On this first episode of Erasing Shame, we take a deeper look at what shame is, going beyond the dictionary definition, and explore what it looks like and feels like, and begin our quest to erasing shame over the course of season 1.
Recorded live on Facebook with co-hosts DJ Chuang and Eunice Lee.
Welcome to the Erasing Shame podcast! Co-hosts DJ Chuang and Eunice Lee kicks off the first season with a live recording on Facebook Live. We dive into the question of Asian-American shame, its impact on mental health and how we can erase and replace shame.
This is our pilot episode, a dry run, a preview of the podcast. This is our preparation to have more honest talk for healthy living. The podcast will be available on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, and a few other places.
It took many years before I found the courage to get help for depression, because it was so hard to overcome the stigma and shame that I needed professional help. Turns out I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Having help from counseling, medication, and a community of faith has given me much healing and hope for a better life. Watch the video of this story from DJ Chuang.
My Dad passed away last year (May 2011) after having a strong 2.5 years before that. The stroke put him on a slow and steady downward path of declining health, first with memory loss, emotions out of control, then loss of mobility, loss of speaking. Ending with loss of life. Caregiving in a Chinese family context is filled with filial piety and love in action. It is a hard road.
DJ Chuang and brother Deef Chuang talk about the life and end of life matters with their Father, giving candid insights through their story as Chinese / Asian Americans – recorded via ustream.tv on 5/25/11; also see Remembering Bob Chih-Pao Chuang at djchuang.com/2011/remembering-bob-chih-pao-chuang/