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We are a non-for-profit podcast that documents stories from established Asian professionals to empower young Asians around the globe to pursue unconventional career paths. Hosted by Dominic Zhai. New episodes every Friday. Learn more about the show at whyyounodoctor.com/podcast and follow us on social media @wyndpodcast!

We are a non-for-profit podcast that documents stories from established Asian professionals to empower young Asians around the globe to pursue unconventional career paths. Hosted by Dominic Zhai. New episodes every Friday. Learn more about the show at whyyounodoctor.com/podcast and follow us on social media @wyndpodcast!


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We are a non-for-profit podcast that documents stories from established Asian professionals to empower young Asians around the globe to pursue unconventional career paths. Hosted by Dominic Zhai. New episodes every Friday. Learn more about the show at whyyounodoctor.com/podcast and follow us on social media @wyndpodcast!








Malinda Lo: Telling Stories of Queer Love through Literature

Episode 53: Malinda Lo is the bestselling author of the National Book Award finalist Last Night at the Telegraph Club, which received eight starred reviews and was named by Oprah Magazine as one of the 50 Best LGBTQ Books That Will Heat Up the Literary Landscape in 2021. Malinda's debut novel, Ash, a Sapphic retelling of Cinderella, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and the Lambda...


Dr. Kristen Choi - Advocating for Minorities through Mental Health Policy

Episode 52: Dr. Kristen Choi is a pediatric psychiatric nurse and an assistant professor at UCLA whose research focuses on mental health policy for vulnerable populations. She has published more than 30 academic articles, including several commentaries in the past few months on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting mental health. She was also an alumni of the Forbes 30 Under 30 List under Healthcare. In this episode, she shares her experience on pursuing a career in mental health despite...


Ragini Bhasin: Being a Filmmaker as an Immigrant from India

Episode 51: Ragini Bhasin (@bhasinragini) is an award-winning film director from New Delhi, India who is currently working as a director at Jubilee Media, a Youtube channel with over 5M subscribers. She studied her Masters In Film Directing from Chapman University. She is the recipient of the Meredith MacRae Award in 2018 sponsored by Women in Film for telling diverse stories. Her first short film ‘The Deafening Silence’ was picked up by India’s biggest short film distributor Pocket films...


Kulap Vilaysack: Running Shows as A Woman of Color

Episode 50: Kulap Vilaysack (@iamkulap) was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Eagan, Minnesota. She is the child of Lao refugees. Her debut documentary, Origin Story, chronicles a road trip into her complicated past to meet her biological father and understand her mother. Vilaysack was also the creator, showrunner and sometimes director of the 4-season semi-scripted comedy series Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ (Seeso). She served as showrunner and co-executive producer of A Legendary...


Dr. Jenny Wang - Advocating for Women's Mental Health

Episode 49: Dr. Jenny Wang, also known for @asiansformentalhealth, is a 1.5 generation Taiwanese American and licensed psychologist in Texas and North Carolina. Dr. Wang works exclusively with women’s mental health issues across the lifespan with a specific focus on racial identity and trauma, social justice, and cultural reverence. In this episode, Dr. Jenny Wang talks about the stigmatized relationship between mental health and Asian culture, the doubt expressed by her parents in pursuing...


Eric Sze: Opening A Restaurant Amid the Pandemic in NYC

Episode 48: Eric Sze (@esze.e) is the chef-owner of 886 (@eighteightsix), a Taiwanese cuisine restaurant in Manhattan, and soon to be Brooklyn too! Eric was born and raised in Taiwan, and recently featured on the Forbe 30 under 30 list. In this episode, Eric shares his journey trying to expand his restaurant against all odds, mainly a global pandemic. Support the show (http://whyyounodoctor.com/podcast)


Kylie Ying: Coding Content Creator Paving the Way for Others

Episode 47: Kylie Ying (@kylieyying) is a computer engineer currently earning her Master's at MIT and creating content about coding & programming on Youtube. Kylie has always loved math, science, and engineering; her focus is working on applying machine learning to particle physics and improving the dynamical model of a self-driving car! Kylie also started her Youtube channel out of pure love and the intention of sharing her knowledge with anyone with a desire to learn about...


Esther Moon: Actress from Minari on Finding Joy

Episode 46: Esther Moon (@esthermoonstagram), plays Mrs. Oh in Minari, the Oscar-nominated film. Born in South Korea, she immigrated to the United States with her parents at the age of two. Esther decided to pursue acting later in her life and is relatively new to Hollywood. She spent the last two decades as a licensed mental health clinician; it was not until a battle with breast cancer in 2015 that she finally decided to pursue her American Dream. In this episode, Esther shares about her...


Vanessa Pham: Food as A Love Language

Episode 45: Vanessa Pham (@vanessatpham) cofounded Omsom, an emerging Asian pantry staple brand that makes cooking favorite dishes with uncompromised flavors and hard-to-find ingredients possible in any home kitchen. A former consumer packaged goods management consultant at Bain & Company, Vanessa and her sister Kim, first-generation Vietnamese-Americans, created Omsom to reclaim the cultural integrity of Asian cuisines that are too often diluted in the grocery aisle. Their sauces span...


Jason Y. Lee: A Mission on Empathy & Being Asian American

Episode 44: Jason Y. Lee (@jasonylee_) is the Founder & CEO of Jubilee Media, a platform that thrives to provoke a new culture of empathy. With a mission to push people to feel more, think more, and see more in others, Jubilee has garnered over 1B views and 6M+subscribers on Youtube. In this episode, Jason shared more about the core of his mission on empathy, the challenges that come along with it, and what it means to be an Asian American to him. With the recent rise of violence against the...


Jurassiq: Breaking Stereotypes within the Gaming World

Episode 43: Jurassiq (@jurassiqlol), also known as Clarence Mabansag, is a Professional League of Legends Player and Content Creator. Born in Manila but raised in Chicago, he is breaking stereotypes within the gaming world. During this competitive gaming career, he was a part of Team Gates and Golden Guardians Academy, making his way to the NACS 2017 Summer Qualifiers and NA Academy League. Jurassiq made the transition to content creation in partnership with Twitch, you can find his content...


Maggie Lee: Creating Diverse and Imaginative New Worlds

Episode 42: Maggie Lee is a playwright based in Seattle who aims to create diverse, imaginative new worlds in genres like science fiction, horror, and action-adventure. Her works have won numerous awards and prizes, produced in Seattle, New York, Seoul, Chicago, and San Francisco. Maggie is currently a board member of Rain City Projects, an organization that supports playwrights in the Pacific Northwest, an Artist Associate with Macha Theatre Works, and a member of the Dramatists Guild. You...


Dan Tran: Dancing as a Way of Expression

Episode 41: Dan Tran (@dandantran) is a professional ballroom dancer and dance instructor. Growing up, Dan never identified himself as a confident individual until he stumbled upon a dance class in college. Discovering dance meant he was able to find his own voice and an outlet of expression. Dan's interest in dance eventually led him to a competitive career, and ultimately won him two National Titles. Aside from being a performer, Dan holds multiple top teacher & studio awards as an...


Zach Benson: Founding Assistagram and Traveling the World

Episode 40: Zach Benson (@zachvacay) is living the dream many of us fantasize about: traveling the world and making money while doing it. But it wasn’t always that easy. He grew up in Iowa as a Korean adoptee, had a speech impediment, and suffered a back injury that cut his dancing career short. Yet Zach’s fighting spirit kept him going, and now he has reconnected with his birth mother in Korea, he has overcome his speech impediment to become a keynote speaker, and he has built an incredibly...


Alex Lee: Making History as a Gen Z Politician

Episode 39: Alex Lee (@alex_lee) just made history by becoming California’s first Gen Z, first openly bisexual and youngest Asian American lawmaker -- all at the age of 25. While Alex claims he had just been an average student, he definitely isn’t your average politician. He’s about half the typical age of his colleagues, he lives at home with his parents, and in order to make it through his campaign, he had been a part-time gig worker for an app delivery company. When it comes to Asian...


Julia Saubier: Trusting Your Path Despite an Uncertain Future

Episode 38: Julia Saubier (@Julia Saubier), is a French-Filipina actor, model, martial artist, activist and co-founder of J+J Ventures. In this episode, she tells us how to trust in the process and to take risks. Growing up in the Philippines, she always wanted to achieve the best for herself -- the best grades and the best schools so she could achieve the best career. But after all of her hard work, she found herself with nowhere to go after graduating from college. Rejected from graduate...


Jaeson Ma: Fusing East and West through Serial Entrepreneurship

Episode 37: Jaeson Ma (@jaesonma), the co-owner of Triller, is no stranger to adversity. From running the streets to his close brush with the law, it was hard to imagine where he’d be today. Now, he’s a serial entrepreneur with a string of success stories behind him: He’s the co-owner of Triller, the founder of East West Ventures, and co-founder of 88rising and Stampede Ventures. His journey began with a thirst to prove himself -- knowing that even though Asians weren't being represented in...


Shang Saavedra: Growth Mindset and Financial Independence

Episode 36: Shang Saavedra (@savemycents) is the voice behind the popular financial-literacy blog, Save My Cents. Having achieved financial independence at the age of 31, she aims to share her money expertise with those who need it most, empowering others to change their lives, on their own terms, for the better. In this episode of the Why You No Doctor Podcast, Shang and Dominic take a deep dive into some of Shang's most treasured pieces of wisdom that shaped her life for the better: the...


Benny Luo: Pioneering Asian-American Media

Episode 35: Benny Luo (@bennyluo) is the founder and CEO of NextShark, a media company that speaks primarily to the global Asian youth. A venture that was started with just $3,000, NextShark has since grown to serve millions of monthly readers, with hundreds of thousands of followers spanning across their social media. Learn the insights of Benny's entrepreneurial and personal journey in this week's episode of the Why You No Doctor podcast. "It really helped to find other Asians or Asian...


Bonus: A Conversation About Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Episode 34: In this bonus episode, Dominic and John Victoria from Polianna LLC (https://www.linkedin.com/company/polianna-seo/) have a conversation about entrepreneurship, future goals, books, and more. Show Notes: Join the community! Follow us on Instagram @wyndpodcast and find all of our socials at whyyounodoctor.com/podcast. Support the show (http://whyyounodoctor.com/podcast)