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Unapologetically Asian

Unapologetically Asian

By Tiana Nguyen & Thuy Nguyen
Hosted by your girls - Thuy & Tiana, this is a podcast where we have honest, candid conversations about adulting, careers, relationships and everything in-between. We started this podcast to share our perspectives and stories about navigating through adulthood as Asian Australians and hope that we can create content that is relatable and representative of our community. We invite you to grab that cup of tea or tequila and join in our conversations x
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59. Natalie Tran aka CommunityChannel // Being AZN Enough & Discovering Mi Goreng
When we were planning to create Unapologetically Asian a few years ago, we thought to ourselves 'who would be the GOLDEN PERSON to interview?’ Immediately we both said COMMUNITY CHANNEL. Fast forward two years, 1 campaign and 58 episodes later; we’re bloody proud to release this episode with the amazing Natalie Tran. Natalie started uploading videos to YouTube back when people posted video ‘replies’ rather than comments…what??? Although she’s not as active on the YouTube any more, her videos remain #iconic in the Australian Internet landscape. From addressing everyday first world problems to travelling the globe with The Lonely Planet (pre-covid of course) and other avenues, Natalie has really paved the way for Australian Asians in media and a place in our hearts (lol lame but we luv u Nat). E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ Childhood and upbringing What's AZN and sticker photos?? - navigating through cultural differences Tackling racism as a kid vs. adulthood Embracing Australian identity and feeling Asian/not-Asian-enough Maggie noodles vs. Mi Goreng Asian Food > EVERYTHING ELSE Using language as a way to connect with culture Nat's YouTube journey Shifts in Asian representation in media Being okay with playing the Diversity card Going to the 'Secret Asian Meeting'??  Building the Asian Australian community.  ------------------------------------------ T I M E  S T A M P S 1:40 Intro to Natalie 2:38 Discussion begins ------------------------------------------ Find more about Natalie below: YouTube Instagram Twitter ------------------------------------------ Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors! 🍵 East Forged: You can use code UA15 for 15% off their delicious nitro cold brewed tea. 🍨 Scoopy Milk Bar: You can use code UA15 during checkout for 15% off their menu! 🍨 🧋 Bubble Tea Club: Use code UAPOD5 at checkout for 5% off their site! 🧋 If you'd like to continue the conversation, we'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or check us out at www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify Lakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
53:36
April 05, 2022
58. Rags to Riches, Love Triangles and Second Lead Syndrome?! | Dissecting K-Dramas
From dreamy heartthrobs to predictable yet addicting storylines where the rich, arrogant male lead falls for the plain, defiant female lead who accidentally gets kidnapped?!? Only to be found by the male and then end up in a coma?!?!? Korean dramas have captured our hearts around the world.  In this episode we have so much fun dissecting the common tropes of Kdramas, discuss why we love them, why they’re so damn bingeable and why they can be a lil lowkey toxic… Not an episode where we fangirl for 30 mins over PSJ and kdramas or do we.. just kidding :P E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ Deep dive into the tropes that are in majority of Korean dramas I.e. rags to riches, love triangles, Subway (not spon), trauma, sex is a no-no, second lead syndrome Our fave Korean drama moments  Our fave Korean actors and actresses WHY ARE KOREAN DRAMAS SO DAMN ADDICTIVE!?!!?! T I M E S T A M P -------------------------------- 2:05 Discussion begins 34:55 Recommendations  Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors! 🍵 East Forged: You can use code UA15 for 15% off their delicious nitro cold brewed tea. 🍨 Scoopy Milk Bar: You can use code UA15 during checkout for 15% off their menu! 🍨 🧋 Bubble Tea Club: Use code UAPOD5 at checkout for 5% off their site! 🧋 If you'd like to continue the conversation, we'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or check us out at www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify Lakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
38:34
March 28, 2022
57. Diana Nguyen // Nguyen-ing It as an Asian Australian Creative Entrepreneur
She's a creative. She's an entrepreneur. She's a creative entrepreneur! We have had the absolute delight of bring on board Diana Nguyen, winner of the 2020 "40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australians Awards". She's a female comedian who has a wide remit of skills under her belt, with acting, writing and directing to name a few. Catch her on LinkedIn has a video content producer and on stage as she tours Australia with her latest show 'Chasing Keanu Reeves' in 2022.  Putting aside her bubbly aura, we really deep dive into how Diana's Asian Australian experience has impacted her career and how family has affected her creative pursuits. The second half has us discussing the rollercoaster of a ride it took to get her Theatre and, now webseries, show called Phi and Me running and what it's like to be a LinkedIn famous influencer! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ Chasing Keanu Reeves?! Asian Australian Childhood trauma Family and acting Raising $200,000 for a web series?! Bringing Phi and Me to life Becoming LinkedIn famous with #DancingDiana Harsh realities of being an Asian Australian in the creative industry. ------------------------------------------ T I M E  S T A M P S  1:40 Intro to Diana 2:38 Discussion begins ------------------------------------------ Find more about Diana below: https://www.diananguyen.com.au/ LinkedIn Instagram Get tickets to her latest National show, "Chasing Keanu Reeves" here! ------------------------------------------ Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors! 🍵 East Forged: You can use code UA15 for 15% off their delicious nitro cold brewed tea. 🍨 Scoopy Milk Bar: You can use code UA15 during checkout for 15% off their menu! 🍨 🧋 Bubble Tea Club: Use code UAPOD5 at checkout for 5% off their site! 🧋 If you'd like to continue the conversation, we'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or check us out at www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify Lakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
57:53
March 21, 2022
56. Being Young Changemakers & Slaying At D1 Club, Get You A Mayor That Can Do Both // Jasmine Nguyen & Anthony Tran
Everybody give your ears to Australia's youngest majors in history and finest Asian Australian leaders in all the land - Madame Jasmine Nguyen & Your Worship, Anthony Tran! At 23 and 24 years old, Anthony Tran (Mayor of Maribyrnong) and Jasmine Nguyen (Mayor of Brimbank) are breaking through the bamboo ceiling, paving a new road for young Asian Australians to speak up a little louder and stand a little taller in the political sphere. In a space that is traditionally regarded as "scary" and taboo, Anthony and Jasmine prove that being politically active is really approachable and just all about making tangible differences in our society.   In this episode, we cover everything from their journey into politics to how they really are just normal 20 something year olds still navigating the realms of dating and clubbing. Get ready for roasts, loads of inspo & help us uncover whether we've elected a fkboi as a mayor or not 👀👀 You're in for a treat! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ The road to being Australia's youngest mayors Shout-out to DILP - Dual Identity Leadership Program Household conversations around politics Cultural overlays of politics Being Asian Australian changemakers and leaders Can you still be a mayor and public figure AND let loose at D1 and Manchuria? What's the dating life of a mayor really like? Fave parts of being mayor MAKING POLITICS GREAT AGAIN T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- Find more about the mayors below: Jasmine Nguyen https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/cr-jasmine-nguyen-mayor  https://www.instagram.com/asiangirltalk/ Anthony Tran https://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/About-us/Your-Councillors  Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors! 🍵 East Forged: You can use code UA15 for 15% off their delicious nitro cold brewed tea.  🍨 Scoopy Milk Bar: You can use code UA15 during checkout for 15% off their menu! 🍨 🧋 Bubble Tea Club: Use code UAPOD5 at checkout for 5% off their site! 🧋 If you'd like to continue the conversation, we'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or check us out at www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify Lakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
01:07:44
March 07, 2022
55. Men Have Feelings Too ft. Mayank Sohani & Sunny Bahuguna of Bottled Up Podcast
Today, we're going to put the MEN in mental health 🤝 We're joined by the legends from Bottled Up - a podcast that aims to create conversations around men’s mental health and wellbeing! Tune in as Mayank Sohani & Sunny Bahugana bring the bants, knowledge and incredible insights to the table. We unpack the gendered and cultural nuances that underpin the conversations around mental health and learn about how we all can play a role in distigmitising it. Buckle up everyone, you're in for a fun ride! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ Bottled Up's Origin Story Mental Health from a male's perspective Language being used as a toolkit for communicating about Mental Health Gender based stereotypes in Mental Health Toxic masculinity and Asian cultural overlays Mental Health conversations growing up Intergenerational trauma and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Opening up to our parents?? T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:38 Intro to Bottled Up 01:16 Welcome Mayank & Sunny and discussion begins 49:01 Recommendations ✨FOLLOW BOTTLED UP✨ @bottledupaus Apple Podcasts Spotify ✨MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES✨ Government support during COVID-19  Lifeline Australia: 24 Hour Crisis Line - 131 114 Beyond Blue: Hotline - 1800 512 348 24/7 Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 Asian Australian Mental Health Practitioner List by Shapes & Sounds Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors! 🍨 Scoopy Milk Bar: You can use code UA15 during checkout for 15% off their menu! 🍨 🧋 Bubble Tea Club: Use code UAPOD5 at checkout for 5% off their site! 🧋 If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or check out our website www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
58:17
February 28, 2022
54. Money, Money, Money // Paridhi of SkilledSmart (Financial Education Start-Up)
"Oh no, that's too expensive!!" Fighting over the bill 😩 Study hard, get a good job & get rich 💸 - any of these sound familiar? Believe it or not, our financial behaviours, ideas and money habits are all intrinsically linked to our cultural upbringing. In today's episode we are joined by the lovely and insightful Paridhi, founder of SkilledSmart - an Australian financial education start-up. She's helped hundreds of students become more financially free and unpack their relationship with money. Tune in as she blesses our ears with interesting insights about growing up Asian Australian and tips on how we can be more confident and control of our finances YASSSS. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ Growing up Indian Australian Migrant hustle The birth of SkilledSmart | Money Education Money Psychology & emotional baggage Impact of culture on how you manage your finances Return on spending ethos Tips, advice and tricks for financial freedom Why is money so heavily ingrained in Asian culture? T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:22 Intro to Paridhi 35:52 Recommendations Find more about Paridhi and her journey below: https://skilledsmart.com.au/  https://www.instagram.com/skilledsmart/  If you'd like to continue the conversation, we'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or check us out at www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors! 🍨 Scoopy Milk Bar: You can use code UA15 during checkout for 15% off their menu! 🍨 🧋 Bubble Tea Club: Use code UAPOD5 at checkout for 5% off their site! 🧋 Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify Lakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
41:28
February 21, 2022
53. Strangers Again - From the Chase to the Breakup
It's time for a bit of a vibe check. We've covered heaps about relationships in this podcast so far, but in this episode, we really put our hearts on the table and chat about what's been going on in our own love lives 😳.  So, what's the honeymoon phase 🥰? How real is it? How much can self-sabotage affect our relationships 💔? Tune in to hear us discuss the different stages of a relationships, lessons we've learnt and how we'll use to them to approach our relationships moving forward! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E  ------------------------------------------ Going through the honeymoon phase What an adult relationship consists of Pop culture and environmental affects on relationships What is self-sabotage? Is love a choice or a feeling? Conflict management Expressing emotions - girls vs. boys T I M E S T A M P S  --------------------------------  01:22 Intro to topic  02:06 Discussion begins If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or check us out at www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors! 🍨 Scoopy Milk Bar: You can use code UA15 during checkout for 15% off their menu! 🍨 🧋 Bubble Tea Club: Use code UAPOD5 at checkout for 5% off their site! 🧋  Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎)   ✨Music✨  Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify Lakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
36:08
February 14, 2022
52. Lose Our Jobs But Make It A $2 million Bubble Tea Start-Up // Jenny Le & Pamela Yip of Bubble Tea Club
Started from the bottom and now, they're out here, grinding & creating a $2 million bubble tea revolution! After Jenny Le & Pamela Yip both lost their jobs during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, they discovered a sweet niche in the market for bubble tea that can be made in the comfort of your own home. Thus, The Bubble Tea Club was born - Australia's first DIY Bubble Tea Kit. In this episode, we chat to the bubbly duo about the sugary parts - the sweet success, the chewy pearls - the challenges they encountered along the way and spill a bit of boba.. I mean tea along the way ;) E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ Ice-breakers How did BBT Club start? Research and development Funding/VC process Ingredients to success Importance of community Challenges of being an entrepreneur and creating a start-up Recommendations T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 01:01 Intro to girls 01:50 Discussion 42:42 Recommendations You can follow Bubble Tea Club on Instagram and check out their delicious products here. If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or check us out at www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors! 🍨 Scoopy Milk Bar: You can use code UA15 during checkout for 15% off their menu! 🍨  🧋 Bubble Tea Club: Use code UAPOD5 at checkout for 5% off their site! 🧋 Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •SpotifyLakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
51:01
February 07, 2022
51. Happy Lunar New Year, We Hope You Get Rich
Chuc Mung Nam Moi ya'll, we're coming at you hot with an episode from our archives - EP 8. OMG, you're so CulTurEd: Asian Australian Traditions We Grew Up With. It's an oldie but a goldie. Tune in to hear us explore the different traditions and customs we face yearly and hold true to us dearly. It's through these experiences that have made and shaped us into who we are today and we hope you can relate or learn something new! We recognise we only repped a Vietnamese Australian experience, so slide into our dms ;) and let us know what you've been celebrating and traditions you've grown up with in your household! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •How religion plays into our lives •Religious practices we partake in •How culture has mixed in with religion •Celebrating death anniversaries with a family gathering and traditional food •Asian weddings vs. Western weddings •Lunar New year •Receiving red pockets •Continuing cultural traditions as we grow older -------------------------------------- We'd love to know your thoughts about this topic as well, feel free to check out our website https://www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au/or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/ Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎)  ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight 
36:11
January 31, 2022
50. Barbie Dolls & Detained in China?! Reviewing Asian World News
We thought we’d do something a little different in this quick episode and dive in to some Worldly News! Of course in theme with the podcast, we’ve chosen two articles within the Asian Diaspora landscape; one that’s a bit more hard hitting 😖and another article with some Good News feels to finish it off 🥳. Listen in as we break down the tension between National governments after the arrest of Asian Australian journalist Cheng Lei and how representation in the form of Barbie Dolls will have a lasting impact on the growing mindset of future generations. Disclaimer!!: We are not subject experts in politics or economics and this is just our understanding of the articles covered. We are always open to learning and educating ourselves so please reach out if you’ve got any thoughts or comments on this episode, we’d love to hear your feedback!
20:29
January 24, 2022
49. UA Q&A | Cheating, Internalised Racism & What Makes a Man?
Somebody get the nutribullet out because your girls are about to get juicy 🥵🥵🥵  A couple months ago, we asked you beautiful human beings to be part of S4 and ask us anythang!! And boy, did ya’ll deliver some goodies. From offering our best sisterly advice to getting down and dirty with some spicy topics, we try to give you the answers to all your questions!  So, what separates the boys from the men? What is the worst type of cheating in the world? And do we harbour any internalised racism?? Tune in to find out ;) Massive shout-out to everyone who submitted a question, ya’ll are real ones.    E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------  Relationship & dating questions  Culture questions  Random quick ones  T I M E S T A M P S  --------------------------------  00:10 Intro   00:40 Q&A begins  29:10 Recommendations  If you'd like to continue the convo, we’d love to hear from you! Slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or check us out at https://www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au/  🍨 Thank you so much to Scoopy Milkbar for sponsoring this episode. You can use our code UA10 during checkout for 10% off their menu! 🍨     Much love, ♥️ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌)  ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud - Say Goodnight Lakey Inspired - Chill Day
32:30
January 17, 2022
48. Remy Hii pt. 2 // Tricks, Tackling Tokenism & Tasty Toasties
Episode 48 sees a continuation of our amazing conversation with Remy Hii, an Asian Australian actor who has appeared in numerous amounts of well-known work, including (and not limited to) Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, Crazy Rich Asians and Marco Polo. If you thought Pt.1 was a fun listen, then we can’t wait for you to dive into the second half of our interview with Remy! With a few name drops here and there *aheMTomHollandAhem* and an insight into how to make, what sounds like the most delicious creation on earth, a kimchi cheese toastie, this episode rounds off our interview with Remy and is bound to leave you feeling hungry but full of joy! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ Pranks on Marvel’s Spiderman Set Behind the scenes of Crazy Rich Asians Arcane’s production and voice acting on the show Diversity on The Great and in Australian media Remy’s movie recommendations Remy’s love for food and his guiltiest snack creation Recommendations T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:25 Intro to Remy Hii Pt. 2 00:53 Discussion begins Loved this interview? You can check out more of Remy Hii here. If you'd like to continue the convo, we’d love to hear from you! Slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or check us out at https://www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au/ 🍨 Thank you so much to Scoopy Milkbar for sponsoring this episode. You can use our code UA10 during checkout for 10% off their menu! 🍨 Much love, ♥️ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud - Say Goodnight Lakey Inspired - Chill Day
32:22
January 10, 2022
47. Remy Hii pt. 1 // Race, Representation & Rising in Hollywood
We’re starting off this badass season with badass Asian Australian actor & kimchi cheese toastie connoisseur, Remy Hii. His stellar resume includes the likes of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, Crazy Rich Asians, Marco Polo, Arcane & The Princess Switch 3, just to name a few. Remy exudes charisma, charm and channels an Unapologetically Asian spirit in absolutely everything he does. In part 1 of our conversation with Remy, we chat all about how he grew up Asian Australian, mixed race identity and the progress (yet long journey we still have) with Asian representation in Hollywood. We’re so excited to be back and hope you enjoy the episode as much as we do :)  E P I S O D E O U T L I N E  ------------------------------------------  •Growing up Asian Australian  •Mixed Race Identity   •Shift in roles available for Asian actors/actresses •Asians behind the scenes  •Diversity in Australian Media Landscape •Life as an actor  •Spider-Man Audition Process  T I M E S T A M P S  --------------------------------  00:25 Intro to Remy Hii  01:30 Discussion begins  Be sure to tune in next week as we continue our fun conversation with Remy. In the interim, you can check out more of Remy Hii here. If you'd like to continue the convo, we’d love to hear from you! Slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or check us out at https://www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au/   🍨 Thank you so much to Scoopy Milkbar for sponsoring this episode. You can use our code UA10 during checkout for 10% off their menu! 🍨 Much love, ♥️ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌)  ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud - Say Goodnight Lakey Inspired - Chill Day
37:17
January 03, 2022
46. Feeling Unworthy of Love & Craving Rebel Whoppers // We're Not Really Strangers
Last episode of Season 3, what?! It's been an absolute joy ride the past few months with heaps of amazing guest speakers and new partnerships (shout out to Scoopy and Shapes and Sounds!). As a way to round off the season, us girls get hella deep and play the heartfelt, introspective game called "We're Not Really Strangers", a card-based game that encourages meaningful conversations through carefully curated questions. We cycle through three level of questions: Perception, Connection and Reflection. Prepare some Lacteeze tablets 'cause the amount of cheese in this episode would put Doritos Cheese Supreme to absolute shame. Feel free to check out the actual card game yourself via this link OR you can play online with your friends using the online version.   E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ Explanation of 'We're Not Really Strangers Game' Level 1: Perception Level 2: Connection Level 3: Reflection Recommendations If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We’d love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com ✨ Be sure to check out the amazing Asian Australian Mental Health Initiative at https://www.justshapesandsounds.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/justshapesandsounds/. Join the 3 month trial of the Shapes & Sounds Club from the end of April to July and get the first month FREE!!! We'll see you on there! ✨ 🍨 Also, thanks to Scoopy Milk Bar for sponsoring this episode. For the month of May, 2021, you can use our code UA10 during checkout for 10% off their menu! Check out their website and Instagram @scoopymilkbar for their sweet desserts! 🍨 Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud Say Goodnight Soundcloud   Spotify   Lakey Inspired Chill Day YouTube
32:45
June 01, 2021
45. Love, Death & Asian Superstitions
Uh-oh. There's a 4 in the title of this episode! What's wrong with that, you may wonder? Well, according to Asian superstitions, the number 4 sounds eerily similar to the word 'death' in Chinese and Japanese and is hence considered a very unlucky number. In this episode, we dabble into the (in)auspicious world of Asian superstitions and the supernatural world where we uncover some of the beliefs we've grown up with or stumbled across in our lives.  Did you grow up with any of the ones we've covered? Have a unique one that you solidly believe with all your heart and follow till this day? Please let us know! We'd love to learn about what other mysterious, confounding and spooky superstitions that exist out there. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ Superstitions related to numbers Habits that might bring you bad luck... Supernatural superstitions Shamans and possession?! Recommendations T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 02:00 Intro to topic & discussion begins 24:20 Recommendations If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We’d love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com ✨ Be sure to check out the amazing Asian Australian Mental Health Initiative at https://www.justshapesandsounds.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/justshapesandsounds/. Join the 3 month trial of the Shapes & Sounds Club from the end of April to July and get the first month FREE!!! We'll see you on there! ✨ 🍨 Also, thanks to Scoopy Milk Bar for sponsoring this episode. For the month of May, 2021, you can use our code UA10 during checkout for 10% off their menu! Check out their website and Instagram @scoopymilkbar for their sweet desserts! 🍨 Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud Say Goodnight Soundcloud Spotify Lakey Inspired Chill Day YouTube
31:07
May 17, 2021
44. The Grind Don't Stop Baby
As humans, we all have lots on our plate and are all prone to experiencing waves of burnout. In this episode, we discuss the struggles that we have balancing work, podcasting, social activities, relationships, family and self-love. We talk about practical habits and tips that we are trying to implement to manage our varying responsibilities. And get real about how work-life balance is HARD AF! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ Discuss what's our current workload Full-time work Small snippet of behind the scenes of Unapologetically Asian Social life Relationships/dating Physical health Mental health Life admin Hobbies Being an A+ daughter Tips and tricks to try and balance everything on our plates Planning & prioritising  Forming productive habits Changing your mindset Accepting the stress and feelings Having unproductive days is a good thing T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 02:03 Intro to topic & discussion begins If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com We also have a website BABY!!!! Check us out at www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au ✨ Be sure to check out the amazing Asian Australian Mental Health Initiative at https://www.justshapesandsounds.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/justshapesandsounds/. Join the 3 month trial of the Shapes & Sounds Club from the end of April to July and get the first month FREE!!! We'll see you on there! ✨ 🍨 Also, thanks to Scoopy Milk Bar for sponsoring this episode. For the month of May, 2021, you can use our code UA10 during checkout for 10% off their menu! Check out their website and Instagram @scoopymilkbar for their sweet desserts! 🍨 Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •SpotifyLakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
36:17
May 10, 2021
43. Breaking Down Your Walls: Understanding Attachment Styles
Do you sometimes put up a wall up in relationships because you don't want to get hurt? Do you constantly crave attention from your partner and always wonder whether they actually like you? Are you able to give and receive love confidently? Attachment Theories is a psychological and evolutionary concept that breaks down human behaviour in social settings into 4 main groups: Secure, Dismissive-avoidant, Anxious-preoccupied and Fearful-avoidant attachments. Conceptualised by psychologist John Bowlby and further developed by psychologist Mary Ainsworth, these attachment theories can be used to help understand why we react and behave in certain ways when it comes to romantic/ platonic relationships. We both took this quiz to find out how what our attachment styles are and break it down in this episode! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •What the attachment theories are and how they originated •What are the different types of attachment styles? •K-Dramas and attachment styles?! •Revealing our test results... :O •Ways to move into a secure attachment style •Recommendations T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 02:05 Intro to topic & discussion begins 22:35 Scoopy Ad Break 28:14 Recommendations If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com We also have a website BABY!!!! Check us out at www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au ✨ Be sure to check out the amazing Asian Australian Mental Health Initiative at https://www.justshapesandsounds.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/justshapesandsounds/. Join the 3 month trial of the Shapes & Sounds Club from the end of April to July and get the first month FREE!!! We'll see you on there! ✨ 🍨 Also, thanks to Scoopy Milk Bar for sponsoring this episode. For the month of April, 2021, you can use our code UA15 during checkout for 15% off their menu! Check out their website and Instagram @scoopymilkbar for their sweet desserts! 🍨 Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •SpotifyLakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
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April 26, 2021
42. We Found Love (Languages) in a Hopeless Place
Alrighty, so this is not the hit song by Calvin Harris & Rihanna BUT it is all about the theory of love languages baby!!!! Ahh, love is complex innit. As we try to navigate different romantic and non-romantic relationships, it is important to understand that humans give and receive love in different ways. According to Dr Gary Chapman's book The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, there are 5 different expressions of love: •Acts of Service •Physical Touch •Words of Affirmation •Gifts •Quality Time We both took the quiz to find out how we each give and receive love and divulged all in this episode! Based on our experiences growing up as Asian Australians, we also applied an Asian household lens on the love languages and spoke about how love was present in our homes and why that might be the case. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Intro to love languages •Guessing each other's love language •Discussing our results •How love languages have impacted our relationships •Talking about how our results might correlate w/ how we received or saw love as a child •Looking at love languages from a non-romantic perspective •Asian households x love languages T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 02:00 Intro to topic & discussion begins If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com We also have a website BABY!!!! Check us out at www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au ✨ Be sure to check out the amazing Asian Australian Mental Health Initiative at https://www.justshapesandsounds.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/justshapesandsounds/. Join the 3 month trial of the Shapes & Sounds Club from the end of April to July and get the first month FREE!!! We'll see you on there! ✨ 🍨 Also, thanks to Scoopy Milk Bar for sponsoring this episode. For the month of April, 2021, you can use our code UA15 during checkout for 15% off their menu! Check out their website and Instagram @scoopymilkbar for their sweet desserts! 🍨 Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •SpotifyLakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
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April 19, 2021
41. Exploring & Challenging Cultural Differences Between the East & West w/ Author and Lawyer, Rebecca Lim
Have you ever felt conflicted because a family member's old school way of thinking doesn't align with what you value? Or felt a pull between being Asian and being Australian? Growing up Asian in the west comes with many beautiful things but it can also harbour feelings of confusion and disconnect as we explore our cultural identity. From gendered stereotypes to challenging patriarchal ways of thinking in Asian households, we chat to the incredibly intelligent author, illustrator, editor and lawyer, Rebecca Lim. Rebecca is the author of over 20 books, including Tiger Daughter, The Astrologer's Daughter (a Kirkus Best Book of 2015 and CBCA Notable Book for Older Readers), Afterlight and the bestselling Mercy. Her work has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award, Aurealis Award, INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award and Davitt Award, and has also been longlisted for the Gold Inky Award and the David Gemmell Legend Award. We are so lucky to have her join us on the poddy today as she brings her brilliant insights, witty sense of humour and passion for equality and diversity & inclusion. You can find more Rebecca Lim here and follow her on instagram here. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Growing up as an Asian Australian in rural Queensland •Casual racism •Cultural and societal pressures of being an Asian female •Gendered stereotypes •Value differences between generations •The migration experience •Challenging old school waves of thinking •The 'invisible leash' •Patriarchy in Asian countries •Western vs. Asian contexts of feminism and equality •Having arguments with parents because of cultural values and differences •Linking silence with respect and obedience •Why change is can be so difficult •Seeing the other side of the spectrum •Background of Rebecca Lim's novel, Tiger Daughter •Importance of Asian representation and migrant stories in books T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 01:52 Rebecca Lim's background 03:00 Discussion begins If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com We also have a website BABY!!!! Check us out at www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au ✨ Be sure to check out the amazing Asian Australian Mental Health Initiative at https://www.justshapesandsounds.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/justshapesandsounds/. Join the 3 month trial of the Shapes & Sounds Club from the end of April to July and get the first month FREE!!! We'll see you on there! ✨ 🍨 Also, thanks to Scoopy Milk Bar for sponsoring this episode. For the month of April, 2021, you can use our code UA15 during checkout for 15% off their menu! Check out their website and...
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April 12, 2021
40. Swiping Right? Adventures w/ Dating Apps ft. Lucy Nguyen, Ina Jade & Trinh [Girl Chat pt. 2]
'To swipe left or to swipe right? That is the question.' - Hamlet Shakespeare or something like that. Modern day dating has led to some interesting new inventions, apps being one of the biggest players in the realm. We're joined by our lovely girlfriends, Lucy, Ina Jade and Trinh for a fun chat about the eccentric world of dating apps. So, what constitutes a good profile? What makes a good date? What sort of bad dates have we unfortunately encountered?! Tune in to find out ;) Note that this is part 2 of our Girl Chat with the lovely ladies, so if you haven't already, be sure to check out episode "37. Slaying Single ft. Lucy Nguyen, Ina Jade & Trinh [Girl Chat pt. 1]". E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •What apps we've trialled •What makes us swipe left or right on an app? •Giving our friends free reign over the apps •Bad dates experiences?? •Red flags on dates •Dating mindsets •Sooo, wyd ;) •Random men messaging on FB •Sus interactions from men •Types of ghosting •Dating expectations on the apps •Finding love/friendship on the apps? •Setting boundaries from the get go •Recommendations T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:40 Intro to guests 00:56 Intro to topic/discussion begins If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com We also have a website BABY!!!! Check us out at www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au Also, thanks to Scoopy Milk Bar for sponsoring this episode. For the month of April, 2021, you can use our code UA15 during checkout for 15% off their menu! Check out their website and Instagram @scoopymilkbar for their sweet desserts! Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •SpotifyLakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
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April 05, 2021
39. Khanh Ong pt. 2 // DJ turned Masterchef on being Unapologetically Gay-sian
This is part 2 of our fantastic chat with ex-Masterchef Australia contestant, Khanh Ong! If you haven't already, be sure to check out Pt. 1 (episode #38) for an equally hilarious and insightful conversation. Khanh Ong is a loud and proud, Vietnamese Australian cook, presenter, author and ex DJ. Born in a Malaysian refugee camp into an incredibly hard-working family, his infectious bubbly, down-to-earth personality, wit and captivating story won over Australia, as he graced our screens on MasterChef Australia season 10 and 12. He is the part owner of the George on Collins, a content creator and an incredible advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Khanh's mum's openess with the LGBTQIA+ community •What is Minus18 and QLife? •Advice for those struggling with their sexuality in an Asian household •Facilitating conversations with the older generation and encouraging change •The importance of embracing our differences •Life as a DJ •Beginning the MasterChef journey •Behind the scenes at MasterChef! •MasterChef and its diversity •What makes Khanh Ong Unapologetically Asian? T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:42 Intro to Pt. 2 01:09 Discussion continues You can follow Khanh on Instagram and check out his ventures and projects here. Also, please check out Minus18 and QLife, two amazing platforms that support the LGBTQIA+ community. If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com We also have a website BABY!!!! Check us out at www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au Also, thanks to Scoopy Milk Bar for sponsoring this episode. For the month of March, 2021, you can use our code UA10 during checkout for 10% off their menu! Check out their website and Instagram @scoopymilkbar for their sweet desserts! Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •SpotifyLakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
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March 29, 2021
38. Khanh Ong pt. 1 // Food, Family & Forging Your Own Path
You are in for a treat because we are absolutely BLESSED to have the vivacious Khanh Ong grace us w/ his warmth, wit and wonder! Khanh Ong is loud and proud, Vietnamese Australian cook, presenter, author and ex DJ. Born in a Malaysian refugee camp into an incredibly hard-working family, his infectious bubbly, down-to-earth personality, wit and captivating story won over Australia, as he graced our screens on MasterChef Australia season 10 and 12. He is the part owner of the George on Collins, a content creator and an incredible advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •How Tiana 'met' Khanh •Would you rather.... •Khanh's upbringing and childhood •History of comfort foods •High school and handling family matters •Post high-school life and attending fashion school in London •Educating the older generation about self-care •Asian love languages •Favourite Vietnamese dishes T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:25 Intro to Khanh Ong 01:04 Discussion begins You can follow Khanh on Instagram and check out his ventures and projects here. If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com We also have a website BABY!!!! Check us out at www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au Also, thanks to Scoopy Milk Bar for sponsoring this episode. For the month of March, 2021, you can use our code UA10 during checkout for 10% off their menu! Check out their website and Instagram @scoopymilkbar for their sweet desserts! Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •SpotifyLakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
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March 22, 2021
37. Slaying Single ft. Lucy Nguyen, Ina Jade & Trinh [Girl Chat pt. 1]
The legendary Beyonce once said, all the single ladies - put yo' hands up! Whether you're a single pringle who is ready to mingle, Miss Independent or always on the prowl for a mans or womans, there is not doubt that all our experiences shapes us and our future relationships. In this episode, we are joined by 3 amazing babes who are all single and in different stages of their lives. We go rogue and chat unapologetically about our past relationships and how that's led us to where we are today. We dive into stories of taking out the trash, cheating, pussy power and tips to slay being single. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Intro to the girls •Types of single people •Where we fit on the spectrum of singledom •Our past experiences and relationships •Cheating stories •Respecting yourself •Perks of being single •Tips to slay being single T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:29 Intro to the girls 01:32 Discussion begins If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com Also, thanks to Scoopy Milk Bar for sponsoring this episode. For the month of March, 2021, you can use our code UA10 during checkout for 10% off their menu! Check out their website and Instagram @scoopymilkbar for their sweet desserts! Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •SpotifyLakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
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March 15, 2021
36. Sarah Davidson // Lawyer turned Funtrepreneur on being Unapologetically YAY-sian
On today's episode we are seizing the yay with boss babe, lawyer turned funtrepreneur Sarah Davidson! Born in South Korea, at 6 months old, Sarah was adopted by a beautiful Australian family. She started off her career as a lawyer at a top tier firm and after an incredible sliding doors moment, quit corporate life to start her entrepreneurial journey. Sarah is the co-founder of Matcha Maiden and Matcha Mylkbar. Outside of her (matcha) grind, she also runs the incredibly successful podcast Seize the Yay which has amassed millions of independent downloads with guests such as Miranda Kerr and Gary Vaynerchuk. She has also published a book - Seize the Yay and is regularly a guest speaker at events hosted by Vogue, Lululemon and League of extraordinary women just to name a few. We've only scratched the surface of her incredible legacy of work but omg we're so excited to share with you our convo with the bubbly and effervescent Sarah Davidson today. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Who is Sarah, an introduction •Growing up as an adopted South Korean Australian •Cultural identity crisis and internalised racism •From lawyer to 'funtrepreneur' •Sliding doors moments •Birth of her startups Matcha Maiden and Matcha Mylkbar •How she maintains such a positive outlook on life •Seizing the YAY! T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:39 Intro to who Sarah Davidson is 01:40 Discussion begins You can follow Sarah on Instagram and check out her ventures and projects below: @spoonful_of_sarah spoonfulofsarah.com/links If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com Also, thanks to Scoopy Milk Bar for sponsoring this episode. For the month of March, 2021, you can use our code UA10 during checkout for 10% off their menu! Check out their website and Instagram @scoopymilkbar for their sweet desserts! Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •SpotifyLakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
48:28
March 01, 2021
35. The Phenomenal & Dark Side of KPOP
BTS, Big Bang, EXO, Black Pink... sound familiar? Within the last few decades, Korean POP music culture has swept the world by storm, introducing a remarkable new world of entertainment in the form of eccentric music videos, perfectly synched choreography and eclectic fashion style. From the Hallyu wave to international collaboration with Western artists, we discuss the ins and outs of the KPOP revolution and the drivers behind its continuous success. However, with success and power always comes a darker shadow lurking behind closed doors, KPOP cannot be without its darker secrets... Trigger Warning: Please be advised that we touch on topics such as suicide and sexual assault. If you require professional help, we've included mental health resources below. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Hallyu Wave, what is it? •Seo Taiji and the Boys and their cultural influence •The IDOL group formula •Tough realities Idol trainees face •The business aspect behind Idol groups •Globalisation and marketability of KPOP groups •Thuy's obsession with BTS, LOL •International collaboration with KPOP •KPOP and mental stress •Seungri and the Burning Sun scandal •Manipulation and exploitation of female members within the industry T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:53 Intro to topic 02:00 Discussion begins 18:50 Scoopy Milkbar shoutout! Use UA15 for 15% your order ;) 38:38 Recommendations ✨MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES✨ •Government support during COVID-19 •Lifeline Australia: 24 Hour Crisis Line - 131 114 •Beyond Blue: Hotline - 1800 512 348 •24/7 Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 •Asian Australian Mental Health Practitioner List by Shapes & Sounds ✨KPOP RESOURCES✨ •https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-11-06/k-pop-s-dark-side-assault-prostitution-suicide-and-spycams •https://www.insider.com/kpop-dark-side-gym-diet-dating-great-guys-crayon-pop-2019-10 •https://martinroll.com/resources/articles/asia/korean-wave-hallyu-the-rise-of-koreas-cultural-economy-pop-culture/ •Netflix's Explained KPOP documentary If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com Also, thanks to Scoopy Milk Bar for sponsoring this episode. For the month ...
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February 22, 2021
Minari Mini Film Review [BONUS EP]
Disclaimer: this is NOT a sponsored episode! We were so excited to have the opportunity to attend an advance screening of the breathtaking film, Minari. Minari is a movie written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung and starring Steven Yuen, Han Ye-Ri, Young Yuh-jung, Alan S. Kim, Noel Cho and Will Patton. It's a film that centres around a Korean immigrant family chasing the American dream. Throughout Minari are elements of family, perseverance and strength. Although, we are both not Korean-American, we absolutely resonated with the film's heart and appreciated the beautiful cinematography and score. Being huge supporters of Asian representation and arts, we highly recommend that you go out to your local cinemas and support this film! We were not paid to record this episode, however want to say a massive thank you to Madman Entertainment for giving us the opportunity to witness such a powerful and moving movie. In this conversation, we've only scratched the surface. If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com See you in tomorrow's episode and hope you enjoyed this bonus one! Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
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February 22, 2021
34. thank u, next (breakups & heartbreak 💔)
Siri, play Drake's entire discography because we about to hit da sad girl hours. Whether you've had your heart broken or broken up with your S/O, one thing is for sure.. breakups suck. In this episode, we get raw 'n' real and share our experiences with heartbreak. We talk about lessons we've learnt from these past relationships, get introspective and give tips on how to mend that gaping hole in your chest. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •We describe how heartbreak felt to us •Self-worth •Depending on our exes •Self-love is v important •The importance of timing •What we did to get over our breakups •Xboxes •Seeing an ex post-breakup •Personal development baby!!!! •Can you be friends with an ex? T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:35 Intro to topic 01:07 Discussion begins 22:42 Recommendations If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com Also, thanks to Scoopy Milk Bar for sponsoring this episode. For the month of February, 2021, you can use our code UA15 during checkout for 15% off their menu! Check out their website and Instagram @scoopymilkbar for their sweet desserts! Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •SpotifyLakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
26:39
February 15, 2021
33. BRB, Chasing Dreams w/ Kelogsloops aka Hieu Nguyen
Guess who's back?! To kick off Season 3, we're absolutely elated to be joined by the amazingly talented Hieu Nguyen, a.k.a kelogsloops! Hieu is a self-taught Asian Australian artist who goes by the alias kelogsloops. He specialises in both digital and watercolour paintings, blending abstract and surreal art styles with anime influences from his upbringing. With over 1.2 million followers on Instagram, 864K subscribers on YouTube and many solo exhibitions, Hieu is definitely an inspiration to many and continues to produce mesmerizingly stunning art pieces. In this episode, we delve into the life of a solo artist and how Hieu has managed to build his name and brand into the incredible empire it is today. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Who is Hieu, an introduction •A Quarter life crisis?! Switching from STEM career > art •Role models and using social media to create a career •The origins of "BRB, chasing dreams" •Career milestones •Being recognised IRL for the first time! •The artistic process and opening a studio •Exploring different mediums and mastering watercolour painting •What makes Hieu, Unapologetically Asian? •Recommendations T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:43 Intro to who Kelogsloops is 01:12 Discussion begins 31:10 Recommendations You can follow Hieu on Instagram @kelogsloops https://kelogsloops.com/ If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com Also, thanks to Scoopy Milk Bar for sponsoring this episode. For the month of February, 2021, you can use our code UA15 during checkout for 15% off their menu! Check out their website and Instagram @scoopymilkbar for their sweet desserts! Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •SpotifyLakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
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February 08, 2021
32. Benjamin Law // Unapologetically Asian Australian
For our season 2 finale, we are stoked to be joined by an absolute Asian Australian treasure - writer & broadcaster Benjamin Law. *Warning: this episode is an actual FEAST FOR YOUR EARS because of Benjamin Law* He is best known for being the creative genius behind the SBS award winning TV show, 'The Family Law' - which was originally a memoir based on his experiences growing up in a Chinese Australian family. He is the author of Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East, the Quarterly Essay Moral Panic 101, and editor of Growing up Queer in Australia. His most recent projects include his debut play 'Torch the Place', ABC documentary 'Waltzing the Dragon with Benjamin Law' and co-hosting ABC RN's weekly pop culture show, 'Stop Everything'. In this episode, we are blessed by Benjamin's intellect and deep dive into culture, identity, sexuality, and representation. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •The link between your name and identity •Growing up Asian Australia during the height of One Nation •Owning your sexuality •Behind the scenes of an award-winning SBS TV show •Asian representation •Diversity in Australian media: the progress and long road ahead •Advice for those wishing to slay the media industry T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:39 Gday to Benjamin Law 02:03 Discussion begins Follow us at @unapologeticallyazn for more content and to be the first to hear about our EXCITING AF giveaway to celebrate the end of season 2 and to give thanks to you beautiful souls for all your support! If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) You can follow Benjamin on Twitter and Instagram. https://benjamin-law.com/ ✨Music✨ Joakim Karud •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •SpotifyLakey Inspired •Chill Day •YouTube
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October 26, 2020
31. Swinging through the Corporate Jungle ft. Cordell Carmody & Vivien Leung
Is it a plane? Is it a bird? No, it's an overworked, underpaid, caffeinated corporate worker leaving their 60 story building on the way to their next client meeting. We had the absolute pleasure of being joined by our boss af friends, Cordell and Vivien, who are years deep into their careers at a Big 4 & Tech firm and have kindly shared their experiences swinging through the corporate jungle. In this episode, we delve into the intricacies of finding value in your work through experience, networking and actively seeking new opportunities. Stick around long enough, and you'll get to hear some juicy corporate horror stories, including and not limited to a $2 million embezzlement scandal 👀. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •LinkedIn journey •Experiencing imposter syndrome •Best tips for new starters •Networking 101 •Being a good leader •Finding new jobs and negotiating pay •Cultural influences on work behaviour •Bamboo ceiling •Corporate horror stories •Highlight of our careers T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:45 Intro to Cordell and Vivien & topic 01:14 Discussion begins 36:00 Recommendations ✨Follow Vivien and Cordel ✨ •@stawbeviv •Cordell's LinkedIn If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
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October 19, 2020
30. Uncovering the Female Mind
The infamous "I'm fine"... what does it really mean?! Women, girls, ladies and those who identify as female are known to be mysteriously complicated, but there's a reason behind all of our thinking. A few of our amazing listeners have sent us through some questions and in this episode, we're answering the ones related to the female species. We've also included some curly questions from the internet that boys, dudes and all those who identify as male are dying to know about girls and make a solid attempt at uncovering the secrets behind the fem mind! Pls don't take our words as verbatim - at the end of the day we're all super unique and complicated as humans are! Hope you all enjoy this light-hearted episode and if you have any varying opinions about the questions we cover, we'd love to know! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Receiving diq pics •Commenting on someone's appearance •Why do girls go to the bathroom in groups? •What do girls talk about with each other when discussing relationships? •What does "I'm fine" REALLY mean? •The concept of venting •Attractive features in the opposite sex •What it feels like to be on her period T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:45 Intro to topic 01:12 Discussion begins 23:40 Recommendations If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
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October 12, 2020
29. Where We're Really From - Our Families' Immigration Stories ft. David Tran
As proud children of immigrants and first-generation Asian Australians, we are incredibly grateful for our families' sacrifices and the hardships that they endured whilst escaping their lives in war-torn Vietnam. In this episode, we're joined by our good friend David Tran. We all candidly share the tumultuous journeys that our loved ones went through. From leaving family members behind to whales guiding their family to safety, from accidentally getting on a boat to being rescued by the U.S Navy; we tell their extraordinary stories of bravery. We hope you enjoy this special story-telling episode. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •What our families' life in Vietnam was like •What their motivators were to seek refuge in another country •The journey from Vietnam to refugee camps •From refugee camps to Australia •Assimilating to Australian life •Funny stories about our parents' early days in Australia T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 01:00 Intro to Dave & topic 02:12 Discussion begins 35:05 Recommendations ✨Follow David's Plant Journey ✨ •@monsteroids If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com ✨Support Asylum Seekers✨ •Asylum Seeker Resource Centre •Red Cross •Refugee Council of Australia •Save the Children Let's do our little bit to make a difference. Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
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October 05, 2020
A Quickie
Hi everyone! Just a quick one - if you have a few minutes to spare, we've got a cheeky lil survey we'd love for you to fill out ☺️ We're constantly trying to improve our content to provide you beautiful souls a superb listening experience. Want to hear about a particular topic? Perhaps a 1hr+ compilation of Tiana's stand-up comedy level jokes? A deeper dive into Thuy's escapades in the dating world? Let us know! We deeply appreciate every single drop of feedback given and thank you in advance for your time ♥︎ Please find the survey link here! In the mean-time, feel free to binge the rest of our episodes or check out our Instagram for some more content! Hope you're all staying well and healthy; catch y'all in the next episode ★ E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Greetings fellas •Stay safe friends ♡ •New survey! We'd love to hear from you, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
01:05
September 28, 2020
28. Dating Red Flags ft. Big Trouble Podcast
Whether you're the type of person who will run straight through red flags like a bull running towards the giant red flag in Spain or you press eject as soon as you see a shade of pink, one thing is for sure. RED FLAGS spell DANGER on the dating/relationship battlefield. So, how adventurous are you feeling? In this episode we're joined by our favourite Canadian boys/sweetermen from Big Trouble Podcast, Jon & Paul. Join us in this fun episode as we get insightful & interesting male perspectives and delve into the different red flags that we all TRY to avoid in our potential partners. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Red flags associated with personality •Yellow fever •Korean blood type compatibility •Interracial dating •Red flags associated with habits •First date red flags/strategies •Do we prefer guy or girl to pay on a first date? •Superficial red flags •Why we think people ignore red flags T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:00 Intro to Jon & Paul and episode topic 01:45 Discussion begins 40:29 Recommendations ✨FOLLOW BIG TROUBLE PODCAST or get in trouble ;) ✨ •Listen on Anchor •Subscribe on Spotify •Instagram: @bigtroublepodcast •Paul Hong: @_paulhong_ •Jonathan Chung: @jchungie If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
46:06
September 21, 2020
27. Cultural Influences on Mental Health ft. Maddy Trinh
Opening up the dialogue about mental health is definitely not an easy task in some households. It can be frustrating, daunting and sometimes tiresome to be vulnerable in front of your family and friends. Although now, more than ever, it's become so important to normalise these conversations about mental health! In this episode, we're joined by the our dear friend Maddy Trinh (who is currently undertaking her Master's degree in clinical psychology) and together we discuss how cultural values have interplayed into the perceptions and interpretations of mental health in the general Asian community. We also discuss some hot tips on how to stay afloat mentally during a pandemic and the relationship between mental and physical health + much more! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Maddy's academic journey and volunteer work •Language barriers in conversations about mental health •How cultural values and differences can downplay the severity of mental health •Gender roles and effect on mental health •Helping friends who are struggling with mental health •Tips for people in lockdown/isolation during a pandemic •Normalised toxic behaviours in Asian culture •Ways to encourage more positive conversations about mental health at home •Ties between mental and physical health T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:00 Intro to episode 01:25 Intro Maddy & Discussion begins ✨FOLLOW MADDY✨ •Instagram: @maddyformentalhealth ✨MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES✨ •Government support during COVID-19 •Lifeline Australia: 24 Hour Crisis Line - 131 114 •Beyond Blue: Hotline - 1800 512 348 •24/7 Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 •Asian Australian Mental Health Practitioner List by Shapes & Sounds If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
32:02
September 14, 2020
26. Mental Health & Music Therapy ft. Therapist Asami Koike
Rooted in cultural nuances, cracks in our healthcare system and barriers to entry, starting your mental health journey can seem daunting at first. However, we're here today to break it down. In this episode, we're lucky to be joined by the delightful Asami Koike, a registered Music Therapist and founder of Shapes & Sounds - an initiative dedicated to Asian Australian Mental Health & Well-being! We delve into cultural factors, different avenues of treatment & how we can start our journey with mental health. *Apologies for the echo and background noise in parts of the audio. We hope you still enjoy the content of the discussion as much as we did!* E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Asami's mental health journey •What is Shapes & Sounds? •How environment has an impact on your mental health •Steps to start your mental health journey •Different types of treatment •Barriers to entry to treatment for Asians •Industry insights about Asian Australians & mental health T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:00 Intro to episode 01:52 Intro Asami & Discussion begins ✨FOLLOW ASAMI✨ •Instagram: @justshapesandsounds •LinkedIn: Shapes & Sounds •Website: https://www.justshapesandsounds.com/ •Asian Australian Mental Health FREE Webinar ✨MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES✨ •Government support during COVID-19 •Lifeline Australia: 24 Hour Crisis Line - 131 114 •Beyond Blue: Hotline - 1800 512 348 •24/7 Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 •Asian Australian Mental Health Practitioner List by Shapes & Sounds If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
26:25
September 07, 2020
25. Lessons We've Learnt in Our 20s
To celebrate us both turning 24 this week, we've put together 9 lessons (+ some bonus ones) that we've learnt in love, friendships, relationships & self-reflection. Move over Confucius. Aristotle who? Join us for this very chill episode as we get hella deep and candid about our inner flaws and lessons we've realised in our early 20s. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Lessons in relationships •Lessons in love •Lessons about failing •Mistakes we've made in the past •Looking introspectively T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:00 Intro to episode 01:50 Discussion begins 16:50 Recommendations Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com P.S We swear quite a lot in this episode hehehe ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
20:44
August 31, 2020
24. The Rise of Asian Representation in Media
One of our main motivators behind starting this podcast was to do our little part to increase Asian representation in media. In this episode, we deep dive into the past, present & future of Asian representation in film, tv & YouTube. We dissect how it has progressed over the years and the direction we're moving towards with the increase in Asian talent recognition in Hollywood that will hopefully trickle down to and influence all of media in general #REPRESENTATIONMATTERS E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Yellow face •Asian stereotypes - typical roles Asians portrayed •White saviour narrative •Whitewashing in movies •Western remakes •Celebrating Asians in film, TV & YouTube •Acknowledging awesome Asians behind the scenes •Anti-Asian issues that still exist today •Let's normalise Asians on Screen In this conversation, we've only scratched the surface on the very important issues, debates and talent in Asian representation. If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:00 Intro to episode 00:43 Discussion begins 25:28 Recommendations Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
29:15
August 24, 2020
23. Let's talk about Sex, Mental Health & Drugs, Baby
Let's talk about sex baby, let's talk- JUST KIDDING, that is DEFINITELY not happening in an Asian household. It's a fact, there are plenty of taboo topics that one must not mention beneath the roof of an Asian house; drugs, love, sex, mental health and getting bad grades are the in the no go-zones of an average conversation with the parents. Tune in to this episode as we discuss our experiences (or lack-of) with these unfathomable taboo topics and how we've delicately navigated the awkward topics in an attempt to have relatively open discussions with our parents. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Sharing our school grades with parents •Consuming alcohol and drug use - no or HECK no? •Dating and the boyfriend reveal •Having "The Sex Talk" •Asian perception of mental health •Why are these topics considered taboo? •Concept of 'Saving Face' T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:00 Intro to episode 00:40 Discussion begins 25:29 Recommendations We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
29:35
August 17, 2020
22. Anatomy of Fuckbois & Nice Guys
Do nice guys always finish last? Do fuckbois/players always slay? Tune into this episode as we deep dive into the common traits we come across in the notorious fuckboi, beloved nice guy and soft boy hybrid. We unpack what makes these guys tick, why we're attracted to some guys over others & try to justify their behaviours as if we're some highly qualified David Attenborough stats professionals (DISCLAIMER: we are defs not). E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Types of nice guys •Do we think guys can get out of friendzone? •Fuckboi (modern day player) 101 •Psychological traits of fuckbois •Are we attracted to fuckbois, have we ever fallen for one? •Soft boy definition •Who are Thuy & Tiana more attracted to (fuckbois, soft boys or nice guys)? •Fuckboi clubbing story T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:00 Intro to episode 02:35 Discussion begins 26:48 Recommendations We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
30:37
August 10, 2020
21. Navigating the Quarter-Life Crisis ft. Anthony Ngo
During our 20s, we experience waves of different emotions. From the excitement of being a "fully fledged adult" with a newfound sense of independence to feeling lost as we discover more about ourselves through valuable life lessons. It's fun, scary, confusing, wild, anxiety-inducing and thrilling; all at the same time. In this episode, we chat about those life realisations and reflections with our hustler and TikTok extraordinaire friend, Anthony Ngo! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Anthony's uni/career journey •Uni/career regrets •Inner conflict (wanting to follow dreams) vs. Outer conflict (parents, societal pressures etc) •Career path transitions/changes •Why rejection is good •Entrepreneurial journey with Schtik •The growth of TikTok •Advice to those currently going through the quarter-life crisis T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:00 Intro to episode and guest 01:28 Discussion begins 26:33 Recommendations We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com FOLLOW ANTHONY: @anthonyngo._ @schtik._ Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
33:14
August 03, 2020
Welcome to Unapologetically Asian (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
Hi beautiful human beings, we're Thuy & Tiana! This is the place where we talk about navigating through adulthood as Asian Australians 💬 🐨 Noticing a lack of Asian representation in the media, we decided to create a place to share our stories and experiences to: ✨ entertain ✨ inform ✨ & represent our community. We have candid conversations about culture, identity, careers, dating & everything in-between. We try to open up the dialogue for both big, important issues as well as light-hearted, fun topics. Think of it as a dnm with your friends on the shit you care about! 🎧 We always strive to make this the best listening experience for you guys, so we've added time stamps in the description and outline points to help a bro & sista out. If you like what you're hearing, pls show us some love and subscribe on your preferred podcasting platform. Now, grab that cup of tea or shot of tequila and let's start this conversation 🥂 Much love, UA ♡ P.S We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
00:52
August 02, 2020
20. You Glow Glen Coco: Asian Beauty & Skincare 101 ft. Sterne
Emulsion? Serum? Toner? Don't worry, we're just as confused as you are - all of these words sound like an alien language but are actually products that everyone should adopt in their own skincare regimen! In this episode, we explore the interesting world of Asian beauty; from the 7-step Korean skincare routine to where Asian beauty standards get their influence from, prepare to be walk away from this episode with a plethora of new learnings. We're also fortunate enough to be joined by the lovely Sterne, a Skin Specialist who has worked for major brands like Mecca! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Korean 7-Step skincare regimen •Why applying sunscreen is a M U S T •Western vs. Asian standards of beauty •Ingredients in skincare to look out for •Essentials for a skincare starter pack •Asian beauty trends i.e. eye contacts, plastic surgery T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:00 Intro to episode and guest 03:24 Discussion begins 29:36 Recommendations We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com GUEST INSTA HANDLES: @gettingsternie Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
34:58
July 27, 2020
19. We Need to Talk - Asians for Black Lives Matter
We know this topic can seem quite heavy and tbh we're not experts, so we defs ain't out here trying to preach. In this episode, we share our feelings towards Black Lives Matters and the convos we've had with our parents about it. We hope that by sharing our experiences, you feel like you can relate and it encourages you to reflect and start a dialogue with your own fam and friends about being anti-racist. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Our initial reactions towards Black Lives Matters •Calling ourselves out •Sharing convos/debates we had with our parents •Model Minority Myth •Thuy's protest experience T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:58 Discussion begins R E S O U R C E S ----------------------------- Black Lives Matter in Australia Allyship Resources compiled by Nicki Sun 10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ https://www.zeefeed.com.au/blog/how-to-support-george-floyd-protest-australia We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
24:25
July 21, 2020
18. Modern Day Dating ft. Jasmine Nguyen & Martin Chan
In our Season 2 Premiere, we discuss our experiences trying to navigate today's dating landscape to find da one. From swiping right on Tinder to making moves on Hinge, we breakdown the pros and cons of the juicy world of online dating and find out which app is most app-ealing to us ;) We're joined by our lovely friends Jasmine & Martin, who spill the tea and share with us their wild Subtle Asian Dating Assessment Centre story. YES, you read that correctly hehe. Join us as we discuss what attracts us to the opposite sex, ghosting and the differences males & females face on that dating battlefield ya'll! So... do you.... like... cheese? E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •What was dating like in the past? •How do you meet people offline? (mutual friends, raves, the club) •How do you meet people online? (dating apps i.e. Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, Coffee Meets Bagel & Tan Tan), Subtle Asian Dating •What makes us swipe right or left? •Martin's male dating insights •Thuy's experience on the Tinder & Hinge •Tiana's one and only tinder story T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:00 Intro to episode and guests 02:35 Discussion begins 01:12:00 Recommendations We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com GUEST INSTA HANDLES: @jas.eats @martinnchan Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
01:20:06
July 13, 2020
17. Reflections & Highlights
It's been an amazing journey leading up to where we are today with Unapologetically Asian and we couldn't have done it without every single one of your support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for putting in the time and effort to listen to us! Join us in this quick recap, as we reflect on our favourite moments & highlights in Season 1. Don't fret, we will be back for Season 2 with some very exciting content in the works! Did someone say tinder dates and hot tea?! See y'all on the flip side ;) E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Reflections of Season 1 •Lessons learnt •Highlights of starting a podcast •Favourite episode shout outs •Outline what is coming in Season 2 We'd love to hear from you, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn Much love, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
08:34
June 28, 2020
16. Challenging Asian Career Stereotypes ft. LEMON Podcast
Whilst many Asians have typically been guided towards a traditional career path and pursued success in STEM industries; there is a rise of Asians challenging the status quo, breaking the mould and redefining the meaning of success as an Asian. In this episode, we talk to Phillip Kuoch & Tom Tan from LEMON podcast. From KPOP auditions to a career as an Oral Health Therapist, Tom broke the mould by quitting his 6 figure salary job to pursue his passion in songwriting & music. From being the brain behind hellokpop to starting a doughnut empire called Goldeluck's, Phillip followed his entrepreneurial spirit after university, rewriting his own narrative and path to success. Listen in as we chat with Phil & Tom about their journeys, how they had the courage to challenge the status quo & advice that they would give to those wishing to do the same. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Shape context with societal pressures of "Good Asian" •Discuss the new wave of Asians breaking out of the usual stereotypes •Tom's KPOP audition process •Phil's illegal KPOP music hosting site •How Phil founded hellokpop and started Goldeluck's •Tom's experience working as a Oral Health Therapist overseas and how he quit his job to pursue music •Advice for those wishing to challenge the Asian career status quo T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 04:31 Discussion begins 36:38 Recommendations Follow LEMON Podcast: https://www.instagram.com/lemonpodcast/ . We'd love to know your thoughts about this topic as well, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/ . Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
51:07
May 25, 2020
15. Breaking through the Bamboo Ceiling
The bamboo ceiling is the construct that mitigates Asians from progressing to leadership positions within an organisation. Whilst Asians are able to see these leadership positions through the gaps of the metaphorical bamboo ceiling, they are unable to physically break through due to a combination of cultural, social & systematic factors that impede progress to the top. In this episode, we deep dive into the possible causes of the bamboo ceiling, our own experiences in the boardroom and how we can work together as Asian Australians to counteract this problem in our society. We explore the realities of our workplace, cultural upbringing, systematic racism, unconscious biases and debate whether instilling a cultural quota will help fix the problem. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •What is the Bamboo Ceiling? •Discuss stats and real life examples •Tiana & Thuy reflect on their own companies •Deep dive into why the bamboo ceiling exists •Traditional Asian values •Systemic racism •Unconscious bias •Discuss how can we overcome Bamboo Ceiling? •Pros and Cons of cultural quotas •Is it responsibility of company or individual? T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:47 Recommendations 03.30 Discussion begins We'd love to know your thoughts about this topic as well, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
27:49
May 13, 2020
14. Shower Thoughts
Is it me or is it hot and steamy in here? Everyone has had a eureka moment in their lives where they come up with a revolutionary thought and most of the time, it happens in the presence of hot running water and solitude - shower time. In today's episode, we talk about some shower thoughts we've come across online and thought of on our own. Come and social distance with us as we take you down a rabbit hole into the most complex thoughts of the human mind. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ Showers thoughts: •Dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets •Break a leg •Bean desserts •Do dogs understand the English language? •Potatoes tho •Your future self •Tiana's weird dreams T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 02:56 Discussion begins Have any of your own that you'd like to share with us? Then hit us up on Insta @unapologeticallyazn, we'd always love to hear from you. Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
18:37
April 24, 2020
13. First Time Feels: First Job Out of Uni Survival Tips
From making a good first impression with the big cheese to making new friends, we discuss nuggets of advice that we've learnt through our own experiences. Spoiler alert: it may or may not involve copious amounts of caffeine. We address how we've adapted in predominately caucasian workplaces as the token Asian and how we try to chase that sweet, sweet work life balance. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •How to make a good first impression •How to make friends •How to balance work life and maintain deadlines •How to navigate a white dominated workplace as the token Asian T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:50 Recommendations 04:27 Discussion begins Hope you enjoy listening to this pre-isolation recorded episode and can relate. We hope you are staying safe during this time. Remember to reach out to loved ones and take it easy x We'd love to know your thoughts about this topic as well, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/ Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
30:50
April 12, 2020
12. Am I a Bad Asian?
So, are all asians good at maths and studying to become doctors or engineers whilst being super timid & quiet with a love for anime? In this episode we deep dive into the stereotypes associated with being a good asian and deduce whether we're good or bad? From studying the Asian 5 to typical Asian career choices, and being a goody two-shoes who loves all things Asian to being frugal; we uncover the common pressures from society that has shaped our decisions and impacted our search for validation as Asian Australians. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •"Good Asian" stereotypes deep dive: •Studying/uni choices - Asian 5, Tutoring •Career choices - STEM fields, corporate world •Asians are quiet - timid, nerdy, goody two-shoes •Liking Asian things i.e. Anime, Manga, KPOP •Asians are cheap/frugal •Thuy & Tiana reflect on their own experiences and share whether they are "good" or "bad" Asians. T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:58 Recommendations 04:45 Discussion begins Hope you enjoy listening to this episode and can relate. We hope you are staying safe during this time. Remember to reach out to loved ones and take it easy x We'd love to know your thoughts about this topic as well, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/ Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
32:21
April 01, 2020
11. Dating Us Be Like...
Amidst this bleak time of uncertainty, we wanted to do something fun and silly to help brighten up your day. So, we decided to write Subtle Asian Dating-esque profiles for each other. Basically, a list of pros and cons of dating the other person. We have a juicy discussion about whether wholesome LGs actually exist, uncover Thuy's logic about why she's always late & try to deduce whether Tiana's jokes are endearing or actually just plain dorky and lame af. BTW, this is all for shits & gigs and we didn't actually post this lel (and will not post this unless... @Harry Styles or @Dean wishes to slide into our dms) hehehe. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •What is Subtle Asian Dating? •Thuy reads out profile of Tiana (Pros & Cons of dating her) •Tiana reads out profile of Thuy (Pros & Cons of dating her) T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 01:07 Recommendations 03.12 Discussion begins We'd love to know your thoughts about this topic as well, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/ Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
23:56
March 24, 2020
10. Our Favourite Travel Stories [Part 2]
We are back baby with Part II of our fave travel experiences - all aboard the TT750 Express. From physics defying earrings to 5 girls:1 Malaysian bed, getting spirited away in Taiwan to giving Bear Grylls are run for his money in NZ; we share more of our favourite travel stories over the years! As always, remember your neck pillows, plug in those earphones BUT ALSO bring that sanitiser & face masks honey, it's gonna be another fun ride! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Thuy's miracle earring story •Good Vibes Music Festival - Malaysia •Shifen, Taiwan •Tiana's New Zealand thrill seeking adventure T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 00:59 Discussion begins We'd love to know your thoughts about this topic as well, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/ Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
21:40
March 11, 2020
9. Our Favourite Travel Stories [Part 1]
If you're like us, then you would agree that having a flight booked in your calendar is fuel to getting through life. Join us on the TT750 Express as we embark on a journey around the world and relive our experiences overseas. From street food in Vietnam to Bachelor escapades in Thailand, clogging toilets in Korea and getting barred by clubs in Japan; we share some of our favourite travel stories over the years. Remember your neck pillows and plug those earphones in, this is going to be a fun ride. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Countries we've travelled to •The first country we ever travelled to •Travelling around Vietnam to visit family •Most unique countries we travelled to •Going to Rio to represent Australia at World Youth Day •Getting lost in San Francisco •Accidentally stumbling into a bachelor party in Bali •Our trip to Jorea (Japan + Korea) •Encounter with wild boars •Partying in Korea •Missing plane flights T I M E S T A M P S ------------------------------- 6:58 Recommendations 8:36 Discussion begins --------------------------------------- We'd love to know your thoughts about this topic as well, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/ Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
45:57
February 26, 2020
8. OMG, you're so CulTurEd: Asian Australian Traditions We Grew Up With
For us, our New Year doesn't start on January 1st, but in February - wait no I mean, January.... okay when the full moon cycle restarts... what?? Happy Lunar New Year everyone! Tune in to hear us explore the different traditions and customs we Asians face yearly and hold true to us dearly. It's through these experiences that have made and shaped us into who we are today and we hope you can relate or learn something new!  E P I S O D E O U T L I N E  ------------------------------------------  •How religion plays into our lives  •Religious practices we partake in  •How culture has mixed in with religion  •Celebrating death anniversaries with a family gathering and traditional food  •Asian weddings vs. Western weddings  •Lunar New year  •Receiving red pockets  •Continuing cultural traditions as we grow older  T I M E S T A M P S  -------------------------------  2:57 Recommendations  6:40 Discussion begins - -------------------------------------- We'd love to know your thoughts about this topic as well, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/  Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
42:38
January 25, 2020
7. Send Nood(le)s: Growing up with Asian Food
Is it fur, foe or phở? Growing up Asian, we've been exposed to many unique traits that differ from the traditional Australian household, but probably the most notable is our experiences with food. In this episode, we explore the cultural practices surrounding Asian cuisine and what it was like being raised with a variety of customs that has influenced our eating habits and perspective on food in a western setting. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •What we eat at home •Handling spicy food •Helping out in the kitchen •Relationship between family and food in an Asian household •How different Asian customs affected our behaviours relating to food •Favourite local restaurants •Our thoughts on Asian fusion cuisine •Ranking different types of noodle soups •Eating out with friends and family T I M E S T A M P S ------------------------------- 2:28 New Year resolutions 8:04 Recommendations 12:20 Discussion begins --------------------------------------- We'd love to know your thoughts about this topic as well, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/ Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
46:15
January 15, 2020
6. Crazy Broke Asians: Managing Finances in our 20s
THE $TRUGGLE IS REAL YA'LL! Whether you're currently living at home or living pay check to pay check to make rent; we have all experienced the internal struggle of spending vs. saving. On this episode, we discuss how we try to work hard & play hard (SPOILER ALERT: it's not easy), the pressures we face from ourselves, society & parents to save up for a house and where we spend most of our money as two 20 something year olds just wanting to live our best lives. As the gr8 Khalid once said, we're all just young, dumb & broke. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Living your best life vs. saving that do$h •Where we spend most of our money •How we save money •Eating cheap •Financial planning apps •Pressures from society •Saving up for a house and navigating that discussion with family T I M E S T A M P S ------------------------------- 2:55 Recommendations 4:48 Discussion begins --------------------------------------- We'd love to know your thoughts about this topic as well, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/ Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
34:33
December 30, 2019
5. VSA; a Cult or a Club? [Uni Society Life]
Here's a fun drinking game: Take a shot every time you hear us say VSA! Ever wondered what it's like to be in a student club in university? Look no further, because your girls were both very heavily involved in the Vietnamese Students Association, a University based club that hosts social and cultural events. In this episode, we'll discuss everything VSA and go through the lows and highs of being a part of an organisation that's as close as family. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •What is VSA? •First impressions / how we discovered student clubs •What life was like before joining a student club at university •Favourite events from VSA •Importance of embracing your culture •Hardships of being a part of large organisation T I M E S T A M P S ------------------------------- 0:52 Recommendations 4:31 Discussion begins --------------------------------------- We'd love to know your thoughts about this topic as well, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/ Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
35:09
December 10, 2019
4. What Do You Meme? (Subtle Asian Traits Meme Review)
Ever find yourself scrolling aimlessly through FB and seeing memes that make you go "wow, that shit's relatable man"? So, do we! From a soju hierarchy to bubble tea addictions, tough Asian love to avocado noodles ??? join us on this casual podcast episode, where we kick back and go through classic memes from Subtle Asian Traits. You can see us live in action with our recorded episode on IGTV @Unapologeticallyazn ^_^ P.S Sorry for the background noise, I forgot to tell my fam we were recording in my living room. PLZ FORGIVE MEHHHH E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •PHD level deep-dive analysis into a variety of memes sourced from Subtle Asian Traits •Tiana not drinking bubble tea T I M E S T A M P S ------------------------------- 1:20 Discussion begins --------------------------------------- We'd love to know your thoughts, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/ Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
24:45
November 11, 2019
3. The Middle: Postgraduate Life
Some people graduate with a job lined up, others go travelling and many go soul searching. Regardless, most of us go through a phase we define as 'The Middle' - a period of time between graduating and finding a full-time job. Tune in to hear us talk about our experiences and woes after university and discover more about how we trudged through this period of blatant uncertainty. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Defining 'The Middle' •LinkedIn in tour of our career journey •Searching for Grad Jobs post-uni •Asian parents career expectations •Handling rejection in your professional career •Framing success at an individual level T I M E S T A M P S ------------------------------- 0:42 Recommendations 5:43 Discussion begins --------------------------------------- We'd love to know your thoughts about this topic as well, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/ Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
37:40
October 24, 2019
2. Subtle Racist Traits: Casual Racism
From the ol' classic question - " So, where are you really from?" to being complimented, only to be followed with the phrase "... for an Asian", we share our encounters with casual and overt racism. By unpacking how racism has subtly infiltrated everyday conversations and acknowledging where we've played a role in this narrative, we hope to spark a sense of passion in you - to feel empowered & heard! Take a listen & let us know if you've ever experienced casual or overt racism. P.S. Apologies for the choppiness - it's something we are focusing on improving for future episodes! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Definition of 'casual racism' •Encountering racism whilst at work in a predominately white area •Subtle racism in school •Calling people out on covert racism •Drawing the line on racism - when is it not a joke? T I M E S T A M P S ------------------------------- 1:45 Recommendations 4:36 Discussion begins --------------------------------------- We'd love to know your thoughts about this topic as well, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/ Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
23:04
October 09, 2019
1. The Scientific Guide to Aussie Asians: Asian Stereotypes
In this episode, we identify 5 different Asian archetypes and pinpoint their unique traits. Got silver hair and own a Kathmandu puffer? Stan Jimin or listen to ABBA on the daily? Take a listen to see what category you might be in! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Asian archetypes (LG's, weebs, koreaboo, white-washed, hard-asians) •What we identify ourselves as •Identity crisis being not 'asian enough' •Embracing our Asian identity T I M E S T A M P S ------------------------------- 1:45 Recommendations 4:36 Discussion begins --------------------------------------- We'd love to know your thoughts about this topic as well, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/ Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
31:50
September 22, 2019
What is Unapologetically Asian?
The pilot is finally flying! In this episode, we introduce what Unapologetically Asian is and the masterminds behind it all. Join us to find out who we are and what being Unapologetically Asian is all about. This is a place where we talk about navigating through adulthood as Asian Australians! E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------- •What is UA all about? •Our motivations behind creating a podcast •What we hope to achieve from this podcast •Potential topics we will cover •Who Thuy and Tiana are - how we met •Rapid fire questions! T I M E S T A M P S ------------------------------- 2:00 Discussion begins ------------------------------------- We'd love to know your thoughts, feel free to send us an email: unapologeticallyasianpodcast@gmail.com or follow us and slide into our dms on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapologeticallyazn/ Stay safe and healthy, ♥︎ Thuy and Tiana (UA ✌︎) ✨Music by the talented Joakim Karud✨ •Say Goodnight •Soundcloud •Spotify
18:32
August 30, 2019