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Feeling Asian

Youngmi Mayer & Brian Park

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Welcome to Feeling Asian! A podcast where two Asians talk about their feelings. After a lifetime of holding in their emotions (shoutout to Korean moms!), comedians Youngmi Mayer and Brian Park are ready to let them all out. Each week, Youngmi and Brian dive into topics that range from sex/dating to umm...not sex/dating stuff, and invite their interesting friends along the way. Who knew catharsis could look so Asian? New episodes out every Wednesday! Follow us on IG @itsbrianpark and @ymmayer ...
 
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Janet Yang is an Emmy Award and Golden Globe winning Hollywood producer. With a career that spans decades, Yang came to prominence as Executive Producer of the iconic The Joy Luck Club and most recently as Executive Producer of the Oscar-nominated animated feature Over The Moon. A true Hollywood legend! She details her instrumental role in introduc…
 
Wilfred Padua is a NY-based comedian who regularly performs at comedy clubs and festivals across America. Up top, we address Wilfred’s jealousy-driven hate of us lol. Wilfred also opens up about being an outsider among Asians, performing in middle America and manifesting smooches in the coming year. Follow him at @wilfredpadua and important to note…
 
Jes Tom is a comedian and actor who was recently anointed by Vulture as a Comedian You Should Know in 2021. Jes joins us to discuss what comes with being a non-binary artist in this day and age. They also share highlights from their time working at a sex shop and explain why queers be having better sex. Follow them at @jesthekid. Also don't forget …
 
James Park is a food content creator popularly known for his mouth-watering instagram @jamesyworld. James teaches us a thing or two about mukbang and spreading joy through good eats. We also trade insights on how to receive compliments better and overcome imposter syndrome. Follow James at @jamesyworld! Also if you have a moment, please like, subsc…
 
Feeling Asian favorites Dylan Adler and Jenny Arimoto join us to talk dating and relationships! We answer your fiery questions which cover interracial relationships, coming out as queer, body dysmorphia and intra-Asian dating. Thank you to everyone who submitted their stories! Follow Dylan at @dylanadler_ and Jenny at @jennyarimoto. As always pleas…
 
Pam Yang is an executive career coach with 15+ years experience in brand, marketing and business strategy. We discuss career anxiety and aimlessness! Why do we feel stuck at our jobs? How do we evaluate ourselves and what we want out of work? If your parents are still pestering you to consider medical school then this is the episode for you lol. Le…
 
[TW: suicide in last 5 min] We are joined by friend of the podcast Fumi Abe! This one puts the feeling in Feeling Asian. Fumi opens up about experiencing depression for the first time after realizing his dream. Not gonna lie, we all spiral a little bit on this episode lol. Be sure to check out Fumi’s podcast - Asian Not Asian! Also don't forget to …
 
Dana Donnelly is a comedian and tv writer popularly known for her Twitter account @danadonnelly. On this episode, we dive deep into social media and the art of crafting an online persona and the drawbacks it has in the real world. Essentially, this is a primer for our future world when Mark Zuckerberg has inevitably hacked all of our brains. Give h…
 
In this episode, we dive into pleasure and orgasms! We are joined by Tiffany (not real name) who recounts her journey with achieving an orgasm for the first time at the age of thirty. She also discusses the psychological reasons that many people with vulvas cannot reach orgasm and shares what she has learned while diligently researching this topic.…
 
Jenny Yang is an LA-based standup comedian, tv writer and professional opinion-haver. She discusses how her college experience and career in politics helped her establish a unique voice in the comedy world. Jenny also talks about what it means to be an Asian comedian who is known for having a strong political voice. Brian talks about having multipl…
 
Back by popular demand we have Asian therapists Peter Adams, Ph.D and Melissa Yao, Ph.D of Buckeye Psychology! We asked all of you beautiful listeners, “If you had an Asian therapist what would you ask them,” and were overwhelmed with so many thoughtful questions. Listen to the episode to see how we did as “armchair psychologists” lol. Thank you to…
 
Ed Pokropski is a comedian, writer and producer for NBC. Warning: this episode is extremely Korean lol. Ed graciously shares his experiences as a Korean adoptee and what he learned from his trip to Korea. We also discuss Squid Game and the “controversy” surrounding Justin Chon’s new film Blue Bayou. Follow him on all socials at @epopski. Also don't…
 
Our famous friend, Jordan Mendoza returns to the podcast. Do what’s good for ya and give it a listen before he gives us the Hollywood treatment. The vibes are off the charts in this episode! We discuss everything ranging from heirloom tomato induced depression to what it’s like acting in a Netflix show. Follow him on socials at @jordypizza. While y…
 
This week it’s just us two! Back on our power cringe bullsh*t. Brian talks about obtaining one of his goals and what it taught him. Youngmi opens up about her body dysmorphia flareup and teaches us about amor fati by way of tiktok to mic. We also discuss a recent article centered around reddit Asians. Thank you for listening!!! Our next live show i…
 
Alexander Chee is most recently the author of the essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel and professor at Dartmouth College. He is also the first guest to subscribe to our Patreon on air lol! Alexander joins us to discuss his relationship to his biracial identity and recount stories of his family’s unique background. He also shares…
 
Kim Pham is the co-founder of your favorite pantry staple Omsom and vocal advocate for sex positivity, kink and bdsm. In other words, she’s much cooler than all of us. Kim joins us to describe the trials of starting your own company while being unapologetically yourself through it all. We also dive into kink and bdsm. More specifically, Kim teaches…
 
Jenny Arimoto is a comedian, writer and creator of your favorite viral videos this year. Jenny describes what it’s like to have “the conversation” with your White friends and subsequently becoming the main character. We also discuss the inspiration behind her viral videos and question people’s allegiance to Gwyneth Paltrow lol. Follow her on social…
 
Jordan Andino is a chef, tv personality and owner of Flip Sigi. Jordan is the embodiment of positive vibes only. Truly! Despite being one of the busiest people in the culinary industry, we asked him to reveal the secrets behind his optimistic outlook. We also discuss Michelin stars and get the tea on what it’s like to cook for the Kardashians. If y…
 
Feeling Asian favorites Julia Shiplett and Mic Nguyen join us this week for a dating-centric episode. We answer your questions from four different stages of dating/relationships: Julia is single, Brian is in a new relationship, Mic is married and Youngmi is divorced. The most popular topics listeners brought up were: interracial relationships, dati…
 
Steffie Baik is a model, actor and co-host of the Fun With Dumb podcast. Aka all-around very cool. Aka one-half of the cool Asian girl G20 summit with Youngmi. Steffie gives us a peek into her past life as a real estate agent before she became a true maven of Koreatown. We also discuss dating, monogamy and audition horror stories. Follow her on ig …
 
This week's episode is just us two! Centering ourselves in our own podcast (embarrassing)??? Youngmi discusses the horrible side-effects social media is having on her mental health. Brian talks about growing up and his fear of Peter Pan syndrome. For the optimal listening experience enjoy this outside with a nice cup of deer antler juice. As always…
 
John deBary is the author of Drink What You Want, co-founder of Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation and our podcast's first White guest. John tells us about his grandfather, Wm. Theodore de Bary, who is one of the most well-known East Asian scholars in the West and shares his own personal history with East Asian culture. We also dive into ally…
 
Logan Sandoval is a talented chef and co-founder of Zef BBQ, which was recently named by Eater as one of California’s best new restaurants. Logan grew up thinking he was Latino, then Black then discovered he was, in fact, Asian. We know it sounds confusing lol but it will all make sense once you hear Logan share his incredibly unique story. We also…
 
Jonathan "Joma" Ma is a modern renaissance man. Joma is a software engineer at Google and a YouTuber with 1 million+ subs. Basically how our parents want us to be creatives lol. Joma joins us to provide insight into the balancing act of having a stable tech job and managing a creative career all while avoiding burnout. We also dive into the nitty-g…
 
Hyungi Park is a multimedia artist popularly known for her signature tattoos, which you can see on ig at @park_hyun_gi. Hyungi joins us to discuss all things tattoos! Why she got her first tattoo, what tattoos she hates and how her strict Korean parents reacted to them. Hint: they don’t like them! Jokes aside, it’s a fantastic episode about followi…
 
Bowen Yang is a comedian and actor popularly known for his work on Saturday Night Live. Bowen joins us to discuss what it’s like being in the public spotlight as an Asian-American and gives us a peek behind the curtain into the Asian illuminati. Let us in!!! We also talk about parasocial relationships in the age of social media and best practices t…
 
David Yi is the foremost expert on male beauty standards. He joins us to discuss the politics behind the shifting perspectives of male beauty throughout history and encourages us to embrace "beauty beyond the binary." We also discuss how Western ideals of masculinity affect Asian-Americans. Go read his new book Pretty Boys, available at all booksto…
 
On this very special episode of Feeling Asian, we invited multiple Asian mental healthcare professionals to discuss unique issues afflicting the AAPI community. We also asked them what it has been like being Asian in a field that is 88% White. Joining us in this discussion are Diana Liao LMHC, Sonalee Rashatwar LCSW MEd, Christina Harrison LCSW, Me…
 
We return to our chaotic OG roots! This episode is just us two, for better or for worse??? In true Feeling Asian fashion it gets silly and heavy. Youngmi opens up about her ADHD, which often left her feeling too overwhelmed to do any work. Brian talks about feeling creatively inspired after seeing Bo Burnham’s Netflix special. We also discuss perso…
 
Sohla El-Waylly is a food person! If you use the internet then you, at some point, have been blessed by her food expertise. Sohla joins us to discuss silly things like the weather and “the simulation” to deeper matters like how food and food media have become a spotlight for systemic racism. We also dive into the secret to her unwavering authentici…
 
**We did a crossover episode with our good friends over at Asian, Not Asian Podcast! If you haven’t done so, please go listen to part one at Asian, Not Asian Podcast wherever you stream this podcast.** Brian confronts Fumi about the fall out of their friendship. It gets heated and tense but ultimately leads to a larger discussion on feelings, accou…
 
Yowei Shaw is the co-host of the NPR podcast Invisibilia. Yowei was recently announced as one of the new hosts of the popular show, and describes how that came to be and what the transition has been like so far. We also have a deep dive discussion into one of Yowei’s stories which examines dating preferences and the various ways they manifest. It g…
 
Suchin Pak is a trailblazer for Asian-American representation who is popularly known for her work on MTV News. She is also the co-host of the Add to Cart Podcast. Suchin joins us to discuss her recent comments detailing a racist, misogynistic incident during her tenure at MTV and what compelled her to go public with it. Also, in the vein of her hil…
 
Eric Kim is a food writer for The New York Times and author of the forthcoming cookbook Korean American. Eric recounts his coming out story and describes what he learned about his parents in the process. He details what it was like developing a cookbook during the pandemic and how in the wake of all his success it feels very surreal and almost fake…
 
Dae Lim is the creative director and co-founder of the cannabis brand Sundae School. He walks us through his rigorous upbringing in Seoul to his time working as a Harvard-educated McKinsey consultant and the motivation behind his switch to selling weed. Dae also opens up about his spiritual relationship with cannabis and overcoming the stigmatizati…
 
Sara Hiromi is a fashion model, architect and designer. She describes her wild entry into the modeling industry and details her experiences working in Japan and America. Sara is also Youngmi’s ex-husband’s girlfriend lol. We discuss the often misguided assumptions people have about the entire dynamic. Follow Sara on ig at @sara_hiromi! Like and sub…
 
Michelle Zauner is an incredible multi-hyphenate artist. Her musical project Japanese Breakfast has a new album, Jubilee, coming in May. Michelle also has a new memoir titled Crying in H Mart releasing April 20th. We discuss grief and the misconceptions surrounding it. Michelle also speaks to her biracial identity and the challenge of preserving As…
 
This episode has it all. We kick things off on a light note and give you a peek behind the production curtain. However, more importantly, we discuss our feelings surrounding these relentless anti-Asian attacks. Brian talks about taking a small trip out of town for his mental health and the subsequent feelings of guilt. Youngmi recounts a terrible i…
 
Rock M. Sakura is a drag queen popularly known for her appearance in Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 12. We discuss our heavy and tired emotions in the wake of America's anti-Asian racism. Rock also opens up about her decision to disclose her sex work past, frustrating comparisons to other Asian drag queens and how to make amends with your mother who was…
 
Angela Garbes is a writer and author of the best-selling book Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey Through The Science And Culture Of Pregnancy. We discuss motherhood and its toxic online communities. Angela educates us on the oppressive power structures that marginalize POC voices in the “mommy industry” and the steps we can take to mitigate these im…
 
Devin Blaskovich is a visual artist and photographer whose work has been featured in major fashion publications and exhibitions around the world. We have a lengthy discussion about the art world and the White gatekeeping and colonizing tendencies that exist within it. Devin also opens up about his relationship to his Asian identity and struggles wi…
 
Bohan Phoenix is a musician who hails from Hubei, China. This episode touches on so many emotionally charged topics! We discuss covid related discrimination directed at people from Wuhan, finding self-acceptance through hip-hop and Asian support for BLM. Bohan also opens up about the artistic challenges of being authentic without exoticizing yourse…
 
Dylan McKeever (@deemakes) joins Feeling Asian this week to discuss the real life experiences behind her viral comedy videos. Dylan discusses what it's like being a fourth-generation Chinese American, whose extremely Californian family barely fits many Asian immigrant stereotypes. She also discusses the nuances of being mixed race and how her famil…
 
Happy Lunar New Year! Year of the Ox, baby! Youngmi recounts a frustrating experience of when she had to suppress her emotions in the face of racism. Brian talks about the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes. We also discuss Chinese zodiac signs and Lunar New Year traditions. If you or someone you know experiences an anti-Asian attack, report it at stop…
 
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