Emily Wu Truong Speaks from Personal Experiences about Mental Health

Emily Wu Truong childhood wasn’t easy as a Taiwanese-American for so many reasons, being compared to high achievers, having depression, got bullied, and other challenges. Through the support of friends and personal growth, she’s become a mental health advocate and motivational speaker in the San Gabriel Valley area, outside of Los Angeles, for almost a decade. She shares poignantly on this episode of Erasing Shame about finding self-worth, dreaming big, and helping others through life’s ups and downs.

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When is the best time for Asian Americans to talk about mental health?

Japanese-American therapist Robyn Tamanaha talks with Erasing Shame co-host DJ Chuang during the month of May—AAPI heritage month and mental health month about those 2 themes. We chat about what helps Asian Americans most to get that first appointment with a therapist or counselor, the difference between Bipolar Disorder I and Bipolar II, some books Robyn’s reading, and how she hosts 2 podcasts, and more.

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A Woman’s Spiritual Journey of Finding Her True Self

Are you worn down from trying to fulfill your parents’ expectations? Your Asian community’s expectations? Your manager’s expectations? Even God’s expectations?

On this special episode of Erasing Shame, Eunice Lee (author of “More Christ, More Me: One Woman’s Spiritual Journey of Finding Her True Self“) talks with co-host Hannah Lee Sandoval about her experiences of erasing shame and feeling not enough, towards a fulfilling life of healing, health, and freedom.

Show Notes

Eunice Lee website • @euniceleeauthor on Instagram

Eunice’s Book: More Christ, More Me: One Woman’s Spiritual Journey of Finding Her True Self

Episodes Season 5

Season 5 Finale: Highlights & Reflections

Our foursome (Hannah Lee Sandoval, George Xiong, Leah Abraham, and DJ Chuang) chat one last time for Season 5 of Erasing Shame.

Top 10 Episodes of Season 5

  1. Tim Ouyang of Tim Be Told, Uncensored
  2. Being Asians in America but not Belonging
  3. Deconstructing Wokeness; Processing for Healthiness
  4. Erasing shame about sex and sexuality with Tara Teng
  5. Listen in on a Counseling Session with Jeanie Chang
  6. Pain, shame, and trauma in Asian American church life with Lillian So
  7. Asian Americans React to Capitol Hill Events in January 2021
  8. Celebrating Our Heritage & Getting Honest About Our Mental Health
  9. Let’s Talk About Body Image with Cathy Trinh
  10. Erasing Shame about our Asian American Bodies

Episodes Season 5

How Do Lament and Thanksgiving Go Together?

What does lament and Thanksgiving have to do with shame? That’s what our four co-hosts explore and discover on this November episode. You’ll have to watch and listen to see how it unfolds!

Plus, you can support the work of Erasing Shame with your tax-deductible donation – go to

Episodes Season 5

Why are we afraid to talk about our fears?

What is the deal with our fears, phobia, anxiety, and shame? Yes, fear is a natural part of our humanity and it’s designed to protect us from dangers and threats. Fear triggers that instant jolt to get our attention and put our muscles into action, whether fight or flight, or paralyzing us into stillness like freeze or shutdown.

Our foursome talk about the fearsome on this edition of Erasing Shame. Listen in on the convo with Hannah Lee Sandoval, George Xiong, Leah Abraham, and DJ Chuang to get perspectives on fear and to learn the one question that helps someone to start overcoming fear.

Episodes Season 5

Erasing shame about sex and sexuality (s5e10)

Erasing Shame pulls back the curtains and talks with Tara Teng, an Embodiment Coach who works in the intersections of spirituality and sexuality. Co-hosts Leah, George, and DJ chat with Tara for over an hour about a whole bunch of things, too many to name, here’s some of the topics we explored: how we learn about sex, men and women, fetishes, desires, why the body matters more than we’ll ever know, compare & contrast between sex and sexuality, how it affects everything in life, mental health, and so much more. Oh my!

Show Notes

Tara Teng’s website + @misstarateng on Instagram + @misstarateng on Twitter

Episodes Season 5

Erasing Shame about our Asian American Bodies (s5e09)

TRIGGER WARNING: sexual assault, self harm, eating disorder

The crew is back to talk about our the physicality of our being Asian Americans.

How people see us affects how we see ourselves, and vice versa. Why do many of us dislike how our body is? What do we do when others shame our body? Why do members of our extended family say what they say about our appearances?

Episodes Season 5

Let’s Talk About Body Image with special guest Cathy Trinh

How many people are happy with their body just as they are, whether it’s about their weight, height, sexual attraction, appearance, or skin color?

Special guest Cathy Trinh—author, speaker, executive recruiter and life coach—joins the Erasing Shame co-hosts to have a life-giving and empowering conversations about body image. We share our personal questions and struggles with our bodies and also point to resources for healthy living.

TRIGGER WARNING: rape, suicidal ideation, addictions

Show Notes

Cathy Trinh

Buy Her Book, “The Journey: Mastering the Art of Slowing Down into a Beautiful Existence”

Finding a Mental Health Therapist for People of Color

New York Times article, “It’s Hard to Search for a Therapist of Color. These Websites Want to Change That.”

Episodes Season 5

Tim Ouyang of Tim Be Told, Uncensored (s5e07)

Erasing Shame co-hosts talk with Tim Ouyang (singer and songwriter of Tim Be Told) about living in the multiple dimensions and layers of life as an Asian American of Chinese descent, and how he’s navigating the intersectionality of sexuality, ethnicity, and faith, finding a way of healing and meaning, and telling a better and more beautiful story through it all.

Show Notes

Tim Be Told + Instagram @timbetold

Tim Be Told on Spotify

The Dark Voice,” article by Tim Ouyang (Inheritance Magazine, 2017)