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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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United States

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Suzanne Park | TN

10/26/2022
Southern Fried Asian returns to feature stand-up-comic-turned-young-adult-romance-author, Suzanne Park! She and Keith discuss growing up in the suburbs of Nashville, stumbling into stand-up comedy, writing her newest book, The Christmas Clash -- about warring food court restaurants, her mother's Korean American fried chicken, and more. Subscribe to the Southern Fried Asian podcast on iTunes, Google Play, NPR One, Spotify, and Stitcher Radio! Support Hard NOC Media on Patreon and GoFundMe....

Duration:00:49:20

Patrick Michael Strange | SC, VA

9/21/2022
On Southern Fried Asian, fellow NOC fam Patrick Michael Strange is in conversation with Keith about growing up as a military brat across the South! From South Carolina and Mississippi to joining the Navy in Viriginia, Patrick recounts coming to terms with his identity as a Filipino American and as a comic book nerd. They also discuss his own nerd empire and a memorable Comic-Con experience. Finally, Patrick reveals that tocino (and not lumpia or siopao) is actually his go-to Filipino...

Duration:00:51:29

'House of Ho' | TX

8/31/2022
On as special Southern Fried Asian, NOC Managing Editor Laura Sirikul sits down with the cast of HBO Max's House of Ho just in time for the reality docuseries' eventful second season following the Houston-based Vietnamese family as they pursue a life of love, laughter, and luxury. Video of this interview is available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8PxRjlg7j0 Friends of the NOC get their first month of podcast hosting for free when they sign up at...

Duration:00:34:47

Chef Nini Nguyen | NOLA

7/20/2022
Southern Fried Asian returns with a conversation between Keith and Top Chef alum, Chef Nini Nguyen! She tells Keith about growing up in New Orleans, being cast on Top Chef, teaching people how to cook on the internet, and what it really means for cuisine to be "authentic." She also reveals why mullet roe will always remind her of her grandmother. Friends of the NOC get their first month of podcast hosting for free when they sign up at https://libsyn.com and use the code FRIEND Get a FREE...

Duration:00:50:41

Greg Pak Returns | TX

6/22/2022
Southern Fried Asian is back and so is one of our previous guests. Keith welcomes back Greg Pak -- whose moving new autobiographical project I Belong to You / Motherland is being turned into a choral performance in Austin -- to discuss belonging and loss and share memories of his mother and childhood in Texas. For more info on Greg's appearance at Dragon's Lair Comics in Austin, go here: https://www.dlair.net/austin/ You can also purchase tickets for the Inversion Ensemble performance of I...

Duration:00:46:28

Tim Ma | VA, AR

5/24/2022
On a new episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith talks to his Chef Tim Ma -- founder and CEO of Lucky Danger, the renowned American Chinese takeout restaurant in D.C. -- about his southern roots in Arkansas and Virginia and why it's important to honor the legacy of American Chinese cuisine. They also discuss Chef Tim's activism and how the pandemic led to the creation of Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate. Finally, Ma shares how the internet helped him reconsider "elevating" crab rangoon! Get a FREE...

Duration:00:34:21

Samata Narra | KY

4/29/2022
On Southern Fried Asian, Keith welcomes Samata Narra, Senior Vice President, Equity and Inclusion, Content Strategy, Warner Bros. Discovery. Samata is responsible for building innovative tools and creative solutions to help facilitate the advancement of diversity in global Warner Bros. content, including the launch of The WM Inclusive, a hub that highlights curated stories of equity and inclusion across Warner's programming. She talks about the importance of this work and how it's informed...

Duration:00:36:46

Vinny Chhibber | WV

3/23/2022
In a first for Southern Fried Asian, Keith welcomes a previous guest's sibling, Big Sky star, Vinny Chhibber. Keith and Vinny talk about the immigrant struggle and being part of a family that accepts the creative pursuits of its children. Then they transition into a discussion about subverting stereotypes on ABC's hit drama, Big Sky, and how fellow Desi actors like Janina Gavankar helped open the door for more representation on the show. You can see a clip of this portion of the podcast on...

Duration:00:33:03

Raman Sehgal | AL

2/24/2022
On a new episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith talks to Raman Sehgal, co-host of the podcasts Modern Minorities and Quarantined Comics. Keith and Raman explore his background growing up in Alabama, solving racism with his podcasts, and what politics ought to look like in the South. Raman also shares a beautiful story about his mother's chana bhatura. Subscribe to the Southern Fried Asian podcast on iTunes, Google Play, NPR One, Spotify, and Stitcher Radio! Support Hard NOC Media on...

Duration:00:38:43

Jamie Ford | AR

1/30/2022
For this episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith talks to his friend, the New York Times-bestselling author Jamie Ford, and learning about his southern roots in Arkansas. Consider this Southern-adjacent Fried Asian. Keith and Jamie talk about summers spent visiting his relatives in the Ozarks, how his grandmother kicked off his love of comic books, and his complicated relationship with the South. They also discuss his forthcoming book, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy, the difficulty in...

Duration:00:36:17

Charlene Buckles & Dan Wu | KY

12/15/2021
We are joined by Charlene Buckles and Dan Wu, hosts of Louisville Public Media's Where Y'all Really From podcast, this month on Southern Fried Asian. Charlene and Dan talk about the origins of their podcast and what it means to be a Kentuckian in 2021. This episode was recorded before the devastating tornadoes that swept through Kentucky. If you would like to help survivors of the storms, please visit this resource at...

Duration:00:55:06

Tiya Sircar | TX

11/24/2021
Southern Fried Asian is thankful to have Tiya Sircar stop by the podcast to talk about her career, being a part of Star Wars, and growing up in Texas! Tiya and Keith talk about her childhood living in the Dallas-Fort Worth part of Texas and when she caught the bug to be an actor. They then dive deep into her experience playing Sabine Wren on Star Wars: Rebels, and what she'd do to continue playing the character in other formats. Later, she recalls her time on The Good Place and being a fan...

Duration:01:06:01

Cooper Andrews | GA

10/14/2021
Southern Fried Asian is back for a brand new season! For this episode, we're rebranding as Southern Fried Polynesian because our special guest is none other than (animated) Aquaman himself, Cooper Andrews! Cooper joins Keith to talk about not only growing up in Atlanta, but also returning to Atlanta to shoot projects like The Walking Dead. They also dive into Cooper's love of DC Comics superheroes and working on franchises like Shazam and Aquaman. Speaking of Aquaman, Cooper also discusses...

Duration:00:24:44

The Carolina Desi | NC, SC

7/21/2021
Back in May, Apple Podcasts curated a bunch of AAPI-themed podcasts together, and we were lucky enough to be featured alongside The Carolina Desi podcast. Naturally, we had to invite the hosts, Gurtej Singh and Rashmili Vemula, to join Southern Fried Asian! So we've teamed up with The Carolina Desis to put out a special episode discussing this year’s rise in awareness towards AAPI issues as well as the general complexity involved in being labelled as “Asian American,” especially for those...

Duration:00:43:33

Kevin Kwan | TX

7/15/2021
Last month, the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore hosted our own Keith Chow in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Kevin Kwan as part of their "Writer's Live" series. Because they spent a portion of their talk discussing Kevin's childhood in Texas, we are presenting that conversation in its entirety for Southern Fried Asian! The evening was kicked off by Hannah of the Ivy Bookshop and Pratt Library CEO Heidi Daniel (1:00). Keith and Kevin start their conversation by...

Duration:00:42:39

Sung Kang | GA

6/25/2021
Justice is coming to Southern Fried Asian! Ahead of the world premiere of F9, the latest installment of The Fast Saga, its fan-favorite star Sung Kang joins the podcast to talk about the film and growing up in Georgia. Sung kicks off by talking about how the Georgia of his childhood has evolved into the Hollywood of the South (2:00). Then, they reminisce about Sung's first collab with Justin Lin, the iconic Asian American indie, Better Luck Tomorrow -- and its connection to the Fast Saga...

Duration:00:25:42

The Chow Brothers | VA

5/30/2021
Southern Fried Asian closes out AAPI Heritage Month by welcoming Keith's brother, Raymond Chow, to piece together their family's Southern Fried origin story. The brothers start off the pod trying to figure out if they actually sound alike, and how confusing it might be for the listeners (2:00) and whether Virginia still counts as the south (6:00). They also try to distinguish between rednecks, hillbillies, and hicks (8:30) before delving into the history of their family's Chinese restaurant...

Duration:01:10:40

Old Dominion University's 'Stop AAPI Hate' Panel

4/30/2021
This episode of Southern Fried Asian features a special panel organized by community members from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Keith, a graduate of Old Dominion, joined the panel alongside, Dr. Francis Tanglao Aguas, Dr. Kim H. Nguyen, Dr. Melody D. Agbisit, Veronica Salcedo, and Tracie Liguid. In a safe and inclusive space, invited community members share their stories of lived experiences as AAPIs in today’s culture and discussed ways in which we keep moving forward. Presented...

Duration:01:10:49

Perry Yung | TX

3/25/2021
On a new episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith is joined by one of the stars of the HBO Max series Warrior, Perry Yung. Perry kicks off the podcast talking about his family moving to Texarkana, Texas to run a Chinese restaurant when he was a child (1:00). Then, he and Keith talk about how the Oscar-nominated film Minari resonated with them as Asian Americans who grew up in the rural South (14:00) and how opportunities to tell Asian American stories have changed since he started acting in...

Duration:00:35:15

Dr. David Surratt | OK

2/24/2021
On a new episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith is joined by Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students at the University of Oklahoma Dr. David Surratt to talk about growing up Black and Korean in Tulsa. Keith and David begin by reminiscing about meeting at San Diego Comic-Con (1:00) before he recounts splitting his time between Oklahoma, California, and Pennsylvania in college (6:00). David then recalls growing up in the Korean Baptist church as a mixed Black child and...

Duration:00:41:15