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Asian American History 101 is a podcast co-hosted by Gen and Ted Lai, a daughter and father team. The podcast will entertain and educate people as Gen and Ted dive into the vast history of Asian Americans from their contributions to their struggles to their triumphs.

Asian American History 101 is a podcast co-hosted by Gen and Ted Lai, a daughter and father team. The podcast will entertain and educate people as Gen and Ted dive into the vast history of Asian Americans from their contributions to their struggles to their triumphs.

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United States

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Asian American History 101 is a podcast co-hosted by Gen and Ted Lai, a daughter and father team. The podcast will entertain and educate people as Gen and Ted dive into the vast history of Asian Americans from their contributions to their struggles to their triumphs.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Rock Springs Massacre and The Attack on Squak Valley

10/18/2021
Welcome to Episode 54! This is another episode in our ongoing series we call MFM, Most Forgotten Massacres. Today we’re going to talk about the Rock Springs Massacre and the Attack on Squak Valley. These were horrible moments in the history of the United States of America where large groups of Chinese laborers were targeted with violence and discrimination. A lot of things happened that led to these events, and we provide some of those details. In this episode, we also take time to recognize...

Duration:00:26:06

Indigenous Pacific Islanders

10/11/2021
Welcome to Episode 53! There’s a lot going on in October. It’s Filipino American History Month, so we begin by talking about this important honor as that was started by the Filipino American National History Society. October 11th, is also Indigenous People’s Day here in the U.S., so we focus our main story on the Indigenous Pacific Islanders in U.S. Territories: the CHamoru, Carolinians, and Samoans. We also mention two great organizations that are trying to help Pacific Islanders: EPIC...

Duration:00:26:43

Asian Enclaves

10/4/2021
Welcome to Episode 52 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! There is a long history of Ethnic Enclaves across America. However, even though European immigrants formed their own Ethnic Enclaves, they often moved out faster or were accepted more quickly into the mainstream U.S. society. But Asian Ethnic Enclaves are notable because they stand out as more “exotic” or different, and because they have been centers of support to more recent Asian immigrants. We also take time to reminisce on...

Duration:00:25:43

Discussing Afghanistan with Jeff Le

9/29/2021
Welcome to Episode 51 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Concerned about Afghanistan? We had a chance to talk to Jeff Le again in this special mid-week interview. He talks about his work in Afghanistan, the repercussions for the U.S. international policy, and how U.S. citizens can help. There are lots of places that you can go to learn more and help out. Red CrossInternational Rescue Committee UN Human Rights CommitteeMedia Support Miles4Migrants Human Rights FirstRefugees...

Duration:00:31:19

The Road to Hawai'i Statehood

9/27/2021
Welcome to Episode 50 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! It’s time for Part 3 in a series on the History of Hawai’i. Today we’re talking about the road to statehood for Hawai’i… a path that many native Hawai’ians probably did not approve of. How do territories become states? What was it like for Hawai’i. We also talk about the rise in Anti-Asian hate incidents here in Orange County as well as the confirmation of Florence Pan, the first Asian American woman to serve as Federal...

Duration:00:28:48

Asian Pirates

9/20/2021
Welcome to Episode 49 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Did you celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day? We recognize it so that we can talk about the most famous Asian Pirate ever, Shih Yang. Her incredible life made her one of the most influential pirates in history. We also take time to celebrate Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez, the amazing women of Asian descent at the U.S. Open who competed in the singles finals. We close the show by talking about linguistics and the...

Duration:00:25:33

Asian American Celebrity Chefs

9/13/2021
Welcome to Episode 48 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! As part of our series on Asian American food, we want to take a moment to talk about the history of Asian American Celebrity Chefs. We also take time to talk about some superheroes again… We begin the episode by remembering 9/11 and talking about Betty Ann Ong, the flight attendant and real life superhero who first alerted authorities about the hijacking. We close the episode by talking about our thoughts after watching...

Duration:00:33:58

Larry Itliong and Filipino Farmworkers

9/6/2021
Welcome to Episode 47 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! For U.S. and Canadian listeners, Happy Labor or Labour Day! To honor Labor Day, we’re going to talk about Larry Itliong, a prominent Filipino American who was a leader in the farm workers movement. His influence and vision helped lead to the Delano Grape Strike as well as the formation of the United Farmworkers Organizing Committee along with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. We begin with our reflections on the Joy Ruckus Club...

Duration:00:22:36

Joy Ruckus Club 4 Special with Tara Hahn of Half Past Two

8/31/2021
Welcome to Episode 46 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Here it is, the special episode we recorded for the Joy Ruckus Club 4 Festival’s podcast stage. We begin with giving a quick history of our podcast including our favorite episode, but we also talk about some well-known popular music bands that had Asian American Leads. Our main segment is a very special interview of Tara Hahn, the lead singer of the ska band, Half Past Two. She takes time to talk to us about music, Half Past...

Duration:00:59:03

The History of Shang-Chi and More Asian Superheroes

8/23/2021
Welcome to Episode 45 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! It’s finally happening. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings… The first superhero of Asian descent to lead a feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Our main segment is all about the comic book history of Shang-Chi, but we also talk about the very first Asian superhero and Asian American superhero in U.S. comic books. We also talk about being part of the Joy Ruckus Club 4 Festival. We’ll be broadcasting on Monday,...

Duration:00:29:37

Interview with Elisha-Rio Apilado on Art Therapy and Mental Health

8/19/2021
Welcome to Episode 44 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! As part of our ongoing series on Asian Americans Making an Impact, we are joined by special guest Elisha-Rio Apilado to talk about mental health, art therapy, and her experiences with corporate America. Her learning and collaboration with the Asian Mental Health Collective began with a Waves event, and she continues to bring her art therapy and volunteerism to groups and projects like The Lincoln Park Community Shelter and The...

Duration:00:30:15

The Bamboo Ceiling and Sticky Floor

8/16/2021
Welcome to Episode 43 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! We’ve previously talked about how invisible Asian American and Pacific Islanders are in management and executive level roles, but why does that happen? Today we talk about two possible factors, the Bamboo Ceiling and the Sticky Floor. We also take time to talk about the Olympics a little more and then challenge the phrase “Open the Kimono”. Continue to learn more about the wage gap for API women and please visit our site at...

Duration:00:24:05

Life in Internment Camps and No-No Boy History

8/9/2021
Welcome to Episode 42 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! It’s time to re-visit Japanese Internment again to talk a little more about how the “camps” were set-up and what life was like in them. Did you know the camps published newspapers that have been archived by the Library of Congress? We also explore some of the ways that Japanese Americans were de-humanized in the incarceration experience during WWII. We also take time to talk about John Okada’s book No-No Boy and its history....

Duration:00:25:29

Anti-Asian Violence in Seadrift, Texas and at Wisconsin Sikh Temple

8/2/2021
Welcome to Episode 41 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! With August 3rd and 5th approaching, it marks forty-two years since the incident in Seadrift, Texas and nine years since the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin. So we take time to remember the victims of both events. With anti-Asian violence on the rise in the last year and half, it’s important to remember that there have been shocking instances of this throughout the United States’ history… from our beginning to more recent...

Duration:00:23:34

The Life and Career of Larry Kwong

7/26/2021
Welcome to Episode 40 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Our main story is on the life of Larry Kwong, the first person to break the color barrier in the National Hockey League. Nicknamed The China Clipper and King Kwong, he hasn’t gotten nearly enough recognition for his many accomplishments. We begin this episode with an apology to KoRoot for messing up their name last episode. And we close the episode with a segment on the origin of describing Asians as “yellow.” To read more...

Duration:00:22:45

Interview of Rosita González

7/22/2021
Welcome to Episode 39 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! In this mid-week episode, we are continuing our series on Asian Americans Making an Impact. This episode features an interview of Rosita González. Known as the Korean Hillbilly, Rosita is a Korean American adoptee who was raised in Tennessee. She’s a content creator and promoter of the Asian American adoptees’ lived stories. We were so fortunate that she took time out of her busy day to share her story and provide more depth to...

Duration:00:48:35

Asian American Adoptees

7/19/2021
Welcome to Episode 38 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Have you ever noticed that there are quite a few Asian American adoptees? The vast majority have been adopted into white families. Why is this a common occurrence and when did it start? We share a brief history of Asian American adoptees. We also weigh in on what was said about Shohei Ohtani and celebrate some Emmy nominations for people of Asian descent! Continue to learn more and visit our site at...

Duration:00:20:46

Interview of Professor Wake on American Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

7/12/2021
Welcome to Episode 37 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! We have a great interview with Professor Naoko Wake from Michigan State University. In a few weeks will be the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Professor Wake joins us to have a conversation about the Japanese American and Korean American survivors of the nuclear attack on these two cities. Listen to the podcast to learn more about this fascinating history we rarely hear about. You can...

Duration:00:43:54

History of Spam and Impact on Asian Pacific Islander Cuisine

7/5/2021
Welcome to Episode 36 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! It’s time for another food episode, but instead of focusing on a specific cuisine or culture, we’re talking about Spam! Created 84 years ago, Spam is one of the truly American products that has had far reaching impact in Asian Pacific Islander cuisine. Hear about the history of Spam and how it came to be popular in places like Hawai’i, Korea, the Philippines, and Guam. We also take time to talk about a great organization, Heart...

Duration:00:18:52

History of Hawai'i Part 2

6/28/2021
Welcome to Episode 35 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Back in Episode 25, we began to discuss the history of Hawai’i, the most famous of the Pacific Islands. It’s time for Part 2! In this episode, we talk about the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai’i and the events that led up to it. However, to open the show, we celebrate the recent announcement of the four Asian Pacific Americans who will be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2022, with special celebration of James Hong, an acting...

Duration:00:25:23