Meet Joon Lee, a sports writer currently at ESPN and formerly of The Bleacher Report, The Washington Post, and The Boston Herald. Hear the story of how a young Korean immigrant grew up to love baseball and Boston sports and how he turned that passion into a successful career, giving him the opportunity to write about Chloe Kim the best way anyone could have and even visit The White House. Follow Joon on Instagram @joon and on Twitter @joonlee
Meet Israa Nasir, Founder of Well.Guide, Psychotherapist, and Mental Health Advocate. We have a very timely and relevant discussion about mental health within the Asian American community in light of COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, and other social issues. Learn more about Israa at @well.guide on Instagram.
054 // David Kim // Candidate - United States Congress CA-34 // Community First - Financial Freedom, Love, and Justice For All
Meet David Kim, candidate for United States Congress in California's 34th District running as a Democrat on the platform of Financial Freedom, Love, and Justice For All. Listen as he shares with us his life story through his most painful childhood and adult memories and his passion for his community that's led to him to run for Congress this year. To learn more about David, visit DavidKim2020.com
A reading of the Letters for Black Lives translated into Khmer. Written and edited by the Letters For Black Lives Team. Translated by the #Translation-Khmer Team. Read by Brandy Myers. Video available on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube @dearasianamericans
A reading of the Letters for Black Lives translated into Hindi. Written and edited by the Letters For Black Lives Team. Translated by the #Translation-Hindi Team. Read by Aishwarya Bhadouria. Video available on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube @dearasianamericans
A reading of the Letters for Black Lives translated into Indonesian. Written and edited by the Letters For Black Lives Team. Translated by the #Translation-Indonesian Team. Read by Silvia Lin. Video available on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube @dearasianamericans
A reading of the Letters for Black Lives translated into Tagalog. Written and edited by the Letters For Black Lives Team. Translated by the #Translation-Tagalog Team. Read by Rhodette Grace Saguid. Video available on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube @dearasianamericans
A reading of the Letters for Black Lives translated into Vietnamese. Written and edited by the Letters For Black Lives Team. Translated by the #Translation-Vietnamese Team. Read by Thuy Phan. Video available on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube @dearasianamericans
A reading of the Letters for Black Lives translated into Chinese - Cantonese. Written and edited by the Letters For Black Lives Team. Translated by the #Translation-Chinese Team. Read by Joann Wu. Video available on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube @dearasianamericans
A reading of the Letters for Black Lives translated into Chinese - Mandarin. Written and edited by the Letters For Black Lives Team. Translated by the #Translation-Chinese Team. Read by Chloe Gong. Video available on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube @dearasianamericans
A reading of the Letters for Black Lives translated into Tamil. Written and edited by the Letters For Black Lives Team. Translated by the #Translation-Tamil Team. Read by Nantha Rajendran. Video available on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube @dearasianamericans
A reading of the Letters for Black Lives translated into Burmese. Written and edited by the Letters For Black Lives Team. Translated by the #Translation-Burmese Team. Read by Waikhine Phu. Video available on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube @dearasianamericans
A reading of the Letters for Black Lives translated into Korean. Written and edited by the Letters For Black Lives Team. Translated by the #Translation-Korean Team. Read by Lala Park. Video available on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube @dearasianamericans
A reading of the original English version of the Letters for Black Lives. Written and edited by the Letters For Black Lives Team. Read by Jerry Won of Dear Asian Americans. Video available on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube @dearasianamericans
Join us as we share a candid conversation with Asian American community leaders from the Twin Cities and beyond as we share more of what's happening on the ground, why #BlackLivesMatter should matter to Asian Americans, and what we can do to help our brothers and sisters today and beyond.
Meet Tyler Ham Pong, actor, writer, and filmmaker who started out his career in Canada, trained in New York City, and now calls Los Angeles Home. Tune into hear about Tyler's journey in acting, filmmaking, and organizing the 72 Hour Shootout for the Asian American Film Lab!
Meet AJ Rafael, a singer, songwriter, and creator who has been entertaining an entire generation of Asian American for the past 15 years. Tune into hear AJ's true motivation for his singing, how his tribe has supported his passions, and what one event in Orange County changed the trajectory of his early career.
Meet Ted & Yong Kim, the powerhouse brotherhood behind Seoul Sausage Company. We bring the duo back together to share their reactions and thoughts about each other's interviews and to share business insight, wisdom, and perspective looking back at creating a business together the past 8 years.
049 // Yong Kim // Co-Founder & Co-Owner - Seoul Sausage Company // "The More Studious One" - Ted Kim
Meet Yong Kim, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Seoul Sausage Company, a game-changing cultural icon that he and his brother Ted co-founded 8 years ago. Listen in as Yong shares his story of growing up in Cupertino, how he found his love for music during college, what drastic action he took to pursue that passion, and what ultimately led him to starting a business with Ted.
Meet Ted Kim, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Seoul Sausage Company, a game-changing cultural icon that he and his brother Yong co-founded 8 years ago. Listen in as he shares his story of growing up in Cupertino, how he found his passion for digital marketing at UCI, and how volunteering for the Korean American Coalition changed his life in more ways than one.
047 // Jared Chung // Founder & Executive Director - CareerVillage.org // Creating a Village That Changed The World
Meet Jared Chung, Founder & Executive Director of CareerVillage.org, an online Q&A platform that provides students and young professionals answers and guidance about their career and life questions. It is made possible by the generosity of volunteers and donors who have taken time and energy over the past 9 years to answer more than 4.5 Million questions on CareerVillage. Hear our conversation to learn of Jared's bi-coastal childhood, how he found his way to NYU Stern, what he learned at McKinsey and TEDxCambridge, and why he is so passionate about helping students.
046 // Kerry Kang // Co-Founder - Subtle Asian Traits // From Creating a Movement on Facebook to Teaching at Facebook HQ
Meet Kerry Kang, Co-Founder of Subtle Asian Traits, the global movement on Facebook Groups with now more than 1.8 million members. Join us as learn about Kerry's childhood growing up in Melbourne, the story behind how Subtle Asian Traits got started, and about how he was invited to Facebook's HQ in Menlo Park to present and teach about Subtle Asian Traits to the media and Facebook executives!
Meet Jessica Chen, Founder & CEO of Soulcast Media and an Emmy Award winning journalist. Tune in to learn about how she found her love of storytelling and communication, what prompted her to leave broadcast journalism and start her own communications firm, and how she ended up as a featured expert on LinkedIn Learning.
044 // Renee Tajima-Peña // Series Producer - Asian Americans on PBS // The Asian American Story. For us. By us.
Meet Renee Tajima-Peña, a lifelong educator and Oscar nominated filmmaker, whose latest work Asian Americans premiers on PBS May 11th and 12th. It's a 5-hour documentary and along with the episode producers, Renee shares amazing stories of Asian Americans from decades far and recent as its series producer. Learn of her early years in Southern California, how she learned early how to fight for what's right in high school and at Harvard, and what she wants her legacy to be. Tune into Asian Americans on PBS on May 11th and 12th 8pm EST / 7pm CST.
043 // Ly Nguyen // Creative Director - Saatchi & Saatchi // Be the Best Different You Can Be // HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
Meet Ly Nguyen, Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi, badass mom, and awesome human being. Listen to our conversation to learn about the challenges Ly faced growing up in Southern California, how she made her way to Art Center, landed her first job in advertising, and why mentoring means so much to her. Happy Mother's Day to Ly and all the other awesome mothers out there!
Meet Sam Cho, commissioner of the Port of Seattle, one of five members that oversees the port, airport, and other parts of the system with an annual budget of $800 million. He won his seat as a relatively unknown 29 year old, but who was best prepared for this role as an export business owner and experience in Congress and The White House. Learn of his story and why mentorship means so much to him.
Meet Carol Park, Founder & CEO of Makku, a craft makgeolli company based in New York City. Listen to Episode 041 to learn about Carol's childhood navigating the challenges of growing up in New York City, her journey as both employee entrepreneur, and what motivated her to start her own beverage company focused on one of Korea's oldest traditions.
040 // Kevin K. Nguyen // Higher Education Professional and Ph.D Candidate // Working to Create Leadership in Education That Reflects Its Students
Meet Kevin K. Nguyen, a higher education professional who is also pursuing his Ph.D in Higher Education & Student Affairs. Join us as we learn of his family's journey to America from Vietnam, what event in high school changed his life's trajectory, and why he continues down the path of serving students in higher education.
039 // Phuc Tran // Bestselling Author - Sigh, Gone // A Lifelong Love of Writing Turns Into a Story Still Being Written...
Meet Phuc Tran, bestselling author of Sigh Gone, a memoir about his refugee childhood in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Hear Jerry's conversation with Phuc as they chat about the first time Phuc learned the power of words, what got him to finally believe that he should write a book, and what message of advice he has for those who want to share their own stories.
Meet David Chen, venture capitalist, board member at some of the hottest companies today, public speaker, and mentor. Listen to our conversation to hear how he managed to become a partner at Deloitte without a college degree and how he built on his experience to become an icon in the world of eSports and venture capital. David is a regular contributor to Forbes and host of the Pandanomics Podcast.
037 // Tony Lam // Food Entrepreneur + Technology Investor // Corporate Life or Entrepreneurship? Yes.
Meet Tony Lam, food entrepreneur and technology investor, whose life began in Vietnam shortly before the fall of Saigon. Through a series of fortunate events and the tenacity of his parents, Tony started his career in Silicon Valley and eventually found his way into the world of restaurants and food tech. His latest venture is OmniBev, a ready-to-drink and tap Vietnamese coffee cold brew brand!
036 // Chanin Nuntavong // Executive Director of Government and Veterans Affairs at The American Legion // All-American Marine
Meet Chanin Nuntavong, former Marine and Executive Director of Government and Veterans Affairs at The American Legion. Tune in as he shares stories of his childhood, his decision to join the Marines at age 17, and how that decision has changed his life.
035 // Grace Yoo // Candidate for City of Los Angeles Council District 10 // A Lifelong Champion of Justice
Meet Grace Yoo, on the ballot to be the next Councilwoman for the City of Los Angeles' 10th council district. Grace shares with us stories of growing up in Los Angeles in the 80s, how Sa-i-gu changed her life forever, and why is decided to run for the open seat in 2020.
034 // Sarah Park Dahlen // Associate Professor of Library and Information Science // Children's Books For All Children
Meet Sarah Park Dahlen, Associate Professor of Library and Information Sciences at St. Catherine University in Minnesota and one of the biggest advocates for diversity in children's literature. She is the co-founder and co-editor of Research on Diversity in Youth Literature. We talk about her growing up in Cerritos, what caused her to change her academic focus while at UCLA, and why studying and highlighting stories of transracial adoptees and diversity in children's book matter so much to her.
033 // Eurae Muhn // Associate Professor of English - Montgomery College // Teach for All of America
Meet Eurae Muhn, Associate Professor of English at Montgomery College in Rockville Maryland. Join us as we learn about Eurae's unique American immigrant origin story, her time with Teach For America, and why she chooses to stay teaching at the community college level for the rest of her career.
Meet Osric Chau, actor and filmmaker. Join as Jerry chats with Osric about his childhood in Vancouver, his first big break in acting and what made his parents the most proud during his career.
Meet Bonnie Tang, Co-Director of the New York City Asian American Student Conference 2020, whose theme is AMPLIFY! Jerry talks to Bonnie about growing up in New York City, how she wrote an op-ed for MTV.com, and why NYCAASC is so important to her. Learn more and sign-up at www.NYCAASC.com today!
030 // Monica Kang // Founder & CEO - InnovatorsBox // Transformation Through Positivity and Creativity
Meet Monica Kang, Founder & CEO of Innovators Box, a global firm specializing in the science and strategy of workplace creativity whose proven, research-based, and interactive programs build teams and cultures that are productive, innovative, profitable, and limitless. She joins Jerry to share her story of life in the States and in Korea, her early career in government, and how it led her to build her own business around positivity and creativity.
029 // Sarah Yoo // Associate Director of Undergraduate Business Career Services at UCI Paul Merage School of Business
Meet Sarah Yoo, a lifelong career counselor, currently at UCI's Paul Merage School of Business as an Associate Director of Undergraduate Business Career Services. We learn about Sarah's upbringing in Southern California and some great tips for students and early career professionals on how to handle the challenges presented by COVID-19.
028 // Vaidehi Gajjar // Editor of Health and Human Rights - Brown Girl Magazine // Finding Healing Through Writing
Meet Vaidehi Gajjar, Editor of Health and Human Rights at Brown Girl Magazine. Jerry interviews Vaidehi about the first moment she knew she loved writing and how she found her way to writing for a publication dedicated to South Asian women, something that means so much to her.
Meet Danny Tran, Co-Founder of Son Fish Sauce. Danny is a part of a 4th generation ownership and operation of a fish sauce business started by his wife's great grandfather in the southern islands of Vietnam. He joins Jerry to share his story of growing up in Orange County, taking the Vietnamese-Cajun seafood concept to Vietnam, and why his latest venture in Son Fish Sauce means so much to him.
026 // Sopan Deb // Author, New York Times Writer, Comic // Missed Translations: Meeting the Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me
Meet Sopan Deb! Sopan is a writer for The New York Times, a stand-up comic, and author the new book Missed Translations: Meeting the Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me. Prior to the New York Times, Sopan covered the 2016 Presidential Campaign for CBS News as an embed with the Trump Campaign and has worked for The Boston Globe and NBC News. Connect with him on Twitter @SopanDeb or on Instagram @Soap07
Meet Anne Gu, a co-founder of the global cultural movement Asian Subtle Traits, a Facebook group with more than 1.7 million members and responsible for inspiring countless digital communities for Asians globally to connect and build community together. Listen to our conversation to hear how it all started, where the name comes from, and what the future for SAT looks like.
024 // Nathan Nowack // Photographer & Entrepreneur // A Journey to Find His Biological Family & Lessons in Managing a Creative Business
Meet Nathan Nowack, one of Southern California's most sought after wedding, event, and corporate photographer. Nathan joins us on Dear Asian Americans to share about his adoption story, his journey into finding his biological families, and tips for fellow creatives navigating their businesses during COVID-19.
Meet Han Ju Seo, Founder of the Asian Creative Network. Founded in November 2018, the Asian Creative Network is a thriving community of more than 35,000 creatives around the world who network, help, and create with each other. The Network has 15 city specific groups and has hosted hundreds of in-person events around the world.
022 // Julie Yeeun Kim // Professor of Asian American Studies - California State University at Long Beach
Meet Julie Yeeun Kim, professor of Asian American Studies at California State University at Long Beach. She's also a singer, writer, and community activist. Hear our conversation to learn from a professor's perspective on why Asian American studies matter so much and how she is teaching her students relevant topics through COVID-19.
Welcome back Dr. Jang Cho to the show. I speak with the child psychiatrist on ways we can best support our children and ourselves during these challenging times by sharing how to best deal with the new realities of being home, how to best support our frontline healthcare friends and family, and on how to deal with anti-Asian racism and hate crimes.
Meet Tai Tran, Founder of Asians Never Die, a community 1 million strong on Facebook and 350k on Instagram celebrating Comedy, Culture, and Community. Learn of the Tran family's Vietnamese American origin story and how Tai has built one of the largest Asian cultural movements online.
Meet Benny Luo, Founder & CEO of NextShark, the leading destination of media and content for Asians and Asian Americans. Tune in today learn about Benny's life story that led him to founding NextShark and how is has chosen purpose over profits in running NextShark.
Meet Juanny Romero, CEO of Mothership Coffee & Sunrise Coffee. We talk to Juanny about how she built her coffee business and how she is managing it and her team through these challenging times.
Meet Stacey Kwong, Co-Founder of MILK + T, an inclusive and welcoming boba store with three locations in Los Angeles, Beaverton, OR, and Las Vegas! Listen to our conversation to learn about her motivation behind opening a boba shop and how she is handling COVID-19's impact on her business and team members.
Meet Jin Yu, Chief Growth Officer of Vezt and Co-Founder of Surkus. Listen in to our conversation to hear this story of how a college drop out from Minnesota became the General Manager of the hottest restaurant in Beverly Hills, how we leveraged his people skills and network to build a technology empire, and why he felt it so important to create a forum to discuss the economic impact of COVID-19
Meet Catalina Kaiyoorawongs, Founder & CEO of LoanSense. Listen to our conversation as she shares how her life experiences and relationships moved her to forgo a career in strategy consulting to found a company that helps everyday people better tackle their student loans by providing a way for employers to help.
Wing Lam and his brothers Mingo and Ed are the Chinese-Brazilian-American trio behind the legendary restaurant chain Wahoo's Fish Taco, a household name in Southern California and in the action sports industry. I talk to Wing about his childhood, early years, and how he's adapting to a changing landscape in the restaurant industry.
Meet Bryan Pham and Maggie Chui of Asian Hustle Network. Hear the story of the power couple on the vision, motivation, and legacy of Asian Hustle Network. Learn how they have grown an organic Facebook community to over 42,000 in four months and how they are playing a critical role in helping Asians across the world get through these challenging times.
Meet Dr. Jang Cho, a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has made it her life's work to help children and families through their struggles. She shares tips on how to have difficult yet meaningful conversations within our families, whether you are the parent or the child.
Meet Sheela Lal, who shares with us three thoughtful and meaningful ways for us to build community and stay connected during these challenging times when most of us are staying home: a book club, a documentary guide, and digital tools to schedule virtual meetings with friends!
Meet John Ma, entertainment executive & community organizer working tirelessly for the most needy populations in Los Angeles. Tune in to learn his story and how you can get involved.
Dear Asian Americans Interview with Jason Chu of NITEMRKT with Thoughts & Tips on How To Respond To and Fight COVID-19 Related Anti-Asian Racism
Launching The Helpers Series, highlighting everyday heroes doing their part to help us all get through these challenging times. Today, we talk to John Lim, Founder & CEO of AZNFLUSH and learn what he's doing to help the community.
Jerry shares his conversation with Dr. Paul Song about coronavirus updates and tips for the community. Recorded on Thursday 3/11/2020 at 1pm.
Meet Helena Ku Rhee on Episode 006 of Dear Asian Americans! Helena is an author, her most recent book entitled The Paper Kingdom, and entertainment executive. Hear her journey through academia, law, entertainment, and eventually her passion to share stories through her writing.
Meet Paul PK Kim on Episode 005 of Dear Asian Americans! PK is the Founder of Kollaboration, a global movement that has put on more than 100 talent shows across 15+ cities featuring Asian American entertainers. He is also a stand-up comedian, a wedding MC, and most importantly an awesome husband and father to three lovely kids. Learn about his family's origin story, find out what one even at a K-Mart eventually sparked his motivation to start Kollaboration, and hear some wild wedding stories. Thank you for joining!
Meet Trisha Sakhuja-Walia on Episode 004 of Dear Asian Americans! Trisha is the CEO & Co-Founder of Brown Girl Magazine, a media company dedicated to sharing the stories of South Asian women globally. Learn about her upbringing in Queens, her career pivot from pursuing law school into journalism, and eventually making Brown Girl Magazine her full-time job.
Meet Rajiv Satyal on Episode 003 of Dear Asian Americans! Rajiv is a comedian, host, and speaker whose videos have amassed more than 50 million views and has performed stand-up comedy on all seven continents! Join us for our conversation as we learn how he navigated his childhood, academic, and early professional years in Ohio and his journey as a comedian.
Meet Cassandra Lam on Episode 002 of Dear Asian Americans! Cassandra is the CEO & Co-founder of The Cosmos a health and wellness company whose roots were inspired by finding a voice and place for Asian American women. Learn about her parents' improbable love story, her career pivots, and how she came to found The Cosmos.
Dear Asian Americans, meet Jonathan Wang. Jonathan serves as the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Student Services at the University of Southern California
Opening Episode for Dear Asian Americans. Introduction to show, guests, and host. First interview show launching March 2, 2020.
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