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Asian Americana

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A show about slices of distinctly Asian American culture and history.

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A show about slices of distinctly Asian American culture and history.

iTunes Ratings

42 Ratings
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Very well researched!

By HeyyyJuliette - Feb 05 2020
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Every single episode is extremely fascinating and well researched. Some of these topics are ones that I would have never considered looking into so it's interesting to learn about. My favorite one is the one on Giant Robot :)

I want more

By lindsayj26 - Feb 02 2020
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I heard the story based in Seattle and was surprised at how much of it was news to me. Living in Seattle I thought I’d know more. They are great topics but sometimes they can get dragged out to fill time. I’m excited to see how the episodes improve over the years. Don’t stop making them please! I want to learn more

iTunes Ratings

42 Ratings
Average Ratings
39
0
2
0
1

Very well researched!

By HeyyyJuliette - Feb 05 2020
Read more
Every single episode is extremely fascinating and well researched. Some of these topics are ones that I would have never considered looking into so it's interesting to learn about. My favorite one is the one on Giant Robot :)

I want more

By lindsayj26 - Feb 02 2020
Read more
I heard the story based in Seattle and was surprised at how much of it was news to me. Living in Seattle I thought I’d know more. They are great topics but sometimes they can get dragged out to fill time. I’m excited to see how the episodes improve over the years. Don’t stop making them please! I want to learn more
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Asian Americana

Latest release on Feb 03, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 7 days ago

Rank #1: 004 - Boba/Bubble Tea

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We explore the unique pearl of Asian American culture that is boba/bubble tea. We’ll take a look at its origins, hear folks from all over the country sharing their experiences with it, learn about some cool boba businesses and projects, and figure out what people across the country are calling it: from boba to bubble tea and a slew of other names in between.

Below is a graphical representation of the boba/bubble tea name survey.

The disproportionate presence of California transplants among respondents may have affected the preference toward the term "boba" in the states of Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, South Dakota, and Utah.

Aug 22 2017

52mins

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Rank #2: Seattle with NextGenRadio

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<p><em>Seattle poet and law student Troy Osaki (Photo Credit: Quincy Surasmith)</em></p>

We bring you three stories by me (Quincy Surasmith), Diana Nguyen, and Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong from Next Generation Radio's week at KUOW in Seattle. We talk law and poetry, development in Seattle's Little Saigon, and smoked herring.

Read the full stories on Next Generation Radio:

<a href="http://seattle2017.nextgenerationradio.org/2017/04/28/i-will-not-ask-the-system-politely-to-dismantle-itself/" target="_blank">
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<p><em>(Photo Credit: Quincy Surasmith/NextGenRadio)</em></p>

“I will not ask the system politely to dismantle itself.” by Quincy Surasmith

<img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/56a1814557eb8dec18413bcc/1494311768267-OO915CDQB9404FG8610W/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kL3_Z-LNPhUABvFCqj2TlkJ7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z5QPOohDIaIeljMHgDF5CVlOqpeNLcJ80NK65_fV7..." data-image-dimensions="1600x1056" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="(Photo Credit: Diana Nguyen/NextGenRadio)" data-load="false" data-image-id="59116353e4fcb530d2662360" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/56a1814557eb8dec18413bcc/1494311768267-OO915CDQB9404FG8610W/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kL3_Z-LNPhUABvFCqj2TlkJ7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z5QPOohDIaIeljMHgDF5CVlOqpeNLcJ80NK65_fV7..." />
<p><em>(Photo Credit: Diana Nguyen/NextGenRadio)</em></p>

A restaurant owner braces himself to keep Seattle’s Little Saigon Vietnamese by Diana Nguyen

<a href="http://seattle2017.nextgenerationradio.org/2017/04/28/rodney_dangerfield_of_the_sea/" target="_blank">
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<p><em>(Photo Credit: Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong/NextGenRadio) </em></p>

Herring gets no respect. Warner Lew wants to change that. by Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong

May 09 2017

13mins

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Rank #3: Support Asian Americana on Patreon

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When Asian Americana launched in 2016, I had one driving vision:

I want to tell audio stories that center the diverse experiences, histories, and cultures of Asian Americans.

Now I need your support to make more. We've launched a Patreon for the show, and we're asking you to contribute monthly at whatever amount you're able to. Even just a single dollar a month makes a difference.

Become a Patron!

It takes a lot of time, effort, and resources to make rich, inclusive audio reporting and storytelling that centers Asian American voices and experiences. I want to present stories that are ethnically, geographically, and historically diverse. Most importantly, I want to amplify stories from Asian Americans, not just about them.

In the past year, I've done stories on the indie zine-turned-art institution Giant Robot, the Roots CSA program that connects Hmong American farmers and Asian American communities in California, the Chinese Americans who developed the Sacramento Delta and built their own town to call home, and the culture surrounding the ever-favorite boba/bubble tea.

But I want to make more than four episodes a year. I'm bringing on a new team of producers, and I want to provide them equipment, training, software, and resources needed to grow our work. You can make that happen.

If you believe in sharing and amplifying Asian American stories, please consider supporting us. We're offering stickers and shirts as incentives, but we hope you'll think of the podcast itself as the gift you're making possible.

Become a Patron!

Whatever amount you can contribute will make a difference. With your help, we can keep learning, keep reporting, and ultimately, keep telling more stories of Asian Americana.

Aug 31 2017

2mins

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Rank #4: 003 - Sacramento Delta

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Chinese Americans shaped the physical landscape of California during its early history in a way that still impacts us today. We explore how Chinese Americans developed the Sacramento delta, their role in California's growth, and visit Locke, a town founded by Chinese Americans.

Below are a few pictures from my trip to Locke. The episode references a few of these sites.

Nov 12 2016

39mins

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Rank #5: 009 - Facial Hair

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Producers Ada Tseng and Caroline Chang don't have a lot of personal experience with facial hair, but they hear Asian American men — in media and in their lives — talk about it all the time. So they decided to investigate: who can or cannot grow it, what are the stereotypes, and the ways it can signify Asian American identity, masculinity, marketability, and resistance.

Feb 03 2020

1hr 6mins

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