Emilie and Zach interview Korean Adoptee Activist (KAD), non-profit All Times are Local founder, and Janchi Show host, Patrick Armstrong. Patrick shares his story growing up in middle America, his accelerated journey exploring his Asian American identity, and how he came to start All Times are Local and the Janchi Show.
Emilie and Zach return to the SituAsian room for Season 2 to welcome Ryan Alexander Holmes. Ryan is a content creator who discusses his experience being Black and Asian. Emilie, Zach, and Ryan talk about his Blaisan experience and identity, upbringing in Los Angeles, coming together, and so much more.
This week, Emilie and Zach welcome Dr. Kyle Kajihiro into the SituAsian Room. Dr. Kyle Kajihiro is a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, teaching courses in Ethnic Studies and Geography and Environment. He also is the founder of the Hawaii DeTours Project, which aims to teach people the true history of Hawaii and spread awareness of social justice issues from a decolonized perspective. Tune in to the conversation between Emilie, Zach, and Kyle about Hawaii’s culture, the history and what it’s become, his DeTours project, the social justice issues that Hawaiians face today, and more!
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.
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.
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!
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.
This week in The SituAsian Room, Emilie, and Zach welcome Rahat Babar, Esq. to talk about the importance of building trust between communities of color and law enforcement, civil rights, and much more. Rahat is a strong advocate for the AAPI community as a former president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania and a chair the Civil Rights Committee for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
This week in The SituAsian Room, Emilie, and Zach welcome Dr. Michelle Au who is running to be the first Asian American woman in the Georgia State Senate. Dr. Au discusses the need for public health in policy decisions, Asian American representation in government, and more. Dr. Au is an anesthesiologist and holds a Master’s in Public Health.
This week in The SituAsian Room, Emilie and Zach welcome Justin Ching to talk about Asian and minority representation in Hollywood, Justin’s production company J-school, intersectionality, storytelling, and more. Justin Ching is a filmmaker, Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media, and has worked for Disney/ABC, Fox, and Youtube.