Dr. Chi’s Salon
By Dr. Chinyere Osuji
Join me in my salon (pronounced sahhhlon) as I discuss politics, culture, and society. As a sociologist, I bring levity to understanding a world that can sometimes weigh us down. This podcast helps you stay tuned to current events and pop culture without letting it bring you down.
Follow her on Twitter at @chinyereosuji and on Instagram @drchifromdachi.
Follow her on Twitter at @chinyereosuji and on Instagram @drchifromdachi.
Clubhouse Conversations: ADOS, Africans, and Black Americans
Chatting about conversations in Clubhouse hosted by ADOS, response rooms with Africans, and Black Americans. In this episode, I discuss witnessing the "Diaspora Wars" up close and personal, including grievances of ADOS folk, responses from African immigrants in Anglo societies, continental Africans, and US Blacks with no love for the "ADOSians," as they sometimes call them. I also discuss the assimilation of West Indians into a general "Black" category and what ADOS gets right and wrong about post-Civil Rights movement immigration.
October 27, 2022
Sharks in the Korean Wave:White Supremacy and Anti-Blackness in Kdramas
I gave a conference presentation about White supremacy and anti-Blackness in Korean dramas. I promised several friends that I would share it, so here it is. Please forgive the paper shuffling sounds! I was nervous while conferencing.
October 27, 2022
Discussing the Snowdrop Finale
This is our last Clubhouse conversation from earlier this year about the Snowdrop Finale. We discuss who got on our nerves, how North Korean spies reminded us of the January 6th attach on the US Capitol and why Jung Hae-in needs to throw away his Harry Potter glasses. Thanks to Kat, Traci, and Kerris for a great conversation!
June 09, 2022
Kevin Samuels and Why Johnny Depp Looks Like a Drunk Uncle Joe
In this episode I discuss recent events, including the death of Kevin Samuels, mass shootings, how nurses keep winning and why Johnny Depp's gotta look like a drunk homeless person.
May 31, 2022
Snowdrop Session #2
This is the second time I sat down with friends on Clubhouse to discuss the Disney+ Kdrama called Snowdrop. It marks Jisoo of BLACKPINK's entree into acting and stars my favorite Korean actor Jung Hae-in. I chat with my friend Kerris at the beginning and our friend Traci ends up joining us later. It's a fictional show about conspiracies in South Korea's transition to democracy. It's full of spoilers, so be forewarned! I hope you enjoy!
April 13, 2022
Ketanji Brown Jackson Hearings
In this podcast episode, I discuss the hearings for the Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. By the time this airs, she will already have been voted in by Congress, but I thought I would share my sentiments during the hearings. I also discuss the Oscars issue with Will Smith and Chris Rock.
April 09, 2022
"Passing" Review with Dr. Chi and Rashida
My friend, Rashida and I saw "Passing," the film. We talk about our favorite moments and things that we didn't like so much. Enjoy! #Passing
March 22, 2022
Anti-Blackness and Korean National Identity
What if someone told you that your national identity was rooted in anti-Blackness? In the United States, many Americans do not like this narrative, despite evidence to the contrary. In this episode, I interview sociologist Dr. Jae Kim, Visiting Professor at Davidson College about his research on Korean nationalism and its roots in anti-Blackness. My Kdrama Clubhouse friend, Kerris, helped me out with this interview. We had this chat in our Kdrama friends room on the app. We discuss the difference between anti-Blackness and anti-Black racism and how it dates further back in Korean history than many would think. Articles Jae's written: “The Darker to the Lighter Races”: The Precolonial Construction of Racial Inferiors in Korea" https://doi.org/10.5406/historypresent.9.1.0055 "Yellow over Black: History of Race in Korea and the New Study of Race and Empire" https://doi.org/10.1177/0896920513507787
February 22, 2022
Dr. Chi's Salon: First Impressions of Snowdrop
This episode is part of my transition to a Salon format in which I chat with a cup of tea about whatever I want with whomever I want. In this episode, I chat with my friends Kat and Jennay on Clubhouse about the Korean drama Snowdrop that Disney+ had promised Kdrama fans on December 18th but never came-- at least in North America. (It's finally airing now as of February 9th.) We discuss the politics behind Snowdrop's depiction of the transition to democracy from an authoritarian government.
February 11, 2022
The Best or the Dregs: African Immigrants and the Diversity Lottery that Trump Hated
I chat with Dr. Onoso Imoagene, Associate Professor of Sociology at NYU Abu Dhabi. We delve into her research comparing second generation immigrant Nigerians in the UK and the USA in her book "Beyond Expectations." She explains why Nigerian Americans are more patriotic than our British cousins. We also discuss her new project on the US Diversity Visa (DV). It's a lottery system that is not really a lottery and Trump famously said it let in people from "s***hole countries!" She spills the tea on developing countries subsidizing the education of its natives that are then pulled away through the DV. Dr. Onoso Imoagene's book "Beyond Expectations: Second-Generation Nigerians in the United States and Britain: https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Expectations-Second-Generation-Nigerians-Britain/dp/0520292324 More about Dr. Imoagene: https://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/academics/divisions/social-science/faculty/onoso-imoagene.html Follow me on Twitter: @chinyereosuji Instagram: @chifromdachi
February 06, 2022
Kdramas and Mental Health with Jeanie Chang (Part 2)
In this first podcast of the year, I speak again with Jeanie Chang, therapist, podcaster and Kdrama aficionado. We discuss how she incorporates Korean dramas into her practice as a therapist, literally prescribing shows and episodes to fight depression, anxiety, and family conflict. We talk about My Mister, Mr. Sunshine, and A LOT about Reply 1988, which I had just finished watching. We have a Korean-Nigerian connection and plot to take over the world. More on Jeanie Chang: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanieychang @Noona's Noonchi @noonasnoonchi Follow me on Twitter: @chinyereosuji Instagram: @chifromdachi
January 17, 2022
Growing Up Korean and Kdramas with Jeanie Chang (Part 1)
In this last video of the year, I talk with Jeanie Chan, therapist, podcaster and Kdrama aficionado. She shares her stories of growing up Korean American in an environment where few people looked like her and how Korean dramas helped her to solidify her identity as a proud Korean. She's the host of Noona's Noonchie Podcast and incorporates Korean dramas into her therapy practice, where she has many Asian American clients. More on Jeanie Chang: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanieychang @NoonasNoonchi Follow me on Twitter: @chinyereosuji Instagram: @chifromdachi
January 02, 2022
Dr Chi on Kyle Rittenhouse and Why Academia Has So Many Pretendians, Blackfishers, and Fauxtinos
In this episode, I discuss why I was not suprised about the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict. I also discuss the epidemic of White women passing themselves as women of color and why academia is a breeding ground for it.
December 22, 2021
Waking Up to Queerness in Korean Variety Shows, Translating Korean, and Netflix Kdramas
This is the second part of my Interview with Dr. Grace Jung, comedian, poet, filmmaker, and more. She wrote her PhD dissertation about Korean variety shows in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA (fellow Bruin!). In this episode, we discuss Korean variety shows as all-male spaces with queer potential, translating Korean hangul into Roman letters (I say it's a Korean "alphabet" but it's more like phonemes), and why Netflix makes Kdramas with more graphic sex and violence. We all discuss how the lack of workers' rights lead to deaths in Hollywood and, particularly with Netflix's Kingdom, in Korean media. We talked about so many things that I have to cut it into two episodes! Be sure to catch the first version! You can watch both on my YouTube channel here: https://studio.youtube.com/channel/UCi1XeQcfJkIg-z-JkNHxIeg/videos/upload?filter=%5B%5D&sort=%7B%22columnType%22%3A%22date%22%2C%22sortOrder%22%3A%22DESCENDING%22%7D Go see Grace perform! Her website: https://aechjay.com/ Twitter: @aechjay Kdramaschool podcast: https://www.kdramaschool.com/ Twitter: @kdramaschool My info: Twitter: @chinyereosuji Getting Woke audio podcast: https://anchor.fm/drchi #kdramas #kdrama #Kingdom #KoreanVariety #KoreanVarietyShows #Netflix #Hangul #queer #queermedia #workerrights #workersrights
November 25, 2021
Black and Blue: Waking Up to the Struggles of Black Police Officers with Dr. Kayla Preito-Hodge
I chat with Dr. Kayla Preito-Hodge (Rutgers University-Camden) about her forthcoming book on Black police officers and how they navigate being Black with being on the force. We discussed her findings from conducting interviews with 50 Black police officers in a major city. She explained how they navigated being Black with being an officer, the racism they experience on the job, Derek Chauvin, defund the police versus abolition of the police, how White female officers are protected on the force, and so much more! Follow her on Twitter at @Kpreitohodge Her website: www.kpreitohodge.com Follow me on Twitter at @chinyereosuji My website: www.chinyereosuji.com Be sure to like and subscribe! #Michael Brown #BlackPoliceOfficers #DefundThePolice #AbolishThePolice #PoliceAbolition #BlueWallOfSilence #DerekChauvin #BlueLivesMatter #CommunityPolicing #Black Officers #BlackLivesMatter
November 15, 2021
Kim Seon-ho and Dave Chappelle: Getting Woke to Cancel Culture in Korean Media and US Comedy (Guest Grace Jung)
Dr. Grace Jung does all of the things. She's a professional comedian, poet, filmmaker, and so much more. She wrote her PhD dissertation in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA about Korean media and is in the process of turning it into a book. We talked about so many things that I have to cut it into two episodes! In this episode, we discuss Kim Seon-ho of Hometown Cha Cha Cha and Start-up fame and his very public scandal. We also discuss Dave Chappelle's latest special in which he fails to tell us some jokes. She tells us how we can get our lives in Kdramaland and I am here for it! We solve all the problems of the world with our discussion #MeToo. Where is our Nobel Peace Prize? #kimseonho #cancelculture #kdrama #woke #davechappelle Watch the video of the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGkRfQqgi7Y&t=104s Go see Grace perform! Her website: https://aechjay.com/Twitter: @aechjay Kdramaschool podcast: https://www.kdramaschool.com/Twitter: @kdramaschool My info: Twitter: @chinyereosuji Getting Woke audio podcast: https://anchor.fm/drchi
November 02, 2021
Awakening to Blacks and Visual Culture in South America
This is part 2 of my discussion with Tamara Walker, Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto. We discuss her trajectory of becoming a historian and doing research in Argentina and Peru as a Black woman. I'm wearing a bonnet because they need more love and so do Black women. We discuss how Peruvian enslavers forced their slaves to wear nice clothes, defying sumptuary laws in colonial Peru while preventing free Blacks from doing the same. To see the images we discussed, you can see the Youtube version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA4D6RtjOFM
October 20, 2021
Love for the Bonnet and Staying Sane in Academia
Welcome to Season 2 of Getting Woke with Dr. Chi! In this episode, I chat with my friend Tamara Walker, Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto. We talk about Moni'que's disdain for the bonnet, how she uses the housewives shows to stay sane in academia, and she gives advice to future history PhDs. We giggle and cackle a lot! This is our first of two episodes in which I ask her about her life as a historian. Like, subscribe, and share with your friends, family, frenemies, and enemies! Tamara started a nonprofit called The Wandering Scholar, which makes travel accessible to high schoolers across economic backgrounds. More info here: https://www.thewanderingscholar.org/ Why We Wander Podcast: https://www.thewanderingscholar.org/podcast Follow me on Twitter: @chinyereosuji
October 04, 2021
It’s coming soon!
September 28, 2021
Clubhouse and Conversations on Interracial Marriage
Welcome to the last episode of the season! I discuss conversations about interracial marriage and race mixture on Clubhouse, how Afrodescendants became White through "the one-drop rule" in the US South, England, and France. I also discuss an interesting finding from the book The Company We Keep: Interracial Friendships and Romantic Relationships from Adolescence to Adulthood by Grace Kao, Kara Joyner, and Kelly Stamper Balistreri.
August 01, 2021
Tenure, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Cosby, and Howard University
This episode is about UNC's racist denial of tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones, how Cosby was released, and how Howard University is a thread linking the two recent news stories.
July 19, 2021
Nevertheless, She Went on Vacation and Took a Break from Persisting: The Bahamas, Britney, and the Kdrama
This episode is about my time going on vacation in a time of Covid-19 as well as my reaction to Britney Spears court battle with her daddy and what it means about women controlling their fertility. I also discuss the new drama, Nevertheless airing on Netflix and how it handles female desire.
July 06, 2021
Trump’s Pants, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby, and Democracy in Peril around the Globe
This episode was recorded before my vacation. I hope that you find this discussion about Prince Harry and Megan Markle‘s newborn baby girl and the racist backlash against the little one, President Trump’s clothing and diaper-wearing, and threats to democracy everywhere.
June 30, 2021
What Kdramas Tell Us about Korean Culture: Part II
Here is Part II of my interview with Dr. Jennifer Jung-Kim who teaches classes about East Asian cultures and Korean culture at UCLA. We discuss the use of Blacks in Kdramas for commercialization purposes, women marriage migrants, Filipino undocumented migration, sex and foreign women, and Korea's use of soft power around the globe in the Covid-19 crisis. What a treat! Follow me at @chinyereosuji on Twitter and @chifromdachi on Instagram.
June 04, 2021
What Kdramas Tell Us about Korean Culture (Part I)
In this episode, I talk with Jennifer Jung-Kim, a professor at UCLA about what Kdramas can and cannot teach us about Korean culture, history, scandals and global politics. For the full video, complete with audience questions, click here: https://youtu.be/Eu2zAYLazp4 I am an Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers-Camden. I do research on how Africans and Afro-descendants negotiate White supremacy in their interactions with racial and ethnic other around the world. I teach classes about Blacks negotiating racism, gender, and class inequality.
May 24, 2021
Race in Healthcare, African Immigration, and Teaching in a Pandemic
I took a break from podcasting to catch up on end of the semester grading and administrative work. Sorry! In this episode, I discuss Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield's book, Flatlining: Race, Work, and Health Care in the New Economy. I also discuss anti-African sentiment, bad Nigerian food as retribution for dissing someone, and the toll of teaching college classes in a pandemic. Flatlining: https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520300347/flatlining
May 08, 2021
Sister Sessions: Traveling while Black Part II
This is the second part of the first of many Sister Sessions with Tamara Walker and Funke Aladajebi -- both at the University of Toronto -- about the joys, challenges, and pitfalls of traveling while Black. In this second segment, we talk about our responsibilities and privileges as Blacks traveling in the pandemic as well as facing anti-Blackness while abroad. A special thanks to Tamara and the members of the UT community who supported this chit and chat. :-) Tamara's info: https://www.history.utoronto.ca/people/directories/all-faculty/tamara-walker Funke's info: https://www.history.utoronto.ca/people/directories/all-faculty/funké-aladejebi FYI: The "yellow card" was in reference to yellow fever immunizations. Also, this was recorded months ago before the rising rates of infection in India.
April 25, 2021
Sister Sessions: Traveling while Black Part I
In our first of many Sister Sessions, Tamara Walker, a history professor at the University of Toronto, and I chat with Funke Aladajebi -- also at the University of Toronto -- about the joys, challenges, and pitfalls of traveling while Black. In this first segment, we talk Western privilege, drama in Bali for LGBTQ+ African Americans, as well as the positive aspects of being Black. A special thanks to Tamara and the members of the UT community who supported this chit and chat. :-) Tamara's info: https://www.history.utoronto.ca/people/directories/all-faculty/tamara-walker Funke's info: https://www.history.utoronto.ca/people/directories/all-faculty/funké-aladejebi
April 12, 2021
Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and the Chauvin Murder Case
I discuss the case of the police officer who murdered George Floyd and the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in light of the recent situation with the Atlanta murderer who killed 8 people, attacking them at Asian massage parlors. I share thoughts on how to fight back on an individual level. Info on bystander training: https://www.ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention/ Follow me on Twitter @chinyereosuji.
April 09, 2021
The Politics of "Coming 2 America" and "Mr. Queen"
I discuss the meaning of Coming 2 America, the sequel to the original Coming to America, in light of rape culture, patriarchy, and anti-Africaness. I also offer my review of the drama Mr. Queen, touching on its conservative portrayal of gender and sexuality for a Western audience.
March 26, 2021
The Language Episode
I discuss my forays into learning languages, Nigerian culture, and why language matters in a pandemic.
March 20, 2021
Oprah, Meghan and Harry: How Could You Not Know?
These are my thoughts on the interview that Oprah did with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Was racism a factor? Was she being naive? Listen to find out!
March 11, 2021
Snow, Immigration, "Namaste Wahala" and "Malcolm and Marie"
In this episode, I discuss experiencing a Chicago winter, President Biden pushing forward an immigration bill, the Nollywood meets Bollywood film "Namaste Wahala," and the critically acclaimed film "Malcolm and Marie."
February 28, 2021
Getting Covid-19 Vaccine, Chad Wheeler, and Research on IPV in Interracial Couples
In this episode, I discuss why I got the Covid-19 vaccine despite having the illness in December. I also talk about my father's transiion from being a vaccine skeptic, memories of other illnesses that decimated populations, and my reaction to the vaccine. This episode also covers Chad Wheeler's case of IPV against his girlfriend, the NBA response and sociological research on violence in interracial couples.
February 18, 2021
YOLO Travel in a Pandemic, Afropolitanism, and the Joy of (Other People's) Children
In this episode, I discuss my concern as an American watching fellow Americans travel to Mexico to avoid the pandemic and how Mexico now has the 3rd highest Covid-19 rates in the world (surpassing India with it's population of 1.4 billion!).
January 30, 2021
Whiteness, Faking Racial Ignorance in College, and My White Friends
In this episode, I share my summary of a sociology research article written by Jenni Mueller called "Producing Colorblindness: Everyday Mechanisms of White Ignorance" published in the journal "Social Problems." It investigated how White college students in Mueller's class studying racial inequality applied what they had learned about the unearned privileges of whiteness to their lives, ancestors, and family member's socioeconomic attainment. I also discuss having White friends in a time of #BlackLivesMatter. My nephew toddles in to join me, so if you hear heavy breathing in the background, nothing funny is happening. He just has baby FOMO. Mueller's piece: https://academic.oup.com/socpro/article-abstract/64/2/219/3058571?redirectedFrom=PDF . For free access to the article, please contact your local librarian. Be sure to subscribe! Follow me @chinyereosuji on Twitter and @chifromdachi on Instagram.
January 22, 2021
She Got Me! The Rona Got Me!
I discuss my experiences with Covid-19, how I had prepped beforehand for just in case I got it, and how the kdrama Search: WWW made life a little easier.
January 15, 2021
Storming The Capitol the Georgia Elections, and Bridgerton
I discuss terrorists Americans storming The Capitol in an attempted coup as well as the Georgia elections. I also discuss watching Bridgerton on Netflix.
January 07, 2021
The Hilarity of Hilaria Baldwin
Hilaria Baldwin somehow managed to get everybody to think that she was from Spain, including the Spanish! In this episode I discuss the humor of a White woman colonizing the colonizers.
January 06, 2021