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We tell Asian America's stories to go beyond being seen. As people of all backgrounds reckon with complex legacies of race, power, culture, and identity and ask themselves, “Where do I stand?” Self Evident presents reported stories and radically open conversations from the everyday Asian Americans who have been confronting this question for generations. Our mission is to empower local communities to share stories and build relationships around the value of self-representation. Self Evident i ...
 
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During the current refugee crisis in Afghanistan, we’ve seen Asian Americans working to resettle Afghan refugees and help them build new lives. Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Hmong Americans in particular have been reminded of their own refugee stories — not just the stories of leaving their homes, but stories of the challenges they’ve faced in rebuild…
 
We’re presenting an episode from Shoes Off, a podcast about Asian Australian culture hosted by Jay Ooi. In conversation with performers and scholars, producer Thinesh Thillai explains how power and status, and in particular, caste, enable art forms from marginalized communities to be co-opted. Shoes Off takes a close look at the history of Bharanta…
 
This week, we’re playing an episode from Making Contact. Making Contact produces media that analyses critical issues and showcases grassroots solutions in order to inform and inspire audiences to action. The episode, based on a documentary by filmmaker Grace Lee, is called “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” and it’s about t…
 
We’re playing an episode from an exciting new podcast by our friends at APIENC, an organization that builds transgender, non-binary, and queer power for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the Bay Area (you might’ve heard their director, Sammie, on one of our previous episodes). The new podcast is called Dragon Fruit, and it’s all about the hi…
 
We're sharing the story “When Your Country Doesn’t Trust You” from the podcast WorldAffairs.In the past year, reports of anti-Asian hate crimes have spiked across the country. A lot of this is attributed to anti-Asian rhetoric about the pandemic. But the hard truth is that whenever tensions escalate between the United States and Asian nations overs…
 
Julianne Sato-Parker first heard the phrase, “Shikata ga nai” while watching a video series of interviews with Japanese Americans and Japanese nationals who were incarcerated by the U.S government after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Japanese phrase translates to, “It cannot be helped.” It reminded Julianne of her grandmother, who has always said…
 
We’re sharing this story from one of our favorite podcasts, See Something Say Something, by Ahmed Ali Akbar. Pakistani-American communities in the U.S. rely on dealers on WhatsApp to gain access to their most coveted treasure: Pakistani mangoes. And they pay a premium for it. In part one of this two-part investigation, reporter Ahmed Ali Akbar sear…
 
The phrase “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” is buzz-word-ier than ever, but what does it really take to empower workers and reduce racialized harm in the places where we spend so many of our waking hours? And when is it OK to simply stop trying? In this second episode of a three-part series, guest host Alex Sujong Laughlin (Senior Producer at Tra…
 
The impact of storytelling is often portrayed as a story changing the life of the person consuming it — and changing the world by reaching as many people as possible. But what about the person who offers their story to be consumed? How else can we define the value of our life’s stories, and the importance of how they’re shared? In this second episo…
 
We often take for granted that “seeing people who look like us” — especially in mass media — means progress towards racial justice. But what forms of representation do we see making an impact? And who is that impact for? In this first episode of a three-part series, Senior Producer Julia Shu invites Eliza Romero (co-host of Unverified Accounts and …
 
The Codeswitchers Podcast is back and moisturized for your pleasure! Tony throws another topic in the air for the new ELJAY Reacts segment that's 100% worth the listen (5:15). After the preliminaries, the guys lock in on Mark Cuban's interesting decision to not play the National Anthem before his NBA home games (16:36). They also take a bit to addr…
 
Why do Asian Americans have such deep relationships with fruit? Cathy goes on a quest to find the answers — starting with her friendly neighborhood fruit vendor, Cece, then spending time with friends and listeners in our extended podcast fam. Along the way, she hears stories about family heirloom trees, mango sharing techniques, persimmon obsession…
 
We'll give you the summary here, but there's so much more here that we can't mention that you just need to press play to catch it all. The main topics, however? Tony surprised LJ with a new mini-segment - "Reaction Time" - that seems to be a mainstay for the rest of the season (10:20). Afterwards, the guys tentatively walk back their endorsement of…
 
Today's episode starts off a little... interesting, but after sorting out the details, L.J. and Tony decide to let their friend Eric stick around as the first ever guest! After a quick pulse check (including L.J.'s close encounter with the recent tornado to touch down in the Birmingham area), the guys pay respects to Larry King, Sekou Smith, and th…
 
A new week brings new topics for Tony and L.J. to discuss, but not before the return of Tony's Education Appropriation, based around the "unpopular" quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr (11:53). The guys then dive headfirst into the 1776 Report and why it's a waste of time (43:29). Afterwards, the mood shifts as they address the comments of one of Ar…
 
When producer Erica Mu moved back to her hometown in 2014, she said goodbye to a past life without any idea what exactly her new life should look like. Looking for the most grounded place she could find, she went to the local mall early one morning, turned on her tape recorder, and started talking to everyone she could meet. As Erica made her way t…
 
A new episode, with timestamps! It's a NEW DAY! After the initial celebratory riffs from the guys about James Harden being traded from the Rockets, the guys dig into the information that's been revealed since the U.S. Capitol attacks - from the panic button removal, to the thought process behind being a Black officer in a position to serve and prot…
 
Season Two of The Codeswitchers Podcast is back in a big way, and what perfect timing! The guys set aside some quality time to deep dive into the issues that enabled the terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol (21:10), but not before sending out prayers to Dr. Dre and that one football coach that had words for Stacey Abrams (well, not really the last …
 
What happens when you come to America to marry the person you thought would take care of you, only to find yourself in an abusive family, losing all sense of self? Guest producer Rosalind Tordesillas brings us this story about Joy, a woman whose dream marriage turned into a nightmare — and the advocates for survivors of domestic violence who helped…
 
During this year’s protests for Black lives, the national conversation was filled with calls to have uncomfortable conversations about anti-Blackness. This push, to talk about racism with our loved ones, has been both championed and criticized — but how do these conversations actually go down, and where do they lead? To find out, we spoke with thre…
 
During the 48 hours of uncertainty after November 3, 2020, our producer James called over a dozen people — not to talk about Trump vs. Biden, but about the more systemic problems that would stick with us after all the votes were counted. These conversations with family and friends led him to reexamine a pivotal moment in his civic education: When h…
 
With so much attention focused on the Presidential race and other federal elections right now, we hope you'll find it refreshing to hear from Yuh-Line Niou, the only Asian American woman in New York's state legislature. In this conversation with Rock the Boat podcast host Lucia Liu, Yuh-Line explains how and why she got involved with local and stat…
 
The guys are thankful to be back for another episode ahead of their 1-Year Anniversary of the CSP! And the guys load up with topics, from talking about the Quibi shutdown, to the Caren Act going live in San Francisco earlier this week, to the problems with saying "Go Vote" in today's political climate. And, there's a food fight. Sort of. Enjoy the …
 
When New York City became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, Brooklyn-based producer Beenish Ahmed struggled over whether to visit her parents in Ohio or stay put. Her parents — a landlord and hairdresser who immigrated from Pakistan in the ‘70s — begged her to come home. When Beenish finally decided to go in May, she recorded that journey,…
 
How can Asian American communities create safety, when the harms of racism and xenophobia are so deeply rooted in our society? We’ve spent time unpacking the simplistic solution of hate crime enforcement, then learning how local activists rallying against anti-Asian hate often reveal a much deeper history of neglect and under-resourcing of immigran…
 
So what's on the docket for today? The Presidential "debate", Breonna Taylor's killers still not being held responsible, the "defund vs. abolish police" argument, Masai Ujiri being sued for no reason, and all of that before Tony's Education Appropriation segment where he details why the term "A good school" can have some serious racial implications…
 
The rise in xenophobic harassment, discrimination, and violence against Asian Americans during the pandemic has led to a rise in neighborhood watch groups in historic Chinatowns and other Asian immigrant communities across the country. While these groups have made headlines for speaking out against racism, their motivations and actions reveal a dee…
 
In today's episode, the guys talk about making the best out of 2020 before paying respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Afterwards, the guys address yet another case of culture appropriation with Indianapolis' own Satcheul Cole. Then, the guys HB Dive into the Kansas City fans booing a moment of unity before addressing another polarizing issue with the …
 
This week's episode starts off paying respects to a man bigger than the movie roles he sought out; the guys honor Chadwick Bozeman before transitioning into the particulars with the Jacob Blake situation. They also take time out to thoroughly thrash Skip Bayless for his tone-deaf opinion concerning Dak Prescott's struggles... and then there's Jessi…
 
Two Asian American olds (Cathy and James) watch the original Mulan for the first time, then join a seasoned fan (Julia) — for an animated discussion about the limitations of Hollywood representation, the saving grace of gender-bending innuendo, and what exactly it is about Mulan that resonates with so many Asian Americans who grew up with it. Resou…
 
The guys make up for lost time on today's episode, paying respects to Aaliyah and Kobe Bryant, before touching on the Jacob Blake shooting (note: this episode was recorded the night before Kyle Rittenhouse, that's being addressed on the next episode). Tony decides to educate listeners on the origins of the phrase "Uncle Tom" in his new segment, whi…
 
Two incidents of anti-Asian racism — the beating of an elderly grandfather in a San Francisco park and the harassment of a mourning son in a New York pharmacy — reveal an ugly side of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first of three episodes reporting on Asian American responses to anti-Asian hate incidents. Share your thoughts on the stories with…
 
In today's episode, after giving life updates about the recent hiatus, the guys decide to - finally - talk about politics centered on Joe Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris and why their issues with her won't dissuade their decisions to vote in the upcoming election (12:38). The guys then address R. Kelly's goons intimidating three witnesses (no, …
 
On today's episode, the guys pay respects to one of the founders of the legendary Roots crew before conquering the mystery seed phenomenon and addressing the possible renaming of the Edmund Pettus bridge (spoiler alert, they hate the idea). Afterwards, the guys celebrate the recent additions of some of their favorite shows - like Sister, Sister and…
 
First things first... Rest in peace to John Lewis and C.T. Vivian, two pioneers for Civil Rights that you need to know about in order to understand the title of the podcast (3:33). The guys take some time to address their impact and give them their proper flowers. After that, the guys hop right into the drama, addressing the headache and complicati…
 
Episode 20 is here for your entertainment! For today's episode, the guys discuss the entanglement that's surfaced between Jada and Will Smith, the suddenness of Nick Cannon being fired from ViacomCBS, and the reality that the NBA probably needs to stay home for the rest of the season. Of course there's much more than that, so enjoy today's episode!…
 
The guys don't disagree much, but today's episode could change that... Firstly, they address the elephant in the room, or rather, the noose in the NASCAR garage for Bubba Wallace, and how that could have longer lasting effects on progress in the Black Lives Matter movement (11:00). Afterwards, they voice their concerns on the possible renaming of t…
 
You’ve said the words, “Black Lives Matter.” You’ve put your money where your mouth is. You’ve shown up for the marches. What next? What exactly is the change we’re showing up for, and how exactly can we commit to making that change in our own communities? In this bonus episode, we’re passing the mic to Jaime Sunwoo (a Korean American interdiscipli…
 
On today's episode, the guys talk about the ebb and flow of their personal relationships since they've become more vocal about Black lives mattering (3:15). The guys also address the theatrics that's unfortunately come along with it, such as Kente cloths from the Democrats, King Bach, and much more (35:11). Lastly, the guys address if the NBA shoul…
 
No code switching this time. Starting with George Floyd's death, the guys get honest on the current state of America... and the police brutality / incendiary tweets that got us here. From protests being hijacked by outside agitators, to the incorrect spin media's placed on things, to phrases such as "White silence" and "White guilt", the guys take …
 
Codeswitching is a talent, and some people are about to wield it as a weapon. Others, like Doja Cat for instance, may find themselves in a bit of a pickle when trying to use it a little too much for the wrong reasons. After the Anime update, the guys dive into Doja's stressful Memorial Day weekend (10:00) and addresses the complex layers around Aze…
 
In today's episode, the guys pay respects to Fred Willard (3:10) and have a quick Anime conversation before talking about the latest Verzuz battle with Ludacris and Nelly (15:53). The guys also debate who should be in the next one and why it shouldn't be Justin Timberlake. Afterwards, they address the best takeaways from the Jordan docuseries (42:0…
 
On today's episode, the guys start off with adressing the recent Verzuz developments with Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Ludacris, and Nelly (3:07) before diving into personal hold-ups about the state reopening this week (16:05). The guys then take time to address their feelings concerning the handling of the Ahmaud Arbery case in Georgia - and on Tony's…
 
Wait a second, it's a Thursday! On today's [REUPLOADED] episode, the guys get into the engrossing Last Dance docuseries surrounding Michael Jordan's last championship run (18:28). They also take on a couple of user-submitted challenges, including a not-so-tough Nickelodeon Elimination grid (45:16) and an absolutely brutal list of ten things they do…
 
On this episode, the guys address the death and impact of your favorite songwriter you never knew about... Bill Withers. Afterwards, the guys talk about DragonBall Z being a turn-based show (29:00), and the latest VERZUZ music battle with Lil' Jon and T-Pain. Lastly, the untitled sports outro with LaMelo Ball and the All The Smoke Podcast rounds ou…
 
The struggle to save lives from COVID-19 is far from over, and neither is America’s struggle against racism. As we report on hate crime and anti-racist action, Cathy and James hop on the phone and check in with a couple of our friends in podcasting: Paola Mardo (who tells stories from the Filipino diaspora on Long Distance) and Ahmed Ali Akbar (who…
 
In today's episode, Tony and L.J. discuss the direct impact (bad and good) the Coronavirus has had on their lives up to this point before getting into their favorite music albums of ALL TIME (27:30). After that deep discussion, the guys then share a few things you can do while in quarantine [or bored, whatever] (104:40). Lastly, the untitled sports…
 
Episode 10 of The Codeswitchers Podcast is live! In today's episode, the guys jump between multiple topics, including ELJAY's initial underestimating of the corona virus (4:40), Bloomburg's inability to dodge the semi-truck that was Elizabeth Warren (13:00), Tony's disappointment in the Fury/Wilder fight (22:50), the humanizing of Michael Jordan vi…
 
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