Ep. 26: I Do Not Have the Dolphin Body
Kate and Yoko chat with Noah Cho, a middle school educator and emotional eater (his words) based in the Bay Area. We talk about his experience being hapa and raised by his white mother, his relationship with food as a doorway into culture, and what the youth of his class are up to nowadays. Also, we follow up on Isle of Dogs (Kate saw it and liked it, Yoko still hasn’t seen it and still remains skeptical).
Yoko’s model minority is Ligaya Mishan, writer for the New York Times, who wrote the incredible article Asian-American Cuisine’s Rise, and Triumph. We’re enamored with the way she talks about Asian and Asian-American cuisine, with the detail and respect it deserves.
We also want to give props to Rich Brian, Kate’s model minority. He was a past model minority under a different name that we felt really conflicted about, but apparently he also understood the culture implications of his old name and decided to rebrand. If only more people could own up to their changing minds.