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On this episode Teen and Adam ask the question, 'What normal?' Things seem far, far from normal during this supposed summer return to normal. There doesn't seem to be much rational reason for optimism, so how are we supposed to be rational and also avoid a funk of cynicism?Also, new theme music debuts on this public feed, by Ciel (@aerialist)Join u…
 
What was it about the late 90s that produced a whole bunch of great American movies about disillusionment with office culture? Liza, Teen, Chris, and Filip get together to discuss American Beauty, Office Space, Fight Club, and The Matrix, with a little venting about some atrocious writing on the eve of Euro 2020 that Chris swears cost England the c…
 
With law-and-order candidate Eric Adams's apparent victory in the NYC mayor race, Chris and Teen look at the political divide between renters and homeowners, and how that sometimes overlooked fight explains a lot of not only politics but also culture. Plus, they speculate on how the musical Rent's mentality still persists today in social liberalism…
 
Fresh off his documentary ACCEPTED's debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, Dan Chen—friend and prior guest of EFPA—joins Chris and Millie to talk about his new film that examines the story of T.M. Landry College Prep, a school in Louisiana that was renowned for sending its lower-income minority students to elite colleges until investigations proved t…
 
One of EFPA's favorite guests—writer and activist Yasmin Nair—joins Chris and Eliza to discuss the annual kink controversy at Pride parades, as well as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's fiery essay on social media opportunists, self-centered literary reviews, and other things wrong with the culture industries.Join us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/planamagCH…
 
One of the most unescapable topics of the past two years is Bitcoin and the hypergrowth of cryptocurrency valuations. Teen -- a crypto-skeptic who believes this is nothing more than digital tulipmania -- talks with Mike and Steve, two crypto-degenerates who spend an irresponsible amount of time in the Plan A Discord talking about crypto. We try to …
 
Unverified Accounts, which was started last year by Chris, Liza, and Filip, is now on the Escape From Plan A podcast feed! UA episodes will be deep dives into specific movies, books, and/or TV shows. For their "first" episode, their good friend Arnav re-joins them to talk about The White Tiger (a movie about a poor upstart scheming his way into wea…
 
In the interest of getting the word out on this important fight, we are instantly unlocking this bonus episode.Violence against Asian women wages on beyond the streets of New York, and into the workplace. Filip invites guests Sarah from the Flushing Workers Center, and Zishun from the Chinese Staff and Workers Association to talk about the 24-hour …
 
Chris, Adam, Jong, and long-time friend Millie get together on a Memorial Day weekend to talk about the John Cena apology to China regarding Taiwan, Andrew Yang's subway cartoon incident, the new Vincent Chin podcast, and Naomi Osaka's standoff with the French Open.Join us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/planamagCHECK OUT OUR LIVESTREAMS ON YOUTUBE (an…
 
Channeling some of that Kwame Brown energy, the trio of Teen, Chris, and Filip go after some of the rank opportunism in the #StopAsianHate movement that is creepily detached from actually protecting the vulnerable classes of Asian Americans that are facing the brunt of these attacks. Also, they talk about the actual Kwame Brown videos, as well as t…
 
Adam is joined by special guest Yasmin Nair (writer, academic and activist) to discuss the intimate relationship between celebrity and power in the realm of adoption, especially international, transracial adoption. They begin by discussing the famous and complex Farrow-Allen case which recently came back into focus because of the HBO docuseries "Al…
 
Chris and Teen try to define boba liberalism since it means different things to different Asian Americans. Is it a media-obsessed EDM-loving Kevin Nguyen? Is it a social justicey Asian American activist/academic/writer who kind of disdains most Asian Americans? Is it both because the term is highly contextual? Along the way, they also discuss the C…
 
Jess hosts this very special episode featuring two recurring guests Amanda and Gina, two veterans of social media, to talk about the balance between being socially responsible in a frightening and anxious time vs preserving mental health, China as geopolitical and social football, and the very real stress and isolation that comes from peeks beyond …
 
Jess and Filip get together for another chat on tech and work... this time, about a CEO who delegates basically all of her work to a woman in the Philippines. So, what the hell does a CEO do that earns them a 7-figure salary/bonus, anyway? And how much of that is puffing up the importance of a single person in a work force?Support us on Patreon: ww…
 
Filip and Adam are joined by guest Connie Griffith, veteran video game developer (Ghost of Tsushima, Guild Wars 2, WildStar) to give the ultimate insider's view of the video game industry. Is it a dream job or a nightmare? How do Asian Americans fit into an industry that profits so heavily off Asian culture. And, is corporate DE&I just a "woke" way…
 
In his book War and Peace and War, Peter Turchin discusses the common historical elements present in both the rise and fall of empires. Jess and Chris discuss these elements in modern American society—from a lack of collective will to overproduction of elites—and how Asian Americans will experience life in a declining empire that is attempting to r…
 
Chris and Teen talk about The Cut's horniness for Huge Ma aka NYC's vaccine daddy (of TurboVax) fame, the ridiculous Sery Kim situation in Texas, and why some people's brains have been broken over hapa athletes like Eileen Gu and Nina Schultz choosing to represent China over America and Canada, respectively.Join us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/plana…
 
Note: this is a full but edited version of this episode. The full unedited conversation, with 1hr of omitted content, is available to Patrons. Consider supporting us at https://www.patreon.com/planamagKaiser Kuo (host of the Sinica Podcast) returns to continue a discussion with Jess and Teen from almost exactly one year ago about the connection bet…
 
Our good friend Trevor Beaulieu from Champagne Sharks joins Teen and Chris to talk about some of the ways that black and Asian Americans, at least online, seem to be swapping places in who's clamoring for things like media representation and is preoccupied with assimilation, and who's trying to move away from that. Part 2 of this episode will be re…
 
Teen, Jong, Chris and Adam come together to discuss the horrific Atlanta shooting murders of 8 people, 6 of whom were Asian women, on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. They talk about how the history and present of Sinophobia and Sinophobic rhetoric contributed to this attack as well as the increase in anti-Asian attacks, especially in America, over the las…
 
Adam is joined by guests Joy Alessi, Dr. Diane Kunz, Dan Berger, and Emily Howe in the third and final installment of our series on the issue of Adoptees Without Citizenship. In this part, Diane and Dan walk us through a quick history of immigration in modern American history, starting in the 1950's and taking us up to the current day. They, with a…
 
@TheDailyMao of Twitter (name withheld b/c talking about China is dangerous stuff these days!) joins Teen to have a wide ranging discussion about the state of Chinese and American economic competition. From microchip supremacy to American ports choked with Chinese imports, is America not actually in competition with China, but coming to terms with …
 
After a long break from Plan A working on his new podcast Unverified Accounts, Chris joins Teen on a rainy weekend afternoon to talk about a few topics of interest. (1) Ron Kim's being a 'human blowtorch' against Andrew Cuomo in what may be the biggest political scandal in America, (2) Jay Caspian Kang's tweet about the failure of 'Asian American l…
 
The Asian Hustle Network (AHN) promotes positivity, passive income, and purpose. But it's also a place where con artists find their marks. Jess, Teen and Filip talk about Hustle Culture, where 'entrepreneurship' intersects with 'Ponzi schemes' and all is not what it seems. Everyone has a side hustle, everyone's monetizing their social media, everyo…
 
There has been a huge rise in attacks and murders of Asian Americans throughout America, and what is especially thorny is that in many of the most visible cases the attackers are Black. This has raised the specter of the Los Angeles Riots and the nadir of Black-Asian relations in America. Ayekay and Teen try to carve out space to talk about the pai…
 
Jess and Teen start out talking about the gathering storm clouds over the economy, the obsolete white collar corporate culture from the 90's we still cling to, and what it's going to take to move past these obsolete notions of success and obligation.Please support us on Patreon if you enjoyed this episode: www.patreon.com/planamagTWITTER:Teen (@mon…
 
Old farts Adam and Filip talk about why the mainstream culture seems to refuse to let video games and eSports into the modern zeitgeist despite it's mass commercial appeal. One theory is that it's "Too Asian", and that might be keeping Asian Americans from leveling up their nascent culture with what's becoming increasingly normalized among the kids…
 
Ben Sin (senior tech editor @ XDA-Developers) joins Teen all the way from Hong Kong to talk about the consumer tech market in China, the effects of the Huawei sanctions and trade war, as well as bias in the Western tech media. Is the West actually the tech backwater? Who is cutting off whom in this tech schism?TWITTER:Ben Sin (@bencsin)Teen (@mont_…
 
Jess and Teen talk about Melvin Capital vs r/wallstreetbets. We talk about what is driving the stock of Gamestop up "to the moon," what the social significance of this is, and then things turn a bit grimmer as we turn to the bleak prospects within the Scam Economy.Consider supporting our Patreon so that Plan A can publish the work of writers who ar…
 
By patron request, we are releasing Part 2 of Episode 232 as a free episode.Teen and Jess discuss the events of 1/6 and take a stab at what might be in store for the rest of 2021. Tl; dr -- get that bag, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.All bonus episodes are available for Plan A patrons at www.patreon.com/planamag. Join the Patreon today!CORRECTIONS: Gr…
 
Teen and Jess discuss the events of 1/6 and take a stab at what might be in store for the rest of 2021. Tl; dr -- get that bag, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.This is Part 1 of the episode. Part 2 is available for Plan A patrons at www.patreon.com/planamag. Join the Patreon today!CORRECTIONS: Gross domestic product (GDP) measures the value-add created …
 
Filip gets together with Jess to talk about his decision to leave the startup he cofounded: How it compares to working in big tech, what’s wrong with venture-backed startups today, and how Asian Americans can capitalize on the leverage they have to do more meaningful work in the world. Oh, and they shoot the shit on that whole Cyberpunk fiasco, and…
 
Q, Elaine, and Gavin discuss chapters 1-5 of Settlers, by J. Sakai. We break down the book’s analysis of America’s white mythos and how it is still directly applicable to current events, such as the MAGA riots at the Capitol last Wednesday. It’s increasingly clear that the settler attitude Sakai described has not changed in 400 years and that conti…
 
After an extended hiatus because he ran out of things to say, Teen joins Diana to talk about Asian RadLibs vs. Tankies. Seems like everyone has something to say about the 'Tankies' these days. And it's mostly RadLibs doing the talking, on their vastly bigger platforms. But Tankies have social media esp Twitter as an outlet, where the playing field …
 
Adam is joined by guests Joy Alessi, Raana and Sungkwan Jang in the second installment of our series on the issue of Adoptees Without Citizenship. In this part, we review the progress that was made in advocacy for an adoptee citizenship bill this year and also the challenges that were faced. We also discuss the expectations for 2021 and give our en…
 
John, Michelle, Arnav and Diana daydrink and talk about Asian cooking, restaurants, and food racism beyond crying about our stinky lunches. American attitudes about Asian cuisines reveal more about deep-seated ideological and infrastructural issues in the US than about Asian countries or people.This is Part 1 of the 4-hour holiday episode. In Part …
 
Banner art: "Masks" by Wai LinWriter and media critic Josh C of Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR.org) talks to Diana about his work all year uncovering the lies and racist bias in western media coverage on China's COVID response. Josh also shares tips on how to critically review media for yourself, and how he stays motivated to do this impo…
 
Director and producer Jenny Shi joins Dave, Kin, and Diana to talk about her feature-length documentary Finding Yingying. Finding Yingying is about the life and death of Zhang Yingying, a Chinese visiting student at University of Illinois-Urbana Champagne, who was kidnapped and murdered June 9, 2017. The film poignantly focuses on Yingying and her …
 
Jules, Michelle, Peter and Diana take a deep dive into the latest on COVID vaccine development (as of November 19). Why are the vaccines closest to approval from US companies mRNA-based? Why isn’t the US supporting COVAX, the international vaccine accelerator? We discuss the long, continuing legacy of white nations using POC as lab rats to advance …
 
Nia and Tee have an expansive conversation about Transgender Day of Remembrance from an Asian diaspora perspective. Let us remember the trans and gender-diverse people who have been victims of white supremacist police violence and violent policing within communities of color. Let us fight the colonialism at the heart of violence against trans femme…
 
Seibo Shen joins Teen to talk about psilocybin and the experience of shrooms. Seibo is the founder and CEO of the cannabis company Hanu Labs (https://hanulabs.com/) and has deep experience with psilocybin (aka magic mushrooms). Teen tries to describe to Seibo his first experience with the psychedelic, what it was really like, whether it was a worth…
 
Katya Kazbek joins Teen to discuss the recent film Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. This isn't a film review, but a critical discussion of Borat as a form of xenophobia and racism that is endemic to liberal politics. In particular, the way liberalism is built on a foundation of superiority, which requires internalizing the idea of the foreign Other as i…
 
Carl Zha and Xiangyu join Teen to talk about their decision to pack their bags and leave America for Asia. Carl was supposed to go to China to see the water festival in Yunnan in 2019, but just never came back. He currently lives in Bali. Xiangyu packed his bags a few years ago to get closer to his roots in Taiwan. He's back -- temporarily -- but h…
 
Adam Hudson of the podcast Real Sankara Hours joins Teen to talk about the probable Biden victory and what the the new era of woke white liberalism will be like. This is Part 1 of 2 -- Part 2 will be Patreon-only episode for the overflow discussion, where we talk about Pan-Africanism and whether there is an analogous political identity among Asian …
 
Asian Americans experience a COVID fatality rate at least 3 times the national average in cities where we make up more than 5% of the population. Xiaoyun and Sarah, who both work in healthcare, join You Peng and Diana to discuss the often unreported healthcare disparities of COVID impact on Asian American communities. We share how we've personally …
 
Hailing Chen is running for New York City Council representing the mostly Asian and Latinx immigrant community of Flushing, NY. Jess, Diana and Teen talk to Hailing -- an Uber driver -- talk about the ways COVID threatens to break the back of the immigrant working class, and how it is now do-or-die to stand up politically. We hear a lot from the el…
 
We're serving up lighter fare for this bonus. You Peng and Diana deliver on the promise of an episode where EFPA reviews snacks. Here's what we've been eating and cooking during the last half year quarantine, with a bit of political discussion sprinkled like furikake on rice.Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/planamagSUBMISSIONS & COMMENTS:edit…
 
With Prop. 16 on the ballot for Nov. 3 -- which will decide whether California will reinstate affirmative action -- the eternal issue of whether Asian Americans are "for or against affirmative action" is again causing a rift among activists. It seems to be a deadlock where one is either "selling out" other AsAms if they support affirmative action, …
 
Mike joins Q this week to discuss two short readings: Hồ Chí Minh’s Letter to Old People regarding the role of elder people in revolutionary movements, and the second, Huey P. Newton's "In Defense of Self Defense," concerning the role of violence in liberation. These two seemingly disparate works provide important advice for those of trying to agit…
 
Kajah and Jeoffrey of Black Zebra Productions joins Nia and Diana for a rare interview. The husband-and-wife team shares stories of documenting the protests in Sacramento, Portland, Kenosha, and Paris. As Asian American artists, they also share their experiences with breaking out of the scarcity mentality, personal decolonization, and finding conne…
 
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