Episodes Season 3

What you don’t know about shame that affects you deeply (s3e17)

What is shame? How is it affecting your life and relationships? How can you be more aware of possible areas of shame in your life? Nancy and Debbie Berry discuss the “condition” of shame and how it can affect all areas of our lives, even if we may not be aware of it.

Debbie Berry is the Director of Life Skills San Diego, a non-profit program designed to give information, tools, and a safe community for individuals to walk through inner healing and developmental maturity.
For information about classes in your area, call (806) 348-7171.

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Southeast Asian-American realities of shame (s3e16)

Nancy Ly and Paul Champy get real about the impacts of shame as Vietnamese and Cambodian Asian-Americans, whose families had fled from the mass killings of war. Paul shares harsh realities and insights into the hidden stories and journey to greater individuality and independence as a Cambodian-American from a refugee family, and how Cambodians experience higher levels of shame and challenges for assimilation in America.

Acting was one way Paul was able to escape from the realities of shame. As a dancer, actor, and hiking enthusiast, he has combined his passions together by creating a YouTube show called “The After Peak”. Subscribe to his YouTube channel “Paul Champy” at

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Top Articles about Asian American Mental Health

We’ve curated popular articles that talk about mental health and Asian Americans, a topic that is usually kept in silence. (initially posted in May 2019 for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month; more articles have since been added.)

articles about mental health and Asian Americans

Suicide & Ethnicity: How Asian shame and cultural stigma make Asians prone to suicide in the U.S.” By Sam Louie, September 2019.

Why Asian Parents Don’t Talk About Mental Health (and How to Heal From It)” By Leanna Chan in NextShark, May 2019.

Why Asian Americans Struggle To Seek Therapy: Shame isn’t the only reason Asians and Pacific Islanders don’t seek mental health services. It’s a systematic problem, too.” By Carla Herreria in HuffPost Asian Voices, May 2019.

My Mental Illness Did Not Prevent Me From “Succeeding, But The Stigma Nearly Did.” By Michelle Yang in HuffPost Personal, May 2019.

HuffPost Hijacks Asian Woman’s Story on Mental Health Stigma with Racist Sub-Heading.” By Ryan General in Next Shark, May 2019.

Why It Took So Long For My Asian American Parents To Accept My Decision To Take Antidepressants.” By Erika Vichi Lee in Bustle, May 2019.

Why Are Young Asian Americans Killing Themselves? Social pressures, identity issues and mental health taboos play roles.” By Dongyao Nie in USC StorySpace Sites, 2018.

Hiding my mental illness from my Asian family almost killed me. The silent shame of having a mental illness in a Chinese family.” By Amanda Rosenberg in Vox, June 2018.

Southeast Asian Community Faces Uphill Battle for Mental Health.” by Donald A. Promnitz in The Business Journal, February 2019.

She kept losing her eyesight, and no one knew why. Then a doctor asked about her mental health.” By Aneri Pattani in The Inquirier, January 2019.

I Almost Didn’t Tell My Chinese Parents I Was Going To Therapy — Here’s Why I Did Anyway.” By Wendy Lu in Bustle, August 2018.

We’re Fine: What’s Stopping Asian-American Millennials From Talking About Mental Health.” By Kimberly Truong in Refinery29, May 2018.

We Really Need to Talk About Mental Health for Asian American Students.” By Thomas Ngo in Next Shark, December 2018.

What Stops South Asians From Discussing Mental Health?” By Sejal Sehmi in Brown Girl Magazine, November 2018.

4 Ways to Improve Access to Mental Health Services in Asian American Communities” By Connor Maxwell and Lisa Kwon, Center for American Progress, October 2018.

Confronting Mental Health in Asian-American Communities Through Testimony and Art: The Asian American Literary Review drops an interactive, experimental issue centered on Asian-American mental well-being.” By Deepa Iyer in Colorlines, February 2017.

A New Generation Of Therapists Is Fighting Asian-American Mental Health Stigma. Asian-Americans are 3 times less likely than whites to ask for mental health help.” By Rosalie Chan in HuffPost, October 2017.

Asian Americans Are Undergoing a Silent Mental Health Crisis. The stigma’s still going strong.” By Rosalie Chan in Vice, September 2017.

These 5 South Asian Men Are Opening up About Their Mental Health and Toxic Masculinity.” By Sheena Vasani in Brown Girl Magazine, August 2018.

MannMukti: New Website for South Asians Struggling with Mental Health Issues.” By Jinal Shah in Brown Girl Magazine, May 2017.

Why Asian-American Seniors Have High Rates Of Depression But Rarely Seek Help.” By Kimberly Yam in Huffpost, May 2017.

Audio & Video

South Asian women are using photography to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness” By Aneeta Bhole on SBS News Australia, September 2019.

This Beauty Queen Uses Her Platform to Ease Mental Health Stigma in Asian American Community.” By Sonia Paul on KQED, May 2019.

Minority college students might not get mental health help despite needs, study finds. The research analyzed survey responses from more than 60,000 college students at 108 schools.” By Charles Lam on NBC News, April 2019.

How I Learned To Talk To My Filipino Mom About My Mental Health” By Malaka Gharib on NPR Morning Edition, March 2019.

Chinese elders ‘walk the middle path’ to better mental health.” By Liz Tung & Jad Sleiman, on The Pulse /WHYY, September, 2018.

New generation of Asian-American women are fighting to normalize mental health treatment.” By Stacy Chen on GMA /ABC News, September 2018.

Talking about depression can be hard for Asian Americans, but services can help. Experts said isolation, social pressure, and war trauma can contribute to depression.” By Agnes Constante on NBC News, September 2018.

Among Asian-American families, stigma still grips mental illnesses” By Bethany Wang on KPCC’s AirTalk®, June 2018.

TEDx Talks

Heart to Heart” – Sydney Moondra at TEDxWilliamandMary, April 2019.

[Sydney created Dil to Dil (Hindi for ‘heart to heart’), as a public Instagram forum dedicated to eliminating mental health stigma in South Asian communities]

My Near Death Experience” – Jessie Lam at TEDxTinHauWomen, January 2019.

Successful Plan C” – Leo Huang at TEDxDiamondBar, August 2018.

Dear Stranger” – Diana Chao at TEDxTeen, January 2018.

[Diana Chao founded Letter to Strangers, a youth-run nonprofit seeking to destigmatize mental illness and increase access to treatment for youth]

The positive side of thinking about mental health” – Emily Wu Truong at TEDxYouth@DiamondBar, July 2017.

Self-Love through Self-Identity” – Eileen Kim at TEDxWoodbridgeHigh, June 2017.

Stigma Surrounding Mental Illnesses” – Tina Mai at TEDxIrvingtonHighSchool, July 2016.

How to get stuff done when you are depressed” – Jessica Gimeno at TEDxPilsenWomen, November 2015.

Shedding Light on Student Depression” – Jack Park at TEDxPenn, June 2015.

Challenges and Rewards of a culturally-informed approach to mental health” – Jessica Dere at TEDxUTSC, April 2015.


Op-ed: Intergenerational trauma affects mental health of Southeast Asian-Americans.” By Joseph Nguyen in Daily Bruin, April 2019.

When We Shouldn’t Aim to Simply Carry On: The Mental Health Stigma Among Asian-Americans.” By Jennifer Yoo in In-Training, January 2019.

Neglecting New Moms’ Health and Asians’ Mental Health: Readers discuss preventable maternal deaths and the lack of mental health services for the Asian community in New York.” Jo-Ann Yoo in The New York Times, October 2018.

Opinion: Traditional Asian, Indian cultures contribute to stigmatization of mental illness. Teenagers get mixed messages about depression and anxiety, and it’s hurting them.” By Manasi Garg in The Mercury News, June 2018.

Know of other articles worth sharing? Please add more in the comments.

Episodes Season 3

Creativity can help you overcome trauma and shame (s3e15)

Kyme Dang shares how writing, music, and creativity has helped her overcome trauma and shame, in order to live a life of freedom and full expression.

Kyme Dang, also known under her artist name Lady Dang, is a performer, songwriter, dream coach, entrepreneur, and overall creative living enthusiast. Currently working on music, you can learn more about her at

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Filipino-American identity, history, and cultural expectations (s3e14)

Dr. Amanda Solomon Amorao chats with co-host Nancy Ly at UCSD between classes and they explore the complexities of understanding identity, historical context and cultural expectations within the Filipino-American community.

About our guest

Dr. Amanda Solomon Amorao received her PhD from the University of California San Diego. Her research specialty is in Filipino American cultural studies and contemporary U.S. multiethnic literature. She has taught classes at UCSD since 2004 in the humanities, literature, ethnic studies, critical gender studies, and first-year writing. In 2017, she was named Director of UCSD’s Dimensions of Culture Program which teaches freshmen students the skills of critical thinking, reading, and writing by exploring questions of diversity, justice, and imagination in U.S. history, culture, and society. When not teaching, Dr. Solomon Amorao is a community organizer, former Executive Director and volunteer with the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program, and mom to Arya Lumaya age 3.


Kuya Ate Mentorship Program – KAMP’s mission is to foster an educational program that develops critical thinking skills and primarily focuses on the study of Filipino and Filipino American culture, history, and identity in order to pursue social justice

Episodes Season 3

What if You Revealed Your Secret Struggles? (s3e13)

Yes it is scary to share your struggles and pains with someone for the first time. And what’s surprising is how it can be (part of) the path to healing, for yourself and for others too.

Joie Cheng joins co-hosts DJ Chuang and Nancy Ly, to discuss how we all have struggles in life and the power of erasing shame through sharing our stories with each other.

Show Notes

Joie Cheng is a Patrick Snow certified publishing coach, international best-selling author, TEDx and professional keynote speaker, mentor, healer, circle facilitator, and a trained yoga teacher. She is the best-selling author of The Naked Truth: A Woman’s Journey to Self-Love about her personal journey of healing herself naturally from deep depression and suicidal thoughts through self-love. Joie is the host of the podcast “The Naked Truth Movement” where she interviews guests who are willing to share inspiring stories and be vulnerable so less people feel alone.

Joie Cheng’s website-

Joie’s Book- The Naked Truth: A Woman’s Journey to Self-Love

Joie’s Podcast- The Naked Truth Movement

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Living Bi-Culturally: Family, College, and Dating (s3e12)

What do two Vietnamese-American women have to talk about when they haven’t talked for years? A lot of things, like growing up, defying stereotypes, not becoming a doctor or lawyer, going to community college, intergenerational trauma, dynamics of diversity, friends, relatives, interracial dating, and so much more.

Nellie Tran, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University with the Community-Based Block Multicultural Counseling Program, the Director of Research at the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement, and the Vice President of the Asian American Psychological Association.

Her work focuses on working with communities and agencies to create systems-level changes that reduce the impact of subtle forms of discrimination (i.e., microaggressions) on people of color and women within the workplace, educational, and counseling contexts.

Show Notes

Asian American Psychological Association

Center for Community Counseling and

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Faith and Shame, Religion and Spirituality (s3e11)

Have you experienced times when it’s hard to talk about what you believe or what you don’t believe, especially when it comes to faith, spirituality, or religion? This can happen when you’re talking with someone of a different faith as well as those with the same faith. What’s up with that?

Co-hosts Nancy Ly​ and DJ Chuang​ have an honest conversation about this very personal and very important topic on this episode.

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Shame and Technology (s3e10)

On this episode of Erasing Shame, Nancy Ly interviews Danny Kim about shame and technology.

Danny Kim elevates humanity in the workplace as an Organizational Consultant for Centauric. He is a faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Show Notes

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Authenticity and leadership as an Asian American (s3e09)

What happens when you bring together two Asian American leaders to speak about the journey of authenticity and leadership?

Wendy Kim is a #1 International Best-Selling Amazon Author of the book, “Beyond Blending In: An Immigrant Daughter’s Guide to Overcoming Cultural Bonds For A Life of Authenticity and Abundance.” She is also a Speaker and Business Empowerment Coach. Wendy had to struggle to break past her limiting beliefs to leave the corporate world to become an entrepreneur. She empowers successful entrepreneurs to create a life and business full of meaning, abundance and time freedom.

Show Notes

Wendy Kim – Like her Facebook page at

Wendy Kim’s website

Check out her book on Amazon Kindle, Beyond Blending In: An Immigrant Daughter’s Guide to Overcoming Cultural Bonds For A Life of Authenticity and Abundance