Rank #1: 003 - Sacramento Delta
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.
Rank #2: Seattle with NextGenRadio
Seattle poet and law student Troy Osaki (Photo Credit: Quincy Surasmith)
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:
(Photo Credit: Quincy Surasmith/NextGenRadio)
“I will not ask the system politely to dismantle itself.” by Quincy Surasmith
(Photo Credit: Diana Nguyen/NextGenRadio)
(Photo Credit: Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong/NextGenRadio)
Herring gets no respect. Warner Lew wants to change that. by Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong
Rank #3: 007 - Claudia Kishi
Claudia Kishi is an Asian American literary icon that went beyond being a fun, artistic, and stylish character. She became an inspiration and point of connection for a ton of young Asian Americans. We explore her influence on a generation of Asian American readers.
Yumi Sakugawa’s comic essay and zine, “Claudia Kishi: My Asian-American Female Role Model of the 90s” can be found on her website yumisakugawa.com.
Angry Asian Man’s series of remixed and retitled Baby-Sitters Club book covers can be found at Angryasianman.com.
My friend Sue Ding is working on a documentary about Claudia Kishi. You can find out more about the project at Claudiakishi.club.
Rank #4: 006 - Filipino American Podcasts
Rank #5: 005 - Cambodian Rock Band
Photo courtesy South Coast Repertory
We explore the play Cambodian Rock Band, and how this piece of Asian American theatre weaves together a story of Khmer American music, history, and family on stage.
For a version of this piece that ran on KPCC's Take Two, check out: