From the Los Angeles Times, “Asian Enough” is a podcast about the joys, complexities, and uniquities of the Asian-American experience. Hosts Jen Yamato, Johana Bhuiyan, Tracy Brown and Suhauna Hussain are speaking with actors, comedians, writers, chefs, musicians, and media personalities about their stories and their identities.
A fairly new podcast, “Asian Enough” has released nearly 40 episodes, covering the vast diaspora of Asian American cultures and backgrounds with just as many guests. Episodes average out at approximately 50 minutes each, with occasional bonus episodes that are typically just half an hour.
We know you’re now asking just who all of these guests are on “Asian Enough,” and wow is this guest list impressive. Then-California Senator turned United States Vice President Kamala Harris sat down with them in 2020 to talk about how government leaders should address racism and anti-Asian hate in America, along with Indian and Jamaican roots in Northern California. Mina Kimes, ESPN sports journalist and pioneer of women in sports broadcasting, sat down to talk about the Asian athletes that she loves to root for and why racist trolls online don’t bother her.
They’ve spoken with drag queen Jujubee, one of the biggest stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race, freakin’ Sandra Oh of Grey’s Anatomy and Killing Eve, Padma Lakshmi, model, writer, and host of Top Chef, and even the Lucy Liu, who talks about fame, art, and standing up for herself on the set of Charlie’s Angels. They’ve had on comedian Jenny Wang, Never Have I Ever star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, and rapper Dumbfounded to talk all about fame and identity.
Even more recently, new Marvel superhero Simu Liu joined them for a bonus episode. Believe it or not, in 2014, Liu tweeted at Marvel about creating an Asian-American hero to his very small Twitter following. Well, he doubts Marvel saw it, as he went on to become a rising star in the sitcom Kim’s Convenience from 2016-2021 until he was cast as the lead in Shang-Chi. He chats about his distanced relationship with his parents, defying tropes as Shang-Chi, and becoming the master of his own narrative in this amazing episode of “Asian Enough.”
For all of these incredible interviews and more, be sure to check out “Asian Enough,” as our hosts and guests expand the way in which being Asian-American is defined.