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Hosted by your girls - Thuy & Tiana, this is a podcast where we have honest, candid conversations about adulting, careers, relationships and everything in-between. We started this podcast to share our perspectives and stories about navigating through adulthood as Asian Australians and hope that we can create content that is relatable and representative of our community. We invite you to grab that cup of tea or tequila and join in our conversations x
 
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Last episode of Season 3, what?! It's been an absolute joy ride the past few months with heaps of amazing guest speakers and new partnerships (shout out to Scoopy and Shapes and Sounds!). As a way to round off the season, us girls get hella deep and play the heartfelt, introspective game called "We're Not Really Strangers", a card-based game that e…
 
Uh-oh. There's a 4 in the title of this episode! What's wrong with that, you may wonder? Well, according to Asian superstitions, the number 4 sounds eerily similar to the word 'death' in Chinese and Japanese and is hence considered a very unlucky number. In this episode, we dabble into the (in)auspicious world of Asian superstitions and the superna…
 
As humans, we all have lots on our plate and are all prone to experiencing waves of burnout. In this episode, we discuss the struggles that we have balancing work, podcasting, social activities, relationships, family and self-love. We talk about practical habits and tips that we are trying to implement to manage our varying responsibilities. And ge…
 
Do you sometimes put up a wall up in relationships because you don't want to get hurt? Do you constantly crave attention from your partner and always wonder whether they actually like you? Are you able to give and receive love confidently? Attachment Theories is a psychological and evolutionary concept that breaks down human behaviour in social set…
 
Alrighty, so this is not the hit song by Calvin Harris & Rihanna BUT it is all about the theory of love languages baby!!!! Ahh, love is complex innit. As we try to navigate different romantic and non-romantic relationships, it is important to understand that humans give and receive love in different ways. According to Dr Gary Chapman's book The Fiv…
 
Have you ever felt conflicted because a family member's old school way of thinking doesn't align with what you value? Or felt a pull between being Asian and being Australian? Growing up Asian in the west comes with many beautiful things but it can also harbour feelings of confusion and disconnect as we explore our cultural identity. From gendered s…
 
'To swipe left or to swipe right? That is the question.' - Hamlet Shakespeare or something like that. Modern day dating has led to some interesting new inventions, apps being one of the biggest players in the realm. We're joined by our lovely girlfriends, Lucy, Ina Jade and Trinh for a fun chat about the eccentric world of dating apps. So, what con…
 
This is part 2 of our fantastic chat with ex-Masterchef Australia contestant, Khanh Ong! If you haven't already, be sure to check out Pt. 1 (episode #38) for an equally hilarious and insightful conversation. Khanh Ong is a loud and proud, Vietnamese Australian cook, presenter, author and ex DJ. Born in a Malaysian refugee camp into an incredibly ha…
 
You are in for a treat because we are absolutely BLESSED to have the vivacious Khanh Ong grace us w/ his warmth, wit and wonder! Khanh Ong is loud and proud, Vietnamese Australian cook, presenter, author and ex DJ. Born in a Malaysian refugee camp into an incredibly hard-working family, his infectious bubbly, down-to-earth personality, wit and capt…
 
The legendary Beyonce once said, all the single ladies - put yo' hands up! Whether you're a single pringle who is ready to mingle, Miss Independent or always on the prowl for a mans or womans, there is not doubt that all our experiences shapes us and our future relationships. In this episode, we are joined by 3 amazing babes who are all single and …
 
On today's episode we are seizing the yay with boss babe, lawyer turned funtrepreneur Sarah Davidson! Born in South Korea, at 6 months old, Sarah was adopted by a beautiful Australian family. She started off her career as a lawyer at a top tier firm and after an incredible sliding doors moment, quit corporate life to start her entrepreneurial journ…
 
BTS, Big Bang, EXO, Black Pink... sound familiar? Within the last few decades, Korean POP music culture has swept the world by storm, introducing a remarkable new world of entertainment in the form of eccentric music videos, perfectly synched choreography and eclectic fashion style. From the Hallyu wave to international collaboration with Western a…
 
Disclaimer: this is NOT a sponsored episode! We were so excited to have the opportunity to attend an advance screening of the breathtaking film, Minari. Minari is a movie written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung and starring Steven Yuen, Han Ye-Ri, Young Yuh-jung, Alan S. Kim, Noel Cho and Will Patton. It's a film that centres around a Korean immigr…
 
Siri, play Drake's entire discography because we about to hit da sad girl hours. Whether you've had your heart broken or broken up with your S/O, one thing is for sure.. breakups suck. In this episode, we get raw 'n' real and share our experiences with heartbreak. We talk about lessons we've learnt from these past relationships, get introspective a…
 
Guess who's back?! To kick off Season 3, we're absolutely elated to be joined by the amazingly talented Hieu Nguyen, a.k.a kelogsloops! Hieu is a self-taught Asian Australian artist who goes by the alias kelogsloops. He specialises in both digital and watercolour paintings, blending abstract and surreal art styles with anime influences from his upb…
 
For our season 2 finale, we are stoked to be joined by an absolute Asian Australian treasure - writer & broadcaster Benjamin Law. *Warning: this episode is an actual FEAST FOR YOUR EARS because of Benjamin Law* He is best known for being the creative genius behind the SBS award winning TV show, 'The Family Law' - which was originally a memoir based…
 
Is it a plane? Is it a bird? No, it's an overworked, underpaid, caffeinated corporate worker leaving their 60 story building on the way to their next client meeting. We had the absolute pleasure of being joined by our boss af friends, Cordell and Vivien, who are years deep into their careers at a Big 4 & Tech firm and have kindly shared their exper…
 
The infamous "I'm fine"... what does it really mean?! Women, girls, ladies and those who identify as female are known to be mysteriously complicated, but there's a reason behind all of our thinking. A few of our amazing listeners have sent us through some questions and in this episode, we're answering the ones related to the female species. We've a…
 
As proud children of immigrants and first-generation Asian Australians, we are incredibly grateful for our families' sacrifices and the hardships that they endured whilst escaping their lives in war-torn Vietnam. In this episode, we're joined by our good friend David Tran. We all candidly share the tumultuous journeys that our loved ones went throu…
 
Whether you're the type of person who will run straight through red flags like a bull running towards the giant red flag in Spain or you press eject as soon as you see a shade of pink, one thing is for sure. RED FLAGS spell DANGER on the dating/relationship battlefield. So, how adventurous are you feeling? In this episode we're joined by our favour…
 
Opening up the dialogue about mental health is definitely not an easy task in some households. It can be frustrating, daunting and sometimes tiresome to be vulnerable in front of your family and friends. Although now, more than ever, it's become so important to normalise these conversations about mental health! In this episode, we're joined by the …
 
Rooted in cultural nuances, cracks in our healthcare system and barriers to entry, starting your mental health journey can seem daunting at first. However, we're here today to break it down. In this episode, we're lucky to be joined by the delightful Asami Koike, a registered Music Therapist and founder of Shapes & Sounds - an initiative dedicated …
 
To celebrate us both turning 24 this week, we've put together 9 lessons (+ some bonus ones) that we've learnt in love, friendships, relationships & self-reflection. Move over Confucius. Aristotle who? Join us for this very chill episode as we get hella deep and candid about our inner flaws and lessons we've realised in our early 20s. E P I S O D E …
 
One of our main motivators behind starting this podcast was to do our little part to increase Asian representation in media. In this episode, we deep dive into the past, present & future of Asian representation in film, tv & YouTube. We dissect how it has progressed over the years and the direction we're moving towards with the increase in Asian ta…
 
Let's talk about sex baby, let's talk- JUST KIDDING, that is DEFINITELY not happening in an Asian household. It's a fact, there are plenty of taboo topics that one must not mention beneath the roof of an Asian house; drugs, love, sex, mental health and getting bad grades are the in the no go-zones of an average conversation with the parents. Tune i…
 
Do nice guys always finish last? Do fuckbois/players always slay? Tune into this episode as we deep dive into the common traits we come across in the notorious fuckboi, beloved nice guy and soft boy hybrid. We unpack what makes these guys tick, why we're attracted to some guys over others & try to justify their behaviours as if we're some highly qu…
 
During our 20s, we experience waves of different emotions. From the excitement of being a "fully fledged adult" with a newfound sense of independence to feeling lost as we discover more about ourselves through valuable life lessons. It's fun, scary, confusing, wild, anxiety-inducing and thrilling; all at the same time. In this episode, we chat abou…
 
Hi beautiful human beings, we're Thuy & Tiana! This is the place where we talk about navigating through adulthood as Asian Australians 💬 🐨 Noticing a lack of Asian representation in the media, we decided to create a place to share our stories and experiences to:✨ entertain✨ inform✨ & represent our community. We have candid conversations about cultu…
 
Emulsion? Serum? Toner? Don't worry, we're just as confused as you are - all of these words sound like an alien language but are actually products that everyone should adopt in their own skincare regimen! In this episode, we explore the interesting world of Asian beauty; from the 7-step Korean skincare routine to where Asian beauty standards get th…
 
We know this topic can seem quite heavy and tbh we're not experts, so we defs ain't out here trying to preach. In this episode, we share our feelings towards Black Lives Matters and the convos we've had with our parents about it. We hope that by sharing our experiences, you feel like you can relate and it encourages you to reflect and start a dialo…
 
In our Season 2 Premiere, we discuss our experiences trying to navigate today's dating landscape to find da one. From swiping right on Tinder to making moves on Hinge, we breakdown the pros and cons of the juicy world of online dating and find out which app is most app-ealing to us ;) We're joined by our lovely friends Jasmine & Martin, who spill t…
 
It's been an amazing journey leading up to where we are today with Unapologetically Asian and we couldn't have done it without every single one of your support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for putting in the time and effort to listen to us! Join us in this quick recap, as we reflect on our favourite moments & highlights in Season 1. Don…
 
Whilst many Asians have typically been guided towards a traditional career path and pursued success in STEM industries; there is a rise of Asians challenging the status quo, breaking the mould and redefining the meaning of success as an Asian. In this episode, we talk to Phillip Kuoch & Tom Tan from LEMON podcast. From KPOP auditions to a career as…
 
The bamboo ceiling is the construct that mitigates Asians from progressing to leadership positions within an organisation. Whilst Asians are able to see these leadership positions through the gaps of the metaphorical bamboo ceiling, they are unable to physically break through due to a combination of cultural, social & systematic factors that impede…
 
Is it me or is it hot and steamy in here? Everyone has had a eureka moment in their lives where they come up with a revolutionary thought and most of the time, it happens in the presence of hot running water and solitude - shower time. In today's episode, we talk about some shower thoughts we've come across online and thought of on our own. Come an…
 
From making a good first impression with the big cheese to making new friends, we discuss nuggets of advice that we've learnt through our own experiences. Spoiler alert: it may or may not involve copious amounts of caffeine. We address how we've adapted in predominately caucasian workplaces as the token Asian and how we try to chase that sweet, swe…
 
So, are all asians good at maths and studying to become doctors or engineers whilst being super timid & quiet with a love for anime? In this episode we deep dive into the stereotypes associated with being a good asian and deduce whether we're good or bad? From studying the Asian 5 to typical Asian career choices, and being a goody two-shoes who lov…
 
Amidst this bleak time of uncertainty, we wanted to do something fun and silly to help brighten up your day. So, we decided to write Subtle Asian Dating-esque profiles for each other. Basically, a list of pros and cons of dating the other person. We have a juicy discussion about whether wholesome LGs actually exist, uncover Thuy's logic about why s…
 
We are back baby with Part II of our fave travel experiences - all aboard the TT750 Express. From physics defying earrings to 5 girls:1 Malaysian bed, getting spirited away in Taiwan to giving Bear Grylls are run for his money in NZ; we share more of our favourite travel stories over the years! As always, remember your neck pillows, plug in those e…
 
If you're like us, then you would agree that having a flight booked in your calendar is fuel to getting through life. Join us on the TT750 Express as we embark on a journey around the world and relive our experiences overseas. From street food in Vietnam to Bachelor escapades in Thailand, clogging toilets in Korea and getting barred by clubs in Jap…
 
For us, our New Year doesn't start on January 1st, but in February - wait no I mean, January.... okay when the full moon cycle restarts... what?? Happy Lunar New Year everyone! Tune in to hear us explore the different traditions and customs we Asians face yearly and hold true to us dearly. It's through these experiences that have made and shaped us…
 
Is it fur, foe or phở? Growing up Asian, we've been exposed to many unique traits that differ from the traditional Australian household, but probably the most notable is our experiences with food. In this episode, we explore the cultural practices surrounding Asian cuisine and what it was like being raised with a variety of customs that has influen…
 
THE $TRUGGLE IS REAL YA'LL! Whether you're currently living at home or living pay check to pay check to make rent; we have all experienced the internal struggle of spending vs. saving. On this episode, we discuss how we try to work hard & play hard (SPOILER ALERT: it's not easy), the pressures we face from ourselves, society & parents to save up fo…
 
Here's a fun drinking game: Take a shot every time you hear us say VSA! Ever wondered what it's like to be in a student club in university? Look no further, because your girls were both very heavily involved in the Vietnamese Students Association, a University based club that hosts social and cultural events. In this episode, we'll discuss everythi…
 
Ever find yourself scrolling aimlessly through FB and seeing memes that make you go "wow, that shit's relatable man"? So, do we! From a soju hierarchy to bubble tea addictions, tough Asian love to avocado noodles ??? join us on this casual podcast episode, where we kick back and go through classic memes from Subtle Asian Traits. You can see us live…
 
Some people graduate with a job lined up, others go travelling and many go soul searching. Regardless, most of us go through a phase we define as 'The Middle' - a period of time between graduating and finding a full-time job. Tune in to hear us talk about our experiences and woes after university and discover more about how we trudged through this …
 
From the ol' classic question - " So, where are you really from?" to being complimented, only to be followed with the phrase "... for an Asian", we share our encounters with casual and overt racism. By unpacking how racism has subtly infiltrated everyday conversations and acknowledging where we've played a role in this narrative, we hope to spark a…
 
In this episode, we identify 5 different Asian archetypes and pinpoint their unique traits. Got silver hair and own a Kathmandu puffer? Stan Jimin or listen to ABBA on the daily? Take a listen to see what category you might be in! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E------------------------------------------ •Asian archetypes (LG's, weebs, koreaboo, white-w…
 
The pilot is finally flying! In this episode, we introduce what Unapologetically Asian is and the masterminds behind it all. Join us to find out who we are and what being Unapologetically Asian is all about. This is a place where we talk about navigating through adulthood as Asian Australians! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E----------------------------…
 
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