So Where Are You From?
By Kate Matsumoto, Yoko Sakao Ohama
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So Where Are You From is a podcast for anyone who’s ever been asked, and anyone who’s ever wondered where their Asian friends are “really” from. Hosted by your pals Kate Matsumoto and Yoko Sakao Ohama.
||ExplicitEp. 27: Trauma-free Language School||Kate went on a road trip with her boyfriend, Yoko is thinking about going on a staycation. Our guest this episode is Fei Liu, researcher in residence at NEW INC. We talk about how she saw whiteness as Asian Americans after moving to the US from Harbin,||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 26: I Do Not Have the Dolphin Body||Kate and Yoko are joined by middle school teacher, and esteemed food writer Noah Cho. We talk about Noah's childhood and growing up with a white mom, what it's like teaching middle school kids, and white chefs who cook Asian cuisine. We also circle back||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 25: I Drink Hot Water||Kate and Yoko are joined by ethnographer and people organizer Christina Xu. We talk about Christina’s relationship with the internet, and how she creates channels for enabling other people to do their most ambitious work . Also, Kate’s officiating h||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 24: We’re Doomed to be Our Parents||Kate’s in LA, Yoko’s in NYC. They talk about Yoko’s recent trip to Iceland, Kate visiting home, and how they’re both turning into their parents.||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 23: Kung Fu Kenny||Kate and Yoko spend a good amount of time discussing cultural appropriation after seeing Kendrick Lamar's kung fu-themed concert. Also, Yoko finally gives us her take on Get Out. Thanks for waiting, it's been a long and crazy summer for both of us.||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 22: AzNWeezerChic and countryhousesn||Kate and Yoko chat about eighth grade crushes, Asian dancers hitting the mainstream, and “the ultimate pursuit.”||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 21: It Cast a Shadow||Kate and Yoko chat about Wes Anderson's new movie: Isle of Dogs—Yoko is skeptical, Kate wants to believe it's good. We also talk about how to control New York City, Yoko's first time using a charcoal pore strip, and Korean beauty products. We realize||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 20: Talk to Your People||Kate and Yoko chat with Vincent Lau, of the Administration of Children’s Services of New York’s Department of Youth and Family Justice. We talk about how Vincent found his voice as an activist, his experience walking the March for Justice from New Y||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 19: A Little Area Called None of Your F*ckin’ Business||Kate and Yoko chat with Rain Noe, Senior Editor at Core77, sewing machine collector, and native speaker of the rare Staten-Island–Westchester combination accent. We discuss Rain’s careers in industrial design and writing, the “Asian hookup,” and||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 18: Mad Deference||Kate and Yoko talk to Brian Yeh and Lisa Wang, newly engaged students at Harvard Business School and friends of the pod. We discuss unspoken rules and expectations of dating another Asian person, sticking the Fast and the Furious in a time capsule of||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 17: I'm Not Either||Kate and Yoko discuss the Oscars and chat with producer Kishori Rajan about not being black or white, about identifying with Tia and Tamara Mowry, and about being with Hillary Clinton's team on election night.||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 16: He’s an Uchi!||HNY! Kate and Yoko discuss their resolutions for the New Year, the (s****y) inauguration, and a slew of movies and TV (Kate’s crushes are Uchi from Terrace House and Diego Luna in all movies; Yoko recently watched Mulan for the first time ever). Discl||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 15: Momboarding||Kate and Yoko chat with photographer June Kim about transitioning from commercial to fine art, and getting our moms onboard with our creative pursuits. Plus, a special How Asian Are You also featuring past guest Kevin Huynh! Also, we’ll be taking off||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 14: I Am Deathly Afraid of the Number Four||Kate and Yoko discuss post-election feels and chat with Jing Wei, illustration director at Etsy and part-time faculty at Pratt. We talk about Jing's crippling fear of the number four, how many napkins we take at a restaurant, and discover what "ARF" is.||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 13: Inclusion, Equality, and Progress||Kate and Yoko chat with Andy Chen, founder of and partner at Isometric Studio, about promoting inclusion, equality, and progress; advice from mom; and his preferred bubble tea/boba order. Also, our thoughts on sukajan.||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 12: Grandma. Temple. Buddhist. Internet.||Kate and Yoko chat with Gary Chou, faculty member at SVA and founder of Orbital NYC about how his grandmother's trip to a temple changed his life, his love of networks, and his involvement in Letters for Black Lives.||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 11: Passing the Glow Up||Kate and Yoko chat with role model goal Farah Sheikh, project manager at Squarespace and organizer of Feed and Foster, a dinner series for women of diverse backgrounds. We talk about peer mentorship, lifting up the underserved, and protecting safe space||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 10: Harmit||Kate and Yoko chat with Yng-Ru Chen, cool mom and director of partnerships at Tattly Temporary Tattoos. We find out about what it's like raising two adorable half-Asian kids, and her childhood friend Harmit whose name is a combination of Harvard + MIT.||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 9: Love, Tranquility, Balance ... and Other Tattoos||Kate and Yoko chat about the Olympics, Asian movies with white heroes, and tattoos. It’s just us this week, so this ep’s a shortie ... but packed with goodness as ever. ^_^||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 8: Stop Using that Yellow Dish Rag as a Wig||Kate and Yoko talk to Brian Cheng a.k.a.: Juicy Liu, 2015 winner of So You Think You Can Drag about gettin' crafty with costumes, navigating being two people, and our preferred chopstick holder folding techniques.||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 7: Secret Soy Sauce Hole||Kate and Yoko talk with super badass boss lady Alisha Ramos about “secret” languages, being mixed-race, and Asian beauty standards. Plus, a really gross/amazing Would You Rather courtesy of our very own Kate Matsumoto.||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 6: There's a Shortage of Tops in New York City||Kate and Yoko chat with art director, photographer, and entrepreneur, Nate Poekert about what it's like to be a gay Asian man, adopted by a white family, and home schooled in central Florida. Note: During our recording, we called this episode 5. We’r||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 5: Hundreds of Loose Pepcid in My Purse||Kate and Yoko chat with Sachi Ezura, a TV producer and standup comedian (she’s also Yoko’s best friend), about growing up mixed-race in New York City. Also, weird stories that our parents told us that we’re 99% sure are untrue.||7/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 4: The CTRL + F5 Just to See if You Were Postin'||Kate and Yoko chat with Ken Quemuel a.k.a. siik, a founding member and DJ at LA's hottest R&B and slow jam party, 143. We reminisce about a time when the internet was young, innocent, and not full of catfish.||7/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 3: Once the First “Yes” Comes, All the “Yeses” Start Coming||Kate and Yoko chat with producer and director Roxy Shih about working hard and staying real in the movie-making business. Plus: creepy porcelain dolls ... what’s the deal with those?||6/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 2: VHS Tape of the 1992 Winter Olympics||Kate and Yoko fondly remember the Era of Kristi Yamaguchi. Plus, Kevin Huynh joins us.||4/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 1: Pilot||Kate and Yoko discuss microaggressions, model minorities, and a rooftop story.||4/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Kate and Yoko rule!!
Loved the episode with Brian and Lisa. What a fun dynamic. Kate and Yoko have great chemistry, it’s like you’re hanging out with them (in Kate’s bedroom/recording studio.)
Hilarious and real
Kate and Yoko are a hilarious, fun, and important podcast by two awesome Asian American women. They aren't afraid to swear, drink, laugh, and whine on the show. They bring on pretty boss guests and keep it real. Full of pop culture references and current events, you'll come back to this show when you want a dose of fun, woke, and brutally honest conversations about race, media, and culture.
Fantastic commentary and insights, while still remaining entertaining and engaging. Yoko and Kate are relatable and brilliant. Keep this show going!