Ep. 20: Talk to Your People
Kate and Yoko chat with Vincent Lau, of the Administration of Children’s Services of New York’s Department of Youth and Family Justice. We talk about how Vincent found his voice as an activist, his experience walking the March to Justice from New York to Washington, DC, and the importance of holding your own people accountable.
To follow Vincent’s work and to learn more about how you can get involved, check out the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, the Vera Institute of Justice, and New York’s Administration for Children’s Services.
Kate’s back from Japan! One of the highlights from her trip was walking the Kumano Kodo, a UNESCO-designated Buddhist pilgrimage route. If you go, remember to drinks lots of water, or you’ll pass out in the onsen like Kate did.
That weird smell you might be experiencing this spring? It might be a Callery Pear tree, whose flowers look like cherry blossoms but allegedly smell like jizz. Gross.
Anyway, onto model minorities!
Kate’s model minorities are Esther Fan and Olivia Park of Sad Asian Girls, a collective that combines graphic design with social/political discourse surrounding East Asian identity in Western spaces. Check out their (dopely named) website, sadcontent.com.
Yoko’s model minority is Tanvi Misra, a writer at the Atlantic and former intern at Yoko’s second favorite podcast (after this one), NPR’s Code Switch. She wrote an excellent article titled, What You're Really Asking When You Ask 'Where Are You From?'