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Two 30something New Yorkers (Diane, a professional chef, and Jason, a magazine editor) talk family, dating, friendship, money, work — among many, many other things — from their Asian American perspectives. Only half serious.
12 Episodes
Is there some link between the imposter syndrome that we feel at work (in life) and our race? No! Yes? Maybe?
After all the build-up and all the hoopla, we finally watched Crazy Rich Asians — there was a lot we liked, and some we didn't.
Crazy Rich Asians the movie is out in August — Jason has read (and enjoyed) the books. Diane hasn't. But both of us have reservations about having to support this "landmark" all-Asian cast with open arms. Do beggars have to be choosers?
Growing up in an Asian American enclave, Diane was enamored of hip hop and black culture — even without knowing a single black person. We talk about reconciling affinity for a culture you're not a part of, how to enact what you support in theory, and how the journey continues for both of us.
We found this in the archives! Special guest Jinnie Lee tells us about her experience growing up in a non-Asian community. Note: If there are moments of this that feel dated, that's because it's from last summer!
Whether because of how Asian men are considered societally or because of his own imagination, Jason perceives an attractiveness disparity when looking at Asian men and their partners (namely, that Asian men are more attractive). Is this true? Diane and Jason plus guest — and Asian straight man — Kristian Henson consider the question.
Recently, Diane went to a Chinese takeout restaurant ready to turn her nose up at it — instead, she developed a new appreciation for the genre.
Diane's always had her Asian posse. Jason hasn't. How's that worked out? On the importance of finding a core group of Asian friends — and why it's different than having individual friends who are Asian.
We're very on-board with the idea of therapy! It also makes us nervous. On our conflicted ideas about discussing our feelings with an "outsider" as Asian Americans.
In the spirit of tax season, we're talking money this week and interrogating the ways our ethnic and cultural backgrounds do (or don't) impact the ways we interact with coin.
Recently, Diane and her friends have been conversations about why they can't date white men in a post-Trump world. Jason, of course, is dating one now. We discuss the messy feelings that come with both positions right now.
Of course it's possible to be an "enlightened" Asian American and date outside your race—so why do we feel guilty about it?
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