Yellow Glitter

Yellow Glitter
Welcome to Yellow Glitter! Mindfulness through the eyes & soul of a gay Asian. Every episode, I share with you what’s on my mind, things I’m be struggling with and how I’m working through it to help you live a more mindful, fabulous life!

#25 Moving mountains and the importance of visibility with Rain Valdez
Sep 18 • 57 min
In this episode, we are joined by Rain Valdez to talk about her journey from the Philippines and Guam to the Emmy-nominated actress and producer she is today. We talk about her Emmy-nominated show, Razor Tongue, as well as her recent work on Disclosure…
#24 Discovering our voice & living our unapologetic truth with Amazin Lêthi
Jul 30 • 97 min
In this episode, we are joined by Amazin LeThi, LGBTQ+ sports ambassador, former competitive bodybuilder, entertainment executive, and fitness author to chat about current events and her life journey. We talk about trans-racial issues, equity and…
#23 Representation and equity in media with Ian Alexander & Vivien Ngô
Jun 15 • 94 min
I am joined by none other than Ian Alexander (Buck Vu of The OA) and Vivien Ngô (Trinh Phan of Queen Sugar) to talk about what it’s like being gaysian in the entertainment industry, their humble beginnings as children of Asian immigrants, and their latest…
#22 Activism, direct action, and expressing solidarity with Kalaya’an Mendoza
Jun 6 • 44 min
In this powerful episode, I’m joined by Kalaya’an Mendoza, a nonviolent direct action trainer and disaster preparedness expert, to talk about the current climate and advice for those who headed out to protest in the streets. We chat about how we can show…
#21 Combating racism towards Asians amidst COVID-19 with Derek Tran
Apr 27 • 42 min
With the novel coronavirus spreading all around the world, so has intolerant attitudes towards Asians. Hate crimes have increased to unsettling amounts and it seems to get worse with each passing day. I am joined in this conversation with our returning…
#20 Managing Change During Turbulent Times with Ning Zhou and Marti G Cummings
Apr 9 • 86 min
We are living in an unprecedented era with many of us confined in our own homes, facing uncertainty around COVID-19, and experiencing sudden changes in employment. Join us for a session as we have a chat on staying physically and mentally healthy amidst…
#19 Finding Opportunity During COVID-19 and Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility
Apr 2 • 20 min
This episode, we talk about the continued struggles with COVID-19 here in NYC. But in light of this, there is also opportunity to connect with friends, family, our finances, emotions, feelings, and the planet. We also touch on some of the discriminatory…
#18 Lessons from the Coronavirus on privilege, xenophobia, and mindfulness
Mar 27 • 19 min
This episode, I talk about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. I share how our privilege and ignorance has led us where we are today, why we may be past the point of containment, why getting rid of wet markets is not the solution, addressing xenophobia, and…
#17 Behind the comedy and queer Asian life, love, and spirituality with Margaret Cho
Mar 11 • 49 min
This episode, we have none other than Margaret Cho, one of the leading queer Asian voices in comedy, media, and activism here in America. We sit down and talk about her life leading up to comedy, including what it was like growing up in a Korean…
#16 Navigating media, dating apps, and finding love with ONCH
Feb 29 • 36 min
This episode, we chat with ONCH, a nonbinary first-generation Taiwanese-American designer in LA about gaysian representation in media, racial fetishism, navigating finding love as a queer Asian, and the impact of social media and dating apps on today’s…
#15 On equity and challenging personal preferences with Johnathan Gibbs (aka blasianFMA)
Feb 26 • 53 min
This episode, we chat with Johnathan Gibbs, aka blasianFMA about activism, biracial identities, model minority myths, our racial preferences, and so much more.
#14 Navigating asexual, panromantic, and polyamorous identities with Robin Mele
Feb 24 • 39 min
This episode, we sit down with Robin Mele, a queer second-generation Taiwanese-American therapist in NYC and learn more about them navigating through their asexual, panromantic, and polyamorous identity. We talk about identities, stereotypes, dating apps,…
#13 On growing up Indian and lessons in love with Rajiv Khanna
Feb 17 • 44 min
This episode, we sit down with Rajiv Khanna, a gay second-generation Indian-American living in San Francisco. We talk about what it was like growing up as a gay Indian man, coming out, dating apps, combating prejudice and so much more.
#12 On finding self-love and cultivating gaysian pride with Derek Tran
Feb 17 • 60 min
This episode, we sit down with Derek Tran, a gay second-generation Vietnamese-American entrepreneur in LA and talk about growing up in LA, being a part of the gaysian LA scene, navigating social media and dating apps, and finding self-love through his…
#11 My experience with death and lessons of impermanence
Feb 7 • 24 min
Right now, we are in quite a precarious time. From the recent death of Kobe Bryant to hundreds of people dying from the Coronavirus all around the world, death is becoming more present than ever. For me, it’s been a frequent visitor and teacher. I share…
#10 My 2019 in review and creating habits and New Year’s resolutions that stick
Jan 17 • 29 min
I’m back for 2020! I share with you my highs of 2019, favorite books I’ve read, lessons from my lows, and advice on how to create habits and New Year’s resolutions that stick. I share a bit about how to practice self-love, compassion and how to address…
#9 Forgiving our parents and caregivers
Nov 28, 2019 • 10 min
Happy Thanksgiving! Though this day has quite questionable roots, many of us are spending time with those we love. For many Asians, this might mean returning home to our conservative Asian families. In this episode, I share with you something that is near…
#8: Lessons from writing about the cultural insensitivities of Queer Eye Japan
Nov 26, 2019 • 12 min
This past week, I published an article addressing the cultural insensitivities of Queer Eye Japan. Lots of learnings and also four key lessons to share with you.
#7: Defying filial piety and Asian parental
 expectations in career and in life
Nov 11, 2019 • 23 min
In this episode, we talk about defying filial piety and our parent’s Asian expectations as we make decisions in career and in life. I share my story of not becoming a doctor, filial piety, Asian guilt, why not following our heart has dire consequences,…
#6: Yellow fever and rice queens: fetish or just a preference?
Oct 29, 2019 • 17 min
Yellow Fever!! Exoticism, objectification, and fetishizing of the yellow skin. It’s prevalent everywhere and every single Asian I’ve known has faced this in dating and especially interracial relationships. In this episode, I talk about the origins of…
#5 Queer rights and facing discrimination in the workplace
Oct 14, 2019 • 26 min
This week, we had three major cases got up against the Supreme Court regarding discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We talk about the three cases, the importance of them, and some advice on how to approach…
#4: Let’s talk about drugs
Sep 24, 2019 • 40 min
Whether we like to admit it or not, drugs are all around us. They are at parties, festivals, and even the bars we frequent. And for us to build a more mature relationship with drugs - we need to talk about them openly. This episode, we dive into talking…
#3: Managing superficiality in Asian and gay cultures
Sep 8, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode, we talk about superficiality in Asian and gay culture. We dive into issues of authority figures, generational trauma, plastic surgery, digital modifications, body-shaming and colorism in advertisements, gay-dating apps, performance…
#2: Growing up Asian and Gay in America, and Feeling “Not Good Enough”
Aug 14, 2019 • 47 min
We dive into my stories of growing up Asian and gay in America, the feelings of not good enough perpetuated by people and society, and how to overcome it with some insights and compassion.
#1: What is Yellow Glitter?
Aug 3, 2019 • 12 min
Welcome to Yellow Glitter! Mindfulness through the eyes & soul of a queer Asian. Every episode, I share with you what’s on my mind, things I’m be struggling with and how I’m working through it to live a more mindful, fabulous life! For my first episode, I…