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40 minutes | 3 years ago
S2; Ep4 – Code Switching
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/ris2ep4_2.m4a Hey Race Invaders, tonight we talk about Code Switching and how I mess it up, we talk about it in media portrayals in Kim’s Convenience and Sorry to Bother You, and we both talk about how and why we slip into accents at times. We also talk briefly about how to keep your motivation to keep fighting the good fight when you’re feeling overwhelmed about it all (hint: self-care is important and focusing on projects helps). Thanks for listening, and if you enjoyed this episode please tell a friend. Also, here is our patreon link.
68 minutes | 3 years ago
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/ris2ep3-2.m4a Welcome to Race Invaders, where it’s no secret that Alok and Tim are big giant nerds. In this episode we will be discussing Nerd/Geek culture. Why nerds still exist even though nerd culture is way mainstream. And how and why toxic masculinity has poisoned the nerd well. Tabletop RPGs, Star Wars, Comic Books, and we’re even going to be talking about fountain pens. If you found this episode enjoyable and want to help, please tell one friend about this, give us a 5 star review on iTunes, and hit up our Patreon.
59 minutes | 3 years ago
Season 2, Ep 2: Long Division
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/ris2ep2_2.m4a We recorded on the last day of AAPI Heritage month. We managed to be Asian the entire month and not get threatened by white guys with knives. Lucky us. In this episode, Tim wonders if the Left and the Far Left are seeing much more of a rift, and Alok tells us about the Overton Window which is, “An aproach of identifying which ideas define the domain of acceptability within a democracy’s possible governmental policy. Proponents of policies outside the window seek to persuade or educate the public in order to move and/or expand the window.” We touch upon Rosanne and her racist shitfit, but to the larger point when we should or shouldn’t shoulder the emotional labor on what racism is and what it looks like.
40 minutes | 3 years ago
Season 2, Ep 1: Reunification
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ris2ep1_2.m4a Hey Race Invaders. Big thank you for coming back to the show. Today we’re going remedial, to an 084 class. Namely? Why the phrase, “I don’t see color” is deeply problematic and unhelpful. Why now? Because we’ve seen an uptick in it’s use and we want to nip that shit in the bud. Also, we have a good time talking about why Koreans and Indians loved Black Panther. Thanks for letting us rant for 40 minutes, it feels good to be back. Tim & Alok
61 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 33: Being an SJW the Generation X Way.
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/riep34_2.m4a I’ll be honest Race Invaders, Episode 33 with Malcolm Gin was one of my favorite while Alok is on holiday. Why? Well for starters, the technology was in place: home studio, microphone, earphones were all perfect. I mean, Mal consulted me with doing a setup before hand and technically this conversation was flawless. Okay, but what about the content? Mal was easy to talk to, and since we are from the same generation, there was an easy cadence to how we spoke. We speak about trans issues, because Mal was born intersexed and identifies as Trans. We talk about doing social justice work, and how age has made us more radical, not less. (Frankly Mal is further left than me, and I welcome being challenged). At any rate, please enjoy this conversation. I did. -Tim
45 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 32: Blame Canada with Matthew To
We discuss what it’s like in Canada – how it’s a complete fantasy land without racism, sexism and how they treat their Indigenous People with complete respect. Wait wait. That’s not true. We talk about nerdy shit, like LARPing – a company that a shitty whitetwashed video to hawk their wares, and the loathed Barbaric Practices Act of 2015 and their promise to establish a “tip line” to report other Canadians of Color. https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/riep32.m4a
52 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 31: Chicago with Dr. Miquel Lewis
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/riep31-2.m4a Hello Race Invaders, Tim Yang here to let you know that Alok is taking some time off. So, with his blessing I’m interviewing/co-hosting the show with other interesting, funny and insightful PoC. In this episode myself and Dr. Miquel Lewis discuss what the hell is happening over in Chicago. A great place, no doubt, but beset with it’s own challenges with violence for sure. It turns out? There’s no special thing about Chicago except that the people in power are cutting resources for people already dealing with the issues surrounding poverty and what appears to be limited choices. Regardless, it’s super interesting to hear Miq’s take, so fire up the ole podcast and let’s hear what the good doctor has to say!
53 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 30: Proportional Responses
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/riep30_2.m4a Hello Race Invaders. Hey, look – we’ve been at this for a year now. How the hell did that happen? On today’s episode, Tim has three things he wants to get off his chest and tries to tie them all back to a central theme: Proportional Responses to Difficult Situations. Have we as a society lost track on how to do this? Has the Internet Hate Machine made us into monsters, or have we been monstrous all along? Where should lines be drawn? Also, Tim talks about his experience going to a townhall where a discussion of Tommy Le’s slaying takes place. Rest in Power Tommy Le, you were taken way too early from us.
42 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 29: Lane Change
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/riep29-2.m4a A discussion of staying in your lane, why it’s important and maybe why it’s not important. We’ll talk it out and come to some super satisfying conclusion, I’m sure. We speak about the Dunning Kruger effect. When are you talking out of your butt? Hint: if you’re being aggressive and defensive it’s a good time to take a time out.
54 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 28: A Modern Lynching
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/riep28-2.m4a Hey everyone. When we spoke about this last week, we didn’t know that we were going to also have to read about a white guy running down a young Quinalt father. We didn’t know that a man with a history of white supremacy was going to stab and kill two men and injure another who were trying to protect two Muslim women in Portland. We didn’t know. We should have been able to see that a pattern of violence emerges as summer approaches, but it always takes one’s breath away. This episode, Episode 28, we’ll be talking about the ghastly murder of Richard Collins III, we reference Dave Zirin’s thought piece on why calling this a lynching is the right thing to do. Rest in power, Richard Collins III, we can only hope that we can do better protecting our future leaders.
68 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 27: The Catch Up
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/riep27-1.m4a Heyyyyyyy Race Invaders, we’re back after taking naps. Today we, well, catch up with each other and ask each other five questions that were totally prepared and not at all spontaneous. Nope. Totally scripted. I give Alok the 411 on Luna Lee and her awesome gayageum skills, update him about being in the Seattle Rock Orchestra and he fills me in on his experience with Re-Orient, a coming together of Asian Americans over food and conversation. In the second half we discuss the story that everyone read regarding Eudocia Tomas Pulido, aka “Lola” and her slavery. Is there any validity to the point that our understanding of Filipino slavery is incomplete and unfair with our Western sensibilities? Listen and find out.
43 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 26: The Tao of Dao
Look at all these United Airlines seats that I’ll never sit in. https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/riep26-2.m4a Hello Race Invaders, thanks for dropping by for Episode 26, which I cleverly named The Tao of Dao, in which of course we talk about the brutal conflation between corporate policy and state violence. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know what happened, but we’re talking about it anyway. In our second segment, Alok brings to attention our former Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy and how he was “made redundant” by our current administration. Unfair, and of questionable reasoning from the Administrative Branch of our government, I know it’s a shock that we both think so. Thanks to always to our sound engineer, Steve “Sonos” Jacoby, and if you liked this episode please rate and review us on iTunes, or Stitcher or what ever service you use to listen. Either that or recommend a friend. As always you can kick in a few bucks on our Patreon. Thanks again! Permalink: https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/riep26-2.m4a
78 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 25: The Iron Fist Episode
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/accep81.m4a Hey Race Invaders, this week we team up with our friends over at All Comics Considered to trash talk, er, review Iron Fist. What does this show mean to comic book fans? What does it mean for Asian-Americans in Western Media (hint: nothing good). If you enjoyed this podcast, share it with a friend. You can also send feedback to email@example.com. Our patreon is http://patreon.com/raceinvaders. Permalink: https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/accep81.m4a
53 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 24: The Echo Chamber
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/accep24-2.m4a Hey hey, what’s new Race Invaders? So we’re two Asian-American dudes with microphones, so we thought it was super important to let you know what we think about things. Today’s thing? The so-called Echo Chamber, what we think about it, why it’s important why it’s not important and when to recognize it. Thanks for listening to Race Invaders! If you like what you heard, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. Look us up on Facebook and Twitter and support us if you can at our Patreon page! Thanks as ever to our brilliant sound engineer, Steve Jacoby! Permalink: https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/accep24-2.m4a
52 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 23: Get Out
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/riep23-getout-21.m4a Welcome back Race Invaders. Like a bunch of you, we saw Get Out recently – currently enjoying having crossed the 100 million dollar mark at the box office. And like you, we really enjoyed it. In addition to analyzing the film we get around to talking about the significance of Yasuhiko Oyama, the lone Asian character in the sea of white devils. Why was he there? We’ll tell you. Thanks for listening to Race Invaders! If you like what you heard, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. Look us up on Facebook and Twitter and support us if you can at our Patreon page! Thanks as ever to our brilliant sound engineer, Steve Jacoby. Permalink: http://raceinvaders.org.files.wordpress/2017/03/riep23-getout-21.m4a
56 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 22: Mazel Tov Cocktail
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/riep22.m4a Welcome back to Race Invaders! With Tim away on vacation, Alok is pleased to have Max Sparber as a guest host. An essayist and playwright, Max runs the blog Dress British Think Yiddish, where he talks about his journey in relearning the Yiddish language, his reactions to the resurgence of antisemitism in American discourse, and how to make the most Jewish cocktails around. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did. Thanks for listening to Race Invaders! If you like what you heard, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. Look us up on Facebook and Twitter and support us if you can at our Patreon page! Thanks as ever to our brilliant sound engineer, Steve Jacoby, and a special thank you to Max Sparber from Dress British Think Yiddish! Permalink: https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/riep22.m4a
11 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 21a: All Alone in the Pod
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/riep21a.m4a Hey Race Invaders, this is Alok. I’m all alone in the pod, because no one told me it was fucking vacation month, damn. Anyway, this is just a short note to tell you about some things we’ve got coming up, some media for you to check out in the meantime (including some terrible nepotistic plugging), and a bit of a meditation on where the hell we are after not even three weeks of Trumpocalypse. Thanks for listening to Race Invaders! If you like what you heard, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. Look us up on Facebook and Twitter and support us if you can at our Patreon page! Thanks as ever to our brilliant sound engineer, Steve Jacoby, not least because he didn’t have time to mix this before going on “vacation” with his “family”, and boy does it show. Permalink: https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/riep21a.m4a
67 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 21: Collect Call
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/riep21.m4a Welcome to another episode of Race Invaders, where we are desperately trying not to just talk about Trump all the goddamn time. Today we’re discussing calling people out versus calling people in; when should you put someone on blast, and when should you have a quiet word aside? We also talk about times we got told and had to change, and Tim has a few words for someone who believes that immigrants can just suck up their travel ban. Unsurprisingly, those words are: what the shit? Thanks for listening to Race Invaders! If you like what you heard, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. Look us up on Facebook and Twitter and support us if you can at our Patreon page! Thanks as ever to our brilliant sound engineer, Steve Jacoby! Permalink: https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/riep21.m4a
52 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 20: Mama Said Knock You Out
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/riep20.m4a Welcome to Race Invaders, sponsored by nazipunch.haha. For our monumental 20th episode, we examine the ethics and morals of Nazi-punching (spoiler: punch that Nazi today) and other dilemmas. Also, What The Shit makes a triumphant return, as Alok yells ineffectually at some fucking idiot who thinks that girls drinking whiskey is a notable character trait and who also thinks the right way to make an old-fashioned is with muddled fruit and club soda. I mean, this fucking guy. Thanks for listening to Race Invaders! If you like what you heard, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. Look us up on Facebook and Twitter and support us if you can at our Patreon page! Thanks as ever to our brilliant sound engineer, Steve Jacoby! Permalink: https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/riep20.m4a
51 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 19: Electronic Mail
https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/riep19.m4a Hey Race Invaders. Look, we’ll be the first ones to admit that we aren’t perfect. I think we’ve made that pretty clear over the length and breadth of this podcast. We’re going to get things wrong, and when we do, we’ll course correct. That being said? Sometimes being wrong feels so right. So here we are, Episode 19: Electronic Mail, where we are unabashedly assholes. Was it warranted? Well, we think so – but we invite you to be the judge. On this episode, Alok and I respond to this email – it’s gonna get salty: Hey Tim, I thought your latest episode was really helpful, although I was left wondering what the “male gaze” actually is. I can read Wikipedia, but then the podcast should be more than a list of new and strange keywords to search, right? I especially had that reaction to your critique in the Margaret Cho segment where you said, ~26:00 before you waste someone’s time, try searching “strange concept 1”, “strange concept 2”, (racebending, yellowface, etc.). and I’m like: “how do I magically invent these concepts for searching with no prior exposure?” “How do I know they aren’t bogus Internet red herrings designed to mislead well-meaning people into sounding like idiots?” As if all minority people are speaking your language all the time and we whites are just ignoring them… not exactly. These are in fact somewhat arcane academic concepts specific to the field of social activism and I believe the average POC also has no reliable attachment point for the term “race-bending”. I really appreciated the “even the best of us can get tripped up sometimes” message. That’s great for smoothing the edgy and somewhat unavoidable “We can do no wrong because we are POC” tone that seeps out of most episodes. As much as you say “we are not perfect”, your disdain for white males and their perspective is the primary topic most of the time, which can make for a challenging listen. I have an opinion about the source of the “self-defensive crouch” that you see white people assuming (FWIW). I think that there is a more extreme form of white supremacist language that white people are more exposed to than minorities are, because it’s not broadcast publicly, and the proponents only direct their messages to other white people, so minority people get it off-hand or indirectly, but white people hear it spoken directly to them… (mostly by uneducated people that aren’t even part of your conversations probably). Not that you’ve never heard it, but you might view it as being less prevalent than more “casual white supremacy” because you are much less likely to hear it first-hand from people you know personally. So, the white people that have compassion for minorities take a defensive stance against being associated with this extreme/uneducated group because they see the world of whites as split between those that have some compassion and desire to understand and those that basically don’t give a shit. “we” (the more liberal bunch) feel we deserve some credit for our compassion and we hate being lumped into a single group of white supremacists, or considered as “all part of the same system”. The defensive crouch comes when the desire to be accepted as part of the solution meets perceived resistance, even in the mild form of “you aren’t nearly there yet”. I think this explanation covers me as a scientist and probably also to the Hollywood types who see themselves as activists and pretty much any professional/worldly white person accustomed to being taken seriously. I often hear the message between the lines of your comments that “there is no way a white person can be part of the solution, because they are so invested in their position of power” or even “the only way a white person can help is by working against their own interests” (e.g. Tulsa Swinton should turn down any role that doesn’t accurately reflect her own heritage out of principle when any actor knows that’s a recipe for disaster). This is a self-defeating message. People don’t work against their own interests based on an emotional argument from a complete stranger. Much better to find a way to involve white people in whatever reform you want than to imply that their taint will spoil it… Compassionate white people will continue to seek easy solutions, or “balm for their guilt”, that is totally true. But they are also willing to accept a bigger challenge if they aren’t pushed out altogether first. Baby steps. It’s great that you mentioned that some people “just don’t know better” and some people are putting on an act to hide their own denial. This is true. It’s also possible that people know better in one dimension, but have blinders in a different dimension, or haven’t figured out how to apply what they know to new dimensions of race/creed/etc. There are infinite dimensions to this problem, and people’s ability to wield tools of acceptance/fairness is very much finite. This is much more related to basic human nature than to “white culture” in my view. Anyway, I’m still following along. I would love it if you guys could have a white guy guest come in and give a little white perspective. I’d like to hear a little more healthy debate and a little less “yes, but also yes” between two hosts that obviously see eye to eye on 95% of the core issues. Disagreement on minutiae is not debate. One of my favorite episodes was the interview with the Sci-Fi author, maybe because he had a much more moderate way of presenting his views… Thanks for your dedication, and no problem if you prefer not to read this whole email. The therapeutic part for me is still accomplished either way. Thanks for listening to Race Invaders! If you like what you heard, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. Look us up on Facebook and Twitter and support us if you can at our Patreon page! Thanks as ever to our brilliant sound engineer, Steve Jacoby! Permalink: https://raceinvadersorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/riep19.m4a
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