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Hosts Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present They Call Us Bruce, an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.

Hosts Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present They Call Us Bruce, an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.


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Hosts Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present They Call Us Bruce, an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.




127: They Call Us Jon M. Chu

Jeff and Phil welcome Jon M. Chu, who directed the new film adaptation of the hit musical In The Heights. He talks about bringing Lin-Manuel Miranda's vision to the screen, getting the sauce right, and why this is the movie the world needs right now.


126: They Call Us The Asian Superhero Celebration

Jeff and Phil welcome DC Comics Editor Jessica Chen, the mastermind behind DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration, a new anthology spotlighting Asian superheroes and creators. They discuss why superhero representation matters and do some deep-cut nerding out over Batgirl, Samurai, Jim Lee and more...


125: They Call Us Vincent Chin

Jeff and Phil welcome writer Paula Yoo, author of the young adult book From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement. They discuss the legacy of the case, the incredible amount of research that went into this book, and the importance of chronicling this story for younger generations.


124: They Call Us Kelly Marie Tran

Jeff and Phil welcome actress Kelly Marie Tran, who stars as the titular voice in Raya and the Last Dragon. She talks about getting her life-changing role in Star Wars, the surreal significance of being a Disney princess, and the appropriate response to seeing yourself on a billboard.


123: They Call Us Raya and the Last Dragon

Jeff and Phil welcome screenwriters Adele Lim and Qui Nguyen, and head of story Fawn Veerasunthorn, key creators from the Disney animated feature Raya and the Last Dragon. They discuss swords, swearing, and making a movie during a global pandemic.


122: They Call Us Rep. Grace Meng

Jeff and Phil welcome Rep. Grace Meng, who represents New York's 6th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. The congresswoman talks about taking leadership amidst tragedy in the Asian American community.


121: They Call Us Angry Asian Man

Happy Angryversary! Jeff and Phil take a moment to observe the 20th anniversary of Angry Asian Man, the blog that started all this. Phil looks back at his beginnings and reflects on his unique view of Asian America over the last two decades.


120: They Call Us Asha Rangappa

Jeff and Phil welcome former FBI agent, lawyer, CNN commentator and Yale lecturer Asha Rangappa. She talks about kicking down doors, the rise of right-wing extremism, and how a girl from Virginia became the first Indian American female agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


119: They Call Us Your Korean Dad

Jeff and Phil welcome Nick Cho, aka "Your Korean Dad" of viral TikTok fame. He talks about his journey from coffee professional to making videos on social media, to becoming an affirming father figure to 2 million followers and counting.


118: They Call Us Bugs Bunny

Jeff and Phil welcome Eric Bauza, the new voice of Bugs Bunny. They discuss issues of diversity and inclusion in voice acting, cracking the code of a good impression, and how a Filipino kid from Canada ended up as the voice of animation's most wascally wabbit.


117: They Call Us House of Ho

Jeff and Phil welcome producer/friend Jes Vu and Salon culture editor Hanh Nguyen to discuss the new HBO Max reality show HOUSE OF HO. They talk about actual crazy rich Asians, family dysfunction, airing out your dirty laundry, and The Good, The Bad and The WTF of Asian Americans on reality television.


116: They Call Us Asian in New Zealand

Jeff and Phil welcome New Zealand writer/activist Tze Ming Mok. She talks about her country's complicated racial politics, what it's like to live under a functional government that has had a handle on COVID-19, and what her view of America looks like right now. (It's not good.)


115: They Call Us Election 2020

Jeff and Phil welcome blogger Jenn Fang and columnist Aisha Sultan to discuss the historic election of Kamala Harris as Vice President of the United States, the troubling truth about Trump supporters and the American electorate, and the amazing gift of Four Seasons Total Landscaping.


114: They Call Us The Donut King

Jeff and Phil welcome Alice Gu, director of the feature documentary THE DONUT KING, and Mayly Tao, proprietor of DK's Donuts, to discuss the incredible story donuts, refugee hustle, and the one guy responsible for the Cambodian American stronghold on donut shops on the west coast.


113: They Call Us Chinatown Pretty

Jeff and Phil welcome photographer Andria Lo and writer Valerie Luu, the authors behind CHINATOWN PRETTY, a blog and book capturing the unique street style of Chinatown seniors. They discuss the art of chasing down pretty poh pohs to take their photo.


112: They Call Us Yellow Rose

Jeff and Phil welcome filmmaker Diane Paragas, writer/director of the new movie Yellow Rose. She talks about the long journey to bring her story to the screen, how she cast the film's incredible star Eva Noblezada, and why country music is so cinematic.


111: They Call Us We Bare Bears

Jeff and Phil welcome Daniel Chong, creator of the hit animated series We Bare Bears. They discuss the bittersweet end of the show, the very real-world issues in We Bare Bears: The Movie, and how a cartoon about a trio of bear brothers can inspire empathy and understanding in these dark times.


110: They Call Us The Paper Tigers

Jeff and Phil welcome Quoc Bao Tran, writer/director of the new kung fu comedy THE PAPER TIGERS. He talks about the long journey to make this film, why this had to be an Asian American story, and The Good, The Bad and The WTF of getting too old for this s**t.


109: They Call Us Sujata Day

Jeff and Phil welcome Sujata Day, who wrote, directed, produced and starred in the new film DEFINITION PLEASE. She talks about the failed spelling bee word that haunts her, taking the plunge (and calling all her friends) to make her first feature, and revealing a certain co-star's... assets.


108: They Call Us Vaccine Trials

Jeff and Phil welcome design/technology writer Gregory Han, who has been participating in a clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine. They discuss what it will take to end the virus, what the world might look like on the other side, and if karaoke will survive coronavirus.