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The Plan A Podcast is produced in conjunction with Plan A Magazine, an online publication that observes, digests, decodes, and appends the supernova of online conversations by, for, and about Asian people who don't live in Asia. Visit








Ep. 32 The Marriage Bubble

Jess, Mark, and Teen tackle falling marriage rates and why men and women seem to be seeing past each other. Also, Asian beer supremacy and the frothy spectacle of the frozen Sapporo. Links: "America, Home of the Transaction Marriage," Victor Tan Chen, Intro/outro music: "Luv (sic)" by Nujabes


Ep. 30: Goodbye, Anthony Bourdain

In this special midweek episode, Plan A reflects on what made Anthony Bourdain such a beloved figure, especially among people of color. Asian Americans had a particular respect for the way he was able to appreciate Asian food and culture in a way that was free of condescension or white-saviorism. Teen, Oxford, and guest podcaster Kasie pay their respects by talking about their favorite Bourdain moments and what his legacy is for American culture. Intro/Outro Song: Rising Sun Blues (King...


Ep. 30: NYC Specialized High Schools, "Yappies," and Asian Baby Names

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has been advocating for the scrapping of the SHSAT, which determines admission to the city's top public schools like Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, and Bronx Science. How much of this is resentment against Asian Americans? Can the gradual rise of Asian politicians strengthen our community? Teen, Oxford, and Mark discuss this contentious topic, along with the trailer for the new Wong Fu series “Yappies” and bad Asian baby names. Intro/Outro Song: “One Winged Angel” from...


Ep. 29: Black Market Adoption (feat. Sunny Reed)

Rehoming is an extremely controversial practice where adoptive parents give and take adopted children in what is basically a black market. Mark and Sunny, both of whom are adoptees themselves, shed light on this issue. Intro Song: "You're All I Need" by Method Man Intro Voice Track: Planet of the Apes (1968)


Ep. 28: BTS and K-Pop's Impact on Asian American Guys

With BTS accelerating the mainstream-ization of K-pop in America, the ever-popular question among Asian American guys becomes more pertinent: is K-pop good for the beleaguered Asian male image in America? Oxford, Jong, and Q join forces to talk about breaking free of traditionalist American masculine norms and the importance of Asian Americans to be in touch with what's going on in Asian pop culture. Intro/Outro Music: "Spring Day" by BTS Intro Voice Track: "South Korea: An Inside Look at...


Ep. 27: Schneiderman, Trump, and Weinstein are the White Male Centipede

A couple of weeks ago, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was brought down by the fact that he was a disgusting and abusive scumbag to women, all the while presenting himself as a progressive feminist champion. In the #MeToo era, this kind of hypocrisy is no longer surprising. The idea of white benevolence, especially white male benevolence, has been gravely wounded by the likes of Trump, Weinstein, and now Schneiderman. Teen, Oxford, and Mark talk about how this has freed Asian...


Ep. 26: Why Do People Get So Angry About Cultural Appropriation?

It seems that every few months, a new incident occurs where the fiery debate over cultural appropriation is sparked again. What exactly is at the heart of this very emotional issue? Is it a fear of being replaced? Is it a fear of losing ownership of culture? Is it resentment at having feelings ignored? Is there a profit motive involved? Is there a gendered response, especially when beauty is involved? Eliza, Oxford, and Christina examine these questions in recent flare-ups about qipaos,...


Ep. 25: A Filipino-American Look at Netflix's "Amo"

Brillante Mendoza's TV series "Amo" is the first Filipino-made television show to be picked up by Netflix. Though often compared to other shows about drug wars such as "Narcos" and "The Wire," there is a lot that would be unfamiliar to or lost on most American viewers. Eliza and two guest podcasters, Joey Marana and Aldovar, reach into their Filipino-American backgrounds to fill in the gaps for outsiders. Intro/Outro Music: National Anthem of the Philippines (Instrumental) Intro/Outro...


Ep. 24: Isle of Dogs' White Woman Problem

Are Asian Americans being cut out from the American embrace of Asian culture? And is this really a problem? Teen and Jess talk about the Asian American female critical abhorrence of 'Isle of Dogs,' in particular the character Tracy Walker. The conversation turns towards the bias against women having public conflicts, the concept of Asian American cultural property, and the rising anxiety caused by an American culture that increasingly admires authentic Asian culture. Intro/Outro song: Isle...


Ep. 23: Is Canada the Promised Land?

For Asian Americans, there is often the question of whether there's a sort of Promised Land, where there is less racism and more happiness. Frequently, Canada is suggested as such a place. Filip and Oxford, who were both born and raised in Canada, discuss the good and bad of life in the True North strong and free. Intro/Outro Song: Theme from Hockey Night in Canada Intro Voice Track: Don Cherry on the truth about "Natives" ( TWITTER: Oxford...


Ep. 22: Do Asian Women Fear Asian Men's Revenge?

Recently, an Asian American artist named Joshua Luna sparked an Asian American online outcry with his comic that listed Asian men and women's wrongs against one another and called for reconciliation. Jess and Oxford discuss what may have caused the extremely polarized reactions on both sides and why Asian women may worry that any acknowledgment of internalized racism will be interpreted by Asian men as carte blanche to attack all Asian women. Intro/Outro Song: "Luv (sic) Pt. 4 feat....


Ep. 21: The Poison Ivy League?

Many Asian Americans see college education, particularly elite college education, as their main pathway to success. But is that true? Furthermore, does the process turn Asian American kids against each other to strive for inclusion in a selective white liberal milieu? Jess, Oxford, and Oriana draw upon their experiences at these types of schools to talk about whether we should idealize these institutions at all. Intro/Outro Song: "Graduation Song (Instrumental)" by Vitamin C Intro/Outro...


Ep. 20: Asian Twitter vs. Esther Ku

Self-described comedian Esther Ku’s racialized act (that demeans Asians for white audiences) set off a battle on Twitter. The story was picked up by Nextshark and NY Post. Oxford, Teen, and Mark discuss the incident and try to layer some sense over the chaos, including recognizing similar patterns in other minority communities. Intro Song: "Black Cab" by Higher Brothers Intro Voice Track: Esther Ku on United Airlines' crimes against David Dao Twitter: Oxford (@oxford_kondo) Teen...


The Race to Be White

Jess, Filip and Teen continue their conversation on race and class. Does class ascension require letting go of our ethnic identity? Why does not being seen as Asian, but rather just a person, seem neither fully right, nor fully wrong? Voice track: The Joy Luck Club. Intro/outro music: Smoke Weed Everyday.


Can We Trust Jordan Peterson?

Filip, Jess and Teen get together to discuss Jordan Peterson. Love him, hate him, or don't know him, the rising influence of Peterson, who occupies some role between public intellectual and national father figure, is something that cannot be ignored. Is this a positive move away from the nihilism and chaos of both the left and right, or should his conspicuous refusal to talk about race something to worry about? Intro voice: Ronald Reagan, January 1989 Intro/outro music: Kid Rock "Picture"


The Fall of White Masculinity

What is triggering the alt-right outbreak? Is it racism, sexism, or both? Oxford, Teen, and Jess use Angela Nagle’s book "Kill All Normies" and Kristen Roupenian’s short story "Cat Person" as launchpads for discussing this social development that has much relevance for Asian Americans as well. Intro/Outro Song: "99 Problems (Instrumental)" by Jay-Z Intro Voice Track: Vice Interview with Jordan Peterson by Jay Caspian Kang


David Chang's Ugly Delicious

Teen, Filip and Eliza discuss what sets David Chang's "Ugly Delicious" (Netflix) apart from your typical foodie TV series. Intro/outro music: MF Doom "Saffron" Intro voice: Eat Drink Man Woman


Oscar Theories

Eliza and Teen theorize about the 2018 Academy Awards, whether the frontrunners Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Shape of Water, and Dunkirk are the only viable winners, or whether revised voting procedures give Get Out and others an outside chance.


Walking in Adoptees' Shoes

Jen Kim joins the podcast to compare the Asian adoptee experience versus growing up as the second-generation of an Asian immigrant family. Jen is the vice president of AKA (Also Known As), an association of international adoptees. Intro Voice Track: Seinfeld "The Chinese Woman" Intro/Outro Music: Clean by Incubus


Guys, Do We Take Asian Women For Granted?

Asian guys often pride ourselves on standing by Asian women, but is that more out of choice or necessity? And if it’s by choice, do we do enough to make them feel that they’re our first choice? In this second entry of the Asian male sub-series, Oxford, Filip, and Mark explore their past, present, and future to reflect on the state of relationships between Asian men and women, and where it needs to go. Intro Voice Track: David Choe interview from Koreatown episode of "Parts Unknown"...