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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 032: Aisha Yaqoob

10/31/2018
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With less than a week to go before Election Day, Southern Fried Asian sits down with a candidate to represent the 97th District in the Georgia House, Aisha Yaqoob! Aisha tells Keith about how her parents immigrated from Pakistan and eventually to Georgia (2:00) and her experience growing up in the South as an American Muslim (5:00). She also recounts how she founded a Muslim voter registration organization and became more active in the political arena (11:30). Then, they try to figure out...

Duration:00:33:10

Episode 031: Bing Chen

10/17/2018
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Southern Fried Asian returns with an all new episode featuring the former head of creator development at YouTube and a co-founder of #GoldOpen, digital entrepreneur and Third Culture Kid, Bing Chen! Before diving into his own origins, Bing reveals the secret origin of the Gold Open movement (2:00) and how far the Asian American community has come since he was growing up in Knoxville (10:00). Speaking of Tennessee, Bing shares about how he came to terms with his Asian identity after moving...

Duration:00:43:04

Episode 030: Christina Soontornvat

9/12/2018
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On a brand new episode of Southern Fried Asian, children's lit author Christina Soontornvat is Keith's special guest. Christina tells Keith about reading fantasy stories as a child in her parents' Thai restaurant in West Texas (2:00) where her parents had opened a Chinese and Thai restaurant in the early '80s (5:00). Of course, they have to go over Texas' qualifications for being considered a "Southern" state (6:15). Then, Christina shares about her STEM background and reconciling her love...

Duration:00:49:38

Episode 029: Rita Phetmixay

8/29/2018
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On a new episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith talks to documentary short filmmaker Rita Phetmixay about growing up Lao Isaan American in North Carolina. Rita shares the story of her family's harrowing journey after the war from Laos and Thailand to the States (2:00) and being one of the only Lao American families in rural North Carolina (11:00). She explains why she decided to make a short film about her father called Phetmixay Means Fighter and the story behind her family name (16:00)....

Duration:00:45:46

Episode 028: Kate Gavino

8/22/2018
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Southern Fried Asian is back from hiatus with a brand new episode featuring cartoonist Kate Gavino, whose new book Sanpaku is in stores now! Kate discusses her inspiration for creating Sanpaku (2:00) and her contribution to New Frontiers which was also a story about her grandmother (3:00). They also discuss what it feels like to see aspects of Asian culture go mainstream (5:00) and the origins of the concept of sanpaku (6:00). Kate also explains why Houston is the best city in Texas (9:00)...

Duration:00:32:30

Episode 027: Nguyen Tran

7/31/2018
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Southern Fried Asian wraps up our special food month with a conversation between Keith and Starry Kitchen co-founder Nguyen Tran! Nguyen talks about growing up in the suburbs of Dallas (4:00), why he would pretend to be Wonder Woman when the other kids bullied him (8:00), and dealing with different Asian stereotypes (11:00). Then, they go into an extended discussion about how rejecting than embracing Vietnamese food contributed to his identity (15:00), whether there is such a thing as...

Duration:00:50:38

Episode 026: Dr. Benjamin Ha

7/25/2018
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Southern Fried Asian's month-long series of food episodes continues with a special Comic-Con conversation with nutrition specialist, and North Carolina native, Dr. Benjamin Ha! In the halls of the San Diego Convention Center, Dr. Ha tells Keith about his family's love of Comic-Con (1:45) and how he defines being a nerd (3:00). He also talks about growing up in rural North Carolina (8:00) and explains why he chose to become a physician (13:00) and focuses on nutrition (16:00). Then, Keith...

Duration:00:37:42

Episode 025: Robin Ha

7/18/2018
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Southern Fried Asian with comic book illustrator and the creator of the bestselling graphic novel cookbook Cook Korean, Robin Ha. Robin reveals the secret origin of Cook Korean (1:45) and explains why Korean food is so popular right now (11:00). Then, Robin describes what it was like moving from Seoul, Korea to Huntsville, Alabama at age 14 (22:00) and living among the city's Korean population... or lack thereof (28:00). Later, she explains how the local comic book store in Huntsville...

Duration:00:41:53

Episode 024: Cheetie Kumar

7/11/2018
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Southern Fried Asian kicks off July with a month-long series of food-related episodes! Up first is rockstar chef Cheetie Kumar, the guitarist of indie band Birds of Avalon and the James Beard Award-nominated owner of Garland in Raleigh, North Carolina. Cheetie compares the lives of chefs and musicians (2:00) and explains why she chose to move from the Bronx to North Carolina as an adult (5:30). Then, Keith and Cheetie describe the connection Southern and Asian cultures have with food...

Duration:00:41:43

Episode 023: Southern Fried Asian Returns!

7/4/2018
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Southern Fried Asian took a month off, but we're coming back in July! Starting next week, the pod returns and will be all-new for the rest of the month, kicking off a series spotlighting a different Southern Fried Asian in the culinary industry. Yes, the transition to food podcast is complete! Subscribe to the Southern Fried Asian podcast on iTunes, Google Play, NPR One and TuneIn Premium! Support Hard NOC Media on Patreon. Our official theme music is the song "Top Down" by Chops, Timothy...

Duration:00:02:33

Episode 022: Jenny Han

5/23/2018
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On this week's Southern Fried Asian, Keith sits down with fellow Virginian Jenny Han, the New York Times-bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy as well as To All the Boys I've Loved Before -- soon to be a movie on Netflix -- and its subsequent sequels! After trading stories about growing up in Virginia (1:30), Jenny shares what it was like living just outside Richmond, VA (6:00) and how those experience inform her writing. Then they talk about writing from non-Asian...

Duration:00:43:10

Episode 021: Susie Reynolds Reece

5/16/2018
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Since May is both Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and National Mental Health Awareness month, Keith speaks with Susie Reynolds Reece, the founder of Suicide Prevention Allies, the author of Children's Guide to Parenting, and the original "Southern Fried Asian." Susie shares the story of her father's passing, moving to Arkansas, and the changing ways society talks about suicide (4:00). She and Keith also discuss how to overcome the stigma of mental health treatment in Asian American...

Duration:00:33:07

Episode 020: CAAM's #DiverseSouth Project

5/9/2018
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In February, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) held its first convening of Asian American filmmakers in the South. Dubbed, "Beyond Borders: Diverse Voices of the American South," the event brought together these filmmakers and organizers to Durham, North Carolina to build community. On a new episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith talks to two of the filmmakers -- Matthew Hashiguchi and Hanul Bahm -- as well as CAAM’s Talent Development & Special Projects Manager Sapana...

Duration:00:46:40

Episode 019: Greg Pak (Live from WICOMICON 2018)

5/2/2018
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At WICOMICON in Baltimore, comic book writer Greg Pak joins an all new live recorded episode of Southern Fried Asian. Greg joins Keith live on stage to talk about how growing up in Dallas, Texas ultimately influenced his work (3:00) and his love of genres (5:00). He also explains the importance of "diversity within diversity" (9:30), feeling "rep sweats" as a creator of color creating Asian American characters (15:00), and what his obsession with Dungeons & Dragons as a child revealed about...

Duration:00:38:00

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 on...

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