Episodes

134 // Suraj Kandukuri // Host - Brown People We Know

Dec. 14, 2021

Suraj Kandukri, Host of Brown People We Know, joins Jerry to share his journey growing up South Asian and how he found a calling, through a few career pivots, to share South Asian stories he didn't have growing up. Learn mor…

133 // Berna Anat // Financial Hype Woman + Host of Money Please Podcast

Nov. 30, 2021

Berna Anat, a self proclaimed financial hype woman, host of the Money Please Podcast, and overall amazing human being, joins Jerry on Episode 133 to share her journey as a child of Filipino immigrants who navigated her way t…

132 // Kanwar Singh // Technologist & Army Officer // Serving with Inclusion

Nov. 23, 2021

Kanwar Singh, a technologist by day and also a Signal Officer in the US Army Massachusetts National Guard, joins Jerry to share about his journey to America to pursue higher education, what led to him joining the National Gu…

131 // Misasha Suzuki Graham // Author, Speaker, Podcaster // Dear White Women

Oct. 26, 2021

Misasha Suzuki Graham, author, speaker, and podcaster, of the amazing duo behind Dear White Women, joins Jerry on Episode 131 of Dear Asian Americans to share her story of being a biracial Japanese American and the impact sh…

130 // Sara Blanchard // Author, Speaker, Podcaster // Dear White Women

Oct. 12, 2021

Sara Blanchard, author, speaker, and podcaster, of the dynamic duo behind Dear White Women, joins Jerry on Episode 130 of Dear Asian Americans to share about her journey through her biracial identity as a Japanese American a…

129 // Michelle MiJung Kim // Author of The Wake Up

Sept. 28, 2021

Michelle MiJung Kim joins Jerry to discuss her journey as a queer Korean American woman navigating academic, corporate, and now entrepreneurship life as she uses her voice to challenge the status quo in tech and beyond. Her …

128 // Joe Kye // Musician, Storyteller, Producer @JoeKye

Sept. 21, 2021

Joe Kye @JoeKye joins Jerry on Episode 128 to share his story of leveraging his talents and background to storytell and create content for good. We talk about fatherhood, career, and life and stay tuned until the end for a s…

127 // Justin Chon // Blue Bayou Film Writer, Director, and Star

Sept. 14, 2021

Justin Chon, writer, director, and star of the upcoming film Blue Bayou, joins Jerry on Episode 127 of Dear Asian Americans to share his story of growing up in Southern California, his acting and film journey, and what inspi…

126 // Anna Qu // Author - Made In China

Sept. 7, 2021

Anna Qu, author of Made in China - A Memoir of Labor and Love, joins Jerry on Episode 126 to share her challenging journey as a young Chinese American woman in New York City which she writes about in Made in China. No spoile…

125 // Dave Callaham // Writer - Shang-Chi

Sept. 3, 2021

Dave Callaham, writer of Shang-Chi, joins Jerry to share his journey into becoming a writer and what it means to write a script whose story features someone that we wish we had growing up. Shang-Chi opens today, September 3r…

124 // Destin Daniel Cretton // Director + Writer - Shang-Chi

Aug. 31, 2021

Destin Daniel Cretton, director and writer of the upcoming Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings joins Jerry to share his story of storytelling through film as an Asian American. We also talk about how the t…

123 // Adelaida Rosario, PhD // Lieutenant - US Public Health Service // #WeCanDoThis

July 27, 2021

Dr. Adelaida Rosario, PhD, a lieutenant in the US Public Health Service, joins Jerry to share her journey growing up in Guam and Miami, learning the rich history and culture of her Chamorro and Cuban identities, and what ins…

122 // Eric Toda // Tech + Community Leader // Words Into Action

July 23, 2021

Eric Toda, Global Head of Social Marketing at Facebook, joins Jerry to share his story of growing up as a 4th generation Japanese American, experiencing racism and stereotypes in the corporate world, and changing the convers…

121 // Michelle Ye Hee Lee // President - AAJA | Tokyo + Seoul Bureau Chief - Washington Post

July 13, 2021

Michelle Ye Hee Lee, President of the Asian American Journalist Association and the new Tokyo + Seoul Bureau Chief of the Washington Post joins Jerry to share her story of growing up in Guam, how she found her love of journa…

120 // Simran Jeet Singh // Scholar | Activist | Author // Fight For Equality

July 6, 2021

Simran Jeet Singh joins Jerry on Episode 120 to share his story of being an Indian American of Sikh faith, his journey through academics into activism, and the legacy he wants to leave for future generations. Learn more abou…

119 // Wayne Osako // Stamp Our Story // The Go For Broke Stamp

June 3, 2021

Wayne Osako from Stamp Our Story joins Jerry to share his story as well as how the Go For Broke Forever Stamp became a reality and launched on June 3, 2021. Buy your own Go For Broke stamps at USPS.com or at your local Post …

118 // Dion Lim // News Anchor + Speaker + Author // The Voice of a Community

June 1, 2021

Dion Lim, TV News Anchor, Speaker, and Author, joins Jerry to share her story of growing up Chinese American, her journey through journalism and how covering Asian American stories in the Bay Area has helped her find her voi…

117 // Eric Lee // Photojournalist // McDonald's #WeAreAPA Series

May 31, 2021

Eric Lee, a photojournalist based in Washington DC, joins Jerry to share his unique Asian American journey, how he fell in love with using his camera to share stories, and what he has learned working on the McDonald's #WeAre…

116 // Emanuel Hahn // Photographer // McDonald's #WeAreAPA Series

May 30, 2021

Emanuel Hahn, a photographer and director based in Los Angeles, joins Jerry to share his unique Asian American journey, how his global experience formed his view on life, and what he has learned working on the McDonald's #We…

115 // Norman Chen // CEO & Co-Founder of LAAUNCH.org // The STAATUS Index 2021

May 25, 2021

Norman Chen, CEO & Co-Founder of LAAUNCH (Leading Asian Americans to Unite for Change) joins Jerry to share his Asian American identity journey, how we got involved in starting LAAUNCH with his friends, and he wants to the l…

114 // CeFaan Kim // Correspondent - ABC News - ABC 7 NY // Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

May 15, 2021

Korean American journalist CeFaan Kim joins us to share his story of growing up in Philadelphia, what drove him to choose a career in journalism, and what principles guide him in his work as he has worked tirelessly for 20+ …

113 // Kristina Mananasala // Epidemiologist + Biostatistician + Community Advocate

May 11, 2021

Kristina Manansala joins Jerry on Episode 113 to share her personal journey of being the youngest in her Filipino American family, to studying neuroscience, and now helping to bridge the healthcare access gap particularly wi…

112 // Neil Ruiz // Associate Director of Race and Ethnicity Research at Pew Research Center // Show Me the Asian American Data

May 7, 2021

Neil Ruiz, PhD of the Pew Research Center joins Jerry to share about his journey as the son of Filipino immigrants, finding passion and mission in sharing our stories through data and research, and what he has learned about …

111 // Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Jerry Won

May 4, 2021

Jerry is back in the host chair as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, acknowledge friends who have been on the front lines of storytelling in our community, and share some historical facts and figures that m…