Asian American Podcasts
In just about every scene, they’re blowing up in a very good way.
Many of the issues they face are finally coming to light.
And the entertainment scene? Well, it’s popping off like crazy. Cruising through social media, one can see that they’re helping each other, sharing platforms, messages, marketing and more.
Three events occurred to help me become very aware of this:
2. Crazy Rich Asians
A few years ago, I read the book and loved it. Not only was the writing pretty great, but alot of it took place in Singapore. I didn’t even realize it was being made into a movie until my social media channels starting blowing up with ads for it. And I mean like everywhere. I can’t wait to see it. See the trailer (seems to follow the book fairly well too :)) See the trailer below.
Let’s just get this out of the way first: I subscribe to a ton of podcasts.
But being curious on this particular topic, I decided to do a bit of searching. Initially, I came across Martial Arts Podcasts and Asian Cinema Podcasts, so I had to tweak my Google search query. What I found were tons of people on Quora and forums across the web asking the same question: “What are some Asian American podcasts?” So I searched and searched. And then I decided to create an answer.
So here I’ve compiled a list of podcasts with Asian Americans on their mind. Some are serious, some are funny. But most are informational and enjoyable. I hope you find what you’re looking for. 🙂
If you know of a Podcast you think would be a nice addition to this listing, be sure to reach out and let us know!
Thanks, and Enjoy! 🙂
Asian American Podcasts
New episodes released Saturdays at 8am, when all your friends are still in bed watching cartoons.
It’ll be a blast from the past, as they dig up some of their favorite works they’ve come across covering Asian American arts & entertainment over the years — and discover other gems for the first time.
We're Not All Ninjas
We’re Not All Ninjas is a movie review podcast focusing on Asian American Representation in Hollywood Films.
Hosted by Melissa Slaughter, Rachel Liu, and Alex Chester. Music by Ryan Majoris.
On a side-note, we’re not Ninjas either. But we have played with a sword or two. 😉
The Kollab Cast
The official podcast of the Kollaboration Movement.
Join hosts Marvin Yueh, Minji Chang, and sometimes a guest or two as they share stories from the front lines of the Kollaboration Movement.
The crew meets weekly to chat about current events, issues, and pop culture from an Asian American (and sometimes Canadian) perspective.
Books & Boba
This is a book club dedicated to books written by authors of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.
We cover a wide range of genres including contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, nonfiction, thrillers, graphic novels, and memoirs.
Every month, the hosts of the book club record a podcast episode to discuss the month’s book.
Members are strongly encouraged to share their thoughts on the monthly pick in the Goodreads forums.
On a side-note, if you like this, then you might want to read about a Kung Fu student’s Journey to China. 😉
Asian American / Asian Research Institute Podcast
The Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI) was established on November 19, 2001, by The City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees, in a resolution introduced by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.
The Institute is a university-wide scholarly research and resource center that focuses on policies and issues that affect Asians and Asian Americans.
It covers four areas: Asian American Studies; East Asian Studies; South Asian Studies; and Trade & Technology Studies.
AAWW: Asian American Writers Workshop Radio
AAWW Radio is the podcast of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, a national nonprofit dedicated to the idea that Asian American stories deserve to be told.
Listen to AAWW Radio and you’ll hear selected audio from our current and past events. We’ve hosted established writers like Claudia Rankine, Maxine Hong Kingston, Roxane Gay, Amitav Ghosh, and Hanya Yanagihara, as well as more emerging writers like Ocean Vuong, Solmaz Sharif, and Jenny Zhang.
Our events are intimate and intellectual, quirky yet curated, dedicated to social justice but with a sense of humor and weirdness. We curate our events to juxtapose novelists and activists, poets and intellectuals, and bring together people who usually wouldn’t be in the same room.
We’ve got it all: from avant-garde poetry to post-colonial politics, feminist comics to lyric verse, literary fiction to dispatches from the racial justice left. AAWW Radio features curated audio from the literary events we hold weekly in our New York City reading room, a legendary downtown art space that hosted Jhumpa Lahiri’s first book party and where Junot Díaz used to play Super Nintendo.
Founded in 1991, AAWW is an alternative literary arts space working at the intersection of race, migration, and social justice. A sanctuary for the immigrant imagination, we’re inventing the future of Asian American literary culture. Produced by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.
ABG: Asian Boss Girl Podcast
A podcast for the modern day Asian American woman hosted by Melody Cheng, Helen Wu, and Janet Wang.
We started this podcast as an outlet for topics we are interested in, and for sharing stories we have as 20-30 something-year-old Asian American women working, dating, and living in Los Angeles.
It’s no secret that Asian women are lacking in almost all media outlets.
As three women working in finance, tech, and production who balance careers, life aspirations, and eventful social lives (we have our fair share of 5 am returns from the club), we hope our perspectives can help, inform, and entertain those girls (and guys) with similar backgrounds or an interest in our backgrounds.
We like to think of this as our invitation for you to join our once private girl talk sessions!
So grab a glass of wine and let’s get this show started 😉
Asian, Not Asian
Welcome to “Asian, Not Asian,” a podcast by two Asian comedians not from Asia talking about American issues no Americans seem to care about.
Each week, Fumi Abe and Mic Nguyen will discuss race, politics, media, funny stuff, food pics, peace signs, model minority myths, urban myths, and urban outfitters.
New episode every Monday!
Southern Fried Asian
Typically, stories about Asian Americans are centered on the experiences of those who grew up on the coasts — New York, Southern California, the Bay Area — where communities of different Asian American subgroups have lived for many years.
On this podcast, though, we’re gonna look at a region of the country that isn’t typically associated with these stories and unpack what it means to be Asian American in the American South.
Asian Women of Power
Love, joy, happiness and fulfillment, are your cultural boundaries keeping you from having all this?
Asian, American or Asian-American, there is pride to be found in your cultural heritage, being identified as one is an honor and never an embarrassment.
Join Kimchi Chow as she shares her insights on life lessons she has learned from the past 4 decades living as an immigrant in the USA. She shares tips from other Asian women and immigrants who overcame the challenges of cultural conflicts and how to find the key to claim power in life.
Before her migration from Vietnam, Kimchi already had a set of standards and expectations born from her Eastern cultural upbringing. After living in America for 40 years, her customs and culture has changed through her experiences that made her into a person she did not want to be.
She is an investor and a business owner with a background in engineering. On top of all of this, she is a wife, a mother and a daughter. Having her fair share of stress is an understatement, when she tried to balance her duties for her family and her obligations to her work. Kimchi tried to please everyone, forgetting about herself and almost losing her marriage from the imbalance in her life and setting the wrong priorities.
Apart from her own struggles, Kimchi witnessed a lot more from others, from relationships breaking apart to couples filing for divorce, parents disowning their children and even children committing suicide from the pressure they get from their parents. These incidents made her realize she needed to change and adapt to her new environment to protect herself, her marriage and her children. She saw that health, wealth and relationships are like the three legs of a stool, with each one playing a vital role to support each other and what they stand for. Exploring possibilities, experimenting on beliefs and learning painful yet meaningful lessons, Kimchi found a way to be more authentic with herself and show more compassion towards others.
In the past twenty years, she has learned an effective way to communicate with others and be relatable to them, giving them the respect that they yearn for. As a life coach and teacher, Kimchi empowers Asian women and immigrants so they can create a life with power, freedom and choice. She wants to help Asian women to live their lives to the fullest and express themselves freely no matter what country they live in. She wants to help every woman to know that happiness and fulfillment in life are within their grasp.
Asian Women of Power is the podcast that will address and compare the key values between Asian and North American cultures. The episodes will discuss behaviors, expectations and assumptions from men to women and from parent to child. Kimchi will share different communication styles based on different personalities that most people think are gender specific as well parenting techniques from the perspective of an Asian woman. With self-confidence, your life will look and feel meaningful and you can start inspiring others to live a better life. When you know what you stand for and believe it can make an impact, then there is a reason for you to share it to the world, as well as listen to the messages the rest of the world wants to share. Find balance in family and work with a life filled with positivity.
The Sini-Gang Podcast
Escape From Plan A
Escape From Plan A is the podcast that talks about all the forbidden topics in Asian America.
They’re the topics that rarely make it unfiltered to NYT or Huffington Post, but constantly dominate any discussions among Asians when we’re freed from supervision.
We’re Asian women and men who’ve come together to carve out a uniquely Asian American progressive perspective that’s different from the usual supporting-cast roles we play for everyone else.
No more face-saving. Time to get real.
We also run an online magazine, Plan A.
No Longer Active.
Welcome to Phlavor Profiles, a conversation about the Filipino American experience through food.
I’m Karena Apollonya Higgins, small biz owner, culture enthusiast and your host.
I chat it up with some of the most established, innovative and inspiring people in food. We discover the who, what, where and why of their Filipino American story.
KuyaChris & Friends
Sharing positivity, thoughts, music, and art—all through a Filipino American perspective.
Based out of Daly City, the Pinoy Capital of the United States, the goal is to empower the FilAm community and Pinays / Pinoys throughout the world by profiling awesome people and spreading good vibes.
This is a mix of personal journals, interviews, recordings, and whatever can be created. Hope you enjoy!
The Filipino American Experience
This course overviews the contemporary experiences of Filipinos in the United States from a critical perspective.
It is especially focused on the question of how it is that Filipinos are in the United States to begin with.
To understand Filipino immigration is to understand the legacies of U.S. imperialism in the Philippines as well as how U.S. capital has historically and continues to depend on racialized labor.