They Call Us Bruce

Jeff Yang & Phil Yu

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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.

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Episode 60: They Call Us Canadians

1:19:41 | Mar 8th

Jeff and Phil welcome Canadian actors Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim's Convenience) and Samantha Wan (Second Jen). They discuss the unique flavor and challenges of telling stories north of the border, and The Good, The Bad and The WTF of being Asian Canadia...Show More

Episode 64: They Call Us Warrior

54:44 | Apr 12th

Jeff and Phil offer their impressions, praises and critiques of Cinemax's WARRIOR, the new western/eastern action drama inspired by the writings of Bruce Lee. (Spoiler alert: they really like it.)

Episode 63: They Call Us Shannon Lee

1:13:56 | Apr 5th

Jeff and Phil welcome Shannon Lee, CEO of Bruce Lee Family Companies and the daughter of our show's namesake, Bruce Lee. She talks about her father's incredible legacy and the original vision that became the basis for the Cinemax action series WARRIO...Show More

Episode 62: They Call Us MasterChef (Live From SXSW)

55:54 | Mar 22nd

Recorded live at SXSW! In partnership with DoorDash, Jeff and Phil welcome MasterChef Season 9 contestants Ashley Mincey and Farhan Momin to chat about cooking, family, culture, authenticity and "ethnic food."

Episode 61: They Call Us Austin Asians (Live From SXSW)

57:37 | Mar 21st

Recorded live at SXSW! In partnership with the Austin Asian American Film Festival, Jeff and Phil host an Asian American trivia quiz show, with special guests Simu Liu, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jonny Sun, Nancy Wang Yuen, Chloe Dao and PJ Raval.

Episode 59: They Call Us Fairy Princess Diaries

1:31:55 | Feb 26th

Jeff and Phil welcome performer and blogger Erin Quill, the fierce, hilarious voice behind Fairy Princess Diaries. They discuss objectionable details about BBC's upcoming Asian-themed children's series, Living With the Lams.

Episode 58: We Call Us Lunar New Year

41:39 | Feb 16th

Jeff and Phil ring in the Lunar New Year by welcoming a new member to the They Call Us Bruce team, Nick Song. Testing out a new format, they discuss The Good, The Bad and WTF of the week in Asian America.

Episode 57: They Call Us Tze Chun

1:19:27 | Feb 8th

Jeff and Phil welcome writer/filmmaker Tze Chun, who talks about his journey from directing independent film to writing for network television, to his latest venture, co-creating the new comic book publisher TKO Studios.

Episode 56: They Call Us 2018

1:03:21 | Jan 3rd

Jeff and Phil welcome Traci Lee of NBC Asian America to discuss the "13 moments in Asian America that moved us in 2018" and take one last look back at The Good, The Bad and The WTF of the year that was.

Episode 55: They Call Us Cartoon Creators

1:15:35 | Nov 28th, 2018

Recorded live at Asian American Culture Con @ Pacific Media Expo! Jeff and Phil welcome animation storytellers Daniel Chong (We Bare Bears), Victor Cook (Stretch Armstrong), Dan Santat (The Replacements) and Fawn Veerasunthorn (Ralph Breaks the Inter...Show More

Episode 54: They Call Us Primetime Asians

55:43 | Nov 26th, 2018

Recorded live at Asian American Culture Con @ Pacific Media Expo! Jeff and Phil welcome actors Keiko Agena (The First), Jake Choi (Single Parents) and Ryan Potter (Titans) to talk about The Good, The Bad and the WTF of being Asians on TV.

Episode 53: They Call Us Not Quite Not White

59:48 | Nov 8th, 2018

Recorded live at the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance Summit, Jeff -- flying solo without Phil -- talks to Sharmila Sen, author of the book Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America.

Episode 52: They Call Us Vietgone

1:40:20 | Oct 24th, 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome playwright Qui Nguyen, who talks about the true life origins of his acclaimed play VIETGONE, the small town video store pop culture that defined him, and the super secret material he's been working on for Marvel.

Episode 51: They Call Us All The Asians on TV

34:44 | Oct 5th, 2018

Jeff and Phil discuss "All The Asians on TV." With the new television season underway, here's a rundown of actors of Asian descent who are series regulars on new scripted prime time network, cable and streaming shows premiering this fall.

Episode 50: They Call Us 50

54:10 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Jeff and Phil take a moment to acknowledge and reflect on making it to 50 episodes of They Call Us Bruce. They look back at the Good, the Bad and the WTF of the first fifty shows, consider the future, and make A VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT.

Episode 49: They Call Us Jose Antonio Vargas

1:05:19 | Sep 19th, 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome journalist, activist and author Jose Antonio Vargas, "the most famous undocumented immigrant in America." They talk about his new book DEAR AMERICA, intersectional identity, and the Good, Bad and WTF of being "American."

Episode 48: They Call Us Staycation

1:13:19 | Sep 13th, 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome filmmaker Tanuj Chopra and actress Grace Su to talk about their feature STAYCATION ahead of the film's world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. They discuss, among other things, the Good, Bad and WTF of being "hella indi...Show More

Episode 47: They Call Us John Cho

48:26 | Aug 25th, 2018

Recorded live at Sony studios, Jeff and Phil welcome John Cho, star of the new thriller Searching. They discuss the film's inventive storytelling conceit, his unique leading man status, and the Good, Bad and WTF of being John Cho.

Episode 46: They Call Us Crazy About Crazy Rich Asians

1:48:52 | Aug 22nd, 2018

In this super-sized episode, Jeff and Phil welcome Jen Yamato of the Los Angeles Times and (first repeat guest) Rebecca Sun of The Hollywood Reporter to dish and debrief their reactions to the biggest movie of the year, Crazy Rich Asians.

Episode 45: They Call Us Ronny Chieng

1:06:13 | Aug 13th, 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome "international" comedian Ronny Chieng, who talks about going from law school to standup, getting a correspondent gig on The Daily Show, and being back in his home country for a major pop culture moment: Crazy Rich Asians.

Episode 44: They Call Us Crazy Rich Asians

56:15 | Aug 6th, 2018

Recorded at C3: Conference for Creative Content at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Jeff and Phil moderate a panel discussion with director Jon M. Chu, screenwriter Adele Lim, and cast members Nico Santos and Chris Pang of CRAZY RICH ASIA...Show More

Episode 43: They Call Us Will Choi

1:19:23 | Jun 21st, 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome Will Choi, the multi-hyphenate mastermind behind the hit Asian American variety show ASIAN AF. They discuss improv, the art of trolling Scarlett Johansson, and the Good, Bad and WTF of the Asian American hustle.

Episode 42: They Call Us John Chiang

26:21 | May 31st, 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome California State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate John Chiang. He talks about being the "no drama" candidate, how family tragedy informed his passion for service, and the Good, Bad and WTF of running for Governor of Califor...Show More

Episode 41: They Call Us Jane Kim

36:01 | May 31st, 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome to San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim to talk about her bid for mayor. They discuss the hotly contested sprint to election day, the issues that divide and unite us, and the Good, Bad and WTF of running for Mayor of San Francisco.

Episode 40: They Call Us David Henry Hwang

1:08:36 | May 30th, 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome celebrated playwright David Henry Hwang to talk about his form-busting new "play with a musical" SOFT POWER. They discuss political fantasies and realities, Hillary Clinton as a romantic lead, and that time DHH got stabbed.

Episode 39: They Call Us The Korean

1:08:01 | May 3rd, 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome TK, aka "The Korean," the blogger behind Ask a Korean! They discuss recent historic developments on the Korean peninsula, the long road that got us here, and the possibility of a reunified Korea.

Episode 38: They Call Us Pulitzer

1:02:19 | Apr 25th, 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome journalism student Mariel Padilla, who, at 23 years old, just won a Pulitzer Prize for The Cincinnati Enquirer's coverage documenting Cincinnati's heroin epidemic.

Episode 37: They Call Us Cambodian Rock Band

1:11:29 | Apr 5th, 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome to playwright Lauren Yee and performer Jane Lui, fresh off the world premiere run of their groundbreaking play Cambodian Rock Band, which joins the story of Cambodia's darkest hour with the incredible sounds of psychedelic surf ...Show More

Episode 36: They Call Us #OscarsSoWhite

1:20:56 | Mar 5th, 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Recorded on the eve of the 90th Academy Awards, they discuss Black Panther, the tired old excuses of the Hollywood establishment, and where the movement is headed.

Episode 35: They Call Us PyeongChang

58:31 | Feb 21st, 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome Hannah Yu - Phil's sister - fresh off the plane from South Korea, where she attended the Winter Games in PyeongChang. From triple axels to twizzles to mctwists, they discuss the Olympic triumphs and trials of Team Asian America.

Episode 34: They Call Us Valentine's Day

1:25:51 | Feb 14th, 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome Tanzila 'Taz' Ahmed, activist, storyteller, and co-host of the #GoodMuslimBadlimPodcast. They talk about romantic comedies, Muslim Valentine's Day Cards, and that time Taz brought a fake date to an ex's wedding.

Episode 33: They Call Us Third Waiter From The Left

1:21:41 | Feb 6th, 2018

Recorded live at the David Henry Hwang Theater, Jeff and Phil join playwright Alice Tuan and actress Amy Hill for a panel discussion, "Asian American Representation: The Politics of Casting," presented by Center Theatre Group and East West Players.

Episode 32: They Call Us Tiffany Chin

1:26:07 | Jan 17th, 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome champion figure skater and coach Tiffany Chin, who talks about her journey to becoming "The First Great Asian American Hope" of skating, the state of the sport, and why so many Asian Americans are now excelling on the ice.

Episode 31: They Call Us The Last Jedi

1:07:43 | Dec 23rd, 2017

Jeff and Phil discuss the pop culture legacy of Star Wars, offer some non-spoilery thoughts on The Last Jedi and their favorite new character played by Kelly Marie Tran, and then throw down a super spoilery edition of The Good, The Bad and The WTF.

Episode 30: They Call Us Claudia Kishi

1:25:25 | Dec 6th, 2017

Jeff and Phil welcome CB Lee, author of the YA superhero novel Not Your Sidekick. They discuss Claudia Kishi of the Babysitters Club, the questionable curious true identity of Akira Yoshida, and the complexities of authorship and authenticity.

Episode 29: They Call Us Thanksgiving

1:20:41 | Nov 26th, 2017

Recorded on the eve of Thanksgiving from three different parts of the continent, Jeff and Phil welcome chef and food writer Soleil Ho, co-host of the podcast Racist Sandwich. They discuss food and thanks, as well as the Good, Bad and WTF of Thanksgiv...Show More

Episode 28: They Call Us Unicorns

1:05:34 | Nov 17th, 2017

Live from the San Diego Asian Film Festival! Jeff and Phil welcome fellow Potluck podcasters Marvin Yueh and Ada Tseng to pitch our hypothetical "unicorn" Asian American movie projects to studio execs Fritz Friedman and Paula Madison.

Episode 27: They Call Us Nerds of Color

1:11:31 | Nov 9th, 2017

Jeff and Phil welcome friend and fellow geek Keith Chow, founder of the Nerds of Color empire. They talk about the rise of nerd culture, bad adaptations, and the changing face of fandom.

Episode 26: They Call Us Halloween Costumes

1:19:58 | Oct 29th, 2017

Happy Halloween! Jeff and Phil welcome cosplayer/superfan Laura Sirikul and Boom Studios' Arune Singh. They discuss racist costumes, seeing yourself represented in pop culture, and the Good, the Bad and the WTF of Halloween costumes.

Episode 25: They Call Us Randall Park

1:14:12 | Oct 13th, 2017

Jeff and Phil welcome their good friend, actor Randall Park, aka "Asian Jim." He reflects on the fourth(!) season of Fresh Off The Boat, shares almost nothing about Ant-Man & The Wasp, and considers the Good, the Bad and the WTF of being "Asian Famou...Show More

Episode 24: They Call Us Jeremy Lin's Hair

41:22 | Oct 10th, 2017

Jeff and Phil discuss Jeremy Lin's hair. Yes, his hair. Specifically, the recent dustup over our favorite Asian American point guard's decision to sport dreadlocks, and where it's situated in the larger conversation about cultural appropriation.

Episode 23: They Call Us Kristina Wong

1:20:36 | Sep 29th, 2017

Jeff and Phil welcome their longtime pal, performance artist and culture jammer Kristina Wong. They talk about trolling dudes with yellow fever, How Not to Pick Up Asian Chicks, and the Good, the Bad and WTF of Dating While Asian.

Episode 22: They Call Us #ExpressiveAsians

1:07:46 | Sep 15th, 2017

Jeff and Phil talk TV and #ExpressiveAsians with Nancy Wang Yuen, author of the book Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism, and co-author of "Tokens on the Small Screen," a comprehensive new report on AAPI representation on television.

Episode 21: They Call Us Dreamers ** NEW VERSION**

1:08:49 | Sep 8th, 2017

Jeff and Phil welcome Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, immigration reporter for ThinkProgress and a Dreamer herself, to discuss the personal and community impact of immigration policy on the heels of Trump's decision to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arri...Show More

Episode 20: They Still Call Us Bruce

1:07:01 | Aug 27th, 2017

Having now ni hao'd their way into your hearts, Jeff and Phil recap, and revisit the first 20 episodes of They Call Us Bruce. Then they welcome friend and fellow podcaster Minji Chang (Kollabcast, First of All), for a round of The Good, The Bad and T...Show More

Episode 19: They Call Us Philip Ng

49:52 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Jeff and Phil welcome actor Philip Ng, who plays Bruce Lee in Birth of the Dragon. He talks about the premature controversy around the film, his approach to playing an icon, and some of the big differences between Hong Kong and Hollywood action.

Episode 18: They Call Us Birth of the Dragon

47:31 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Jeff and Phil got an early look at Birth of the Dragon, the upcoming action flick inspired by Bruce Lee's most famous fight. They offer their takes on Bruceploitation, fan fiction, Some White Dude, and why this movie is absolutely not a biopic.

Episode 17: They Call Us Brian Yang and Evan Jackson Leong

1:24:40 | Jul 28th, 2017

Jeff and Phil welcome actor/producer Brian Yang and director Evan Jackson Leong, who talk about the hustle of independent filmmaking, finding themselves in the middle of Linsanity and the their latest project, the crime drama 'Snakehead.'

Episode 16: They Call Us George Takei

47:14 | Jul 19th, 2017

Recorded live in Little Tokyo as part of Asian American ComiCon, Jeff and Phil talk to legendary actor, activist and icon George Takei, who discusses art, politics and love, and plays along with a very special edition of The Good, The Bad and The "OH...Show More

Episode 15: They Call Us Chef Shirley Chung

58:49 | Jul 12th, 2017

Recorded live at Opodz in Little Tokyo, Jeff and Phil welcome former Top Chef contestant Shirley Chung, who talks about her lifelong love of food, cooking with her heart and soul on TV's top culinary competition, and finally getting approval from her...Show More

Episode 14: They Call Us #UglyDelicious

1:12:54 | Jul 6th, 2017

Jeff and Phil welcome comedian/writer Jenny Yang and Eater NY News Editor Serena Dai to discuss food, culture and things that make you say "Yo, I don't know about that" -- including a white chef who serves up sushi with a fake Japanese accent.

Episode 13: They Call Us The Slants

1:19:33 | Jun 24th, 2017

Jeff and Phil welcome Simon Tam, front man for The Slants. He talks about the eight-year fight to trademark their band name, the landmark Supreme Court ruling in their favor, and the important right for Asian Americans to call ourselves whatever we w...Show More

Episode 12: They Call Us Asian American

1:01:54 | Jun 17th, 2017

Jeff and Phil celebrate Heritage Month, ahem, eleven months early, discussing the complexities of Asian American identity and community with Professors Karthick Ramakrishnan and Jennifer Lee of the National Asian American Survey.

Episode 11: They Call Us Rep. Ted Lieu

44:04 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Jeff and Phil welcome Rep. Ted Lieu, who represents California's 33rd district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He talks about getting into politics, being a leader in the resistance, and taking down Trump one tweet at a time.

Episode 10: They Call Us Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen

43:38 | May 27th, 2017

Recorded with a live studio audience at the offices of TBWA/Chiat/Day, Jeff and Phil welcome young actors Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen, who play brothers Eddie, Emery and Evan on ABC's Fresh Off The Boat. Yeah, we called in that favor.

Episode 9: They Call Us Kelvin Yu

1:27:22 | May 20th, 2017

Jeff and Phil welcome actor/writer Kelvin Yu, who plays Brian on Netflix's Master of None. He talks about being inspired by Ben Vereen, escaping the trap of the TV legal drama, and his newfound status as a hottie on a "top tier" streaming series.

Episode 8: They Call Us Gene Luen Yang and Greg Pak

1:32:16 | May 12th, 2017

Jeff and Phil geek out with acclaimed comic book creators Gene Luen Yang and Greg Pak, who talk about diversity in comics, new takes on iconic characters, and who would win in a fight: Asian Hulk or Asian Superman?

Episode 7: They Call Us Justin Chon and Grace Lee

52:37 | May 3rd, 2017

"Live" from the LAAPFF podcast lounge! Jeff and Phil welcome filmmakers Justin Chon (GOOK) and Grace Lee (K-TOWN '92) to discuss their work and reflect on the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.

Episode 6: They Call Us Asian American Cinema

1:13:48 | Apr 27th, 2017

Jeff and Phil discuss the state of Asian American independent cinema, the significance of movies like Better Luck Tomorrow, and why it's still so hard for Asian American films to break through.

Episode 5: They Ask Us Qs

57:30 | Apr 20th, 2017

Jeff and Phil present the inaugural edition of "They Ask Us Qs," in which they answer listener-submitted questions with the assistance of special guests Amy Anderson and Shii Ann Huang.

Episode 4: They Call Us Andi Mack

1:22:19 | Apr 12th, 2017

Jeff and Phil welcome Lilan Bowden, who stars as Bex in the new Disney Channel series Andi Mack. She reveals all the secrets.

Episode 3: They Call Us Motoko Kusanagi

1:25:13 | Apr 5th, 2017

Jeff and Phil welcome The Hollywood Reporter's Rebecca Sun and writer Sarah Kuhn to talk about the next-level whitewashing in the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.

Episode 2: They Call Us Lewis Tan

1:15:57 | Mar 29th, 2017

Jeff and Phil welcome Iron Fist actor/martial artist Lewis Tan to discuss kung fu flicks and drink Hello Kitty wine.

Episode 1: They Call Us Iron Fist

45:18 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Jeff and Phil have some thoughts on Marvel's latest Netflix series Iron Fist.

Episode 0: They Call Us Bruce?

22:37 | Mar 21st, 2017

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