Sweet and Sour

Sweet and Sour

sweetandsour.fm
A show about this Asian American life
14: Being Brown in America, the Internet, and Love
Aug 15 • 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
Jul 28 • 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
Jul 12 • 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?
Jun 22 • 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
Jun 8 • 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
May 30 • 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
May 8 • 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
Apr 17 • 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
Mar 21 • 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
Mar 6 • 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
Feb 20 • 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
Jan 27 • 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 • 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
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.