Sweet and Sour
By katie zhu and Nicole Zhu
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Sweet and Sour is a show exploring different facets of Asian American life.
||Explicit28: Taste of Home (ft. Mitra Raman)||Founder and CEO Mitra Raman takes us behind-the-scenes of The Buttermilk Company, a delivery startup that makes authentic Indian dishes that can be cooked by just adding hot water. She discusses her emotional connection to her mom’s home-cooking, maki||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit27: Little Discomforts (ft. Diana Zheng)||Author and founder Diana Zheng shares her journey of leaning into discomfort. Diana discusses her cookbook, Jia! The Food of Swatow and the Teochew Diaspora, digging into the Teochew culture, language and particular nuance of being rooted in China with||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit26: Empathy Driven Design (ft. Hannah Chung)||Cofounder and chief creative officer Hannah Chung tells us about Sproutel, a patient-centered research and development workshop. She discusses her upbringing in the US and Korea, how she combined her love of art and science into user-centered design wit||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit25: Goddess Days (ft. Katerina Jeng & Krystie Mak)||Katerina Jeng and Krystie Mak share the origin story of Slant’d — an independent media company that celebrates Asian American identity through personal storytelling. They share their upbringings, conceptions of being Asian American, and self-care pr||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit24: Kawaii Wonderland (ft. Leanna Lin)||Leanna Lin, a curator, buyer, designer, and businesswoman, tells us how she started Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, a family-run gift shop and art gallery based in Los Angeles. She discusses the kawaii aesthetic of her shop and how she selects independent ar||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit23: Trial and Error (ft. Katherine Jin)||COO and cofounder Katherine Jin tells us about the evolution of Kinnos, a biotech company that’s raising the standard of infectious disease decontamination. Katherine also discusses her experience in the startup space as an Asian American woman, entre||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit22: You Do You (ft. Alisha Ramos)||Founder and CEO Alisha Ramos discusses her journey building and and growing Girls’ Night In, a lifestyle brand and community for women who’d rather stay in tonight. Alisha shares how her perspective on her mixed race identity has evolved over time,||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit21: Embracing Uncertainty (ft. Coleen Baik)||Coleen Baik, an independent product designer, illustrator, and advisor, tells us about striking out on her own. She shares her artistic processes, how she’s come to embrace uncertainty, and her experience visiting North Korea as a Korean American. On||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit20: Edgy Side (ft. Theresa Lee)||Founder and designer Theresa Lee takes us behind the scenes of her boutique fashion label, Future Glory, a socially conscious maker of handcrafted leather bags and accessories based in San Francisco. Theresa talks about her edgy side, growing up with a||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit19: Dope Artistic S**t (ft. Jenny Yang)||Comedian, writer, and festival organizer Jenny Yang talks about her journey as a recovering overachiever, how she got into comedy, and the way she thinks about her role as an artist and creator. She also discusses the importance of including Asian Ameri||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18: So What? (ft. Meera Lee Patel)||Author and illustrator Meera Lee Patel discusses her latest book My Friend Fear and how she approaches vulnerability and identity in her art. She shares her pragmatic journey from part-time to full-time artist and talks about the daily philosophies and||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit17: Soul Searching and Slurping||For the last episode of season one, katie and Nicole reflect on the show so far, share their favorite (and most embarrassing) moments, and discuss their hopes for Sweet and Sour season two and beyond. On Hella Asian, katie brings slurping etiquette to t||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit16: Mixed within my Mixedness (ft. Kelsey Cheng)||Kelsey Cheng, a potter based in Chicago, talks about running a woman-owned business. She outlines how her craft and creativity have evolved and how she thinks about her mixed identity. On Hella Asian, Kelsey gives us a crash course in bed feng shui.||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit15: Swipe Right if 大方 [Da Fang] (ft. Lulu Cheng)||Lulu Cheng, product manager at Pinterest, talks Asian superstitions and how language reflects culture. We discuss Chinese words with no English equivalent and Lulu’s mental health experience. On Hella Asian, she shares her favorite part of a meal.||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14: Being Brown in America, the Internet, and Love (ft. Ankur Thakkar)||Ankur Thakkar, head of content at Bumpers, talks to us about the internet. We discussed Vine, different waves of Asian American literature and how experimenting with different story forms led to his first novel. Ankur also shares three Hella Asian habit||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit13: Jū-Ni Dreams of Sushi (ft. Geoffrey Lee)||Geoffrey Lee, executive chef at Jū-Ni, takes us behind the scenes of his sushi restaurant. We discuss his experience as a Chinese American sushi chef and getting a Michelin star. Geoffrey drops by Hella Asian, and tune into IRL for a MOCA tour.||7/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12: Indomie, Indo-us (ft. Amy Wibowo)||Amy Wibowo, founder of BubbleSort Zines, wants to combine art and science education. She chats femininity, social media, and dives deep on the ultimate feminist snack: indomie. On Hella Asian, Amy shares her relationship with her house slippers.||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11: Dumb, Evil, or Both? (ft. Anil Dash)||Anil Dash, CEO of FogCreek Software, discusses his Indian American identity and his work to make the tech industry more humane and ethical. We also debut a new game segment this week: Appropriation or Appreciation? katie has a personal kimono conundrum.||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10: Power and Poké: Authenticity and Gentrification of Asian Food (ft. Sonia Chopra)||Sonia Chopra, the managing editor of Eater, talks Asian food trends and the importance of authenticity in popularizing food that isn’t yours. She also discusses Eater’s approach to covering food and its intersections in diverse and holistic ways.||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9: Creating Spaces for Women of Color in Tech (ft. Kaitlin Gu)||We chat with Kaitlin Gu, a software engineer at Google and cofounder of Flawless Hacks. She shares her experience as an Asian woman in technology and her passion for education. On Hella Asian, we swap parents’ dating expectations.||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8: Eat Bitter (ft. Jason Shen)||Jason Shen discusses the results of the 2016 Asian American Man Study, an annual survey of East, Southeast, and South Asian American men. We chat identity, stereotypes, and masculinity. On Hella Asian, Jason espouses shoe-free households.||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7: The Origins of the Model Minority Myth (ft. Ellen Wu)||Ellen Wu joins us to discuss her book, "The Color of Success: Asian Americans & the Origins of the Model Minority." We unpack the effect of the model minority on other groups and the role of Asian Americans in the formation of their own stereotypes.||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6: Of Bananas and Coconuts (ft. Preetisha Sen)||Preetisha Sen, a proud coconut (brown on the outside white on the inside), discusses religion & tells us why being Asian American doesn't mean constant identity crisis. She shares a Hella Indian story, plus: Can We Not assume an Asian woman is the nanny||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5: You Need Less Face (ft. Elise Hu)||Elise Hu joins us as Sweet and Sour's first foreign correspondent. Elise works for NPR in Seoul. We talk to her about gender stereotypes in Korea and Japan, discuss Asian fetish and its ~consequences~, and her experience raising biracial children.||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4: The Racialization of Popchips (ft. Priya Krishnakumar)||Priya Krishnakumar, a visual journalist at the LA Times, talks about her Indian American identity, South Asian representation in pop culture, and more. On IRL, Nicole recaps a political panel and ScarJo: Can We Not perpetuate white feminism?||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3: Exploring Culture Through Art (ft. Felicia Liang)||Felicia Liang of #100daysians joins us for a conversation on art, culture, and more. On Hella Asian, Felicia flexes her abacus skills. Can We Not, Steve Harvey? katie and Nicole dive into his offensive remarks about Asian American men.||1/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2: Swintoning||We discuss diversity in Hollywood and analyze the Tilda Swinton emails to Margaret Cho. Can we not only shoutout Asian women in rap with references to Chinese takeout? On Hella Asian, learn some tips and tricks for leveling up your food storage game.||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1: The Contradictions of Being Asian American (ft. Jiming Zhu and Li Huo)||katie and Nicole talk to their parents, Jiming and Li, about their Chinese to American ratio. The Book and Essay Club kicks off with Erika Lee's "The Making of Asian America." On Hella Asian, Nicole investigates the ubiquity of the Danish cookie tins.||12/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPreview: Welcome to Sweet and Sour||A preview of Sweet and Sour, a podcast exploring different facets of the Asian American experience.||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Fun and insightful podcast on the Asian-American experience
Includes stories from sisters Katie and Nicole's personal lives, pop culture discussions, and interviews. They manage to cover serious topics with a certain lightheartedness that makes it fun to listen.
a rare wise and fun podcast
It's super rare that I stumble upon a podcast that I listen to in its entirety. Sweet and Sour FM was my go-to for entertainment and insights. The Hella Asian parts definitely resonated with me, but there were moments during each show that made me go, "YASSSS!!" Can't wait for the next season - keep up the great work, ladies!
Funny, relevant, and helpful but...
I think this podcast is great! It's very relatable. I'm up to episode 8 so far, so this review is relevant up to this episode. I really appreciate the topic discussed and humor that comes along with it. Honestly, it's helping me get through some rough times in grad school, so thank you for that.
Somethings that I'm a little wary about is some use of language, and maybe these can be discussed in the podcast. For example, I think using words such as "crazy" or "insane" is ableist and really discriminates against people whose brains don't fit with society's standards of "sanity." Instead, we can say, "ridiculous" or "absurd." The other thing (I am guilty of this, too) is the use of African American Vernacular English (AAVE) - things like "it's lit," "dope," or "yo" (hella is debatable I think). As people who are not African American, we really shouldn't be using this language.
I'm working through all these issues myself, so I don't mean to lecture in any way. I just think it's important to consider. Thanks for reading and I look forward to more episodes!