I created Mandu Podcast as a platform to navigate and explore life as an Asian American.
Growing up, I was usually the only Asian American student in the classroom and often felt out of place and isolated. This followed me as I transitioned from a small high school in Colorado Springs, CO to a large public university in Boulder, CO.
Although my university was more diverse, I still felt like I didn’t belong. Unfortunately, this was partly due to my own mentality. There were campus organizations for Asian American students but I chose to ignore them, fearing that I would be labeled as a stereotypical Asian if I spent too much time with them. After spending so many years fighting for a place to belong, I thought that joining an Asian American community would undo all of that hard work.
It wasn’t until my junior year of college, when I decided to take a Korean literature class, that I started to feel welcome on campus. It was the first time that I’ve taken a class specifically to learn about my culture. It was also the first time that the professor also looked like me.
It was empowering.
While the idea of creating a podcast that catered specifically towards the Asian American community has been on my mind for a few years, it wasn’t until after I took the Korean literature class that I decided to act upon it.
After doing some research, I found a treasure trove of other Asian American media (mainly some magazines and podcasts).
During the months leading up to the creation of my podcast, I’ve felt like I belong in a community. I felt like I can finally be involved in something without being the token Asian friend. I also know that there is an entire community of people who are willing to support one another.
So, join me as I discuss and navigate what it means to be an Asian American. And hear from others who look like you.