By Moving Oolong
Raw, unfiltered conversations between 3 best friends - Linda, Ming, & Sally. Our intersecting identities as East Asian American women play a large role in shaping our experiences as recent college grads, and we hope this podcast acts as a time-capsule to remember and reflect on this time of transition in our lives. We invite you to listen and enjoy stories of us moving oolong! CONNECT WITH US: Instagram - @movingoolongpod Medium blog - @movingoolong Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Website - movingoolongpod.com
Episode 81. Moving Oolong Moves Out
Tune in for our last episode of the season - it’s all about our apartments! 🏠 Ming finally moved out so now we can talk about the moving out process, including how we searched for the places & people. If you enjoyed this season, share your favorite episode with others so they can catch up while we go on our holiday hiatus 👋🏼
November 15, 2021
Episode 80. Pottery People Are Happy People ft. Tim Sherman
Last season, y’all enjoyed our small-business owner episode with Jessica from Lost As Jess so much that we decided to bring on another small-business owner to discuss his passion for… pottery! Join us this week as we interview Sally’s pottery instructor and small-business owner, Tim Sherman! Tim shares how he went from high school lacrosse jock 🥍 to pottery enthusiast (à la Troy Bolton) and why the ceramics community is what motivates him to do what he does 🏺❤️ Check out his art at shermanceramics.com or on IG @shermanceramics
November 08, 2021
Episode 79. Miss Worldwide
In today’s episode, we’re talking about traveling! From our dream destinations to transportation horror stories, we reminisce on our journeys around the country and world 🌍
November 01, 2021
Episode 78. Moving Oolong Unsolved ft. Nick Stacker
Somehow after 3 seasons, we still haven’t recorded a Halloween episode… It’s about time we talked all things spooky, creepy, and generally goosebumpy plus we have our good friend, Nick Stacker to join us! Tune in for a holiday-appropriate ep where we share our spookiest urban legends and close ghost encounters. But beware - you may need a light palette cleanser after the show (Ming did!) 👻
October 25, 2021
Episode 77. Fall Favorites
It’s that time of the year againnnn! We don’t mean PSL szn, we’re talking about our seasonal episode on favorite media 🍁🍂 From tv shows to books to games, these cultural consumption episodes are truly the epitome of our “time capsule” podcast.
October 18, 2021
Episode 76. Climbing? Climb on! ft. Kevin Feng
If you’ve listened to at least 15 minutes of one episode this season, you know that climbing has become our new ~thing~ 😎 In today’s episode we bring on Kevin Feng, a relatively new friend who has become a central member of the climbing squad. We talk all things climbing with Kevin from stereotypes to insecurities to gym etiquette! Listening? Listen on!
October 11, 2021
Episode 75. Circling Back 1 Year Later
Every weekly recap we fill you in on our work updates, but since it’s been over a year at our jobs we decided to dedicate an entire episode to a worklife check-in. In a year, we’ve gained more responsibilities, seen our coworker dynamics change, and asked for raises! Tune into for a classic MO career chat ☕️
October 04, 2021
Episode 74. Built Different ft. Jethro Punzalan
In this week’s episode, we brought back a favorite guest to talk all things “ick” and what it means when you get that undeniable feeling about your SO…but somehow we ended up on a winding conversation talking all things romantic relationships! Tune in for a ride of an episode and learn why Jethro Punzalan is just built different 💁🏻♀️
September 27, 2021
Episode 73. Yeeting the Yeet Hay
Do you drink ice cold water in the morning like Ming? We discuss why warm water is traditionally preferred to cold, what foods are considered yeet hay, and other TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) guidelines in this week’s episode. Keep listening to the end for a nuanced conversation on how people practice TCM in Western countries and why the US healthcare system doesn’t quite align with TCM ideas on preventative treatment.
September 20, 2021
Episode 72. AITA…For Giving Unsolicited Opinions?
Are we [22F, 22F, 22F] the assholes for giving unsolicited opinions on r/AmItheAsshole?? You tell us! We’ve mentioned our interest in Reddit before, but this week we decided to dive into one of our favorite subreddits and read a few interpersonal dilemmas. Listen along, and let us know if you agree with our profound judgements 👩🏻⚖️
September 13, 2021
Episode 71. Ring By Spring ft. Diwen and Brent Bian
For the three of us, marriage still seems like a far off concept that may or may not happen someday. For Diwen and Brent, it happened last year thanks to one fortunate encounter on Coffee Meets Bagel. From dating app messaging to engaged and married in under a year, the Bians join us for a special episode where they share what it’s like to be newlyweds and how their Christian faith shapes their journey together.
September 06, 2021
Episode 70. Stir Frying Solo
Now that two of us have officially flown from the nest, we’re sharing all the pains and joys of cooking solo. Tune into this chill discussion on our shared fear of talking to the grocery fishmonger, our favorite vegetables, and quick tips on cooking for 1.
August 30, 2021
Episode 69. Why Are We Like This?? ft. Hana Huie
Ok we admit it, we’re NOT experts in every topic discussed on the pod 😅 That’s why we decided to revisit the topic of ✨ astrology ✨ (something we first discussed all the way back in episode 10), but this time with a guide: Hana Huie! Join us as Hana schools us in all this astrology, from why the Co-Star app can be misleading to what it really means when Mercury is in retrograde 💫 Grab a snack or cup of tea- this ep is a long one!
August 23, 2021
Episode 68. A Girl Has Many Names
💬 “A girl has no name”… more like a girl has many names! Especially over the course of our lifetimes, we could expect to be called by many different names- from our legal names to our Chinese names to our spouses’ names (or maybe not 🤔). Join us for an episode all about names, current and future!
August 16, 2021
Episode 67. Getting to the Meat of the Relationship ft. Sebastian Suarez
The last time Sebastian on the pod we discussed electoral politics and the limitations of voting, but this season we decided to bring him back for a more intimate discussion. Tune in to hear Seb share his perspective on how dating has changed for him over time- from high school to college and in-person to virtual. And how it might not have changed as much as he first thought ❤️🔥
August 09, 2021
Episode 66. Fight or Flight
Happy August and happy season 4️⃣! Did you miss our Monday chats? In today’s episode we reveal our biggest fights 💥 and how our conflict management styles play a big role depending on the situation. We’ve always heard that the compromising style is best…turns out we we heard wrong— tune in to this ep to learn why!
August 02, 2021
Episode 65.5. We Were On a Break!
Surprise!! Did you miss us? When we got the opportunity to record together in person for the first time in over a year, we couldn’t say no (even if we’re still technically on a summer break). Enjoy this mini-sode #65.5 where we share our recent shot girl summer activities 🌞🥵 Talk soon!
June 22, 2021
Episode 65. A Mid-Century Modern Q&A
🎉 We’ve finally made it to the end of season 3! For our 65th episode and the last one for a few weeks, we answered all your burning (random) questions from Instagram. We talk interior design 🛋, interacting with our clones 👯♀️, and Ming’s five-year plan for her future 💍👀 Don’t fret! We’ll be back after a short summer break 🌞
June 07, 2021
Episode 64. Anti-Social Social Media Club
If you’re reading this right now, you most likely have some form of social media and you’ll most definitely find this week’s episode interesting. From Instagram finstas to professional Twitter accounts, in this episode we try to tackle the double-edged sword that is social media.
May 31, 2021
Episode 63. Auditioning for Team USA ft. Rakha Wibisana
This week, our friend Rakha returns for a solo guest episode to share his experience applying for and being sworn in as a US citizen 🇺🇸 As an ex-Indonesian citizen, he shares what motivated him to apply for US citizenship, his parents’ reaction, and how his life has changed since.
May 24, 2021
Episode 62. Angels, Aliens, & Everything in Between
This week we’re in the mood to talk all things supernatural, mythological, and theological! In this episode, Sally prompts us to share our favorite mythological creatures 🐉 , discuss whether we believe in life after death, and general musings about what real aliens look like 👽 🦠 Plus two of us grew up in a Christian household, so we couldn’t help bringing up theological thoughts on Jesus and historical context to legendary figures.
May 17, 2021
Episode 61. Call Us Jie Jie (姐姐)
It’s just us 姐姐 on this week’s episode... Did you know that all three of us are older sisters or jie jie (姐姐)? We all have experienced being the older kid, role model to our younger sibling, and parents’ first pancake 🥞🙃 On this ep we share our stories as the oldest child in the family and compare thoughts on older sibling stereotypes (are we all type A? Anxious and held to a higher standard?)
May 10, 2021
Episode 60. From Representation to Rallies ft. Vinh Dang
Happy APAHM! We’re excited to have Vinh Dang on this week to share how he went from ignoring his Vietnamese culture in high school to leading a workshop on Asian American representation to volunteering as the director of communications at ECAASU (in addition to his regular ol’ 9-5). Vinh also shares his views on boba liberalism, gives advice on getting involved in Asian American advocacy efforts post-grad, and spills what it’s like to be Linda’s boss. Check out ECAASU’s podcast, Community Echos, co-hosted by Vinh!
May 03, 2021
Episode 59. Bamboo, Goatman, & the Death of Yahoo Answers
What do bamboo, goatman, and Yahoo Answers have in common?? They were all top of mind for this random, never-ending weekly update episode! A little birdie 🐦 told us that some listeners’ favorite segment is the weekly update so we decided to keep it going, all episode long. What did you think of this casual episode? Let us know if you want more mini chats interspersed throughout future seasons!
April 26, 2021
Episode 58. Life As An Etsy Earring Entrepreneur ft. Jessica Lin
Feeling a little lost? On this week’s episode, we are joined by the wonderful, Jessica Lin, owner of Lost As Jess! Architect by day and jewelry designer by night, Jessica shares how she she felt “lost” in between jobs as a recent grad, but was inspired by the prosperity knots hanging in Chinatown. From there, she turned to her childhood of crafting and her design background to start her very own jewelry shop. Tune into our latest episode while shopping her beautiful East Asian-inspired designs @LostAsJess on Etsy!
April 19, 2021
Episode 57. Revealing Our DNAncestors
Sally’s recent visit with her Grandpa and hearing his story of living in China inspired us to explore more of our family’s history this week, including long-distance love stories 👩❤️💋👨 and what motivated our parents to immigrate. 🧬 Family history is a little more difficult for Ming to share, but keep listening to hear her DNA ancestry results... you may or may not be surprised 🧬
April 12, 2021
Episode 56. Keeping Up With The Kitchen ft. Kathy Chen
This week we’re keeping up with the...kitchen and getting an inside look at the culinary world thanks to our special guest, Kathy Chen 👩🏻🍳 Kathy shares her experience attending a top culinary school in NYC and discusses what it’s like to be an East Asian American woman entering a still male-dominated field in the US. 🍣 If you’re in the Baltimore area, check out Kathy’s own family's restaurant, Yamato Sushi!
April 05, 2021
Episode 55. To All The Enemies to Lovers Tropes
A season staple, it’s about time for another Asian media review! We review the latest 3 Asian American movies 💌🌱🐉 and then get into other media, including k-dramas ofc. Keep listening for a deeper discussion of tropes and how shows, like ATLA, reflect realistic and more mature themes. Let us know what you’re watching/listening/reading in the comments!
March 29, 2021
Episode 54. Finding the Green Flags
Another Monday and another episode on relationships, platonic & romantic! We use We’re Not Really Strangers’ signs you’re in a healthy relationship to discuss green flags, instead of red ✅ Stay tuned for the end of the episode where we also talk about how to end a relationship when the time comes...
March 22, 2021
Episode 53. Cheers to Studying Abroad!
Cheers, mate! We’re back this week with a two-for-one guest episode on studying abroad ✈️ Obviously, traveling anywhere is limited now, but we can still mentally visit Madrid & Edinburgh with our guests, Dave & Tim! Join us for a fun, random episode on traveling abroad as Asian Americans and tips for the application process at the end!
March 15, 2021
Episode 52. How to Train Your Mentor
Finding a mentor is often recommended to students and recent grads, but we think it’s seems easier said than done. 🧐 And what even is a mentor?? Join us this week as we share our personal experiences of finding, keeping, and yes, even training our mentors…
March 08, 2021
Episode 51. Spilling the Tea with AZN Flush
We’re sipping and spilling the tea this week…imagine a truth or drink game, but with bubble tea! Sally puts her new AZN Flush x KFT card game to use (“the world's first boba-themed game”) and we answer different questions like “story time”, “if this, then”, and “most likely to.” Tune in for a fun, lighthearted boba chat session to get a glimpse of the kind of conversations we have off-pod. Liked this kind of episode? Let us know and we might record more friend games in the futures!
March 01, 2021
Episode 50. East Meets West ft. Jethro Punzalan
Do you call it boba or bubble tea? Freeway or highway? We brought on our old high school friend, Jethro, to talk about the difference between U.S. west coast and east coast culture. Jethro went to school with us in Maryland, but he’s lived all over the world and spent the last few years in Northern California and Las Vegas. Join us to hear why he thinks #WestCoastBestCoast.
February 22, 2021
Episode 49. Swiping So You Don’t Have To
We just missed Valentine’s day, but we hope the results from our rigorous review of 6 unique dating apps will still be helpful in your quest for love. That’s right, in this week’s episode we compare 4 obscure/niche dating apps with 2 classic ones that you may already have on your phone. Although we have a 20 pt. rubric, we did this app review just for fun and laughs, and it shouldn’t be taken too seriously. If you’ve had success with EME Hive or Christian Mingle, let us know! — This episode is in partnership with Baisun Candle Co., a small Asian American owned business that hand-pours and hand-presses each and every candle based out of Wilmington, Delaware. You can use the code 'MovingBaisun' to take 10% off your total order! Follow them on Instagram at @baisuncandleco and visit them online at baisuncandleco.com 🍵
February 15, 2021
Episode 48. Happy Niu (牛) Year!
新年快乐！恭喜发财！ In 4 days it will be lunar new year and the year of the ox (牛) will begin 🐂 We always have an episode marking the start of solar new year, but this time we decided to share our favorite foods 🍊🥟 and traditions of Chinese New Year. Also join us for a surprise guest cameo and an unplanned conversation about cultural appropriation. — This episode is in partnership with Baisun Candle Co., a small Asian American owned business that hand-pours and hand-presses each and every candle based out of Wilmington, Delaware. You can use the code 'MovingBaisun' to take 10% off your total order! Follow them on Instagram at @baisuncandleco and visit them online at baisuncandleco.com 🍵
February 08, 2021
Episode 47. Work-Life Balance ft. Eat Your Crust
We told you we had a lot in store for this season… we’re excited to share our first ever podcaster guests, Crystal and Jeeso from Eat Your Crust! Crystal and Jeesoo are both college grads from c/o 2018 so they’ve had a few more years to figure out what it means to be post-grads working full time. On this episode, we chat about work-life balance, how to quit your first job, and how growing up in Silicon Valley impacted their career choices. After listening to our episode, head over to their pod to hear us debate Gen Z vs Millennial and the future of TikTok — This episode is in partnership with Baisun Candle Co., a small Asian American owned business that hand-pours and hand-presses each and every candle based out of Wilmington, Delaware. You can use the code 'MovingBaisun' to take 10% off your total order! Follow them on Instagram at @baisuncandleco and visit them online at baisuncandleco.com 🍵
February 01, 2021
Episode 46. A Dose of Vax Facts
It’s been over a month since the second COVID-19 vaccine was issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the US FDA… but what does an EUA even mean for the future of the vaccine? On this week’s episode, we’re excited to have Sally’s mom, an experienced vaccine reviewer, provide her personal insight and answer all your questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.
January 25, 2021
Episode 45. Letters to Our Future Selves
New year, new season!! We’re back with a brand new season and bunch of exciting episodes coming your way! With each new year we like to take the time to reflect and set our personal goals, but for 2021 we’re mixing it up a bit by writing letters to the future Linda, Sally, and Ming. If you’re all caught up with Seasons 1 & 2, jump back in and join us for a sweet and sentimental episode. What do you think you’ll be like in 2029?
January 18, 2021
Episode 44. Baby’s First Birthday
Whatttt can you believe Moving Oolong turns 1 year old this week 🥳 🎂 It’s almost hard to believe that one year ago, pre-COVID and pre-graduation, the three of us decided to upload a voice recording and create Moving Oolong . I don’t think we need to say it, but a lot has happened over this past year. So, join us for one final episode of season 2 where we have an honest conversation about this year, what we’ve learned from podcasting, and the future of Moving Oolong... P.S. we’ll be taking a short break over the holidays and be back in 2021 with season 3!
December 07, 2020
Episode 43. The Asian BerMEDIA Triangle
Let's get lost in the Asian BerMEDIA Triangle! For this season's penultimate episode, we're doing another Asian media review, but in a slightly different style. Join us for 3 mini talks where each of us take on one side of the Asian media triangle (shows/dramas, music/k-pop, and books) to recommend and discuss. Linda also shares her study on LGBTQ+ Asian American identity and the role of Kpop. Find the link to all our recommendations & Linda’s paper on our website at movingoolongpod.com — This episode is in partnership with Teaphile, a queer woman-owned business focusing on single-origin artisan Chinese teas sourced directly from family farms. Learn more about their winter subscription program at thethirdplace.is/teaphile and @teaphilelife🍃
November 30, 2020
Episode 42. Who’s the Imposter Among Us? ft. Liz San
There are many among us who struggle with imposter syndrome, including our special guest, Liz San! On this week’s episode we talk about feeling like imposters in college, at work, and even in our relationships 👻 Listen until the end of the podcast to hear how we might actively fight those feelings of doubt! — This episode is in partnership with Teaphile, a queer woman-owned business focusing on single-origin artisan Chinese teas sourced directly from family farms. Learn more about their winter subscription program at thethirdplace.is/teaphile and @teaphilelife🍃
November 23, 2020
Episode 41. Revealing Our Guilty Pleasures…
We all have them, and for some reason we’re embarrassed to talk about them… but this week we’re digging deep to share our own guilty pleasures. Tune in for a fun episode where we expose our secret interests (country music, anyone?) and try to describe why we’re embarrassed to share.
November 16, 2020
Episode 40. Do You Know Your Bopomofos?
Previously, we’ve talked about the important role language plays in our culture, but this week we’re really getting into it. From weekly, Sunday Chinese school to learning Mandarin over Zoom, all three of us have very different language learning experiences and it’s informed how we interact with our families & culture.
November 09, 2020
Episode 39. Behind the Ballot ft. Sebastian Suarez
We’re one day out from Election Day 2020 and today we add our own voices to the on-going conversation about electoral politics. Tune in to hear us explore topics like talking politics with family, why Asian Americans are often perceived as politically apathetic, and the limitations of voting. If that’s not interesting enough, our good friend, Sebastian also joins us to share his unique story as a biochem major turned Democratic fundraiser.
November 02, 2020
Episode 38. Our Dating Stories: It Goes Down in the DM
As Yo Gotti raps in his 2016 hit, “it goes down in the DM” and indeed it does (sometimes)… This week we’re finishing our 3-part dating series with a discussion on online dating. We compare dating apps and the apps vs. dating IRL. We also reminisce about conversations we’ve had in the DMs of other apps and how everything seems to be happening online nowadays. 👀 Have you ever slid into someones DMs? Let us know down below 👇🏼
October 26, 2020
Episode 37. Our Dating Stories: Social Distancing or Co-Quarantining ft. Camilla Wu
With the COVID-19 pandemic this year, we’ve all become aware of the terms “quarantining” and “social distancing.” But what does that mean when it comes to our dating life 🤔 We’re excited to have another guest on for this week’s 2nd installment of our dating stories! Camilla brings her perspective to dating as someone who has been quarantining with her significant other since March 👩❤️👨 Join us for a discussion on co-habitation during the pandemic, long-distance relationships pre-COVID, and how love languages play a role!
October 19, 2020
Episode 36. Our Dating Stories: Stirring the Melting Pot
We’ve all heard the US described as a “melting pot” of cultures and ethnicities, but what does it mean to date in a melting pot, specifically dating outside of your culture? We’re starting off a new dating series with our personal stories of interracial/cultural dating and all the nuances that come with it. From yellow fever worries to communicating with immigrant parents, we discuss all our thoughts on dating non-Chinese Americans.
October 12, 2020
Episode 35. Who Is That Girl I See?
We’re talking about beauty standards this week, including how our own self-worth has changed over time. We also discuss how societal expectations of Asian American women and their bodies still play a role in our body image development. Content warning: This episode includes a long conversation about weight, weighing ourselves, & exercising for weight loss.
October 05, 2020
Episode 34. Putting Our Friendship to the Test
It’s time for the test-takers to become the test-makers... This week we made mini quizzes about ourselves and put each other to the test. Spoiler: none of us got 100%, proving once again that we still have much to learn about one another 😤 — This episode is in partnership with Monumental Magazine. Learn more at monumentalmagazine.com and @monumentalmag 💫
September 28, 2020
Episode 33. Workplace Friends or Foes?
As of this week, it’s officially been at least a month since we’ve had our full-time jobs! We’re incredible grateful for our jobs and the stability it brings during this unstable time, but we’ve definitely learned a lot as employees at the bottom of the food chain. This week we touch base on all the nuanced workplace dynamics we’ve learned: From walking on eggshells around certain people to the proper etiquette of following coworkers on social media.
September 21, 2020
Episode 32. (M)ental Health ft. M Pease
We’re taking a break from the lighter, personality topics this week to talk mental health with M Pease! In this episode, we discuss how our intersecting identities shape our mental health. M also shares what it’s like to work as a Peer Counselor at the university’s help center and why there’s often barriers to accessing mental health resources like seeing a therapist 💬 — This episode is in partnership with The Katra Box. Learn more at thekatrabox.com and @thekatrabox ✨
September 14, 2020
Episode 31. A Saucy Speed Date
Is soy sauce a condiment??? Tune in to hear us answer that question plus many more in our rapid-ish fire speed dating episode. It’s a casual episode this week so you’ll hear our candid thoughts & reactions to the fact that Sally thinks chili oil is a condiment 😅 But seriously, somehow it’s our 31st episode and we’re still learning new things about each other! — This episode is in partnership with The Katra Box. Learn more at thekatrabox.com and @thekatrabox ✨
September 07, 2020
Episode 30. Love Lessons From [REDACTED] ft. William Nguyen
For our 30th episode (!!) we finally get to a highly requested topic: our past dating and college relationship experiences. They say all relationships can be a lesson we learn from and we definitely agree 🤔 Join us (and our best friend, William) for a LONG story time episode with a bit of reflection at the end! — This episode is in partnership with The Katra Box. Learn more at thekatrabox.com and @thekatrabox ✨
August 31, 2020
Episode 29. 1 Challenger vs. 2 Peacemakers
So you know our sun signs and MBTI types, but do you know our enneagram types?? This week we try to understand the basics of the enneagram system & symbol (shoutout to our mans, Pythagoras) and then use that knowledge to guess each other’s types! Spoiler alert: we don’t know each other as well as we thought… Tune in for a fun episode about this complicated system & how it compares to other personality tests! — This episode is in partnership with The Katra Box. Learn more at thekatrabox.com and @thekatrabox ✨
August 24, 2020
Episode 28. APA Unity ft. Our Bigs
You’ve already met Vincent, but we’d now like to introduce the remainder of the TASA Bigs trifecta: Albert Wang & Peter Tran! If you’ve listened to any of our past episodes, you know being members of TASA definitely shaped our undergrad experience & a BIG part of that was due to the Big/Little family system. In this episode we talk all things TASA, from what we hoped to gain from a Taiwanese club to all the past election drama. We also discuss our different perspectives of the broader Asian American community at UMD & debate the potential opportunities each organization can bring to students. This episode is in partnership with The Katra Box. Learn more at thekatrabox.com.
August 17, 2020
Episode 27. And They Were Roommates
You love them, you hate them, & sometimes you can’t live without them... join us this week for a lengthy chat about our past roommates! We’ve all had a variety of living situations since freshman year of college and we rate them all from a 4/10 to 10/10. Keep listening and we also contemplate our future roommate situation 🐶? 🐱??
August 10, 2020
Episode 26. Toilet Talks
Let’s talk toilets! And periods and puberty… In this episode we have a casual discussion about all our experiences in the bathroom. From our first periods to tampon lessons to setting off a Taiwanese bathroom alarm, check out our latest episode to hear some *intimate* details about our own bodily functions.
August 03, 2020
Episode 25. Securing The Bag
For our 25th episode, we’re talking moola, cash, cheddar, dough — MONEY 💸 Sometimes talking about money or income can seem taboo and even we’ve never had a deep money conversation... until now! We talk about all things money including who pays for the check in a relationship, when we got our first credit card, and the complexities of “hustle culture”. Similar to our friendship episode, we also use a list of questions designed to start these important financial conversations.
July 27, 2020
Episode 24. Bao Appétit
This week’s episode is all about our favorite topic, FOOD *chef’s kiss* 👌🏼 Join us for a fun, lighthearted episode where we talk about our childhood memories of food, culinary traditions, & that one time we transported our handmade dumplings in trash bags...
July 20, 2020
Episode 23. Choose Your Player: Yuppie Edition
yup·pie /ˈyəpē/ — young, urban professional. We have a very special episode for this week with not one, not two, but 3 guests! While postgrad & career moves have been a common topic for us, we thought you might be tired of hearing just our perspectives... All 3 are our good friends & recent grads from UMD, but each have very different postgrad futures at a Big Four company, US government agency, and tech development program.
July 13, 2020
Episode 22. Meet Us Halfway
While we’ve taken the past few weeks to center the Black Lives Matter movement & share Black hosted podcasts, it’s important to realize that this is not a trend. Feel free to continue to check out resources we’ve saved (in our IG stories) for being allies & additional lists of Black hosted podcasts. — July = halfway through the year 😮 Plus, this week we’re kickstarting our second season!! It’s been over a month since we’ve graduated and we still can’t help but feel uncertain of what the future holds for us. So we decided to take a pause & reflect on the year so far.
July 06, 2020
Episode 21. College Ragrets
Alexa, play “Pomp and Circumstance” By the time this episode is released, we’ll all be alumni of the University of Maryland! Of course since we’ve been talking about our college experiences and post-grad ideas since the beginning of this podcast, we had to have a whole episode dedicated to our college regrets. We also end up talking about imposter syndrome and our plans as official postgrads. Congratulations to all 2020 grads! We did it!
May 25, 2020
Episode 20. Let’s Get Physical
What’s your favorite way to stay active? For us, we’ve participated in organized sports, started rock climbing, and even joined group classes! Your may stay active all year round or fluctuate in your fitness level, just like us… Join us for a discussion on how we get (and stay) physical!
May 18, 2020
Episode 19. Scam or Be Scammed
Another casual episode for this week! We didn’t have any specific topic in mind, but as you listen you’ll hear how we end up talking about SCAMS. From MLMs to corporate scams to our own scams, join us for a funny and random episode!
May 11, 2020
Episode 18. Ending Our Affairs ft. Christine Rhee
For our 18th episode, we have our second ever guest— Christine Rhee! Christine is a fellow graduating senior and, just like all of us, she has worked at numerous on-campus jobs while being a full-time student. This week, Christine helps us define “student affairs” as we break down the pros and cons of having a job on campus. We discuss our own experiences and have a brief story time to tell our wildest stories from working in student affairs!
May 04, 2020
Episode 17. ProductiviTEA
This week we’re spilling the tea, on productivity! College definitely challenges our ability to stay organized so we’ve perfected our favorite ways to stay on track. From note-taking to event-planning to financial accountability, we discuss our favorite phone apps and analog methods for staying organized. Grab your tool ring (aka your phone) and see if you use the same tools we do! (Also it’s totally okay if you’re feeling unproductive/motivated during this time, feel free to take a break from productivity talk and save this episode for a later listen)
April 27, 2020
Episode 16. The COVID Creative Club
Welcome to the COVID Creative Club! We all know someone who’s started making bread or playing Animal Crossing while social isolating at home… This week we share all the hobbies and creative projects we just started or have been doing way before the pandemic started. From pottery to zines to learning html, we also talk monetization and the role of social media 💸💸 Visit our website to get links for everything, including fabric face mask instructions!
April 20, 2020
Episode 15. Stick & Poke
Episode 15 is all about our ~body modifications~ from first piercings to Taiwanese tattoos. We talk about our various tattoos/piercings, their meanings, and our parents’ reactions! Plus we answer the question our parents have all asked—will we get more soon...? [Disclaimer: This episode is not a credible guide on how to tattoo or pierce anyone, this is just for entertainment]
April 13, 2020
Episode 14. Raisin’ the Asian - Origins Part 2
Just like everyone else, we jumped on a zoom call to record our 14th episode from the safety of our homes... Raisin’ the Asian - Origins Part 2 🤗 We talked about Ming’s origin story as a transnational adoptee in Part 1, so in this episode we discuss Sally & Linda’s origins as 2nd generation Asian Americans. From growing up in an immigrant household to social radicalization, we have a slightly impromptu conversation about identity politics & how we hope to make culture connections post-grad ⚡️
April 06, 2020
Episode 13. Huang Ming - Origins Part 1
Who’s Huang Ming? Listen to this week’s episode to find out! Adoption in media sometimes seem like wonderful thing, and it definitely can be. But it’s also a grey area with complexities and social nuances that doesn’t get talked about much. In this episode, we first give you a crash course in transnational adoption history and then talk about our own, close relationship with adoption. [Episode 13 is part one of our personal origin stories, stay tuned for part 2 next week.]
March 16, 2020
Episode 12. Fan Favorites
It’s Episode 12 and this week we take a more casual approach to talk about our recent favorites! Like a Youtuber’s monthly favorites video, we break down all the shows we’ve been watching and the one (1) book we read in the past few weeks.
March 09, 2020
Episode 11. Sexplorations ft. Hannah Tralka
We finally had the talk… with our first ever guest, Hannah! She works with our university health center as a sexual health educator, but most importantly, she’s been a friend of ours ever since freshman year of college. Join us this week as we finally get the sex education we never had! From virginity to consent to sex shops, we reminisce about our own firsts and explore more about what the “birds and the bees” really means.
March 01, 2020
Episode 10. Stars & Signs Read Our Mind
This week we talk all things stars & signs as we explore our astrological signs and birth charts. A few of us were skeptics to begin, but if you listen along you’ll see how we apply abstract signs to our real life! We also talk a bit about the Chinese zodiac & discuss the horoscope for 2020, the year of the metal rat. If you’re interested in the astrology app we used, check out Co-Star in the App Store. Also visit https://www.thechinesezodiac.org/ for more info about the Chinese Zodiac.
February 24, 2020
Episode 9. To All the Asians on Screen
In honor of Parasite’s historic Oscar wins and the release of To All the Boys: PS I Still Love You, we’re talking about movies this week! Specifically, movies written by or starring Asian/Asian Americans. Representation is a hot topic for Hollywood right now and we further discuss the responsibility an Asian American actor may or may not have to engage in the community and what type of media we should turn to in search for our own role models.
February 17, 2020
Episode 8. Loveboat, College Park
In our 8th episode we talk about one of our favorite events of the semester, ITASA’s East Coast Conference! From food workshops about identity to meeting one of our inspirations, Mel from Asian Boss Girl, this is a quick debrief on all things ECC. We recorded this episode minutes after the workshops, so you’ll hear our immediate thoughts & impressions!
February 10, 2020
Episode 7. The One Where We Become Friends
The three of us were friends way back before this podcast began, so this week we start with a story time of how we met. We talk about our first impressions of each other and then dive deep with a round of questions. Inspired by Mandy Len Catron’s essay* about the 36 questions that lead to love, we try to fall further into friendship love. Listen to the very end to hear us answer the questions YOU asked about heartbreak and insecurities. *Read the essay here: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/style/modern-love-to-fall-in-love-with-anyone-do-this.html *Find the questions here: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/style/36-questions-that-lead-to-love.html
February 03, 2020
Episode 6. Taiwan Numba 1...or is it? - Taiwan Part 2
Andddd we’re back! After 11 days of exploring and 35+ hours of traveling home, we’ve returned to the mic for part 2 of our Taiwan. We review our favorite night markets, discuss what it’s like to feel comfortable in a new country, and offer a few travel tips along the way!
January 27, 2020
Episode 5. Chatting & Packing - Taiwan Part 1
Listen along as we chat about our upcoming trip to Taiwan! We first recap our holiday adventures, then we chat about all things Taiwan and why we’re visiting! This episode is part 1 of a 2 part series about our trip. The next episode will be out after a brief, two week hiatus. Music: "Elsa" by Ariel Heartheat
January 06, 2020
Episode 4. New Decade, New Us
A few days before the decade ends, we reflect on 2019 and discuss some of our new year’s resolutions. We touch on travel adventures, academic highlights, big milestones in Asian American media, and our familial & romantic relationships. *Content warning: This is a deeper episode and from 23:05-26:10 there is a discussion of death. Music: "Elsa" by Ariel Heartheat
December 30, 2019
Episode 3. Let's Define The Relationship
From questions about polyamory to getting out of the friend zone, “The Talk” can be a stressful conversation. In addition to our own personal DTR moments, we talk about identities within a relationship and how they can change. Music: "Elsa" by Ariel Heartheat
December 23, 2019
Episode 2. Myers-Briggs Decide Our Careers
We let Myers-Briggs decide our careers! With the first semester of Senior year coming to a close, we all feel the pressure of determining our post-grad career plans. From high school to now, how have our career plans changed? And what does a personality test have to do with it anyways? We refer to personality information from 16personalities.com Music: "Elsa" by Ariel Heartheat
December 16, 2019
Episode 1. The Beginning of the End
And we're live! In this first episode we introduce ourselves and talk about everything from senioritis to tea eggs.
December 09, 2019