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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 http://planamag.com

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 http://planamag.com
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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 http://planamag.com

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@planamag

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Episodes

Ep. 131 (Preview): How Asian Men View American Masculinity

11/13/2019
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Diana and Teen discuss the state of dysfunction in American masculinity, and its particular relationship with Asian men. How do Asian men respond to American norms of masculinity, compared with Asian women in response to norms of femininity? Are Asian men more or less dysfunctional compared to American men at large? Big questions that have no easy answers, but that doesn't mean they cannot be talked about together by Asian men and women. TWITTER: Diana (@discoveryduck) Teen (@mont_jiang)...

Duration:00:16:53

Ep. 130: Examining 'Parasite' and 'Harriet' (ft. Doug Kim & Mtume Gant)

11/10/2019
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In this special two-part episode, EFPA discusses a couple of films that have made the news lately (though for very different reasons). First, Teen and returning guest Doug Kim (filmmaker, actor, educator) talk about why Bong Joon Ho's Parasite is a modern masterpiece. Then (starting at the 39 min mark), Oxford and Mark are joined by returning guest Mtume Gant (filmmaker, actor) to dissect what went so horribly wrong with Harriet and why the controversy should be a warning sign as to how...

Duration:02:52:11

Ep. 129 (Preview): Straight Yellow Men in Creative Spaces (ft. Jon Truei)

11/6/2019
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Have you ever gone to some artsy event in America and realized that the vast majority of Asians there were women? Given how much of the creative output from Asia is dominated by Asian men, it surely can't be said that Asian men are somehow genetically uninterested in the arts. So is there something about American culture that creates these gender imbalances among Asian Americans? Is it a supply or demand problem? Returning guest Ray (writer) and new guest Jon Truei (filmmaker) join Oxford...

Duration:00:19:59

Ep. 128: Why Asian Americans Should Give A Shit About The Techlash (ft. Jimmy Wu and R.K. Upadhya)

11/3/2019
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In the third iteration of the Plan A tech series, Filip talks to guests RK and Jimmy about the surge in activism and labour activism in the tech sector in the past few years. They tackle the question of where Asian Americans fit in amongst the tech-lash, and why we should care, beyond just the fact that we’re highly represented in this world-affecting industry. Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/planamag TWITTER: Filip (@filipgwriting) Jimmy Wu (@jimmyjwu) REFERENCED RESOURCES: Optimize...

Duration:01:22:06

Ep. 127 (Preview): Plan A Eats Special Gummies In A Cabin

11/1/2019
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Jess and Teen (after we all watched the wrong Veronica movie on Netflix up in the Catskills) record a late-night podcast while enjoying the effects of some special gummies. We'd write more in this description, but honestly, we don't remember a ton of what we talked about! It was something about adult life? *This is a bonus episode for Patreon subscribers. To subscribe, please go to: www.patreon.com/planamag TWITTER: Teen (@mont_jiang) Jess (@cogitatotomato) SUBMISSIONS & COMMENTS:...

Duration:00:14:05

Ep. 126: What 'Hustlers' Gets Wrong About Sex Work (ft. Red Canary Song)

10/27/2019
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There's a lot to be commended about the movie Hustlers, but as a source of information about the realities of the lives of sex workers, especially Asian sex workers, it has its blind spots and relies on old Hollywood tropes. Red Canary Song is a grassroots collective of Asian and migrant sex workers and allies, starting with the Chinese community of massage parlor workers in New York City. Its co-founder, Kate Zen, along with members Jia and Lillian, join Diana and Oxford to discuss...

Duration:01:47:32

Ep. 125 (Preview): Dafuq Is Up With USMNT and Tottenham?

10/24/2019
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Mark and Oxford put on their soccer pundit hats to diagnose just what the hell is wrong with the US men's soccer team, as well as Tottenham Hotspur (their very recent demolition of Red Star Belgrade notwithstanding). Some ideas thrown around include national arrogance (USMNT) and the perils of overachieving in the Champions League last season (Tottenham). *This is a bonus episode for Patreon subscribers. To subscribe, please go to: www.patreon.com/planamag TWITTER: Oxford (@oxford_kondo)...

Duration:00:10:28

Ep. 124: Next Steps For Plan A?

10/20/2019
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It's been about 2 years since Oxford published his article, "What If Asian American Men Fall To The Alt-Right?" He, Jess, and Teen get together to talk about what has changed in these two years with respect to what the new forbidden topics in Asian America are, and why we're so tired of the usual Stinky Lunch and Yellow Fever thinkpieces. Also, they talk about Reddit's obsession with Hong Kong and why that site's reaction is really about American self-esteem. Support us on Patreon!...

Duration:01:18:28

Ep. 123 (Preview): Diana's Journey Into Comedy

10/17/2019
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Plan A's own Diana is a prolific comedian these days, but it took her a while to get into the field, even though she's a natural. Oxford interviews Diana to get a bit of her life story and they discuss why young outspoken children turn quiet and uncertain, the racial challenges of young Asian American comics, and more. *This is a bonus episode for Patreon subscribers. To subscribe, please go to: www.patreon.com/planamag TWITTER: Diana (@discoveryduck) Oxford (@oxford_kondo) SUBMISSIONS &...

Duration:00:10:16

Ep. 122: The Dead-Ends of Intersectionality

10/13/2019
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Popular terms like "intersectionality" and other idealistic words are thrown around in political circles, but they're often covers for more specific personal grievances. Jess and Diana talk about how these grievances should be able to stand on their own and how the lack of honesty makes things worse. This applies in particular to the familiar gender fights within Asian America. Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/planamag TWITTER: Diana (@discoveryduck) Jess (@cogitatotomato) SUBMISSIONS...

Duration:01:06:14

Ep. 121 (Preview): Bad Movies We Love

10/10/2019
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In this lighter bonus episode, Oxford and Mark take turns revealing the bad movies they secretly and sinfully love. As a preview, here are some of their choices: Alien 3, Best of the Best, Waterworld, and Superman IV. Do you agree with their choices and will you be hurling pies at these fools? *This is a bonus episode for Patreon subscribers. To subscribe, please go to: www.patreon.com/planamag TWITTER: Oxford (@oxford_kondo) Mark (@snbatman) SUBMISSIONS & COMMENTS: editor.planamag@gmail.com...

Duration:00:10:40

Ep. 120: Meta Model Minority Myth (ft. Bryant)

10/7/2019
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Diana, returning guest Bryant, Teen and Mark have a long discussion about the model minority myth (MMM). Do concepts like racial melancholia and racial dissociation contribute to the confused understanding of what exactly the MMM is and did white people incept them into our minds? How does it act differently as an interracial force, Asian used against Blacks, and as an intraracial one, recent Black immigrants against ADOS. TWITTER: Diana (@discoveryduck) Bryant (@mfbt) Teen (@mont_jiang)...

Duration:01:22:31

Ep. 119 (Preview): What Is a 'White Person,' Really?

10/2/2019
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Jess and Teen dig a little deeper into what we mean when we say 'assimilation' and 'whiteness.' What is a "white" person, really? Everyone's been kind of busy lately except for Teen, so that's why there have been so many episodes in a row with him on them. Teen apologizes profusely to fatigued listeners. *This is a bonus episode for Patreon subscribers. To subscribe, please go to: www.patreon.com/planamag TWITTER: Teen (@mont_jiang) Jess (@cogitatotomato) SUBMISSIONS & COMMENTS:...

Duration:00:10:32

Ep. 118 鍾翔宇, American Born Communist (ft. Xiangyu)

9/30/2019
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Hip hop artist 鍾翔宇 (Xiangyu) joins Teen to talk about his political awakening as an Asian American, and how that influenced his music. It's rare that Asian Americans produce art and political speech as confrontational as Xiangyu's, particularly in subverting American ideology and its official narrative regarding Asia. Escape From Plan A, of course, had to learn more about it. TWITTER: Teen (https://twitter.com/mont_jiang) Xiangyu (https://twitter.com/XiangyuRapper) REFERENCED RESOURCES:...

Duration:01:56:11

Ep. 117: Andrew Yang, Shane Gillis, and the Politics of Appeasement (ft. Phan)

9/22/2019
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Diana, Teen and friend-of-the-pod Phan (Pod of Most Resistance) tackle Andrew Yang's racial politics, a discussion prompted by his conciliatory reaction to Shane Gillis's blatant anti-Asian racism. Was Yang -- who was specifically targeted by Gillis -- right to offer an olive branch? Did Yang simply make an unpopular choice, or was his appeasement a necessary part of his political strategy? TWITTER: Teen (@mont_jiang) Diana (@discoveryduck) Phan (@phannyfishcakes) REFERENCED RESOURCES:...

Duration:01:14:24

Ep. 116 (Preview): Chappelle, Aziz, and Anti-Woke Comedy

9/19/2019
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Teen, Oxford and Mark take delivery on their audio equipment and record a podcast at home on a couch for the first time. They discuss Dave Chappelle's latest Netflix special "Sticks and Stones," and compare it to Aziz Ansari's special "Right Now." Both are part of a wave of Netflix comedy specials (now including Bill Burr's "Paper Tiger," released after this podcast was recorded) which push back on "cancel culture" and a perceived over-reach of PC culture. *This is a bonus episode for...

Duration:00:12:14

Ep. 115: The Mixed-Race Asian Male Experience (ft. Anton Song and Mike Norris)

9/15/2019
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Previously, we at Escape From Plan A discussed the overall experience of growing up mixed-race Asian as well as the sexual fetishization that mixed-race Asian women face. In this episode, three mixed-race Asian men delve deeper into their specific gendered experiences of being Asian and white. First-time guests Anton Song and Mike Norris join C.S. and Oxford to talk about experiences such as "changing races" as they grew up, whether the race of one's romantic partner is an assertion of one's...

Duration:01:57:10

Ep. 114 (Preview): More Asian Americans Need To Write

9/12/2019
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Teen and Oxford talk about the importance of Asian Americans expressing themselves through writing. They also describe their own writing processes and goals. Whether it's articles, novels, short stories, screenplays, or even internet posts, writing is the primary means by which Asian Americans will finally assert our subjective points-of-view. *This is a bonus episode for Patreon subscribers. To subscribe, please go to: www.patreon.com/planamag TWITTER: Oxford (@oxford_kondo) Teen...

Duration:00:10:37

Ep 113: Her Name Is Chanel Miller (ft. Bitch Pack)

9/8/2019
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With the revelation that Brock Turner's victim was Chanel Miller, a mixed-race Asian American woman, a new racial dimension to this crime needs to be examined. Guest Thuc (@biatchpack on Twitter), a Vietnamese American filmmaker, joins Diana and Jess to explore whether Miller's initial anonymity made her a more universally sympathetic victim, how the stereotypes of Asian women as disposable sex objects may have affected Turner's lenient sentencing, and why certain folks online have responded...

Duration:01:25:29

Ep. 112 (Preview): Is It Okay To Fail With Your Startup?

9/5/2019
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Jess, Jong, Filip and special guest Mike talk about the depressing mood around working in the tech industry and how Asian Americans feeling stuck in it might get out. They give advice on how Asian Americans looking to quit their jobs can start a startup. *This is a bonus episode for Patreon subscribers. To subscribe, please go to: www.patreon.com/planamag TWITTER: Jess (@cogitatotomato) Jong (@calicoarse) Filip (@filipgwriting) SUBMISSIONS & COMMENTS: editor.planamag@gmail.com EFPA Opening...

Duration:00:09:16