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105 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
2 - Hip Hop Dancer & Educator Yvonne Chow on Mindfulness Before Movement, Ongoing Advocacy & Shifting Energy Through Conversation
Yvonne Chow @yvonnehchow is a 1st generation Chinese American from the Bay Area, CA and currently resides and works in NYC. She is the Director of Operations, Education Director, Curator of Works, and Principal Dancer of H+ Hip Hop Dance Conservatory. Yvonne founded House of Chow®, to honor her family lineage through providing purposeful guidance, mentorship, and leadership to the next generation of Asian (Americans) in Hip-Hop Dance at H+ and beyond. We talk about how Yvonne discovered her passion for hip hop at a young age, and how she learned to respectfully enter and honor a Black art form as an Asian person. She also talks about the role of advocacy in her work in teaching and preserving hip hop dance, what it's like to be an Asian woman in a position of power, and the importance of opening up the dialogue with those who are closest to us. Music by Diana Chow @dhchow IG: https://www.instagram.com/unsquishing/ @unsquishing www.unsquishing.com
109 minutes | May 18, 2021
1 - TV Writer & Playwright Leah Nanako Winkler on Pitching with Confidence, Sparsing Creative Energy, & Writing for Maintenance
Welcome to the first episode of @unsquishing! Host Jen Kwok @jenkwokjenkwok talks to her long time friend Leah Nanako Winkler @leahnanako, Leah Nanako Winkler is a bicultural Japanese American playwright, TV writer and Screenwriter. Her award-winning plays include Kentucky, Two Mile Hollow, Hot Asian Doctor Husband and God Said This. She's written for TV shows like Ramy, New Amsterdam and currently is a writer/producer on Love Life on HBO MAX. They talk about the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, their early days auditioning in NYC, as well as their pandemic experiences. Leah drops some gems about her writing process, including pitching in a writer's room, how writing for herself as "maintenance" differs from her work as a hired writer. We also talk about how Leah has earned to step into her own power, and how she is approaching the newest phase of her creative and professional evolution. Music by Diana Chow @dhchow IG: https://www.instagram.com/unsquishing/ @unsquishing www.unsquishing.com
16 minutes | May 18, 2021
0 - Welcome to Unsquishing!
Welcome to the Unsquishing Podcast! This is our zero-th episode. We talk to creative Asian women about process, mental health and identity. Meet your host, Jen Kwok @jenkwokjenkwok, and find out why she is launching this podcast as a direct response to the anti-Asian hate crimes that have been rising in the US. Learn more about who we talk to and why uplifting Asian women’s voices is so important. Music by Diana Chow @dhchow. IG: @unsquishing www.unsquishing.com
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