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Ep. 18: Smokin’ Meats & Surviving in Chinatown ft. Terry Wong

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Ep. 21: Mulan: The Good, the Bad, and the Propaganda ft. Tony Lin
We watched Mulan this week...and we are spilling some hot hot tea over it 🤠 🍵 Tony Lin, a Chinese American journalist who has written pop culture analyses for publications on both sides of the firewall, joins us to drag Disney’s 2020 remake across the Silk Road. What is the Han ethnic identity, and what does Disney’s “Han-washing” of Mulan’s character have to do with this movie’s filming in Xinjiang? Is Mulan a feminist movie? Is Hollywood’s strategy of pandering to China working? And how many white people does it take to serve this fresh new dish of orientalism? (Spoiler alerts, obviously.) -- We pride ourselves on being independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
51:11
September 16, 2020
Ep. 20: Is the American Dream More Attainable in China? ft. Ashley Almanzar
What’s it like to live in China as a Latinx American woman? We sat down this week with Ashley Almanzar, who spent the last five years living in Ningbo, China, working in education and launching her own business, The Ning Box (IG: @theningbox_), which curates events for expats and locals in the Ningbo area. We talked to Ashley about how you can live a version of the American dream with affordable healthcare and rent under $500, policing in China vs the U.S. (have YOU ever seen a cop get punched?), how people living in China get news about Xinjiang, and white male expat privilege (hole emoji). Dolly and Joey also try to restoke the flames of the short-lived NBA players strike and put LeBron and Obama into the same hole and bless the California man who helped put out the wildfires...with Bud Light. Listen to episode 20 now wherever you like to podcast! And for another episode where we talk about the difference in policing in China and the U.S., check out episode 11 with Bohan Phoenix, “Cultural Appropriation or Not?” -- We pride ourselves on being independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
1:01:42
September 2, 2020
Ep. 19: From Running the Asian Market to Running for Office, ft. Fanny Fang
This week, we’re joined by 25-year old Manhattan, Kansas resident Fanny Fang, who is running for office in her local county commission. Fanny decided to throw her hat in the ring when incumbent commissioner Marvin Rodriguez said that the county wasn’t at risk for COVID-19... because there weren’t many Chinese people living there. Fanny will be the only Democrat and female candidate on the ballot, running against 3 Republicans, including Rodriguez, to represent District 2.⁠ Fanny grew up in her parents' store in Kansas, The Asian Supermarket, and returned to her hometown after college to help run the operation. We hear from Fanny about her campaign platforms, running for office in our new virtual normal, and the pride she has for multiculturalism in Kansas politics.⁠ Dolly and Joey also discuss how the Post Office arrested Steve Bannon on the boat of exiled Chinese billionaire Miles Guo, the Wuhan pool rave, and how the state of California being on fire sits at the intersection of COVID, climate change, and California’s prison system. -- We pride ourselves on being independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
54:19
August 26, 2020
Ep. 18: Smokin’ Meats & Surviving in Chinatown ft. Terry Wong
Terry Wong, one of the partners of Blood Bros BBQ, home to the first Vietnamese pitmaster in Texas, joins us to talk about how his restaurant and the food and beverage industry have been struggling through the pandemic. Terry shared that they’re lucky to have 50% of their regular revenue, but now have higher costs and spend an additional 3-4 hours a day packaging to-go condiments for the new dining normal. Dolly and Joey also discuss this week’s big news: Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s VP pick, and read audience responses from our poll on @listentoplumradio IG. -- We pride ourselves on being independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
40:29
August 19, 2020
Ep. 17: A Political Education In 60 Seconds On TikTok, ft. Young Kim
Korean American viral TikTok creator, Young Kim (@youngqim), joins us this week to talk about the TikTok ban, using viral short videos to stir conversations around race and social justice, conservative TikTok holes, and how learning our history helps us unlearn  internalized racism and the model minority myth. Dolly and Joey also defend bottom feeders 🦐🦐, discuss WeChat, and drag private utility FirstEnergy, whose customers are without power in New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaias and also bribed corrupt politicians like Larry Householder of Ohio to bail out their coal power plants. -- We pride ourselves on being independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
52:07
August 12, 2020
Ep. 16: Do The Mariana Islands Need The U.S. Military? ft. Rachel Ramirez
Season 2 of Plum Radio is here! Rachel Ramirez (@rachelreports), an environmental justice reporter and Saipan native, joins us to talk about her home, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), its history of colonization, and how the U.S. military is making COVID-19 worse on the islands while opening new live-fire training bases on indigenous burial grounds. The U.S. Department of Defense is the biggest greenhouse gas emitter of any government agency on the planet, and Guam and CNMI, as faux colonies that are largely used as U.S. military bases, suffer from both health and climate issues as a result of their presence. As we more openly question the militarization of U.S. police, we must ask ourselves: how has the U.S. military impacted our Asian communities, especially the Pacific Islands? -- We pride ourselves on being independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on Instagram (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
49:50
August 5, 2020
[UNLOCKED] Bonus #2: Interview with Dolly Li on Now in Color Podcast
Dolly and Joey are on vacation, so here's a special bonus episode: an interview with Dolly Li from the Now In Color Podcast. This interview was originally recorded on June 22, 2020. Host Sandie Tan talks to Dolly about the recent Asians for Black Lives protest in NYC, fake news on WeChat, and her career as a journalist. Now In Color is a show that highlights forgotten people in history where each episode’s guest teaches Sandie about a historical figure and their contributions. Dolly tells Sandie about Tu Youyou, the first Chinese citizen and Chinese female scientist to win a Nobel Peace Prize in Science for her breakthroughs in malaria medication. Hint: Tu Youyou’s discoveries in malaria are intertwined with traditional Chinese medicine. We’ll be back on Sunday, August 2 with a brand new season 2! Stay tuned and see you all soon. -- We pride ourselves on being independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
1:17:00
July 29, 2020
[UNLOCKED] Bonus #1: Spilling Tea on Boba Liberalism ft. Jenny G. Zhang
Dolly and Joey are on vacation for 2 weeks, so here's a special unlocked episode we released to just our Patreon subscribers last month. This is the *first* episode of Plum Radio ever made. We recorded this way back in February before we launched as an IG live show. Do you remember February? We don’t either. But we *do* remember the presidential bid of Andrew Yang, who was promising everyone free money with slogans like “Make America Think Harder,” and for some reason, “MATH.” Back in 2019, the Boba Guys endorsed Yang with a picture of a red, white, and blue boba drink with the caption “Not left, not right...but boba.” To us, this was the perfect representation of a term we’d heard, “boba liberalism”: packaging yourself for easy consumption, with sugary politics to mask structural problems. Which led us to our first guest: Jenny G. Zhang, staff writer at Eater and author of the essay, "The Rise (And Stall) Of The Boba Generation." This pilot episode set the foundation for Plum Radio and what we are trying to do: reject politics as usual, relearn our history, reclaim our narrative, and build political consciousness in our community. We hope this is only the beginning of more conversation and interesting times ahead. Let’s spill some tea! -- We pride ourselves on being independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
42:14
July 22, 2020
Ep. 15: Why Does the Brooklyn Bail Fund Want To Be Out Of Business? ft. Kevin Cheng
Kevin Cheng, the development manager of Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, joins us to talk about the $1M+ donations they received during the protests after George Floyd’s death, why they stopped taking donations, and how, in a just world, bail funds would cease to exist. Also this week: the rise of fascism around the world, from the Philippines to Hong Kong to Brazil to right here in the U.S. Plum Radio season 1 is in the books! We’ll be taking a two week break, back again with Plum Radio season 2 in August. While Dolly and Joey go full Asians on vacation, we’ll be releasing bonus episodes of Plum Radio each week so you won’t have to go a week without us 🤠 -- We pride ourselves on being independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
45:11
July 15, 2020
Ep. 14: The Politics of K-pop and BLM in Korea, ft. Keda of the Soju Black
Calling Korea on this week of Plum Radio! We discussed the politics of K-pop, BLM protests in Korea, and COVID-19 responses in the U.S vs Asia with Keda of the Soju Black (@thesojublack), a podcast and show created by two Black ex-pats living and working in Korea. Dolly and Joey also discuss the new Hong Kong National Security Law, Hamilton, and the Floor is Lava. -- We pride ourselves on being independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
51:39
July 8, 2020
Ep. 13: Performance Politics vs. Performance Art ft. Kristina Wong
Kristina Wong joins us to talk about her career as a performance artist, elected official, and overlord of Auntie Sewing Squad, a mutual aid project sending volunteer-sewn masks and other essential supplies to communities in need, from Los Angeles to the Navajo Nation. We talked about how the spectacle of reality TV can be a substitute for therapy, how politics is a natural extension of performance art, and how Kristina brings these worlds together to help vulnerable communities. Dolly and Joey also discuss: a blessing and a hole from our adopted homeland of Texas, how Gen Z freethinkers played the tech industry with a scam to funnel money to Black-led organizations, and the campaign to #FreeUrooj and #FreeColin (who we mistakenly call Chris in the episode, sorry!!). We’re almost at our June goal of 100 Patreon subscribers, so THANK YOU to our 31 (!!) new subscribers this week! If you haven’t yet, follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and subscribe to us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you want to support independent media and are here for the culture.
52:31
July 1, 2020
Ep. 12: Where Does Hong Kong Go From Here? ft. Laurel Chor
Happy Juneteenth! This week we’re joined by Laurel Chor, a journalist and photographer from Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s most recent movement began over a year ago in March 2019 with the introduction of a controversial extradition bill that deepened Beijing’s reach into Hong Kong’s legal and judicial affairs. We caught up with Laurel about how the protests have evolved, the fears around the draft of Beijing’s National Security Law for Hong Kong, the rise of both nationalism and calls for independence, and shared tactics between Hong Kong protests and the recent #BLM protests here in the States. We also sent blessings to the ILWU Juneteenth port shutdowns, the Supreme Court blocking Trump from ending DACA, and, for the third week in a row: K-pop fans. -- We pride ourselves on being independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
53:35
June 24, 2020
Ep. 11: Cultural Appropriation or Not? ft. Bohan Phoenix & Jachary
Congrats on surviving another week! We’re joined by rapper Bohan Phoenix and his friend and collaborator, Jachary, a Black American singer who has toured China with Bohan. We talk about what Asian rappers owe Black Americans, compare anti-blackness and police in China vs. the U.S. and play a game of “Cultural Appropriation or Not?” with Dolly. Top of the show: Dolly and Joey discuss rewatching Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing”, the role of the Korean grocery store owner in the movie, and NYC’s Asians for Black Lives protest. -- We pride ourselves on being independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
54:15
June 17, 2020
Ep. 10: How U.S. Media Covers Protests & the Power of American Pop Culture, ft. Sana Saeed
We’re 10 episodes old, send Pokémon cards! Dolly and Joey discuss #BlackOutTuesday, the power of K-Pop fans, and our experiences of attending protests from East to West Coast. Later, journalist Sana Saeed joins us to talk about her AJ+ show, Pop Americana, and why American media covers movements like the Arab Spring and Hong Kong’s protests so differently from movements like #BlackLivesMatter at home. Also: more on talking to our families, defunding the police, Aladdin, bots, Dolly Parton, and which governments get called “regimes.” -- We pride ourselves on being an independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
51:54
June 10, 2020
Ep. 9: What Would Make You Smash a Window? & I Will Make You Mine Film, ft. Dr. Kim Tran and Lynn Chen
This week, we demand an end to police violence towards all Black Americans. We were blessed to have two incredible guests on this episode: first, Dr. Kim Tran, who spoke to us about confronting anti-Blackness in our families and effective ways to speak to our immigrant communities about #BlackLivesMatter, protests, and looting. Later, actor and director Lynn Chen joins us to talk about her journey from starring in the 2004 film Saving Face to her directorial debut film, I Will Make You Mine. __ We pride ourselves on being an independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
54:15
June 3, 2020
Ep. 8: Growing & Hoeing Asian Heritage Greens, ft. Scott Chang-Fleeman
Lucky episode #8! Come hoedown at the farm with us and Scott Chang-Fleeman, farmer and owner of Shao Shan Farm in Bolinas, CA. Scott talks about how Asian farmers were stripped of their land after they dug the fields that became Northern California’s agricultural engine, the pros and cons of growing organic Asian produce, and how COVID-19 is affecting his farm and upending our food systems. And then we got face-deep in some dank greens. (To see the greens for yourself, head to our IG at https://www.instagram.com/tv/CAlbYyXndfX/ 🌿😉) -- We pride ourselves on being an independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
50:17
May 27, 2020
Ep. 7: How to Abolish Silicon Valley, ft. Wendy Liu
From the star of Silicon Valley to abolishing Silicon Valley--this week, Dolly and Joey welcome Wendy Liu, the author of the new memoir “Abolish Silicon Valley.” Wendy, a software engineer, ex-Googler, and startup founder, takes us through her journey of discovering the dark side of Silicon Valley and where all its tech money comes from. Dolly and Wendy discussed building a startup that sells personal data to marketers, making Amazon a public utility, and the tech workers who are organizing to fight for better pay and rights. -- We pride ourselves on being an independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (instagram.com/listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and want to be part of the vision.
52:18
May 20, 2020
Ep. 6: Speaking Cantonese & "Good Deal" Comedy Special ft. Jimmy O. Yang
Happy mother’s day! This episode, we send blessings to all the mothers out there, including Ahmaud Arbery’s, who is spending this mother’s day grieving the loss of her son. Our special guest this week is the star of HBO’s Silicon Valley, Jimmy O. Yang. We talked about “Good Deal,” his new comedy special on Amazon, his upcoming Netflix show with Steve Carrell, “Space Force”, and what it means to play Jian Yang take and ownership of a character that has an immigrant accent. Follow us on IG (instagram.com/listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) to get exclusive bonus episodes and support independent media!
41:17
May 13, 2020
Ep. 5: Making “The Half Of It” on Netflix & Queer Asian Films, ft. Alice Wu
Happy May Day and AAPI month! Dolly and Joey kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Alice Wu, the writer and director the new Netflix film “The Half Of It,” and also the 2004 Asian and queer cult classic, “Saving Face”. Alice and Dolly discuss how immigrant parents express their love, the power of non-romantic love, and how we’re all trapped in hell, including her characters in “The Half Of It.” We’ve officially launched our Patreon! If you love Plum Radio and want to support Asian-made media (it IS *Asian month* y’all), you can become a monthly supporter for just $5/month and receive all types of goodies like bonus episodes and invites to virtual screening parties, like the one we just hosted for “The Half Of It”. Our supporters also get a shoutout on the show so make sure to tune in live this weekend 🤠 We’ve been building Plum Radio for the culture and want to be listener-funded to remain independent and cover topics you won’t see anywhere else. To everyone who’s already supported us: we see you, we love you, and we hope you’ll hold us accountable and share your thoughts and feedback 💜 Join our Plum Posse on Patreon today: patreon.com/plumradio
56:15
May 6, 2020
Ep. 4: Love Letters to Chinatown, ft. Mei Lum
Ramadan mubarak! Mei Lum, owner of Wing On Wo, the oldest shop in Chinatown in New York City (around since 1890!), joins us to talk about the future of Chinatowns in NYC and across North America. Dolly and Mei chat about the shop’s COVID-19 art project “Love Letters to Chinatown”, creating a third space for women and non-binary voices, and honoring Chinatown’s legacy by opening her storefront as a gathering space to have tough conversations on cultural preservation, gentrification, and growing Chinatown for future generations.
44:02
April 29, 2020
Ep. 3: Different Skin, Same Blood, ft. Annie Tan
Dolly and Joey curse the “Hole of the Week” and celebrate the blessings of new music from Yaeji and Rina Sawayama. Our special guest this week, Annie Tan, is a NYC public school teacher and Chinatown native who was inspired to become an activist after learning about her kinship to Vincent Chin. Vincent was a Chinese-American man who was brutally murdered by two white auto-workers in 1982 Detroit when he was mistaken for being Japanese. His murder inspired a wave of Asian-American activism and united communities to identify with the term “Asian-American.” Join us every Sunday on Instagram Live at 4pm ET for new episodes and follow @listentoplumradio on Instagram for more updates.
42:47
April 22, 2020
Ep. 2: Filipino Nurses and U.S. Colonization ft. Adrian De Leon
On episode 2 of Plum Radio, we discussed the new Netflix movie, Tigertail, with Ty Tran, the creator of the meme page @AsiansNeverDie, how we’re virtually celebrating holidays like Easter, Passover, and Qing Ming, and the history of why the U.S. has so many nurses from the Philippines.  Our special guest this episode is Adrian De Leon, a Filipino-Canadian Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC. Adrian drops some knowledge on Plum Radio, teaching us about the U.S. colonization of the Philippines in 1898, how the English language and Americanized education systems were imposed on the Pacific Islands, and how these forces created today’s pipeline of labor to America for Filipino nurses and migrant workers.  Join us every Sunday on Instagram Live at 4pm ET for new episodes and follow @listentoplumradio on Instagram for more updates.
47:22
April 15, 2020
Ep. 1: Masks & NYC's ERs in COVID-19, ft. Dr. Calvin Sun
Welcome to the first episode of Plum Radio!  Today's discussion is: Mask On / Mask Off? The CDC just announced on Friday, April 3 that we should all be covering our faces in public to help contain the spread of Covid-19, a big shift from their previous stance on masks.  We called up NYC ER doctor Dr. Calvin Sun to get his take on wearing masks and to hear the latest on what's happening in New York, the current epicenter of the global pandemic. Warning: this conversation gets passionate, so beware of profanity.  Follow @listentoplumradio on Instagram for more updates.
50:23
April 8, 2020