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When you reach the peak of your career, the last thing you would want to do is retire. However, guest, David Tran, believes that retiring at the peak of your career should be the norm and not the exception. In this episode, he sits down with host, Kimchi Chow, to discuss why he left the position of Vice President of Marketing and Product Management…
 
Our childhood experiences shape who we become and how we see the world around us as we become adults. For Asian children growing up in Western communities, these experiences can easily become confusing and even traumatic. Today’s guests, Melissa Shrestha and Deepak Sharma, join Kimchi Chow to share their childhood experiences that ultimately influe…
 
Wushu is an ancient Chinese fighting style that has retained its allure in contemporary times. Wushu professionals in the competitive sports and film industries are among the brave practitioners who take the grace and power of this ancient martial art to the masses, making it relevant thousands of years since its creation. Two of these masters of t…
 
Known for its technology and attention to detail to personal products and services, Japan is considered an Asian superpower in the global economy. However, in some other areas, Japan is still old fashioned, specifically around family values and their attitude toward women. On today’s show, Kimchi Chow takes a look at Japanese culture and how women’…
 
Doctors save lives, but their importance in our society goes beyond that. They create such transformational work that affects people even after they get treated. Some even go far beyond by developing personal relationships with their patients, being with them all throughout their lives. In this episode, Kimchi Chow is joined by two great doctors, b…
 
Achieving the impossible can be possible especially when you put your heart into it. Today’s guest is someone who proves to us that perseverance is always key to success. Tony Lam joins Kimchi Chow to share his firsts – first experiences, first franchise, and first time being a CEO. The Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Omni Bev, Tony shares…
 
Today’s guest, Zach Benson, wants to be remembered as the ultimate encourager, as a person who enjoys giving and helping people. Zach was a former participant in “So You Think You Can Dance,” who found his dancing career tragically cut short by an accident. Coming out from his depression, he bravely faced the new world and, with a friend, founded A…
 
Jane Duan, Bao Pham and Brian Lim, the three amazing people behind the non-profit called The Flavor Continues, join Kimchi Chow in this episode to talk about their stories and what led them on a journey to start a grassroots, community-based non-profit organization that aims to celebrate the street dancing scene and with the very people who are act…
 
Purchasing a franchise is a good investment for people who dream of building a business empire from small beginnings or even for those who just want to keep their assets rolling. A budding entrepreneur can easily look at the myriad businesses offering franchises and choose one that is right for them based on their interests. Joining Kimchi Chow to …
 
Where do you go after you die? In this episode, Kelvin Chin, meditation teacher and executive director and founder of Overcoming the Fear of Death Foundation, joins Kimchi Chow to talk about death and what happens after we die. Learn about Kelvin’s take on overcoming the fear of death and the four main belief systems he uses to have a way to talk a…
 
People of color often encounter some extra stumbling blocks to achieve career goals. In this episode, take from the successful Asians who’ve made names for themselves in their respective industries that those goals are still in reach. Kimchi Chow is joined by a group of Asians who strove for success and found their own paths to fame and fortune. Fi…
 
Balancing work and business is without doubt challenging. Today’s panel with Kimchi Chow are women in business who are rock stars at home and at work. Anita Chan, the owner of Anita B Spa, Mandy Yeung, the owner of Goboba Green, and Joraine Costales, a Bay Area realtor, talk about how their businesses are connecting people together and how they are…
 
A pastry chef in a family of military men, a weaver of stories, an advocate for women’s equality in the workplace, and a former fashion designer turned holistic life coach. These are only four out of the millions of Asian women who went against the norm and created their own stories. In this episode, we have Phuong Quach, a professional pastry chef…
 
The experience of Asian-American women is certainly not a monolith. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t shared experiences—both positive and negative—that allow these people to connect with one another on a deep, primal level. The lives of Asian American women are rife with both racism and sexism created from specific imposed cultural and socia…
 
Full of inspiration and pride, this episode is a special gathering of three Asian hustlers who have been thriving and making a name for themselves here in America. Inspiring how there are no limits to what we can do if we only pursue our passions, Kimchi Chow brings together an Asian country singer in Tennessee, a storytelling marketing and book co…
 
All of us strive to make things better, have goals, and have acceptance and appreciation in life. Christina Vo, an event curator, floral designer, and blogger based in San Francisco, California, teaches us how to appreciate being unmarried and childless despite the pressures of societal norms. She narrates her life as Vietnamese immigrant and walks…
 
A motivational speaker, “achieve the impossible” business consultant, a Guinness record holder, Jessica Cox is recognized internationally as an inspirational keynote speaker. Born without arms, Jessica lives a normal life using her feet as others use their hands. She flies airplanes, drives cars, and earned a black belt in taekwondo. She has a bach…
 
Kanya Sesser was born in Pak Chong, Thailand and abandoned at birth because she has no legs. At five years old, she was adopted and moved to Oregon, USA. Today you can easily find Kenya on the internet for her skills and talents in skating, surfing, modeling, acting, speaking, and doing stunts. Kenya is an Asian woman who did not allow her physical…
 
So much has changed since the time when people rely on papers for their finances. Now with new innovations coming in, everything has become digital. Ahead of his time, Dr. Limin Hu co-founded a FinTech company called Ellie Mae, Inc. in 1998 way back when the industry was still finding its way into popularity. Bringing the digital internet technolog…
 
Cancer is a global killer. However, despite its bad reputation, there are lessons to be learned from the experience and the process, especially from the patients. Kirk Akahoshi, a licensed psychotherapist and executive life coach in San Francisco, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. As part of his healing journey, he created a YouTube cha…
 
Artificial Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence are two of the current buzzwords anywhere. Technology is unstoppable, and people keep on getting better in utilizing it to provide products and services that make entrepreneurs’ daily operations manageable. Rana Gujral, the CEO of Behavioral Signals, built an enterprise software company that delive…
 
The effects of war vary from psychological trauma to mass destruction. Dr. Sokhom Pin is considered to be one of the lucky ones who survived the Khmer Rouge’s genocide that lasted from 1975 to 1979. Surviving the war has taught him to treasure life and to welcome any opportunity to prove himself that he’s worth the second chance in life. Head of In…
 
Every new generation keeps getting more involved and more conscious. The world needs guidance and information to help these new generations to become better. Mary Tan, speaker, author, and the founder of Light Warrior School and Priestess Leadership School, talks about empowering our children. Recounting the time when she and her brother were left …
 
One of the great things about comedy is it gives us the relief from whatever it is we are going through in life. Judy Jean Kwon is someone who has found that as comfort from her sorrows. Also known as YoMamaRice, Judy is a talented Korean-American actress and comedian and the creator and star of the fresh new comedy, MILFriend. She takes us through…
 
There is an implicit bias in America that Asian men and women are not fit to be leaders. Buck Gee, a Chinese-American and retired executive for Cisco, Andiamo Systems, and Silicon Valley, talks about the Asian glass ceiling in America. Taking us to an article he’s written on Harvard Business Review, “Asian Americans Are the Least Likely Group in th…
 
While the business industry is competitive, that does not mean that the culture inside has to be. Moving cultures of companies from a competitive-based into cooperation-based is now the new business model. Berny Dohrmann, economist, investment banker and chairman of CEO Space International, believes in the cooperation movement to be true. He shares…
 
To give and to not expect anything in return is one of the values of a true leader. A woman of grace and a true depiction of purpose, Dr. Anhlan Nguyen leads three non-profit organizations – Institute of Civic Education in Vietnam, Vietnamese Culture and Science Association, and Lyceum Global – with the purest intention to serve people. She shares …
 
As a child growing up on a farmland, emotional intelligence coach Anne Beaulieu always wanted to go to China. Anne had a clinically psychotic mother and a sociopath father. China for her represented a sense of family, a sense of honor, and a sense where people took care of each other. That day came when she moved to China at 25 years old and marrie…
 
Listening to the experiences of the new generation of Asian-American women, we have the youngest guest ever, Sabrina Sorokorensky. She is a 12th grade Taekwondo athlete whose parents are immigrants from Ukraine and Malaysia. She talks to us about her life in America and how she finds the many cultural differences between here and Malaysia – from he…
 
If I ask you, “Do you have any regret in your life right now?” what would you say? If you are running a busy life, your answer might be, “I don’t think so,” or, “I’m not sure,” because you seldom invest your time to reflect about your life. But what if your doctor gave you a week to live and your body is too weak to do the things you might want to …
 
One thing is clear with the Asian Women of Power Podcast, that it is about giving voice to the experiences of Asian women as they overcome the adversities specific to them as they thrive in America. Taking a turn by moving the light towards the Asian-American men, we get to hear from their own perspectives about their own struggles. Do they feel th…
 
Aileen Bui, recently crowned as 2018 Miss Asian Global Second Princess and the COO of SignLab, talks about the journeys she took across different endeavors in her life. Aileen is a young professional with entrepreneurial mindset. She shares how she has traveled across twenty countries growing up, attending conferences and experiencing different cul…
 
Most of us go through life as if we would live forever and take our health for granted. We are careless about what we eat, what we do, and how much tension and pressure we put on our body. This solo episode is about health, wealth, and relationships. Find out why these three areas are important in human life, and how they are connecting with each o…
 
Imagine waking up one day and your money, power, status, privilege, and freedom are completely gone. What will you do? Kimchi, at the age of seventeen, endured all of this. In 1976, when the Communist won the Vietnam War, the government took ownership of their home, family business and seized everything they had. She was forced to fake her identity…
 
A succinctly articulated life purpose will help focus and drive us to achieve what is most important for us to achieve. Patrice Tanaka, serial entrepreneur, author, and public speaker on business and life purpose, says knowing your purpose is like having your own personal North Star helping you navigate the challenges of life. It will help you to m…
 
Moving to live in another country can undeniably make you feel alienated and separated. The moment you enter, you have that cultural shock experience. Like most Asian who moved out of their home country into the US, Emiko Rasmussen has been in that position. However, by the time Emiko went back to her home country, she also felt that reversed cultu…
 
From prosecutor to defense attorney, Anna Yum has successfully represented clients on charges ranging from serious and/or violent offenses such as rape, sexual assault, child molestation, murder, attempted murder, criminal street gang cases, robbery, felony offenses with firearm enhancements, domestic violence with great bodily injury enhancements,…
 
Success is not given. If you want things in life, you need to work for it. That is one of the biggest life values Korianne Mar’s father passed on to her early on. Korianne is a seasoned real estate investor and entrepreneur, a proud mom, a world traveler, a philanthropist, and a bestselling author with a humble background. As a refugee from Vietnam…
 
Being raised in a multicultural family, Lani Yamasaki grew up embracing the cultures of her heritage. Lani’s dad is Japanese and English, her mom is Hawaiian and Chinese. Her family’s different multicultural celebrations shaped how she was able to look at the world with diverse eyes and appreciate diversity at an early age. Lani’s ancestors conduct…
 
The movie Crazy Rich Asians ranks number one in America right now. The plot follows Rachel Chu, an Asian-American woman who accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore for his childhood best friend’s wedding. Of course, when she agrees to go with him to meet his friends and family, she has no idea that in his home country he is The Nicholas Young, Asia’…
 
Joining the Asian men’s panel for the review of the number one ranking movie Crazy Rich Asians are Baldwin Chiu, Kirk Akahoshi, Dan Horner, and Long Le. They talk about how the movie impacted Asian-Americans and how different the Asian-American view is compared to the Asians who still live in their own country. To recap, the plot of the movie follo…
 
Underneath a lot of Asians finding themselves in America want to have the American dream. Jenny Thao Ngo was one of those and she took the path of most people would do: make good grades in school, go to college, have a good job, then life would be right and happy. Jenny quickly realized that wasn’t the case for her. In college, she started looking …
 
Some Asian people try too much to be like American. They focus more on the outside and on the brand. They focus on the materialistic and they don’t care about the values or the culture. Dr. Catherine Sy Luib practices both chiropractic and acupuncture. Her mission at the Luib Health Center is to help as many people live a healthier and optimal life…
 
Life throws us in a lot of unpredictable situations. One day we live in the highest of highs and the next, we find ourselves in the low. CEO of IT TechPros Inc. Kathy David knows all the struggles and challenges that come with coping too well. Not a stranger to moving places, Kathy David inspires many people of her very character to be able to adap…
 
An important part of life is valuing yourself and knowing that you are exactly as you are. That is something that can either make or break you as a human being. Growing up, Dr. Marissa Pei was not proud of her Chinese roots. She was a Canadian-born Chinese in a predominantly German town in Kitchener, Canada. Being the only Chinese girl growing up i…
 
“I was a troublemaker from infancy. My motto was either I give the first punch or I get punched. I don’t want to get punched so I was the one that was giving out a lot of punches.” Those were the words from Jacqui Letran to express how it was to grow up fighting to survive. Jacqui is a multiple award-winning author, international speaker, mindset m…
 
Everything is in our head. We don’t realize that over the years, we have been telling ourselves negative messages or negative interpretations about the things that we want to achieve and the willingness to achieve what we want. When you want to achieve something, whether in your business or in your career, and you tell yourself you want to but your…
 
If you ever wondered how people start their business doing something even with no schooling or training, one of the answers might be they had a problem then someone showed them the way to solve it and now they want to share it with others. Another answer might be they were looking for this and nothing was available to fit their needs so they create…
 
You might think that Asian children who are born in America would have a better time adapting to the American culture, but this is not the case. Asian descendants still have some challenges growing up in America. Award-winning singer, songwriter, film maker, and TV and radio host Larissa Lam says initially she had a hard time embracing the Chinese …
 
Born to a very famous mother and a non-existent father, bestselling author and life coach Mai Vu grew up in a myth created about her family and their escape from Vietnamese communism. For her, the escape, as difficult as it was, was a doorway into a whole new life. When she hit America, that was when she started hitting the ground running. She felt…
 
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