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The Third Culture is what emerges at the intersection between your culture of origin, and the other cultures by which you’ve been shaped.

Beyond Asian is a place for stories of global nomads with Asian roots, brought up in diversity.

Together, we explore the interplay of our pasts with our presents, and our relationships with the multiple cultures we move in.

These are more than conversations about Asian identity - they’re portraits of whole people - what keeps them up at night, what their hearts long for, and the impact they hope to have on their communities.

I’m your host, Sen Zhan, a Third Culture Kid born in China, raised in Canada, and currently based in Berlin. This series is a first step towards making peace with my own Asian background, and it’s my hope that other Third Culture Asians will hear themselves reflected in our stories.


New episodes on Sundays, every 2 weeks.
17 Episodes
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Dear Listeners, this is a bonus episode for all of you on a topic close to my heart: Psychedelics.I was invited by Frank and Cynic to guest on their podcast, No Stone Unturned, to talk about my experiences with psychedelics, the differences between the classical psychedelics: LSD, Psilocybin Mushrooms, and Ayahuasca, how to prepare for a psychedelic journey, whether psychedelics are for everyone, and much more! Enjoy this fun bonus episode, and stay tuned for the next regular episode on Beyond Asian!
Part 2 of Episode 9 with Julian, the only Chinese-speaking psychiatrist in a large Canadian city will cover:- A psychiatric perspective on the trauma of immigration- The role of extended history on the Asian continent in shaping the mindsets of present-day immigrants - The shortcomings of both Eastern and Western frameworks in specifying the conditions for human flourishing- A helpful perspective on the role of shame in relation to the familyExtending a hand to anyone struggling with mental health, and especially at the brink of suicidality
The Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989, a fractured childhood with memory loss, and recovering from the trauma of immigration. In Episode 9, Julian, the only Chinese-speaking psychiatrist in a large Canadian city weighs in on how the clashing of Western ideals with Confucian philosophy is at the heart of mental health issues amongst Asian immigrants and their families.
How did growing up in a Catholic-Muslim family lead to the discovery of sexual freedom for a young Indonesian woman? In Episode 8, Dewi tells the story of how she discovered her bisexuality despite a strict family and societal setting, and the freedoms she found upon leaving Indonesia.
TL;DL?- Episode 8 will be released in the week of July 26, 2020 - this episode was workshopped with the help of Bear Radio, and it'll be even better than the ones you've heard before!- Beyond Asian is partnering with and will be hosted by Bear Radio, Berlin's English Podcasting Network- Musical Interlude: "Hisen" by the late Susumu Yokota- See you in Episode 8!
What are Asians doing to find cultural fit in the online dating world? In Episode 7, I’m speaking with Hanmin Yang, the CEO of Alike - a video-based dating platform designed with Asians of all backgrounds in mind. Hanmin describes his long journey of self-understanding and healing from a devastating divorce in the creation of this platform, and how he hopes to help Asians find meaningful connections with each other. Sign up to be a beta tester of Alike: www.alike.datingInstagram: @alike.datingTranscript of this episode on www.beyondasian.com
6. Healing the Scars of War

6. Healing the Scars of War

2020-06-2701:31:09

After so much unimaginable trauma from the Vietnam war, how does a young Dutch-Vietnamese woman begin healing the emotional rifts in her family? In Episode 6, I’m speaking with Yennhi Le and Orihana Calcines in the Netherlands about their documentary, “The Scars of War”, and how their Third Culture perspectives helped them to find each other, and embrace their identities as global citizens. To get the most out of this episode, first watch "The Scars of War" (27 minutes) here: https://www.yennhile.com/documentary-scars-of-war
What are the realities of a gay orthopaedic surgeon in the Canadian medical community? In Episode 5, I’m speaking with Ang, who talks about leaving Straight-passing behind, and what he’s learning from therapy.Shownotes: To get the most out of our next episode (#6: Healing the Scars of War), watch this 27-minute documentary first: https://www.yennhile.com/documentary-scars-of-war
How has a Korean-German woman in Berlin dealt with cultural impostor syndrome, and how did this lead her from working in the videogame industry to becoming a young adult novelist? In Episode 4, I’m speaking with Sara, whose experiences growing up in small-town Germany led to her seeking the identity she always thought she wanted in Korea. Shownotes: saramhan.wordpress.com Twitter: sara_m_hanIG: sara.m.hanBooks: Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: https://www.chimamanda.com/book/americanah/
3. The Concussion I Needed

3. The Concussion I Needed

2020-05-1701:03:28

What do concussion, polyamory, and boundaries with Asian parents have to do with each other?In Episode 3, I’m speaking with Lindsay, who shares how recovering from a head injury taught her how to negotiate relationships with her polyamourous Canadian family members, and her biological Asian parents.
How does ancestral trauma from generations past transfer to a Third culture kid today? In Episode 2, I’m speaking with Holly about the implications of living out generational trauma as a global nomad.Trigger warning: suicidal ideation, trauma, abandonment
Have you ever wondered where all the sex talk is in Asian communities? In Episode 1, I’m speaking with Jess - a community builder who hosts a massively popular sex-positive podcast. Shownotes:Circling China - an online Circling platform: circlingchina.org Jess' Podcasts and Blogs: jingshu.loveOctopus Awakening Community (in Chinese only): 下载知识星球app,搜索“章鱼觉醒”YouTube Channel: Jingshu ZhuWeChat Channel: 神爱玩财Weibo: @神爱玩财Jess
0. Trailer

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2020-04-3003:26

The Third Culture is what emerges at the intersection between your culture of origin, and the other cultures by which you’ve been shaped. Beyond Asian is a place for stories of global nomads with Asian roots, brought up in diversity. Together, we explore the interplay of our pasts with our presents, and our relationships with the multiple cultures we move in. These are more than conversations about Asian identity - they’re portraits of whole people - what keeps them up at night, what their hearts long for, and the impact they hope to have on their communities. I’m your host, Sen Zhan, a Third Culture Kid born in China, raised in Canada, and currently based in Berlin. This series is a first step towards making peace with my own Asian background, and it’s my hope that other Third Culture Asians will hear themselves reflected in our stories.
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monica labranche

I've truly been enjoying these stories. They've been opening my eyes to new perspectives and understandings. I'm looking forward to more stories! Keep up the amazing work!

Jun 25th
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