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Southern Fried Asian is a new podcast from The Nerds of Color hosted by Keith Chow. Typically, stories about Asian Americans are centered on the experiences of those who grew up on the coasts -- New York, Southern California, the Bay Area -- where communities of different Asian American subgroups have lived for many years. On this podcast, though, we're gonna look at a region of the country that isn't typically associated with these stories and unpack what it means to be Asian American in the American South.

Southern Fried Asian is a new podcast from The Nerds of Color hosted by Keith Chow. Typically, stories about Asian Americans are centered on the experiences of those who grew up on the coasts -- New York, Southern California, the Bay Area -- where communities of different Asian American subgroups have lived for many years. On this podcast, though, we're gonna look at a region of the country that isn't typically associated with these stories and unpack what it means to be Asian American in the American South.

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United States

Description:

Southern Fried Asian is a new podcast from The Nerds of Color hosted by Keith Chow. Typically, stories about Asian Americans are centered on the experiences of those who grew up on the coasts -- New York, Southern California, the Bay Area -- where communities of different Asian American subgroups have lived for many years. On this podcast, though, we're gonna look at a region of the country that isn't typically associated with these stories and unpack what it means to be Asian American in the American South.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Chow Brothers

5/30/2021
Southern Fried Asian closes out AAPI Heritage Month by welcoming Keith's brother, Raymond Chow, to piece together their family's Southern Fried origin story. The brothers start off the pod trying to figure out if they actually sound alike, and how confusing it might be for the listeners (2:00) and whether Virginia still counts as the south (6:00). They also try to distinguish between rednecks, hillbillies, and hicks (8:30) before delving into the history of their family's Chinese restaurant...

Duration:01:10:40

Old Dominion University's 'Stop AAPI Hate' Panel

4/30/2021
This episode of Southern Fried Asian features a special panel organized by community members from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Keith, a graduate of Old Dominion, joined the panel alongside, Dr. Francis Tanglao Aguas, Dr. Kim H. Nguyen, Dr. Melody D. Agbisit, Veronica Salcedo, and Tracie Liguid. In a safe and inclusive space, invited community members share their stories of lived experiences as AAPIs in today’s culture and discussed ways in which we keep moving forward. Presented...

Duration:01:10:49

Perry Yung

3/25/2021
On a new episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith is joined by one of the stars of the HBO Max series Warrior, Perry Yung. Perry kicks off the podcast talking about his family moving to Texarkana, Texas to run a Chinese restaurant when he was a child (1:00). Then, he and Keith talk about how the Oscar-nominated film Minari resonated with them as Asian Americans who grew up in the rural South (14:00) and how opportunities to tell Asian American stories have changed since he started acting in...

Duration:00:35:15

Dr. David Surratt

2/24/2021
On a new episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith is joined by Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students at the University of Oklahoma Dr. David Surratt to talk about growing up Black and Korean in Tulsa. Keith and David begin by reminiscing about meeting at San Diego Comic-Con (1:00) before he recounts splitting his time between Oklahoma, California, and Pennsylvania in college (6:00). David then recalls growing up in the Korean Baptist church as a mixed Black child and...

Duration:00:41:15

Kavi Vu

1/27/2021
Welcome to a new season of Southern Fried Asian! We're kicking off 2021 with storyteller, writer, activist, and Georgian Kavi Vu to talk about how the AAPI community helped turn the state blue in 2020 and elect two Democratic senators in an historic runoff election. Kavi talks about her political awakening in 2016 and the hard work of organizing the AAPI community in Georgia (2:00), especially in the shadow of the state's history of voter suppression (6:00). She also talks about working for...

Duration:00:28:26

H'Abigail Mlo

12/23/2020
Just in time for the holidays, here's the final Southern Fried Asian of season five to close out 2020! Joining the podcast is H'Abigail Mlo, a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina and one of the founders of Voices of the Highlands, a digital storytelling project featuring Montagnard/Montagnard-American voices on identity, culture, and everyday life. H'Abigail describes what it's like to graduate college during a pandemic (1:00) before describing the origins of the Voices of...

Duration:00:36:49

'First Vote'

10/14/2020
With less than three weeks to go for the 2020 Presidential Election, Keith sits down with filmmaker and subjects from the new documentary, First Vote: director Yi Chen, podcaster Kaiser Kuo, and professor Dr. Jennifer Ho on this special election edition of Southern Fried Asian. The film follows the stories of four Chinese Americans from both sides of the political aisle in Ohio and North Carolina and the aftermath of Donald Trump's election in 2016. Yi explains the movie's long journey from...

Duration:00:41:34

Eva Noblezada & Diane Paragas of 'Yellow Rose'

9/30/2020
On October 9, Sony Pictures' Yellow Rose makes its theatrical debut on hundreds of screens across North America. To celebrate, the film's star, Eva Noblezada, and writer/director, Diane Paragas, join Keith on a brand new Southern Fried Asian. Diane starts off by talking about how growing up in Lubbock, TX informed parts of the film (2:30). She then talks about the process of casting both Eva (4:00) and fellow Broadway legend Lea Salonga (8:00). Eva joins the podcast at 9:35 and explains...

Duration:00:42:07

Luisa A. Igloria

8/19/2020
On a brand new Southern Fried Asian, Keith reconnects with his former college professor, Luisa A. Igloria, who was just named the first Filipina American poet laureate of Virginia. They kick off the podcast reminiscing about her first year as a professor of English at Old Dominion University (1:15) and being integral to the development of Filipino American studies at the school (3:00). Luisa then talks about her time as director of ODU's MFA program (11:45) before describing what it was...

Duration:00:38:05

Chen Tang

7/29/2020
This episode of Southern Fried Asian was recorded in February before the coronavirus shut down everything. While Disney may have taken Mulan off its release schedule, we're filling the void by releasing Keith's conversation with one of the film's stars, Chen Tang! Chen talks about immigrating to Memphis as a small child and growing up identifying as a Southerner (2:00) and contrasts it with life in southern China (7:00). He then talks about the process of joining Disney's live action...

Duration:00:25:30

'Far East Deep South'

6/3/2020
On June 5, the Oxford Film Festival will host the virtual world premiere of the documentary feature, Far East Deep South, a film about a Chinese American family discovering its unexpected history in Mississippi. Before its premiere, the filmmakers, Larissa Lam and Baldwin Chiu, sit down for this month's episode of Southern Fried Asian. Baldwin and Larissa take us behind the scenes on what led to the revelation that their Californian family had roots in the American South (1:15). Larissa,...

Duration:00:38:01

Edward Hong

5/13/2020
This month's guest on Southern Fried Asian, Edward Hong, has been tapped to deliver the commencement address for the APIA students of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. A fitting tribute to the college's first ever Asian American Studies graduate in the 300-year-old institution's history. Edward talks about his journey to W&M and discovering his passion for acting (5:30), as well as his role in creating the college's first Asian American Studies major (11:15). He also...

Duration:00:42:57

Dino-Ray Ramos

4/15/2020
It's Southern Fried Asian in the time of Corona as Keith welcomes entertainment reporter and Deadline.com editor Dino-Ray Ramos to the podcast. Dino describes his FilAm Texas roots growing up the son of an Air Force father (2:45), forging an Asian American identity in college (4:30), and his high school's secret connection to Friday Night Lights (8:00). Later, he shares how he got started in journalism while in college (11:30), blogging about fashion to being a publicist in the Bay Area...

Duration:00:41:13

Jamie Noguchi

12/18/2019
Happy Holidays! Not only is it Christmastime, but this is also Jamie Noguchi week on Hard NOC Media! Before he appears on a special Rise of Skywalker focused edition of Hard NOC Life, Jamie is also Keith's guest on this month's Southern Fried Asian. Jamie and Keith start by negotiating the southern bona fides of the DC-Maryland-Virginia region, otherwise known as "The DMV" (1:15). Jamie then reflects on what it was like growing up in Montgomery County in a less-than-diverse school (5:30),...

Duration:00:53:39

Jia Tolentino

11/20/2019
On this month's Southern Fried Asian, Keith sits down with The New Yorker's Jia Tolentino about her new book, Trick Mirror and life on the internet in the 21st century. Jia reflects on her book tour and how it feels to promote her work while also combating late stage capitalism (1:30). Later, she talks about meeting readers on tour and the gift and curse of social media (6:45) and the monoculture of the internet (13:30). Then she talks about growing up in Houston in a predominantly white...

Duration:00:47:56

Qasim Rashid

10/23/2019
A few weeks ago, Keith had the pleasure of welcoming to Southern Fried Asian human rights lawyer, policy advocate, and candidate for State Senate in the 28th district of Virginia, Qasim Rashid. With less than two weeks to go until voters go to the polls in Virginia, Keith and Qasim talk about why he's running and why it's important to get involved in politics at every level of society. Qasim reflects on being a candidate running for public office while also being an immigrant during the...

Duration:00:31:27

Marie Lu

9/25/2019
Southern Fried Asian is back! This time, Keith is joined by New York Times-bestselling YA science-fiction author Marie Lu. Her new novel, Rebel, the follow-up to her epic Legend series of books, will be available in bookstores October 1 -- as will the graphic novel adaptation of her DC Icons story, Batman: Nightwalker. Marie recounts what it was like moving from China first to New Orleans, and then to Houston (1:45) including those traumatic "lunch box moments" of childhood (7:30. Then, she...

Duration:00:50:44

Soman Chainani

5/29/2019
Southern Fried Asian returns with a brand new episode! Keith is joined by Soman Chainani, the New York Times-bestselling author of the hit children's fantasy series, the School For Good and Evil. The fifth book in the series, A Crystal of Time, is available now wherever books are sold. Soman kicks off the show by recounting what it was like growing up as one of the only Indian kids on an essentially "deserted and boring" island off the coast of Miami (1:00) and how tennis and Disney movies...

Duration:00:37:08

Sonia Saraiya

2/6/2019
On a new episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith is joined by Vanity Fair TV critic Sonia Saraiya to talk about growing up Indian American in rural Florida. Sonia tells Keith about why her family preferred settling in the middle of nowhere (2:00), how many Asian American communities buy into -- and thus perpetuate the model minority myth (8:30). She also recalls an infamous lunchbox moment (13:00) and how acceptance of ethnic food has evolved since then (16:00). Sonia also describes how...

Duration:00:48:52

Frank Shyong

1/16/2019
Southern Fried Asian returns with a brand new episode to kick off the new year! Joining the show is Los Angeles Times reporter and Nashville native, Frank Shyong! Frank and Keith discuss the mystery of non-existent Southern accents (1:30) and how growing up in the South has made him comfortable being an outsider (4:00). Then, Frank talks about a recent column in the LA Times in which he wrote about growing up in Nashville and reconnecting as an adult with the food he scorned as a child...

Duration:00:40:45