2 historical events in Washington DC happened in January 2021: the insurrection and the inauguration. While these events affected all Americans and triggered concerns for people around the world, what did this mean for Asian Americans? Our 4 co-hosts can’t speak for all Asian Americans, but each of us can share our different perspectives.
On this first episode of season 5, you’ll hear the back stories of our 4 co-hosts: Hannah Lee Sandoval, George Xiong, Leah Abraham, and DJ Chuang.
Each will where they’re coming from along a diverse spectrum of four different Asian American perspectives: Chinese, Korean, Hmong, Asian Indian. And, we’ll talk about how erasing shame has brought us health and freedom for living; we’re talking about what matters.
- DJ Chuang’s back story—a longer version about managing mental health and his lived experiences with mood disorder
- There are 113 terms for shame in the Chinese language. (“The organisation of Chinese shame concepts?”, by Jin Li, Lianqin Wang, Kurt Fischer. Cognition and Emotion, 18:6, Sept 2004, 767-797)
- Shame, Live from Seattle (The Liturgists’ podcast episode)
- Podcast: Left, Right & Center (KCRW, NPR)
We talk about trauma and healing amidst the cultural dynamics of Korean and Asian American families. Trauma-informed therapist Toni Kim joins co-hosts Helen Choi and DJ Chuang on this season 4 finale and explore how soju and jugeullae intersect with a culture of shame.
Toni D. Kim tonidkim.com – Holistic & Integrative Psychotherapy
Open Path Collective openpathcollective.org
“Can We Really Inherit Trauma?” Headlines suggest that the epigenetic marks of trauma can be passed from one generation to the next. But the evidence, at least in humans, is circumstantial at best. (New York Times, December 2018)
“Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Korean American Immigrants: Moving Toward a Community Partnership Between Religious and Mental Health Services” by Hochang B. Lee, MD. Psychiatry Investigation. 2008 Mar; 5(1): 14–20.
In this conversation with J.S. Park, you’ll hear the shocking revelation when he first learned that what he grew up with was not normal and actually tramatic, how he went from surviving to thriving, lived to tell about it, write about it, and helping others to experience health and wellness.
And, you’ll love the part where he talks about his high school experience that was like a Napolean Dynamite moment.
J.S. Park works as a hospital chaplain in Florida and author of “The Voices We Carry: Finding Your One True Voice in a World of Clamor and Noise.” He blogs at https://jsparkblog.com
J.S. Park’s new book – The Voices We Carry: Finding Your One True Voice in a World of Clamor and Noise
J.S. Park’s special high school moment – photo
One Andrew Yang launched a presidential campaign. Another Andrew Yang launches a newsletter about discovering strength through mental health in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month in May 2020.
Listen to how this second Andrew dealt with his identity crisis, growing up in a collectivistic family in an individualistic society, how conflict can be good, and more.
Andrew Yang’s Heem Publication newsletter heem.substack.com
Helen and DJ have a lively and life-giving conversation with Emelda De Coteau (writer, podcaster, and creative) about COVID-19, grief and loss due to unemployment, anti-Asian racism, and vulnerable populations being heavily hit hard in poor communities in particular seniors homes, black neighborhoods, disabled and homeless and refugee shelters. How we can join together and support and be safe with self-care during this season of crisis. Count up all the practical tips and do the healthy things to be well.
Emelda will be co-leading this online event with another creative, Ebony Westbrook—Peace over Panic Workshop: Gratitude Journaling, Meditation & Sound Healing (May 3, 2020) – part of the ongoing series “Creating Through COVID-19“
- Women Creatives Chat – (check out the blog for posts on wellness / self care / empowerment)
- Pray with our Feet podcast
- Insight Timer App (thousands of meditations)
- Favorite meditation teacher – Sarah Blondin (on Insight Timer) insighttimer.com/sarahblondin
- Liberate app (meditation teachers of color whose work is supporting communities of color)
Crisis counselor David Dicken talks with Tyesa Harvey about the trauma and shame of the underworld of sex trade and prostitution.
Tyesa Harvey, co-founder of the Sex Crime Awareness Treatment Center (S.C.A.T), is passionate about working with women and children who have endured trauma, specifically related to sex crimes. Through the Center, Tyesa focuses on holistic healing as part of the rehabilitation efforts to help survivors of traumatic experiences reintegrate into society.
She was featured in “Shattered Dreams” – a sex trafficking documentary that has won several awards at film festivals.
WARNING: This episode has explicit content for mature audiences.
Crisis counselor David Dicken shares some practical tips for how to support your friends, family, and others during times of crisis like this worldwide COVID-19 pandemic by supporting people through making it safe to talk about feelings and emotions, then taking action that brings healthy relief.
Crisis text line: text HELLO to 741741 anytime for help and support for whatever you’re experiencing
Contact David Dicken at makesomeonegreattoday.com
Shame keeps us uncomfortable and paralyzed, but others help us find the way out. Jud Chun of Asian Mental Health Collective and subtle asian mental health chats with co-host DJ Chuang about how next generation Asians around the world are part of a growing social movement that’s ending the stigma and shame about mental health, where topics like depression and anxiety are discussed in a supportive online community. And, you’ll hear Jud’s response to one of the most frequently asked questions on his “Ask a Therapist” livestreams.
Subtle Asian Mental Health – Facebook group
Subtle Asian Traits – Facebook group
“How ‘Subtle Asian Traits’ Became a Global Hit” (New York Times, December 2018)
Nôn Wels explains why being a feely human is absolutely essential to being fully human. That means feeling your feelings makes you more human and more healthy. DJ Chuang hosts this Erasing Shame conversation.
Nôn Wels hosts the You, Me, Empathy podcast and is launching the Feely Human Collective with a crowdfunding campaign—you can help make it happen! Nôn is passionately making space and developing ways to help people be more healthy and human.
You, Me, Empathy podcast—Sharing Our Mental Health Stories
Nôn Wels’ website nonwels.com