Asian Voices Radio
Episode 17—Chef Lan Thai: Farm to Table Dreams

Episode 17—Chef Lan Thai: Farm to Table Dreams

May 24, 2022

On this episode, Sasha Foo interviews Chef Lan Thai—aka Chef Lando—the culinary creator of Enclave Cafe. 

Chef Lando breaks down the FAM (Food as Medicine) philosophy and delves into her the nutritional value of a diverse diet. She also discusses her unique upbringing and cultural roots, growing up in a refugee camp in Thailand following her family's fleeing of Vietnam.

Chef Lando's Enclave Cafe has 3 locations across San Diego as well as a 90-acre regenerative farm. She also has a chow on YouTube called the FAM Show, where she shares knowledge on nutrition, ingredients, and recipes. 

 

Visit the website for Enclave at https://adventuroussuperfood.com 

View episodes of The FAM Show on their YouTube Channel

Episode 16: Emanuel Hahn — The Storytelling Power of Photography

Episode 16: Emanuel Hahn — The Storytelling Power of Photography

May 17, 2022

Emanuel Hahn (he/him) is a Los Angeles-based commercial and documentary photographer/director. As a Korean Third Culture Kid growing up in Singapore and Cambodia, he developed an interest in storytelling, especially on topics of identity, culture, diasporic experiences and the question of what it means "to belong".

His deep observational and listening abilities have led him to tell the stories of the coffee farmers in Colombia, Chinese grocery store owners in the Mississippi Delta, the Korean Uzbeks in Brooklyn, and most recently the Koreatown community in Los Angeles through his photo book Koreatown Dreaming.

Episode 15: FBI Special Agent Stacey Moy —Being Asian in Law Enforcement

Episode 15: FBI Special Agent Stacey Moy —Being Asian in Law Enforcement

May 10, 2022

This episode of Asian Voices Radio features FBI Special Agent Stacey Moy. A graduate of Torrey Pines High School and a Navy veteran, Moy was recently named the special agent in charge of the San Diego Field Office. Moy most recently served in the same role, overseeing the Intelligence and Incident Response Division in the Washington Field Office. 

First joining the FBI in 2004 working counterintelligence and espionage, he has climbed the ladder and his work has brought him across Washington, D.C., the Bay Area, and San Diego. 

Episode 14: Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja — Creating your Own Representation

Episode 14: Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja — Creating your Own Representation

May 3, 2022

In today's episode of Asian Voices Radio, we have Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, an Indonesian American actress whose began her career at age 4. Growing up and seeing a lack of people that look like her on TV shows and movies, she took charge and became her own representation. 

Malea speaks English, Mandarin, Indonesian and Spanish. She plays piano, violin, guitar and ukulele. Malea also loves contortion, gymnastics, dancing and soccer. Malea is also a singer, going viral with her National Anthem video in LA Galaxy game in 2018. 

Her latest work is A24's feature film After Yang (2021) opposite Colin Farrell. She is also known for her recurring guest roles on iCarly (2021) and on Disney Channel shows Coop and Cami Ask the World (2018) and Raven's Home (2017).

Episode 13: Sera Koulabdara — The American Secret War in Laos

Episode 13: Sera Koulabdara — The American Secret War in Laos

April 26, 2022

Sera Koulabdara (Sa-rah Goo-lap-dah lah) serves as Executive Director of Legacies of War, the only international U.S.-based  advocacy and educational organization working to address the impacts of the American Secret War in Laos and conflict in its neighboring countries of Cambodia and Vietnam during the Vietnam War-era. This includes the removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and victims/survivor assistance. In this episode, Sera discusses this part of our joint history as Americans that isn't taught or talked about.

Under Sera’s leadership, US funding for UXO clearance in Laos reached $45M - the highest level in history and the Legacies of War Recognition and UXO Removal Act was introduced by Senator Baldwin (D-WI). If approved, this historic bill authorizes landmark funding of $500M over  5 years divided among the 3 countries of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Legacies of War also received the inaugural Humanitarian Award of 2022 given by the Lao PDR for its successful advocacy efforts in securing funds for bomb removal and victims assistance.

Sera is a proud Buckeye and received her undergraduate degree from THE Ohio State University.

Episode 12: Dr. Emily Letran — Cultivating Personal Growth and Legacy

Episode 12: Dr. Emily Letran — Cultivating Personal Growth and Legacy

April 19, 2022

Dr. Emily Letran is a dentist, author, speaker, and life coach. Informed by her experiences fleeing Vietnam, Dr. Letran has optimized her opportunities for herself and for others, always striving for improvement. As a mother of three, she has learned to creatively balance work, family life, after-school life and her personal life as a growing entrepreneur.

Dr. Letran is actively involved in community services, sponsoring multiple local school and charity events. She created the Emily Letran Foundation dedicated to providing basic dental care to veterans and families of disadvantaged background, including the monthly Free Dentistry Day, where she and her dental team work to provide free dentistry for the less fortunate in area communities.

To learn more about her Foundation, her books, and her coaching, visit her website at https://www.dremilyletran.com/

Episode 11: Rich Tu — Immigrant Excellence in the Design Industry

Episode 11: Rich Tu — Immigrant Excellence in the Design Industry

April 12, 2022

Rich Tu, a first-generation Filipino-American designer and artist.

A decorated figure in media, he is also works to uplift BIPOC creatives. He co-founded the COLORFUL grant with the One Club, and he hosts the podcast "First Generation Burden," which focuses on intersectionality and diversity within the creative industry.

He has won various awards and has worked with a number of big name clients and collaborators, and actively supports other emerging AAPI creatives.

In today's episode, he delves into his experiences entering the design industry and navigating the Trump campaign as a first-generation Asian American.

Episode 10: Matthew Ozawa — Curating an Experience: Expanding Representation & Engagement in Opera

Episode 10: Matthew Ozawa — Curating an Experience: Expanding Representation & Engagement in Opera

April 5, 2022
On today's episode of Asian Voices, Sasha Foo sits down with Matthew Ozawa, a renowned stage director, artistic director, and educator dedicated to the world of opera and theatre. They discuss the classical arts as a realm traditionally reserved for the white elite, his experiences navigating it as a Japanese-American, and the importance of expanding opera for POC performers and audience members. 

Ozawa has firmly cemented himself as one of the preeminent creative forces in the opera world today. He has directed for a number of opera houses and theatres across the nation and has won many awards, honors, and fellowships. He is also a decorated educator, bringing the arts of acting and movement to young minds. A lifetime of hard work and learning the business of the industry from the ground up has led to his founding of MOZAWA, a Chicago-based incubator advancing collaborative art and artists.

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