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Self Evident: Asian America's Stories

56 EpisodesProduced by Self Evident MediaWebsite

We tell Asian America's stories to go beyond being seen.As people of all backgrounds reckon with complex legacies of race, power, culture, and identity and ask themselves, “Where do I stand?” Self Evident presents reported stories and radically open conversations from the everyday Asian Americans wh… read more

56 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

Self Evident Presents: "Exploring Ancestral Grief" (by Grief, Collected)

January 18th, 2023


America! The land of opportunity! And also, for so many, the ambiguous loss of immigration and uprooting a life and a history comes with a complex …

Self Evident Presents: "Arrival" (by VPM's Resettled)

January 11th, 2023


The LahPai family’s arrival to Virginia from Myanmar was highly anticipated: the local resettlement agency prepped their home; the local religious community was ready to provide support; the family’s U.S connection …

Self Evident Presents: "Before They Were Your Parents" (by Immigrantly)

January 5th, 2023


Today, we're sharing some work by our friends at Immigrantly, a weekly podcast that features deeply personal conversations about race, identity, and the immigrant experience. This episode features a conversation between …

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January 3rd, 2023


Please take our listener survey to tell us what you think of Before Me! The survey is anonymous, takes 5 minutes, and is incredibly important for helping us take our next steps as an independent studio for stories by …

Before Me, Part 5: Birthday Card

December 27th, 2022


Just before I gave birth to my daughter Acacia, I turned 36. And on my birthday my mom sent me a birthday card that was full of heartfelt words — …

Before Me, Part 4: Head of the House

December 20th, 2022


At the moment my mom steps onto a small fishing boat off the coast of Cambodia, headed for a refugee camp in Thailand under cover of night, she becomes the head of our family. It takes her less than a year to make it …

Before Me, Part 3: Beautiful Country

December 13th, 2022


Reunited with my cousin Lynn, my mom becomes a gold dealer to support her growing family — and realizes that the charmed childhood she had in …

Before Me, Part 2: Photograph

December 6th, 2022


As the genocidal regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge takes hold of Cambodia, my mom and dad run for their lives — separated from my cousin, Lynn, …

Before Me, Part 1: Firstborn

November 29th, 2022


When I became a parent, my mom flew across the country to help me take care of my firstborn child. And opened up to share a story I’d never fully …

Introducing "Before Me": A new series from Self Evident

November 15th, 2022


Lisa Phu grew up telling a story about how her family left Cambodia as refugees, to start a new life in the United States — but for the longest time, she’d never heard this story firsthand, from her mom, Lan.

After Lisa …

Self Evident Presents: "Get Up Stand Up" (by Re:Work)

June 21st, 2022


When you get into a taxi, you usually know where you’re coming from, where you’re going, and what you’ll do when you get there. But what about your taxi driver – someone whose work is in constant motion, moving from …

(BONUS) Hunger Strike! How Immigrant Taxi Drivers Took on City Hall

May 18th, 2022


When Augustine Tang’s father passed away, Augustine decided to inherit his taxi medallion – the license that had allowed his father to drive a yellow taxi cab in New York City for decades. But the medallion came with a …

Say Goodbye to Yesterday

February 22nd, 2022


Amidst the ongoing crush of anti-Asian violence in America, Producer James turns to a personal source of restoration: ska music (yes, that ska music).


February 7th, 2022


The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of caregiving work — and the ways that this work is overlooked, under-resourced, or placed as a burden on families without a sense of fairness or compassion. In this …

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February 1st, 2022

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Specially Processed

January 18th, 2022


For so many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Spam is a beloved classic food, showing up in everything from musubi to fried rice. But behind …

Bonus: Diaspora DJ Roundtable 2021 Feat. Les Talusan, Arshia Fatima Haq, and Roger Bong

January 4th, 2022


Community Producer Rochelle Kwan (a.k.a. YiuYiu in her DJ life) gathers the DJs who joined her in curating our first annual mixtape — to chat about how we can use music to reconnect our diaspora communities, across …

Diaspora Dance Mixtape, Vol. 1

December 21st, 2021


Community Producer Rochelle Kwan (a.k.a. YiuYiu) invites three of her favorite DJs to curate our first annual mixtape — and chat with them about how we can use music to reconnect our diaspora communities, across …

Only Fans

December 7th, 2021


Daphne Chen always held a special place in her heart for the Taiwanese girl group S.H.E. Growing up in Ohio, she’d listen to their greatest hits before falling asleep, clinging to their pop songs as one of her only …

Back to School, But Not Back to Normal

November 23rd, 2021


This Fall many public primary schools in the U.S. switched back to in-person learning. But that can mean very different things for students, …

Scary to Imagine (2/2)

November 9th, 2021


This is the second part of a two-part story. If you haven’t heard part one, “Don’t Eat Nazi Shit Melons,” you can listen to it here.

After the arrest of Indiana University Professor Cara Caddoo, the Mayor of Bloomington …

"Don't Eat Nazi Shit Melons" (1/2)

October 26th, 2021


In the summer of 2019, a public fight unfurled in Bloomington, Indiana — over accusations that Sarah Dye and Douglas Mackey, who sold produce at the …

Season 3 Coming Soon!

October 5th, 2021


Self Evident's third season starts this month. Subscribe where you get podcasts, and help spread the word to your family and friends! 

Self Evident Presents: “[No] Child Left Behind” (by Re:Work)

September 9th, 2021


During the current refugee crisis in Afghanistan, we’ve seen Asian Americans working to resettle Afghan refugees and help them build new lives.

Self Evident Presents: “Bharatanatyam: Project Caste”(by Shoes Off)

August 26th, 2021


We’re presenting an episode from Shoes Off, a podcast about Asian Australian culture hosted by Jay Ooi. In conversation with performers and scholars, …

Self Evident Presents: “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs ”(by Making Contact)

August 12th, 2021


This week, we’re playing an episode from Making Contact. Making Contact produces media that analyses critical issues and showcases grassroots …

Self Evident Presents: “Juicy Fruit: The Ripe Time to Talk About Relationships ”(by the Dragon Fruit Podcast)

July 29th, 2021


We’re playing an episode from an exciting new podcast by our friends at APIENC, an organization that builds transgender, non-binary, and queer power for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the Bay Area (you …

Self Evident Presents: "When Your Country Doesn't Trust You" (by WorldAffairs)

July 15th, 2021


We're sharing the story “When Your Country Doesn’t Trust You” from the podcast WorldAffairs.In the past year, reports of anti-Asian hate crimes have spiked across the country. A lot of this is attributed to anti-Asian …

Self Evident Presents: “Shikata Ga Nai” (by Julianne Sato-Parker)

July 2nd, 2021


Julianne Sato-Parker first heard the phrase, “Shikata ga nai” while watching a video series of interviews with Japanese Americans and Japanese …

Self Evident Presents: "Underground Aams Trade, Pt 1" (by See Something Say Something)

June 10th, 2021


We’re sharing this story from one of our favorite podcasts, See Something Say Something, by Ahmed Ali Akbar.

Pakistani-American communities in the U.S. rely on dealers on WhatsApp to gain access to their most coveted …

Bonus: How Do We Build the Places We Want to Work For? Feat. Gautam Srikishan and Snigdha Sur (AAPIHM 3/3)

May 26th, 2021


The phrase “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” is buzz-word-ier than ever, but what does it really take to empower workers and reduce racialized harm in the places where we spend so many of our waking hours? And when is …

Bonus: How Do Stories Change Lives? Feat. Randy Kim and Tracey Nguyen Mang (AAPIHM 2/3)

May 19th, 2021


The impact of storytelling is often portrayed as a story changing the life of the person consuming it — and changing the world by reaching as many people as possible. But what about the person who offers their story to …

Bonus: How Do We Go Beyond Representation? Feat. Eliza Romero, Marvin Yueh, and Thomas Mangloña II (AAPIHM 1/3)

May 12th, 2021


We often take for granted that “seeing people who look like us” — especially in mass media — means progress towards racial justice. But what forms of representation do we see making an impact? And who is that impact for?

Saving the Seeds

February 11th, 2021


Why do Asian Americans have such deep relationships with fruit?

Cathy goes on a quest to find the answers — starting with her friendly neighborhood fruit vendor, Cece, then spending time with friends and listeners in …

A Day at the Mall

January 18th, 2021


When producer Erica Mu moved back to her hometown in 2014, she said goodbye to a past life without any idea what exactly her new life should look …

Finding Joy

December 28th, 2020


What happens when you come to America to marry the person you thought would take care of you, only to find yourself in an abusive family, losing all …

Conversations About Conversations

December 7th, 2020


During this year’s protests for Black lives, the national conversation was filled with calls to have uncomfortable conversations about anti-Blackness. This push, to talk about racism with our loved ones, has been both …

I Voted

November 17th, 2020


During the 48 hours of uncertainty after November 3, 2020, our producer James called over a dozen people — not to talk about Trump vs. Biden, but …

Self Evident Presents: A Conversation With Yuh-Line Niou (by Rock the Boat)

October 30th, 2020


With so much attention focused on the Presidential race and other federal elections right now, we hope you'll find it refreshing to hear from Yuh-Line Niou, the only Asian American woman in New York's state legislature.

Self Evident Presents: "The Home Clock" (by A Better Life? podcast)

October 21st, 2020


When New York City became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, Brooklyn-based producer Beenish Ahmed struggled over whether to visit her parents in Ohio or stay put. Her parents — a landlord and hairdresser who …

We Hear You (3/3)

October 15th, 2020


How can Asian American communities create safety, when the harms of racism and xenophobia are so deeply rooted in our society?

We’ve spent time …

Here Comes the Neighborhood (2/3)

September 29th, 2020


The rise in xenophobic harassment, discrimination, and violence against Asian Americans during the pandemic has led to a rise in neighborhood watch …

Bonus: Mulan 1998 (A Reflection)

September 8th, 2020


Two Asian American olds (Cathy and James) watch the original Mulan for the first time, then join a seasoned fan (Julia) — for an animated discussion …

Hate Goes Viral (1/3)

August 25th, 2020


Two incidents of anti-Asian racism — the beating of an elderly grandfather in a San Francisco park and the harassment of a mourning son in a New York pharmacy — reveal an ugly side of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the …

Bonus: What Are We Showing Up For?

June 23rd, 2020


You’ve said the words, “Black Lives Matter.” You’ve put your money where your mouth is. You’ve shown up for the marches.

What next? What exactly is the change we’re showing up for, and how exactly can we commit to …

Bonus: Unpacking Pandemic Racism

April 14th, 2020


The struggle to save lives from COVID-19 is far from over, and neither is America’s struggle against racism.

As we report on hate crime and anti-racist action, Cathy and James hop on the phone and check in with a couple …

Self Evident Presents: Sharing Asian America's Stories

August 20th, 2019


When we started Self Evident, we were surprised at how many people wanted a new show but hadn’t heard about all the Asian American podcasts already out there.

In this bonus episode, our team shares clips from a few …

So Where Are We Really From?

July 31st, 2019


We asked our listener community, “How did you learn where you come from?”

What came back was a wide range of personal stories about how tricky it can …

Hello, Freedom Man

July 16th, 2019


Under the Trump administration, the United States has pushed aggressively to deport Southeast Asian Americans with criminal records. Hurt that …

Pull up the Roots

July 2nd, 2019


Three intimate conversations reveal how we deal with changes to our most deeply rooted identities, and how we tell the people who matter most.


Documentary filmmaker Patrick G. Lee tells Cathy about the …

The Talk We Were Supposed to Have

June 18th, 2019


Gabe's always felt distant from his parents: not Filipino enough for his dad, not affectionate enough for his mom. But when he moves back to his white-bread hometown to donate a kidney to his dad and work alongside him …

Bonus: On Class, Kinship, and Being Bangladeshi in Asian America

June 12th, 2019


Sharmin Hossain, a member of New York’s Bangladeshi Feminist Collective, helps us take a hard look at the roles of class, colorism, and cultural …

Share With Us: How did you learn where you come from?

June 5th, 2019


Do you have a story about going to language classes, Saturday schools, religious community groups, clubs, music lessons, or other alternative …

The Non-United States of Asian America

June 4th, 2019


Self Evident tells Asian American stories — but that term itself, “Asian American,” can mean many different things to different people. In this episode we present three stories from our listener community to explore the …

Whose Dream Is This, Anyway?

May 21st, 2019


What does it mean to be excluded from the American Dream? Two stories, set 100 years apart, explore this question from the perspective of immigrants who think they’ve made it in America, only to find out that their …

We Are Self Evident

May 6th, 2019


Self Evident is where we decide where we're from, where we belong, and where we're going. Here's a peep into the stories we've presented from Asian American communities, and the reason that we make this show.

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