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Made in Hong Kong

Made in Hong Kong, got on a plane at 15, and flew 7000 miles away to America. Listen to Chrystal and Summer’s “Kongversation” as we spill the tea on what it means to be a Hong Kong immigrant in the U.S.

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From Internalising Racism to Embracing His Identity w/ Kevin Chang

We have our friend Kevin Chang on this episode to talk about growing up in majority-White Sacramento, internalising racism, giving into stereotypes, and embracing his Asian American identity in college. We also touch upon the good and bad of cultural clubs, executive board experiences, trauma bonding, ABG/ ABBs, beauty standards, microaggressions etc.

1hr 1min

28 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Episode 18: The History and Dark Side of SF Chinatown

In this episode we delve deep into the history, development, hidden secrets, and dark side of San Francisco Chinatown. We also talk about why Chinatowns are significant to us! 

1hr 1min

21 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Episode 17: Debunking Colourism & the Indian American Experience w/ Ayush Narayan

In this episode, we have Ayush here to talk about his experience growing up as an Indian American in the Bay Area! We discuss the importance of colourism, Ayush's personal experiences with it, microaggressions, the model minority myth, and how all this has impacted Ayush's life. 

59mins

15 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Episode 16: The Rise and Fall of CantoPop

This episode is all about Cantonese Pop Music! In this episode, Chrystal and Summer talk about the origins of CantoPop, the iconic Golden Age, and the decline of the Pop industry in Hong Kong. They reminisce on what CantoPop means to them and its significance to Hong Kong. Also, different snippets songs from each era are scattered throughout the episode!  P.S We created a separate playlist that includes all the CantoPop we listened to growing up. You can find it here, ENJOY: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5o3CbsVlGVlIpOCho42vuh?si=785a8462f8354f70

1hr 20mins

7 Jul 2021

Rank #4

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Episode 15: California is Reopening and We're Scared

Ahhhh, California is reopening and masks are no longer required for those who are fully vaccinated!!! In this episode, Chrystal and Summer talk about COVID19, how the U.S and Hong Kong has handled it, Chrystal's experience flying during a pandemic, anti-maskers, anti-vaxxers, and vaccine hesitancy. With the new Delta strain, let's all wear masks to protect those who can't get vaccinated. Stay safe everyone! 

1hr 6mins

30 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Episode 14: Our Experience with Toxic Masculinity & Gender Roles

Happy (belated) Father's Day! This episode is all about fatherhood, paternal love, and (toxic) masculinity. Chrystal and Summer reflect on their relationship with their dad, toxic masculinity, and gender roles in East Asia.

1hr 5mins

23 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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Episode 13: Being a Creative and Asian Shame w/ Justin Tang

"You're only successful if you're a lawyer, doctor, or in business". In this episode, we have our good friend Justin, a creative, who is working in the film industry on the podcast. Justin talks about his experience going into film, and discuss with Chrystal and Summer the social pressures that come along with choosing a creative industry. 

55mins

16 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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Episode 12: Let's Talk About Mental Health w/ Irene Chon

We have a special guest this episode – Irene! She is a self-empowerment coach based in the Bay Area, and shared amazing insight on mental health, especially on transgenerational trauma, beauty standards, and conversations surrounding being first generation Asian American. 

1hr 1min

9 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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Episode 11: Red Flag or Dealbreaker?

Welcome to Season 2! In this SPICY episode, Chrystal and Summer talk about their past dating history, experiences, how they navigated through them and how they've grown. They also play a game of red flag or dealbreaker, so follow along! Some piping-hot tea will be spilled! 

1hr 12mins

2 Jun 2021

Rank #9

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Episode 10: Things No One Tells You About Living in New York City w/ Melody Lam

We have Chrystal's friend, Melody, here with us this episode to talk about her experience living in New York City! Like us, Melody was also born and raised in Hong Kong and we discuss the reality of living both in NYC and California. She talks about her moving experience, East Coast culture, the city-life, and what is really is like to be a New Yorker. 

56mins

20 May 2021

Rank #10