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Youngmi Mayer & Brian Park

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Welcome to Feeling Asian! A podcast where two Asians talk about their feelings. After a lifetime of holding in their emotions (shoutout to Korean moms!), comedians Youngmi Mayer and Brian Park are ready to let them all out. Each week, Youngmi and Brian dive into topics that range from sex/dating to umm...not sex/dating stuff, and invite their interesting friends along the way. Who knew catharsis could look so Asian? New episodes out every Wednesday! Follow us on IG @itsbrianpark and @ymmayer ...
 
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This week it’s just us two! Back on our power cringe bullsh*t. Brian talks about obtaining one of his goals and what it taught him. Youngmi opens up about her body dysmorphia flareup and teaches us about amor fati by way of tiktok to mic. We also discuss a recent article centered around reddit Asians. Thank you for listening!!! Our next live show i…
 
Alexander Chee is most recently the author of the essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel and professor at Dartmouth College. He is also the first guest to subscribe to our Patreon on air lol! Alexander joins us to discuss his relationship to his biracial identity and recount stories of his family’s unique background. He also shares…
 
Kim Pham is the co-founder of your favorite pantry staple Omsom and vocal advocate for sex positivity, kink and bdsm. In other words, she’s much cooler than all of us. Kim joins us to describe the trials of starting your own company while being unapologetically yourself through it all. We also dive into kink and bdsm. More specifically, Kim teaches…
 
Jenny Arimoto is a comedian, writer and creator of your favorite viral videos this year. Jenny describes what it’s like to have “the conversation” with your White friends and subsequently becoming the main character. We also discuss the inspiration behind her viral videos and question people’s allegiance to Gwyneth Paltrow lol. Follow her on social…
 
Jordan Andino is a chef, tv personality and owner of Flip Sigi. Jordan is the embodiment of positive vibes only. Truly! Despite being one of the busiest people in the culinary industry, we asked him to reveal the secrets behind his optimistic outlook. We also discuss Michelin stars and get the tea on what it’s like to cook for the Kardashians. If y…
 
Feeling Asian favorites Julia Shiplett and Mic Nguyen join us this week for a dating-centric episode. We answer your questions from four different stages of dating/relationships: Julia is single, Brian is in a new relationship, Mic is married and Youngmi is divorced. The most popular topics listeners brought up were: interracial relationships, dati…
 
Steffie Baik is a model, actor and co-host of the Fun With Dumb podcast. Aka all-around very cool. Aka one-half of the cool Asian girl G20 summit with Youngmi. Steffie gives us a peek into her past life as a real estate agent before she became a true maven of Koreatown. We also discuss dating, monogamy and audition horror stories. Follow her on ig …
 
This week's episode is just us two! Centering ourselves in our own podcast (embarrassing)??? Youngmi discusses the horrible side-effects social media is having on her mental health. Brian talks about growing up and his fear of Peter Pan syndrome. For the optimal listening experience enjoy this outside with a nice cup of deer antler juice. As always…
 
John deBary is the author of Drink What You Want, co-founder of Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation and our podcast's first White guest. John tells us about his grandfather, Wm. Theodore de Bary, who is one of the most well-known East Asian scholars in the West and shares his own personal history with East Asian culture. We also dive into ally…
 
Logan Sandoval is a talented chef and co-founder of Zef BBQ, which was recently named by Eater as one of California’s best new restaurants. Logan grew up thinking he was Latino, then Black then discovered he was, in fact, Asian. We know it sounds confusing lol but it will all make sense once you hear Logan share his incredibly unique story. We also…
 
Jonathan "Joma" Ma is a modern renaissance man. Joma is a software engineer at Google and a YouTuber with 1 million+ subs. Basically how our parents want us to be creatives lol. Joma joins us to provide insight into the balancing act of having a stable tech job and managing a creative career all while avoiding burnout. We also dive into the nitty-g…
 
Hyungi Park is a multimedia artist popularly known for her signature tattoos, which you can see on ig at @park_hyun_gi. Hyungi joins us to discuss all things tattoos! Why she got her first tattoo, what tattoos she hates and how her strict Korean parents reacted to them. Hint: they don’t like them! Jokes aside, it’s a fantastic episode about followi…
 
Bowen Yang is a comedian and actor popularly known for his work on Saturday Night Live. Bowen joins us to discuss what it’s like being in the public spotlight as an Asian-American and gives us a peek behind the curtain into the Asian illuminati. Let us in!!! We also talk about parasocial relationships in the age of social media and best practices t…
 
David Yi is the foremost expert on male beauty standards. He joins us to discuss the politics behind the shifting perspectives of male beauty throughout history and encourages us to embrace "beauty beyond the binary." We also discuss how Western ideals of masculinity affect Asian-Americans. Go read his new book Pretty Boys, available at all booksto…
 
On this very special episode of Feeling Asian, we invited multiple Asian mental healthcare professionals to discuss unique issues afflicting the AAPI community. We also asked them what it has been like being Asian in a field that is 88% White. Joining us in this discussion are Diana Liao LMHC, Sonalee Rashatwar LCSW MEd, Christina Harrison LCSW, Me…
 
We return to our chaotic OG roots! This episode is just us two, for better or for worse??? In true Feeling Asian fashion it gets silly and heavy. Youngmi opens up about her ADHD, which often left her feeling too overwhelmed to do any work. Brian talks about feeling creatively inspired after seeing Bo Burnham’s Netflix special. We also discuss perso…
 
Sohla El-Waylly is a food person! If you use the internet then you, at some point, have been blessed by her food expertise. Sohla joins us to discuss silly things like the weather and “the simulation” to deeper matters like how food and food media have become a spotlight for systemic racism. We also dive into the secret to her unwavering authentici…
 
**We did a crossover episode with our good friends over at Asian, Not Asian Podcast! If you haven’t done so, please go listen to part one at Asian, Not Asian Podcast wherever you stream this podcast.** Brian confronts Fumi about the fall out of their friendship. It gets heated and tense but ultimately leads to a larger discussion on feelings, accou…
 
Yowei Shaw is the co-host of the NPR podcast Invisibilia. Yowei was recently announced as one of the new hosts of the popular show, and describes how that came to be and what the transition has been like so far. We also have a deep dive discussion into one of Yowei’s stories which examines dating preferences and the various ways they manifest. It g…
 
Suchin Pak is a trailblazer for Asian-American representation who is popularly known for her work on MTV News. She is also the co-host of the Add to Cart Podcast. Suchin joins us to discuss her recent comments detailing a racist, misogynistic incident during her tenure at MTV and what compelled her to go public with it. Also, in the vein of her hil…
 
Eric Kim is a food writer for The New York Times and author of the forthcoming cookbook Korean American. Eric recounts his coming out story and describes what he learned about his parents in the process. He details what it was like developing a cookbook during the pandemic and how in the wake of all his success it feels very surreal and almost fake…
 
Dae Lim is the creative director and co-founder of the cannabis brand Sundae School. He walks us through his rigorous upbringing in Seoul to his time working as a Harvard-educated McKinsey consultant and the motivation behind his switch to selling weed. Dae also opens up about his spiritual relationship with cannabis and overcoming the stigmatizati…
 
Sara Hiromi is a fashion model, architect and designer. She describes her wild entry into the modeling industry and details her experiences working in Japan and America. Sara is also Youngmi’s ex-husband’s girlfriend lol. We discuss the often misguided assumptions people have about the entire dynamic. Follow Sara on ig at @sara_hiromi! Like and sub…
 
Michelle Zauner is an incredible multi-hyphenate artist. Her musical project Japanese Breakfast has a new album, Jubilee, coming in May. Michelle also has a new memoir titled Crying in H Mart releasing April 20th. We discuss grief and the misconceptions surrounding it. Michelle also speaks to her biracial identity and the challenge of preserving As…
 
This episode has it all. We kick things off on a light note and give you a peek behind the production curtain. However, more importantly, we discuss our feelings surrounding these relentless anti-Asian attacks. Brian talks about taking a small trip out of town for his mental health and the subsequent feelings of guilt. Youngmi recounts a terrible i…
 
Rock M. Sakura is a drag queen popularly known for her appearance in Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 12. We discuss our heavy and tired emotions in the wake of America's anti-Asian racism. Rock also opens up about her decision to disclose her sex work past, frustrating comparisons to other Asian drag queens and how to make amends with your mother who was…
 
Angela Garbes is a writer and author of the best-selling book Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey Through The Science And Culture Of Pregnancy. We discuss motherhood and its toxic online communities. Angela educates us on the oppressive power structures that marginalize POC voices in the “mommy industry” and the steps we can take to mitigate these im…
 
Devin Blaskovich is a visual artist and photographer whose work has been featured in major fashion publications and exhibitions around the world. We have a lengthy discussion about the art world and the White gatekeeping and colonizing tendencies that exist within it. Devin also opens up about his relationship to his Asian identity and struggles wi…
 
Bohan Phoenix is a musician who hails from Hubei, China. This episode touches on so many emotionally charged topics! We discuss covid related discrimination directed at people from Wuhan, finding self-acceptance through hip-hop and Asian support for BLM. Bohan also opens up about the artistic challenges of being authentic without exoticizing yourse…
 
Dylan McKeever (@deemakes) joins Feeling Asian this week to discuss the real life experiences behind her viral comedy videos. Dylan discusses what it's like being a fourth-generation Chinese American, whose extremely Californian family barely fits many Asian immigrant stereotypes. She also discusses the nuances of being mixed race and how her famil…
 
Happy Lunar New Year! Year of the Ox, baby! Youngmi recounts a frustrating experience of when she had to suppress her emotions in the face of racism. Brian talks about the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes. We also discuss Chinese zodiac signs and Lunar New Year traditions. If you or someone you know experiences an anti-Asian attack, report it at stop…
 
Joseph Azam is a lawyer who specializes in anti-corruption and ethics investigation, and one of the co-founders of Afghan Americans for Biden/Harris. Joseph details his experiences of Islamophobia in a post-9/11 America, the pressures poc’s face to play nice in corporate America and the exclusion of Central Asians from the Asian cultural dialogue. …
 
Jin Yoo-Kim is a filmmaker and screenwriter who grew up in Bolivia. So cool! The Asian diaspora is far-reaching and, as a result, the stories of our ancestors can get lost or forgotten. Jin shares the story of how her family ended up in South America and how her unique upbringing has informed her work. Follow her on Instagram at @jykfilms. Like, su…
 
Julia Shiplett is a talented comedian and writer who was recently named one of Comedy Central’s Up Next comedians and a TBS Comic To Watch. Julia joins us for this dating-centric episode! We discuss the internal and external challenges of dating in these times, the pressures that come with dating in your thirties, and what we want going forward. Fo…
 
Back by popular demand Jenny Wang Medina joins us again! Jenny is a Professor of East Asian Culture at Emory University. Listeners have asked us to discuss the topic of inter/intra-Asian racism. Jenny distinguishes the difference between the two and highlights some factors that contribute to each. We also discuss where Asians have fit into racial c…
 
Htet Gyaw is a Burmese-American photographer and video editor with a new photo book titled Down By Canal. Htet describes what it was like growing up in Burma and having to adapt in America. We learn about Htet’s creative process and how photography helps him stay present. We also discuss Southeast Asian representation within the Asian diaspora. Buy…
 
What a year?! Remember when we thought the pandemic would only last two weeks? Remember when we didn’t know about Zoom lol? We all had a challenging year so we dedicated this episode to the silver linings of it all and our hopes for 2021! Follow us on instagram at @itsbrianpark, @ymmayer and @feelingasianpodcast. Please like, subscribe and consider…
 
Mary HK Choi is a NYT bestselling author with a new book titled Yolk coming out in March 2021. We dive really deep into Asian moms and why they can be so frustrating. Mary also opens up about grief and her struggles with eating disorders and how she channels all of this into her writing. You can follow her on socials at @choitotheworld. Also, pleas…
 
Gerrie Lim is a comedian, photographer and public health expert. They are also our first gender non-binary guest. We discuss gender and the class anxiety that comes with it. Gerrie also tells us what it's like to date someone that's in the same industry and the very quiet dinners with their parents lol. Follow them on socials at @gerrieyaki and the…
 
Terry Nguyen is a reporter for Vox on consumer trends, internet and gen-z. We discussed Terry's recent piece on Vietnamese-American voting trends in the recent election cycle. Terry also breaks down the differences between gen-z and millennial Asian-Americans. Spoiler alert: we archive photos now. Follower her work on twitter at @terrygtnguyen. Fol…
 
Nick Cho is the co-founder of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters and the brain behind the viral TikTok sensation @yourkoreandad. Nick walks us through the inspiration for Your Korean Dad and the psychology behind its popularity. We also discuss Asian dad stereotypes and how TikTok fame has affected his own relationship with his teenage daughters. Follow…
 
Michael Cruz Kayne is a writer for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Michael describes what it's like to embark on a creative career relatively late and why it's so difficult to actually try hard in order to make your dreams happen. Youngmi teaches us the true meaning of a fuckboi and Brian talks about being lonely (again!). Follow Michael at @cr…
 
Joe Biden is going to be our new president and this week's episode is just us. Two reasons to celebrate, let's goo! We unpack our theory that White women hit on Asian guys today the way White guys hit on Asian girls fifteen years ago. Thank you to our wonderful listeners who submitted their stories! Youngmi also talks about how there needs to be mo…
 
Danish Maqbool is a Pakistani-American comedian who, most recently, featured in the new season of Ramy. He joins Feeling Asian to open up about his past-life as a professional gamer and how that experience informed his worldview. Danish also gives us a crash-course on the nuances of what it means to be Desi and how he likes to be more Asian than he…
 
Caroline Liou is a multi-hyphenate arts professional. She is an artist, curator and art historian with enough graduate degrees to satisfy even the strictest Asian moms. Caroline joins Feeling Asian to discuss Asian-American cultural landmarks which invites a larger conversation on "taste". For instance, why are certain Asian fashion choices perceiv…
 
Yumi Sakugawa is an inter-disciplinary artist whose work you might recognize from her popular Instagram account @yumisakugawa. Yumi joins Feeling Asian to talk about being in the “artist’s closet” and how certain cultural aspects of her upbringing helped her find emotional freedom through art. We also discuss the importance of mindfulness and solit…
 
Joining us this week is famed fashion designer and Forbes 30 under 30 inductee, Sandy Liang! We discuss her childhood as a Chinese restaurant kid and how her parents' frivolous views on fashion influenced her to pursue a career in it. Sandy also dishes on what it's like being an Asian-American woman in a field which only recently has found room for…
 
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