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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.

Birtherism Returns as the Perpetual Foreigner Stereotype Continues

Birtherism, like the Coronavirus-related racism, is rooted in the perpetual foreigner stereotype. The term birtherism refers to the political obsession with the birthplace of Former President Barack Obama and his personal background, his religion in particular. One of the most vocal proponents of birtherism was President Donald Trump. He’s now recycling birtherism and adapting it to the recent Democratic Nominee for Vice President, Senator Kamala Harris. The conspiracy argues that Senator Kamala Harris may not be a citizen because both of her parents were immigrants, and depending on their immigration status at the time of her birth, she might not qualify. Senator Harris, who could be not only the first female Vice President but also the first Black and Asian American to fill the role. She was born in Oakland, California to her father Donald Harris of Jamaica, and her mother Shyamala Gopalan of India.