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First of All is a real, unfiltered conversation on career, family, love, & modern culture. Your host is actress/director/entrepreneur Minji Chang, who will bring in her friends & special guests from all walks of life to kick back in her virtual living room. Together we will laugh, drop whatever know… read more

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#69 - Serving Political Realness w/ Kavi Vu

May 21st, 2019


Asian Americans historically suck at voting & are the least politically engaged out of all US minorities. But let's take a second and try to …

#68 - Selfie Protocol & the State of Union w/ Ronny Chieng

May 14th, 2019


Ronny Chieng is bold, real, & hilarious. End of description. Just kidding(ish). But really, do we need to say more? In this episode, Minji sits …

#67 - East Coast Hustling w/ 6.99 Per Pound

May 7th, 2019


First Of All wishes you all Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! OK, so he West Coast vs East Coast conversation has been the source of many mainstream jokes, memes & rap songs throughout American pop …

#66 - Educating Generation Z & Getting Schooled w/ Emily Gao

April 29th, 2019


Ever had that feeling that old folks are just like SO lame & out of touch & parents just don’t understand? Yeah, we haven’t either. But we’re …

#65 - KPop Scandals, Misogyny & More w/ Peter Kim

April 19th, 2019


This episode goes deep into discussing the dark underbelly of the K-Pop world & Korean culture. In this episode, Minji calls upon the hilarious …

#64 - Thoughts On Alcohol & Partying w/ Bryan Gosling

April 9th, 2019


Whatever your preference - beer pong at a house party, shots in a club, or a glass of wine (or three) with friends over dinner, alcohol is the widely …

#63 - Defining Empowerment w/ Pam Ribon

April 1st, 2019


"Empower" has become a word used regularly in speeches, mission statements, & personal goals. But it can mean something different depending on …

#62 - Connecting the Dots w/ Andrew Ahn

March 14th, 2019


As far as we can tell, there aren't that many people that can say they knew EXACTLY what their career would be early on, or had an easy time laying …

#61 - The (Seriously) Long Road to Therapy

March 5th, 2019


Anyone else find it easy to give solid, loving, practical advice... & also be the worst at taking it, even (gasp) applying it in our actual …

#60 - First Impressions & the First Date w/ Kenji (V Day Special)

February 15th, 2019


Who loves Valentine's Day?! XOXO <333 @}--}----- ..... Kenji & Minji don't. But the holiday does lend itself to a perfect podcast theme for …

#59 - Diving Into the Subconscious & Therapy w/ Panney Wei

January 25th, 2019


The self-care 2019 resolution is in full effect, yall. As a longtime advocate of self-care & mental health, Minji finally puts her money where …

#58 - Mean Girls w/ Christine Chen

January 17th, 2019


Minji sits down with her friend, producer, "Perfectly Imperfect" podcast host & life coach Christine Chen to talk about a much discussed and …

#57 - The Nice Guy Episode w/ Nice Guy Scott

January 4th, 2019


Do nice guys really finish last? And um, when & why did being "nice" become such a loaded, problematic thing? What's the baggage of this word & are we just giving it grief for no good reason? WHO WILL DEFEND THE …

#56 - Keep On Keeping On w/ Producer Schmarv

December 29th, 2018


The man, the myth, the legend - Producer Marvin joins Minji for the first time on First of All. After 5 years of working together for the Asian …

#55 - Don't Kill My Vibe w/ Kevyn Fong

December 21st, 2018


HEY GUYS, it's that time of year again. 2018 is rapidly coming to a close & it's time to reflect, plan, & strategize execution of the most INCREDIBLE, FULFILLING, & ABUNDANT YEARS OF OUR LIVES Y'ALL. You …

#54 - The Geisha Incident

December 14th, 2018


On this solo episode, Minji recounts a recent racially-charged incident in her growing acting career - getting asked for "geisha" photos from a …

#53 - Into the Wilderness of Cuffing Season & Dating (One Year Later) w/ Jess Ju

November 29th, 2018


The last time Minji invited Her Royal Empress Ratchet & Captain of #TeamExtra Jess Ju on this podcast for Episode 12, they dove head first into their experiences with online dating. In an in-depth analysis of …

#52 - Thank You, Next

November 22nd, 2018


Happy Thanksgiving First Of All fam! In Minji's second Thanksgiving episode, she continues a tradition of reflection on the past year, & what a year it has been. Thanks to Ariana Grande, we have a flow to this one: …

#51 - Overcoming Rejection w/ Dia Frampton

November 15th, 2018


It's annoying, it's paralyzing, it's inevitable... it's REJECTION! Whether dealing with it at work, between friends or strangers, and most certainly in our romantic lives, rejection is that ugly reality that can mess …

#50 - Completely Broken

November 8th, 2018


Content Warning: Discussion of depression & suicide

After an unexpected and extensive absence, Minji returns with a solo episode to talk about …

#49 - Feeling FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) w/ JoonLeeComedy

October 10th, 2018


“Is everyone hanging out without me? Why wasn’t I invited? Wow, their life seems amazing..and mine... sucks. I mean, I’m broke and exhausted and have a million things I need to do.. but.. I can’t NOT go. I hate this, …

#48 - Opportunity Costs

October 4th, 2018


In high school, Minji fell asleep in Econ class. In college, she tried it once more, only this time became completely intrigued & inspired by its …

#47 - How To Deal w/ Fighting w/ Kenji

September 19th, 2018


Hey. We need to talk. Anyone else freak out when they hear those words? Maybe it's because usually on the other side of that tiny declaration is a …

#46 - Respect your Elders w/ FENG

August 27th, 2018


Millennials have this annoying reputation for being lazy, self-absorbed, and entitled, some of which can be true and some that's just plain nonsense. …

#45 - My Thoughts on Crazy Rich Asians

August 19th, 2018


On this solo episode, Minji shares her thoughts on the movie on everyone's (especially Asian Americans’) minds - summer romcom Crazy Rich Asians. She …

#44 - The Power of Vulnerability w/ Long Vo

August 15th, 2018


According to research professor & viral TED talk speaker Brené Brown, vulnerability is the birthplace of joy, creativity, belonging & love. …

#43 - God's Plan w/ Abe Kim

July 31st, 2018


On this episode, Minji sits down with her friend Abe Kim to talk through a very complex and layered part of their lives - navigating their faith growing up in a Christian church through the good, bad, and deeply …

#42 - Glow Up Man w/ Tom Ngo

July 24th, 2018


Never judge a book by their cover, they say. Minji’s friend, fellow podcaster, & former party promoter Tom Ngo says otherwise. You just gotta make sure to be curious and open-minded about what’s actually between the …

#41 - Period Drama w/ Kristine Gerolaga

July 18th, 2018


This episode of First of All is all about the sacred, frustrating, empowering, and still widely underdiscussed experience that 50% of the world's …


July 8th, 2018


"I am enough." The tried & true, cliche, DIY, self-help mantra takes on a brand new meaning and impact for Minji in this epiphany-driven solo …

#39 - The 2018 Struggle Is Real w/ Manpreet Kaur

June 29th, 2018


On this episode, Minji invites her friend Manpreet Kaur back to the podcast to talk about processing the massive stresses and anxieties of 2018 …

#38 - Learning to Talk to My Father

June 20th, 2018


Happy Father's Day! In honor of all the fathers and father figures out there helping raise us all into better human beings, Minji takes a second (or …

#37 - How To Long Distance Relationship w/ The BF

June 13th, 2018


It's been a minute since we've talked about dating, a favorite FOA topic that never ever seems to lose its confounding relevance, amirite? It could …

#36 - Showing Up For Yourself w/ Leonardo Nam

May 30th, 2018


What does it actually take to make an idea or dream a reality? There’s goal-setting, visualization, positive thinking, mapping… but then there’s the part where you just have to grow up, show up & DO IT. And we may …

#35 - Hello Freedom...& Anxiety!

May 23rd, 2018


Chasing your dreams leads you to fulfillment, adventure...& in Minji’s case - bonus panic attacks. For this solo episode, Minji reflects on her …

#34 - Liquor Store Babies w/ So Yun Um

May 16th, 2018


This episode is a special shoutout to all the immigrant babies out there and an inside look for those who are not! Fresh off of attending the 2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Minji chats with her friend So …

#33 - Dealing With Anger w/ Paul Dateh

May 8th, 2018


On this super-sized episode, Minji and guest, musician Paul Dateh, take a trip into the Anger Zone. They chat about their respective experiences of …

#32 - The Most Important Relationship

May 2nd, 2018


On this solo episode of First of All, Minji talks about the most important relationship a person can have in their life. Which one is that, you ask? …

#31 - Goody Two Boobs w/ Priska

April 24th, 2018


On this episode, Minji invites her marvelous & eloquent friend, singer-songwriter Priska, to chat about a persona that they both know a few things about, the "goody two shoes." Minji and Priska break down the …

#30 - Coaching Life w/ Abraham Heisler

April 17th, 2018


In this episode, Minji dives into her decision and experience working with her good friend turned life coach, Abraham Heisler. As society continued to get more in everyone's face with social media, mental health issues …

#29 - Toxic Masculinity w/ Slim

April 5th, 2018


Steve Lim returns as Minji's guest to talk about a topic on both their minds - toxic masculinity. Together, they explore their own early experiences …


March 30th, 2018


In this episode, Minji explains why she has made the big life decision of quitting her non-profit job to pursue her dream of becoming an actor/writer/director. She also shares 12 life lessons for anyone looking to …

#27 - How to Introvert w/ Melly Lee

February 23rd, 2018


Photographer and world traveler Melly Lee returns to First of All to educate us on what it's like to be an introvert in an extrovert's world. As an unabashed extrovert, Minji learns about the myriad ways she might've …

#26 - Wait, YOU Run A Business? w/ Jane Lee & Eva Chan

February 16th, 2018


On this episode, Minji chats with Jane Lee and Eva Chan, the co-founders of Launch Pop, a startup lab that focuses on launching exciting new brands and companies. Jane and Eva share their experiences as power women in …

#25 - Getting Over Your Ex

February 9th, 2018


Ever been in love? Ever had to let that love go? Whether it was you who made that difficult call or received it being made on you, letting go of …

#24 - How to Fight Imposter Syndrome with Tiffanie Hsu

January 27th, 2018


On this episode, Minji welcomes film director Tiffanie Hsu, hot off of premiering a documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, to talk about a topic very near and dear to her heart, imposter syndrome and how to fight …

#23 - Coming Out w/ Kevyn Fong

January 17th, 2018


This week Minji invites her friend, the talented Producer and Talent Manager Kevyn Fong, to the podcast. Kevyn shares his experiences growing up as a gay Asian American and how he came out to his parents. Together they …

#22 - Intro to Female Sexuality w/ Katie Roberts

January 11th, 2018


This is a fun & pretty crucial one. Minji sits down with writer, actress, nurse & fellow podcast host Katie Roberts to talk about female sexuality - a rarely discussed but vital topic. They talk puberty, sex …

#21 - What Do You Want???

January 1st, 2018


Recorded as the last episode of 2017, here is the first episode of 2018! On this episode of First of All, Minji reflects on the crazy, difficult, …

#20 Giving Thanks Courageously w/ Melissa Polinar

December 21st, 2017


On this episode, Minji sits down with her friend, singer-songwriter & YouTube veteran, Melissa Polinar to bring some much needed positivity into …

#19 Cuffing Season: Online Dating 101 w/ Steve Lim

December 13th, 2017


In this episode, Minji invites her good friend Steve Lim to talk cuffing season as he begins his journey with dating apps. For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, cuffing season is that special time around the …

#18 Talking Race w/ Omono Okojie

December 7th, 2017


This episode's guest is the very talented actress/writer/dancer Omono Okojie, who you might've recently seen in Justin Chon's Sundance film "Gook." This week's featured topic is race, specifically the often …

#17 Life On The Road w/ Photographer Melly Lee

November 29th, 2017


On this episode of First of All, Minji invites professional photographer and avid globetrotter Melly Lee to chat about life, career, and travel. …

#16 How to Get Sh*t Done (& Feel Good About It)

November 10th, 2017


After a jam-packed weekend of producing back to back events while also handling some major adulting woes, Minji shares some of her tips about how to …

#15 How to Find Closure & Let Go w/ Jennii Vo Le

October 31st, 2017


On this episode of First of All, Minji invites one of her best friends & unofficial spiritual guides, poet/actress/life coach Jennii Vo Le, to …

#14 My #MeToo Story - I Was In Love With My Abuser

October 18th, 2017


In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein debacle & the growing #MeToo social media movement highlighting the widespread experiences of sexual assault …

#13 Let's Talk about Body Image w/ Cait Bidwell

October 12th, 2017


This week, Minji invites fellow actor Cait Bidwell to talk about body image & the horrible, wonderful, frustrating, empowering, challenging, …

#12 Into the Wilderness of Online Dating w/ Jess Ju

September 27th, 2017


In this week's supersized episode, Minji swaps online dating stories with fellow single professional superwoman & chairwoman of #teamextra, Jess Ju. Together, they discuss profile dealbreakers, dating app rankings, …

#11 - Storytime: Minji's Awkward Asian Fetish Audition

September 20th, 2017


In this episode, Minji shares a recent strange audition experience as a fledgling actor. She reflects about the challenges of being an actor who is …

#10 How To Be A Badass w/ Shirley Chung

September 12th, 2017


Former Top Chef finalist Shirley Chung joins Minji to talk about growing up in China and the Bay Area, finding love, pursuing her passion for cooking, and how to be a badass female in a male dominated industry. For …

#9 - Hurricane Harvey & Hometown Heroes w/ Jeff Chen

September 6th, 2017


Minji talks to her good friend and Kollaboration colleague Jeff Chen (aka DJ Kidstylez) about the relief efforts in Jeff's hometown of Houston, TX. …

#8 - Thoughts On Life and Death (In Memory of Irene Cho)

August 30th, 2017


Minji takes a moment to reflect on the recent & sudden death of a dear friend and mentor. Irene Cho was an advocate, hustler, & stalwart of the Asian American entertainment community and will be missed by …

#7 - Reflections of Immigrant Life in the USA w/ Minji's Mom

August 23rd, 2017


Minji went home this past weekend and while she was there she recorded a podcast with her mom. Minji's mom shares her immigrant story, coming to …

#6 - Surrender pt. 2

August 17th, 2017


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#5 How to Deal with Heartbreak w/ Travis Atreo

August 15th, 2017


Minji's invites her good friend, singer-songwriter Travis Atreo, to dive into everyone's favorite topic: relationships and heartbreak. Together they share experiences and ways to cope with losing someone you've loved …

#4 - How to Deal with Burnout w/ Christine Chen

August 8th, 2017


This episode Minji brings on one of her good friends, Christine Chen, to chat about a topic that they both commiserate on regularly, "burnout." They …

#3 - Surrender pt. 1

August 2nd, 2017


On this solo episode of First of All, Minji shares about a concept that's that's been on her mind recently, "surrendering." She also performs an …

#2 - When Harry Met Sally: Can Men and Women Just Be Friends? w/ FENG

July 25th, 2017


For the second episode of "First of All," Minji invites artist and dancer FENG to talk about one of her favorite movies, When Harry Met Sally, and it's underlying theme, "can men and women be best friends." Also, in …

#1 - Sorry Not Sorry w/ Manpreet Kaur

July 18th, 2017


Welcome to "First of All," a new podcast hosted by actress/director/entrepreneur Minji Chang, who will bring in her friends & special guests from all walks of life to have a real, unfiltered conversation on career, …

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