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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 Pacific 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 Pacific Americans from their contributions to their struggles to their triumphs.

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United States

Description:

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 Pacific Americans from their contributions to their struggles to their triumphs.

Language:

English


Episodes

ICYMI Encore Episode of The History of Japanese Food in America

12/4/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 56! In today’s In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) Encore Episode, we revisit Season 1, Episode 62 where we discuss the history of Japanese food in America. So many Asian foods in America are expected to be cheap either in price or quality, but Japanese food is one of the few Asian cuisines that is viewed as more refined and deserving of higher prices. However, it wasn’t always that way. We took time to discuss that in this episode. One high end Japanese restaurant we...

Duration:00:36:45

ICYMI Encore Episode of The History of the Asian Pirate Shih Yang

11/28/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 55! In today’s In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) Encore Episode, we revisit Season 1, Episode 49 where we discuss Shih Yang, the most famous and accomplished pirate ever who just happened to be a Chinese woman. Her incredible life made her one of the most influential pirates in history not just in Asia. We also took 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 back in...

Duration:00:25:33

ICYMI Encore Episode of The Bamboo Ceiling and Sticky Floor

11/21/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 54! In today’s In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) Encore Episode, we revisit Season 1, Episode 43 where we discuss The Bamboo Ceiling and the Sticky Floor… terminology that refers to the limitations that are often in place keeping Asian American and Pacific Islanders outside of management and executive roles. This is especially true of API women. To learn more about the wage gap for API women. We also took time to discuss the Olympics and the problematic phrase “Open...

Duration:00:24:05

ICYMI Encore Episode of A Conversation with Professor Naoko Wake

11/14/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 53! In today’s In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) Encore Episode, we revisit one of our favorite interviews that originally aired Season 1, Episode 37. Professor Naoko Wake is the author of American Survivors: Trans-Pacific Memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki published by Cambridge University Press. She is a historian of gender, sexuality, and illness in the twentieth century United States and the Pacific Rim who works at Michigan State University. She joined us to...

Duration:00:43:54

ICYMI Encore Episode of Anti-Asian Massacres and Lynchings Part 1

11/7/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 52! In today’s In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) Encore Episode, we dig back to Season 1, Episode 21 where we began our series of ‘Merica’s Forgotten Massacres (MFM) where we discuss the history of anti-Asian massacres and lynchings in the United States. In this first installment we talked about the Chinese Massacre of 1871 in Los Angeles as well as the San Francisco Riot of 1877. We’ve covered a lot more incidents than these first two, but this is where it all...

Duration:00:29:10

ICYMI Encore Episode of The Life and Career of Larry Kwong

10/31/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 51! In today’s In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) Encore Episode, we dig back to Season 1, Episode 4 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. For example, we think he should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and there are others who believe it too. We began this episode with an apology to KoRoot...

Duration:00:22:46

ICYMI Encore Episode of A History of Indian Food in America

10/24/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 50! It’s another In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) Encore Episode. It's Diwali! So this time we’re featuring A History of Indian Food in America which originally aired Season 1, Episode 23. We provide a little history and then focus on the differences between Indian food here in the U.S. vs India. Interested in getting some Indian flavors at home? Try out Nummy Nibbles. We begin the episode by talking about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his Hollywood Reporter article on...

Duration:00:28:38

ICYMI Encore Episode of Celebrating Anna May Wong

10/17/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 49! This is an #ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Encore Episode. Originally airing as Episode 16 in Season 1, we were celebrating International Women’s Day and did a profile on Anna May Wong, the first Asian American actress and style icon extraordinaire. With the recent announcement that she will be featured on a U.S. quarter, making her the first Asian American to be featured on U.S. currency, it’s a good time to revisit this episode. There’s also aa upcoming...

Duration:00:24:57

ICYMI Encore Episode of First Asians in America

10/10/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 48! This is an #ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Encore Episode. Originally airing as Episode 5, this has been one of our favorite episodes we ever researched, recorded, and published. We talk about the first Asians in America... Spoilers, it's not the Chinese. Since it’s Filipino American History Month, it seems like another good reason to post this again. In the secondary segment, we talk about the first really famous Asian American performers, Chang and Eng, the...

Duration:00:22:21

The History of Thai Food in America

10/3/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 47 with special guest host Dr. Trang Lai! We’re always excited to talk about food, so here we are to talk about Thai Food in America. We love Thai cuisine because it’s such a great balance of fresh herbs and punchy flavors. And we’re not alone. Thai cuisine is among the most popular in the U.S. and across the world. When we think about Thai food, we think about how so many dishes balance salty, sweet, sour, bitter, spicy, and umami. Do you know the various...

Duration:00:20:06

A Conversation with the Creative Women of Kwento Comics

9/26/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 46! Every now and then, something comes along that opens up doors and captures your imagination. We really feel that Kwento Comics and their first comic book, The Mask of Haliya could serve to impact the world of comic books and media in that way. An all women-run, all Asian led team, Kwento Comics is out to open up minds regarding stories with Filipino and Asian Mythology. We had the pleasure of sitting down and having a conversation with Founder and CEO Cecilia...

Duration:00:54:27

A Conversation with Grace Lin

9/19/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 45! More diverse stories have been on the rise in the last decade or so… especially in books. One of the most accomplished authors who has led the charge is Grace Lin, the award-winning writer of picture books, early readers, and novels including Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Ling & Ting, and A Big Mooncake for Little Star. She’s one of the few authors who has won both the Caldecott and Newbery honors… not to mention a 2016 Champion of Change honor and the...

Duration:01:02:17

A Conversation with Anthony Christian Ocampo

9/12/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 44! Anthony Christian Ocampo is a professor, sociologist, and author. His latest book is Brown and Gay in LA: The Lives of Immigrant Sons published by NYU Press. It’s a book full of powerful interviews with second generation gay men of Filipino and Latinx descent. Raised in Northeast Los Angeles, Ocampo earned his BA in comparative studies in race and ethnicity. He then earned his MA in modern thought and literature from Stanford University and his MA and PhD in...

Duration:00:43:06

A Conversation with Manjusha Kulkarni

9/5/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 43! The second (and hopefully last episode with only Ted as the host)… Today’s guest is Manjusha P. Kulkarni. Manju is one of the three co-founders of Stop AAPI Hate, the nation’s leading aggregator of hate incidents against AAPIs. In addition to founding and working with Stop AAPI Hate, she is also Executive Director of the AAPI Equity Alliance (formerly A3PCON), a coalition of over forty community-based organizations that serves and represents the 1.5 million...

Duration:00:39:52

A Conversation with Tony Hiu Joong Giroux

8/29/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 42! Born and raised in France till his teens before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, Tony Giroux has been a professional dancer, actor, and filmmaker. He is known for his work as the male lead, Billy Martin in Lifetime’s A Sugar and Spice Holiday, the first Lifetime holiday movie centered on an Asian American story. Most recently, he has played Adil, an important recurring character in the show Motherland: Fort Salem. For three seasons of Motherland, he has...

Duration:00:56:40

A Conversation with Buddha Lo

8/22/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 41! As huge fans of Top Chef, we were so over the moon excited to get a chance to interview Top Chef 19 winner Buddha Lo. He is the sixth Top Chef winner of Asian Pacific Islander descent, but Buddha did it in a unique way. Originally hailing from Australia, Buddha went to Houston having prepared for the competition like no other contestant before him, and it showed. His creations were consistently beautiful, delicious, and refined. In our conversation, we talk...

Duration:00:37:34

AAPI in Professional Sumo

8/15/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 40! We’re fans of professional sumo in Japan. It’s fun to watch and takes a great amount of skill. There’s actually a relatively rich history of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in professional sumo. Although there aren’t any impactful AAPI in the sport now, there have been some amazing wrestlers in the past including Konishiki, Akebono, and Mushashimaru, but they aren’t the only ones. Those three peers may not have achieved the levels they did without...

Duration:00:31:16

A Conversation with Oliver Chin

8/8/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 39! We love reading… and finding an author who creates more diverse representational stories is always a treat. In this episode’s conversation, we welcome Oliver Chin who is not only an author of over 20 titles, but he’s also the founder of the publishing house Immedium which really does a great job in promoting diverse stories. His latest work, More Awesome Asian Americans is available for everyone to support via Kickstarter. Done in a graphic novel style, it’s...

Duration:00:28:42

A Conversation with Daryl Joji Maeda

8/1/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 38! We love reading and learning, so it was a treat to get a chance to have a conversation with Daryl Joji Maeda, the Dean and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. His latest book is Like Water: A Cultural History of Bruce Lee. It was a fascinating, well-researched book that takes a deeper look into Bruce Lee, his life, and the social conditions he faced on his way to becoming a global superstar. In our conversation,...

Duration:00:45:07

The Erasing of Historic Wintersburg

7/25/2022
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 37! History books and curriculum are missing a lot of information. There are a plethora of moments that are ignored or not talked about in true depth. Even worse are the times throughout our history that the majority has worked to erase the history, culture, and very existence of groups like Asian Pacific Islanders. Today we begin a series of looks at those moments in U.S. history. First up, we talk about the erasing of Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach,...

Duration:00:28:56