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Sunday, July 24, 2016

The History of the Chinese in Mexico

One of my favorite podcasts is the China History Podcast by Laslo Montgomery. Here's a podcast episode on the history of the Chinese in Mexico:

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Asian American Podcasts

I listen to a lot of podcasts.  I used to read a lot of books, but in this day and age of the distraction economy, I find it easier to listen to podcasts.

When authors promote their books, they usually run the podcast circuit.  So an author who's promoting his "lessons from the Navy SEALs" book will appear on the Tim Ferriss podcast, then the Art of Manliness podcast and then the Art of Charm podcast.  During their interviews they give a synopsis of their book and its main points.  You don't even to read the book at that point, because the author told you the stories and lessons from the book.

I always try to find Asian American podcasts.  At first they were few and far between.  The early pioneers of Asian American podcasting were Fallout Central, the Fighting 44s and BigWoWo.  The Fighting 44s forum had some interesting podcasts with debates between Will from Better Asian Man, Jenn Fang from Reappropriate, the Asian Playboy JT Tran and Byron from BigWoWo.  Byron still has his podcasts up on the BigWoWo blog, but Fallout Central and the Fighting 44s are gone.  As they say, "Pioneers get the arrows.  Settlers get the land."

Fallout Central and BigWoWo were the pioneers and paved the way for Asian American podcasting. Here are the 6 best current Asian American podcasts:
  1. Asian Americana: My friend comic strip artist Ian Liu had this webpage before, but now Asian Americana is a podcast hosted by Quincy.  His first episode is on the now defunct Giant Robot magazine.
  2. Bad Asians: David Nguyen and Imran G. are two stand up comedians in the San Francisco Bay Area. They discuss joke premises that have not been refined on stage, but lead to colorful commentary on current events, culture, and/or the mundane.
  3. The Asian American Voice: BJ Kang does one on one interview with various people discussing business, mindset, mental health, self-actualization and finding your passion.
  4. Bullet Train: This podcast focuses on Asian American cultural trends.
  5. Tales from Mangri-La: Tales from Mangri-La brings the raw, unfiltered voices of Asian-American men to as many ears as possible.
  6. Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast: Ken Fong gets to the heart of Asian American culture, history, and spirituality through interviews with movers and shakers in the Asian American community.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The San Gabriel Valley

The San Gabriel Valley is just like any other suburb in America. Life revolves around family and school; the social fabric is woven over cheap eats at the mall. But unlike most suburbs in America, the San Gabriel Valley is home to the largest Chinese diaspora in the country. In fact, eight of the region’s cities are majority Asian. That makes the “SGV” one of the few places where being Asian American is the norm – but where there is no normal version of being Asian American.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Bad Asians

In this podcast comedians Imran G. and David Nguyen talk to special guest Lindsey Leong about growing up mixed race, the Asian hierarchy and Becky with the Bad Grades.