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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…
 
Welcome to Episode 46 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Here it is, the special episode we recorded for the Joy Ruckus Club 4 Festival’s podcast stage. We begin with giving a quick history of our podcast including our favorite episode, but we also talk about some well-known popular music bands that had Asian American Leads. Our main segmen…
 
Welcome to Episode 45 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! It’s finally happening. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings… The first superhero of Asian descent to lead a feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Our main segment is all about the comic book history of Shang-Chi, but we also talk about the very first Asian superhero and Asia…
 
Welcome to Episode 44 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! As part of our ongoing series on Asian Americans Making an Impact, we are joined by special guest Elisha-Rio Apilado to talk about mental health, art therapy, and her experiences with corporate America. Her learning and collaboration with the Asian Mental Health Collective began with …
 
Welcome to Episode 43 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! We’ve previously talked about how invisible Asian American and Pacific Islanders are in management and executive level roles, but why does that happen? Today we talk about two possible factors, the Bamboo Ceiling and the Sticky Floor. We also take time to talk about the Olympics a lit…
 
Welcome to Episode 42 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! It’s time to re-visit Japanese Internment again to talk a little more about how the “camps” were set-up and what life was like in them. Did you know the camps published newspapers that have been archived by the Library of Congress? We also explore some of the ways that Japanese Americ…
 
Welcome to Episode 41 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! With August 3rd and 5th approaching, it marks forty-two years since the incident in Seadrift, Texas and nine years since the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin. So we take time to remember the victims of both events. With anti-Asian violence on the rise in the last year and half, it’s …
 
Welcome to Episode 40 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Our main story is on the life of Larry Kwong, the first person to break the color barrier in the National Hockey League. Nicknamed The China Clipper and King Kwong, he hasn’t gotten nearly enough recognition for his many accomplishments. We begin this episode with an apology to KoRoot…
 
Welcome to Episode 39 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! In this mid-week episode, we are continuing our series on Asian Americans Making an Impact. This episode features an interview of Rosita González. Known as the Korean Hillbilly, Rosita is a Korean American adoptee who was raised in Tennessee. She’s a content creator and promoter of th…
 
Welcome to Episode 38 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Have you ever noticed that there are quite a few Asian American adoptees? The vast majority have been adopted into white families. Why is this a common occurrence and when did it start? We share a brief history of Asian American adoptees. We also weigh in on what was said about Shohei…
 
Welcome to Episode 37 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! We have a great interview with Professor Naoko Wake from Michigan State University. In a few weeks will be the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Professor Wake joins us to have a conversation about the Japanese American and Korean American surv…
 
Welcome to Episode 36 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! It’s time for another food episode, but instead of focusing on a specific cuisine or culture, we’re talking about Spam! Created 84 years ago, Spam is one of the truly American products that has had far reaching impact in Asian Pacific Islander cuisine. Hear about the history of Spam a…
 
Welcome to Episode 35 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Back in Episode 25, we began to discuss the history of Hawai’i, the most famous of the Pacific Islands. It’s time for Part 2! In this episode, we talk about the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai’i and the events that led up to it. However, to open the show, we celebrate the recent ann…
 
Welcome to Episode 34 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Sometimes our episodes cover history that isn’t well known, but this episode is on the Murder of Vincent Chin. It happened 39 years ago, and learning from this tragic event is even more important given the continued anti-Asian violence across the U.S. and the lack of universal willing…
 
Welcome to Episode 33 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Here’s another installment of the midweek Interview Series. In this episode of Asian Pacific Americans Making a Difference, our guest is Jeff Le, Vice President for Public Policy and External Affairs at Rhino. He was also the Deputy Director of external and international affairs and D…
 
Welcome to Episode 32 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Our main story is a history of the Legislation, mostly at the Federal level, that actually benefitted Asian Americans. Sometimes Asians and Asian Americans were the focus, but other times, our communities received positive benefits just out of happenstance. There were also moments in …
 
Welcome to Episode 31 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! It’s PRIDE Month here in the U.S… so Gen and Ted discuss the history of PRIDE Month and celebrate a few notable Asian American and Pacific Islander LGBTQ+ activists. There are so many influential API activists in the LGBTQ+ community… from Kyoshi Kuromiya to Kitty Tsui to Gil Mangaoan…
 
Welcome to Episode 30 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Happy Memorial Day! As we honor the military personnel who died in various wars and conflicts, Gen and Ted discuss the history of Asian Americans in the military from the beginning through WWII. We also take time to provide a definition for “gaslighting” in a new segment called Terms …
 
Welcome to Episode 29 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! It's Mental Health Awareness Month! There are a number of reasons that Asian Americans face difficulties with mental health. So Gen & Ted dive into the history and reasons that Asian Americans don’t always reach out for mental health help. If you are looking to support organizations f…
 
Welcome to Episode 28! Korean Americans are more than K-pop, Korean BBQ, and K-dramas. The Korean diaspora has been gaining notice because of many of the things happening both in South Korea and here in the U.S. But when did Koreans begin coming to the U.S.? What caused them to immigrate? In this episode, Gen and Ted talk over the different waves o…
 
Welcome to Episode 27! Okay… these aren’t really mini minisodes, so we’ll just call it the Interview Series. This episode we have Dr. Trang Lai, the Director of Child Development Services at Fullerton School District. She’s an amazing educator, mom, and spouse… and she also came here as a refugee in 1975. We’re so excited to share her refugee story…
 
Welcome to Episode 26 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Gen & Ted dive into the history of refugees in the U.S. This, of course, leads to discussions of Southeast Asians, who were among some of the largest groups of refugees to come here. We talk about all of this and more. We also take time to reflect on Apple Podcasts highlighting our po…
 
Welcome to Episode 25 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Gen & Ted are about to transport you to Hawai’i… or at least the history of the islands! As we begin to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month, we start with the best known Pacific Islander group… the Hawaiians. It’s not all pineapples and hula… so what was Hawai’i like way before it …
 
Welcome to Episode 24 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Gen & Ted share the history of Angel Island… the “Ellis Island of the West”. But was it really as welcoming? Why was it built? Before that, we begin the episode by addressing the history of hate in Orange County, CA and specifically Huntington Beach. We also talk a little about some o…
 
Welcome to Episode 23 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Gen & Ted begin by talking about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his recent Hollywood Reporter article on the need for better media roles for Asian Americans. This is also the next episode focused on Asian food in America. This week, we’re talking about Indian food. We provide a little histor…
 
Welcome to Episode 22 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Surprise! Gen & Ted bring you another minisode. Today’s topic is Islam and Ramadan. Did you know that Ramadan began on April 13th? We’ve learned a lot about Islam and some of the traditions of Ramadan for people of Asian descent who are Muslim. Now we’re sharing it with all of you. Wa…
 
Welcome to Episode 21 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Gen & Ted begin to cover the daunting task of discussing the history of anti-Asian massacres and lynchings in the United States in part 1 of an ongoing series called ‘Merica’s Forgotten Massacres. Yeah, MFM… one of our favorite true crime podcasts… We also introduce a new segment call…
 
Welcome to Episode 20 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! This is part 2 of our work on the history and repercussions of the Model Minority Myth! In this episode, Gen & Ted talk about some of the current information that shows how the Model Minority Myth is untrue and problematic. Additionally we discuss ways to change mindsets. In the secon…
 
Welcome to Episode 19 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! In this week’s episode, hosts Gen & Ted Lai talk about Holi, the Hindu celebration. We also discuss the fine line between Appreciation and Appropriation. It’s not easy because it’s easy to be inspired by other cultures, but what happens when you take credit for it or totally misunders…
 
Welcome to Episode 18 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! In this week’s episode, hosts Gen & Ted Lai discuss the history of the model minority myth as well as some of the modern effects of the model minority myth. This is part 1 of the 2 part special. We also take some time to talk about the continued violence against Asians in the U.S., an…
 
Welcome to Episode 17! Do you know the history of South Asians in the U.S.? It’s okay if you don’t because Gen & Ted are about to tell you. It’s incredible how long South Asians have been here and the impact they’ve made to the U.S. Hear about the majority Sikh immigrants and how they’ve succeeded in our country. We’ll also take time to talk about …
 
Welcome to Episode 16! Happy International Women’s Day! To honor, International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Gen and Ted are doing a profile on Anna May Wong, the first Asian American actress and style icon extraordinaire. Although her career was never as successful as she wanted, she always pushed the boundaries and challenged the norms.…
 
Welcome to Episode 15! Who loves food? We do! According to statistics, one of the most popular foods in America is Chinese food. But are you eating authentic Chinese food or an Americanized version? Gen & Ted provide a history of Chinese Food in America… how it has changed, the public opinion of it, and how the treatment of Chinese in this country …
 
Welcome to Episode 14! There’s been a definite increase in Asian American filmmakers in the last few years, but it didn’t just happen overnight. There have been some notable films and TV shows that led up to the progress in the last few years. Gen & Ted Lai provide a brief history of Asian American filmmakers and notable movies in the first segment…
 
Welcome to Episode 13! Co-hosts Gen & Ted Lai introduce the minisode format. It’s a bonus short episode between the weekly episodes… hence a minisode. Like many other people, we have been concerned about the increase in anti-Asian hatred and violence that has been impacting Asian Americans across the U.S. In this episode we provide a quick history …
 
Welcome to Episode 12! Co-hosts Gen & Ted Lai talk about the history of Lunar New Year. They discuss the traditions associated with Lunar New Year and the festivities that surround the holiday. In the last segment, Gen & Ted start a new segment called "what not to say to Asian Americans," and this first version is focused on things not to do around…
 
Welcome to Episode 11 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Today co-hosts Gen & Ted Lai discuss the key events leading up to Japanese Internment and the reactions right after the attack on Pearl Harbor. They also cover what it was like in Hawaii under martial law. The segment, What are We Listening To returns and Gen & Ted talk about new musi…
 
Welcome to Episode 10 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Today’s topic, in honor of Black History month is: The Black Panthers and Yellow Peril. Co-hosts Gen & Ted Lai cover a brief history of the Black Panthers, and some key Asian American figures that supported the Black Panthers. They also discuss Yellow Peril and the push for an Asian A…
 
Special bonus episode! This is the full interview of Mike Park, founder of Asian Man Records and musician extraordinaire. Gen and Ted talk to Mike about ska, all the bands he's been in, his writing process, whether ska really is the most inclusive musical genre for Asian Americans, how he got to tour with Yo Gabba Gabba, the Ska Against Racism work…
 
Welcome to Episode 9! Are you ready to skank? This is like a double-length LP because we have a full episode and an interview. In this episode of the Asian American History 101 Podcast, co-hosts Gen & Ted Lai dive into the history of Ska music. They discuss the Asian American representation and diversity found in Ska. They also have the honor of in…
 
Welcome to Episode 8 of the Asian American History 101 Podcast! Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the U.S.! In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, co-hosts Gen & Ted Lai discuss the incredible life of activist Grace Lee Boggs. They talk about her life, how she was influenced by Dr. King, her impact on the civil rights movement, …
 
Welcome to Episode 7. In this episode, co-hosts Gen & Ted Lai dive deeper into the American Territories. This is part 2 of 2, covering the histories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. They also discuss the Jones Act and its impact on the economies of the U.S. territories. In the last segment, Gen & Ted bring back the What Are We Watching seg…
 
Welcome to Episode 6 of the Asian American History 101 Podcast. Co-hosts Gen & Ted Lai discuss the United States Territories. This is part 1 of 2 on the topic of the American Territories in the Pacific Islands. In this episode, they briefly go over a background on the US territories through history and explain the different kinds classifications fo…
 
Welcome to Episode 5 of the Asian American History 101 Podcast. Co-hosts Gen & Ted Lai provide a history on the first Asians in America... Spoilers, it's not the Chinese like we're often taught in school. We also talk about the lives of the first famous Asian American performers, Chang and Eng. 3:45, First Asians in America. 12:28, Let's learn abou…
 
Welcome to Episode 3. In this episode, co-hosts Gen & Ted Lai take continue the topic of whitewashing in Hollywood. This is part 2 of 2. They review some recent examples of whitewashing, yellowface, and brownface, talk a little more about the impact of these practices, and discuss why there's hope for improvement. In the final segment, reminisces o…
 
Welcome to Episode 3 of the Asian American History 101 Podcast. In this episode, co-hosts Gen & Ted Lai take on the topic of whitewashing in Hollywood. This is part 1 of 2 on the topic of whitewashing. In this episode, they talk about some reasons for whitewashing, yellowface, and brownface, go over a brief history of the practice through the 1970s…
 
Welcome to Episode 2 of the Asian American History 101 Podcast. In this episode, co-hosts Gen & Ted Lai talking about the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first American policy that ended immigration from one specific ethnic group. What was it? Why did it happen? How did we finally end it? To close the episode, we talk a little about the 1882foun…
 
Welcome to Episode 1 of the Asian American History 101 Podcast. In this episode, co-hosts Gen & Ted Lai introduce ourselves before diving into the main segment on Who are Asian Americans? We end with a segment about what we're reading and watching from Asian American creatives and artists. A few of the things we mentioned we're reading: Ornamentali…
 
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