The Gaysian Podcast

On Culture, Sex, and Academia ft. Ada Cheng, PhD

An episode of The Gaysian Podcast

By The Gaysian Project
Born from The Gaysian Project, this podcast aims to create a space in which we can explore the Queer Asian experience. Hosted by The Gaysian Project founder Maya Reddy, an American Born Confused Queer Desi, this podcast embarks on conversations with folx both within the Queer Asian community and outside of the community in an effort to empower our stories and experiences, and understand the assumptions and attitudes placed upon us.

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"Aunty, your radish earrings? Thats Gay" ft. Jamie Lew, QASC Events Director
Surprise, surpriiiiiise! This week's #GaysianPodcast special guest is the Queer Asian Social Club's one and only Jamie Lew! Jamie is The Gaysian Project's QASC Event Director spearheading with all things event-related. You'll want to listen to this episode for sure as we dissect the stigma queer Asian femme shaming and talk about what led to the Queer Asian Social Club and teasing the upcoming QASC event on October 26: RITUAL. RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ritual-a-queer-asian-social-club-event-tickets-75986504681?fbclid=IwAR0v2MFzbi7DYmjS7Nih23hFZFZImDSSTcwHSURIVFgbU652AtmJoPtboxA Follow Jamie: @thejamielew
1:25:58
October 15, 2019
On Culture, Sex, and Academia ft. Ada Cheng, PhD
Please welcome Ada Cheng, a Chicago-based sociology PhD professor who specialises in storytelling centering APIMED folxs. Ada is absolutely incredible, and we're so excited to share this conversation that covers everything from the difficulty in defining culture, navigating academia, and finding sexual empowerment. Find her at http://www.renegadeadacheng.com/ and on instagram at @sjadacheng
1:52:19
October 1, 2019
DIS-ORIENTing, drag, & SE Asian Deportation ft. Kevin Lam
Hello Gaybies! Welcome, this week's podcast guest, Kevin Lam, a Boston-based activist, and drag queen!   Kevin talks about their South East Asian experience surrounding their activism and work around deportations. Listen to their story and see how drag helped them understand and connect with their identities.    You can follow them on insta at @seavalalycheesaigon 
1:19:15
September 17, 2019
A Breaking Bad-Binch ft. Matt Ketai
Theydies and gentlethems, it's finally back! #TheGaysianProject Season 2 (now Bi-Weekly) podcast officially premiers today.   Please give a warm welcome to this Breaking Bad-Binch (this makes sense in the pod) Matt Ketai, NYC based actor and writer, and learn more about his experience as a queer, mixed, Asian-American. This episode we discuss representation, diversification in mainstream media with a focus on marginalized communities, and queer history.
1:20:16
September 3, 2019
Asian Not Asian Podcast Pls Text Us Back or: Our Response to ANA's Episode 74
A couple weeks ago fellow Asian led podcast, Asian Not Asian Podcast, released an episode (#74) and an accompanying clip from the episode on instagram. Both feature a problematic and hurtful conversation and jokes regarding the the dating habits of women as well as queerness. This is our response, a conversation we hope that will be a growing moment as to why the jokes on ANA were harmful, the importance of accountability, and how we can all strengthen our allyship. With guest Gerrie Lim of The Chasing Color Project
59:34
August 8, 2019
This is Akin ft. Peyton and Hubert
On our Season 1 finale we are talking with two of the people behind AKIN, an art collective in NYC focused on uplifting queer and POC artists and creators. We chat with Peyton and Hubert about the incredible work they are doing with Akin as well as their own experiences as queer Filipinx people. Follow AKIN on IG @thisisakinnyc
1:21:27
May 28, 2019
"Constant Guest, Constant Alien" ft. Robin and Daisy of APAIT LA
This week we have two really badass guests from APAIT, an API AIDS/HIV resource and activism group in Los Angeles, Robin and Daisy! This is a fantastic conversation about the stigma of HIV/AIDs in API communities, the performance of masculinity and fear of femininity amongst Asian men, and RuPaul’s Drag Race! On instagram: @apait_ssg ; @robinhamchoi ; @daisynconfusd The Gaysian Podcast can be found on ig: @thegaysianproject and on twitter: @gaysianproject
1:38:34
May 17, 2019
The Diaspora Isn't Just in Europe and North America ft. Actor Premika Leo
This week we’re chatting with Toronto based indo-carribean-canadian queer actor Premika Leo! This conversation is one that isn’t always had in APIMED spaces, especially Desi spaces. That is: the erasure of Indo-Carribean folks from the diaspora.We also get into the complexities of POC representation, and the fact that while there is more queer representation than ever, QTPOC representation is still so minimal. Jump into this episode and get to know Premika and her Guyanese-Canadian Queer Experience!
1:20:54
May 10, 2019
The Power of Heritage and Telling Your Own Story ft. Randy Kim
We are kicking off our celebration of APIMEDA Heritage Month with an episode all about the power of connecting with your heritage and telling your own story. Featuring incredible human being, activist and storyteller, Randy Kim who serves on the board of the National Cambodian Heritage Museum and co-produces TALK Stories: an Asian and Asian American Storytelling Series.  Follow Randy's work at: @randall_kimball and find us at: IG @thegaysianproject ; twitter @gaysianproject
1:40:32
May 2, 2019
LIVE at ClexaCon ft. Chantal Thuy, Andrea Walter, Nicole Espinosa, and CB Lee
Coming at you with our first live episode recorded at ClexaCon 2019 from "The Gaysian Project Presents: Celebrating Queer Asian Americans in Media and Fandom" panel! Follow the panelists: @chantalthuy  @andreaannwalter @cblee_cblee @colesmcgee
1:13:39
April 17, 2019
Creating Asian American Culture ft. Author Nishta J. Mehra
This episode is a special conversation with author Nishta J. Mehra, abt her new book "Brown, White, Black" that explores the intersections of identity, religion, and sexuality in her family. We get into so many things including, the role Hinduism has played in her connection to identity, struggling with both assimilating and standing out, and how she and her family are truly creating these beautiful images of Asian American culture. Follow Nishta on IG and Twitter: @nishtajmehra  website: nishtajmehra.co
1:05:32
April 5, 2019
"Heavy Metal Asian Fan" ft. Nicole Espinosa
Feminist, scholar, activist Nicole Espinosa is back on the podcast to talk about fan culture and how it functions in marginalised communities! It is a super-sized episode in which we get into everything from our own fandoms to ethno-historical explanatory models of how we interact with fandom, the need to complicate the things we're fans of, and digging into why queer femme representation is still predominantly white and straight passing.  Follow Nicole on IG: @colesmcgee and on twitter: @decolesinize
1:58:32
March 29, 2019
Nowruz Mubarak! ft. Omid Razavi of Let Me Out Book
Nowruz Mubarak! Happy Persian New Year! We are so thrilled to be spending the 13 days of celebration with Omid Razavi - a gay Iranian Canadian author and illustrator of the Let Me Out book that provides support for LGBTQ+ youth to give them solidarity and encouragement through their processes of exploring their identities. In this episode, we get to talk about his work, what it was like growing up in Ottawa Canada and gaining pride in both his Iranian and Queer identities. Follow Omid: @LetMeOutBook
1:21:12
March 22, 2019
Just Three Indians Talking About Comic Books ft. Kesav and Samarjeet Wable
This week's episode is with filmmaker Kesav Wable and his brother Samarjeet talking about the new short film they made called “Closet Supes." The short is an exploration of queer Desi identity, the first generation Desi American experience, reconnecting with our elders, and superheroes. We are excited to share our conversation that continues to explore the themes of Desi identity, and superheroes, and finding our identities. Follow Kesav and all the news about "Closet Supes:" IG: @KWable Twitter: @bKwa
1:46:53
February 8, 2019
"Planes, Trains, and Intersectional Queer Inclusivity in Golf" ft. Pro Golfer Tadd Fujikawa
This week's episode is just a couple of queer Asian golfers talking about the queer Asian experience. My guest is fellow pro golfer and athlete ally ambassador, Tadd Fujikawa! Tadd is wonderful, he is the youngest player in history to qualify for the US Open in 2006 at 16, he’s made 14 starts on the PGA Tour, and in August 2018, became the first male prof golfer to openly come out as gay. We talk about Tadd's experiences, both of our work in inclusivity activism with Athlete Ally, and so much more!
1:21:05
January 24, 2019
"When We're Teenagers Everything Happens SO Much" ft. Author CB Lee
Were kicking off 2019 with a great conversation with author and activist CB Lee. Author of the "Sidekick" series, and forthcoming BEN10 graphic novels. This conversation was a blast. We talk about representation in books, accessibility to different forms of media, disrupting images of teenage Americana through QPOC representation, and also CB’s activism and her hopes of what that will look like. Follow her and the amazing stuff shes doing on twitter: @author_cblee and instagram: @cblee_cble
1:22:38
January 18, 2019
DIS-ORIENTing with The Queer Arabs
This week’s episode is with two of the hosts of a podcast called “The Queer Arabs”, Alia and Ellie and I am thrilled that it is the first installment of our “DIS-ORIENT” series! We talked about the erasure of Middle Eastern or South West Asian identities and cultures from an Asian narrative, navigating living in the United States post911 as Brown Asians, and a 30 second primer on the history of the French in Lebanon. Follow @TheQueerArabs & @TheGaysianProject
1:54:31
December 20, 2018
"We're Life Size(d) Too!" ft. Hank Chen
This week's episode is with the wonderful actor and comic Hank Chen, known for stealing scenes in the delightfully queer "Life-Size 2." We chatted with Hank about all things representation. From the immense amount of work it takes to find queer Asian representation, what its like for Hank to be representing, and of course Tyra Banks. Watch "Life-Size 2" on Hulu, and follow Hank on twitter and ig: @hanksterchen and on Facebook at "Hankchenishere" You can follow TGP on ig @TheGaysianProject
1:08:02
December 13, 2018
"Queer South Asians Are Damn Good At Sex" ft. Neha Ghosh of Qunify Philadelphia
This week’s episode is with Neha Ghosh, a Bengali queero, activist and one of the founding members of Qunify Philadelphia. We got into a little bit of everything, from clumsily working through what its like being brown in the US’s sometimes binary racial society, shame around sex, finding our own Desi American culture, colonization, and gagging over Samin Nosrat. Gently stalk Qunify here: https://qunify.org twitter &instagram: @qunifyPHL Neha is: @nghosh_32 and we are: @thegaysianproject
1:21:29
December 1, 2018
"I Need to Get to Philly Yesterday?" ft. Quynh-Mai Nguyen of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Pull up a chair, pour some tea, and cozy up for a lovely chat with Quynh-Mai Nguyen, the Marketing Director of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. In this episode, we talk about everything PAAFF, the importance of providing a platform for Asian and queer Asian stories, and highlights from this year's program. PAAFF runs in Philly from 11/8-11/18.  For more info and to buy tickets head over to www.paaff.org Special thanks to producer Andie for the intro. Follow us at: @thegaysianproject
1:35:10
November 9, 2018
"No Dating Until Marriage" ft. Crystal Bi-Wegner
This week's episode is with the amazing Crystal Bi-Wegner, an artist and a co-founder of the Boston based zine for API femmes "Moon Eaters" (@mooneaterscollective). We talk about growing up half Asian, how important art and being an artist has been to her identity, and giving our Asian parents more credit! Follow The Gaysian Project on IG (@thegaysianproject) and join the conversation on twitter with the hashtag #TheGaysianPodcast. Host: Maya Reddy (@mredds) Producer: Andie Wheatley (@andiewheatley)
1:30:06
October 10, 2018
Live from the Analog Lab at Facebook HQ ft. The Aravani Art Project
This week's episode is with the wonderful women from The Aravani Art Project, an art collective based in Bangalore India that is focused on focused on creating space for the Trans community to connect with other communities and cultures in their local neighborhoods. Follow the art project on instagram at @aravaniartproject, and The Gaysian Project @thegaysianproject Poornima: @poornimatravellingsukumar Sadhna: @sadh.press Priyanka: @priyankadivaakar
1:02:09
September 5, 2018
"Its A Kalbolution!" Episode One ft. Nicole Espinosa
Welcome to the first episode of The Gaysian Podcast! In this episode we talk with Nicole Espinosa (feminist-scholar-activist) about beauty standards, how they have effected us as Queer Asians, as well as the May Allure covers, the Met Gala, and the Royal Wedding. Theme Music: Maurice Spears Producers: Andie Wheatley, Nicole Espinosa Consultant: Caty Zick
1:07:16
August 27, 2018
"Crazy Rich Gaysians" ft. Andie Wheatley and Nathan Ramos
We're back from hiatus just in time to celebrate the release of Crazy Rich Asians! There are spoilers in this episode, but what on Earth are you doing listening to us instead of seeing the movie?! GO SEE IT!!! And then join us as we lounge on a comfy couch with some tea in Mar Vista and talk about how stunning the entire cast was, the fact that CRA is as much a queer movie as it is an Asian movie, and how seeing an Asian American story in a studio film made us all openly weep through the entire movie. This
1:27:28
August 15, 2018
"Orientalism Fucked Up A Lot of Shit" ft. Katy and Dahn-Bi of Angry Asian Girls
This week's episode is with Katy and Dahn-Bi from Angry Asian Girls! We talk about everything from how streetwear's use of Asian iconography perpetuates the attitude towards Asian cultures existing to be consumed and looked at rather than seen, as well as queering spaces for AAPI folx. Follow them @angryasiangirls and www.angryasiangirls.org
1:02:18
June 30, 2018
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