Ep. 288: Cultural Appropriation Is Assimilation
In an extended discussion about cultural appropriation that started in Ep. 286 about what is messed up with the cultural appropriation fight as we know it, this episode with Teen, Chris, and our friend John Bai looks at what are legitimate concerns at the heart of the issue. Is it simply inevitable that America turns cultures into cultural products?
Ep. 286: The Tiresome Cultural Appropriation War Pt. 1 (ft. Trevor Beaulieu)
Chris and Millie, along with EFPA's favorite guest Trevor Beaulieu from Champagne Sharks, go in on the latest ridiculous cultural appropriation brouhaha involving attacks on a white British woman, Pippa Middlehurst, for authoring an Asian cookbook. They look at the root causes of this cultural appropriation angst among minorities, as well as the possible reasons that young white women seem to frequently be the target of these cultural appropriation crusades, which are often spearheaded by women of color.
Ep. 285: The Time's Up Protection Racket
Jess, Teen, and Chris discuss the aftermath of Roberta Kaplan's resignation from Time's Up (for her pro-Cuomo work) and how the whole #MeToo/#TimesUp movement has come to resemble some twisted melding of a religion and a mafia-like protection racket.
Pan Asian, Women
Ep. 272: Renters vs. Homeowners
With law-and-order candidate Eric Adams's apparent victory in the NYC mayor race, Chris and Teen look at the political divide between renters and homeowners, and how that sometimes overlooked fight explains a lot of not only politics but also culture. Plus, they speculate on how the musical Rent's mentality still persists today in social liberalism.
But the Empire Made Us
Andrew Lee explores how the frontiers between countries, their borders which are literal and figurative, also create adoptees in the material and in the ethereal.
Pan Asian, Latino
Ep. 271 [UNLOCKED BONUS]: ACCEPTED - Gaming College Admissions (ft. Dan Chen)
Fresh off his documentary ACCEPTED's debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, Dan Chen—friend and prior guest of EFPA—joins Chris and Millie to talk about his new film that examines the story of T.M. Landry College Prep, a school in Louisiana that was renowned for sending its lower-income minority students to elite colleges until investigations proved there was something shady going on. The trio also discuss what they do and don't want to see more of in Asian American filmmaking and their thoughts on various media rep controversies.
Pan African, Pan Asian, Indigenous, Latino
Ep. 270: Kinky Pride, Chimamanda, and Spineless Cultural Critics (ft. Yasmin Nair)
One of EFPA's favorite guests—writer and activist Yasmin Nair—joins Chris and Eliza to discuss the annual kink controversy at Pride parades, as well as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's fiery essay on social media opportunists, self-centered literary reviews, and other things wrong with the culture industries.
Pan African, Pan Asian, Women, LGBTQ
Ep. 268: Making Sense of Crypto-Degeneracy
One of the most unescapable topics of the past two years is Bitcoin and the hypergrowth of cryptocurrency valuations. Teen -- a crypto-skeptic who believes this is nothing more than digital tulipmania -- talks with Mike and Steve, two crypto-degenerates who spend an irresponsible amount of time in the Plan A Discord talking about crypto.
Ep 266: [Unverified Accounts] Modern Indian Cinema and Politics
Unverified Accounts, which was started last year by Chris, Liza, and Filip, is now on the Escape From Plan A podcast feed! UA episodes will be deep dives into specific movies, books, and/or TV shows. For their "first" episode, their good friend Arnav re-joins them to talk about The White Tiger (a movie about a poor upstart scheming his way into wealth) and Gangs of Wasseypur (a violent multi-generational gangster epic), and what these books and films have to say about contemporary Indian cinema and politics. *SOME SPOILERS
Ep. 265 [UNLOCKED BONUS]: Fighting for NYC’s Working-Class Asian Americans
In the interest of getting the word out on this important fight, we are instantly unlocking this bonus episode. Violence against Asian women wages on beyond the streets of New York, and into the workplace. Filip invites guests Sarah from the Flushing Workers Center, and Zishun from the Chinese Staff and Workers Association to talk about the 24-hour workday fight against the Chinese American Planning Committee, a non-profit that puts its home attendant workers through gruelling hours and conditions while withholding pay.
Pan Asian, Women
Ep. 264: John Cenaphobia
Chris, Adam, Jong, and long-time friend Millie get together on a Memorial Day weekend to talk about the John Cena apology to China regarding Taiwan, Andrew Yang's subway cartoon incident, the new Vincent Chin podcast, and Naomi Osaka's standoff with the French Open.
Ep. 262: #StopAsianHate and Opportunism
Channeling some of that Kwame Brown energy, the trio of Teen, Chris, and Filip go after some of the rank opportunism in the #StopAsianHate movement that is creepily detached from actually protecting the vulnerable classes of Asian Americans that are facing the brunt of these attacks. Also, they talk about the actual Kwame Brown videos, as well as the debate over whether Olivia Rodrigo is white-passing.
Pan African, Pan Asian
Ep. 261: Celebrity, Adoption, and Power (ft. Yasmin Nair)
Adam is joined by special guest Yasmin Nair (writer, academic and activist) to discuss the intimate relationship between celebrity and power in the realm of adoption, especially international, transracial adoption. They begin by discussing the famous and complex Farrow-Allen case which recently came back into focus because of the HBO docuseries "Allen v. Farrow". The discussion then broadens to talk about how power, in general, is central to the reality of adoption.
Ep. 259: Boba Liberalism, Properly Defined
Chris and Teen try to define boba liberalism since it means different things to different Asian Americans. Is it a media-obsessed EDM-loving Kevin Nguyen? Is it a social justicey Asian American activist/academic/writer who kind of disdains most Asian Americans? Is it both because the term is highly contextual? Along the way, they also discuss the Chinese armageddon rocket, alleged Chinese honeypots, and bid good riddance to office culture.
Ep. 257: Sanity Check 2021 (ft. Amanda and Gina)
Jess hosts this very special episode featuring two recurring guests Amanda and Gina, two veterans of social media, to talk about the balance between being socially responsible in a frightening and anxious time vs preserving mental health, China as geopolitical and social football, and the very real stress and isolation that comes from peeks beyond the narrative matrix.
Ep. 255: What Does A CEO Do, Anyway?
Jess and Filip get together for another chat on tech and work... this time, about a CEO who delegates basically all of her work to a woman in the Philippines. So, what the hell does a CEO do that earns them a 7-figure salary/bonus, anyway? And how much of that is puffing up the importance of a single person in a work force?
Ep. 253: The Weaponization of Passion - Video Game Edition (ft. Connie Griffith)
Filip and Adam are joined by guest Connie Griffith, veteran video game developer (Ghost of Tsushima, Guild Wars 2, WildStar) to give the ultimate insider's view of the video game industry. Is it a dream job or a nightmare? How do Asian Americans fit into an industry that profits so heavily off Asian culture. And, is corporate DE&I just a "woke" way of supplying more low level employees for the industry to exploit?
Ep. 251: War and Peace and War
In his book War and Peace and War, Peter Turchin discusses the common historical elements present in both the rise and fall of empires. Jess and Chris discuss these elements in modern American society—from a lack of collective will to overproduction of elites—and how Asian Americans will experience life in a declining empire that is attempting to revive itself by focusing on an Asian enemy.