Sweet and Sour

Sweet and Sour

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A show about this Asian American life
26: Empathy Driven Design (ft. Hannah Chung)
Jul 18 • 36 min
Cofounder and chief creative officer Hannah Chung tells us about Sproutel, a patient-centered research and development workshop. She discusses her upbringing in the US and Korea, how she combined her love of art and science into user-centered design with…
25: Goddess Days (ft. Katerina Jeng & Krystie Mak)
Jul 11 • 28 min
Katerina Jeng and Krystie Mak share the origin story of Slant’d — an independent media company that celebrates Asian American identity through personal storytelling. They share their upbringings, conceptions of being Asian American, and self-care…
24: Kawaii Wonderland (ft. Leanna Lin)
Jun 27 • 31 min
Leanna Lin, a curator, buyer, designer, and businesswoman, tells us how she started Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, a family-run gift shop and art gallery based in Los Angeles. She discusses the kawaii aesthetic of her shop and how she selects independent artist…
23: Trial and Error (ft. Katherine Jin)
Jun 13 • 46 min
COO and cofounder Katherine Jin tells us about the evolution of Kinnos, a biotech company that’s raising the standard of infectious disease decontamination. Katherine also discusses her experience in the startup space as an Asian American woman,…
22: You Do You (ft. Alisha Ramos)
Jun 8 • 38 min
Founder and CEO Alisha Ramos discusses her journey building and and growing Girls’ Night In, a lifestyle brand and community for women who’d rather stay in tonight. Alisha shares how her perspective on her mixed race identity has evolved over time, and…
21: Embracing Uncertainty (ft. Coleen Baik)
May 31 • 44 min
Coleen Baik, an independent product designer, illustrator, and advisor, tells us about striking out on her own. She shares her artistic processes, how she’s come to embrace uncertainty, and her experience visiting North Korea as a Korean American. On…
20: Edgy Side (ft. Theresa Lee)
May 23 • 25 min
Founder and designer Theresa Lee takes us behind the scenes of her boutique fashion label, Future Glory, a socially conscious maker of handcrafted leather bags and accessories based in San Francisco. Theresa talks about her edgy side, growing up with a…
19: Dope Artistic Shit (ft. Jenny Yang)
May 16 • 40 min
Comedian, writer, and festival organizer Jenny Yang talks about her journey as a recovering overachiever, how she got into comedy, and the way she thinks about her role as an artist and creator. She also discusses the importance of including Asian…
18: So What? (ft. Meera Lee Patel)
May 9 • 28 min
Author and illustrator Meera Lee Patel discusses her latest book My Friend Fear and how she approaches vulnerability and identity in her art. She shares her pragmatic journey from part-time to full-time artist and talks about the daily philosophies and…
17: Soul Searching and Slurping
Nov 21, 2017 • 17 min
For the last episode of season one, katie and Nicole reflect on the show so far, share their favorite (and most embarrassing) moments, and discuss their hopes for Sweet and Sour season two and beyond. On Hella Asian, katie brings slurping etiquette to the…
16: Mixed within my Mixedness (ft. Kelsey Cheng)
Nov 16, 2017 • 27 min
Kelsey Cheng, a potter based in Chicago, talks about running a woman-owned business. She outlines how her craft and creativity have evolved and how she thinks about her mixed identity. On Hella Asian, Kelsey gives us a crash course in bed feng shui.
15: Swipe Right if 大方 [Da Fang] (ft. Lulu Cheng)
Sep 21, 2017 • 31 min
Lulu Cheng, product manager at Pinterest, talks Asian superstitions and how language reflects culture. We discuss Chinese words with no English equivalent and Lulu’s mental health experience. On Hella Asian, she shares her favorite part of a meal.
14: Being Brown in America, the Internet, and Love (ft. Ankur Thakkar)
Aug 15, 2017 • 45 min
Ankur Thakkar, head of content at Bumpers, talks to us about the internet. We discussed Vine, different waves of Asian American literature and how experimenting with different story forms led to his first novel. Ankur also shares three Hella Asian habits.
13: Jū-Ni Dreams of Sushi (ft. Geoffrey Lee)
Jul 28, 2017 • 29 min
Geoffrey Lee, executive chef at Jū-Ni, takes us behind the scenes of his sushi restaurant. We discuss his experience as a Chinese American sushi chef and getting a Michelin star. Geoffrey drops by Hella Asian, and tune into IRL for a MOCA tour.
12: Indomie, Indo-us (ft. Amy Wibowo)
Jul 12, 2017 • 30 min
Amy Wibowo, founder of BubbleSort Zines, wants to combine art and science education. She chats femininity, social media, and dives deep on the ultimate feminist snack: indomie. On Hella Asian, Amy shares her relationship with her house slippers.
11: Dumb, Evil, or Both? (ft. Anil Dash)
Jun 22, 2017 • 50 min
Anil Dash, CEO of FogCreek Software, discusses his Indian American identity and his work to make the tech industry more humane and ethical. We also debut a new game segment this week: Appropriation or Appreciation? katie has a personal kimono conundrum.
10: Power and Poké: Authenticity and Gentrification of Asian Food (ft. Sonia Chopra)
Jun 8, 2017 • 32 min
Sonia Chopra, the managing editor of Eater, talks Asian food trends and the importance of authenticity in popularizing food that isn’t yours. She also discusses Eater’s approach to covering food and its intersections in diverse and holistic ways.
9: Creating Spaces for Women of Color in Tech (ft. Kaitlin Gu)
May 30, 2017 • 32 min
We chat with Kaitlin Gu, a software engineer at Google and cofounder of Flawless Hacks. She shares her experience as an Asian woman in technology and her passion for education. On Hella Asian, we swap parents’ dating expectations.
8: Eat Bitter (ft. Jason Shen)
May 8, 2017 • 36 min
Jason Shen discusses the results of the 2016 Asian American Man Study, an annual survey of East, Southeast, and South Asian American men. We chat identity, stereotypes, and masculinity. On Hella Asian, Jason espouses shoe-free households.
7: The Origins of the Model Minority Myth (ft. Ellen Wu)
Apr 17, 2017 • 40 min
Ellen Wu joins us to discuss her book, “The Color of Success: Asian Americans & the Origins of the Model Minority.” We unpack the effect of the model minority on other groups and the role of Asian Americans in the formation of their own stereotypes.
6: Of Bananas and Coconuts (ft. Preetisha Sen)
Mar 21, 2017 • 27 min
Preetisha Sen, a proud coconut (brown on the outside white on the inside), discusses religion & tells us why being Asian American doesn’t mean constant identity crisis. She shares a Hella Indian story, plus: Can We Not assume an Asian woman is the nanny?
5: You Need Less Face (ft. Elise Hu)
Mar 6, 2017 • 36 min
Elise Hu joins us as Sweet and Sour’s first foreign correspondent. Elise works for NPR in Seoul. We talk to her about gender stereotypes in Korea and Japan, discuss Asian fetish and its ~consequences~, and her experience raising biracial children.
4: The Racialization of Popchips (ft. Priya Krishnakumar)
Feb 20, 2017 • 28 min
Priya Krishnakumar, a visual journalist at the LA Times, talks about her Indian American identity, South Asian representation in pop culture, and more. On IRL, Nicole recaps a political panel and ScarJo: Can We Not perpetuate white feminism?
3: Exploring Culture Through Art (ft. Felicia Liang)
Jan 27, 2017 • 21 min
Felicia Liang of #100daysians joins us for a conversation on art, culture, and more. On Hella Asian, Felicia flexes her abacus skills. Can We Not, Steve Harvey? katie and Nicole dive into his offensive remarks about Asian American men.
2: Swintoning
Jan 9, 2017 • 21 min
We discuss diversity in Hollywood and analyze the Tilda Swinton emails to Margaret Cho. Can we not only shoutout Asian women in rap with references to Chinese takeout? On Hella Asian, learn some tips and tricks for leveling up your food storage game.
1: The Contradictions of Being Asian American (ft. Jiming Zhu and Li Huo)
Dec 21, 2016 • 24 min
katie and Nicole talk to their parents, Jiming and Li, about their Chinese to American ratio. The Book and Essay Club kicks off with Erika Lee’s “The Making of Asian America.” On Hella Asian, Nicole investigates the ubiquity of the Danish cookie tins.
Preview: Welcome to Sweet and Sour
Nov 23, 2016 • 5 min
A preview of Sweet and Sour, a podcast exploring different facets of the Asian American experience.