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Episode 13: Bing Chen | The Next Walt Disney

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Rock the Boat is a narrative podcast about Asian movers and shakers, entrepreneurs, and advocates who are not afraid to challenge the status quo. We interview prominent Asians and uncover stories about their Asian identity, relationship with family, and the movements they've built.
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Rock the Boat is a narrative podcast about Asian movers and shakers, entrepreneurs, and advocates who are not afraid to challenge the status quo. We interview prominent Asians and uncover stories about their Asian identity, relationship with family, and the movements they've built.

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Episode 30: Holly Liu | Billion Dollar Exit & The Power of Asian Female Founders
In this episode we speak with Holly Liu, who cofounded a gaming company called Kabam. Holly’s work has been game changing within the gaming industry. Fortune named her one of the “10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming,” and Forbes named her a leading woman in gaming and entrepreneurship. Holly led the design for Kabam’s award-winning “Kingdoms of Camelot” franchise, which grossed over $250 million in less than four years. She was also the founding mobile designer for the extension “Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North,” which was the top grossing app on iOS in 2012. Kabam has partnered with some of the largest Hollywood brands such as Marvel, Star Wars, The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, and countless others. ——————————————- Contest of Champions You can follow Holly on Twitter @hollyhliu ——————————————- Follow Rock the Boat on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @rocktheboatnyc. You can reach us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. If you’re a fan of the podcast, please subscribe, share, and leave us a 5-star rating on iTunes! We really appreciate your help in spreading the word. This episode was written by Jasper Chen. Jasper is a recent grad of USC's film school, but has spent roughly half his life in the United States and the other half in Taiwan. He currently resides in LA. Additional thanks to Kessyl Lim our Assistant Producer and Debbie Wong & Kim Hernandez, our Social Media Coordinators.
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November 15, 2019
Ep 30 [Bonus] Tea Time with Dr. Dana Wang: Mental Health & Peak Performance
Grab a cup of tea as Lucia talks to Psychiatrist, Dr. Dana Wang about Mental Health and Mental Illness in this mini episode. In this episode Dana spills the tea about turning x the clinical perspective of mental health away from a disease model to a wellness practice, how to support people you know who are struggling with a mental illness, how medication can help you steer your ship, and what meditation has to do with peak performance.  Dana Wang is a trained psychiatrist who completed her training at Harvard Medical School. She believes in a holistic approach to mental wellness and has expertise in many areas of psychotherapy including anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorder. Check out her practice: https://riviamedical.com/ Follow Rock the Boat on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @rocktheboatnyc. You can reach us at hello@gorocktheboat.com.
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November 13, 2019
Episode 29: Dr. David Mou | Seeking Help as a Form of Strength & Employing Empathy
In this episode I speak with psychiatrist, David Mou. David has a medical and business degree from Harvard, yet his mother still disapproved of his career choice. We talk to David about why Asian Americans are less likely to seek mental health treatment and what you can expect when finding a therapist. He also gives us great tips on how to deal with anxiety and how to improve our personal and working interactions. ——————————————- David’s company: Valera Health Our Favorite Free Meditation Apps: Calm Headspace Insight Timer Mental Health Resources from our Blog! ——————————————- This episode is made possible by our season sponsor Numa Foods. Numa Foods makes good for you chewy milk based candies. The recipe is inspired by Asian Nougat candies and it boasts 40% less sugar, 4 grams of protein  and a whole host of vitamins. Check them out at numafoods.com. Use code “rocktheboat”  for 20% off your order. ——————————————- Follow Rock the Boat on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @rocktheboatnyc. You can reach us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. If you’re a fan of the podcast, please subscribe, share, and leave us a 5-star rating on iTunes! We really appreciate your help in spreading the word. This episode was written by Rachel Chou our Assistant Producer. Additional thanks to Kessyl Lim our Assistant Producer and Debbie Wong & Kim Hernandez, our Social Media Coordinators.
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November 8, 2019
Episode 28 [Bonus] Tea Time with Psychiatrist, Dr. Dana Wang | Dealing with Family
Grab a cup of tea as we talk to Psychiatrist, Dr. Dana Wang about Family. In this bonus episode, Rock The Boat host, Lucia Liu and Dana Wang chat about how to deal with your parents under the clash of Eastern versus Western value systems, how to set boundaries but still express love for each other, and what self acceptance has to do with looking in your fridge. Dana Wang is a trained psychiatrist who completed her training at Harvard Medical School. She believes in a holistic approach to mental wellness and has expertise in many areas of psychotherapy including anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorder. Check out her practice: https://riviamedical.com/ Follow Rock the Boat on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @rocktheboatnyc. You can reach us at hello@gorocktheboat.com.
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November 6, 2019
Episode 27: Karen Mok | Building a Community for Asian Women to Thrive & The Power of Individual Agency
Season 3 of Rock The Boat features Asian Americans who’ve succeeded Against All Odds. Follow Rock the Boat on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @rocktheboatnyc. You can reach us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. If you’re a fan of the podcast, please subscribe, share, and leave us a 5-star rating on iTunes! We really appreciate your help in spreading the word. ---- In this episode we interview Karen Mok, the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of The Cosmos, a community for Asian women to flourish and thrive. In this episode, we talk to Karen about: How starting her first company at the age of 16 led her on a path of community building and entrepreneurship. The genesis of The Cosmos and how she met Cassandra Lam, her cofounder The battle of being both American and the child of Immigrants Mental Health and her struggle with depression The Power of Individual Agency Resources And Episode Citations: Links to Videos/Articles: Follow Karen on Twitter at @kmok88 Join the Cosmos at https://www.jointhecosmos.com/ Read the Medium Post that started it all: https://medium.com/@karenmok/who-is-the-asian-american-woman-an-open-letter-to-our-community-161ffb040677 Show Credits: Rochelle Kwan was our writer for this episode. Rochelle is currently a National Facilitator at StoryCorps, where she works towards building and deepening relationships to ensure the preservation of stories from the Asian community. Outside of work, you can find her dancing under the disco ball until the sun comes up and eating all over the city. Additional thanks to Kessyl Lim, our assistant producer; Debbie Wong & Kim Hernandez, our social media coordinators; and Rachel Chou our sound editor who mixed and edited this episode.
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November 1, 2019
Episode 26: Jason Shen | The Asian American Man Study & Breaking Stereotypes
Season 3 of Rock The Boat features Asian Americans who’ve succeeded Against All Odds. Follow Rock the Boat on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @rocktheboatnyc. You can reach us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. If you’re a fan of the podcast, please subscribe, share, and leave us a 5-star rating on iTunes! We really appreciate your help in spreading the word. ---- In this episode we interview Jason Shen, the creator of The Asian American Man Study, the first and only annual survey of American men of East, Southeast, and South Asian descent. When their findings was first launched in 2015, it went viral within 48 hours and was covered by the Atlantic and NBC’s Asian America. An entrepreneur and 3X startup founder, Jason is currently the co-founder and CEO of Mindgame, a gaming tech startup. You may also have seen his Ted Talk titled “Looking for a job? Highlight your ability, not your experience.” that got over 3 million views on Ted.com. In this episode we talk to Jason about: How his origin in Gymnastics helped him develop a team mindset, The obstacles Asian American men face and his research in The Asian American Man Study, Making his way in the tech world as an entrepreneur, The importance of organizing for generations to come. Resources And Episode Citations: Links to Videos/Articles: Follow Jason Shen at @JasonShen Jason’s Website, The Art of Ass-kicking:  https://jasonshen.com/ Asian American Man Study: http://www.theasianamericanman.com/results.html Atlantic Article about the Study:  https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/01/asian-americans-feel-held-back-at-work-by-stereotypes/458874/ Jason’s Vox Article: Why Always Be My Maybe’s Asian American underachiever is groundbreaking https://www.vox.com/first-person/2019/6/13/18661961/always-be-my-maybe-ali-wong-randall-park Jason’s Ted Talk : https://www.ted.com/talks/jason_shen_looking_for_a_job_highlight_your_ability_not_your_experience#t-24182 Fact Sheet on Asians in the US (Pew Research): https://www.pewresearch.org/topics/asian-americans/ Show Credits: Rochelle Kwan was our writer for this episode. Rochelle is currently a National Facilitator at StoryCorps, where she works towards building and deepening relationships to ensure the preservation of stories from the Asian community. Outside of work, you can find her dancing under the disco ball until the sun comes up and eating all over the city. Additional thanks to Kessyl Lim, our assistant producer; Debbie Wong & Kim Hernandez, our social media coordinators; and Rachel Chou our sound editor who mixed and edited this episode.
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October 25, 2019
Episode 25: Kimmy Yam | Reclaiming Asian Identity & Bringing Asian Voices to Mainstream Media
Season 3 of Rock The Boat features Asian Americans who’ve succeeded Against All Odds. Follow Rock the Boat on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @rocktheboatnyc. You can reach us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. If you’re a fan of the podcast, please subscribe, share, and leave us a 5-star rating on iTunes! We really appreciate your help in spreading the word. ---- In this episode we interview Kimmy Yam, the cofounder of HuffPost’s Asian Voices and reporter for NBC News. Kimmy shares her journey; starting from her roots of being a quiet child in a Chinese restaurant family, to how she became a vocal champion and fierce advocate for Asian representation in journalism. In this episode we talk to Kimmy about: Her role as an editor at a media company that seeks to amplify Asian American voices Asian American Representation in Media Social Media and Depression Why Being Woke is a Privilege Resources And Episode Citations: Links to Videos/Articles: Follow Kimmy Yam at @kimmythepooh Kimmy’s Crushing the Myth Video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2337095619656201 Kimmy’s profile on HuffPost : https://www.huffpost.com/author/kimberly-yam Kimmy’s profile on Jose Antonio Vargas: Huffpost: Jose Antonio Vargas: Don’t Ignore Asian-Americans In Unauthorized Immigration Debate Her viral tweet about Crazy Rich Asians: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tanyachen/woman-shared-an-emotional-personal-story-inspired-by-crazy Kimmy’s letter to her father: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dear-papa-fathers-chinese-accent_n_5d545517e4b0c63bcbf1a4e3?test_ad=readmo_test Show Credits: Thanks to our writer Chia-Yi Hou for writing this episode. Chia-Yi is a freelance science writer based in New York and has two graduate degrees - including a Ph.D in biology!  Guess we  should be calling her Dr. Hou... Additional thanks to Kessyl Lim, our assistant producer; Debbie Wong & Kim Hernandez, our social media coordinators; and Rachel Chou our sound editor who mixed and edited this episode.
31:44
October 18, 2019
Episode 24: Jon Chang | Living With Bipolar Disorder & Spreading Mental Health Awareness
Season 3 of Rock The Boat features Asian Americans who’ve succeeded Against All Odds. Follow Rock the Boat on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @rocktheboatnyc. You can reach us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. If you’re a fan of the podcast, please subscribe, share, and leave us a 5-star rating on iTunes! We really appreciate your help in spreading the word. ---- In this episode we interview Jon Chang, a Mental Health Advocate and Marketer who was named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Marketing & Advertising. He recently started a new role as head of consumer growth at Klarna, a financial services shopping site. In addition to teaching at NYU and General Assembly, he’s a startup mentor at WeWork Labs and advises the education non-profit Exploration Summer Programs. He manages all of this while living with bipolar disorder. Jonathan didn’t know he had bipolar disorder until he reached college. For a while, he didn’t understand why he felt so different and why he was engaging in irresponsible behavior. In this episode we talk to Jonathan about: What having bipolar disorder feels like Prejudices about mental health in the Asian community Managing his career with his disorder Opening the dialogue about mental health at work And the importance of preventative care and taking sick days for mental health Resources And Episode Citations: Links to Videos/Articles: Follow Jon Chang at @changahroo His Website: https://www.jonchang.co/ To Learn More about Bipolar Disorder: https://www.nami.org/learn-more/mental-health-conditions/bipolar-disorder Mental Health Facts: https://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/state-mental-health-america https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/06/07/730404539/mental-health-parity-is-still-an-elusive-goal-in-u-s-insurance-coverage Woebot: https://woebot.io/ Show Credits: Thanks to our writer Liz Roberts for writing this episode. Liz works full-time at CNN Digital as an Associate Producer of Content Development. She’s been told that food is not a passion, but she disagrees. We do too! Additional thanks to Kessyl Lim, our assistant producer; Debbie Wong & Kim Hernandez, our social media coordinators; and Rachel Chou our sound editor who mixed and edited this episode.
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October 11, 2019
Episode 23: Tiffany A. Yu | Living With Disability & The Fight to be Seen
Season 3 of Rock The Boat features Asian Americans who’ve succeeded Against All Odds. Follow Rock the Boat on Instagram @rocktheboatnyc. You can reach us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. If you’re a fan of the podcast, please subscribe, share, and 5-star rating on iTunes! We really appreciate your help in spreading the word. ---- In this episode we interview Tiffany A. Yu, the founder of Diversability, an award-winning social enterprise with the mission of rebranding disability through community. At the age of 9, Tiffany suffered a life-changing car accident that left her with a broken family and a disability in her right arm. In this episode we talk to Tiffany about: Her desire to be seen at home and in school Embracing her disability Rebranding the disability narrative Starting Diversability and empowering others with disabilities to speak up Resources And Episode Citations: Follow Tiffany on Twitter @imtiffanyyu Diversability is an award-winning global movement that began in Washington, DC with Tiffany Yu in 2009. They foster community online and off to connect, showcase, and empower people of all abilities doing amazing things. You can visit them at http://www.mydiversability.com/ Disability stats in the US: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/infographic-disability-impacts-all.html Disability Visibility Project https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/2016/03/20/apa/ Show Credits: Rochelle Kwan was our writer for this episode. Rochelle is currently a National Facilitator at StoryCorps, where she works towards building and deepening relationships to ensure the preservation of stories from the Asian community. Outside of work, you can find her dancing under the disco ball until the sun comes up and eating all over the city. Additional thanks to Kessyl Lim, our assistant producer; Debbie Wong & Kim Hernandez, our social media coordinators; and Rachel Chou our sound editor who mixed and edited this episode.
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October 4, 2019
Episode 22: Jason Wang | From Convict to CEO
Season 3 is here! This season, Against All Odds, highlights Asian Americans who have overcome immense obstacles to launch organizations, movements, and businesses around a meaningful cause. We kick off the season with a gripping story from Jason Wang, a former gang member and ex-convict, now the founder and CEO of FreeWorld. FreeWorld provides employment opportunities for people with criminal histories. At the age of 15, Jason was arrested with a 12-year sentence for aggravated robbery, a first degree felony. In this episode we talk to Jason about: His abusive childhood, What led him to join a gang as a teenager, Some of the lessons he learned in prison, The state of our criminal justice system, and Why he thinks it’s so important to give people, especially ex-convicts, a second chance. It’s a raw and unfiltered story about how Jason picked himself up from rock bottom, against all odds, to build a life of meaning for himself and others. Mostly, it’s a story about redemption: how to forgive, and free ourselves from each of our own mental and emotional prisons. Trigger Warning: This episode includes references to domestic violence, abuse, and suicide. Resources And Episode Citations: Follow Jason on Twitter @JasonWaang and learn more about FreeWorld at joinfreeworld.com/ Asians make up approximately 1.5% of the federal prison population. Source: Federal Bureau of Prisons https://www.bop.gov/about/statistics/statistics_inmate_race.jsp Recidivism rates in the U.S are high. According to the National Institute of Justice, close to 70% of released prisoners are within three years of release, and more than 90% are within nine years. Source: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/corrections/recidivism Defy Ventures is a nonprofit organization that provides entrepreneurship training to those who are currently or formerly incarcerated. Jason participated in the program shortly after being released from prison and went on to start two companies. Learn more about Defy Ventures at https://www.defyventures.org/ Other organizations that serve the community by providing positive role models and resources for legal defense and justice: -  Apex for Youth (https://apexforyouth.org) - Asian Americans for Equality (https://www.aafe.org/) - Asian American Legal Defense and  Education Fund (https://www.aaldef.org/) Show Credits: Our writer for this episode was Preeti Varathan. Preeti is a reporter and producer who spent the last year traveling around the world hosting an international news show for Quartz. You can find her on Twitter at @preeti_varathan. Thanks to Kessyl Lim, our assistant producer; Debbie Wong & Kim Hernandez, our social media coordinators; and Rachel Chou our sound editor. Follow Rock the Boat on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @rocktheboatnyc. You can email us directly at hello@gorocktheboat.com. Finally, if you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share, and leave us a review / 5-star rating! Thanks for tuning in!
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September 27, 2019
Episode 21: Season 3 Teaser | Against All Odds
The countdown begins for Season 3! Our season theme, Against All Odds, highlights the stories of more than 15 inspiring guests and how they've overcome obstacles. Tune in when our first episode drops on Friday. If you're in NYC, stop by our launch event on Thursday, September 26 at China Institute for a sneak peek of what's in store. We have stellar speakers, community organizations, and lots of food & drink lined up. Doors open at 7pm and speaking program begins at 7:25.  RSVP here: http://bit.ly/RTBS3
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September 25, 2019
Episode 20: Summer Bonus: Asian, Not Asian? | A Convo with Fumi Abe & Mic Nguyen
Earlier this summer, we hung out with Fumi Abe and Mic Nguyen, the two stand-up comedians behind the podcast Asian, Not Asian. They describe their show as “two Asian guys not from Asia talking about American issues no American cares about.” If that catches your interest, tune in for what may be our most entertaining episode yet. (Fumi and Mic are a lot funnier than us.) We talk about a range of random things including day jobs, podcast show formats, “Asian” issues, “American” issues, and more. Fumi and Mic also share their origin stories and how they each got into comedy.   Thanks for the laughs, Fumi & Mic!  Shout-Outs: Tune in to Asian Not Asian, a weekly comedy podcast with hosts Fumi Abe (MTV, Vulture) and Michael Nguyen (Someecards, NBC News). https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/asian-not-asian/id1356303465 Follow them on Instagram: @AsianNotAsianPod  Fumi: @TheFumiAbe Mic: @NicePantsBro -- This episode was recorded at Canal Street Radio in Canal Street Market. Many thanks to Listening Party Studios for hosting us. -- Special thanks to our audio editor Rachel Chou, aka DJ Train, for editing this episode. In college, Rachel hosted a radio show called Trainwreck under her DJ name, DJ Train.  -- Be sure to visit Rock the Boat’s website gorocktheboat.com to join our community and subscribe to our upgraded  monthly newsletter.  Follow our journey on social media @rocktheboatnyc: Facebook Instagram Twitter  If you’re interested in getting involved, email us hello@gorocktheboat.com. 
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August 9, 2019
Episode 19: Summer Bonus | The Farewell Review
We’ve been on a brief summer hiatus, but we’re back with a few bonus episodes!  Today, a quick take on “The Farewell”, the acclaimed film starring Awkwafina that was released in select NYC & LA theaters on July 12. The comedy-drama, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, is based on an actual lie that writer-director Lulu Wang’s family told when her paternal grandmother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer.  Lucia and Lynne discuss the film, after watching it at two separate Gold Open screenings. WARNING: there are spoilers in this episode.  Shout-Outs: Gold House is an organization dedicated to supporting Asian American voices and enhancing the community's legacy. Gold House partnered with AARP to support the opening of The Farewell. We’re grateful to Taiwanese American Professionals and Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu for financially supporting the screenings where we saw the film. To learn more about Gold Open, listen to our Season 2 episode with Bing Chen, one of the co-founders of Gold House and an architect of the Gold Open movement. Rock the Boat staff writer Michelle Lin wrote a review of The Farewell on our revamped blog! Check it out. Big thanks to our audio editor Rachel Chou for editing this episode. Rachel is a freelance writer for AsAm News and also does improv on the side.   --- Be sure to visit our website gorocktheboat.com to join our community and subscribe to our new monthly newsletter.  If you’re interested in getting involved, email us hello@gorocktheboat.com.  Follow our journey on social media @rocktheboatnyc: Facebook Instagram Twitter
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July 26, 2019
Episode 18: Christine Lee | The Survivor
We close out Season 2 with a gripping story from former TV news reporter Christine Lee. Christine is an Emmy-nominated journalist who has reported in newsrooms across America. She’s covered subjects ranging from the Vancouver Winter Olympics to an exclusive series about North Korean refugees living in the US.  On screen, Christine’s life appeared idyllic. But a few years ago, things took a turn when she became a victim of domestic violence and sexual assault. Today, Christine shares her personal story with the hope that opening up about her past can help API communities overcome the cultural stigma associated with domestic violence, and offer healing to those who’ve experienced it. We also talk to Christine about: What it’s like to build her own audience from scratch now that she is at the helm of her own media company, Kimbop TV,  Some of the lessons she’s learned about life through storytelling,  How to cope with stress and trauma, and Why it may not always be wise to rock the boat Trigger Warning: This episode contains content around sexual and domestic violence. -------- We’ve included educational resources below to help victims/survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault, as well as their family and friends.  The power and control wheel diagram explains the cycle of domestic violence  Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) has stats and a dedicated team that includes lawyers The Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) is a national nonprofit where Christine received free counseling, volunteered, and worked for a year as Community Engagement Manager. They have a 24-hour hotline and trainings for those wishing to learn more about domestic violence and sexual assault. Additional organizations that can provide support to victims or family members of victims: National Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse (National) Korean American Family Service Center (NYC)  KFAM (LA)-  My Sister's House (Sacramento)  Follow Christine on social media: youtube.com/kimboptv  instagram.com/kimboptv twitter.com/MsChristine_Lee --- Show Announcements: We’ll be taking a break for the next few months to work on Season 3. Season 3 will launch in mid-September, but keep your eyes peeled for a few potential low-key NYC events and bonus episodes over the summer.  Visit our website gorocktheboat.com to join our community and subscribe to our monthly newsletter. Follow our journey on Instagram and Twitter @rocktheboatnyc for behind the scenes content! And if you have suggestions for a future guest, email us at hello@gorocktheboat.com.  As always, please subscribe and share this episode with anyone who you think could benefit from it. Leave us a kind review and a 5-star rating.  Have a great summer!
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June 14, 2019
Episode 17: Andrew Fung | The Attacker
We’ll keep this one short and sweet. Andrew Fung, the younger brother of the dynamic Fung Bros YouTube duo, joins us on the show this week! The Fung Bros are a Chinese American comedy and rap duo consisting of two actual brothers: David Fung (rapper name D-One) and Andrew Fung (Inglish).  This free-flowing conversation with Andrew touches on topics ranging from: • How he and his brother David got their start in comedy, 
 • The evolution of Asian identity in American culture,
 • The differences between dating in America versus Asia,
 • Asian male masculinity, and 
 • Attack vs. Analysis Mode 
 This episode will be more conversational than our previous episodes, enjoy! --- Relevant Links: Check out the Fung Bros YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/fungbros Some our favorite videos: • Things Asian Parents Do • Asian Snacks From Your Childhood • NBA Signature Moves Series • Rap Collaboration with Higher Brothers • And... this epic guide to Asian food in the Lower East Side ---- Show Announcements: Visit our website gorocktheboat.com to join our community and subscribe to our monthly newsletter. On social media, follow our journey @rocktheboatnyc through Instagram and Twitter for behind the scenes content! And if you have suggestions for a future guest, email us at hello@gorocktheboat.com.  As always, please subscribe and share this episode with anyone who you think could benefit from it. Leave us a kind review and a 5-star rating :) 
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June 7, 2019
Episode 16: Jackelyn Ho | The Motivational Warrior
This conversation with international fitness expert Jackelyn Ho will inspire you to move! Jackelyn is founder of Arrival Fitness, a Los Angeles-based corporate wellness company bringing fitness experiences to the workplace. Her weekly yoga & high intensity fitness classes are among the most popular classes at UCLA’s Recreational Department and LA Boulders. She's also collaborated with major brands like Nike and Toyota. Jackelyn is a fitness fiend, but her background comes from journalism and marketing. Jackelyn balances her love for exercise with her day job as Marketing Manager for LegalNet Inc, a legal metrics software company. Previously, she wrote a column titled "Young Broke and Single" about entrepreneurship for Inc. Magazine.  We talk to Jackelyn about: The surprising origins of her fitness career,  How she weaves her love for storytelling into her classes, What her relationship is like with her sister, Cassey Ho, who started the #1 female fitness channel on YouTube - blogilates, and Her definition of true health  --- Relevant Links: Jackelyn is a ninja warrior, literally. She qualified for Season 8 of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. Check out her audition video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQPvzMDnIGk   Learn more about Jackelyn's corporate wellness company, Arrival Fitness: arrivalfitness.com  Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a membership nonprofit organization helping to advance greater diversity in newsrooms, and ensure fair & accurate coverage of communities of color. Jackelyn and Lynne participated in the VOICES program for college students. To learn more, visit: https://www.aaja.org/voices --- Show Announcements: Visit our revamped website gorocktheboat.com to join our community and subscribe to our monthly newsletter. On social media, you can follow our journey @rocktheboatnyc through Instagram and Twitter for behind the scenes content! If you have suggestions for a future guest, email us at hello@gorocktheboat.com.  As always, please subscribe and share this episode with anyone who you think could benefit from it. Leave us a kind review and a 5-star rating :) 
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May 31, 2019
Episode 15: Trace Gaynor | The Accidental Musician
This week’s episode features Trace Gaynor, a professional acapella singer and member of the all Filipino vocal group The Filharmonic. The group went viral after appearing in the hit film Pitch Perfect 2. They now have a recurring role on The Late Late Show with James Corden. They’ve toured nationally and internationally, including the national tour of The Sing-Off.  The Filharmonic has been named the #1 college booked entertainment group of the year, having visited over 120 colleges nationwide. They’ve shared the stage with acts such as Shawn Mendes, Liam Payne, Future, Fifth Harmony, Pentatonix, Black Eyed Peas, Linkin Park, Usher, & Jamie Foxx. Trace sings tenor in The Filharmonic and also manages their dynamic social media presence as media director. His roots come from journalism and documentary filmmaking. He and a friend won the 2006 Chicago Children’s International Film Festival with a short film, Genie in a Bottle: Unleashed, about the history and consequences of developing the atomic bomb. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism.  We speak with Trace about:  Growing up in a primarily white neighborhood,  Observing his identity as half white and half Filipino, His love for storytelling, Rediscovering his Filipino Roots after joining The Filharmonic, And his next steps towards going back into Journalism through MyxTV -------- Relevant Links: Learn more about The Filharmonic: http://www.thefilharmonic.com/ Here’s a clip of CNN interviewing Trace and his collaborator Steven Sotor about "Genie In A Bottle Unleashed," a documentary that explores the history and consequences of the development of the atomic bomb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN67xyjY5y0 You can watch the documentary here: https://archive.org/details/Genie20050810 Check out MyxTV, the only English-language Asian American entertainment network in the United States: https://myxtv.com/ Trace is developing a show for the network called, And We’re Live .  Show Announcements: Visit our revamped website gorocktheboat.com to join our community and subscribe to our monthly newsletter. On social media, you can follow our journey @rocktheboatnyc through Instagram and Twitter for behind the scenes content! And if you have suggestions for a future guest, email us at hello@gorocktheboat.com.  As always, please subscribe and share this episode with anyone who you think could benefit from it. Leave us a kind review and a 5-star rating :) 
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May 24, 2019
Episode 14: Derek Nguyen | The Storyteller
This week’s episode features Derek Nguyen, an award-winning filmmaker writer, director, and independent producer. Derek wrote and directed The Housemaid, a Gothic Romance horror film based in Vietnam which was released by IFC Films in 2018 and in 22 different territories around the world. An American adaptation of the film is currently in development, written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher. He is currently producing A. Sayeeda Moreno’s I’m Not Down with Monique Gabriela Curnen. Derek was a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab for the screenplay adaptation of his play, Monster, and a 2004 Screenwriting Fellow at the New York Foundation for the Arts. Derek’s short, The Potential Wives of Norman Mao narrated by George Takei, screened at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival, among other film festivals. Over the last four years, he’s helped to develop and finance 10 films through his work at the Tribeca Film Institute and Gamechanger Films.  Derek sees his writing as a form of activism and derives inspiration from his own experience as a Vietnamese American queer individual. In this episode, Derek shares personal stories about his family coming the country on a boat as Vietnamese refugees, his thoughts on Asian American identity and assimilation, and what it was like to break into the industry as a playwright.  --- Relevant Links: Derek recently co-founded The Population, a film production company with Mynette Louie and Mollye Asher which focuses on producing feature films by or about women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and other underrepresented groups. For more information, visit wethepopulation.com/ A list of community groups & resources for Asia American filmmakers, curated by Derek:  https://www.asiancinevision.org/ https://vcmedia.org/ https://caamedia.org/ http://aaartsalliance.org/ http://a3-foundation.org/programs/ http://www.asianamericanfilmlab.com/ http://www.faaim.org/ https://www.tfiny.org/ https://www.ifp.org/ http://www.sundance.org/  Visit our revamped website gorocktheboat.com to join our community and subscribe to our monthly newsletter. On social media, you can follow our journey @rocktheboatnyc through Instagram and Twitter for behind the scenes content. And if you have suggestions for a future guest, email us at hello@gorocktheboat.com.
31:39
May 17, 2019
Episode 13: Bing Chen | The Next Walt Disney
This week’s episode features Bing Chen, a creator, entrepreneur, and media extraordinaire. By day, he serves as the Managing Director of a venture capital accelerator, as well as a Board Director and Senior Advisor to several of the world’s most promising digital media companies. He is also the chairman and co-founder of Gold House, a collective of pioneering Asian founders, creative voices, and leaders, known for its annual A100 list that honors the most impactful Asians and AAPIs in culture. Gold House spawned the viral #GoldOpen Movement that helped Crazy Rich Asians smash box office records last summer. #GoldOpen is currently being scaled up to ensure a successful opening for a wide range of creative projects within various New Majority communities. Prior to starting Gold House, Bing was the Global Head of Creator Development and Management at YouTube where he was one of the driving forces behind the creation of its Partner Program.   Bing has one of the most interesting perspectives on the ever-evolving entertainment industry. We speak with him about a range of topics from his identification as a third culture kid, to the power of niche audiences, to how Gold House gave birth to the #GoldOpen movement.  --- Relevant Links: Gold House’s 2019 A100 List: https://goldhouse.org/a100/ Cast your vote for the single most impactful Asian in culture from this past year before May 15: https://goldhouse.org/a100/2019/a1/ Gold Open is a community movement dedicated to ensuring the opening weekend success of new majority creative projects. Find the full #GoldOpen project lineup, past opens, and submit your own project here:  https://www.goldopen.com/ The jazz music you hear in this episode comes from Peter Lin. We include songs from his most recent jazz album, With Respect, which you can listen to here:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/2zQlHyPGf6ydi4CBrLXP4r Songs featured in this episode are "The Moon Represents My Heart" and "Rose Rose I Love You" --- Visit our revamped website gorocktheboat.com to join our community and subscribe to our monthly newsletter. On social media, you can follow our journey @rocktheboatnyc through Instagram and Twitter for behind the scenes content! If you have suggestions for a future guest, email us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. 
39:51
May 10, 2019
Episode 12: Michelle Phan | A Second Act
We're back with Season 2! In the spirit of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we're highlighting the stories of Asian Americans in the media & entertainment industries for this special mini-season. This week's episode features Michelle Phan, one of the first YouTube beauty bloggers, a co-founder of Ipsy, and now Founder & CEO of Em Cosmetics. She started blogging and sharing beauty tutorials in 2007. Today, she has a following of close to 9 million subscribers.  Two years ago, Michelle stopped posting on YouTube. We talk to Michelle about what it's like to move past her YouTube persona and own her second act. She also shares some lesser-known stories about being ridiculed in her early days a blogger, some of the lessons she learned from her first foray into business with Lancome, and where she prioritizes her energy these days.  --- Show Announcements: Season 2 will be an abbreviated season running through the month of May. Tune in each Friday at 2 pm EST! Visit our revamped website gorocktheboat.com to join our community and subscribe to our monthly newsletter. On social media, you can follow us @rocktheboatnyc through Instagram and Twitter. Send guest suggestions to hello@gorocktheboat.com. And as always, please share this episode with anyone who you think could benefit from it! Finally, we'd like to give shout-out to The Signal, a student organization at the University of Pennsylvania whose mission is to encourage the exploration of unconventional career paths and invite reflection on campus culture through a variety of different projects and initiatives. If you are affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, you can participate in the project by submitting an anti-resume at the website antiresume.org. If you are not Penn-affiliated but would like to start this initiative on another campus or if you are just interested in learning more about the project, you can reach out to writers@thesign.al. 
39:02
May 3, 2019
Episode 11: Season 1 Finale
Season 1 was a whirlwind but such a fun ride. We wrap up the season with a look back at some of our favorite moments from the past few months. This episode follows a slightly different format from previous ones - it’s less of a narrative, more of a conversation - hope you enjoy!  Tune in for a behind the scenes look at how Lucia and Lynne make Rock the Boat, including a candid discussion about the highs, low, and bumps in between! You’ll also get a preview of what's ahead for the rest of 2019 and hear from some of our favorite people - our listeners!  -------- See you in May for Season 2! If you’ve enjoyed this season, please leave us a kind review and a 5-star rating :)  If you have recommendations for future guests or topics, email us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. For Season 2 and 3, we’re looking for folks with a fresh perspective within the media, entertainment, or tech industries and/or anyone who has overcome challenges. Follow our journey on Instagram and Twitter @rocktheboatnyc, and sign up for monthly newsletter updates on our website gorocktheboat.com. Jeff Luong and Lucia Liu edited this episode. Lucia Liu mixed this episode.  Keep rocking the boat! 
50:12
March 21, 2019
Episode 10: Jason Y. Lee | A Life of Courage and Authenticity
This week, we speak with Jason Y. Lee, the founder and CEO of Jubilee Media, a digital media company for positive, purpose-driven millennials with a YouTube following of over 2.5 million. Prior to Jubilee Media, Jason was a consultant at Bain, one of the top consulting firms in the country.  In this episode, Jason speaks with Lucia about: What it means to live a life true to yourself and not what others expect of you,
 Working for the Obama presidential campaign and how that inspired him,
 How he was able to pursue his childhood dream of storytelling,
 The challenges he faced building Jubilee Media,
 And his aspirations for creating the next wave of change-makers.
 -- Links to some of our favorite Jubilee Media videos: Love Language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyB_U9vn6Wk
 Hundred for Haiti (the video that started it all!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX6wQ6_t7nM
 Blind Devotion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_99ySDoC1fw
 Official Trailer for Save My Seoul, a short documentary that Jason produced about South Korea’s rampant prostitution and sex-trafficking industry. For more information, visit savemyseoul.com or watch via iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/save-my-seoul/id1225751930?mt=6&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
 Jason’s TED Talk at UC Irvine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCY_k3uka1E
 -- Jason’s bio: Jason Y. Lee is the founder of Jubilee Media, a media company that inspires young people to live for something greater. Jubilee Media has garnered over 30 million views online for various causes and featured in The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Mashable, The Queen Latifah show and more. In his former life, Jason was a consultant at Bain & Company and worked for Clinton Health Access Initiative in Zambia. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School. -- Show Announcements: Thanks to our audio editors, Jeff Luong for editing and Molly Schulson for mixing this episode.  Don’t forget to fill out our survey! Your feedback is really important to us and will help us make the podcast more relevant and engaging for Season 2. If you send us a voice memo, you might even hear it in our next episode! http://bit.ly/RTBMidseasonsurvey As always, please subscribe and share this episode with anyone who you think could benefit from it. Leave us a kind review and a 5-star rating :)  We’re heading out to LA and SF at the end of the month and looking for folks with a fresh perspective or story in the media, entertainment, or tech industries. If you have suggestion for a Season 2 or Season 3 guest, email us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. You can follow our journey on Instagram and Twitter @rocktheboatnyc, and sign up for monthly newsletter updates on our website gorocktheboat.com.
33:35
March 14, 2019
Episode 9: Andrew Yang | Fighting For Humanity
This week, we’re excited to share a conversation with 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate and Venture for America founder, Andrew Yang.   Andrew is not your typical politician. In fact, he’s a serial entrepreneur, more known for starting and leading companies than waging political battles. He’s also running on a bold policy platform that proposes universal basic income. Last but certainly not least, he’s Asian American which will make him the first Asian American to ever run for President of the United States as a Democrat.  Being the first Asian American President is not Andrew’s motivation for running. But his run is opening a dialogue about the the future of humanity and the role Asian Americans should play in civic life, politics, and broader society.  In this episode, we talk to Andrew about:  His upbringing,
 His brief stint as a corporate lawyer which then led him into a career of entrepreneurship, 
 His thoughts on Asian American civic involvement, 
 Why he’s running for president, and ultimately  Why we all need to wake up to the economic realities of our time.
 Andrew will also serve up a brief primer on his campaign platform. Get your notepads ready.  ---- To learn more or make a donation to Andrew’s campaign, visit yang2020.com  Learn more about Venture for America, the entrepreneurship fellowship program that Andrew started in 2011: ventureforamerica.com A brief primer on Universal Basic Income: https://www.yang2020.com/what-is-ubi/ And...don’t forget to fill out our mid-season survey! Your feedback is really important to us and will help us make the podcast more relevant and engaging for Season 2. If you send us a voice memo, you might even hear it in our last episode! http://bit.ly/RTBMidseasonsurvey --- Andrew’s bio: Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur and author who is running for President as a Democrat in 2020. He has worked in startups and early-stage growth companies as a founder or executive for almost twenty years. In 2011 he founded Venture for America, a national entrepreneurship fellowship that has helped create almost 3,000 jobs in Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and other cities throughout the country. In his book The War on Normal People, he explains the mounting crisis of the automation of labor and makes the case for the Freedom Dividend, a Universal Basic Income of $1,000 a month for every American as well as other policies to progress to the next stage of capitalism. Andrew was named a Presidential Ambassador of Entrepreneurship by the White House under the Obama administration and a Champion of Change for his work with Venture for America. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons. --- Thanks to Lucy Huang for mixing and editing this episode.  As always, please subscribe and share this episode with anyone who you think could benefit from it. Leave us a kind review and a 5-star rating :)  Finally, we’re heading out to LA and SF in early April, and looking for folks with a fresh perspective or story in the media, entertainment, or tech industries. If you have suggestions for a Season 2 or Season 3 guest, email us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. You can follow our journey on Instagram and Twitter @rocktheboatnyc, and sign up for monthly newsletter updates on our website gorocktheboat.com.
28:11
March 7, 2019
Episode 8: Ivy Teng Lei | Chasing a DREAM
This week’s episode shines light on an uncomfortable but important topic in our country: the U.S. immigration system. Lynne speaks with Ivy Teng Lei, an undocumented immigrant and DREAMer. Ivy speaks openly about her struggle with living under the constant fear of deportation, even under the current (tenuous) protection of DACA.  In recent years, Ivy has become a voice for the Asian American undocumented community. She shares her story and explains why the needs of undocumented Asian Americans are often overlooked in the context of a broader immigration conversation.  Ivy and Lynne discuss: What growing up in the US as an undocumented immigrant has been like, 
 How it’s affected Ivy’s path and psyche,
 What the future may hold for DACA recipients & DREAMers, and 
 What Asian Americans can do to help 
 Word of warning: this episode does get political. ----- Relevant Immigration Resources Mentioned in the Show and Recommended by Ivy: Ivy participated in the New York Immigration Coalition DREAMer fellowship: http://thenyic.org
 FAQ on how to apply/renew for DACA (via National Immigration Law Center) https://www.nilc.org/issues/daca/faqdeferredactionyouth/
 United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country: https://unitedwedream.org
 New York State Youth Leadership Council, the first undocumented youth led organization in New York: https://www.nysylc.org/
 For more stories on undocumented immigrants,  visit The Marshall Project: https://www.themarshallproject.org/records/427-immigration-and-customs-enforcement
 Find your local elected official: https://www.commoncause.org/find-your-representative/
 --- Ivy’s bio: Ivy Teng Lei is a native New Yorker from Chinatown, Manhattan and is a proud product of the NYC public school system, a DREAMer, and an immigrant and education advocate. She is a regular op-ed contributor in The Guardian and her advocacy has been covered by NBC, Fox, ABC, NY Times and interviewed by other major news platforms. She led the effort to create New York’s Asian American / Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship and was elected as the Chair of Asian American Federation Professional Leadership Council, and most recently chaired a statewide campaign on college affordability. In 2016, Ivy founded a company dedicated to bridging the gap between multicultural and mainstream marketing strategies for public and private sectors and non-for-profits and is currently working to formalize a non-for-profit that provides scholarship opportunities for students in need regardless of immigration status. Ivy's career started at Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG), where she worked with Fortune 500 companies on marketing strategy. After IPG, she worked at The Gap in Global Marketing where she oversaw global on-product marketing from conception to execution. Ivy was most recently the Account Strategy Director at Ladder.io, a tech marketing startup while serving as an Independent Board of Directors at the Baruch College Association. She was a 2013 DREAM Fellow at the New York Immigration Coalition and an alumna of the CORO Leadership New York network. She currently works as a Director of Client Strategy at Thesis. --- Thanks to Jeff Luong, who helped edit this episode, and Molly Schulson, for music and final mixing. Check out Molly’s personalized audio story collection at tellmystoryaudio.com.  Please subscribe and share this episode with anyone who you think could benefit from it. If you have suggestions for topics about the Asian American community, or a personal story that you’d like to share, email hello@gorocktheboat.com. 
23:35
February 28, 2019
Episode 7: Ben Sun | Controlling Your Destiny
This week, Lucia speaks with Ben Sun, a partner at a venture capital firm called Primary Venture Partners based in New York City. Ben focuses his investing activities mainly in consumer facing companies. Some of his most notable investments include Jet.com, Slice, and Coupang.  In this episode, Ben and Lucia speak about:  How his early days as a banker influenced his decision to launch his internet business,
 How he built the first Asian American and African American online community,
 His path to becoming a leading Venture Capitalist,
 The traits he looks for when investing in a company,
 And his advice to budding entrepreneurs
 --- Relevant Links Mentioned in the Show: • Ben’s venture capital fund, Primary Venture Partners: https://www.primary.vc/
 • Wikipedia article on Asian Avenue: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AsianAve 
 • 2008 University of Chicago study measuring the strengths of successful CEOs: http://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/steven.kaplan/research/kks.pdf
 --- Ben’s bio: Ben Sun is an entrepreneur and investor. Ben is co-founder and General Partner at Primary Venture Partners which is an early stage venture capital fund based in NYC. He invested in the first rounds of companies such as Jet.com (acquired by Walmart for $3.3 billion) and Coupang (Amazon of Korea). Previously, Mr. Sun founded Community Connect Inc. where he served as President & CEO for 12 years. Mr. Sun co-founded Community Connect Inc. which published a network of social networking sites AsianAvenue.com, BlackPlanet.com, MiGente.com (pronounced mee-hen-tay). This network was one of the Top 25 highest trafficked properties on the Internet. Community Connect Inc. was acquired by Radio One, Inc. the fifth largest radio company in the U.S. --- Big thanks to our audio editor, Molly Schulson, who mixed and edited this episode. Check out her personalized audio story collection at tellmystoryaudio.com.  Please subscribe and share this episode with anyone who you think could benefit from it. Leave us a kind review and a 5-star rating ;)  If you have suggestions for topics about the Asian American community, or a personal story that you’d like to share, email us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. Follow our journey on Instagram and Twitter @rocktheboatnyc, and sign up for monthly newsletter updates on our website gorocktheboat.com 
29:44
February 21, 2019
Episode 6: Deepti Sharma | Paying It Forward
The challenge of our day seems to be finding time to squeeze in all the things we want to do.  This week, we speak with Deepti Sharma. Deepti is a busy entrepreneur, mother of two, and an activist for small businesses and working mothers. Eight years ago, she started a company called Food to Eat that connects companies with immigrant, women, and minority-owned food businesses for team meals.  We talk to Deepti about how she manages to find time for everything: her company, her family, and all of her passions.  We also discuss: What it was like to grow up in a traditional Hindu family in Flushing, Why Deepti decided to start a company over going to law school, 
 How she’s discovered the importance of advocating for herself and others as a woman of color, and 
 Why we need more Asian American political participation 
 ---- Relevant Links Mentioned in the Show: • Deepti’s company, Food to Eat  • Deepti’s post on paying it forward  • I Made Your Food, an ongoing social campaign that focuses on telling the personal stories of local food vendors that FoodtoEat 
works with  --- Deepti’s bio: A lifelong entrepreneur, Deepti is the CEO and Founder of FoodtoEat, a community-minded catering concierge service. She started FoodtoEat in 2011 to connect immigrant, women and minority-owned food vendors to opportunities for growth - ultimately helping them strengthen their own business skills. FoodtoEat helps businesses feed employees great food and build stronger & more diverse work cultures. She is also a Co-Founder of Bikky, a platform solving customer engagement for restaurants. As a mother and small business owner, Deepti is a vocal advocate for policies that benefit these communities. She served on the Board for the Business Center for New Americans, and writes about how companies can modernize motherhood in the workplace. She also mentors female entrepreneurs as part of the NYC Mayor’s WENYC initiative. Deepti is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a Forbes 30 Under 30 alumnae, and an avid runner. She lives in Queens with her husband (Abhinav Kapur) and two children (Zubin & Chetan). --- Contact Info: Deepti’s email is deepti@foodtoeat.com. Follow her on Instagram for an unvarnished glimpse of her parental life: @deeptinyc   --- As mentioned in the episode, we want to give a shout-out to a few Asian American female-owned businesses worth supporting: The Cosmos, a fast-growing community for Asian women creators, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and artists to flourish and thrive. 
 Rise, a talent community and platform that connects industry-leading women with the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking companies. They're currently in private beta, but you can register on their site.
 Slant’d, a magazine celebrating #AsianAmerican identity. Submit a story idea for Issue 3 here.  Big thanks to our audio editor, Molly Schulson! Check out her personalized audio story collection: tellmystoryaudio.com.  If you have a personal story that you’d like to share, email hello@gorocktheboat.com, and sign up for newsletter updates at gorocktheboat.com. 
20:11
February 14, 2019
Episode 5: Justin Ching | Finding Your Voice
This week we speak with Justin Ching, producer and founder of a production company named j-school based in Los Angeles. Justin was recently named a Forbes 30 under 30 in the Media Division for Defining and Driving the World of News and Content. He’s made several hit series for Amazon, FOX, Showtime* and YouTube including the sports news show @TheBuzzer, the comedy series The Fighter & The Kid, and the docu-series Z Dream, the highest-rated program on FOX's SPEED Network. Justin has a lot to say about the current state of the media and entertainment industry. We speak to him about:  His path to becoming a producer,
 How he used his production company to reach across the aisle to other minority groups,
 The financial mechanisms behind filmmaking, and 
 What it takes to work in an industry where you need thick skin
 More importantly, Justin’s personal story is an empowering one about how to find your own voice.   *Point of Clarification: We mistakenly mentioned Showtime in the episode. Justin has never produced anything for Showtime, but his producing partners have.  --- Relevant Links Mentioned in the Show: Justin’s production company, j-school: https://j-school.co/ Tim McNeal, VP of Creative Talent and Development at ABC, who gave Justin the opportunity to intern at ABC Primetime when he was in college: https://www.abctalentdevelopment.com/about_staff1.html
 Justin on the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 List: https://www.forbes.com/pictures/5be1eedf31358e5b4335b156/justin-r-ching-29/#ceeebf01d10e
 Justin was part of UPenn’s first and only spoken word group, The Excelano Project. Check out a recent spoken word piece by Karen Yang: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItC1EihPT0A&list=PLpZuXS6T59FLwX9-m0rNWrIRkVB8SbsY3 --- Justin’s bio: Justin R. Ching, who began his career with YouTube Originals, helped launch channels like VICE and has produced shows for Fox and Amazon, including most recently the NFL docuseries “Ritual”. He also has an Asian American docuseries in the works for Food Network. Through his production company, j-school, he aims to empower underrepresented groups to tell their own stories. --- Justin's contact Info: As Justin mentioned on the show, he welcomes anyone interested in the industry to reach out to him. His email is jusin@j-school.co. Follow him on all social platforms for the latest: @justinrching. --- Each week on Rock The Boat, co-hosts Lucia Liu and Lynne Guey take you into the minds of an Asian American entrepreneur, technologist, or creative  and ask them how they view success, what they struggle with, and what it means to rock the boat. A big thanks to our audio editor, Molly Schulson! Check out her personalized audio story collection at tellmystoryaudio.com.  As always, please subscribe and share this episode with anyone who you think could benefit from it. Leave us a kind review and maybe a 5-star rating ;)  If you have suggestions for topics about the Asian American community, or a personal story that you’d like to share, email us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. Follow our journey on Instagram and Twitter @rocktheboatnyc, and sign up for monthly newsletter updates on our website gorocktheboat.com 
23:55
February 7, 2019
Episode 4: Roni Mazumdar | Life of a Polymath
This week we speak with Roni Mazumdar, a modern-day polymath. He’s an entrepreneur, actor, tech startup founder, dad, and in a former life, an engineer. But today, he’s primarily a restaurateur. If you’re a foodie in New York City, you may have visited one of his three restaurants: Rahi, a high-end artisanal Indian restaurant in the West Village; The MasalaWala, featuring South Asian street style cuisine in the Lower East Side; and Adda, an Indian canteen that recently opened to much acclaim in Long Island City. Last year, the New York Times named Adda one of the top 10 best new restaurants in NYC. --- In this episode, Lynne speaks with Roni about:  His early years in America, How his many interests fuel his creativity, And his advice on how to become what you’re truly meant to be. For anyone who is interested in a lot of different things, Roni’s advice will shed light on how to explore as many of them as possible....without forsaking your bank account. You’ll also hear Roni talk about overcoming the fear of failure and why he thinks combining acting with his engineering degree was one of the best moves he ever made.  --- Relevant Links Mentioned in the Show: Roni’s three restaurants (check them out if you’re in NYC!): Adda NYC, @addanyc, NYT's Top 10 Best New Restaurants in NYC Rahi, @rahinyc The MasalaWala, @themasalawala Roni’s bio: Roni Mazumdar is the creative vision behind three Indian restaurants in New York City: Adda, Rahi, and The MasalaWala. He is also an actor and producer, known for 9 Eleven (2011), Uncommitted (2015) and The Word Trader (2013), as well as Founder/CEO of tech startup WonkWall.  -------- Each week on Rock The Boat, co-hosts Lucia Liu and Lynne Guey take you into the minds of an Asian American entrepreneur, technologist, or creative  and ask them how they view success, what they struggle with, and what it means to rock the boat. A big thanks to our audio editor, Molly Schulson! Check out her personalized audio story collection at tellmystoryaudio.com.  As always, please subscribe and share this episode with anyone who you think could benefit from it. Leave us a kind review and maybe a 5-star rating ;)  If you have suggestions for topics about the Asian American community, or a personal story that you’d like to share, email us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. 
23:28
January 25, 2019
Episode 3: Charlotte Cho | Embracing Your Biggest Advantage
Each week on Rock The Boat, co-hosts Lucia Liu and Lynne Guey take you into the minds of an Asian American entrepreneur, technologist, or creative  and ask them how they view success, what they struggle with, and what it means to rock the boat. This week we speak with Charlotte Cho, the co-founder of Soko Glam. Soko Glam is an e-commerce company that Charlotte and her husband Dave started in 2012 to help people discover Korean skincare products, beauty trends, and cosmetics.  ---- In this episode, we discuss:  • How Charlotte straddles two distinct cultures, Korean and American, and uses them both to her advantage,
 • How she started SoKoGlam as a passion project, 
 • Her thoughts on Asian American representation in the media, and
 • Charlotte’s words of advice to those who want to Rock The Boat
 If you’re interested in embracing your hyphenate upbringing, and changing the narrative to work to your advantage, Charlotte’s story is one to learn from.  --- Relevant Links Mentioned in the Show: • “The Secret to Surviving Military Service: Moisturizer, Foam Cleanser, Cucumber Face Mask” 
- Wall Street Journal, 8/23/18 • Liberty in North Korea, an international non-profit that Soko Glam donated skin care products to for World Refugee Day.  --- Charlotte’s bio:  Charlotte Cho is the founder of Then I Met You, a premium direct-to-consumer skincare line focused on a meaningful experience and quality ingredients. Cho is also the co-founder of K-beauty destination Soko Glam and skincare content site The Klog. In 2012, Charlotte brought K-Beauty to the U.S. market by pioneering the 10-Step Korean skincare routine, and has been highly sought-after for her expert advice and insight ever since. Cho has been featured in New York Times, Vogue, Allure, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Forbes and Refinery29. She has also made national broadcast appearances on The Today Show, Rachael Ray and Good Morning America and was named one of WWD’s 40 Under 40 in 2017. Cho is the author of The Little Book of Skincare (HarperCollins) and is currently working on her second book, to be released in 2019.  --- A big thanks to our audio editor, Molly Schulson! Check out her personalized audio story collection at tellmystoryaudio.com.  As always, please subscribe and share this episode with anyone who you think could benefit from it. And leave us a few kind words on iTunes, those positive reviews help a ton! If you have suggestions for topics about the Asian American community, or a personal story that you’d like to share, email us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. 
24:43
January 24, 2019
Episode 2: Chris Cheung | Subverting the System
Each week on Rock The Boat, co-hosts Lucia Liu and Lynne Guey take you into the minds of an Asian American entrepreneur, technologist, or creative  and ask them how they view success, what they struggle with, and what it means to rock the boat. For Episode 2, Lucia speaks with Chris Cheung, one of the co-founders of Boxed.com.  She speaks with Chris about:  Breaking rules - lots of them - and how they led him to a path of entrepreneurship Subverting the system and why it helped him succeed His desire to build something from nothing with his own two hands And his hopes for the future If you’re someone who’s interested in starting something on your own and aren’t afraid to take the unconventional route, Chris’ story should inspire you.  His bio (via LinkedIn): Chris is a co-founder at Boxed, an e-commerce startup destroying rainforests by delivering convenience and toilet paper in bulk. He is also a partner at Blackgate Ventures, having previously invested in prison social networks and blockchain technology for coffee shops. Prior to Boxed and Blackgate Ventures, Chris honeymooned at Goldman Sachs before jumping out of a 45-story window to pursue mobile social gaming. As co-founder of Astro Ape SGS, he was somewhat involved in creating money-grubbing social games before being acquired by money-grubbing social gaming giant Zynga. To his dismay, he was named Director of Game Design at Zynga Mobile New York. In a previous life, Chris worked at a number of Fortune 500 companies in a variety of roles. Blessed with insomnia and fluctuating states of funemployment, he also developed businesses ranging from auctioning clothes off the backs of Korean pop stars, to selling vampire-themed fan apparel to tweens, to defrauding Facebook's nascent ad platform, and all while sleepwalking through his day jobs. Chris barely earned his Bachelor's in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and is in the midst of seeking a refund. Currently in self-imposed exile having been diagnosed with linkedinitis (symptoms which include compulsively referring to himself in the third person), he spends his leisure time financing companies that may one day grant him mutant powers. -------- A big thanks to our audio editor, Molly Schulson! Check out her personalized audio story collection at tellmystoryaudio.com.  As always, please subscribe and share this episode with anyone who you think could benefit from it. And leave us a few kind words on iTunes, those positive reviews help a ton! If you have suggestions for topics about the Asian American community, or a personal story that you’d like to share, email us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. 
30:30
January 16, 2019
Episode 1: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Rock the Boat is setting sail! Each week on Rock The Boat, co-hosts Lucia Liu and Lynne Guey take you into the minds of an Asian American entrepreneur, technologist, or creative and ask them how they view success, what they struggle with, and what it means to rock the boat. But first, WHY? For Episode 1, Lucia and Lynne explain the origins and vision behind this project. As the two friends entered their 30s and looked back on their zigzag careers  - 9 different industries, 7 different roles, and 6 different companies ranging from fortune 500s to startups to the government -- they realized that they felt stuck in their day jobs. They couldn’t find resources or a network to rely on for answers about their careers. Hence, Rock the Boat was born out of a desire and need to create a platform where Asian Americans can share their unconventional career stories, open a dialogue around the things we don’t usually talk about (such as mental health and civic engagement), and shed light on the array of paths available to us. Catch a sneak peek of some of our Season 1 guests, and hear from some very special people -- our parents! Throughout the episode, you’ll also hear the voices of:  • Bob Wu, an entrepreneur, investor, and likely one of the most connected Asian Americans in New York City. He is a great friend and supporter of Rock the Boat! 
 • Roni Mazumdar, a restaurauteur who has opened three Indian restaurants in NYC. His story will be featured in Episode 4. 
 • Charlotte Cho, founder of Then I Met You, a premium direct-to-consumer skincare line, and co-founder of K-beauty destination Soko Glam and skincare content site The Klog. (Episode 3) 
 • Chris Cheung, co-founder of Boxed.com and founder of Blackgate Ventures. (Episode  2) 
 • Justin Ching, a filmmaker, producer and founder his own production company, j-school (Episode 5) 
 • Ivy Teng Lei, a DREAMer, DACA recipient, and a vocal immigrant / education advocate. (Episode 10) 
 Big thanks to our audio editor, Molly Schulson! Check out her personalized audio story collection at tellmystoryaudio.com.  As always, please subscribe and share this episode with anyone who you think could benefit from it. And leave us a few kind words on iTunes, those positive reviews help a ton! Finally, if you have suggestions for topics about the Asian American community, or a personal story that you’d like to share, email us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. 
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January 16, 2019
Introducing Rock the Boat!
Rock The Boat is a podcast about Asian Americans charting unconventional career paths. Through interviewing entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, top managers at corporations, and entertainers we hope to open a dialogue about our definitions of success, roles in society, and how we can better support one another.
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