Episode 14 – Storytelling: Why We Need Asian Podcasters with Jerry Won

In the SituAsian Room, Emilie, and Zach welcome Jerry Won, the host of the Dear Asian Americans Podcast. Jerry is the founder of Just Like Media, which is home to many other Asian Podcasts as well as the Asian Podcast Network. Emilie and Zach talk to Jerry about the necessity of Asian storytelling, Asian Americans taking storytelling into their own hands, what it means to be a leader and mentor, Jerry’s college days, legacy, and more.

Episode 13 – In Between Asian & American: Exploring Identity & and Asian Adoptees with Izzy Weiss

In the SituAsian Room, Emilie, and Zach welcome Izzy Weiss, the founder of the national organization In Between. Their mission, inspired by Izzy’s upbringing as an Asian American Adoptee, is to unite and support those who feel they don’t strongly align with either their Asian and American culture. Izzy also shares her experience about how she is navigating her identity.

Episode 12 – The Importance of the AAPI Vote with Kay Yu

In the SituAsian Room, Emilie, and Zach welcome Kay Yu, the Voter Protection Director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. Kay shares her story of “being her first client” fighting for her own citizenship and discusses the importance of civic engagement, voting, and how to vote in PA. Before the 2020 election (Nov 3), we want to stress how important it is for the AAPI community to vote!

Episode 11 – Asian American Voices Fighting COVID-19 Hate with Nydia Han

In the SituAsian Room, Emilie, and Zach welcome Nydia Han to talk about the power of our voices as Asian Americans during the coronavirus era, standing against hate, being forever foreigners, and her signature series #ThisIsAmerica. Nydia Han is an Emmy award-winning television journalist and the creator of #ThisIsAmerica, a social media movement and three-part documentary series about racism.

That Smart Asian Student: The Model Minority

Growing up, I had all of these expectations set by my parents, my teachers, and my peers. I was one of the smarter students in my classes, I never found my work too difficult, and I spent free time being tutored outside of school to make sure I stayed ahead and my skills were sharp. My parents expected me to do well because they always pushed me to strive to be the very best I could be. Everyone else, however, assumed I would succeed because it was simply expected of “that smart Asian student.”
The Model Minority, as defined by teachingtolerance.org, is a myth based on stereotypes. In relation to the Asian American community, this defines us as individuals with gifted intelligence or skills, strong work ethics, and high obedience towards their elders.