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Author: Kevin Xu, Tony Nagatani, Jenn Fang

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A podcast about politics, culture, and life through the eyes of two Asian-American grassroots organizers--former members of (a lot of) political campaigns, the Obama White House, Department of Commerce, the DNC; currently in tech and Hollywood. We have stuff to say.
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Punya Krishnappa (@_punya_) returns to the podcast for Part 4 of our Early State Mini-Series to teach Kevin the fundamentals of how a caucus works, and recount the details and strategies of running one of...
Phil Kim (@philkimtweets), Nevada State Director for the Cory Booker campaign joins us for Part 3 of our Early State Mini-Series to talk about the unique challenges of campaigning in a union-heavy, service-oriented economy like...
Suraj Budathoki, Constituency Director of New Hampshire for the Bernie Sanders Campaign, joins us for Part 2 of our Early State Mini-Series to talk about his incredible journey from being refugee in Bhutan and Nepal...
Grace Smith (@textFIGHT_24477), Field Organizer for the Elizabeth Warren campaign in West Des Moines joins us for Part 1 of our Early State Mini-Series to talk about her journey into the Warren campaign and how...
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (@bitterasiandude), Canadian actor who stars in the comedy TV series “Kim’s Convenience“, chronicles his life journey from a young struggling actor of color–persevering through bad roles and insulting stereotypes, to starring in...
Jenn Fang, founder of Reappropriate.co, hosts this last episode 2019 with Kevin Xu and Tony Nagatani to explore the perennial raison d’etre question: Does Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Make Sense?  We reflect on how...
Jiayang Fan (@JiayangFan), China correspondent of the New Yorker, returns to the podcast to discuss in-depth her recent reporting on the Hong Kong protests: the city’s fight for its identity and soul, Jiayang’s own experience...
Theodora Yu (@theodorayuhk), who covers Asian American local news at the Sacramento Bee, joins the show to talk about how she covers Asian American local issues, why local news is important, and her thoughts on...
Jenn Fang (@reappropriate), founder of Reappropriate.co, returns to the podcast to talk with Tony about Kamala Harris ending her campaign for President, Julian Castro's quest to change the whole game around the Presidential Primary Politics, and Andrew Yang's gimmicky campaign that might be confirming the Model Minority myth.
Author Seth Berkman joins the Model Majority Podcast to talk about his book, “A Team of Their Own,” which chronicles the story of the combined North/South Korea Olympic Women’s Hockey Team who played at the...
Ellen Wu (@ellendwu), Associate Professor in the Department of History at Indiana University Bloomington and Director of the Asian American Studies Program, joins the podcast to trace the historical origin of the concept “Model Minority”....
Leana Wen (@DrLeanaWen), visiting professor at George Washington University and former president of Planned Parenthood, joins the podcast to discuss her work fighting the opioid crisis in Baltimore, dealing with “otherization” and representation as an...
Jenn Fang (@reappropriate), founder of Reappropriate.co the oldest Asian American feminist blog, returns to the podcast to cohost. We talked about the implications of Twitter’s ban of political ads, North Carolina’s heavily gerrymandered map that...
John Delury (@JohnDelury), Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, joins the podcast to put everything that’s been happening in Hong Kong, China, and North Korea in proper historical context....
Kevin (@kevinsxu) and Tony (@AnthonyNagatani) discuss the 4th Democratic Primary debate in Ohio last week, specifically what was NOT talked about but SHOULD have been discussed, namely China/Hong Kong Protest, immigration, and climate change. We...
Yu Gu (@yuisrain) documentary filmmaker and co-director and producer of the award-winning documentary “Who is Arthur Chu?” joins the podcast to talk about the making of this documentary, its exploration of Asian American identity, social...
Jenn Fang (@reappropriate), founder of Reappropriate.co, returns to the podcast to co-host with *exclusive* audio clip from her on the record lunch gathering with presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, where they talked about Shane Gillis, his...
Sophia Chang (@sophchang), a music business matriarchitect, who has managed multiple rap and R&B stars like the Wu Tang Clan’s RZA, GZA and ODB, chats with Kevin (@kevinsxu) about her new Audible-exclusive audio memoir, “The...
Alton Wang (@altonwang) joins the podcast with Kevin (@kevinsxu) to discuss his op-ed in the Washington Post on why Andrew Yang’s Asian jokes are harmful and perpetuates the model minority myth. We also talked about...
Michelle Ye Hee Lee (@myhlee) of the Washington Post returns to chat with Kevin (@kevinsxu) in a wide-ranging interview from her new role covering money in politics, exploring the issue of diversity in the political...
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