They Call Us Bruce

66 EpisodesProduced by Jeff Yang & Phil Yu

Hosts Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.

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Episode 65: They Call Us Vibrant Asians

May 22nd, 2019


Jeff and Phil talk authenticity and appropriation with journalist Angela Hui, the only East Asian person in attendance at a recent preview event for Gordon Ramsay's "vibrant Asian eating house" Lucky Cat. Her take: "It …

Episode 64: They Call Us Warrior

April 12th, 2019


Jeff and Phil offer their impressions, praises and critiques of Cinemax's WARRIOR, the new western/eastern action drama inspired by the writings of Bruce Lee. (Spoiler alert: they really like it.)

Episode 63: They Call Us Shannon Lee

April 5th, 2019


Jeff and Phil welcome Shannon Lee, CEO of Bruce Lee Family Companies and the daughter of our show's namesake, Bruce Lee. She talks about her father's incredible legacy and the original vision that became the basis for …

Episode 62: They Call Us MasterChef (Live From SXSW)

March 22nd, 2019


Recorded live at SXSW! In partnership with DoorDash, Jeff and Phil welcome MasterChef Season 9 contestants Ashley Mincey and Farhan Momin to chat …

Episode 61: They Call Us Austin Asians (Live From SXSW)

March 21st, 2019


Recorded live at SXSW! In partnership with the Austin Asian American Film Festival, Jeff and Phil host an Asian American trivia quiz show, with …

Episode 60: They Call Us Canadians

March 8th, 2019


Jeff and Phil welcome Canadian actors Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim's Convenience) and Samantha Wan (Second Jen). They discuss the unique flavor and …

Episode 59: They Call Us Fairy Princess Diaries

February 26th, 2019


Jeff and Phil welcome performer and blogger Erin Quill, the fierce, hilarious voice behind Fairy Princess Diaries. They discuss objectionable details about BBC's upcoming Asian-themed children's series, Living With the …

Episode 58: We Call Us Lunar New Year

February 16th, 2019


Jeff and Phil ring in the Lunar New Year by welcoming a new member to the They Call Us Bruce team, Nick Song. Testing out a new format, they discuss The Good, The Bad and WTF of the week in Asian America.

Episode 57: They Call Us Tze Chun

February 8th, 2019


Jeff and Phil welcome writer/filmmaker Tze Chun, who talks about his journey from directing independent film to writing for network television, to his latest venture, co-creating the new comic book publisher TKO Studios.

Episode 56: They Call Us 2018

January 3rd, 2019


Jeff and Phil welcome Traci Lee of NBC Asian America to discuss the "13 moments in Asian America that moved us in 2018" and take one last look back at The Good, The Bad and The WTF of the year that was.

Episode 55: They Call Us Cartoon Creators

November 28th, 2018


Recorded live at Asian American Culture Con @ Pacific Media Expo! Jeff and Phil welcome animation storytellers Daniel Chong (We Bare Bears), Victor …

Episode 54: They Call Us Primetime Asians

November 26th, 2018


Recorded live at Asian American Culture Con @ Pacific Media Expo! Jeff and Phil welcome actors Keiko Agena (The First), Jake Choi (Single Parents) …

Episode 53: They Call Us Not Quite Not White

November 8th, 2018


Recorded live at the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance Summit, Jeff -- flying solo without Phil -- talks to Sharmila Sen, author of the book Not …

Episode 52: They Call Us Vietgone

October 24th, 2018


Jeff and Phil welcome playwright Qui Nguyen, who talks about the true life origins of his acclaimed play VIETGONE, the small town video store pop …

Episode 51: They Call Us All The Asians on TV

October 5th, 2018


Jeff and Phil discuss "All The Asians on TV." With the new television season underway, here's a rundown of actors of Asian descent who are series …

Episode 50: They Call Us 50

October 3rd, 2018


Jeff and Phil take a moment to acknowledge and reflect on making it to 50 episodes of They Call Us Bruce. They look back at the Good, the Bad and the WTF of the first fifty shows, consider the future, and make A VERY …

Episode 49: They Call Us Jose Antonio Vargas

September 19th, 2018


Jeff and Phil welcome journalist, activist and author Jose Antonio Vargas, "the most famous undocumented immigrant in America." They talk about his new book DEAR AMERICA, intersectional identity, and the Good, Bad and …

Episode 48: They Call Us Staycation

September 13th, 2018


Jeff and Phil welcome filmmaker Tanuj Chopra and actress Grace Su to talk about their feature STAYCATION ahead of the film's world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. They discuss, among other things, the Good, …

Episode 47: They Call Us John Cho

August 25th, 2018


Recorded live at Sony studios, Jeff and Phil welcome John Cho, star of the new thriller Searching. They discuss the film's inventive storytelling conceit, his unique leading man status, and the Good, Bad and WTF of …

Episode 46: They Call Us Crazy About Crazy Rich Asians

August 22nd, 2018


In this super-sized episode, Jeff and Phil welcome Jen Yamato of the Los Angeles Times and (first repeat guest) Rebecca Sun of The Hollywood Reporter …

Episode 45: They Call Us Ronny Chieng

August 13th, 2018


Jeff and Phil welcome "international" comedian Ronny Chieng, who talks about going from law school to standup, getting a correspondent gig on The …

Episode 44: They Call Us Crazy Rich Asians

August 6th, 2018


Recorded at C3: Conference for Creative Content at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Jeff and Phil moderate a panel discussion with director Jon M. Chu, screenwriter Adele Lim, and cast members Nico Santos …

Episode 43: They Call Us Will Choi

June 21st, 2018


Jeff and Phil welcome Will Choi, the multi-hyphenate mastermind behind the hit Asian American variety show ASIAN AF. They discuss improv, the art of …

Episode 42: They Call Us John Chiang

May 31st, 2018


Jeff and Phil welcome California State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate John Chiang. He talks about being the "no drama" candidate, how family tragedy informed his passion for service, and the Good, Bad and WTF of …

Episode 41: They Call Us Jane Kim

May 31st, 2018


Jeff and Phil welcome San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim to talk about her bid for mayor. They discuss the hotly contested sprint to election day, the issues that divide and unite us, and the Good, Bad and WTF of running …

Episode 40: They Call Us David Henry Hwang

May 30th, 2018


Jeff and Phil welcome celebrated playwright David Henry Hwang to talk about his form-busting new "play with a musical" SOFT POWER. They discuss …

Episode 39: They Call Us The Korean

May 3rd, 2018


Jeff and Phil welcome T.K., aka "The Korean," the blogger behind Ask a Korean! They discuss recent historic developments on the Korean peninsula, the …

Episode 38: They Call Us Pulitzer

April 25th, 2018


Jeff and Phil welcome journalism student Mariel Padilla, who, at 23 years old, just won a Pulitzer Prize for The Cincinnati Enquirer's coverage …

Episode 37: They Call Us Cambodian Rock Band

April 5th, 2018


Jeff and Phil welcome to playwright Lauren Yee and performer Jane Lui, fresh off the world premiere run of their groundbreaking play Cambodian Rock Band, which joins the story of Cambodia's darkest hour with the …

Episode 36: They Call Us #OscarsSoWhite

March 5th, 2018


Jeff and Phil welcome April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Recorded on the eve of the 90th Academy Awards, they discuss Black …

Episode 35: They Call Us PyeongChang

February 21st, 2018


Jeff and Phil welcome Hannah Yu - Phil's sister - fresh off the plane from South Korea, where she attended the Winter Games in PyeongChang. From triple axels to twizzles to mctwists, they discuss the Olympic triumphs …

Episode 34: They Call Us Valentine's Day

February 14th, 2018


Jeff and Phil welcome Tanzila 'Taz' Ahmed, activist, storyteller, and co-host of the #GoodMuslimBadlimPodcast. They talk about romantic comedies, Muslim Valentine's Day Cards, and that time Taz brought a fake date to an …

Episode 33: They Call Us Third Waiter From The Left

February 6th, 2018


Recorded live at the David Henry Hwang Theater, Jeff and Phil join playwright Alice Tuan and actress Amy Hill for a panel discussion, "Asian American …

Episode 32: They Call Us Tiffany Chin

January 17th, 2018


Jeff and Phil welcome champion figure skater and coach Tiffany Chin, who talks about her journey to becoming "The First Great Asian American Hope" of skating, the state of the sport, and why so many Asian Americans are …

Episode 31: They Call Us The Last Jedi

December 23rd, 2017


Jeff and Phil discuss the pop culture legacy of Star Wars, offer some non-spoilery thoughts on The Last Jedi and their favorite new character played …

Episode 30: They Call Us Claudia Kishi

December 6th, 2017


Jeff and Phil welcome CB Lee, author of the YA superhero novel Not Your Sidekick. They discuss Claudia Kishi of the Babysitters Club, the questionable curious true identity of Akira Yoshida, and the complexities of …

Episode 29: They Call Us Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2017


Recorded on the eve of Thanksgiving from three different parts of the continent, Jeff and Phil welcome chef and food writer Soleil Ho, co-host of the …

Episode 28: They Call Us Unicorns

November 17th, 2017


Live from the San Diego Asian Film Festival! Jeff and Phil welcome fellow Potluck podcasters Marvin Yueh and Ada Tseng to pitch our hypothetical "unicorn" Asian American movie projects to studio execs Fritz Friedman and …

Episode 27: They Call Us Nerds of Color

November 9th, 2017


Jeff and Phil welcome friend and fellow geek Keith Chow, founder of the Nerds of Color empire. They talk about the rise of nerd culture, bad …

Episode 26: They Call Us Halloween Costumes

October 29th, 2017


Happy Halloween! Jeff and Phil welcome cosplayer/superfan Laura Sirikul and Boom Studios' Arune Singh. They discuss racist costumes, seeing yourself …

Episode 25: They Call Us Randall Park

October 13th, 2017


Jeff and Phil welcome their good friend, actor Randall Park, aka "Asian Jim." He reflects on the fourth(!) season of Fresh Off The Boat, shares almost nothing about Ant-Man & The Wasp, and considers the Good, the …

Episode 24: They Call Us Jeremy Lin's Hair

October 10th, 2017


Jeff and Phil discuss Jeremy Lin's hair. Yes, his hair. Specifically, the recent dustup over our favorite Asian American point guard's decision to sport dreadlocks, and where it's situated in the larger conversation …

Episode 23: They Call Us Kristina Wong

September 29th, 2017


Jeff and Phil welcome longtime pal, performance artist and culture jammer Kristina Wong. They talk about trolling dudes with yellow fever, How Not to …

Episode 22: They Call Us #ExpressiveAsians

September 15th, 2017


Jeff and Phil talk TV and #ExpressiveAsians with Nancy Wang Yuen, author of the book Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism, and co-author of …

Episode 21: They Call Us Dreamers ** NEW VERSION**

September 8th, 2017


Jeff and Phil welcome Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, immigration reporter for ThinkProgress and a Dreamer herself, to discuss the personal and community impact …

Episode 20: They Still Call Us Bruce

August 27th, 2017


Having now ni hao'd their way into your hearts, Jeff and Phil recap, and revisit the first 20 episodes of They Call Us Bruce. Then they welcome …

Episode 19: They Call Us Philip Ng

August 23rd, 2017


Jeff and Phil welcome actor Philip Ng, who plays Bruce Lee in Birth of the Dragon. He talks about the premature controversy around the film, his approach to playing an icon, and some of the big differences between Hong …

Episode 18: They Call Us Birth of the Dragon

August 2nd, 2017


Jeff and Phil got an early look at Birth of the Dragon, the upcoming action flick inspired by Bruce Lee's most famous fight. They offer their takes on Bruceploitation, fan fiction, Some White Dude, and why this movie is …

Episode 17: They Call Us Brian Yang and Evan Jackson Leong

July 28th, 2017


Jeff and Phil welcome actor/producer Brian Yang and director Evan Jackson Leong, who talk about the hustle of independent filmmaking, finding themselves in the middle of Linsanity and making their latest project, the …

Episode 16: They Call Us George Takei

July 19th, 2017


Recorded live in Little Tokyo as part of Asian American ComiCon, Jeff and Phil talk to legendary actor, activist and icon George Takei, who discusses …

Episode 15: They Call Us Chef Shirley Chung

July 12th, 2017


Recorded live at Opodz in Little Tokyo, Jeff and Phil welcome former Top Chef contestant Shirley Chung, who talks about her lifelong love of food, …

Episode 14: They Call Us #UglyDelicious

July 6th, 2017


Jeff and Phil welcome comedian/writer Jenny Yang and Eater NY News Editor Serena Dai to discuss food, culture and things that make you say "Yo, I …

Episode 13: They Call Us The Slants

June 24th, 2017


Jeff and Phil welcome Simon Tam, front man for The Slants. He talks about the eight-year fight to trademark their band name, the landmark Supreme …

Episode 12: They Call Us Asian American

June 17th, 2017


Jeff and Phil celebrate Heritage Month, ahem, eleven months early, discussing the complexities of Asian American identity and community with Professors Karthick Ramakrishnan and Jennifer Lee of the National Asian …

Episode 11: They Call Us Rep. Ted Lieu

June 2nd, 2017


Jeff and Phil welcome Rep. Ted Lieu, who represents California's 33rd district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He talks about getting into …

Episode 10: They Call Us Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen

May 27th, 2017


Recorded with a live studio audience at the offices of TBWA/Chiat/Day, Jeff and Phil welcome young actors Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen, who play brothers Eddie, Emery and Evan on ABC's Fresh Off The Boat. …

Episode 9: They Call Us Kelvin Yu

May 20th, 2017


Jeff and Phil welcome actor/writer Kelvin Yu, who plays Brian on Netflix's Master of None. He talks about being inspired by Ben Vereen, escaping the trap of the TV legal drama, and his newfound status as a hottie on a …

Episode 8: They Call Us Gene Luen Yang and Greg Pak

May 12th, 2017


Jeff and Phil geek out with acclaimed comic book creators Gene Luen Yang and Greg Pak, who talk about diversity in comics, new takes on iconic …

Episode 7: They Call Us Justin Chon and Grace Lee

May 3rd, 2017


"Live" from the LAAPFF podcast lounge! Jeff and Phil welcome filmmakers Justin Chon (GOOK) and Grace Lee (K-TOWN '92) to discuss their work and reflect on the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.

Episode 6: They Call Us Asian American Cinema

April 27th, 2017


Jeff and Phil discuss the state of Asian American independent cinema, the significance of movies like Better Luck Tomorrow, and why it's still so hard for Asian American films to break through.

Episode 5: They Ask Us Qs

April 20th, 2017


Jeff and Phil present the inaugural edition of "They Ask Us Qs," in which they answer listener-submitted questions with the assistance of special guests Amy Anderson and Shii Ann Huang.

Episode 4: They Call Us Andi Mack

April 12th, 2017


Jeff and Phil welcome Lilan Bowden, who stars as Bex in the new Disney Channel series Andi Mack. She reveals all the secrets.

Episode 3: They Call Us Motoko Kusanagi

April 5th, 2017


Jeff and Phil welcome The Hollywood Reporter's Rebecca Sun and writer Sarah Kuhn to talk about the next-level whitewashing in the live-action …

Episode 2: They Call Us Lewis Tan

March 29th, 2017


Jeff and Phil welcome Iron Fist actor/martial artist Lewis Tan to discuss kung fu flicks and drink Hello Kitty wine.

Episode 1: They Call Us Iron Fist

March 22nd, 2017


Jeff and Phil have some thoughts on Marvel's latest Netflix series Iron Fist.

Episode 0: They Call Us Bruce?

March 21st, 2017


Hosts Jeff Yang and Phil Yu introduce They Call Us Bruce, an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.

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