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Yellow and Brown Tales: Asian American Folklife Today

Yellow and Brown Tales: Asian American Folklife Today

By Penn Asian American Studies Program

YBT is an exploration of the cultural history of Asian Americans and their lives now. Acknowledging the many aspects of Asian American life that have been unheard and unseen for “yellow” and “brown” Americans, these stories uplift and showcase their rich expressive culture. This podcast distinctively positions the Asian experience at the center of the American landscape and Asian American folklore as a critical emergent area of study.
For more information, a transcript, or permission to cite this podcast, please email us at asianamerican@sas.upenn.edu

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Gambling Addiction in Asian Communities with Kent Woo, Executive Director of NICOS Chinese Health Coalition

Yellow and Brown Tales: Asian American Folklife TodayDec 13, 2022

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 Gambling Addiction in Asian Communities with Kent Woo, Executive Director of NICOS Chinese Health Coalition

Gambling Addiction in Asian Communities with Kent Woo, Executive Director of NICOS Chinese Health Coalition

Kent Woo, Executive Director of NICOS Chinese Health Coalition in San Francisco, joins folklorist Dr. Nancy Yan to discuss the history of gambling and gambling addiction in Asian American communities. Woo describes the Chinese Community Problem Gambling Project, an initiative founded in 1998 to provide counseling and education to individuals struggling with gambling addictions and their families. This initiative counters targeted marketing to Asian Americans, especially elders, by providing them with resources to understand and overcome problem gambling. Currently, NICOS is studying the effects of the pandemic on problem gambling among San Francisco's Asian American populations.
Dec 13, 202220:38
Rob Buscher and a New Series, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: A Philadelphia Story

Rob Buscher and a New Series, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: A Philadelphia Story

Penn Asian American Studies Lecturer Rob Buscher joins Dr. Fariha Khan in conversation about his work in Asian American communities and organizations in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Rob shares his experiences creating spaces for Asian American artists and creatives through the Governor's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, the Philadelphia chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, and more. Rob also introduces a new PBS-WHYY series "Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: a Philadelphia Story," which he co-produces and hosts. The series explores the histories and struggles of the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islanders of Philadelphia, documenting their contributions to the city and their communities. The series can be found here: https://whyy.org/programs/asian-americans-pacific-islanders-a-philadelphia-story/
Apr 27, 202231:39
Shang Chi: Asian American-ness and Beyond

Shang Chi: Asian American-ness and Beyond

In this episode, Juwen Zhang interviews Rou Rou Hutchinson, a Chinese  Studies Major student of Class 2023, President of Asian Coalition of  Equality, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon. The conversation centers  on the film Shang Chi (2021) and its related issues about Asian American stereotypes and reconstructing Asian  American identity. Rou Rou also shares her personal stories of being  born in China, adopted into a Jewish American family, and growing up as a  Chinese/Asian American.
Mar 14, 202224:25
The Beginning of Public Celebration of Chinese New Year in the US

The Beginning of Public Celebration of Chinese New Year in the US

In this episode, Juwen Zhang interviews Cathy Huang regarding when and how early public reports of the celebrations of Chinese New Year began about 150 years  ago in the US. Cathy Huang is an independent historian of Chinese  American history. She initiated the project of Chinese translation of the PBS documentary “Asian  Americans," and co-produced a TV program on the history of Chinese  Americans at Sinovision which is a Chinese Language program in New  York.  She describes the early celebrations in California and New Jersey, discusses the anti-Chinese movement led to the Chinese  Exclusion Act in 1882 and the current anti-AAPI Hate, and expresses her  hope for the younger generations.
Feb 21, 202216:44
Water Beliefs and the Importance of Energy: A Conversation with Folklorist Dr. Wennifer Lin

Water Beliefs and the Importance of Energy: A Conversation with Folklorist Dr. Wennifer Lin

Join folklorist Dr. Margaret Magat and folklorist/ ecopreneur Dr. Wennifer Lin as they talk about the importance of treating water in a holistic manner, and her green business, The Water Brewery.   Dr. Lin talks about her research in Hawai‘i on midwifery, pregnancy and  birth empowerment and how ingesting clean, mineral-rich, restructured water promotes pre- and postpartum wellness for the mom, as  well as enhances the health of the developing child. She also brings  attention to the pollution caused by single-use, disposable plastic  water bottles, and its detrimental impact on our environment and our bodies.  Dr. Lin discusses the belief that water has  the capacity to hold “memory,” much like a computer chip. Listeners  will learn ways to improve water consumption, and various beliefs about  water and its crystalline properties.
Feb 09, 202237:34
Asians and the Global Pandemic: Race, Invisibility, and the Urgency of Asian American Folklore Studies

Asians and the Global Pandemic: Race, Invisibility, and the Urgency of Asian American Folklore Studies

In the wake of the pandemic which has given rise to AAPI hate and violence against our communities, this forum will push an open conversation about the urgency for Asian American folklore scholarship and perspectives in Folklore in spite of the noticeable lack of Asian American voices. How do we understand the current crisis of AAPI hate as one that can magnify the place and space that Asian Americans occupy in America?  How can the study of Asian American folklore situate Asian American identity within the American landscape?  This forum includes perspectives from the academy, public institutions, and community activists. Participants in this episode: the hosts, Fariha Khan, Margaret Magat, Nancy Yan, and Juwen Zhang; and the other voices are Sojin Kim and Leigh Wynn. Thank you all for your permission to share this forum. 
Jan 24, 202201:04:35
 K-Pop Scholar Dr. Grace Kao Talks BTS and Their Rise To Popularity

K-Pop Scholar Dr. Grace Kao Talks BTS and Their Rise To Popularity

BTS, or Bangtan Songyeondan, is a seven-member Korean male pop-group that has achieved immense global success since their debut in 2013.  In recent years, BTS broke into the American mainstream music scene with their English-language hits such as “Dynamite” and “Butter.”  While they are known for sharp dance moves and ever-changing fashion styles, it is their songs which address mental health issues and carry messages of positivity and hope that resonate deeply with fans around the world.  In this podcast, Dr. Grace Kao, IBM Professor of Sociology from Yale University and K-pop scholar, discusses the factors that have contributed to BTS’ global success and contextualizes it with other K-pop groups that have also reached international popularity.  We talk about their influence on popular culture and, of course, as members of ARMY (the name of BTS’ fanbase), we also share our favorite members and our favorite songs.
Jan 10, 202228:06
Altars and Asian American Business Owners during the Pandemic

Altars and Asian American Business Owners during the Pandemic

Listen to Dr. Rupa Pillai's latest research project on altars in Philadelphia, in conversation with Dr. Fariha Khan. Learn about the intersection of identity, faith practices, and the city of Philadelphia. Dr. Pillai also shares groundbreaking approaches to teaching as we talk about Asian American folklife today. To learn more about her project and the Good  Life Project at the Center for the Study of Religion and the City, visit  www.religionandcities.org/goodlife
Dec 17, 202119:27
 Dr. Herminia Meñez Coben, pioneer Filipina American folklorist

Dr. Herminia Meñez Coben, pioneer Filipina American folklorist

Join Dr. Margaret Magat in conversation with Herminia Meñez Coben, the first Filipina American to receive a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from University of Pennsylvania in 1973. Dr. Coben was also the first Filipina to teach Ethnic Studies and Folklore at California State University, Sonoma (1970 to 1985), teaching classes such as 'Native American Mythology', 'African American Folklore' as well as 'Asian American Folklore'. She went on to be the first Filipina American president of the California Folklore Society (now known as the Western States Folklore Society) and later taught 'Filipino Folklore and Society' at University of California, Los Angeles (1990-1991) before her retirement. In this episode, we will hear about her early graduate years in the Philippines, how she stumbled upon the field of folklore, her fieldwork among manongs (a Filipino term referring to elder males), and her birds' eye view of the historic Delano Grape Strike.
Dec 01, 202127:11
South Asian Americans and Sex Education: A Conversation with University of Pennsylvania Senior, Simran Chand

South Asian Americans and Sex Education: A Conversation with University of Pennsylvania Senior, Simran Chand

Join Dr Fariha Khan and Simran Chand as they talk about Simran's award-winning senior thesis: "Familial Sexual Education for South Asian American Undergraduates and its Implications on Sexual Well-Being."
Nov 10, 202119:29
Conversation with Margaret Magat, Author of Balut: Fertilized Eggs and the Making of Culinary Capital in the Filipino Diaspora

Conversation with Margaret Magat, Author of Balut: Fertilized Eggs and the Making of Culinary Capital in the Filipino Diaspora

In this episode Dr. Margaret Magat shares her experience of becoming an independent folklorist, her fieldwork with the Filipino diaspora, and, particularly, her labor of love, Balut: Fertilized Eggs and the Making of Culinary Capital in the Filipino Diaspora. Dr. Magat first describes the main idea of each of the five chapters, and then discusses from a folkloristic perspective how eating balut has developed from a tradition practiced in several Asian countries to a public performance of the identity of the Filipino diaspora in the U.S.  Through this episode, listeners will learn not only about the tradition itself but also how diasporic traditions should be understood. The interviewer is Juwen  Zhang, Professor of Chinese and Folklore at Willamette University,  Oregon. Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society and current  President of Western States Folklore Society.
Oct 25, 202129:50
What is Asian American Folklore?

What is Asian American Folklore?

"What is Asian American Folklore?" Episode 1 of Yellow and Brown Tales explores the field of Asian American Folklore and its critical importance for the awareness and understanding of Asian American folklife. Join the founding members of the podcast as they reflect on their scholarship and the need for Asian American folklore now. Meet the hosts here!  Fariha Khan Co-Director, Asian American Studies Program University of Pennsylvania   Margaret Magat Writer and Cultural Resources Program Manager California  Nancy Yan Writer and Organizer American Federation of Teachers-Maryland   Juwen Zhang Professor of Chinese and Folklore  Willamette University, Oregon
Oct 04, 202137:42