main characters in Eraser: Reborn a reboot…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 29! If you’re a fan of HBO’s show Warrior, like we are, then you’re familiar with the prevalence of tongs in Chinatowns in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In this episode, we talk about The Six Companies and the formation of tongs. These tongs didn’t originate as illegal or violent groups, but that changed as a result o…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 28! One reason we do the mid-week conversation series is because we love talking to people about a topic we want to dig into more deeply. In honor of National Donut Day and to provide more depth to the previous episode on The History of Cambodian Doughnut Shops, we had a chance to talk to Jessica Ly Chau and Jennie Fou …
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 27! National Doughnut Day is coming soon! It’s safe to say that without the Cambodian American community, the world of independent doughnut shops in the U.S. would be very different. How did Cambodian refugees and immigrants end up with over 80% of the doughnut shops in California and Houston? In this episode, we talk a…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 26! Patsy Mink was an Asian Pacific American hero of so many causes. Although she is best known for her work and championing of Title IX, she also supported environmental issues, women’s rights, immigrant rights, and more. In today’s mid-week interview, we had the pleasure of talking to Judy Tzu-Chun Wu and Wendy Mink, …
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 25! Most people know Mount Everest is the highest summit above sea level in the world. Did you know that its original name is Chomolungma? In this episode, we talk about the history of climbing Mount Chomolungma and the role of the Sherpa. We also talk about Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who was instrumental in summiting M…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 24! There’s no secret to why Chef Sheldon Simeon was selected as “Fan Favorite” both times he was competing on Top Chef. He’s an amazingly down-to-earth person who puts family and community first. He’s also an incredible chef who has won multiple awards personally and for the food in his different restaurants like Tin R…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 23! Hawai’i Regional Cuisine is the culmination of over a century of the merging of tradition, fresh ingredients, colonialism, Asian immigrants, and more. It’s developed into what we think is the most unique and diverse regional cuisine in America. We talk about the various impacts on Hawaiian cuisine that influenced HR…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 22! We’ve had so many wonderful recent conversations with guests, and we don’t want it to stop! So here’s another installment in our mid-week interview series. This episode is a conversation with Yvonne Chapman, an actress best known recently as Zhilan, the main antagonist in the CW remake of Kung Fu. Her career also in…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 21! We’re back to talk about one of our favorite things… food! This week we focus on The History of Korean Food in America. Which is inspiring for us because we love the flavors of Korean cuisine. One reason we’re talking about Korean food is because May 11th marks the anniversary of the name SPAM getting registered. An…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 20! Here comes another installment in our mid-week interview series. This week, our conversation is with Hiro Kanagawa, a veteran actor and voice over artist you’ve probably seen or heard over the past 30 years. He’s also a writer, so we take time to talk about acting, writing, the changes he’s seen over his career, and…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 19! There are a lot of Filipino nurses. In fact, the Philippines is the leading exporter of registered nurses across the world. So how did that happen? Spoilers… American Colonialism was a factor. To celebrate National Nurses Day, we take a look into the History of Filipino Nurses and talk about some of the conditions t…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 18! This is another installment in our special interview series. In this episode, we talk to Brad Jenkins, the President and CEO of the AAPI Victory Fund, the first Super PAC focused on mobilizing Asian American and Pacific Islander voters in the U.S. We’ve talked about how representation in media, the boardroom, and at…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 17! April 17th marked the anniversary of the fall of Phnom Peng, the capitol of Cambodia. So in our main segment, we talk about the history of Cambodia that led to the vast number of Cambodian refugees who came here in the 1970s and 80s. We also briefly reflect on Good Housekeeping online selecting us as as one of the 1…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 16! Noodles and rice are two of the most ubiquitous food staples across Asian and Pacific Islander communities. The origin of noodles is debated, but we take a crack to explain a few of the different theories. We also discuss the spread of noodles across Asia and some notable dishes. Before talking about noodles, we beg…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 15! We’re back with another installment of Most Forgotten Massacres. This week it’s an all Washington State focus as we talk about The Tacoma Riot of 1885 and the Seattle Riot of 1886. What led to these incidents and how did the communities respond? We also take time to talk about some positive current events and end wi…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 14! Most people like a good joke, but when it is harmful or demeaning, or there is a pattern of a specific target being laughed at instead of laughed with, then it can lead to reinforcing stereotypes and power dynamics. This is what has happened to Asian Pacific people in the U.S., and being the target of jokes desensit…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 13! Do you know why people born in the United States get birthright citizenship? Most textbooks point to the 14th Amendment as the reason for this, but the U.S. vs. Wong Kim Ark ruling solidified this right. In this episode, we discuss the history of this landmark ruling and also share some positive current events. In o…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 12! Do you know who the Chinese Marie Curie was? Chien-Shiung Wu was one of the greatest physicists ever and faced racism and sexism here in the U.S. in her professional journey. She overcame it to become a key physicist with research that helped the Manhattan Project goals as well as two other physicists who would win …
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 11! Did you know that the first professional basketball player who broke the color barrier was of Asian descent? That’s right, it was Wataru “Wat” Misaka. He battled racism and discrimination to become a winner at the high school and college levels before getting a chance to play professional basketball. We start this e…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 10! It’s time for another episode on food! This time we’re going to focus on one of our favorites… Vietnamese food. It’s interesting to examine the influences to Vietnamese food over the years that were a result of colonialism. Throughout all the occupiers, Vietnamese food has still had key flavors and ingredients used.…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 9! We begin with a few words on the Ukraine situation and our memories of trains. The main story is on something that will seem familiar to many U.S. taught students… The Chinese and the first Transcontinental Railroad. Chinese laborers were key in the building of the transcontinental railroad, all while facing discrimi…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 8! February 19, 2022 marked 80 years since the signing of Executive Order 9066 that wrongly imprisoned over 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. Of the ten concentration camps that the U.S. government created (and referred to as relocation centers), Tule Lake was the most brutal. For our main segment, we talk about t…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 6! It’s another installation of the Most Forgotten Massacres. This week we talk about the Hells Canyon Massacre and the Pacific Coast Race Riots. As always, it’s important to learn about and never forget some of the less savory parts of U.S. history. On the more positive side, we’re excited to support the athletes in th…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 5! Happy Lunar New Year to all! It’s the Year of the Tiger so we take time to ring in the new year by talking about some food traditions from China, Vietnam, Korea, and Tibet. We also talk about the Lantern Festival. Our main story is on the History of Ketchup which actually has Asian roots. No, Heinz wasn’t the first… …
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 4! We start by talking about Michelle Alyssa Go, the Asian American woman recently killed by being pushed on the subway tracks near Times Square in New York. It’s another tragic death of someone in the Asian Pacific American community. Our main segment is on the impact of Asian Americans in the Fishing and Shrimping Ind…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 3! We begin this episode with some current events, but we take time to talk about chocolate as well! The main segment is in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as we focus on two more Asian Pacific American Civil Rights Leaders, Kiyoshi Kuromiya and Haunani-Kay Trask. Both were inspirational leaders with an impact …
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2! It’s time to talk about music again, and we focus on the Asian Americans making an impact in R&B. Pretty much anyone who follows R&B knows H.E.R. and Bruno Mars, but the start for Asian Americans in R&B actually can be traced back to Hiroshima in the 70s and 80s. We also mention some other great new Asian Pacific R&B…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 1! We know that we have a lot of newer listeners, so this episode is a little bit of a refresher on our show and how our segments are set-up. We also take time to discuss some of our Resolutions and Hopes personally and for the podcast. What stories will you hear during Season 2? What interviews do we hope to do? To lea…
 
Welcome to Episode 64! This is it… the end of Season 1. Whether you’ve been listening to us since the very beginning or just joined recently or anywhere in-between, we appreciate your support. What were some of your favorite episode topics and interviews? We share some of ours as well as some of the Asian American positive media we enjoyed reading …
 
Welcome to Episode 63! It’s still a few months away, but we’re so excited about the Winter Olympics, so we take time to talk about the history of Asian Americans in figure skating. Michelle Kwan and Kristi Yamaguchi are so well known, but we also take time to talk about Tiffany Chin. To open the episode, we take time to catch up and talk about the …
 
Welcome to Episode 62! It’s time to bring back another episode on the history of an Asian Pacific American food. In this episode, we talk about the history of Japanese food in America. From sukiyaki to teppanyaki to sushi, Japanese food is one of the few Asian cuisines that is viewed as more refined and deserving of higher prices, but it wasn’t alw…
 
Welcome to Episode 61! Every December 7th we remember the attack on Pearl Harbor for good reason. Did you know that the Japanese military also executed coordinated attacks on three other U.S. Territories? For some reason, our K-12 history books don’t mention these much, but the Imperial Japanese forces also attacked Wake Island, Guam, and the Phili…
 
Welcome to Episode 60! Sessue Hayakawa was one of the first Hollywood heartthrobs, but he was also a villain. The exotic way he was cast was indicative of the Yellow Peril driven Asian villain trope. From Fu Manchu to Ming the Merciless to so many others, Asians are often the villain in Hollywood created TV and films. In this episode, we talk about…
 
Welcome to Episode 59! The Chinese Exclusion Act is one for the most restrictive laws that limited immigration. Although the majority of Chinese were barred from entering the country or becoming naturalized citizens, there was one loophole that allowed many Chinese Americans to claim citizenship and bring in additional Chinese. These were known as …
 
Welcome to Episode 58! Yes, we’re geeks who like fantasy, science fiction, superheroes, comic books, music, food and more. You can also add musical theatre to that list of things we love. In this episode, we take time to talk about the history of Asian Americans in musical theatre. Although there aren’t a plethora of Asian American stories being to…
 
Welcome to Episode 57! Do you know the difference between the Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Honor? We take time to explain it in this episode to honor Veterans Day. Our main segment recognizes three groups of Asian Americans to win the Congressional Gold Medal: The Filipino veterans of WWII, the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regime…
 
Welcome to Episode 56! There are Asian Pacific Islander Americans everywhere in the United States of America. But did you know there was a thriving Chinese community in the Mississippi Delta? In this episode we take time to talk about the history of the Chinese Americans in that area of the South. We also introduce a new recurring segment called Ac…
 
Welcome to Episode 55! Ready for another episode on one of our favorite subjects? That’s right, it’s food time again! Today we talk about the history of Filipino food, one of the most unique foods around for its embrace of a variety of cultural cuisines that have influenced the ingredients and flavors over the centuries in the Philippines. From tra…
 
Welcome to Episode 54! This is another episode in our ongoing series we call MFM, Most Forgotten Massacres. Today we’re going to talk about the Rock Springs Massacre and the Attack on Squak Valley. These were horrible moments in the history of the United States of America where large groups of Chinese laborers were targeted with violence and discri…
 
Welcome to Episode 53! There’s a lot going on in October. It’s Filipino American History Month, so we begin by talking about this important honor as that was started by the Filipino American National History Society. October 11th, is also Indigenous People’s Day here in the U.S., so we focus our main story on the Indigenous Pacific Islanders in U.S…
 
Welcome to Episode 52 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! There is a long history of Ethnic Enclaves across America. However, even though European immigrants formed their own Ethnic Enclaves, they often moved out faster or were accepted more quickly into the mainstream U.S. society. But Asian Ethnic Enclaves are notable because they stand ou…
 
Welcome to Episode 51 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Concerned about Afghanistan? We had a chance to talk to Jeff Le again in this special mid-week interview. He talks about his work in Afghanistan, the repercussions for the U.S. international policy, and how U.S. citizens can help. There are lots of places that you can go to learn more…
 
Welcome to Episode 50 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! It’s time for Part 3 in a series on the History of Hawai’i. Today we’re talking about the road to statehood for Hawai’i… a path that many native Hawai’ians probably did not approve of. How do territories become states? What was it like for Hawai’i. We also talk about the rise in Anti-…
 
Welcome to Episode 49 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Did you celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day? We recognize it so that we can talk about the most famous Asian Pirate ever, Shih Yang. Her incredible life made her one of the most influential pirates in history. We also take time to celebrate Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernande…
 
Welcome to Episode 48 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! As part of our series on Asian American food, we want to take a moment to talk about the history of Asian American Celebrity Chefs. We also take time to talk about some superheroes again… We begin the episode by remembering 9/11 and talking about Betty Ann Ong, the flight attendant an…
 
Welcome to Episode 47 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! For U.S. and Canadian listeners, Happy Labor or Labour Day! To honor Labor Day, we’re going to talk about Larry Itliong, a prominent Filipino American who was a leader in the farm workers movement. His influence and vision helped lead to the Delano Grape Strike as well as the formatio…
 
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