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Self Evident: Asian America's Stories

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Self Evident is here we decide where we come from, where we belong, and where we're going — by telling Asian America's stories. As more Americans are asking, “How do I fit into this time of reckoning with race, power, culture, and identity?” our mission-driven podcast presents reported narratives and radically open conversations that help listeners of all backgrounds take on the tough questions about who we are. Self Evident is a Studiotobe production, made with the support of our listener community.

Self Evident is here we decide where we come from, where we belong, and where we're going — by telling Asian America's stories. As more Americans are asking, “How do I fit into this time of reckoning with race, power, culture, and identity?” our mission-driven podcast presents reported narratives and radically open conversations that help listeners of all backgrounds take on the tough questions about who we are. Self Evident is a Studiotobe production, made with the support of our listener community.

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Self Evident is here we decide where we come from, where we belong, and where we're going — by telling Asian America's stories. As more Americans are asking, “How do I fit into this time of reckoning with race, power, culture, and identity?” our mission-driven podcast presents reported narratives and radically open conversations that help listeners of all backgrounds take on the tough questions about who we are. Self Evident is a Studiotobe production, made with the support of our listener community.

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English


Episodes

Self Evident Presents: "Underground Aams Trade, Pt 1" (by See Something Say Something)

6/10/2021
We’re sharing this story from one of our favorite podcasts, See Something Say Something, by Ahmed Ali Akbar. Pakistani-American communities in the U.S. rely on dealers on WhatsApp to gain access to their most coveted treasure: Pakistani mangoes. And they pay a premium for it. In part one of this two-part investigation, reporter Ahmed Ali Akbar searches for answers. Why are Pakistani mangoes so hard to find? And why is the Pakistani community resorting to deals on WhatsApp to procure...

Duration:00:35:01

How Do We Build the Places We Want to Work For? Feat. Gautam Srikishan and Snigdha Sur (AAPIHM 3/3)

5/26/2021
The phrase “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” is buzz-word-ier than ever, but what does it really take to empower workers and reduce racialized harm in the places where we spend so many of our waking hours? And when is it OK to simply stop trying? In this second episode of a three-part series, guest host Alex Sujong Laughlin (Senior Producer at Transmitter Media) invites Gautam Srikishan (Producer at the On Being Project) and Snigdha Sur (Founder and CEO of The Juggernaut) to discuss their...

Duration:00:38:10

How Do Stories Change Lives? Feat. Randy Kim and Tracey Nguyen Mang (AAPIHM 2/3)

5/18/2021
The impact of storytelling is often portrayed as a story changing the life of the person consuming it — and changing the world by reaching as many people as possible. But what about the person who offers their story to be consumed? How else can we define the value of our life’s stories, and the importance of how they’re shared? In this second episode of a three-part series, Managing Producer James Boo invites Randy Kim (Host of the Banh Mi Chronicles) and Tracey Nguyen Mang (Host of The...

Duration:00:33:13

How Do We Go Beyond Representation? Feat. Eliza Romero, Marvin Yueh, and Thomas Mangloña II (AAPIHM 1/3)

5/12/2021
We often take for granted that “seeing people who look like us” — especially in mass media — means progress towards racial justice. But what forms of representation do we see making an impact? And who is that impact for? In this first episode of a three-part series, Senior Producer Julia Shu invites Eliza Romero (co-host of Unverified Accounts and blogger at Aesthetic Distance), Marvin Yueh (co-host of Books & Boba and co-creator of the Potluck Podcast Collective), and Thomas Mangloña II...

Duration:00:40:44

Saving the Seeds

2/11/2021
Why do Asian Americans have such deep relationships with fruit? Cathy goes on a quest to find the answers — starting with her friendly neighborhood fruit vendor, Cece, then spending time with friends and listeners in our extended podcast fam. Along the way, she hears stories about family heirloom trees, mango sharing techniques, persimmon obsessions, and an unbridled love for durian. Then, she calls up food writer Priya Krishna and heritage farmer Kristyn Leach to unpack all the personal...

Duration:00:39:35

A Day at the Mall

1/18/2021
When producer Erica Mu moved back to her hometown in 2014, she said goodbye to a past life without any idea what exactly her new life should look like. Looking for the most grounded place she could find, she went to the local mall early one morning, turned on her tape recorder, and started talking to everyone she could meet. As Erica made her way through this sprawling landscape of mostly Chinese businesses in one of the most East Asian cities in the country, she peeked in the dreams,...

Duration:00:29:39

Finding Joy

12/28/2020
What happens when you come to America to marry the person you thought would take care of you, only to find yourself in an abusive family, losing all sense of self? Guest producer Rosalind Tordesillas brings us this story about Joy, a woman whose dream marriage turned into a nightmare — and the advocates for survivors of domestic violence who helped her through the long journey to becoming whole. Immigrant women like Joy often have an especially hard time getting help with domestic abuse...

Duration:00:40:23

Conversations About Conversations

12/6/2020
During this year’s protests for Black lives, the national conversation was filled with calls to have uncomfortable conversations about anti-Blackness. This push, to talk about racism with our loved ones, has been both championed and criticized — but how do these conversations actually go down, and where do they lead? To find out, we spoke with three cousins who created a conversation toolkit for Filipinx families, and made the nerve-wracking decision to test drive on a video call with their...

Duration:00:49:32

I Voted

11/17/2020
During the 48 hours of uncertainty after November 3, 2020, our producer James called over a dozen people — not to talk about Trump vs. Biden, but about the more systemic problems that would stick with us after all the votes were counted. These conversations with family and friends led him to reexamine a pivotal moment in his civic education: When he founded a chapter of the Junior State of America in the midst of the 2000 Presidential race, and learned that the act of democracy was a lot...

Duration:00:45:47

Self Evident Presents: A Conversation With Yuh-Line Niou (by Rock the Boat)

10/30/2020
With so much attention focused on the Presidential race and other federal elections right now, we hope you'll find it refreshing to hear from Yuh-Line Niou, the only Asian American woman in New York's state legislature. In this conversation with Rock the Boat podcast host Lucia Liu, Yuh-Line explains how and why she got involved with local and state government, and how her experiences as an immigrant American woman have enabled her to make a distinct impact in the New York state...

Duration:00:35:12

Self Evident Presents: "The Home Clock" (by A Better Life? podcast)

10/21/2020
When New York City became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, Brooklyn-based producer Beenish Ahmed struggled over whether to visit her parents in Ohio or stay put. Her parents — a landlord and hairdresser who immigrated from Pakistan in the ‘70s — begged her to come home. When Beenish finally decided to go in May, she recorded that journey, and the discoveries she made about her family’s relationship to America. This story is an episode we're sharing from A Better Life?, a new...

Duration:00:27:58

We Hear You (3/3)

10/15/2020
How can Asian American communities create safety, when the harms of racism and xenophobia are so deeply rooted in our society? We’ve spent time unpacking the simplistic solution of hate crime enforcement, then learning how local activists rallying against anti-Asian hate often reveal a much deeper history of neglect and under-resourcing of immigrant communities. In this third of three episodes on community responses to anti-Asian racism during the pandemic, we speak with four people —...

Duration:00:32:56

Here Comes the Neighborhood (2/3)

9/29/2020
The rise in xenophobic harassment, discrimination, and violence against Asian Americans during the pandemic has led to a rise in neighborhood watch groups in historic Chinatowns and other Asian immigrant communities across the country. While these groups have made headlines for speaking out against racism, their motivations and actions reveal a deeper story about the pain of underserved communities and the role of policing in those communities. In this second of three episodes on community...

Duration:00:43:33

Bonus: Mulan 1998 (A Reflection)

9/8/2020
Two Asian American olds (Cathy and James) watch the original Mulan for the first time, then join a seasoned fan (Julia) — for an animated discussion about the limitations of Hollywood representation, the saving grace of gender-bending innuendo, and what exactly it is about Mulan that resonates with so many Asian Americans who grew up with it. Resources and Recommended Reading: Ariana Amour performs "Reflection" 'Mulan' Was the Most Bisexual Cartoon EverWhat Mulan taught me about identity,...

Duration:00:23:34

Hate Goes Viral (1/3)

8/25/2020
Two incidents of anti-Asian racism — the beating of an elderly grandfather in a San Francisco park and the harassment of a mourning son in a New York pharmacy — reveal an ugly side of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first of three episodes reporting on Asian American responses to anti-Asian hate incidents. Share your thoughts on the stories with us by emailing community@selfevidentshow.com. To support our ongoing mission and work on stories like these, join our membership program via...

Duration:00:28:52

Announcement: Season 2 and our New Patreon

8/19/2020
The second season of Self Evident: Asian America's Stories begins on Tuesday, August 25. Last year, we presented stories of people reclaiming their history, working to stop unjust deportations, healing old family wounds, and questioning the very definition of “Asian America.” Now we're following Asian Americans as they take action during the pandemic — to support their communities, fight racism, confront some very uncomfortable realities, and contribute to a pivotal moment in...

Duration:00:01:34

Bonus: What Are We Showing Up For?

6/23/2020
You’ve said the words, “Black Lives Matter.” You’ve put your money where your mouth is. You’ve shown up for the marches. What next? What exactly is the change we’re showing up for, and how exactly can we commit to making that change in our own communities? In this bonus episode, we’re passing the mic to Jaime Sunwoo (a Korean American interdisciplinary artist and former housing advocate) and Brandon West (a longtime Black organizer for democracy rights and racial justice). Jaime and...

Duration:00:31:00

Bonus: Unpacking Pandemic Racism

4/14/2020
The struggle to save lives from COVID-19 is far from over, and neither is America’s struggle against racism. As we report on hate crime and anti-racist action, Cathy and James hop on the phone and check in with a couple of our friends in podcasting: Paola Mardo (who tells stories from the Filipino diaspora on Long Distance) and Ahmed Ali Akbar (who covers the social, cultural, and political experiences of American Muslims on See Something Say Something). We took this time to unpack the...

Duration:00:37:38

Bonus: Sharing Asian America's Stories

8/19/2019
When we started Self Evident, we were surprised at how many people wanted a new show but hadn’t heard about all the Asian American podcasts already out there. In this bonus episode, our team shares clips from a few other independent podcasts, showing a wide range of Asian American stories and conversations. Tell us what you think of our first season! As we head into our off-season, we could use your help understanding what we're doing well and what can improve. Please take this survey,...

Duration:00:40:12

So Where Are We Really From?

7/31/2019
We asked our listener community, “How did you learn where you come from?” What came back was a wide range of personal stories about how tricky it can be to access our heritage. From kids going to culture camp, to adoptees making journeys to their birth countries, to Asian Americans of all ages realizing that they’re inevitably going to lose a piece of themselves — we explore how we fit in with what came before us and figure out what comes next. We need your help! Please take this 1-minute...

Duration:00:50:42