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Dec 17, 2018

DJ Chuang is a strategy consultant, currently working with the .BIBLE ("dotBIBLE") Registry, a new top-level domain for all things Bible. He co-hosts the Erasing Shame podcast ( and authored the book, MultiAsian.Church: A Future for Asian Americans in a Multiethnic World ( He has been blogging at his personal website [] since 1999 and also freely sharing connections to ideas, people, and resources.


Topics we cover in this interview:

  • What is shame?

  • What is the difference between guilt and shame?

  • Can shame be healthy?

  • How to be good listener when somebody reaches out to you for help

  • How to reach out for help if you are struggling

  • How Asian-American males experience shame

  • Negative Self Talk 

  • What to expect if you seek a counselor or therapist

  • How religion can help and also perpetuate shame


How to connect with DJ Chuang:

DJ’s website

Erasing Shame

Erasing Shame Youtube Channel



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Dec 10, 2018

Yin is an Asian American marriage and family therapist licensed in California and Oregon and founder of Theralane.

As a child of immigrants, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a therapist.  Yin started out in investment banking right out of college and co-founded an IT services company where she worked for almost 15 years in Silicon Valley.

As a therapist, Yin primarily works with Asians, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders for a range of concerns ranging from challenging family dynamics, chronic relationship difficulties (romantic, love, family, work), life transitions, career challenges, identity questions, high functioning depression, and anxiety.

She enjoys working with folks who are either brand new to therapy or have had “bad” or ineffective experiences in therapy.

In addition to seeing clients, Yin has made it her mission to help normalize mental health, wellness and therapy services in API communities.  Theralane produced a free, community event, “De-Mystifying Therapy for Asian Americans” in Portland, Oregon.  Theralane is also promoting #Asiansdotherapy to help create more visibility and challenge stigma.

Topics we cover on this show:

  • How to find a therapist that is right for you

  • What is therapy and what to expect if you decide to enter therapy

  • Why Asian-Americans don’t want to ask for help

  • What to do if you are feeling pain and you are not ready for individual therapy

  • How to normalize therapy in Asian-American communities

  • How to deal with somebody being angry with you

  • Why I got into a huge argument with a Lyft driver that cut me off


How to get in touch with Yin Li:


Other Resources:

List of 12 Step Groups for various addictions and issues


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Nov 29, 2018

Mentored early on by master action director Corey Yuen, Bao was instilled with an approach to action that doesn’t rely solely on spectacle, but also draws on story and character. Screen Anarchy praised his written-and-directed short Bookie for its “flawlessly realized world populated by entirely fleshed out and believable characters, driven by a compelling narrative and brought to sumptuous life.” He has since traveled back to his homeland of Vietnam to work as a feature film editor. His editing credits include Cho Lon, one of Southeast Asia’s highest-budgeted action blockbusters, and Jackpot, a heartfelt comedy selected as Vietnam’s official entry to the 2016 Oscars for Best Foreign Film. Ain’t It Cool News enthusiastically declared Bao as “a director I expect to see big things from.”


  • How to not be complacent in your life and career

  • How to go for your dreams and passions

  • The importance of mentorship

  • Using the dreams of your childhood to guide you in the decisions you make in adulthood

  • The film industry of Vietnam and struggles of censorship

  • The evolution of film editing throughout the years

  • How to support Asian American filmmakers

  • What “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “The Terminator” have in common


The Paper Tigers Movie Kickstarter


POV Films website

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