ABG - AsianBossGirl
Summary: A podcast for the modern day Asian American woman hosted by Melody Cheng, Helen Wu, and Janet Wang. We started this podcast as an outlet for topics we are interested in, and for sharing stories we have as 20-30 something yr. old Asian American women working, dating, and living in Los Angeles. It's no secret that Asian women are lacking in almost all media outlets. As three women working in finance, tech, and production who balance careers, life aspirations, and eventful social lives (we have our fair share of 5am returns from the club), we hope our perspectives can help, inform, and entertain those girls (and guys) with similar backgrounds or an interest in our backgrounds. We like to think of this as our invitation for you to join our once private girl talk sessions! So grab a glass of wine and let's get this show started ;)
Babies, babies, babies…in the last episode of Season 1 “Episode 12: Labor of Love” we focused on the topic of babies! We fantasized about what it would be like to have children - from pregnancy, to labor, to the process of raising them. But because none of us are actual mothers, this discussion was all hypothetical. Sharing her pregnancy and birthing story for the first time, our good friend Cathy shines light on the blissful moments to the unexpected hardships of being a new mom. You might know Cathy from her YouTube channel, which boasts over 300,000 subscribers, which she manages in addition to being an x-ray tech, and now, also a new mama! Once you’ve taken a listen, head over to her IG @yeeitscathy for more cute pics of her baby girl, Isla Renee.
What’s a season without a Q & A episode? With season 3 more than half way through, we’ve continued to receive encouraging messages & engaging questions. Due to the nature of our work schedules, we don’t have the capacity to answer every question (but we do read each one!). These episodes allow us to address some of the messages that come through :) In this episode, we chat about our experiences with our first boyfriends, how we manage our finances, what the podcast has taught us and more! Thank you to those who take time out of YOUR busy schedule to write us- it really makes our day. You keep us going
What is a "Yappie"? Some would say it's the epitome of the model minority myth. Others would argue there's nothing wrong with it. In today's episode, we'll explore the definition and effects of a "yappie" life with a special guest who has created an entire mini-series around this concept. His name is Philip Wang. He is a writer, director, actor, and he has been running a lil ol’ YouTube channel called Wong Fu Productions, even before the beginning of YouTube! For someone who stumbled deep into ‘the industry’ through his work, Philip has since voluntarily used his platform to push the Asian American agenda forward through his shorts, his social, his outreach, his mentorship, and many other initiatives that have created a wave for positive community change. Moreover, he has spent many nights single handedly guiding the ABG ladies through the ups and downs of editing and producing a podcast, and he is the crux and biggest supporter of what you are hearing today. We hope you enjoy this episode and this ABB as much as we do.
Whether it’s the color of our skin, the job title on our LinkedIn, or the city we answer when someone asks us where we are from, each of these aspects of identity are an opportunity for someone to assume other traits about us. In this episode, we discuss a handful of stereotypes that apply to us as women of Asian descent: from our driving skills to our math skills, our physical strength to our bedroom preferences, and our spending habits (or lack thereof) to our tolerance for alcohol. We also dig into stereotypes associated with each of our professions: fashion, finance, and technology, as well as the neighborhoods we grew up in: San Jose, Boston, and Orange County. Take a listen and let us know if you can relate. What are some stereotypes applied to you, and are they sometimes true? Please excuse the choppiness in the first half of the episode - we had some technical difficulties! Thank you in advance for your understanding!
Friendships. One of the most important elements in our lives. From the people you go out with on Friday nights to the individuals you can always depend on during tough times...some can say our friends are AS important as family. From a young age, we are taught the idea of friendships and it’s basic foundations/needs. But as we grow older and our interests, values, and where we are in life change, our relationships with our friends change as well. Some remain present in our lives and some relationships take other forms. In today’s episode, we want to talk about the different types of friends/friendships we had in our stages of life, what happens when you grow apart, and how we define a good friendship.
Happy Thanksgiving from the AsianBossGirl team! It’s been over a year now since we’ve started this podcast journey, and we fully recognize that we would not be here without the incredible talents and support of our team (Philip Wang, Kihong Lee, Eric Wang, and Michelle Hsieh!). We also know we wouldn’t be 3 seasons in without all of the gracious love and support from all of YOU! Now more than ever, we see the importance of sharing stories, relating, and growing together in a unified, supportive way. Thank you from the bottom of our soon to be very full bellies. We hope this is only the beginning of a much larger movement for all of us ABGs + ABBs x — In line w/ today’s celebration of thankfulness, we talk about the little things we’re thankful for (think: lash glue, other families babies, facetime) to the bigger things (think: mommas, friends, bros). Take a second to think about a moment you were thankful for this week - what made you smile? Helped you in a way you didn’t expect it to? Share with us!
Dating in in today's world of apps and social media...where do we begin?! In this episode, we talk through the process of meeting someone (hello, dating apps hell), texting etiquette and strategies, catching (and blocking) feels, defining the relationship (DTR), dating friends, introducing a significant other to family, and more. Do you have any tips or personal experiences to share? Send them our way!
Before ABG, there was ABM: Asian Boss Moms. In today’s episode, we talk about our mothers’ specific journeys to the west. Their stories help define who we are as individuals/daughters/sons and provide the context of how we were raised, our values/morals, and the lessons we were taught. In this episode, we share OUR mothers’ personal immigration stories, and we know these do not represent every immigrants’ journey. There are so many varied experiences we need to capture and share. We encourage you to learn about your personal history and ask your family about their immigration story
Periods and poop — natural conditions of every woman's body, yet topics that are not commonly discussed publicly. From tampons to PMS, and cultural remedies to sex on your period, we share our varying experiences and tips. And when it comes to poop, we share each of our different approaches to pooping in public bathrooms. We even threw in a little bonus discussion on farting! Leave us a "poop emoji" in the comments if you listened to the end! *brands and apps mentioned in the episode are not sponsored.
Hello, hello! We are BACK with another fun-filled season PACKed with juicy episodes, a few guest speakers near and dear to our hearts (ABMs!) and other topics that we’ve gathered from YOU (our listeners). The three of us have had quite an eventful summer, from promotions, to travel, to welp -- aging. In this episode, we’ll catch you up on what we have been up to and also focus heavily on the non-social media, non-fabricated side of travel. What is it really like to relocate and live in another city/country? From elation to frustration to a love/hate relationship. “Home” genuinely becomes the most loaded, beautiful, and yet pull-at-the-heartstrings word you could ever imagine. The expat experience sounds like a dream, but there’s so much to it that makes it not so much of a fantasy. Join us as we share our experiences with being away from our definition of “home”, in travel.
As a podcast focused on the perspective of modern day Asian American women, we thought it would be fitting to dedicate an episode to highlighting the Asian women who have influenced us. We talk about Asian American women of today and also reminisce about those who shaped us growing up - noting that we were drawn to unconventional sources because of the lack of AA representation (Sailor Moon anyone?). We discuss the importance of relatability versus influence, and how the changing media landscape has affected the amount and types of role models available to Asian American women today. Listen in on this meaningful discussion to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month!
We’re back with another Q&A episode! We've been getting an overwhelming amount of messages, emails, and DMs from you all, and it's been super encouraging for our team to read every morning (thank you!) As much as all the messages reassures us this podcast was the right thing to do, we’re not always able to respond to every one... but we see and read all of them! That’s why we love incorporating these episodes into the season! It finally allows us to respond back and engage with you all. This time around we answer questions ranging from our love language, our Asian American upbringing, how to build confidence in the work place, and...dare we say it...masturbation. Take a listen and please continue to send us questions. We’ll make sure to add it to our list!
Episode 20: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
First dates - whether your last one was years ago, months ago, or just last week, everyone has his or her own rules and ways of handling them. Do you prefer to be asked out or would you rather be the one asking? What do you notice and remember about the first meeting? How do you handle the conversation - what are topics to cover and those to avoid? Do you have any rules on getting physical on the first date...kissing...more? Listen in as we share each of our differing perspectives through personal stories - some we look back on fondly and others we would rather forget.
Did you know that the person responsible for the pink hats at The Women's Marches is an Asian American woman in her 30s? Welcome fellow AsianBossGirl - Krista Suh, a feminist, an artist, a Hollywood screenwriter, the creator of The Pussyhat Project and author of "DIY Rules for a WTF World". For those in our audience who were following The Women’s March movement, you may have noticed the bright pink hats that many people were wearing at the 600+ rallies around the world. Well, Krista is the individual responsible for creating and distributing the design, and essentially empowering millions of people around the world to make and wear this symbol of solidarity in support of women’s and human rights. Join us for a personal conversation with Krista, as we cover everything from her Asian American upbringing, to her thoughts on feminism and how she got into politics, to dating ;)