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70 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Yin & Young EP 57 - Young in Quarantine (Taiwan, Feb 2021)
Recorded February 2021 in Taipei, Taiwan, James (aka Young) shares his experience of what it’s like in a quarantine hotel on the last day of his quarantine. The pandemic situation has changed drastically since the time of recording, with Taiwan now reporting an average of 513 COVID-19 cases for the last week of May 2021, a huge shift from the 1 to 2 cases a day in February. Taiwan is now in stage 3 out of 4 COVID alert, with all public gatherings and indoor restaurant seating cancelled.Life can change so quickly. Though many of the circumstances referenced in the podcast have changed, it still remains a personal snapshot of what life is like at the time and some of the thoughts going through our heads.Highlights:James goes over the process of traveling to Taiwan during the pandemic: 14 days of quarantine (not including the arrival day), 7 days of “self-management.”James and Dan compare and contrast how Taiwan and the U.S. are handling COVID.How to distract yourself during quarantine: Attack on Titan.What James is looking forward to after quarantine: martial arts, restaurants, dating…James shares some of his habits that keep him sane: gratitude journaling, meditation, working out…Food is way cheaper in Taiwan, but the cost of living and average income is lower too.Quarantine makes you face yourself.Having a dream is a beautiful thing, but if you don’t have one, having simple goals are great too.LANGUAGE CORNERF.I.R.E. - financial independence, retire early.Mandarin - 隔離 - gélí - quarantine防疫 - fángyì - epidemic preventionJapanese取りあえず - toriaezu - for nowワクチン - wakuchin - vaccineBe sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram: @yinyoungpodcast. Like and subscribe to our content so you don’t miss an episode. Credits: This episode was produced by James Y. Shih and Daniel Yin.Consider supporting Yin & Young on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/yinyoungpodcastFollow Yin & Young: Website: http://www.jamesyshih.com/yin-young-podcast iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/yin-young-podcast-jys/id1185421015?mt=2Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yinyoungpodcast/ Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/rkrynzqStitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/yin-young-podcast Comments, questions? Email us at yinyoungpodcast[at]gmail.com
84 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Yin & Young EP 56 - Paul Hoi - Experimental Landscape Photographer and Visual Artist
Consider supporting Yin & Young on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/yinyoungpodcastDan and James are back with an enlightening chat with artist Paul Hoi! Paul shares his background, his artistic passions, and some of his thoughts about being Asian in America.Highlights:- Paul Chan by birth, but goes by Paul Hoi so as not to be mistaken for Paul Chan the art critic. - Is bad with naming his artwork so sometimes he just numbers them.- James and Paul met while working at the Apple store. Both did a lot of customer service Mandarin and Cantonese translations, respectively.- Came to the U.S. as an immigrant child from Hong Kong. As a child, he tried hard not to stand out and sought solitude.- Parents supportive even in his artistic pursuits. They made it clear to his sister and him growing up that they should not have to worry about money.- Has done a number of odd jobs: dog walker, property management, art gallery work.- Working at an art gallery, he realized he disliked the business side of art.- Learned different techniques from art class, but not a fan of the structured learning of art.- Began as an illustrator, which eventually led to photography. Is now is branching out into CGI.- For Paul, the most time consuming part of creating an art piece is conceptualizing what to make.- Likes to study space, landscapes, shapes in his work. Wants to create places that he wishes exist in real life.- Discussion about the pathos of Chinatown and how Asians have had to become self-reliant.LANGUAGE CORNERSpanish: Copia de seguridad - secure back upMandarin:雲碟 - yún dié - cloud drive夜景 - yèjǐng - nightscapeJapanese:アプリ - apuri - applications七転び八起き - nanakorobi yaoki - Fall down seven times, get up eight.Follow Paul Hoi at:https://www.instagram.com/paul_hoi/https://www.instagram.com/desertfutures/Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram: @yinyoungpodcast. Like and subscribe to our content so you don’t miss an episode. Credits: This episode was produced by James Y. Shih and Daniel Yin. Edited by Gabriel Toya-MeléndezFollow Yin & Young: - Website: http://www.jamesyshih.com/yin-young-podcast - iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/yin-young-podcast-jys/id1185421015?mt=2- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yinyoungpodcast/ - Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/rkrynzq- Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/yin-young-podcast Comments, questions? Email us at email@example.com. Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram: @yinyoungpodcast. Like and subscribe to our content so you don’t miss an episode. Credits: This episode was produced by James Y. Shih and Daniel Yin. Edited by Gabriel Toya-MeléndezFollow Yin & Young: Website: http://www.jamesyshih.com/yin-young-podcast iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/yin-young-podcast-jys/id1185421015?mt=2Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yinyoungpodcast/ Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/rkrynzqStitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/yin-young-podcast Comments, questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
90 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Yin & Young EP 55 - Lillian So - Transformation Coach
Yin & Young are back with a great conversation with transformation coach Lillian So! Lillian shares her journey of self discovery and eventual path into helping others live their best life. HIGHLIGHTS: Lillian So is the daughter of Korean immigrants and grew up in a very ethnically diverse part of Chicago.Started career in fitness before moving to current career of helping people transform their lives (Transformation Coach).Became self aware at a really young age due to criticisms from relatives and family situation.Lillian and Yin & Young check in on where they are in their life right now.Lillian discovered at an early age her ability to facilitate others to become the best they can be.Chats about her alienation with a specific Christian Korean American community but finding a connection with Koreans in Korea.Describes how she has collected a team of mentors/healers/spiritual leaders in her life.Discussion shifts to tensions between the black and Asian communities in the U.S. Lillian shares her family’s experience doing business in a predominantly black neighborhood.Current projects: writing a couple of books this year. LINKS - Lillian can be reached directly through her…Website: https://meetlillianso.com/FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/meetlillianso/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meetlillianso/LANGUAGE CORNER: Korean: 관상 gwansang - face reading. 사주 saju - Four Pillars of Destiny (Mandarin: 四柱 sìzhù)Mandarin: 算命 suànmìng - fortune telling.Japanese: 占い uranai - fortune telling. Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram: @yinyoungpodcast. Like and subscribe to our content so you don’t miss an episode. Credits: This episode was produced by James Y. Shih and Daniel Yin. Edited by Gabriel Toya-Meléndez Consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/yinyoungpodcast Follow Yin & Young: Website: http://www.jamesyshih.com/yin-young-podcast iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/yin-young-podcast-jys/id1185421015?mt=2Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yinyoungpodcast/ Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/rkrynzqStitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/yin-young-podcast Comments, questions? Email us at email@example.com.
83 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Yin & Young EP 54 - Rachel Lo - Struck CEO & Co-Founder
In this episode we chat with the Struck CEO & Co-Founder, Rachel Lo! She shares her journey coming from a secular, technical background to developing an astrology-based dating app. Even if you're an astrology skeptic (like James), there still definitely something to be gained from this discussion. Rachel's message to skeptics: "Consider why astrology makes you so uncomfortable? Is it really harming you/other people, or is it just that you’re unfamiliar with it? Also: try reading your birth chart and see how it resonates with you!" HIGHLIGHTS: - Rachel grew up in the South Bay of LA and went to UC Berkeley for engineering. - Worked at Apple and other tech companies for a few years - Didn't believe in astrology at first, but the inequities in the workforce made Rachel consider that the world isn't concrete and filled with more nuance. - Met her co-founder after renting a house in SF with others working at Apple. - Struck designed to make experiences more meaningful and fun, it's based off astrological compatibility. - Dating apps have a similar playbook for launching apps, but the pandemic disrupted that. - Struck was in the Top 10 lifestyle apps in the Apple App Store. - James initially hesitant to have Rachel on as a guest due to his skepticism of astrology. - Parents immigrated from Hong Kong and met in NY - Struck is rooted in Western astrology (Hellenistic/Greek). - Parents were supportive of Rachel starting Struck. - Rachel breaks down James's and Dan's astrological chart - Had issues with the Apple App Store due to their restrictions on astrology apps. - Dating apps were engineered for people to continue to date, i.e. endless swiping. Struck aims to change that. LINKS: Struck: https://www.struckapp.com/ Struck IG: https://www.instagram.com/struck.app/ Struck TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@struckappLANGUAGE CORNER: Mandarin: - 相親 - xiāngqīn - blind date - 紅娘 hóngniáng (lít. red woman) / 媒人 méiren - matchmaker Cantonese: - 飲茶 - yám chà - Yum Cha, lit. drink tea, traditional Cantonese brunch with tea and dim sum. Japanese: - イケ面 - ikemen - good-looking guy - ギャル - gyaru - slang word for "gal", a Japanese subculture for woman who are tanned, have dyed hair, colored contacts, and other fashion trends. Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram: @yinyoungpodcast. Like and subscribe to our content so you don’t miss an episode. Credits: This episode was produced by James Y. Shih and Daniel Yin. Consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/yinyoungpodcast Follow Yin & Young: Website: http://www.jamesyshih.com/yin-young-podcast iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/yin-young-podcast-jys/id1185421015?mt=2Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yinyoungpodcast/ Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/rkrynzqStitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/yin-young-podcast Comments, questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
75 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
Yin & Young EP 53 - Musician Strike Three: Movies, Music, and the Asian American Moment
In this episode, Yin & Young chat with young musician James Huang aka Strike Three of Strike it Rich Records (SIR Records). We discuss Asian American representation in film and music, what it’s like to be an Asian American high school student, and Strike’s journey into making music.HIGHLIGHTS: Strike connected with us through Young's sister.Strike wants to see more Asian American representation in the media.He grew up in the Bay Area and went to private schools that were predominantly white.The new Asian American identity is one where they had to define their values and who they are for themselves.His goal is create positive role models for Asian Americans.Strike's recent style is geared towards making more chill, fun to listen to music.Was exposed to different music throughout his life due to parents being music lovers.Strike It Rich music label is about empowering young Asian American artists.His role models were found in music (Kanye West, J Cole) but didn’t have Asian American role models until recently.Looks up to China Mac and supports the “They Can’t Burn Us All” movement: Asian Americans and non-Asian allies rallying against anti-Asian racism.Is starting his own Asian American Youth group GenAZN.LINKS:Strike Three’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itsthethirdstrike/Strike Three’s music on SpotifyStrike it Rich Records: https://threeoverthree.ueniweb.com/, IG: @strikeitrichrecordsGenAZN: Student-run grassroots movement advocating the rights, empowerment, and diversity of this generation's Asian-Americans.: https://www.instagram.com/genazn_/LANGUAGE CORNER:Mandarin: 生於憂患死於安樂 - shēng yú yōuhuàn sǐ yú ānlè - lit. life comes from calamity, death comes from comfort, i.e. growth is borne from challenges, idleness from being too comfortable.量子糾纏 - liàngzǐjiūchán - quantum entanglement.Japanese: 浮世絵 - うきよえ - ukiyo-e - literally: pictures of the floating world. Edo-period woodblock prints. Mandarin reading: 浮世絵 fúshìhuì: 浮世 in Buddhism means the world of the living, 絵 means drawing.残業 - ざんぎょう - zangyou - overtime (work).Russian: Извините, я плохо знаю русский - Izvinite, ya plokho znayu russkiy. - Sorry, I don’t speak Russian well.давай - davai - come on (can be term of encouragement).Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram: @yinyoungpodcast on YouTube: @Yin & Young =). Like and subscribe to our content so you don’t miss an episode. Credits: This episode was produced by James Y. Shih and Daniel Yin. Edited by Gabriel Toya-Meléndez.—Consider being a Yin & Young patron on our Patreon.Listen to Yin & Young: Website | iTunes | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | StitcherComments, questions? Email us at email@example.com
76 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Yin & Young EP 52 - Election Night 2020
Happy Inauguration Day! On this special day, we’re releasing an episode we recorded back on November 3rd, election night 2020. It marked the 4 year anniversary of Yin & Young the Podcast. We’re joined by special guests Darren Kwan and Valerie Soe and the four of us commiserate over the anxieties about the election and frustrations with the Trump administration. It’s an interesting listen given how things have turned out.HIGHLIGHTS: James got confronted by some lady at Dunkin Donuts for being Asian.Levels of Asian cultural etiquette may lead to Asians being passed over in the U.S.Asians/Asian Americans need to code switch to adapt to non-Asians who don't have the same outlook/values.Who needs to take responsibility for the current situation (e.g. the pandemic)?Structural changes need to be done in the American education system.Briefly touched upon the deaths of Sean Connery and Chadwick Boseman.Running down the proposition votes.Recent favorite shows:Dan has been watching "Letterkenny"Valerie recommends, via the San Diego Asian Film Festival: “76 Days” and “The Paper Tigers.”James has been watching "Terrace House.”LANGUAGE CORNER:Mandarin:候選人 (hòuxuǎnrén) - candidates選舉 （xuǎnjǔ) - electionTaiwanese:不錯 - bue bai - not badJapanese大統領 (daitōryō) - president (nation)社長 (shachō) - company presidentBe sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram: @yinyoungpodcast on YouTube: @Yin & Young =). Like and subscribe to our content so you don’t miss an episode. Credits: This episode was produced by James Y. Shih and Daniel Yin. Edited by Gabriel Toya-Meléndez.—Consider being a Yin & Young patron on our Patreon.Listen to Yin & Young: Website | iTunes | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | StitcherComments, questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
97 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
Yin & Young EP 51 - Terrace House Boys & Girls in the City w/ Nicole McLendon
Happy Holidays Everyone! In this episode, our guest is screenwriter and Terrace House fan, Nicole McLendon. Nicole was a fellow intern with James at a development house. The topic of this episode revolves around Terrace House, an unscripted Japanese reality TV show on Netflix and Yin & Young’s go-to program during the pandemic. We will be covering Boys & Girls in the City which was the first season available on Netflix and is the second season of the Terrace House franchise. If you have not seen the Boys & Girls in the City, we recommend you check it out first, because this episode has spoilers!Highlights:Nicole recently graduated and now works at an entertainment law firm. She hopes to get paid for screenwriting in the near future.James, Nicole, and Dan explain what brought them to Terrace House.The show is not a true reality show even though it declares itself an unscripted show. We go through the premise, cover the panelists, and the members of the show.We go in-depth into major events and relationships in the season such as Dream Police, the Meat Incident, Arman’s bromances, and more.We question how real the show is and how the "unscripted" disclaimer allows them to make the show appear like a reality show rather than something that has an outline or directed scenes.Favorite cast members and couples.Disclaimer: as an audience, we only see a short, edited glimpse of who the people on the show are. It’s important to not be too judgmental of the cast.Terrace House Japanese (テラスハウスの日本語) - 告白 - こくはく - kokuhaku - confession of love, to ask someone to be your boyfriend/girlfriend.仕様がない - しょうがない - shouganai - it can’t be helped, there’s no other way意気地なし - いくじなし - ikujinashi - coward, loser目茶 - めちゃ - mecha - excessive, extreme超 - ちょう - chou - super, totallyやばい - yabai - 1. awful, 2. slang: terrific, amazing翼 - つばさ - tsubasa - wings (name of a cast member on Opening New Doors)Links:Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80067942James’s article about Terrace House: https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2133941527449/terrace-house-an-introduction-and-a-constructed-reality?sTerrace House cast member Hana Kimura passes away: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/24/world/asia/hana-kimura-aew-dead.htmlTerrace House Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/terracehouse/NOTE: This episode features videos clips from the show that belong to Fuji TV & Netflix as well as the images you see now if you’re watching on Youtube. The intro and outro song is “Slow Down” by the band Lights Follow.Speaking of follow, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram: @yinyoungpodcast on YouTube: @Yin & Young =). Like and subscribe to our content so you don’t miss an episode. Thank you and hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Happy New Year! —Consider being a Yin & Young patron on our Patreon.Listen to Yin & Young: Website | iTunes | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | StitcherComments, questions? Email us at email@example.com
108 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
Yin & Young EP050 - Emi Higashiyama - Taiwanese Language, History, Identity
In this episode, James and Dan chat with Emi Higashiyama about the Taiwanese language and history of the Hokkien dialect family. Emi Higashiyama is a historic preservationist, specializing in Japanese colonial architecture in Taiwan and multicultural/multilingual aspects of Taiwanese heritage issues.Highlights:2:48 Emi’s cultural background is a complex mix of Taiwanese, Japanese, and American influences.11:52 Language and identity often are closely tied to each other.28:00 Hokkien is present throughout Southeast Asia, with different forms and variances.33:23 Language, dialect, and accent are all different from each other.39:00 Discussed how different races and cultures become “trendy” and “popular” in certain countries, leading to idealization (e.g. U.S. and Japanese culture in Taiwan).44:57 Brief history of linguistics in Taiwan: indigenous languages, Hokkien, Hakka, Japanese, Mandarin.47:15 Taiwan is like a melting pot due to its history of back and forth migration and colonial rule by the Japanese and Chinese.51:55: Emi quizzes Dan to see if he can figure out the Japanese equivalent to Taiwanese words. Taiwanese and Japanese have common words because of the Japanese colonial era in Taiwan. 1:13:00 Emi’s shares the etymology of the Japanese sounding, but uniquely Taiwanese phrase あたまコンクリ (atama konkuri).1:25:55 Discussed the suppression of the Taiwanese language under the KMT to today’s increasing interest in learning Taiwanese.1:30:20 Final thoughts: go learn languages! Don’t treat it as a “foreign” language. Language Corner (1:41:31):Japanese （日本語) - ちんぷんかんぷん - “that’s Greek to me!” or “I can’t make heads or tails of this.” From the Chinese phrase: 聽不懂看不懂 (tīng bù dǒng kàn bù dǒng) meaning “I can’t understand what you’re saying or writing.”ボンネット- bonnetto - car hood. From the word “bonnet."クラクション - kurakushon - car horn. From the word “klaxon."Hakka （客家話) -ng3 ho4 (汝好) - 你好 - how are you?an4 zii4 se (恁仔細) - 謝謝 - thank you!siit bau4 mang (食飽吂）- 吃飽了嗎？- did you eat yet?Links:Emi’s links:Photo documentation project of Japanese colonial era architecture in Taiwan: https://www.instagram.com/japanesecolonial/Curated reading list on Taiwan’s history: https://medium.com/@emihigashiyama/how-to-become-an-expert-in-taiwan-history-94a89e225ea7Newsletter (exclusive access to Emi’s work in Taiwan): https://japanesecolonial.substack.com/subscribeLearn Taiwanese with Bite-size Taiwanese: https://bitesizetaiwanese.com/Learn Japanese with Japanese by Chunking: www.youtube.com/c/japanesebychunking[Notes prepared by Emi’s intern Esther, edited/added to by James.]—Consider being a Yin & Young patron on our Patreon.Listen to Yin & Young: Website | iTunes | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | StitcherComments, questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
103 minutes | Aug 15, 2020
Yin & Young EP049 - Shannon Tetteh - Qigong, George Floyd, White Supremacy
Recorded during the nationwide George Floyd protests, we chatted with Shannon Tetteh–a graduate of Fisk University (a historically black university), a certified massage therapist, and a current doctorate student in traditional Chinese Medicine.HIGHLIGHTS:00:00 Different methods of making Dit Da Jow (folk remedy for external injuries). Recently made a tincture to prevent hair loss and strengthen bone density.04:10 Shannon and James met in Oakland at a Wudang West Qigong (Chi Kung) class taught by David Wei.05:00 Moved around growing up; now based in Chicago. Part of a start-up combining cannabis with Chinese herbal medicine.10:50 Getting his first education in Black history at Fisk and seeing the deep psychological harm of using white American or white British as the default in film (e.g. Gods of Egypt 13:17).18:42 Discussion of "White Supremacy."29:29 Thoughts on the murder of George Floyd.41:30 Anime led Te to explore the martial arts. When he does have kids, plans to teach them what he’s learned. Has studied Wudang Qigong, Iron Body, and wants to study Five Elements Kung Fu.51:00 How Qigong can help the black community.58:15 The police started as slave patrols in the U.S.1:09:10 Should we reform or completely defund the police?1:18:52 America has an imbalance of Yin & Yang with the norm for America being the whites on top. Change is happening though.Martial Arts Tips (1:34:51):Video Link: Qigong lung strengthening exercise.Sleep is super important. The body needs rest for proper liver, kidney function.Martial arts gives self defense tools, but also heightens situational awareness and how to better carry yourself.Related links:Shannon’s website: Golden Palm and Needle.Wudang West (Oakland) website.Books Mentioned:Chi Gong: The Ancient Chinese Way to Health by Paul DongThe Body Electric by Robert BeckerThe writings of Manly P. HallA People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn—Consider being a patron on our Patreon.Listen to Yin & Young: Website | iTunes | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | StitcherComments, questions? Email us at email@example.com.
103 minutes | Jul 12, 2020
Yin & Young EP048 - Actor Paul Yen (Vietgone, Little Fires Everywhere)
Hi All! We recorded this podcast at the start of the lockdown with actor Paul Yen! Paul is a politically aware actor who can be seen on Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere” in the role of Scott. Paul was nominated in 2018 (not 2019 as said in the podcast) for LA Drama Critics Circle’s Best Lead Actor for his portrayal of Quang in East West Players’ “Vietgone.”HIGHLIGHTS:00:51 Dan met Paul through a play that was directed by Dan’s wife.1:46 Graduated from CSULB. Took a long break until a friend convinced him to finish his degree.14:15 Had to rap for the “Vietgone” audition. 17:20 A social media post from the director telling Asian American men to “take space” lit a fire for Paul.20:36 Many older Vietnamese immigrant are registered Republicans (incl. his parents). Been trying to get them to vote more Democrat.28:00 Shares his auditioning process for “Little Fires Everywhere” (says this experience can vary greatly depending on the casting office).Role for “Little Fires Everywhere” differs from the Asian model minority stereotype37:58 Watching Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon’s process as executive producers was educational and inspiring.43:30 Solo show “Secret Identity Crisis” (The Hollywood Fringe 2017) takes popular superheroes (Batman, Superman, Spiderman) and reimagines them as Asian-American men.55:39 Shares his voice acting experience on “White Snake.”1:02:20 Sheltering in place with his wife and dog during the COVID-19 pandemic.1:15:11 Paul’s political awakening.1:35:48 Believes Asians actors should be able to play other types of Asians (as long there’s no language stipulation).Language Corner (1:31:08):Taiwanese - 莫按呢 - mài anné: don’t be like thatJapanese - 仕舞った (しまった) - shimatta - darn it! we’re screwed!Vietnamese - mày - informal “you.” Used only between people who’re familiar.Related links:Paul Yen on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hellopaulyen/Paul’s website: https://www.paulyen.com/—Consider being a patron on our Patreon.Listen to Yin & Young: Website | iTunes | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | StitcherComments, questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
105 minutes | Jun 20, 2020
Yin & Young EP047 - Filmmaker Valerie Soe - Love Boat, K-Pop & Mental Heath
Yin & Young EP047 - Filmmaker Valerie Soe - Love Boat, K-Pop & Mental HeathHope everyone has been safe and healthy. We recorded this at the start of 2020 before the pandemic with filmmaker/Asian American studies professor Valerie Soe! We talk about her feature documentary, Love Boat: Taiwan, anti-orientalism, deaths in the K-pop community, and the pressures of being in the spotlight.HIGHLIGHTS:Valerie: writer/director of Love Boat: Taiwan - https://www.loveboat-taiwan.com/aboutValerie went on Love Boat during collegeLove Boat, formally known as The Overseas Compatriot Youth Taiwan Study Tour, was set up by the Taiwanese government to get young overseas Chinese and Taiwanese to visit Taiwan for cultural exchange.Valerie is Chinese American. Family has been in the U.S. since the 1920s.Glad to see more Asian representation in the media recently.Discussed the passing of K-pop idols Sulli and Goo Hara and the pressures of modern society (compressed modernity) as mentioned in her blog: https://tinyurl.com/ycsgm6wcThe scrutiny K-pop stars face are not unique, result of rapid modernization, globalization, neo-capitalism..There are no dating clauses in contracts for K-Pop stars.Cyberbullying is a major issue, with public figures and celebrities particularly vulnerable to widespread criticism.Language CornerKorean: 사생팬 - sasaengpaen - a Stan. A stalker fan. Literally, “private life” fan. (in Mandarin: 私生飯 - Sī shēng fàn)Mandarin: 地頭蛇 - dì tóu shé - lit. land head snake. The boss of that area. Street king.If you or someone you know is thinking of harming themselves:Call the Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255: suicidepreventionlifeline.org/Message/call 7 Cups for someone to listen: https://www.7cups.com/Visit the National Institute of Health Suicide Prevention website: https://tinyurl.com/hbxmhmkArticles on depression and death in K-pop:I have reported on 30 Korean celebrity suicides. The blame game never changes: https://tinyurl.com/ycxs6b43The Impossible Task of Being the ‘Perfect’ K-Pop Star: https://tinyurl.com/yb97d9vg—Consider being a patron on our Patreon. Listen to Yin & Young: Website | iTunes | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | StitcherComments, questions? Email us at email@example.com.
52 minutes | Mar 27, 2020
Yin & Young Podcast EP46 - COVID-19 - Conversation with Dr. Evan Shih
James interviews his cousin, Dr. Evan Shih, a 3rd year resident working in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a Los Angeles hospital.DISCLAIMER: All statements made by the interviewee in this interview are of his own opinion. All the views expressed in this interview are made in a personal capacity and do not represent the views of the University of California Los Angeles or any such institutions. Evan shares his first-hand experience helping patients with the virus and some insight into COVID-19. See a list of questions below that Evan has answered as best he can. Evan dispels some misinformation propagating on social media and mainstream media. That said, although Evan is a medical professional, he is not an expert in the novel coronavirus and information about the disease and treatments are changing daily. Stay informed and consult your primary care physician if you feel you may be infected. —If you're healthy, consider donating blood or platelets, there's currently a national shortage. Check out: https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html If you have any Personal Protection Equipment that you're not using (such as face masks, eye protection, etc), please consider donating your supplies to the UCLA Medical Center by emailing the address here: COVID19ppesupport@mednet.ucla.edu ...or donating to your local hospital. If you'd like to donate funds to help support UCLA medical professionals, please go to this link here: https://spark.ucla.edu/project/20587 New England Journal of Medicine: https://www.nejm.org/coronavirus COVID on surfaces: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2004973 Testing for COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html—List of questions covered: - What’s the clinical term for the virus? A: COVID-19, Sars-CoV-2 - Is the UCLA/Los Angeles medical community equipped to meet this challenge? A: For now. - Can COVID-19 live on clothes for hours? A: Most likely. Yes for surfaces (live up to days, see NEJM link above). Watch out for elevator buttons. - Where should we get tested? A: Consult your primary doctor. See CDC link above.- Are they expediting testing for at-risk people? A: Not sure. - How likely is re-infection or immunity after getting the virus? A: Inconclusive. - Long term effects? A: Inconclusive. - Effective treatments? A: In development. - Any supplements, foods, that can help prevent or combat coronavirus? A: Inconclusive. A healthy diet is generally recommended. - Are chloroquine or plaquenil effective treatments? A: Inconclusive. There's a shortage for plaquenil where it is a proven treatment (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis) due to COVID. - What is some misinformation that people should be aware of? A: Be wary of "proven treatments" from an unverified source. - What percentage of the population will probably get the coronavirus? A: 40-70% possibly. - What are best practices the public should adhere to help stop the spread of the disease? A: Wash your hands, social distancing. - Are face masks effective? A: Yes.- What are some ways the community can help support their local hospitals? A: Donate! See links above. — LANGUAGE CORNER Mandarin: 疫情 - yìqíng - epidemic —Consider being a patron on our Patreon. Listen to Yin & Young: Website | iTunes | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | StitcherComments, questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
98 minutes | Mar 27, 2020
Yin & Young Podcast EP45 - Coronavirus, Life Inside, Asian Racism (recorded live)
In this episode, recorded live March 15, 2020, Dan, James and returning guest Darren discuss life indoors as Los Angeles begins to tighten its quarantine/stay at home regulations. We also discuss some of the anti-asian sentiment that has come grown alongside the virus cases. To reiterate, we're not medical professionals and the views expressed in this video are our own and should not be taken as professional medical advice. If anything, hopefully this gives some insight into life in LA at the time and is entertaining in some way. Below are some of the links we reference in the video: Live map of coronavirus: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html Coronavirus Simulator: Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve” - https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/Joe Rogan Experience with Michael Osterholm, infectious disease specialist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3URhJx0NSw&t=3602s LA Chinatown businesses hit hard: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-03-02/chinatown-businesses-begin-to-feel-sting-of-coronavirus-scare What Taiwan can teach the world about fighting COVID-19 - https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/what-taiwan-can-teach-world-fighting-coronavirus-n1153826 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K_d0WFKQSo Why is the outbreak so bad in Italy?: https://time.com/5799586/italy-coronavirus-outbreak/ Patient 31 may have contacted 1,160 with coronavirus in South Korea: https://graphics.reuters.com/CHINA-HEALTH-SOUTHKOREA-CLUSTERS/0100B5G33SB/index.html Why new diseases keep appearing in China: https://www.vox.com/videos/2020/3/6/21168006/coronavirus-covid19-china-pandemicPangolins the most trafficked animal in the world: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/05/opinion/coronavirus-china-pangolins.htmlMy Take On Coronavirus | Russell Brand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlW4jwaxYzQ———CHEAP FOOD RECSJames - Braised pork over rice (滷肉飯) at Sugar Fix Cafe (https://www.yelp.com/biz/sugar-fix-cafe-los-angeles-2). Chain option: Taco Bell’s Craving’s Boxes and $1 dollar menu.Darren - Chipotle burritos/bowls (Sofritas/Veggie) and Subway’s Veggie Delight.Dan - Kang Kang Food Court’s pan fried pork buns (小美的生煎包) - https://www.yelp.com/biz/kang-kang-food-court-alhambra——LANGUAGE CORNERJapanese: - 病気 - byōki - sickTaiwanese: 今仔日 - kin’afjit - today ; 明仔再 - min’afzaix - tomorrowCantonese: 點心 - dímsām - dim sum (small Cantonese dishes served generally around brunch) ; 餛飩麵 - wan4 tan1 min6 - wonton noodle soup—Consider being a patron on our Patreon. Listen to Yin & Young: Website | iTunes | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | StitcherComments, questions? Email us at email@example.com.
105 minutes | Mar 14, 2020
Yin & Young - EP44 - Eric Chen #YangGang
Back with a podcast with Eric Chen, a speech and debate coach and supporter of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang. He has helped organize events and social media promotion in support of Yang before Yang dropped out of the race last month. We recorded in December 2019; please excuse some of the dated info discussed. However, with the recent measures taken to combat the spread of coronavirus, the proposals that Yang championed such as universal basic income (UBI), are essential now more than ever. We discuss that along with the topics below with Eric Chen:HIGHLIGHTSFamily made 19 visa attempts to immigrate to the U.S. from Taiwan before they were successful.Eric met his dad for the first as child when he was 7.Grew up in San Gabriel Valley.Was treated as an outsider being a recent immigrant, even in the majority Asian SGV.Can't pinpoint when he identified as Asian American.Andrew Yang has to thread the relationship with China if he were to win.Originally a Bernie supporter, then went to an Andrew Yang rally in LA and liked what he heard.Also supported Elizabeth Warren before switching over to Andrew Yang.All nominees are starting to copy other candidates’ ideasThe messaging for Dems is not as good as the GOPAndrew should’ve honed down to a few key messages.MATH = Make America Think Harder.Andrew is for UBI, Medicare for all, lower tuition.Andrew’s lack of political experience is an advantage, similar to Trump.Established media is dismissive of Andrew because he’s Asian.There's less backlash when racism is perpetrated against AsiansLANGUAGE CORNERJapanese: 希望 - きぼう- kibō - hopeMandarin: 七情六慾 - Qī qíng liùyù - 7 emotions (joy, anger, despair, fear, love, hate, greed), 6 desires (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, thought). What it means to be human.Mandarin: 危機 - wēijī - crisis. However, the second character 機 (jī) can be used in the word 機會 (jīhuì) which means “opportunity”.—Consider being a patron on our Patreon. Listen to Yin & Young: Website | iTunes | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | StitcherComments, questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
107 minutes | Jan 31, 2020
Yin & Young - EP43 - Writer/Director Henry B. Chen
Yin & Young…are back! Thank you for your patience (I’ve learned to say that instead of “sorry for the delay”, which I am). For this highly anticipated podcast episode we’re speaking with writer, director Henry B. Chen! Henry was James’s mentor for the Taiwanese American Film Festival Pitch Competition 2019.HENRY HIGHLIGHTS:Henry writes for BET’s Boomerang. He and his writing partner’s main episode is “Housekeeping”.Has multiple projects in the works including a remake pitch for "3 Ninjas" with Asian Americans.Henry grew up in an Asian-majority community in East Los Angeles and went to a competitive high school with double digit valedictorians.Henry and James explain why UCSD Professor J.P Gorin is violently amazing.There was a huge culture shock when he first got into the USC film production program where there were few Asians at the time. Initially, the Asian creatives there didn’t seem to care for Henry at the beginning but eventually they became good friends.Worked at CAA after undergrad. Had a lot of opportunities to choose to work for different filmmakers and ultimately chose to work with Kathryn Bigelow.Learned from Ms. Bigelow: your work should say something.James and Henry met through the mentorship program for the Taiwanese American Film Festival Pitch Competition. James and Henry share their experiences and how important creative boundaries are.Has a TV project in the works with his writing partner called Salvage which “follows the lives of four unlikely friends trying to open their own food joint in hyper competitive Los Angeles.”After not getting much attention for their pitch packet, Henry and Jingyi put their show on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/salvage.theshow/) and got a major offer.Henry shares how The Battle of Algiers is devastating, The Matrix inspirational, and why Parasite is a perfect film.LANGUAGE CORNERJapanese - 感動 - kandō - to be moved (emotionally)Chinese - 四目交投 - sì mù jiāo tóu - to lock eyes with someone, lit. “four eyes trading”Korean - 직업병 - jig-eobbyeong （hanja：職業病）- the disease of your occupation, i.e. traits from your occupation that you carry over into your personal life that can be harmful.—Consider being a patron on our Patreon. Listen to Yin & Young: Website | iTunes | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | StitcherComments, questions? Email us at yinyoungpodcast[at]gmail.com.
91 minutes | Oct 28, 2019
Yin & Young - EP42 - Martial Arts Life Lessons
Video note: above is a looped video of James and Dan practicing Taichi push hands. Edited due to privacy concerns of children entering the frame. Hi All! Yin & Young are back with an episode sharing the lessons they’ve learned training martial arts and how they’ve applied them to their own lives.HIGHLIGHTS:Dan enrolled his kids to a kung fu school.Picking a martial arts school for a kid: cost and convenience are major factors.Delineation between hard and soft styles: Bruce Lee thought this separation between hard and soft was an illusion.Many soft style masters started with hard styles first.James studied Shotokan Karate and shares stories about his late teacher, Sensei Lafferty.Dan says exposure and affinity to multiple styles is a modern development. Before, people in the old days just learned what was locally/regionally taught and adapted it. Body styles might dictate the style best suited for people or how they can be adapted.Stories about getting bullied while growing upIs the world a cruel place?Discussion about the deaths of Zhang Yingying and Xinran Ji, two Chinese international students in the U.S.Stephen Kaufman's "Book of Five Rings" and "Art of War" are the interpretations that Dan recommends for both booksJames recites the Shotokan Karate Dojo Kun.LANGUAGE CORNER道可道，非常道。名可名，非常名。無名天地之始；有名萬物之母。 - 老子Dào kě dào, fēicháng dào. Míng kě míng, fēicháng míng. Wúmíng tiāndì zhī shǐ; yǒumíng wànwù zhī mǔ. - LǎoziThe way that can be told, is not the eternal Way. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. The Way is nameless but also Named and is the origin of all things. - Laozi (aka Lao Tzu/Lao-Tze)—Consider being a patron on our Patreon. Listen to Yin & Young: Website | iTunes | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | StitcherComments, questions? Email us at yinyoungpodcast[at]gmail.com.
107 minutes | Aug 7, 2019
Yin & Young - EP41 - Filmmaker Jeff Man - Loneliness, Growth, Acceptance
Welcome back! It’s been 3 months, but this podcast is still alive! If you’d like to help us out to be more consistent, consider being a patron on our Patreon or offering your skills as an audio editor. Email us at yinyoungpodcast[at]gmail.com.In Yin & Young episode 41, we chat with Jeff Man about filmmaking, mental health, and being more accepting.HIGHLIGHTS:Dating and loneliness.Dan consumes podcasts in 2xJeff grew up in DC, which has a diverse population.Parents grew up in Hong Kong.Spoke Cantonese, Mandarin, and English as a kid. Ended up in ESL in kindergarten and resented it.Watching Chinese films helped with his language skills.Uncle was a big movie buff.Has been in LA for 9 years. When Jeff first moved here, it was a hard transition. “LA is a very lonely city.”Jeff’s boss encouraged him to make short films by giving him a $100 monthly budget. You can see all his films here: Jeff Man on VimeoMidday Crisis is about a depressed man who calls a suicide hotline; based on a personal experience.Jeff’s short documentary “A Family Day”, follows his grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s, for one day.Santa Claus, in which Jeff directs and acts in, two lonely people share a contentious X-mas dinner.He loves documentaries as well as the narrative form.Discussion gets deep into Invisibilia’s podcast - A Very Offensive Rom-ComWhite male Asian female couplingAsian male desirabilityEveryone has their own preferences.Wishes people had more self-awareness.—LANGUAGE CORNERChinese Internet Slang (fr. James) - 拉黑 (lāhēi) which is short for 拉到黑名單 (lādàohēimíngdān) - put on a blacklistMandarin (fr. Jeff) - 男子漢大丈夫流血不流淚 (nánzǐhàn dàzhàngfū liúxuè bù liúlèi) - real men shed blood, not tears [Jeff disagrees]Japanese (fr. Dan) - 勿体無い (もったいない) - mottainai - wasteful/what a waste—Listen to Yin & Young: Website | iTunes | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | Stitcher
81 minutes | May 7, 2019
Yin & Young - EP40 - Actor Gregory Yuan and DP Richard Sue
Links!Back the Kickstarter for the film here!More info on the short film “Ahma & Alan” go here: http://www.jamesyshih.com/Richard Sue’s website (photography, cinematography): http://richardsjsue.comGregory Yuan’s website (acting): https://www.gregoryyuan.com/—Listen to Yin & Young: Website | iTunes | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | Stitcher
90 minutes | Mar 9, 2019
Yin & Young EP39 - Filmmaker Darren Kwan and Post Oscars Talk
Highlights* Darren Kwan - originally from the Bay Area, worked at a tech company in Silicon Valley before deciding on a career change to filmmaking.* James and Darren met at the De Anza College film department. Reconnected with James when he recognized Darren on the street in downtown LA.* Darren’s latest film is about the cuddling industry.* Tangent into Robert Kraft getting busted going to a massage parlor that has happy endings.* James and Darren shot a short film in the tunnels under downtown LA.—* 25:44 Oscars Talk. Everyone breaks down the issues they had with the Green Book: story pacing, racism, and replay value.* Discussion on the films that should’ve won Best Picture.—* 57:13 Moving on to the Best Documentary category, the Oscar nominated film: Minding the Gap:* Darren expresses his connection to Kiere’s story and lack of connection to Zack’s story.* Dan was impressed by the narrative structure of the documentary.* James likes the film but gets heated about how it does not address racism against Asians.* 01:19:35 - Best Animated Film, Yin and Young both agree on “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse” as a solid winner.—Language Corner* Japanese - 参った (まいった maitta）- a) I give up, b) I’m beaten, c) overwhelmed* Mandarin - 厭世臉 (yan4shi4lian3) - literally “hate world face”. A cool, smile-less, serious look that women have.* Cantonese - 身體健康 (san1tai2 gin6hong1) - lit. body healthy, wish you good health. Said during Lunar New Year.—Links:* Darren Kwan on Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/user32586431* Oscar Nominations 2019: Full List – https://variety.com/2019/film/news/oscar-nominations-2019-list-1203112405/—Yin & Young links:* Main Website: http://www.jamesyshih.com/yin-young-podcast/* iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/yin-young-podcast-jys/id1185421015?mt=2* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yinyoungpodcast/* YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkvtVW6pVPeKFn7H_6ai8lA?* Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1BF7YXqVAEk9EXVr45gWy4?si=3wrdb9VpSR-p3yQygvLtdw* Stitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/yin-young-podcast
42 minutes | Feb 5, 2019
Yin & Young EP38 - Young in Tokyo
Aka the Kitasenju Crew episode. Note: the podcast starts in Japanese but then switches to English for most of the show. Warning: explicit sexual content discussed.Apologies for the delay! I (James aka Young) took a trip to Tokyo not too long ago and made friends with artist Taku (left) and radio host/rapper Takuya (center) who asked me to be on his show. We discussed:- The short film James was directing in Taiwan called “Ahma & Alan”.- Takuya’s experience working in Cebu, Phillipines and thoughts on the political climate there. - Cultural differences between Japan, Taiwan, USA in regards to women, dating, sex etc…- Takuya’s Imagination TechniqueEnding song:“Rabbit House” by Plastic Girl in ClosetEpisode on Takuya’s Japanese website: https://note.mu/takuyam0523/n/n76982bb0ffe7—Yin & Young links:* Main Website: http://www.jamesyshih.com/yin-young-podcast/* iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/yin-young-podcast-jys/id1185421015?mt=2* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yinyoungpodcast/* YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkvtVW6pVPeKFn7H_6ai8lA? * Stitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/yin-young-podcast
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