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Unapologetically U.S.

Unapologetically U.S.

By Tayo Banjo
Unapologetically U.S. is a podcast with Dr. Omotayo Banjo, professor of media psychology and expert on cultural identity, which shakes up our racial and cultural boxes. In this podcast immigrants and their children celebrate our unique heritage, consider what it means to live in between cultures, and contemplate what it means to be American.
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Transnational Adoption and Finding a Cultural Identity
In this episode, Rebecca Snyder shares about her experience being an Adopted Chinese-American. Making sense of being Chinese in a White family, feeling disconnected from China, and at times feeling othered in America.
October 16, 2021
Mental Health and Boundaries
I got to chat a little more with Dr. Zainab Okolo about managing boundaries as a second-gen while belonging to a collectivistic culture but growing up in an individualistic one.
October 02, 2021
On Mental Health and Being Second Gen
In this episode, we discuss the tension between growing up in U.S. culture and having a collectivistic ancestral heritage. How do we cope with our identity as individuals, maintaining our psychological well-being, develop relational intimacy, and express boundaries in cultures that might be more enmeshed, hierarchical, or authoritative? At a certain age, do we listen to our parents or listen to ourselves? Do we sit with our feelings or do we push past them? Our experiences are certainly not generalizable but might resonate.
October 02, 2021
Raising Second-Generation Children in the U.S.
Foreign-born Americans may learn to assimilate, but their ancestry is in their heart. What considerations are given to raising their children born in America? Jin and Hyeri discuss their assimilation experience and their journey raising second-generation children as Asian-Americans. We also discuss how they process and teach their children about racism,  anti-Asian sentiments and tensions between Black and Asian communities in the U.S.
July 17, 2021
Secure at the Intersection
In this episode, Dr. Charisse L'Pree, media psychologist and communication professor, shares her experience as a monoethnic and multiracial American, how she navigates being in her motherland Guyana and her homeland America and rests in the complexity of her identity as an Afro-Sino Guyanese Black and Asian American woman in the United States.
July 10, 2021
Changing the Narrative
In this episode, I chat with comedian and actor Seyi Brown about the impact of representation on the Nigerian immigrant experience and the value of shifting the narrative as an industry insider.
July 04, 2021
Living In Between
In this episode I talk with my friend of almost 20 years, Stutee K, an immigrant from India and mother of a second-generation American. We discuss assimilation, transnationalism, belongingness, and feeling like an immigrant or their children are never truly one or the other by virtue of of having a mixed cultural experience.
June 25, 2021