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Asian American History 101 is a fun, family-friendly, and informative podcast co-hosted by Gen and Ted Lai, the 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 the struggles they faced to their contributions and triumphs. And sometimes we cover topics of the Asian Pacific Diaspora globally.

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Asian American History 101 is a fun, family-friendly, and informative podcast co-hosted by Gen and Ted Lai, the 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 the struggles they faced to their contributions and triumphs. And sometimes we cover topics of the Asian Pacific Diaspora globally.

Language:

English


Episodes

A Conversation with Comic Book Author and Screenwriter Amy Chu

2/19/2024
Welcome to Season 4, Episode 8! Today’s conversation is with Amy Chu, a co-founder and former editor of A. Magazine, screenwriter, co-founder of Alpha Girl Comics, and well-known comic book author. Her latest title is Fighting to Belong! Volume 1 (out now, so go get it), which is a graphic novel focused on the history and contributions of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders in America. Published by Third State Books, Fighting to Belong! is co-written with Amy’s son, Alexander Chang, and illustrated by Louie Chin. It’s a collaborative project with The Asian American Foundation, The Asian American Education Project, and others. The importance of Fighting to Belong! cannot be overstated. Through an engaging story, readers will be entertained, engaged, educated, and empowered. Amy has written a diverse collection of titles that include Poison Ivy, Kiss, Wonder Woman, Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris, and Ant-Man. Two of our favorite works by Amy are the Trot and Cap’n Bill series for teens and Carmilla: The First Vampire graphic novel. Amy is able to weave in diversity and depth to her stories in a way that makes typically underrepresented people (like API) feel seen and heard. In our conversation, we talk about all of these things as well as her journey to comics, the importance of diverse storytelling, the status of Fighting to Belong! Volume 2, what draws her to writing complex characters, and so much more. Whether you like comics, good storytelling, history, or diversity, we highly recommend getting Fighting to Belong! or any of Amy’s other work, but especially the Trot and Cap’n Bill series, Carmilla: The First Vampire, and Poison Ivy. You can learn more about Amy through her website and her work with Alpha Girl Comics. She also has signed copies of her work available. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram as well. If you like what we do, please share, follow, and like us in your podcast directory of choice or on Instagram @AAHistory101. For previous episodes and resources, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com.

Duration:00:42:57

A Conversation with Ter the Creator of SumoStew

2/12/2024
Welcome to Season 4, Episode 7! It’s no secret that we love sumo. We even talk about AAPI in Professional Sumo back in S02E40. So it was really exciting to get a chance to have a conversation with Ter, the creator of the YouTube channel SumoStew. She’s one of our favorite content creators… definitely our favorite who covers sumo. It all comes down to her passion and creativity. Her videos mix authentic voice with thorough research and eye-catching graphics. So in this conversation Ter takes time to talk about her love of sumo, her process of creating episodes, the challenges of being a YouTube content creator, her reflections on the recently completed January Basho (tournament), her hopes for the upcoming March Basho, and a lot more. If you want to learn what mawashi (the belt rikishi wear) trend Ter would love to see or the fighting style she’d adopt if she was a rikishi, then listen to the episode! We highly recommend finding SumoStew on YouTube... and if you’re a fan of her work, then consider supporting SumoStew on Patreon as well. If you like what we do, please share, follow, and like us in your podcast directory of choice or on Instagram @AAHistory101. For previous episodes and resources, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com.

Duration:00:53:10

A Conversation with Actor, Musician, and Activist Perry Yung

2/5/2024
Welcome to Season 4, Episode 6. Father Jun is one of our favorite characters on Warrior… so we were so unbelievably excited to have a conversation with Perry Yung! With about 30 acting credits to his name for TV and Film, Perry has also worked on stage and in music. We also love how he merges his activism and beliefs into his acting and music. In this conversation, we talk a little about his love of music, the shakuhachi flute, the SLANT Performance group that he co-founded, his journey as an actor, the special experience on Warrior, his directorial debut with the Stop Asian Hate! Love One Another short film, Grace Lee Boggs (we did an episode on her for S01E04), creative agency, and so much more. Warrior was not renewed by Max (Boo!), but the first three seasons will be released on Netflix on February 16th (Yay!). To get a season 4, it’s essential for Netflix to understand what Warrior means to the Asian American community and the world of diverse stories. Supporting Warrior supports stories for all underrepresented groups. So if you have Netflix, please support them on February 16th and beyond! And If you don’t have Netflix… maybe you should get it just to watch Warrior. We begin this episode by talking about the Asian Classical Music Initiative (ACMI), and the upcoming 2024 ACMI @ MSMU International Conference. It’s going to be held on April 13th and April 14th, 2024 at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, and it’s open to the public. Please check out ACMI and their upcoming conference. If you’re a performer, composer, or scholar, you can apply to present… or you could just attend and learn. For more info, go to www.kuacmi.com/2024-conference-call. Again, please support Warrior when it releases on Netflix! And if you want to see more of Perry Yung, visit his acting site, his Yung Flutes site, follow him on Instagram @perryyungofficial, follow his band Judo Club, and look out for the short film Stop Asian Hate! Love One Another at the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival in Eugene, Oregon Live March 8-10 and Virtual March 11-17 (and hopefully many other places). If you like what we do, please share, follow, and like us in your podcast directory of choice or on Instagram @AAHistory101. For previous episodes and resources, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com. Segments 00:25 Talking about ACMI and Intro to Perry Yung02:03 A Conversation with Perry Yung

Duration:00:52:50

A Conversation with Author Jamie Jo Hoang

1/29/2024
Welcome to Season 4, Episode 5! Our conversation this week is with the talented author, Jamie Jo Hoang. Her latest novel, My Father, the Panda Killer is a heartfelt story based on her life. We really enjoyed the book, even the moments that were tough to read… and that’s because Hoang’s novel focuses on a Vietnamese American family that is dealing with the intergenerational trauma that’s a result of the Vietnam War and the refugee experience. It’s also told from the dual perspectives of the Jane (the main character) in 1999 and Phúc (Jane’s father) throughout his traumatic refugee experience as a child. Hoang brings up topics that are often glazed over in novels or told from an American (white) perspective, so the story comes across as a unique perspective that’s more personal. In our conversation, we discuss her career; My Father, the Panda Killer; the challenges with overcoming trauma; and so much more. You can learn more about Jamie from her website, social media posts on Instagram or Twitter/X, and from her blog. And don’t forget to get My Father, the Panda Killer or her first novel Blue Sun, Yellow Sky! If you like what we do, please share, follow, and like us in your podcast directory of choice or on Instagram @AAHistory101. For previous episodes and resources, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com.

Duration:00:48:36

The History of the Anti-Filipino Watsonville Riots

1/22/2024
Welcome to Season 4, Episode 4. If you’re new to our podcast then just know that we occasionally do a series called Most Forgotten Massacres, where we take time to talk about a moment (generally in U.S. history) where racism and discrimination turned to violence against the Asian Pacific American community. The Anti-Filipino Watsonville Riots were one of those moments. Filipino workers were targeted in this five-day outburst of violence. There were several factors that contributed to the death and destruction, and the impact was felt for years. It’s important we acknowledge these moments in our history, learn from them, and improve. We highly recommend reading more about the Filipino experience through the excellent book Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California by Professor Dawn Bohulano Mabalon. In our additional segment, we take time to talk about the Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, and Critics’ Choice Awards. And in our intro, we cover a few notable current events in the APIDA world. If you like what we do, please share, follow, and like us in your podcast directory of choice or on Instagram @AAHistory101. For previous episodes and resources, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com. Segments 00:25 Current Events 04:58 The History of the Anti-Filipino Watsonville Riots27:09 Celebrations! It’s Awards Season with Emmy, Golden Globe, and Critic’s Choice Awards

Duration:00:31:04

The History of George Chin

1/15/2024
Welcome to Season 4, Episode 3. As many of you know, we love hockey! Recently, in November 2023, George Chin, a legend of Asian Canadian ice hockey, passed away. He was the star winger on the Chin brothers line along with his brothers Bill and Albert. The Chinese Canadian trio helped their hometown Lucknow team to be highly successful. In this episode, we talk about the life of George Chin and all the teams he made an impact on. In our opening, we discuss our personal goals for the New Year. In our recurring segment, we bring back What Are We Watching and talk about Scott Pilgrim Takes Off on by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. What do we think of these shows? What’s the API representation like? And most importantly, how have they adapted the stories? If you like what we do, please share, follow, and like us in your podcast directory of choice or on Instagram @AAHistory101. For previous episodes and resources, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com. Segments 00:25 New Year’s Resolutions02:03 The History of George Chin19:32 What Are We Watching? Scott Pilgrim Takes Off and Percy Jackson

Duration:00:26:16

The History of the Paniolo AKA the Hawaiian Cowboy

1/8/2024
Welcome to Season 4, Episode 2! There’s a global fascination with the Old West cowboys in America. Did you know that the Hawaiian Paniolo pre-dates the Old West cowboys by several years? The Mexican Vaqueros have even more history. In this episode, we talk about the history of the Paniolo… AKA the Hawaiian Cowboy. You’ll learn about the origin of longhorn cattle in Hawaii; how riding, roping, and herding cattle came to be a practice on the islands; and the names of several well-known Paniolo like Ikea Purdy and Eben Low, who became local and national heroes. Their impact at the 1908 Cheyenne, Wyoming Frontier Days was a moment of pride for the islands that had just been annexed by the U.S. Government. For deeper insight into the cowboys of this era and the Paniolo, check out the book Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World’s Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West by David Wolman and Julian Smith. It’s very well written. You can also check out the Paniolo Preservation Society. We open the episode by talking about a lot of current events we needed to make time for… and we cover politics, sports, entertainment, and more! In our recurring segment we share one place to help… the Kāko‘o Maui Fund. Many people in Maui could still use our help. Recovery from the fires will take a lot longer, and the Kako’o Maui Housing Program is here to help. They often have matching donors. If you like what we do, please share, follow, and like us in your podcast directory of choice or on Instagram @AAHistory101. For previous episodes and resources, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or our links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com. Segments

Duration:00:31:03

A Conversation with Yoon Pak and Sharon Lee of the TEAACH Act

1/1/2024
Welcome to Season 4, Episode 1. Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and had fun on New Year’s Eve. To launch this new season, we’re going back to the thing that’s at our core… Asian American History. Our special guests for this conversation are Professor Yoon Pak and Dr. Sharon Lee, two of the key leaders helping with the implementation of the TEAACH Act. The Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History Act was a historic moment for Illinois and the country, because it made Illinois the first state to mandate the teaching of Asian American history in K-12 public schools. Although it was an unfunded mandate, groups like The Asian American Foundation and Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago stepped in to help raise awareness and funds. None of this would have happened without the hard work of Yoon Pak and Sharon Lee from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who created the curriculum and resources organized in three modules. The professional development for K-12 educators is key in implementing the TEAACH Act well. Yoon Pak is the Head of the Education Policy, Organization and Leadership department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Among other things, she specializes in the history of intercultural education from the 1930s-1950s. She was recently awarded the 2023 Campus Executive Officer Distinguished Leadership Award. Sharon Lee is a Teaching Assistant Professor in EPOL and program coordinator for Diversity and Equity in the department. Her research and teaching background is in diversity and equity in higher education; history of education; and Asian American student experiences. Her book An Unseen Unheard Minority: Asian American Students at the University of Illinois was published by Rutgers University Press. Check out the TEAACH Act Resources and enjoy the conversation! If you like what we do, please share, follow, and like us in your podcast directory of choice or on Instagram @AAHistory101. For previous episodes and resources, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com.

Duration:00:37:53

Season 3 in Review

12/25/2023
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 50. This is it… the final episode of the season… our Season 3 in Review! In this annual tradition, we discuss the episodes where we learned a LOT, ones that upset us to talk about, fun episodes, thought-provoking conversations, conversations that made us laugh, guests we hope people pay more attention to, and our overall favorites. Have a listen and let us know… Did we name any of your favorites? In our additional segment, we share our hopes for Season 4 that begins on January 1st! What are some of your hopes? What topics do you want to hear more of? Let us know! Thank you for listening. Be sure to subscribe to us in your podcast directory of choice, follow us on instagram @aahistory101, and share our podcast with your friends and teachers. For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com. Segments 00:25 Intro02:42 Season 3 in Review41:59 Season 4 Hopes

Duration:00:45:11

Christmas Traditions in Asia and the Pacific Islands

12/18/2023
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 49. Christmas is a holiday that can be celebrated in a religious or secular way. So how is it celebrated in Asia and the Pacific Islands? In this episode, we discuss some of the unique traditions and foods you might find in countries across Asia, Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia. Some of them are pretty interesting and fun. We spend a little more time talking about the Philippines because they LOVE Christmas! In our recurring segment, we introduce a new one called The AAHistory101 Holiday Gift Guide. Looking for that gift for a special someone that is also supporting the API community? In addition to streaming services that have API content like Max, AppleTV+, Netflix, and Disney+, we talk about some specific gifts including: Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant, the new memoir by Curtis Chin The Chinese Menu, the new book of origin stories, myths, and memories by Grace Lin (we also love the audio book version narrated by Lisa Ling) King of the Armadillos, the new historical fiction novel by Wendy Chin-Tanner Vietnamese Vegetarian, the new cookbook by Uyen Luu Super Boba Café, the new graphic novel by Nidhi Chanani The Mask of Haliya by Kwento Comics Bewitched, the new album from Laufey Kung Fu, the complete box set of the CW showWarrior, Season 3 (or Season 1 or 2) Hurry Up and Wait, the not new but great album from Bite Me Bambi that features Tahlena Chikani on lead vocals.Bokksu, Japanese snack and candy subscriptionsSanzo, Asian-inspired sparkling water Nguyen Coffee Supply, Specialty Vietnamese Coffee For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com. Segments 00:25 Do you celebrate Christmas?02:43 Christmas Traditions in Asia and the Pacific Islands30:28 The AAHistory101 Holiday Gift Guide

Duration:00:44:53

A Conversation with Poet and Author Wendy Chin-Tanner

12/11/2023
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 48. We loved reading King of the Armadillos, the new novel by poet, graphic novelist, and all-around amazing writer Wendy Chin-Tanner. King of the Armadillos thoughtfully levels-up the coming-of-age story with multi-generational Asian American experiences set in the 1950s… not to mention an authentic look at how Hansen’s Disease AKA leprosy impacts individuals, families, and communities. The main character, Victor, struggles with recovery, feelings of belonging, and family responsibilities. We discuss all of those things as well as the importance of breaking out of Asian male stereotypes, the work it takes to create authentic historical fiction, her advice for aspiring API authors, how she selected specific songs for the novel, and so much more. Enjoy the conversation and go out and buy King of the Armadillos... you won’t regret it. It’s even on sale at Amazon right now at over $10 off. We also recommend purchasing her poetry collection Turn or her graphic novel American Terrorist… and be sure to explore all the work on A Wave Blue World, the graphic novel publishing company that Wendy co-founded with her husband Tyler. For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com.

Duration:00:57:19

The History of Iconic Asian Candy with Haw Flakes and HI-CHEW

12/4/2023
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 47. We’re back with more Iconic Asian Candies! Candies from Asia can be an item of pride for Asian American kids, and more and more of these candies are available across the world. In this installment of The History of Iconic Asian Candies, we’re talking about Haw Flakes and HI-CHEW. Haw Flakes might not be as well known, but they’re an important candy for Chinese Americans and many Asian American kids. However, HI-CHEW are a global phenomena from Morinaga Company. In our recurring segment, we talk about another Obscure Asian Comic Book Character with the DC villain Cheshire. Find out her origin story, development, and what she’s best known for! For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com. Segments 00:25 Where we get our sweet fixes04:22 The History of Iconic Asian Candy with Haw Flakes and HI-CHEW20:52 Obscure Asian Comic Book Characters: Cheshire AKA Jade

Duration:00:32:15

The History of The Chinese During the California Gold Rush

11/27/2023
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 46. Do you think you know the story of the Chinese during the California Gold Rush? Even if you think you do, we guarantee that there are some stories and pieces of the history that are lesser known. So today we talk about that era in a little more depth. Other than sharing the origin of the California Gold Rush, we talk about the timeline of Gold Rush events, the arrival of the Chinese, their mining practices, the discrimination they faced, and how they achieved some modicum of success. The arrival of Chinese during the Gold Rush helped develop the land and physical and service infrastructure in California. We begin the episode with some current events and celebrate Corbin Carroll, Brandon Sakbun, and Nina Ahmad. For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com. Segments 00:25 Current Events… Corbin Carroll, Brandon Sakbun, and Nina Ahmad!06:14 The History of Chinese During the California Gold Rush

Duration:00:32:32

The History of The Golden Age of Pinoy Hip Hop

11/20/2023
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 45! The growth of Hip Hop and Rap was a worldwide phenomena back in the 1980s and 1990s, and the Philippines were one of the countries at the forefront. In fact, Pinoy Hip Hop with Filipinos and Filipino Americans has been an impact in the genre for decades now. In this episode, we talk about the growth of Hip Hop and who some of the most influential Pinoy Hip Hop and Rap stars were on the scene. From individuals like Francis M, Andrew E, Lady Diane, MC Lara, Michael V, and Markie D to groups like Rapi Boys, Bass Rhyme Posse, and Rapasia, Pinoy Hip Hop artists and rappers would use English, Tagalog, Chavacano, and other Filipino languages to perform. These artists as well as DJs and Mixers like DJ Omar D’Animal, DJ Bongskie and DJ Ouch formed the early years of Pinoy Hip Hop that was also known as the Golden Age of Pinoy Hip Hop. Songs could be about silly things or focus on some of the challenges and triumphs found in their lives in the Philippines. In our recurring segment, we bring back Who Should I Root For? with the API Guide to the NHL. For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com. Pictured are Francis M above, Lady Diane in the middle, and Andrew E below. Segments 00:25 Intro and Talking About Hip Hop05:12 The History of The Golden Age of Pinoy Hip Hop22:22 Who Should I Root For? The API Guide to the NHL

Duration:00:27:26

The History of Iconic Asian Candy

11/13/2023
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 44! A lot of people have a sweet tooth. That’s why candy is so popular across the world. Candies don’t just satisfy a sweet fix… they can be a childhood memory or a cultural symbol. In today’s episode we talk about the history of iconic Asian Candy. First we share information on sweeteners in food with honey and refined sugar, but then we focus on White Rabbit Candy and Kopiko Coffee Candy. What are they? How did they get popular? All this and more! In our recurring segment we talk about Our Flag Means Death, Season 2, and we share what we liked about it. Is there a candy you want us to talk about? Send us an email! For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com. Segments 00:25 Intro and Current Events07:30 The History of Iconic Asian Candy Featuring White Rabbit and Kopiko30:06 What Are We Watching? Our Flag Means Death Season 2

Duration:00:34:48

The History of Redress and Reparations with Special Guest Dr. Mitchell Maki

11/6/2023
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 43! Whenever Veterans Day comes around, we think about the different veterans of Asian Pacific Islander descent. Naturally, we reflect on the Japanese Americans who fought for the freedom and ideals of our country during World War II despite the incarceration of so many Japanese Americans during that time. Veterans played a key role in attaining redress and reparations for the thousands of Japanese Americans impacted. This is a time that isn’t covered well (if at all) in school, so we’re glad that Dr. Mitchell Maki joins us for a very special conversation about the Redress and Reparations Movement that led to the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 signed by President Reagan. Dr. Maki is the President and CEO of the Go For Broke National Education Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy and lessons of the Nisei World War II veterans. As a leading scholar on the Japanese American redress movement, Dr. Maki speaks internationally on this topic and its relevance to contemporary socio-political issues. He is also the lead author of the award-winning book, Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress, which was a detailed case study of the 1988 Civil Liberties Act. The book documents the Redress Movement in detail from the seed of an idea during World War II to the formal introduction of the idea in the 1970s and all the way to the work with the legislative and executive branches of government in the 1980s and 1990s. In our conversation, we discuss the events and people who helped convince legislators and President Reagan to provide redress to Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, the importance of the Japanese American soldiers to the redress movement, the longer lasting impact of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, and so much more. Want to make an impact? Then please check out Go For Broke NEC, read Achieving the Dream, find out more about the Torchbearers, and donate to GFBNEC. For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com.

Duration:01:01:41

The History of the Tong Wars Part 7

10/30/2023
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 42. Welcome to installation 7 of our series on the Tong Wars. In this episode, we talk about the end of the Fourth Tong War in New York and some of the lasting impact of the tongs to this day. How did the Fourth Tong War end? Do Tong’s still exist? These are questions we answer in this episode. If you’re interested in reading about the New York Tong Wars in detail, we recommend the book The Tong Wars by Scott Seligman. In our recurring segment, we bring back Organizations You Should Know and talk about the Chinese Historical Society of America which has a physical location as well as virtual and traveling exhibitions. They have plenty of great educational resources and collections to learn more about the experiences of Chinese Americans. You can visit, volunteer, or donate to help them. For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com. Segments 00:25 Intro01:14 The History of the Tong Wars Part 719:52 The Chinese Historical Society of America

Duration:00:22:18

A Conversation with Nidhi Chanani

10/23/2023
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 41! Today we’re excited to share a conversation with Nidhi Chanani. She’s a freelance illustrator, cartoonist, and writer who was born in Calcutta, India and raised in Southern California. Her illustrations are beautiful and contain a certain level of whimsy that we love. In addition to working with various groups like Disney Parks, she has published several graphic novels and picture books. Her latest graphic novel, Super Boba Cafe, will be released on October 24, 2023. We had a chance talk to her about how she honed her artistic style by drawing an illustration every day for three years on her site Everyday Love. We also discussed her other graphic novels Pashmina, Jukebox, and the Shark Princess series. It was a fun conversation that also included talking about the San Diego Comic Con, her published work, the importance of researching music and civil rights for Jukebox, some of the things she’s reading, and so much more. Other than the graphic novels mentioned, we recommend seeking out her other work including the touching picture book she wrote and illustrated called What Will My Story Be? She has illustrated books for other writers including I Will Be Fierce (written by Bea Birdsong), Binny’s Diwali (written by Thrity Umrigar), Kong and Me (written by Kiki Thorpe), and Strong (written by Rob Kearney) which won the American Library Association Stonewall Honor. She has received several recognitions for her work including being selected as a Champion of Change by the Obama administration. Check out her Instagram, go to her site, download some free creative activities, support her work, and buy Super Boba Cafe. Enjoy the conversation! For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com.

Duration:00:35:49

The History of Destroying Chinatowns

10/16/2023
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 40! Chinatowns have been around in the U.S. since the middle 1800s, but not all of them survived the racism, xenophobia, and discrimination that was rampant throughout the 1800s and 1900s. In this episode, we discuss the environment that resulted in several Chinatowns being destroyed. We spend time sharing the events that happened in the Chinatowns in Antioch and Santa Ana, California as well as in Denver, Colorado. We take additional time to talk about the Chinatowns in San Jose, California… all five of them. Lives and livelihoods were lost with each violent act, and it’s the history that is being forgotten. There are some organizations trying to make sure that previously destroyed Chinatowns and the history of Chinese Americans are remembered: The Market Street Chinatown Archaeological ProjectChinese Historical and Cultural Project No Place ProjectChina Alley in Hanford, California If you’re looking for background information, then we recommend listening to our following past episodes: Ethnic Enclaves The History of Stereotypical Chinatown Architecture A History of Anti-Asian Massacres and Lynchings. To close this episode, we bring back our recurring segment called Obscure Asian Comic Book Characters and feature the Karate Kid… it’s not who you’re probably thinking of. For additional previous episodes and information, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com. Segments 00:25 Intro and Talking Dodgers and Giants API Historic Moment03:37 The History of Destroying Chinatowns25:25 Obscure Asian Comic Book Characters, The Karate Kid

Duration:00:31:41

A Conversation with Curtis Chin

10/9/2023
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 39! We were so excited to get a chance to have a conversation with Curtis Chin. Curtis is an award-winning Writer, Producer, Director, and Activist. His debut book Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant is published by Little, Brown and Company and will be available on October 17, 2023. The memoir is filled with humor and heart-warming moments centered on Curtis growing up Asian American in the Black and white city of Detroit and coming out in his working-class immigrant community. He also shares his experiences as a first-generation college student at the University of Michigan. In our conversation, we talk about the journey to writing his memoir, feelings of identity and belonging, the family restaurant, his award-winning documentary filmmaking (Tested, Vincent Who?, and Dear Corky), the founding of the Asian American Writers Workshop, and so much more. Check out his website, follow him on Instagram or Twitter, order his book, watch his documentaries (Tested and Vincent Who? are available free on Kanopy), and meet him on his book tour. For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at https://asianamericanhistory101.libsyn.com or social media links at http://castpie.com/AAHistory101. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at info@aahistory101.com.

Duration:00:40:56