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36 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
Episode #22: Discovering Drea: Exploring Family History and Identity
Life is a journey and our path to self-discovery is rarely straight. We learn from our lived experiences, setbacks, and unexpected detours. In this episode, we speak to Alessandra (Dréa) Pañares, a passionate community organizer, performing artist, and storyteller. Her innate curiosity and education in Psychology, History, and Women’s & Gender Studies have led her on a personal quest to explore the myriad of influences that have shaped her identity and understanding of her Filipina heritage. Her discoveries have informed her own health journey and impacted her community advocacy and creative pursuits in meaningful ways. Dréa’s story will inspire you to take a deeper dive into your own family history, where you can uncover and share those hidden gems that make each of us beautifully unique and interconnected. Resource Links: - https://linktr.ee/dreapanares - “Portrait of the World As It Could Be” at American Repertory Theatre (ART) https://youtu.be/8IYhne1Nhyo More About Alessandra Panares: Alessandra “Drea” Panares (she/her) is a queer Filipina community organizer and storyteller based on Pawtucket and Massachusetts land (Boston.) She attended Creighton University, earning degrees in Psychology and History with a minor in Women's & Gender Studies. Currently, she serves as a member of the City of Boston's SPARK Council. She volunteers with local public health and mutual aid organizations and spends her spare time on freelance creative projects. Dedicated to equity and inclusion work, Alessandra is particularly passionate about racial justice, LGBTQIA+ activism, and disability (esp mental health) advocacy. Producer’s Note: This episode was previously recorded on 12/9/21. *Disclaimer The information on this page is not intended or implied to be a substitute for individualized mental health care, professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content in this podcast is for general information purposes only. ** If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health, check out the resources available through the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (mass.gov) or the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (namimass.org).
38 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Episode #21: The Wu Way: Advocating for the Gift of Life through Organ & Tissue Donation
Mary Hsiao-Ling Wu was diagnosed with renal agenesis at the tender age of three and her parents, who were immigrants from China, were told that kidney transplantation was the only option to save her life. Fortunately for Mary, she received the ultimate gift of two separate kidney transplants. How does one become a donor? Is it only for the young and healthy? Aren’t there enough organs for those who need them? In this episode, Mary helps to dispel common myths around organ donation. Her lived experience has led her to become a champion for the organ donation and transplantation community. She is also widely recognized for her role as a patient and community health advocate, speaker, and contributor to various publications and social media blogs. As author of the book, “Confessions of a Kidney Transplant Recipient,” she chronicles her personal experiences and the people along the way who supported and guided her throughout her health journey. In her spare time, Mary is a passionate foodie and loves tea, cats, travel, writing, arts and crafts, and swimming. You can learn more about her work and writings at her website: “The Wu Way” www.thewuway.com. RESOURCES: - Mary Wu’s Website: http://www.thewuway.com - Mary’s book, “Confessions of a Kidney Transplant Recipient” - To become a life-saving organ, eye, and tissue donor: https://registerme.org/ or www.donatelife.net - Live on NY, a local organ procurement organization: https://www.liveonny.org/ - Transplant Support Organization, a NY-based support group: https://www.transplantsupport.org/our-story - Renal Support Network, a California and kidney-based support group: http://www.rsnhope.org - UNOS (United Network Organ Sharing), a transplant system that is federally run: https://unos.org/ - Disaggregated Data on Organ Donation & Asian Americans: https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=4&lvlid=57 *Disclaimer The information on this page is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content in this podcast is for general information purposes only.
31 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Episode #20: Telling Their Stories: Speaking Out and Embracing Gender Identity
Why is it important to use proper gender pronouns? And how can we further foster an environment of inclusion and respect? In this episode, we speak to Chan Som, (they/them), a queer, nonbinary Cambodian American, whose path to embracing their gender-identity has been far from linear. As a public health advocate, youth mentor, and content creator, Chan has used multi-media to share personal stories for and about the LGBTQ+ community. Chan is also an award-winning storyteller and filmmaker, and has directed their own short film, “Coming Out Wasn’t Funny,” which won the 2018 Short Waves Film Competition hosted by the Asian American Film Festival. In this podcast episode, Chan reflects on their intersectional life and experience of gender and bicultural identity, generational and cultural challenges and, ultimately, the power behind love and self-acceptance. Resource Links: - Chan's Award-Winning Short Film, "Coming Out Wasn't Funny." Boston Asian American Short Waves 2018 http://www.baaff.org/shortwaves2018.html - Southeast Asia Resource Action Center https://www.searac.org/ Chan's Everyday Ritual & Favorite Spots for Coffee! - Nibbana Cafe https://nibbanacafe.com/ - Revival Cafe + Kitchen https://www.revivalcafeandkitchen.com/ - Odd Meter Coffee Co. https://www.oddmetercoffee.com/ More About Chan Som: Chan Som is currently Communications and Operations Specialist for Asian Women For Health and a Master’s candidate at Boston University School of Public Health, studying Health Communication and Promotion and Sex, Sexuality, and Gender. Chan has a background in multimedia projects, including digital storytelling from UMass Boston. Their hobby for photography evolved to narrate meaningful stories of community members, whether through still photographs or videos. Outside of work and school, Chan enjoys discovering new coffee shops and restaurants and watching Korean variety shows to relax. In the near future, Chan hopes to pursue a career outside the States and build a clinic for the LGBTQIA+ population in Cambodia, and to promote visibility and safe spaces. *Disclaimer The information on this page is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content in this podcast is for general information purposes only.
32 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Episode #19: Bringing ADHD Into Focus
What does it mean to be neurodivergent and how does one learn to navigate the complexities around self-identity with cultural stigmas and neuro-myths at play? In this episode, Emily Chen shares her experiences living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is a common, but underdiagnosed neurodevelopment challenge, and rarely discussed within Asian American households. Emily's health journey has been one of self-discovery and learning. Her passions include teaching voice and piano. Today, she is a mental health advocate, an Asian Women For Health volunteer, and creator of DisOrient, an educational YouTube series on Asian American mental health, neurodiversity, and representation. She is currently pursuing her graduate studies in speech language and pathology so she can advance the work on ADHD and executive functions. Emily embodies both strength and vulnerability in being "open and willing to seek and accept help.” Check out her resource links below. More About Emily Chen: Emily Chen (she/her), BMA, is a Taiwanese American mental health advocate, educator, and classical singer. She grew up in Greater Boston and is a graduate of DePauw University. In addition to being the creator of DisOrient, she also writes articles for Project Harmonious at University of Massachusetts Medical and ADDitude Magazine. In between these many endeavors, Emily enjoys writing poetry and songs, looking at trees on walks, and laughing loudly. Resource Links: - Emily's website (with links to DisOrient): https://www.emilychenstudio.com/ - Emily's ADDitude Magazine guest blogs: https://www.additudemag.com/author/emily-chen/ - Project Harmonious at UMass Medical School (Chinese American mental health stories): https://projectharmonious.org/ - "Maybe" (Emily's original song) for the 2021 Asian American Mental Health Forum: https://youtu.be/vdwybrFGUjY - Emily’s Playlist favorite, "Racist, Sexist Boy" (The Linda Lindas): https://youtu.be/J5AhU5Q7vH0 and "Never Say Never" (The Linda Lindas): https://youtu.be/kTYvl0XgHOc *Disclaimer The information on this page is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content in this podcast is for general information purposes only.
39 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Episode #18: A Walk In Her Shoes: Living With Mental Health Challenges
WARNING: This podcast references multiple forms of trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), self-harming behavior, and mental health. Heidi Lee recently chose to speak publicly about her mental health journey as a daily survivor of bipolar disorder & complex PTSD. In this episode, she shares her lived experience with mental health challenges and the learning and passions that transpired along her healing journey. Today, she works as a certified peer specialist for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (https://www.bhchp.org). She is also a part-time teacher, a gifted artist, mental health advocate, and mother to a beautiful, neurodivergent six year old. You will be moved by her stories of struggle and hope, encouraged by her resilience, and inspired by her resolve to address mental health and racial equity through advocacy in action. Heidi’s Resource Picks: Note: Even while the prevalence of mental health issues continues to rise in our communities, AAPI adults are the racial group least likely to seek mental health services in the U.S. (Mental Health America). - National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - https://www.nami.org/Home - NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer course - https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Mental-Health-Education/NAMI-Peer-to-Peer - NAMI’s Family-to-Family course - https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Mental-Health-Education/NAMI-Family-to-Family - Kiva Centers (formerly Transformation Center) - https://kivacenters.org - Kiva Centers’ Certified Peer Training - https://kivacenters.org/trainings/certified-peer-specialist - Recommended Ted Talk: The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise by Wendy Suzuki https://youtu.be/BHY0FxzoKZE MORE About Heidi Lee As a housing navigator for Boston’s homeless, Heidi’s goal is to bring dignity back to those who have had it taken away from them, which in this season means finding subsidized homes for those who are living on the streets or in shelters. Heidi received a master’s degree in education (M.Ed), which suited her well during her 12-year stint as a classroom teacher. Heidi recently became a grad student again at Northeastern University working towards the Masters in Public Administration program (specializing in healthcare management) so that she can do her part to be a voice for the voiceless. She has since discovered her passion in working as a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS). Heidi is also studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Karate and truly enjoys her daily HIIT (high intensity interval training) exercises because they serve as a natural antidepressant. She also paints portraits for friends who are grieving the loss of someone they love and is striving to be a yelp foodie one day. * For More Podcast Episodes, visit Asian Women For Health: https://www.asianwomenforhealth.org/current-podcasts.html DISCLAIMER: The information on this page is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content in this podcast is for general information purposes only.
30 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Episode #17: The Power of Story in Healing Trauma
Lea Tran is an ethnic Chinese, who was born and raised in Vietnam. At the age of 16, Lea and her family fled their homeland with 500 other “Boat People” refugees after the fall of Saigon. In this episode, we reflect on her family’s arduous journey across the South China Sea, the complexities of rebuilding a new life in the U.S., and her personal path to healing. Lea’s story is a testament of self-discovery, courage, and resilience in overcoming adversity. She offers an inspiring voice of hope for anyone who may experience emotional or persistent trauma. Lea continues to reconcile her past with present opportunities to share her experiences and life lessons. Today, she is a dynamic speaker and published author of her own memoir, a transformational coach, and a fellow podcaster. She also thrives on the love and support of her family, her husband, and adult son. Links: Website: www.LeaTran.com Personal Memoir, I Did Not Miss the Boat: http://bit.ly/LeaTranBook TEDx Talk: http://bit.ly/LeaTranTEDx Social Media: - A Thriving Conversation on FaceBook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/AThrivingConversation - Family Roots Podcast - https://www.leatran.com/podcast More about Lea Tran: Lea Tran is a former "Boat person" refugee from Vietnam, a female scientist turned successful business owner and now speaker and author. Lea had brought her story to the TEDx stage and then revealed her harrowing journey in her first book, I Did Not Miss the Boat. She delivers her powerful message of courage and hope during challenging times in her keynote speeches. Extracting from her life experiences, Lea motivates her audience to bridge the gaps of cultural differences, to take action to break the mold of generational sufferings, and to create their own opportunity to thrive.
42 minutes | May 12, 2021
Episode #16: Authenticity in Action: On A Mission to Normalize Mental Health
What does it mean to live as your authentic self? In this episode, Jeanie Y. Chang, LMFT, reflects on her own identity journey as a second generation Korean American, and discovering her vocation as an interdisciplinary, mental health clinician who serves the needs of APIA families and their communities. Today, Jeanie is Founder and CEO of her own therapeutic practice, Your Change Provider, PLLC®. She is also a sought-after global speaker and a best-selling author to her personal memoir, A is for Authentic, Not for Anxieties or Straight A’s. Above all, she is a loving wife and mother of four. Together, we discuss the complex intersectionality of mental health, identity, mindfulness, and resilience, and explore the hidden magic behind Cultural Confidence™ and claiming one’s narrative. Get ready for a treasure trove of resourceful insights and aha moments as Jeanie addresses stigma around mental health and the impact of racial trauma as she promotes good mental health and emotional well-being. Resource Links: - Web site: Your Change Provider, PLLC® - Social Media/Blog Posts/Podcasts: https://solo.to/jeaniechang - Personal Memoir: A is for Authentic: Not for Anxieties or for Straight A’s (available on Amazon) - Host of Noona's Noonchi on YouTube More on Jeanie Y. Chang, LMFT, CMHIMP, CCTP - A solutions-focused, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - CEO & Founder, Your Change Provider, PLLC® - Creator, Cultural Confidence™ - President and Board Chairman of Asian Mental Health Collective - National Director, NAAAP Self-Care & Wellness (National Association of Asian American Professionals) LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanieychang/ * Disclaimer The information on this page is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content in this podcast is for general information purposes only.
28 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Episode #15: Finding Serene - Discovering a Personal Path to Breast Cancer Treatment
Chia Ying Serene Chen grew up in Taiwan. She is a loving wife and an amazing mother to a young, active son. In this episode, she shares her personal struggles adapting to a different culture and a new life in the U.S. While learning how to balance family and her own expectations, she receives a life-changing, stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis. This sets her on a path of self-discovery and personal growth, as well as a calling to help other cancer survivors. Although exploring options for cancer treatment is often riddled with uncertainty and fear, it can also lead to new perspectives and unforeseen blessings. You’ll surely draw strength and inspiration, and the power behind personal choice as you hear Serene’s journey. ------------- More on Chia Ying Serene Chen While undergoing chemo treatment, Serene completed a two hundred-hour, yoga instructor certification. She has since launched her own podcast in Mandarin to share the stories of other cancer survivors. Along with her acupuncturist and herbalist husband, Serene also promotes special exercises to help boost people’s immune systems. Resource Links: - 心靈道語 Serene Path Podcast Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/%E5%BF%83%E9%9D%88%E9%81%93%E8%AA%9E-serene-path/id1547087407 Google: https://podcasts.google.com?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80NjI3MTdiYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D Anchor (by Spotify) 心靈道語 Serene Path • A podcast on Anchor - YouTube: In Hand Acupuncture & Herbs with Mr. Gu https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEeGWPP6lPWYk7TKUmXrlzQ - Asian Americans and Cancer Fact Sheet https://www.asianwomenforhealth.org/uploads/1/2/5/9/125927439/acs-fact-sheet.pdf * DISCLAIMER The information on this page is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content in this podcast is for general information purposes only.
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