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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

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
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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. 41: Can 'Crazy Rich Asians' Soften Plan A's Stone Heart?

Almost all of Asian America has waited with bated breath for Crazy Rich Asians. Plan A has had its skepticism and doubt, but did the movie win them over and reveal that under the surface of every cynic is a romantic who yearns to believe again? Millicent (an NYC-based indie filmmaker) and Quyen (an LA-based activist and actress) join Oxford and Mark as special guests to discuss everything about Crazy Rich Asians, including expectations, emotional reactions, the portrayal of Asian men, the...


Ep. 40: Sarah Jeong Is A White Liberal Shield

Condemnation and defense of Sarah Jeong has fallen along the familiar fault lines of online culture. She has been portrayed as either a Pol Pot against white people or a Joan of Arc against racist and sexist trolls. But what if she is neither? Jess, Teen, and Oxford discuss how an old instance of performative wokeness (almost certainly intended in jest for a small media-class clique) has now been forcibly repackaged as a greater expression of minority, especially Asian American, anger. And...


Ep. 39: The Depression Of The Yappie

Jess, Mark and Teen share their impressions of WongFu Production's new YouTube series "Yappie." The series explores the inner life of a well-to-do Asian American man in Southern California, and the cheery surface, there is an unmistakable undertone of the modern ennui and loneliness that pervades society. A somewhat more serious talk about depression and anxiety. Johann Hari's TED talk on the root causes of depression:...


Ep. 38: Fuck Hollywood, Watch Asian Cinema (feat. Cinema Escapist)

A vibrant film culture has existed in Asia for a long time, but only recently has it become so available to the rest of the world. For Asian Americans, Asian cinema offers an opportunity to learn about our ancestral homelands in a way that may have gotten lost in the immigration process. Joining Teen and Oxford are Anthony Kao and Richard Yu from Cinema Escapist, a website dedicated to not only reviewing international cinema but placing it in the context of politics and culture. Together,...


Ep. 37: Do Asian Men Resent Asian Women's Success?

From Amy Tan to Michelle Kwan to Constance Wu, there are many Asian American women who have achieved great success and are upheld as leading figures of the community. But sometimes (and especially online), Asian male support is muted or reluctant. Is it resentment at seeing women in power at all? Or does it have anything to do with the feeling that only by closely allying with whiteness can Asian women succeed at the highest levels in America, thus leaving Asian men behind? Is that what’s...


Ep. 36: Difficulties In Asian Women-to -Women Dialogues About WMAF

From Natalie Tran's "White Male, Asian Female" documentary to NYT's article "The Alt-Right's Asian Fetish" to the backlash against Chloe Bennet (born Chloe Wang) for dating Logan Paul, the topic of WMAF has been unavoidable as of late. It's often said that the issues of internalized racism involved in this topic are best addressed by and for Asian women. But what happens when Asian women run into brick walls when trying to talk to other Asian women about this, resulting in strained...


Ep. 35: The Problem With "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" (feat. Kevin Kreider)

The new trailer for the Netflix adaptation of Jenny Han's bestselling YA novel, "To All The Boys I've Loved Before," has fans excited, especially for the chance to see an Asian woman in a lead rom com role. But within Asian American spaces, there has been a lot of discussion over how progressive the story actually is when it's yet another story about an Asian girl obsessing over mainly white boys. Is media rep for POC always to be unquestioningly celebrated and can we freely talk about the...


Ep. 34: Korea Saves The World (Cup) By Knocking Out Germany

In life, there are certain certainties. The universe is immense. Your kids will probably disappoint you. And Germany will always make it to the knockout round of the World Cup. Wait what?! Korea had something to say about that last one? Teen, Oxford, and Mark relive a glorious game and revel in the even more glorious outbursts of shared celebrations between Korea, Mexico, and the rest of the world in Germany's embarrassment. Intro/Outro Song: "For Victory" by TransFixion Intro Voice Track:...


Ep. 33: Fear of Demographic Change and Racist Einstein

With Trump's abominable immigration policies creating child prisons and extreme deportations, the question must be asked: what is truly fueling all this? It's not job loss. It's not crime. It's fear of demographic change. Teen, Oxford, and Mark trace the rather easily discoverable trail of this "America as white nation" ideology. Intro/Outro Music: Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 by Frederic Chopin Intro/Outro Voice Track: Rep. Steve King explains defense of "our civilization" tweet on...


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. 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...