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Southern Fried Asian is a new podcast from The Nerds of Color hosted by Keith Chow. Typically, stories about Asian Americans are centered on the experiences of those who grew up on the coasts -- New York, Southern California, the Bay Area -- where communities of different Asian American subgroups have lived for many years. On this podcast, though, we're gonna look at a region of the country that isn't typically associated with these stories and unpack what it means to be Asian American in the American South.

Southern Fried Asian is a new podcast from The Nerds of Color hosted by Keith Chow. Typically, stories about Asian Americans are centered on the experiences of those who grew up on the coasts -- New York, Southern California, the Bay Area -- where communities of different Asian American subgroups have lived for many years. On this podcast, though, we're gonna look at a region of the country that isn't typically associated with these stories and unpack what it means to be Asian American in the American South.
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Southern Fried Asian is a new podcast from The Nerds of Color hosted by Keith Chow. Typically, stories about Asian Americans are centered on the experiences of those who grew up on the coasts -- New York, Southern California, the Bay Area -- where communities of different Asian American subgroups have lived for many years. On this podcast, though, we're gonna look at a region of the country that isn't typically associated with these stories and unpack what it means to be Asian American in the American South.

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Episode 018: Joshua Luna

4/18/2018
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On an all new episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith sits down with comic book artist, Joshua Luna. Josh and Keith talk about growing up in Virginia and what led Josh to creating comics about Asian American identity go viral on Twitter (2:00). They also discuss the South's hidden Asian American histories (4:30) and the origins of so many Asian American men's toxic masculinity (11:00). Josh then talks about creating the acclaimed Image Comics series Ultra, Girls, and The Sword with his...

Duration:00:44:08

Episode 017: Manny Jacinto

4/11/2018
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Manny Jacinto may not be an actual Southern Fried Asian, but he plays one on TV! Keith welcomes the star of NBC's hit comedy, The Good Place star on a brand new pod! After Manny describes growing up in Canada and moving to Los Angeles (2:00), he reveals how he got the role of Jason Mendoza on The Good Place (4:30). He and Keith then go into an extended discussion on how the show is "sneaky diverse" (8:30) and the identity crisis Manny felt when he traveled to Jacksonville during the...

Duration:00:42:10

Episode 016: Stan Lou (Live from Washington, D.C.)

4/4/2018
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In the very first live episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith traveled to Washington D.C., to speak with OCA National board member and Mississippi native Stan Lou as part of the 1882 Foundation's monthly Talk Story events. On the show, Stan talks about his childhood growing up in Greenville, Mississippi during the era of Jim Crow and how immigrants were able to settle in the state during the Chinese Exclusion Act (3:45). Then he describes the integration of Chinese students into white...

Duration:00:25:30

Episode 015: Melissa Slaughter

3/21/2018
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Fellow Hard NOC Media podcaster Melissa Slaughter -- co-host of We're Not All Ninjas is the guest on a brand new episode of Southern Fried Asian! Melissa kicks off by explaining the origins of We're Not All Ninjas (1:30) and being a "legacy" Southerner with family ties to Mississippi, Georgia, Texas, and Oklahoma (4:00). Keith and Melissa also recount their experiences with microaggressions (9:00) before exploring her hapa identity and who owns the term, hapa (15:00). Then, Melissa talks...

Duration:00:46:26

Episode 014: Christine Ko

3/7/2018
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On a new episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith welcomes Hawaii Five-O actress and Atlanta native Christine Ko. Christine recounts her time growing up in Atlanta (2:00) and what compelled her to become an actor (8:00), including a stint acting in Asia before coming to Hollywood (11:30). Keith and Christine then get into an extended conversation about her experience in the industry, from being cast on The Great Indoors for a role originally written for a white actress (18:00) to now being...

Duration:00:53:38

Episode 013: Gina Ortiz Jones

2/20/2018
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This week on Southern Fried Asian, Keith speaks with Gina Ortiz Jones, a candidate for Congress representing the 23rd District of Texas. And if you happen to live in Texas, early voting for the primary elections has already begun. So get out and vote! Gina talks about raised Filipina American in San Antonio and the cultural similarities between the city's Filipino and Latino communities (3:30). They also talk about having progressive ideals in a red state (7:40) and why all politics are...

Duration:00:30:35

Episode 012: Dr. Eugene Gu

2/8/2018
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On a new episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith speaks with surgeon, scientist, and political activist Dr. Eugene Gu. Though he is originally from San Francisco, Dr. Gu has made headlines for his very public dispute with Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He discusses how living in the South has influenced his activism and recounts the story of what led to his famous "Taking a Knee" photo (2:00). They also talk about the importance of liberal politicians engaging in the South...

Duration:00:36:13

Episode 011: Stanley Wong

1/24/2018
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On the latest episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith is joined by the hilarious actor/writer/director whose credits include 21 Jump Street, The Big Short, and the award-winning short film Hand Fart, Stanley Wong. Stanley tells Keith about what it's like to be considered a "walking stereotype" (4:30). Growing up outside New Orleans, Stanley admits that he didn't really associate with other Asians in school, until Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift sparked a friendship later in life (17:00)....

Duration:00:52:51

Episode 010: Michelle Krusiec

1/10/2018
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On the first Southern Fried Asian of 2018, Keith welcomes film, television, and stage actress -- and Virginia Beach homegirl -- Michelle Krusiec. Keith and Michelle reminisce about growing up in Hampton Roads (2:00) and growing up in the storage closet of a Chinese restaurant (5:00). Later, she reveals how she met her first professional agent as a waitress at that restaurant (16:00) and become an actress, including her first role in Hollywood as an older Molly O'Brien on Star Trek: Deep...

Duration:01:02:32

Episode 009: Preeti Chhibber

12/6/2017
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Fellow Hard NOC Media podcaster Preeti Chhibber, of Desi Geek Girls, stops by a brand new episode of Southern Fried Asian. Preeti tells Keith about her childhood growing up in West Virginia (1:55) and her parents' experiences (or lack thereof) with racism (7:30) before diving in to the differences between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation (9:30). Later, Preeti explains what led her to identifying as a geek (16:00) and the culture shock of moving from small town West...

Duration:01:01:17

Episode 008: Joon Lee

11/22/2017
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After a brief hiatus, Southern Fried Asian is back! This time, Keith talks to YouTube and Instagram comedian, -- and recent co-host of Kollaboration's EMPOWER Weekend 2017 -- the ATL's own Joon Lee. Joon and Keith talk their experiences at EMPOWER 2017 (2:00). Then, Joon discusses his experience growing up in a large Korean American community in Georgia (9:00) and how important Korean church was in making friends (12:45). Joon then explains how nervous he was hosting Comedy Night in front...

Duration:00:45:30

Episode 007: Tony Kim

10/4/2017
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On a special New York Comic-Con edition of Southern Fried Asian, Keith talks to Crazy4ComicCon founder and Hero Within CEO, Tony Kim. Tony and Keith talk about growing up in Dallas as an Asian American geek (2:00), why Superman shares many characteristics with other Southern Fried Asians (7:45), and how comics can help people forge their own communities (10:30). Tony then discusses the origins of his Crazy4ComicCon persona (22:00) and creating his apparel company Hero Within (35:00) and...

Duration:01:01:49

Episode 006: Krishna Sadasivam

9/27/2017
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On an all new episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith sits down with cartoonist, college arts instructor, and SIUniverse alum, Krishna Sadasivam. Keith and Krishna start by reminiscing about working on the Shattered anthology and a project for the Smithsonian (1:30). Then, Krishna discusses growing up in Knoxville, TN (3:00) and how he found a community when he went to the University of Tennessee (8:45). Though there was parental pressure to be academically gifted and work in engineering...

Duration:00:48:17

Episode 005: Jezzika Chung

9/20/2017
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This week on Southern Fried Asian, Keith talks to writer, creator, diversity advocate -- and Ms. ADCOLOR at the recently held 2017 ADCOLOR Awards -- Jezzika Chung. Keith and Jezz talk about spending her formative years in the ATL (4:00) and the role religion played growing up in a conservative Christian Korean household (17:00). Later, she discusses how moving to Texas helped her find a broader Asian community (22:30), what sparked her passion for diversity in college (27:00), and how...

Duration:00:46:13

Episode 004: Melissa Hung

9/13/2017
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This week on Southern Fried Asian, Keith talks to writer, editor, journalist, and Houston-native Melissa Hung about Hurricane Harvey and the resilience of her city. Melissa shares why she wrote her love letter to Houston (5:30) and why she appreciates the city more as she's gotten older (8:00). Then Keith and Melissa debate whether Texas is even part of the South (10:30) and why the politics of the South are the way they are (15:00). Later, they discuss anti-tiger-parenting (21:00) and...

Duration:00:41:58

Episode 003: G Yamazawa

9/6/2017
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On this week's episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith talks to spoken word and hip-hop artist G Yamazawa, whose debut album Shouts to Durham and breakthrough single/video "North Cack" have taken the internet by storm. G speaks about the way most Americans perceive the South and his own search for identity (5:00) and growing up in Durham's Buddhist community (8:30). He talks about viewing life through a hip-hop-centric lens (10:30) and the line between cultural appreciation and...

Duration:00:44:47

Episode 002: Thao Nguyen

8/30/2017
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On this week's episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith talks to Thao Nguyen, frontwoman of the critically acclaimed indie band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Thao and Keith talk about growing up in Virginia and whether Northern Virginia even counts as the South (3:30). Then she discusses her early country and folk music influence and why there aren't many Asian Americans in those genres (7:00). Thao remembers her other early influences, which trace back to Lillith Fair and -- no shame --...

Duration:00:39:15

Episode 001: Brad Jenkins

8/23/2017
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On the debut episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith talks to Brad Jenkins, the Executive Producer of Funny or Die DC and a co-founder of RUN, an organization designed to mobilize Asian Americans politically. Though Brad grew up in New Jersey, he is a graduate of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and shares his thoughts on the recent tragedy at his alma mater (4:00). Brad also weighs in on the backlash Tina Fey (a fellow UVA alum) received for her #sheetcaking bit on SNL...

Duration:01:03:13

Episode 000: Southern Fried Teaser

8/17/2017
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Southern Fried Asian is a new podcast from The Nerds of Color hosted by Keith Chow. Typically, stories about Asian Americans are centered on the experiences of those who grew up on the coasts -- New York, Southern California, the Bay Area -- where communities of different Asian American subgroups have lived for many years. On this podcast, though, we're gonna look at a region of the country that isn't typically associated with these stories and unpack what it means to be Asian American...

Duration:00:09:14

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