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By Evy & Jas
Podcast about Asian-diaspora stories (and beyond) told by Evy and Jas. Each episode we discuss the latest pop-culture moments and current events through our lens. Find more at
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Yuta Watanabe on identity, chasing dreams and making it to the NBA
Starting Lunar New Year strong with this special episode featuring Raptors Yuta Watanabe. He sits down to talk with us about representation, overcoming obstacles, and moving across the globe from Japan to America to achieve his life-long dream to play in the NBA. Also, inspired by Will Lou, we did a speed round and had an impassioned talk about ramen.  Follow Yuta on Instagram @yutawatanabe12 and us at @immadein_
February 17, 2021
Chef Roy Choi on Identity, Resilience, and Food Accessibility
Honoured and humbled to have Chef Roy Choi on our first pod episode of 2021 and this down-to-earth, real convo on identity, survival and collective health and wealth.  A pioneer and entrepreneur of LA’s and the global food truck scene with Kogi BBQ (@kogibbq), Roy has changed and challenged the face of food, not only as a personality on The Chef's Show on Netflix, Broken Bread, but in his day-to-day advocacy for food accessibility. He talks about his humble beginnings, how his Korean-American identity comes into play, and how going through failure — and bouncing back — is the ultimate life lesson.  This episode is also testament to the importance of ensuring that putting others and people first remains a priority even during COVID times when business or devastation is at large. Again, thanks Chef Roy Choi for dropping knowledge and continuing to be a role model for many of us.  Follow us him on Instagram and Twitter @chefroychoi and us @immadein_
January 22, 2021
Bye 2020: Reflections, Bone Broth and Group Chats
Cheers to the last episode of 2020. To all who supported, we are so thankful to grow and learn with you this year. In our last episode we reflect on some of our most cherished moments, our own personal learning and inevitable bone broth saga along with our messages on redefining wellness, and how kinship and togetherness of having a space as Asian women has made us stronger and more thankful.  We hope you are able to ring in the new year, feeling like there are others around you and that @immadein_ can continue to be that safe living room space to process and take a moment for yourselves. We'll be back with much more in 2021, and again, thank you for being part of the journey.  Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @immadein_, @evystatium and @jasminhrshim
December 31, 2020
Asian Masculinity and Fighting Stereotypes with Ji Sub Jeong
Why are Asian men stigmatized as undesirable as romantic partners? Growing up, that’s something that Korean-Canadian immigrant @geesubay faced. On top the racism undertones, the stigma of being “less masculine” is something that has permeated our society, while Asian women are constantly over-sexualized. One of the most vocal voices speaking up against this, along with fighting systemic racism and white supremacy is Ji Sub Jeong.  He talks about his childhood, moving from Korea to Canada, being bullied in Vancouver for not being “white” or Korean enough, and eventually learning to love his Korean heritage. Moving to San Francisco to study art, working at Huffington Post as an illustrator, and now freelance — he’s turned his attention to using social media as a tool to bring awareness to the Asian male perspective. Follow Ji Sub @geesubay, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @immaadein_
December 23, 2020
Sarah Kim of By Way of US on Korean-American identity in career, love and motherhood
We are incredibly humbled and excited to share today's episode with Sarah Kim. Growing up in a Korean-Christian household in America, she gives us an honest conversation on her career, falling in love, the darkest times in her life and motherhood. Starting as a writer and editor in New York, to branding names like Nike NYC and Converse, she eventually moved to put her focus on her own collective, By Way of US, to empower female entrepreneurs with an intersectional lens, and her son, Kiko.  From familial expectations to what it means to take up space as an Asian woman in America to raising a child in a pandemic, Sarah shares a raw and inspiring conversation with us on how obstacles and heartbreak led to clarity in identity. Click the link in the bio and as always, thank you for supporting us!  Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @immadein_ 
December 1, 2020
Toxic Positivity & Whiteness in Wellness
From goop, to bone broth, to yoga - why is the "wellness" space only legitimized by white-owned companies that profit off appropriating practices from racialize cultures? Why is it always focused on individual wellness opposed to overall wellness of others? Today's discussion is on how health isn't accessible to all, and isn't created with intersectionality in mind. Also, how it seems to be concentrated in toxic positivity (the live~ love~ laugh~) while smothering over systemic issues.  Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @immadein_ 
November 13, 2020
Crab Mentality with Abby Albino and Mark Vallena of Rise Tribe
When a crab in a bucket tries to escape, other crabs instinctively try to drag it back down. This episode, we talk about how this is a mentality prevalent among Asian cultures — from being competitive with one another to thinking that “there can only be one” Asian in the room — whether at work or in social groups. We speak to Abby Albino and Mark Vallena, founders of Rise Tribe, a collective aiming to power the next Filipinx leaders, on how they’re beating the narrative by supporting and making space for one another to thrive. From unpacking the toxic practice of “being the best model minority” to opening space up for those most disenfranchised, we hope this episode sheds light on how we can make space for one another. Visit for more information.  Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @imadein_ 
October 27, 2020
Tackling mental health as Asian womxn
Normalize talking about mental health. As Asian womxn, we reflect on how important it is to recognize it, and why we spent a lot of our life ignoring it. We were taught to suppress those emotion, always serve, and even attribute sadness and depression (a word we didn’t use in our households) to spirits or curses. This episode we get into our own challenges, our experience with therapy and catharsis. Also, some resources that have helped us a lot. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @immadein_, episode is edited by Josh Parto 
October 13, 2020
Dating Expectations for Immigrants
dating to find the one you love or dating for the family? amid the hype around Netflix’s “Indian Matchmaking” we discuss parental expectations from immigrant families when it comes to finding a partner. for many, there’s pressure from parents to find a match that’s from the same culture and background, a person with an esteemed profession - but how does that mix with falling in love? a look into the practice of desi matchmaking with help from reading resources from Sahar Fatima, how it compares to the expectations for east asian women, and our own struggles with finding a dual balance in relationships: western “tinder” dating vs. eastern parental expectations. follow us on IG and Twitter @immadein_
August 4, 2020
The Man, The Myth, The Legend, Alex Wong aka Steven Lebron
Who is Steven Lebron? It’s Alex Wong, Toronto-based NBA writer — with works in New York Times, SLAM, GQ — podcast host, and cultural/Twitter savant. In this pod he takes the driver’s seat talking about his identity as a Chinese-Canadian who immigrated from Hong Kong. From parent expectations, to career transitions from Bay St. banker boy to the Scotiabank Arena staple, to Asian masculinity, we’re blessed to have him on the show this week to share his insights. Follow @stevenlebron on IG and Twitter for quick quips and content/commentary you’d pay for. More importanlty, follow us on IG and Twitter @immadein_
July 21, 2020
Food and Cultural Appropriation
what is the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation? why is it foods and dishes like kimchi become normalized and trendy after being accepted and borrowed by white chefs and wellness gurus labeling it for "gut health"? on this episode, we discuss our thoughts of where food and culture cross the appropriation line and touch on the recent "Thai and Lao" pop-up in downtown Toronto by a white chef, prompted by our friend of the pod, atina, @whoisasey. find us on Instagram and Twitter @immadein_
July 13, 2020
K-POP stans at BLM solidarity
the power of KPOP fans are bubbling into mainstream consciousness as they take down white supremacist hashtags and align with the #BLM movement. but it's way overdue. a lot of KPOP is rooted in the misappropriation of Black culture. this episode, we dive into the layered discussion of cultural appropriate for profit. we also touch on the updates from the Bon Appétit fall out and the hurdles for POC staff to speak out.    find us on Instagram and Twitter @immadein_
June 30, 2020
BLM: listen, learn & repeat and how to start the convo with your asian parents
we took some time off to learn, read, and listen. we've had conversations about Black and Indigenous racism with our parents, looked more into the history of oppression, and are continuing the conversation to fight against racial injustices. exploring the racism within our own asian culture, we also hope to address our own roe and identity in the fight for equality - especially for our Black and Indigenous counterparts. please do not hesitate to DM us, teach us or correct us. thanks again for listening.  you can find us on Instagram and Twitter at @immadein_. 
June 19, 2020
#blacklivesmatter - allyship and support, the round up
we as Asian-Canadians stand in solidarity with the Black community against anti-Black racism and police brutality. As we end off Asian Heritage Month, it's important to us that we share our support, knowing that the model minority myth is built of anti-Blackness and the demonization of Black people through the white lens. while we touch on our thoughts, and conclude our #AHM series, we still have more reading, listening and understanding to do. we've listed some resources that have helped us below. Please DM us, write to us, and share your thoughts @immadein_.  episode art is a poster from 1960s — Yellow Peril Supports Black Power resources from this episode:  20+ Allyship Actions for Asians to Show Up for the Black Community Right Now 30+ Ways Asians Perpetuate Anti-Black Racism Everyday Black Power, Yellow Peril: Towards a Politics of Afro-Asian Solidarity Organizing in Communities of Color: Addressing Inter-Ethnic Conflicts Solidarity Matters: Black History Month Through An Asian American Lens
May 31, 2020
#asianheritagemonth - never have i ever...
never have i ever... met a show we didn't like. just kidding, but we really did like this one by mindy kaling on netflix. it's lol-funny, it's witty, it's got more diverse cast than... well, not much to compare to there. we pause to discuss jas' korean bonsik feast whilst patiently waiting for evy's dumplings and take a deep dive into what the show means to us.  we love hearing how each episode resonated with you so don't forget to subscribe to the pod wherever you listen and follow us on Instagram @immadein_
May 25, 2020
#asianheritagemonth - microagressions, racism, and bryan adams
for many in the asian diaspora, surviving in the time of a pandemic has meant bracing a backlash of hate crime and daily racist incidents. let’s not get it twisted — anti-asian racism has always been alive and well — but now for our culture which has been the invisible model minority is more visible than ever. from the misguided, xenophobic messages to everyday microaggressions and the hyper-consciousness of being seen in a mask, walking — jas & evy breakdown the feels, thoughts, and experiences. tell us how you feel on instagram @immadein_
May 21, 2020
#asianheritagemonth - food in quarantina
now that cooking and baking has become everyones new fav hobby, evy & jas flex on what we've been cooking up in our homes. evy shares her new bff, a mini rice cooker with a built in steamer for her veggies (!!) and jas' contemplates opening up a challah shop. we regretfully make promises of making the dishes we've been thinking about making but haven't gotten around to this isolation by the end of #AHM and pick our fav local take-out spot in the hood.  this episode art is by Stephanie Shih, who through the lens of the Asian-American pantry, her ceramic sculptures explore how shared nostalgia can connect a diaspora. we love hearing how each episode resonated with you so don't forget to subscribe to the pod wherever you listen and follow us on Instagram @immadein_ 
May 16, 2020
#asianheritagemonth - the weekend recap: the alison roman saga
grab a seat, pinkies up because it's the weekend recap tea time. maybe you've seen some tweets, maybe you made some recipes but on this episode evy & jas discuss the alison roman, chrissy teigen and marie kondo saga. we're coming at it from all angles and sharing our thoughts.  we love hearing how each episode resonated with you so don’t forget to subscribe to the pod wherever you listen and follow us on Instagram @immadein_.
May 12, 2020
#asianheritagemonth - cherry blossom, a playlist by evy
we're listening to evy's playlist she put together for #asianheritagemonth called 'cherry blossoms' with ISO Radio. featuring artists from the asian diaspora, on this episode evy talks about discovery and learning about the uniqueness and diversity in the culture. spoiler, BTS did not make the list but head to ISO Radio to see who did. we love hearing how each episode resonated with you so don’t forget to subscribe to the pod wherever you listen and follow us on Instagram @immadein_.
May 10, 2020
#asianheritagemonth - "love is the shape of cut fruit" by connie wang, retold by us
guys, love is in the shape of cut fruit!! we are celebrating ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH and coming to you via our new bff, Zoom, to chat our fav things by asian voices. kicking off is an essay by our social media asian mother, Connie Wang, on Refinery 29, reminding us that each piece of cut up fruit on the plate after dinner has more sweet love than you've ever known. We love hearing how each episode resonated with you so don’t forget to subscribe to the pod wherever you listen and follow us on Instagram @immadein_.
May 7, 2020
Asian Representation with Vanessa Okafo
2020, jas and ev are back — revamping MADE IN with new slaysian guests to talk about the importance of asian representation, challenges, and successes of the daily grind. kicking off the new year, toronto’s very own dancer and artist vanessa okafo. from coronavirus stereotypes to looking for representation in hip hop — this discussion talks about being a second-gen immigrant, parents, and what “making it” means. invite us into your home and hit us up with your thoughts on instagram @immadein_
March 2, 2020
ep 9 // farewell, 2019!
What happened this year? Where did the time go? Join us for our final poddy of 2019 where we countdown the things that went down this year. Some good, with Asian representation to the challenges we faced in our own personal journeys. Also, and as always, thank you for listening and supporting us. MADE IN 2020 is going to be fuego 🔥🔥🔥
December 30, 2019
ep 8 // queen eye: we're in japan! w evy & jas
THE FAB FIVE TAKES JAPAN and Evy & Jas tag along for the ride with our thoughts on each epi. Before we take a deep dive into each episode and explore Japanese culture, we chat through how the "OK BOOMER's" are ruining our oat milk lattes in the morning and a teaser into how *forced* religion by our parents and growing up in an Asian church community shaped us.  Follow us on Instagram @immadein_ and email us your thoughts, feels, advice or all of the above at
December 3, 2019
Being half-Chinese in Canada with Sophie Leung Coleman
We got a special episode this week with an even more special guest, Sophie Leung Coleman. In simple terms, she's half-Chinese and half-Canadian, but being mixed, the issue of identity can be a blur. Sharing her experience growing up in Vancouver, she told us what it was like not being "Asian" enough to sit at the Cool Asian lunch table, but not "white" enough, and ultimately labelled as "the other" in her predominantly white friend group. A little insight to being a mixed-race person in Canada. Follow us on Instagram @immadein_ and email us your thoughts, feels, advice or all of the above at
November 14, 2019
ep 6 // model minority
We know Halloween is over and we're done ghosting... I hope you missed us because WE’RE BACK! In the past weeks, we voted, listened to more podcasts, and came across the New York Times’ op-Ed from Harvey Weinstein’s former assistant, Rowena Chiu who breaks her silence on being a victim of sexual assault. Focusing on the silence of the Asian "model minority" stigma to the power imbalances, we speak about her #MeToo story and how it affects Asian women who are stereotyped as passive. Follow us on Instagram @immadein_ and email us your thoughts, feels, advice or all of the above at
November 3, 2019
ep 5 // what you should be watching rn
This week is all about Asian representation in TV and Film, and there’s no better place to start that ‘The Farewell.’ We discuss the film featuring lead Awkwafina (aka our spirit animal), and yes, there are major spoiler alerts. Also, Jas breaks down the top 3 koko TV shows you need to be watching asap and Evy shares what's been on her recently watched list.   Follow us on Instagram @immadein_ and email us your thoughts, feels, advice or all of the above at 
September 17, 2019
ep 4 // appearance
This episode, Jasmin takes us on a tour de koko and share her experience growing up in a culture where your the way you look is EVERYTHING. You may get a brand new car on your Sweet Sixteen birthday but in Korea they double up on you with double eye lid surgery. Listen as Evy & Jas weigh in on how the importance of appearance in asian cultures impact your self-confidence.  Follow us on Instagram @immadein_ and email us your thoughts, feels, advice or all of the above at 
August 29, 2019
Living in Toronto as Asian-Canadian Women
OK we might say it's our *second episode* but we were lying and it's actually our third. Toronto might be the most multi-cultural city in the world but what does this mean for when we walk down Queen St.?  Follow us on Instagram @immadein_ and email us your thoughts, feels, advice or all of the above at 
August 14, 2019
Immigrant Parents with Millennials
Parents — the love, the shame, and feeling embarrassed when your friends came over for Asian foods.  Follow us on Instagram @ immadein_ and email us your thoughts, feels, advice or all of the above at 
August 6, 2019
Made In, podcast about Asian-Canadian stories
WELCOME TO MADE IN!  We're back! But did you even know we were gone? Probably a hard no. On this *first* episode we answer few questions you might be asking yourself like ... what tf is Made in? Whomst is Evy & Jas? Don't worry, just listen and you'll be fine. We also share what you can expect from all of our episodes this season. We're excited, you're excited. It's going to be great.  Follow us on Instagram @ immadein_ and email us your thoughts, feels, advice or all of the above at 
July 2, 2019