Episodes

155 // Justin Nguyen // Founder - Declassified Media // Always Be Creating

June 24, 2022

Justin Nguyen joins Jerry on Episode 155 to share his story of growing up in Connecticut, thinking he'd be a global soccer pro, and forgoing traditional employment post college to found and grow his own media business, Decla…

154 // Sarah Hwang // Author - Toasty

June 17, 2022

Sarah Hwang, author of Toasty, an amazing children's book about identity and belonging, joins Jerry to share her story of growing up in New Jersey and finding her path into the creative world and becoming a children's book a…

153 // Katrina Torrijos // Adobe Express Evangelist // Creating Her Own Dream Career

June 10, 2022

Katrina Torrijos, content creator and evangelist of Adobe Express, joins Jerry to share how the Torrijos family became Asian American, her childhood aspirations of performing, and her introduction to YouTube. Listen in as Ka…

152 // Calista Wu // CaliStar

June 7, 2022

Calista Wu, aka CaliStar, joins Jerry on Episode 152 to share about her journey through law, activism, community, and now entertainment. Tune in to hear how she is now committed to using her talents and gifts to uplift the A…

151 // Andrew Ahn // Director - Fire Island

June 3, 2022

Andrew Ahn, Korean American filmmaker, joins Jerry to talk about his latest film, Fire Island, out today on Hulu! Andrew shares about his journey into filmmaking, including how he came out to his parents. Listen in as Andrew…

150 // Neil Ruiz // Associate Director of Race and Ethnicity Research at Pew Research Center // More Data, More Answers

May 31, 2022

Jerry welcomes back Neil Ruiz, Associate Director of Race and Ethnicity Research at Pew Research Center, to discuss the latest data from Pew and what it says about the violence being directed at Asian Americans. Listen in as…

149 // Christine Peralta & Ian Shin // Asian American History

May 24, 2022

Jerry sits down with Dr. Christine Peralta, Asst. Professor of History, Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies at Amherst College and Dr. Ian Shin, Asst. Professor of History and American Culture at the University of Michigan…

148 // Danny Taing // Founder & CEO - Bokksu // The Asian American Dream, In A Box!

May 20, 2022

Danny Taing, Founder & CEO of Bokksu, shares his journey from academia, tech, and founding Bokksu, a direct-to-consumer snack subscription and e-grocer highlighting snacks from Japan and beyond. Learn more at Bokksu.com and …

147 // We Went To The White House!

May 18, 2022

WE WENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE! I share my thoughts and reflection on my visit to The White House on Tuesday May 17, 2022 for the official Presidential Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebra…

146 // Julia Riew // Musical Theater Composer-Lyricist and Playwright // Create Your Own Role

May 13, 2022

Julia Riew, a musical theater composer-lyricist, playwright, and soon-to-be Harvard grad, joins Jerry on Dear Asian Americans to share her journey growing up in St. Louis as one of very few Asian kids, how she found her pass…

145 // Jenny T. Wang, PhD // Best Selling Author - Permission to Come Home // Asians For Mental Health

May 10, 2022

Dr. Jenny Tzu-Mei Wang, psychologist, speaker, and best selling author of Permission to Come Home, joins Jerry to talk about the importance of our individual and collective mental health, her journey into the psychology fiel…

144 // Angela Kim // Creator - Mommy Diary // Happy Mother's Day!

May 8, 2022

Angela Kim, Creator and Blogger of the popular Mommy Diary, joins Jerry on the show to share her story of finding her unique voice in the world of content creation as an Asian American mother of four, what drives her work, a…

143 // MyKhanh Shelton // SVP of Equity & Inclusion, WarnerMedia

May 6, 2022

MyKhanh Shelton, SVP of Equity and Inclusion at WarnerMedia, joins Jerry to share her story of her belief in using media to help bring equity and inclusion to elevate Asian American and other marginalized communities. Listen…

142 // Justin Zhu // Stand With Asian Americans Co-Founder & Executive Director

May 3, 2022

Justin Zhu, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Stand with Asian Americans, joins Jerry on the podcast to share about how he leveraged his computer science and entrepreneur experience to help co-found and lead a civil rights …

141 // Michael Maliakel // Lead Actor, Aladdin - Aladdin on Broadway

April 29, 2022

Michael Maliakel, lead actor of the Broadway show Aladdin, joins Jerry on the podcast to share his story of growing up South Asian in New Jersey where "never allowed himself to dream of being on Broadway" to how following hi…

140 // Dave Liu // Advisor, Author, Entrepreneur, Investor, Philanthropist // The Way of The Wall Street Warrior

April 26, 2022

Dave Liu, a 30 year Wall Street and Silicon Valley Veteran, joins Jerry on the show to share his story of overcoming early challenges to rising to the top of the investment banking world and how he has dedicated his life to …

139 // Aiko Bethea // Founder - RARE Coaching & Consulting // Redefining Leadership

March 29, 2022

Aiko Bethea, Founder of Rare Coaching & Consulting, joins Jerry to share how her biracial Japanese Black identity and growing up in a Japanese speaking household shaped her decision to pursue education, law, and eventually f…

138 // SXSW 2022 - Dear Asian Americans, What Now?

March 23, 2022

An audio replay of the "Dear Asian Americans, What Now?" Panel from SXSW 2022 featuring Nydia Han, Muna Hussaini, Dion Lim, and Jerry Won. March 15, 2022 - Austin, Texas

137 // One Year After Atlanta

March 16, 2022

Jerry shares this thoughts on what this day means for him and our community as we remember the lives we lost one year ago in Atlanta.

136 // Dan Matthews aka DANakaDAN // Identity Through Music

Feb. 2, 2022

Dan Matthews, also known as DANakaDAN, is back for a second time on Dear Asian Americans (he was also on Episode 071 as a part of our Census Episode) to share his personal journey through identity, music, and community as a …

135 // Abigail Hing Wen // Author - Loveboat Reunion and Loveboat, Taipei

Jan. 25, 2022

Abigail Hing Wen, author of Loveboat Reunion and the New York Time Bestseller Loveboat, Taipei joins Jerry to share about her passion for Asian American storytelling and her career in government, law, and technology. Loveboa…

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…