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Jinee Lokaneeta just released her latest book, The Truth Machines. The book discusses policing, violence and scientific interrogations in India Sangay Mishra is the author of Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans.By Sangay Mishra, Jinee Lokaneeta, Parimal M. Rohit
 
This is the final episode of Season 5 Two more bonus episodes are on tap; one on 11/14 and another on 11/21 Kamala Harris is the first-ever woman Vice President of the United States She is also the first woman of color to serve in the same role California Gov. Gavin Newsom is now tasked with appointing Harris's successor to the U.S. Senate for Cali…
 
Tanny Jiraprapasuke and Jerry Raburn are the co-chairs of Thai Americans for Biden This election is the first time a major presidential candidate recognized and included Thai Americans as a part of the campaign Los Angeles has the largest Thai American population in the country Here is the link to the Thai Americans for Biden Facebook page: https:/…
 
Kavi is starRing in a live stream reading of 'HATEF**K,' which was an off-Broadway show in 2019. Kavi stars alongside Sendhil Ramamurthy. Tickets for the live stream is available at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hatefk-reunion-reading-tickets-122413763863?aff=ebdssbeac The ticket allows you to watch the reading until Wednesday, Oct. 28. K…
 
Laj P. Waghray creates her work through Red Crane Films, which can be found online at www.RedCraneFilms.org. Laj originally moved to the United States from India, when her husband earned a professional opportunity in The Bronx. They have since relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Laj's films include "On Hands!" and "Sleepovers." She shares her conten…
 
Want to find Anisha on social media and the Interwebs? Here is how you spell her name: Anisha Adusumilli. Anisha is from Toledo, Ohio and moved to Los Angeles when she was 18. She moved to LA to attend UCLA. Anisha is trained in the piano. Some of the shoes Anisha appeared in, either as a guest or in a leading role: BIFL, Lucifer, How I Met Your Mo…
 
The Grand Jury Indictment for the officers involved in the Breonna Taylor proved the system is broken. This is time, accordingly, to take the words "A More Perfect Union" seriously and take the necessary action to fix the broken system. Storytellers in Action host P-Mo gives a monologue about the need for change - and for all of us to come together…
 
Could we have avoided the Covid-19 pandemic if both parties stopped bickering? Should the Democrats focus less on removing Trump and more on how the party’s policies can help the American people? How has the pandemic forced artists to be more creative with content creation? What’s at stake for artists on Nov. 3? Are we better off without social med…
 
P-Mo and Pin Chen begin their conversation about music and education. The brain thrives when it is fed music - it's scientifically proven. The conversation then morphs into the overall value of the arts, what's at stake in the 2020 election, and an interesting discussion on presidential politics and foreign policy. The episode ends with a touch of …
 
P-Mo and Debesh deep-dive with documentarian Sarita Khurana, who joined the Storytellers in Action team from Brooklyn. It was a non-linear conversation about telling South Asian stories, the life of senior citizens during Covid, challenging the elite power structures of Hollywood and U.S. experiencing its Third Reconstruction in the Era of Trump.…
 
P-Mo, Farial and Debesh deep dive with Shilpi Roy, a filmmaker, about the state of affairs in Hollywood and the United States. What does Hollywood need to do to better represent people of color? What's at stake in the upcoming presidential election? Do our differences make us better? We have an engaging conversation about several substantive topics…
 
Has cancel culture gone too far? Do identity problems have identity solutions? Is there a way to balance diversity and representation with a genuine, human-based meritocracy? Does our society overvalue Intelligence Quotient and undervalue Emotional Quotient? Can we ever achieve a true meritocracy, where we fully embrace someone for who - not what -…
 
P-Mo, Debesh and Farial will dive even deeper this season, as Storytellers in Action returns for the first time since Coronavirus became a global pandemic and the United States was mired by civil unrest in light of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others. This fifth season of Storytellers in Action will feature 13 interviews and coin…
 
She's an actor. She's an artist. She's a Maxim model. She's a singer. She's a DJ. Monika Starling can do it all, and she sat down with P-Mo, Debesh and Farial to talk about what inspires her. Monika has toured the world as a DJ, painted her own pieces of art and appeared in film's like Dostana. What's next for her?…
 
Our final guest of Season 4 is Leena Pendharkar, who grew up in North Carolina and pursued careers in politics, journalism and documentary filmmaking before finding her calling as a writer/director in feature films. Leena and Parimal speak about Leena's career and her role in helping women advance in the film industry.…
 
Tehmina Sunny, born in London is an actress, and is of Gujarati Indian descent. Sunny has had roles on TV shows including The Following, 24, Heroes, Californication, and NCIS. Her first film role was Oscar-nominated film Children of Men. We focused on the interplay between her pursuit of acting and her identity on this week's episode.…
 
Rina Mehta is a professional Indian classical dancer who is trying to open an Indian dance school in Southern California. This episode focuses on Rina's Collective and her efforts to establish it as the leading artistic endeavor for South Asians in Southern California and how this pertains to identity and Asian American representation in the arts.…
 
The Asian Highway Storytellers in Action team is back for season 4! Identity and representation are still major themes this season with one big difference: all of our guests are women. This season we speak with Asian American women owning their respective spaces and the challenges at play with identity and representation.…
 
On the riveting finale of Season 3, the AHSIA team welcomes techie and host/producer/creator Nicki Sun! Nicki gets down to business and talks about women of color in tech and the need for diversity in the tech and production space! Nicki speaks about her experiences in dealing with sexism and racism and how she's threading the needle forward to hel…
 
On this episode, the AHSIA crew chats with artist and comedian D'Lo! D'Lo talks about growing up in outskirts of Los Angeles in a small town and recounts the challenges he grew up with. D'Lo also drops knowledge on the Sri Lankan Civil War that ravaged the country spanning 3 decades, along with his own personal identity and how it was formed, and h…
 
On this episode, the AHSIA team speaks with author, model, and fitness guru, Kevin Kreider! Kevin speaks out about being a Korean adoptee, an ex-actor, and the importance of recognizing self hatred, and helping empower many Asian Americans to find the beauty in themselves and challenging beauty standards. Kevin also talks about his experience in be…
 
In this episode, the team sits down with actor, Wendy Wang! Wendy talks about how eventually moving towards acting gave her satisfaction and a place for her to nurture her creativity. She speaks on the adversity of dealing with Asian parents while being in show business, and how the needle could be threaded for future generations, and what it would…
 
In this episode, the AHSIA team features international film composer, Roc Chen! Roc talks about his early influences that led him to be a film composer, being a citizen of both Hollywood and Beijing, working with international superstar Jackie Chen, and the burning question: who is Roc Chen? We also find out that Debesh enjoys saying Lobster Cop.…
 
On this episode, the team talks with Chinese born American actor, Laura Trent! Laura was born in China, and adopted by white parents in Billings, Montana and grew up there. Laura shares on her experience between growing up in Billings vs. living in Los Angeles. Farial and Debesh get excited by the mention of Mu Shu Pork.…
 
In this episode, the AHSIA team chats with photographer and comic book/Japanese robot enthusiast, Quang Le! We hear about Quang's journey, and how he dealt with bullying because of his Asian name, as well as how he became a photographer to be popular at parties! He talks about how his career led him to all sorts of opportunities, including photogra…
 
In this episode, the AHSIA team sits down with beauty entrepreneur and media personality, Shalini Vadhera! This story involves a Korean master, a bolt of lightning, and destiny! Shalini also talks about how to empower other women by providing hope and confidence through beauty. This episode also features awesome guest co-host Sati Kaur from Season …
 
On this episode of AHSIA, the team chats with Dr. David Tam, Chief Operating Officer for Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica! We hear about how Star Trek and the US Navy helped shape David's identity as an American, but at what cost to David's Asian heritage? LA traffic linked to existentialism is briefly pondered.…
 
On this episode, we sit down with comedian Mario Hirose! Besides making the AHSiA crew laugh, Mario chats about his run in with Jay Leno, his thoughts on 80's Asian American movie characters, and his identity as a comedian and how his family perceives that. Twinkies get some love too.By Parimal Rohit, Debesh Das, Farial Khan
 
The Storytellers in Action crew speak with Sundeep Morrison, creator and performer of the one woman show Rag Head, a story about Sikh Americans in Post 911 America. The AHSIA team also chat with Winty Singh, representative from the Sikh Coalition! Tim Horton's gets a much deserved shout out.By Parimal Rohit, Debesh Das, Farial Khan
 
On this episode of the Asian Highway: Storytellers in Action, the crew chats with Entertainment Lawyer, Nadia Davari! We chat about why people are so curious about roots, the nuances of Persian vs. Iranian, and if the universe truly unfolds as it should. We also mention the phrase "frame of reference" more times than we thought we would on a podcas…
 
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