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This article is part of Mochi’s Summer 2022 issue, highlighting the Everyday Asian American. Media often covers Asian Americans who are exceptional and defying odds (hey Chloe Kim!) or, sadly, when tragedy strikes the Asian community. In this issue, Mochi is switching things up and celebrating what the everyday Asian American enjoys, what’s on our minds, and what life looks like for us. Check out the rest of our issue here! And if you like what you are reading, please support us by buying us a boba through Ko-fi.

Growing up, my mother would constantly go on about her love for NPR and all things talk radio. There was something personal about having Ira Glass’ baritone telling you about a weird story about twin dogs. Every now and then these voices would fill up the house or the car to keep us company on our every day. I only truly dove into the world of podcasts when the pandemic hit in March 2020. There was barely a soul around me, and perhaps to keep me sane and keep me company, I turned to the voices of nerdy 30-something-year-old men, young liberal activists, and renowned actors to tell me about the past, the present, and most certainly our future. I turned to these voices to hear, but some of them ended up making me feel heard instead. 

With platforms like Spotify and Apple Podcasts, podcasting has become much more accessible; the voices we hear have diversified over the past few years making it easier for artists, activists, and everyday people who might not have been able to share their stories before to share them now. 

Here are nine podcasts spearheaded by talented Asian American women you must check out, to fill your house with insight, laughter, joy, and engagement. 

  1. “Future Hindsight” | “Future Hindsight” is a weekly podcast hosted by Mila Atmos that aims to spark civic engagement through in-depth conversations with citizen changemakers, like founder of Issue Voter Maria Yuan, and attorney and activist Saru Jayaraman. The podcast explores the power held by us individuals in shaping our society and fulfilling our shared civic responsibility. Check out my favorite episode, “Freedom and Racism”, and find more episodes on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. 
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  1. “Asian Boss Girl” | “Asian Boss Girl” is, in hosts Melody Cheng’s, Helen Wu’s, and Janet Wang’s words, a “podcast for the modern day Asian American woman.” The podcast aims to fill in the large void of Asian American women in media outlets. The three hosts share their experiences and explore topics as 20- and 30-something Asian American women working, dating, and living in Los Angeles, California. Check out my favorite episode, “Do You Think Love is Blind”, and find more episodes on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. 
  1. “Urgent Care” | Duo Joel Kim Booster and Mitra Jouhari dispense sometimes insightful, sometimes ridiculously toxic, and always hilarious advice to listeners who have decided to turn to them for some urgent care on love, friendships, rent, work, and everything in between. Check out my favorite episode, “Orc-her-stra”, and find more episodes on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. 
  1. “Rotten Mango” | Hosted by Stephanie Soo, “Rotten Mango” is a true crime podcast. The podcast takes a deep dive into the psychology of killers and stories of lesser known criminals from around the world. Check out my favorite episode, “The Hello Kitty Murders”, and find more episodes on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. 
  1. “Self Evident” | Hosted by Cathy Erway, “Self Evident” is a podcast that works to challenge narratives of belonging and movement through a variety of intimate Asian American stories. Through a mixture of narratives and conversations, the podcast discusses questions of identity, cultural change, and nationhood. Check out my favorite episode, “Specially Processed”, and find more episodes on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. 
  1. “Long Distance” | “Long Distance” is a podcast hosted by Paola Mardo that tells stories on the Filipino diaspora. The short audio documentaries deliver tales of love, loss, history, culture, and humor of the immigrant tales many of us relate to. Check out my favorite episode, “Dante Basco”, and find more episodes on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. 
Saadia Khan of “Immigrantly”
Photo credit: Raazia Syed
  1. “Immigrantly” | Hosted by Saadia Khan, “Immigrantly” is a political podcast that engages in the messiness of being human through historically grounded personal conversations on multiculturalism and race. The podcast boasts a range of highly acclaimed South Asian artists as guests, including Arooj Aftab, Khaled Hosseini, Wajahat Ali, Hari Kondabolu, and Blair Imani. Check out my favorite episode, “Music That Transcends Boundaries”, and find more episodes on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. 
  1. “Healing Out Lao’d” | Hosted by healing practitioner Rita Phetmixay, Healing Out Lao’d explores the Lao diaspora storytelling with a focus on healing and noting tools for sustainability. Pivoted on the Lao experience, the podcast provides a broader set of resources for BIPOC organizers to survive, thrive, heal, and build. Check out my favorite episode, “Lao Womxn Healing Circle”, and find more episodes on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. 
  1. “The Period Feels” | Daring to tackle that taboo subject of natural body rhythms, hosts Nadya Okamoto, Nadia “Neddy” Eddy, and Sam De La Cruz talk about all things periods — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Centered around August, their inclusive and sustainable period care brand, this podcast talks about menstrual health and a good sprinkling of entrepreneurship along the way. Check out my favorite episode, “Sustainability and Greenwashing”, and find more episodes on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. 

Cover photo credit: ANTONI SHKRABA production/Pexels

Author

  • Shreya is a recent graduate in anthropology from Vassar College. She works for a market research firm in the New York area where she mostly does qualitative research. She was primarily raised in Bangalore, India, a city that corrupted, confused, and crafted her thoughts and values. You’ll find her reading post-colonial theories one moment and watching Turkish dramas the next.

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