August 9, 2022
Richard Leong is a DEI consultant and a leadership and identity coach. He brings his own experiences as an Asian American to his work. He works to fight bullying and to enact policies in support for AAPI youth.
Keeping an optimistic view for the future, Richard Leong presents the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He discusses the work needed to create systems, particularly in the workplace, to better the experiences and livelihoods of marginalized communities and positive change it will have for the future.
To learn more about his work with his clients, visit https://richardleong.com/!
August 2, 2022
AAPI Youth Rising is a collective of intelligent, compassionate, and creative young activists from the Bay Area. They work to uplift and educate their community. They also advocate against AAPI racist prejudice, hate, and violence.
14-year-old Mina Fedor is the founder and executive director. In this episode, she discusses how she founded the org as a middle schooler and her work will continue as she enters high school.
Currently, there are chapters in California, Michigan, and Maine. To learn more about them and join the movement, visit their website at https://aapiyouthrising.org/ today!
July 26, 2022
Senior Colorist of Company 3 and Co-Head of Feature Color, Stephen Nakamura continues to be among the most accomplished feature film colorists in Hollywood. In this episode, he talks about his career as a colorist, the importance of color on screen, and his experiences as an Asian American in the film business.
Nakamura has worked alongside directors such as David Fincher, Ridley Scott, Kathryn Bigelow, Spike Lee, David O. Russell, and Steven Spielberg. He has also worked with cinematographers Dariusz Wolski, ASC, Claudio Miranda, ASC, Robert Richardson, ASC, and Janusz Kaminski.
His feature film credits include Da Five Bloods, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, It: Chapter Two, Crazy Rich Asians, The Martian, and Alien: Covenant.
Nakamura got his start in feature film finishing with Technicolor Digital Services. Previously, he was a colorist with the Post Group, working on commercial, music video, television and feature film projects. He began his career at California Video Center.
In 2018 Nakamura was accepted into the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
July 19, 2022
In this episode, Air Force Officer Joanne Whitlock talks about AANHPI in the military. She touches on the low degree of representation for them in leadership positions, especially if they are women, and how this impacts their experiences in the military the military demographics overall.
Joanne recently led their service wide efforts for AAPI Heritage Month while also serving as member of their Barrier Analysis Working Group. In this capacity, Joanne is involved in analyzing data, trends and barriers to identify and address issues impacting AANHPI personnel in the Air Force. Born and raised in the Philippines, Joanne is a staunch advocate for diversity and inclusion and promoting AANHPI heritage across various platforms. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology and a Masters Degree in Forensic Science and was a former Medicolegal Death Investigator in the Washington, DC area (Northern Virginia). Joanne also volunteers her time serving as a mentor for Big Brother Big Sister. “
July 12, 2022
On this episode, Dr. Connie Chung discusses her own experiences with homelessness and metal health and how it's translated to her activism. She has done extensive research on sexual trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder in homeless youth and investigated survival and coping strategies of young people living on the streets. She has also worked in domestic violence shelters, studying the psychosocial effects of exposure to domestic violence on children. She has done extensive work with, and advocated for, child and adolescent survivors of sex trafficking in the SF Bay Area.
Dr. Connie Chung graduated from Harvard University with a doctorate in educational psychology and has two master’s degrees focused on adolescent psychosocial development and resilience. She received her bachelor’s from the University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated as Class Commencement Speaker of her department.
Dr. Chung has served as a consultant on federal housing policy for homeless veterans; and has worked in East Africa serving Masai tribal women, AIDS orphans, and disabled children. She currently serves as a volunteer member of a prison ministry outreach program.
She has been profiled in the Korea Times, Fox News, NPR Radio, and local publications regarding her work, her achievements as well as her own experiences of severe trauma, neglect, and homelessness throughout her childhood. Dr. Chung is married to a former minister who is a doctoral candidate in seminary and is the proud mother of two little girls.
Dr. Chung is currently a stay at home mother of a toddler on the autism spectrum and an infant. She would like to start a special needs ministry for children and adults on the autism spectrum.
July 5, 2022
Christine Ng is a cinematographer and a graduate from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In this episode, Sheena and Christine discuss the communal nature of working in cinematography and working behind the scenes. They also emphasize the importance of mentorship (especially female mentorship in a male-dominated field). Additionally, they discuss the importance of pursuing one's creative side as a person-of-color, and having to navigate the professional realm as a minority.
Ng was born in Hong Kong and raised in New York City. Her work has screened at festivals worldwide including SXSW, Palm Springs, Outfest, LA Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, NY Film Festival and many more. Her most recent work can be seen on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max and Showtime. Learn more about her work and style at christineng.com!
June 28, 2022
Born in Guam to Filipino parents, Hosanna grew up and went to school in New York. After one year of college, she decided to enlist herself in the Army at age 18, serving a total of 5 years, where she served as an Intelligence Analyst. However, she got discharged under the old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy due to her sexual orientation.
She then became a dedicated LGBTQ+ activist in Washington, D.C. while continuing her role as an Intelligence Analyst for the Department of Defense. Years later, when the Obama administration repealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, she was able to re-enlist and re-join the military, resuming her service again in 2015.
June 21, 2022
On this episode, Dr. Cindy Tsai and Dr. Khoa D. Truong chat with host Linda Schwartz on the importance of integrative medicine and holistic health and wellbeing.
Dr. Tsai was born in Vancouver, Canada and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician and medical director. She has achieved balance between the cultures and medicinal philosophies of both East and West. Her philosophy is centered on the mind-body connection—something that is unique to each individual. Her training in coaching, mindfulness, and various energy healing modalities are used to curate a holistic and personalized approach to healing and growth.
San Diego native Dr. Khoa D Truong is a decorated member of several associations for over 15 years, including the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association, and the San Diego Optometric Society. He was a member of the President’s Lions Club and used his expertise to conduct free vision screenings and health fairs for the community of San Diego. He also has his own wellness talk show on Vietnamese Television (VNTV) that he co-hosts with Dana Vo. The show helps address different aspects of health and life.
For more info on their practices, visit cindytsaimd.com and kdtoptometry.com!