Podcasts about Anti-Asian Racism
The recent violent and deadly attacks against Asians in America are horrific and heartbreaking. We want to take a moment to pay tribute to the victims of the Atlanta shootings, and to Pak Ho and Vicha Ratanapakdee who died of attacks while on their walks. However, to be respectful of the Atlanta victims and their families, we will follow the protocol suggested by the Atlanta chapter of the Asian American Advancing to hold off sharing the names of the victims until their families have provided full consent to do so.
With the rise of anti-Asian racism, our team at Podyssey decided to do our part to help bring awareness to anti-Asian racism by curating a topical podcast playlist we hope can be a useful learning resource. In the playlist below, you’ll find episodes on the many histories of anti-Asian racism, the sexual festishization of Asian women, the model minority myth, what it means to be Asian American, and more.
We recognize that this playlist is in no way a perfect or comprehensive representation of all the histories and discrimination Asians have experienced in America. But, we hope you’ll find this playlist helpful as a starter for further exploration and conversation.
Here are all the episodes in a playlist you can save to listen later:
Understand the Atlanta shootings against the backdrop of anti-Asian violence and racism.
A year of the pandemic has given rise to violent anti-Asian attacks, leaving people injured and dead.
The history of the fetishization of Asian women, and why it’s so dangerous.
Why naming a restaurant after Asian festish is not ok even if the owner is an Asian woman.
Bonus Episode: The Cure for Yellow Fever (w/ Dakota Kim)
The Racist Sandwich Podcast
29:22 | May 2nd, 2018
Red Canary Song is fighting for the rights of Asian sex workers in 9000 workplaces across America. They explain why anti-trafficking NGOs can be more harmful than helpful.
39/Basebuilding, Sex Workers’ Rights and Mutual Aid (with Kate Zen)
The Fire These Times
52:52 | Jul 22nd, 2020
More than 40 percent of nail salon technicians in the US are Vietnamese women. These are their stories.
146 — French Manicure—Tales from Vietnamese Shops in America
The Kitchen Sisters Present
25:17 | Jul 28th, 2020
Why Asian American feminism is important. An interview with the woman who runs “one of the oldest AAPI feminist and racial activist blogs” on the internet.
Episode 46: Reappropriation through Asian American Feminism
1:43:07 | Sep 3rd, 2018
In 1982, two white men beat an Asian American auto worker to death during a bachelor party. Vincent Chin’s murder was a racial awakening for America.
The co-founders of the “Hate is a Virus” campaign explain why more policing is *not* the answer to anti-Asian violence.
Episode 104: #StopAsianHate with Tammy Cho & Michelle Hanabusa, Co-founders of Hate is A Virus
54:40 | Feb 26th
“Asian American” is a loaded term. What does it actually mean?
Unpack the model minority myth and its roots in white supremacy.
Unpacking identity: The Model Minority Myth with Nina Ho
Love Intently Podcast with Sophie Kwok
1:17:13 | Aug 19th, 2020
Meet the first Chinese American Hollywood star who competed for Asian roles against white actresses who wore yellowface.
A powerful conversation with Asian American novelist Ocean Vuong about immigration, violence, language, love, and beauty.
5000 people faced down the riot police in San Francisco’s Manilatown to stop the eviction of low-income Filipino Americans from the International Hotel.
Ep23: Filmmaker Curtis Choy on The Fall of The I Hotel, 40 years later;
Emil Amok's Takeout from Emil Guillermo Media
50:45 | Aug 3rd, 2017
Hear from Japanese Americans who were forced into US internment camps in WWII.
Visit the hidden hell for Japanese Americans in WWII. It’s named “Angel Island”.
The Little Known History of Japanese Internment on Angel Island
18:32 | May 28th, 2020
White America wanted to wipe out Chinese restaurants in the US, because they considered the restaurants to be “vices”.
A feature-length documentary on the long history of Chinese racism in America.
Exclusion as the American Experience: The Chinese Exclusion Act
Commonwealth Club of California Podcast
0:00 | Jan 17th, 2020
The historic fight for ethnic studies in American colleges by the Third World Liberation Front, a coalition of Black, Mexican and Asian American students.
Ethnic Studies, Revolutionary Politics, and the Third World Liberation Front with Viet Thanh Nguyen
Time To Say Goodbye
1:15:05 | Aug 20th, 2020
A short story about a Korean woman’s memory of childhood racism she experienced at recess in school.
"The child of Korean immigrants, living in the in-between space": An excerpt from my work-in-progress, LUNCH BOX, about food, mothers and daughters, identity, microagressions, representation, and one kind of Asian American experience.
Is it Recess Yet? Confessions of a Former Child Prodigy
21:53 | Jan 31st, 2020
Want to listen later? Here are all the episodes in a playlist:
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