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The Adult Table

The Adult Table

The Adult Table, a SASE podcast, hosted by Jenny Cheung and Jason Chin, is aimed at sharing stories of those who have made it to the "adult table", the table we all anticipate reaching as children. SASE (The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers) is a nonprofit that focuses on helping Asian heritage science and engineering professionals achieve their full potential. We set the virtual table to bring in guests from the SASE and/or STEM community, to engage in a casual conversation on their professional careers and personal life.
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Episode 17 - Joseph Alim
Northeastern Alumni and NEU SASE OG Joe Alim joins Jason and Jenny at the Adult Table! Joe is currently the VP of Product and Operations at Compt, a start-up that works with companies in elevating employee stipends that gives people the freedom to choose the lifestyle perks that they really want. He tells us his journey throughout college, co-founding a startup called Scholarjet, allowing students to apply to action based scholarships, and how he became a Forbes 30 under 30 recipient. He shares what he has learned from his journey and how his mindset has shifted and evolved.
August 24, 2022
Episode 16 - Larry Chan
Longtime P&G leader and SASE supporter, Larry Chan (he/him/his), joins Jason and Jenny on The Adult Table this month. Larry brings his almost 30 years of professional experience and leadership to the podcast, and helps Jenny and Jason answer many questions on building a career and his outlook on mentorship. Larry also discusses how his life has evolved through time, his disciplined hobbies, and even his journey growing a family.
July 27, 2022
Episode 15 - Let’s talk about mental health
TW: This episodes contains topics around mental health that may include topics involving depression, anxiety, suicide ideation, and self harm. Please listen at your own discretion. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and our friends from the SASE Mental Health Initiative, Meghna Kuppuraju and David Lang join us at The Adult Table to discuss their personal journey on mental health, how they developed their support system, and navigating conversations with family. Be sure to check out the group discussions that the SASE Mental Health Initiative hosts with more information on their instagram @sasementalhealth Here at The Adult Table, we heavily advise that if you are suffering with your mental health to please seek a medical professional for help.  For more resources that we talked about during this episode, please visit:
May 25, 2022
Episode 14 - The Friendship Episode
Time to get up close and personal! Jenny and Jason bring the popular card game, We’re Not Really Strangers, to the Adult Table (via ) and get to know each other a little better. The game progresses through three levels and starts on easy questions like what is our favorite snack, to deeper questions where Jenny and Jason discuss their views on each other's lives. The game really opens the conversation up so listen as Jenny and Jason dive deeper into their friendship and learn more about each other! We hope that you enjoy episodes between just the team members as well as content where we interview guests, if this is something you enjoy, please let us know! :)
May 11, 2022
Episode 13 - Kristy Chan
Kristy Chan, SASE’s premier twitch streamer (and also our Co-Regional Marketing Representative Manager), joins Jason and Jenny on the Adult Table! We talk about how she’s navigating her professional career, transitional adult life things, corporate lingo and the desire to have a creative outlet in a STEM career. In Kristy’s newest venture of Twitch streaming, we learned a lot about her journey and what prompted her to start one. Go follow her at
March 30, 2022
Episode 12 - New Year, Same(ish) Us
It’s Happy Hour! Jenny and Jason sit down with a casual drink (or two) to reflect on the previous year and also on our intentions for the new year. Jenny rambles about random things she learned as a trying adult while Jason patiently listens lol This is the first time we have an episode with just the co-hosts, let us know if you like it! We may do more ;)
February 10, 2022
Episode 11 - Lisa Nguyen
Lisa Nguyen, someone you may recognize from NBC’s new hit show FROGGER joins Jason and Jenny on the Adult Table! We did a deep dive on how she got herself on the show, and what her experience was like filming in Australia, and her views on career and life! Lisa is a jack of all trades and really has done so much: in her education, as a transportation planning/engineer, being a costumed mascot, skiing and even making tik toks!
December 01, 2021
Episode 10 - How I Met Your Podcast Team
The Adult Table team is back! The FOUR (that’s right we’re up to four now!) members of the team come on to reminisce about how our paths crossed, and our true first impressions of each other. The rest of the episode is reserved for us all to catch up, talk about what’s been on our mind the past few months, our biggest “sliding doors” moment, and some of our “firsts”. In the end, we turn the tables, and we ask each other our staple question of the episode: “What is something you have done recently that made you feel like an adult”? While this is a break for our normal content of interviewing STEM professionals, we hope to include both informative/enlightening interviews, as well as honest, unreserved conversations. Let us know if you liked this episode! We hope that we can do more and give you a window into what’s going on with our lives as well!
October 28, 2021
Episode 9 - Swetha Cherukuri and Jeanavic Malaiba
Disclaimer: This episode was recorded a few days before SASE officially announced to cancel the in-person conferences within the National Convention after closely monitoring the rising Covid cases nationally and in Atlanta. We respect SASE’s decision to cancel the in-person conference as the health and well being of all attendees is the most important. See you at SASE virtual convention! We’re back and ready for year 2 of the podcast! Starting us off, we brought some SASE friends from the NC Programming Committee. Swetha Cherukuri returns back to the Adult Table and Jeanavic Malaiba joins us for the first time! Both are actively on the West Regional Team and live in the LA area. While the conversation starts with convention, we dove into a really fun discussion ranging from their thoughts on their favorite airports, to how they’ve transitioned into the “adult” stage of their lives, to their personal goals for the future. Tune in to hear our new rapid debate section at the end, where we can see where our guests stand on long-standing questions like is cereal a soup, or is a hot dog a sandwich.
September 15, 2021
Episode 8 - Happy Pride! with Parth Patel and Tim Zhang
Happy Pride Month! We wanted to do something special for this month’s episode to celebrate pride, open the discussion about LGBTQ+ experiences in more AAPI spaces especially for those with a career in the STEM field. Our two good friends, Parth Patel (he/him) and Tim Zhang (he/him) joined the Adult Table for one of the most open and vulnerable episodes we’ve ever recorded. We discuss how their identity has shaped their careers and lives, intersectionality of being queer and Asian American, and what they appreciate in the LGBTQ+ community.
June 23, 2021
Episode 7 - Swetha Cherukuri
Jason and Jenny sit down with Swetha Cherukuri, current National Conference Programming Manager, Southern California Regional Coordinator, SASE Pro Collegiate Relations and future West Region Regional Manager! We ask her how she balances it all, balancing with her current studies as a PHD student. Swetha talks about what made her pursue her current field of study, breaks down the order she watches the Star Wars movies in, and how she felt she graduated to the adult table. If you want any recommendations for tv or movies, she can give you a list!
April 14, 2021
Episode 6 - Pia Muyot
Jason and Jenny sit down with Pia Muyot, SASE’s Board Professional Membership Representative. The episode lined up perfectly with Women’s History Month, as we talked with Pia, the person who started the She Inspires Me Campaign in SASE. On top of her many achievements in SASE, we discuss being a woman of color in STEM, how she’s adjusted to moving to new locations throughout her professional journey, and even a unique tip for anyone looking into purchasing a home.
March 24, 2021
Episode 5 - Matt Diaz
Jason and Jenny sit down with Matt Diaz, a well known face in SASE as the Collegiate Program Coordinator. We talk about what it’s like to marry your childhood crush and building a life of purpose and intention together! We also dive into his professional journey and how he has found his passion in creating connections and continuous personal development. Find out how many marathons Matt has run, what his go-to books are, and what his outlook on life is in this episode!
February 10, 2021
Episode 4 - Holiday Special!
We brought in the whole Adult Table team to celebrate the New Year, catch up, and talk through our different holiday traditions. We discuss how holidays were different growing up compared to how we celebrate them now. Find out what holidays we celebrate, traditions we follow, favorite holiday foods, and even new year superstitions! We are excited to bring you more content interviewing STEM professionals in the new year! If you have any suggestions for guests or would like to potentially be one, feel free to reach out to us!
January 20, 2021
Episode 3 - Post Election Roundtable
For this special episode, Jason Chin sits down with four panelists from the SASE community to discuss their thoughts on the US Presidential Election, the future of the country, and their perspectives coming from an Asian American background. Ummiya Chaudhary, Jenny Cheung, Paraag Maddiwar, and Rebecca Yoo all brought unique backgrounds and perspectives to the table. With this episode, we hope to inspire our listeners to think more about politics, and open spaces for these political discussions to occur. As a disclaimer, the opinions expressed are each person’s individual opinions and do not reflect the opinion of SASE as an organization.
December 16, 2020
Episode 2 - Stephen Taing
Jenny and Jason sit down with Stephen Taing, one of the 2020 - 2021 SASE Role Models! His involvement in SASE began when he started his own chapter at Villanova University, and later became a West Regional Coordinator. We talk to Stephen about his career aspirations, how he achieves work life balance, and his favorite conference stories. Jenny and Stephen met at a conference and learned that they were both moving from the east coast to the west coast at the same time. Jason also met Stephen on the west coast when he co-oped in San Diego. (Wow friendship!) Stephen also breaks down his go to boba order, what he’s been up to in quarantine and what’s on his bucket list!
November 19, 2020
Episode 1 - Khánh Vũ
In our first official episode, Jenny and Jason sit down with Khánh Vũ, the CEO and Executive Director of SASE (also officially known as the foodie of SASE). Khanh talks about his personal journey moving to America from Vietnam, SASE as a growing organization, and his love for volleyball!
October 17, 2020
Episode 0 - Introduction
Hello and welcome to The Adult Table, a podcast hosted by Jenny Cheung and Jason Chin, two recent college graduated and new professionals. In this episode, Jenny and Jason share a little about their SASE journey and their vision for the podcast. Follow us on Instagram @theadulttablepodcast and subscribe to hear new episodes as they come out! Enjoy :)
October 13, 2020