April 13, 2021
On this episode of Asian Voices Radio, Dr. Ha shares her expertise in racial relations and its history to provide insight into today's current events. She relates her studies, as well as personal experiences, as they intertwine with Asian hate crimes today.
From being involved in the gang community to becoming the influential Vietnamese-American woman she is today, Dr.Thao Ha is truly an inspiration for all. She was able to hard work and determination to turn her life around, and then help provide resources and knowledge to those around her. She is now involved with the MiraCosta College MANA program for Pacific Islander students, as well as the VietVote organization for Vietnamese civic empowerment. In addition to her studies in Vietnamese refugee communities and the KKK, Dr. Ha was also an associate producer of the documentary film, SeaDrift.
Dr. Ha, Hula, and Linda also get to discuss the legacy of Asian hate in America against the cultural taboos of speaking out, strength, and mental wellbeing. If we are all taught to tolerate events around us, and "hold our tongues", how do we handle what is going on around us today? What steps do we need to take, personally and with those around us, to overcome events of racial hatred?
April 6, 2021
Maggie Chui is the co-founder and COO of Asian Hustle Network (AHN), an online community of 100,000 members that started in November 2019 and is aimed at empowering and uplifting Asian entrepreneurs and allies globally. The mission of AHN is to bring the Asian entrepreneurial and professional community together and to provide an inclusive platform for people to collaborate, support, and learn from one another.
Maggie has since been featured in LA Times, VoyageLA, NextShark, and China Global TV Network. She envisions a future where Asians can be more open with sharing their stories, amplifying their voices, and working to ensure that we all succeed.
March 30, 2021
Sasha Foo was the first Asian American news anchor at CNN in Atlanta and later spent 17 years with KUSI-TV in San Diego. Although we can look at these accomplishments by themselves, what makes her story notable is her journey there and her recent departure from this area.
After a long career in the news, Sasha Foo left KUSI-TV in 2020. She reflects on her entire career journey and the many interests she had "put on the back burner" which she has since chosen to pursue.
Listen to find out how she first started her career, established herself across the nation, then left in order to stay true to herself and her personal interests and passions.
Be sure to follow up with Sasha Foo's journey by looking out for her name on social media.
March 23, 2021
Today, we are joined by Business Advisor and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director at the Asian Business Association, San Diego (ABASD), Wesley Quach.
Together, we explore the effects of xenophobia and personal biases on the Asian American community. Outside of educating one another about our differences and bringing these issues to better awareness across the nation, communities are often left to wonder what resources are available to help them keep afloat or to continue their growth as small businesses.
ABASD and their Small Business Development help these individuals through creating partnerships, providing in-person guidance, and personal consulting.
If you, or someone you know, would be interested in learning more about these resources and programs, please visit the Asian Business Association at https://www.abasd.org/.
March 16, 2021
Today we join Connie Chung, the CEO of Asian Americans Advancing Justice — Los Angeles Chapter to discuss the social issues that have pervaded Asian American communities within the past year.
Across the nation, Advancing Justice, or AAAJ, one of the largest Asian American civil rights organizations was founded following the hate crime of Vincent Chin. Throughout the past year, this organization has partnered with numerous other Asian American-focused organizations to raise awareness of and provide resources to their community members in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With over 3,000 hate incidents reported within the last year alone compared to fewer than a hundred the year prior, it became clear to AAAJ that something had to be done. Listen now to find out what programs, resources, and reporting tools are available to you.
March 9, 2021
Cecilia Chung is a national transgender rights, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+, and social justice activist from Hong Kong. Chung immigrated to California with her family, where she later made a home for herself in San Francisco. Her service and advocacy have been prominent since the early 1990s, when she had begun to establish her voice in various community interest groups.
She has continually made space as a representative for Asian American transgender folks and those who live with HIV as the first transgender woman for both the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration and San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Her extensive community engagement within the LGBTQ+ space has allowed her to amplify the voices of others, as well as educate non-LGBTQ+ folks who are looking to better support their neighbors, family, and friends.
In this episode of Asian Voices Radio, our host Hula Ramos and co-host Linda Schwartz create a space for Cecilia Chung's personal experiences and advice for those of the LGBTQ+ communities and its allies. Together they explore Ms. Chung's work, how to better understand and show up for one another, and what we can do to amplify the voices of our community.
Learn more about Cecilia Chung and her work by visiting her website http://www.ceciliachung.com/.
March 2, 2021
Wendy Kim is a #1 International Best-Selling author of Beyond Blending In: An Immigrant Daughter's Guide to Overcoming Cultural Bonds For A Life Of Authenticity and Abundance. As a Korean-German born in Savannah, Georgia, Ms. Kim grew up trying to assimilate into either side of her cultural heritage.
Growing up, many of us find ourselves finding ourselves within different groups, or cliques, based on our identity and who we think ourselves to be more closely associated with. In this episode, she shares her personal experience in learning how to balance her identity and accepting who she had grown to be at a later age.
Wendy Kim's husband is Korean-American, but his father was born and raised in Mexico. She has helped to raise their children to be aware of all corners of their heritage of German, Korean, and Mexican culture. However, as Wendy had to learn to embrace her own identity on her own, she has since had to learn how to teach her children the same concept of acceptance.
February 23, 2021
Elliott Jung is a Korean-American raised in Los Angeles, California. His passion for helping others has shined through his work as an attorney who specializes in Personal Injury.
Helping others find their voice in times when it is difficult to find or amplify their own has allowed Mr. Jung to gain experience in curating the best advice for those seeking help in law.
In addition to his work at Hepburn, Hernandez, & Jung, Mr. Jung is a Take One Vocational Media Training & Internship Mentor at Asian Culture & Media Alliance. During the program, Mr. Jung guides students in finding their voice through speaking workshops and exercises.