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Whiting Wongs with Dan Harmon and Jessica Gao

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An honest conversation about race and writing between two people who think very highly of themselves. Dan Harmon and Jessica Gao know they won't solve racism in Hollywood, but they still like to talk about it. Sometimes with guests!

An honest conversation about race and writing between two people who think very highly of themselves. Dan Harmon and Jessica Gao know they won't solve racism in Hollywood, but they still like to talk about it. Sometimes with guests!
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An honest conversation about race and writing between two people who think very highly of themselves. Dan Harmon and Jessica Gao know they won't solve racism in Hollywood, but they still like to talk about it. Sometimes with guests!

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English


Episodes

29: Season 1 Finale - My Dinner With Dan Dan

5/24/2018
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On the Season 1 finale of Whiting Wongs, Dan & Jessica travel to 101 Noodle Express in Alhambra, CA to talk over an authentic Chinese meal. Plus, we discuss what we've learned throughout the season, whether or not we've changed, and in true Whiting Wongs fashion we end up in a heated debate (and arrive at a resolution). Staaaaaay Raaacial!

Duration:02:05:13

28: Penultimate Wongs with Professor Sora Kim

5/17/2018
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Dan & Jessica discuss how comedy doesn't age well and shed some light on being a diversity hire, before having a conversation with a scientist with shark experience, Professor Sora Kim! We also discuss diversity in academia, and the nature of intelligence.

Duration:01:55:45

27: A Swarthy Hemisphere

5/10/2018
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This week, we discuss Childish Gambino's "This Is America" video, cultural identity among white Americans, and Jessica states her expectations for her upcoming trip to China. Plus, listener emails about 23andMe, representation on this podcast, and more. Stay tuned at the end for an important Whiting Wongs announcement!

Duration:01:26:36

26 - Oh F*ck That's Me with Dana Han-Klein & Larissa Pruett

5/3/2018
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This week, Dan & Jessica go through some listener emails before we get into a heated debate about Matt Groening's response to the Apu controversy. Then, we talk to our guests Dana Han-Klein and Larissa Pruett about biracial identity, stories of stunning racism in the workplace, and more!

Duration:01:48:20

25 - Racism: The World's Oldest Profession

4/26/2018
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In true Whiting Wongs fashion, Dan & Jessica sit down with the goal of reading listener emails and get through a total of three. But, we reveal the process for joke-writing in the Rick & Morty writers' room, listen to a POC actor's experience, and attempt some Scottish phrases.

Duration:01:20:07

24 - He's Brown and Everyone's Yellow

4/12/2018
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This week, we discuss The Simpson's response to Hari Kondabolu's documentary, "The Problem With Apu". Plus, we reveal Jessica's 23andMe results, and finally we reach a poingnant agreement that sheds light on the nature of emotional disagreements about prejudice.

Duration:01:25:09

23 - Did We Just White a Wong? with Sameer Gardezi

4/5/2018
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We're joined this week by Sameer Gardezi (Modern Family, Untitled Trevor Noah Project) to talk about Muslim representation in media, the issues with the "good muslim/bad muslim" dichotomy, and more! Plus we talk about Sameer's incredible writers' room initiative Break The Room. Staaaay racial!

Duration:01:17:34

22 - Dad's A Little Drunk

3/29/2018
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With no plans for the episode, Dan and Jessica end up reading and responding to listener emails! We disucss race and the cosplay community, give some career advice to aspiring writers, and talk about the differences between media representation in the US and China.

Duration:01:17:03

21 - Paris Is Too Chinese For Me with Jimmy O. Yang

3/22/2018
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From HBO's Silicon Valley, the incredible Jimmy O. Yang joins us this week to talk about his experience auditioning as a POC actor, his new book, and more! We read from his audition log, Dan & Jessica brief Jimmy on "Chinese China", and we get into some impressions that will "snowblow offend" everyone.

Duration:01:22:43

20 - White People are the Lamborghini of People

3/15/2018
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We're back! This week, we read a listener email and give advice on navigating gender and power dynamics in the writers' room. Also, a story told to Jessica about writers facing rejection leads us into a discussion about racial scapegoating in entertainment! Welcome back race fans!

Duration:01:01:23

19 - I Hate Writing, I Love Having Written

3/1/2018
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This week, our producer Yusong joins us in the studio, and we answer some of his questions about writing and give some advice! We discuss multiple character arcs, our old writing habits (or lack thereof), and more. Plus, we go heavy on the writing metaphors this episode, so get ready to hear about about Jawas, forests, and sh*t.

Duration:01:11:56

18 - The Art of War (of Submitting Your Screenplay)

2/22/2018
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This week, a Whiting Wongs debate! Dan & Jessica disagree about receiving listener-submitted scripts, which prompts a larger discussion about how to get something read in the entertainment industry. Plus, we talk about the success of Black Panther.

Duration:01:16:12

17 - Don't Wait for the Diveristy Hire with Jas Waters

2/15/2018
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We're joined by the incredible Jas Waters (This is Us, Hood Adjacent) to talk about drama writing, how writing race neutral doesn't necessarily benifit POC characters, and more! Plus we read listener emails and talk about the priviledge and responsibility that comes with being a showrunner.

Duration:01:32:20

16 - Welcome to the F***ing Party with Dante Basco

2/8/2018
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This week, we're joined by Dante Basco! We talk about his experiences playing Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Rufio in Hook, and revisit the idea of appreciate vs. appropration. Plus, Dante reveals his goals of encouraging the next generation of asian creatives, and what it's like auditioning as a POC.

Duration:01:20:17

15 - Gatekeeper #1: Your Parents

2/1/2018
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Dan & Jessica describe the entire process of landing a writing job, and discuss the different skills showrunners look for when hiring writers. Plus, we talk about our early careers, and then Dan riffs a spec script called "Chinese China".

Duration:01:11:56

14 - Gender Neutral Scripts and the Great Shark Debate

1/25/2018
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This week, Dan & Jessica read and respond to listener emails, one about gender and one about sex workers. Plus, a story about writing a gender neutral script and the role of casting directors, before the podcast completely devolves into an intense argument about sharks.

Duration:01:14:21

13 - Big Japanese Dreams with Andrew Ti and Ify Nwadiwe

1/18/2018
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Andrew Ti (Yo, Is This Racist?) and Ify Nwadiwe (@midnight) join us talk to us about the question "where are you from", different reasons to learn Japanese, and the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation. Also, we discuss who really benefits from racism between minority groups.

Duration:01:33:39

12 - I Had To Think Wong And Hard

1/11/2018
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Whiting Wongs is back! This week, we discuss power dynamics in the writers' room and what should or shouldn't be allowed in terms of behavior. Also, Jessica talks about her previous experiences with difficult workplace situations, and what allies can do to help.

Duration:01:05:02

11 - Long Duk Dong is a Bummer

12/21/2017
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Merry Wongmas! The holiday spirits are high as Dan & Jessica discuss the difference in their drinking styles, read listener emails, and address some errors & omissions. Then, we end the year by answering the age-old question: is enjoying Big Trouble in Little China problematic?

Duration:01:09:04

10 - Iranian Gangster in a Zoot Suit

12/14/2017
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From the Ethnically Ambiguous podcast, Anna Hossnieh & Shereen Lani Younes join us to discuss being Middle Eastern in America, the cultural effects of crying, and the different ways their families dealt with the travel ban. Plus, we learn from a listener email why Middle Easterners are “legally white”.

Duration:01:23:38