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First of All is a real, unfiltered conversation on career, family, relationships, & culture. Your host is actress/director/entrepreneur Minji Chang, who will bring in her friends & special guests from all walks of life to kick back in her virtual living room. Together we will laugh, drop whatever knowledge we have, & speak our truth on weekly featured topics. Get ready for good times & all the feels. Continue Reading >>
First of All is a real, unfiltered conversation on career, family, relationships, & culture. Your host is actress/director/entrepreneur Minji Chang, who will bring in her friends & special guests from all walks of life to kick back in her virtual living room. Together we will laugh, drop whatever knowledge we have, & speak our truth on weekly featured topics. Get ready for good times & all the feels. << Show Less
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#176 - Learning How To Protect Yourself & Lawyer Up with Chuong Bui No one likes a lawsuit. Lawyers are commonly vilified for exorbitant billable hours and sharklike tendencies.  For many people, any situation involving legal counsel is one to run away from and avoid at all costs. And yet at some point, many folks do require legal help to navigate a complicated system of rules and power plays. In this episode, Minji sits down with her friend and actual legal counselor, Chuong Bui, who is a seasoned entertainment attorney and the co-founder of Counsel 4 Creators - a platform and subscription service to accommodate independent artists in their artistic journey. Together they dive into Minji's former deathly fear of legal matters, and a couple of the various incidents that made her analysis paralysis (mostly) a thing of the past. They also discuss Chuong's journey with becoming and practicing, as an attorney who helps out artists create great works of art and makes every "doctor or lawyer" comment from a parent suddenly doesn't seem so bad after all. They analyze the different barriers between need folks who can afford to get good help and the ones who do their best trying to get by on shoestring income but often need help the most. If you have ever been intimidated or overwhelmed thinking about lawyering up, this one's for you.Follow Our Guest Chuong Bui:https://counselforcreators.com/https://www.instagram.com/counselforcreators/https://www.instagram.com/who_is_bui/Follow Minji On:Instagram (@minjeezy)Facebook (/christineminjichang)▫️ Music featured in this episode include "Uzutrap" by Uzuhan and “Gud Luh" bye Isa▫️ Follow the show on Instagram and Twitter and support our Patreon▫️ This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast CollectiveAudio Engineer @marvinyuehProducer @AnnaSun(New) Producer! @PriksaMusicSocial Media Manager @JulianaDeer
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#176 - Learning How To Protect Yourself & Lawyer Up with Chuong Bui No one likes a lawsuit. Lawyers are commonly vilified for exorbitant billable hours and sharklike tendencies.  For many people, any situation involving legal counsel is one to run away from and avoid at all costs. And yet at some point, many folks do require legal help to navigate a complicated system of rules and power plays. In this episode, Minji sits down with her friend and actual legal counselor, Chuong Bui, who is a seasoned entertainment attorney and the co-founder of Counsel 4 Creators - a platform and subscription service to accommodate independent artists in their artistic journey. Together they dive into Minji's former deathly fear of legal matters, and a couple of the various incidents that made her analysis paralysis (mostly) a thing of the past. They also discuss Chuong's journey with becoming and practicing, as an attorney who helps out artists create great works of art and makes every "doctor or lawyer" comment from a parent suddenly doesn't seem so bad after all. They analyze the different barriers between need folks who can afford to get good help and the ones who do their best trying to get by on shoestring income but often need help the most. If you have ever been intimidated or overwhelmed thinking about lawyering up, this one's for you.Follow Our Guest Chuong Bui:https://counselforcreators.com/https://www.instagram.com/counselforcreators/https://www.instagram.com/who_is_bui/Follow Minji On:Instagram (@minjeezy)Facebook (/christineminjichang)▫️ Music featured in this episode include "Uzutrap" by Uzuhan and “Gud Luh" bye Isa▫️ Follow the show on Instagram and Twitter and support our Patreon▫️ This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast CollectiveAudio Engineer @marvinyuehProducer @AnnaSun(New) Producer! @PriksaMusicSocial Media Manager @JulianaDeer
#175 - Unpacking Celebrity & Influencer Culture with Kevyn Fong (Level4Alpha) & Priska (Two Horny Goats Podcast) From the days of Marilyn to The Beatles to Michael Jackson, Kim K & Logan Paul, it's safe to say that celebrity culture has evolved and transformed in its way into becoming an everyday part of our modern life. Now celebrity status includes "everyday" content creators or influencers who make funny skits from their respective glass rectangles, or even say.. podcast hosts. (Btw, we're self-aware here at FOA to know we are not celebrity status but do influence in our own way to our beloved brilliant audience, thank you love you) In this episode, Minji brings two of her dearest friends and fellow content creators Kevyn Fong (TikTok/IG's level4alpha) and Priska (singer/songwriter/co-host of Two Horny Goats Podcast) to dive into how our collective obsession/resentment/addiction/admiration/disgust with celebrities and influencers exists nowadays and how they attempt to navigate it all. Coming from a variety of backgrounds working in the entertainment industry from being talent and being behind the scenes watching how the sausage is made (and maybe making some themselves), they share their various insights on the fun and danger of it all. One example they dive into is the slap heard around the world by Will Smith at the Oscars, which they happened to be together to witness at the same time with very different reactions. Come tune in to hear them break it all down, wonder about our future, take responsibility for their relationships with the culture itself, and tips on how to maintain self-awareness and a healthy mental hygiene. Follow Our Guest Kevyn Fong:https://www.instagram.com/level4alpha/https://www.tiktok.com/@level4alphahttps://www.youtube.com/c/level4alphaFollow Our Guest Priscilla Liang-Kim aka Priska:http://www.priskamusik.com/https://www.instagram.com/priskamusik/https://www.instagram.com/twohornygoats/Follow Minji On:Twitter (@minjeeeezy)Instagram (@minjeezy)▫️ Music featured in this episode include "Uzutrap" by Uzuhan and “80HD Screens” by Solomon Wook▫️ Follow the show on Instagram and Twitter and support our Patreon▫️ This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast CollectiveAudio Engineer @marvinyuehProducer @AnnaSunSocial Media Manager @JulianaDeer
#174 - Home Ownership & Real Estate For Newbies with Ken Er So how about those home loan interest rates, eh?  And...mortgages! Escrow? Closing costs. Contingencies. Bidding wars. OK, anyone else totally lost too? If you're anything like Minji, seemingly responsible grown up as she (mostly) saw herself, you might have reached adulthood hearing about this grand milestone of owning a home over and over again. You might have 100% expected it to happen for you at some point when you were good and "established", even aspired to it and considered it a key marker of your success.  But somewhere in the giant batch of subjects that were never properly taught to most of us in school - budgeting, credit scores, taxes - home ownership is right up there in obscure and overwhelming adult rites of passage. In this episode, Minji brings calls upon her friend, realtor Ken Er, to come educate us all and commiserate with those who've been intimidated and in the dark about this mystical real estate journey.  Together they swap stories on how they first approached their very different experiences of buying property, the lessons that they painstakingly learned, and how much they've changed in their financial literacy once they took the plunge. If you've ever been amongst friends and family, nodding along pretending to understand your aunties drone on about HOA fees and refinancing more than once, this one's for you. You are not alone. Links For Our Guest Ken Er:https://www.instagram.com/ken_er/https://www.instagram.com/youreastbayhome/https://youreastbayhome.com/Follow Minji On:Twitter (@minjeeeezy)Instagram (@minjeezy)▫️ Music featured in this episode include "Uzutrap" by Uzuhan and “Stumble Home” by Samica▫️ Follow the show on Instagram and Twitter and support our Patreon▫️ This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast CollectiveAudio Engineer @marvinyuehProducer @AnnaSunSocial Media Manager @JulianaDeer
#173 - Emotional Thirst Traps & Life Lessons with James Tang AKA Your Internet Boyfriend With times as crazy as these, we need all the support we can get. Deep conversations with friends, a good book, a tranquil walk through a park, a home cooked meal, meditation...and a social media persona moonlighting as our ultra caring significant other. Enter our Internet Boyfriend and charming FOA guest this week, James Tang. In this episode, Minji catches up with her friend James, the creative soul behind the viral TikTok character "Your Internet Boyfriend" who caught some attention for his sincere and clever emotional thirst traps. And oh did the parched online audience show up for the empathy, acts of service, and undivided attention via loads of direct eye contact. James' content happened to be a point of joy and levity in Minji's dark pandemic days, and together they reverse engineer how this character was inspired through James' acting background and the astoundingly low bar for dating these days...and perhaps since forever. They discuss how this persona is received across both male and female audiences, James' insights from "dating" so many people on the Internet, as well as how this character has truly helped people come to realize some important things for themselves. Links:https://www.instagram.com/jamesthetang/https://www.tiktok.com/@jamesthetanghttps://twitter.com/jamesthetangFollow Minji On:Twitter (@minjeeeezy)Instagram (@minjeezy)Clubhouse (@MinjiChang)▫️ Music featured in this episode include "Uzutrap" by Uzuhan and “Special” by Andy Yu▫️ Follow the show on Instagram and Twitter and support our Patreon▫️ This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast CollectiveAudio Engineer @marvinyuehProducer @AnnaSunSocial Media Manager @JulianaDeer
#172 - Motherhood: The Good, The Bad, & The Unacceptable with Gaby Mier Motherhood is a monumental, life-changing and sacred experience for those who embark on it. It's also an incredibly loaded topic shrouded in mystery, fear, and sometimes shame when it comes to the complex reality behind the glowy maternity photos, sonogram announcements, and darling newborn portraits. In this episode, the single and childless Minji invites her new friend Gaby Meier, a working woman and mother to a darling 1-year-old son, to get very honest and real about the ups, downs, & reality checks of motherhood today. They share stories of their own mothers, the examples they set, and their respective cultural environments, as well as their life expectations from an early age. They also get honest about their thoughts about feeling up for the challenge, their sense or lack of agency and choice, and the very real inequalities and shortcomings of modern American society in supporting mothers. They are here to un-boo all the taboos, to call out the lack of government and systemic support that should to be in place, and their hopes to provide space and support for the beautiful and hard realities of motherhood. TRIGGER WARNING - There is talk about miscarriages so if you need to skip this episode or come back to it later, please do.  Follow Minji On:Twitter (@minjeeeezy)Instagram (@minjeezy)Clubhouse (@MinjiChang)Follow our Guest Gaby Meier On:Instagram (@wearisgaby)▫️ Music featured in this episode include "Uzutrap" by Uzuhan and “Louder” by Alfa▫️ Follow the show on Instagram and Twitter and support our Patreon▫️ This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast CollectiveProduced by @marvinyueh & @AnnaSunSocial Media Marketing by @JulianaDeer
#171 - Exploring The Law of Attraction and Manifestation with Roxy Shih (Two Horny Goats Podcast) We're back with SEASON 3 fam! To kick off this third installment of First Of All, we set intentions to bring good vibes and deeply personal insights on some long-awaited topics. So we're starting by going all in on vibrations, frequencies, manifesting, and the law of attraction. In this episode, Minji brings back the hilarious and wise filmmaker and co-host of Two Horny Goats Podcast, Roxy Shih. Together they share their backgrounds of what led them to their respective spiritual journeys, one involving moving out of a devout religious Christian upbringing and the other coming straight from real life practical examples from their sage immigrant parents. They break down their philosophies and real life application of the law of attraction, and how they continue learning about how mindset, beliefs, energies, emotions, and even quantum physics result into some pretty profound experiences. They also get into some common "woo woo" misconceptions as well as bigger concepts of timing, energies, tarot, and channeling. This episode sets a reminder that life is a perpetual journey of growth, and we can continuously clear out the old to make for the new and good by aligning our mind, body, and spirit.Links: https://www.instagram.com/roxyshih/https://www.roxyshih.com/https://www.twohornygoats.com/Follow Minji On:Twitter (@minjeeeezy)Instagram (@minjeezy)Clubhouse (@MinjiChang)▫️ Music featured in this episode include "Uzutrap" by Uzuhan and “Lonely Star” by Priska▫️ Follow the show on Instagram and Twitter and support our Patreon▫️ This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast CollectiveProduced by @marvinyueh & @AnnaSunSupported by @JulianaDeer
#170 - Self-Awareness, Nonsense & Parenting Our Parents with David So (Genius Brain Podcast) And just like that, we have reached the end of season 2 fam! And what better way to close it out than with the realest unfiltered-est conversation with comedian/podcaster/OG YouTuber/entrepreneur David So. In this extended season finale, David and Minji go down rabbit holes of self-awareness, fully owning what they dislike and also being disliked, as well as the ups and downs of being creative, achieving their goals, and changing ideas of success. They also discuss their second acts as grown adults parenting their aging parents, the challenges of accepting mortality and managing these very old, stubborn teenagers. Thank you so much for hanging with us for season 2 everyone!! We’ll be back soon later this spring! Links:https://www.instagram.com/davidsocomedy/?hl=enhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/geniusbrain/id1449325923https://scrtsociety.com/https://junbishop.com/https://eatshrimpdaddy.com/Follow Minji On:Twitter (@minjeeeezy)Instagram (@minjeezy)Clubhouse (@MinjiChang)▫️ Music featured in this episode include "Uzutrap" by Uzuhan and a Cover song by David So ▫️ Follow the show on Instagram and Twitter and support our Patreon▫️ This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast CollectiveProduced by @marvinyueh & @AnnaSunSupported by @JulianaDeer00:00:00 - Season Finale + thank you’s00:01:59 - Intro’ing the guest + Topic00:03:57 - Uncertain times and self-care 00:06:32 - Big brother birthday shout-out & Empowering gift giving00:10:11 - David So made it on the pod despite landlord drama 00:16:00 - David & Minji origin story00:18:31 - Pandemic fucked people up00:21:13 - Easing back into society and David’s intensity  100:25:12 - Podcast is public communication in the moment00:29:32 - Evolution of FOA conversations  00:31:37 - How David’s anxiety manifested in a woman’s bathroom 00:36:28 - Overcoming anxiety in high school  00:40:01 - Daring to fail00:43:07 - Choose your destiny and enjoy the process  00:49:40 - Content creators are ball sacks   01:01:30 - BREAK + [Books & Boba Podcast] + FOA patreon 01:03:20 - Listen to Genius Brain Podcast episode about parenting   01:08:36 - Minji’s dad’s real reason for immigrating  01:12:13 - Asian parents don’t understand us! But they also have a point, damnit.01:17:05 - Child abuse commercials don’t land  01:22:23 - Forgiveness, empathy is a tool for you  01:33:12 - Acceptance of our aging parents 01:40:01 - Monitoring sodium and water intake  01:46:45 - Thank you David for amazing stories about these real struggles  01:51:44 - Minji’s part in David and his fiance meeting   01:54:40 - David hates weddings too! 01:59:18 - This was a great recap of FOA S2 02:02:05 - FOA questions for our guest02:06:01 - Outro + Shoutout to FOA Patrons + Leave a review! + Cover song by David So02:08:23 - [They Call Us Bruce Podcast]
#169 - Late Bloomers and the Ugly Duckling Syndrome with James Liao This week, we get to hear a very personal and insightful conversation about late bloomers and the evolution of an ugly duckling from our well-spoken guest, James Liao. Most of us think of being a late bloomer in terms of physical appearance and romantic relationships. And while those are major players in the conversation, James also walks us through the not-so-skin-deep shifts in his social, relational, career and personality that also played a big hand in being a late bloomer. Minji and James share their contrasting adolescent experiences of being hyper aware of social hierarchies versus being shut off and bullied, their role models or lack thereof, and how being a "bloomer" and gaining access to social capital can shape them for better or worse.   Links:https://www.instagram.com/jlaimaeos/https://lijiethemusicmaker.com/homeFollow Minji On:Twitter (@minjeeeezy)Instagram (@minjeezy)Clubhouse (@MinjiChang)▫️ Music featured in this episode include "Uzutrap" by Uzuhan and “Follow Me Down” by Lijie▫️ Follow the show on Instagram and Twitter and support our Patreon▫️ This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast CollectiveProduced by @marvinyueh & @AnnaSunSupported by @JulianaDeer 00:00:00 - Hope everyone is safe and sane 00:02:25 - Intro’ing guest + topic 00:06:37 - How would James introduce himself? 00:10:30 - Acting class for business school00:13:58 - “Acting is the study of life”00:16:08 - James almost died twice 00:19:54 - Rationalized happiness + Emotional and mental calculus   00:25:39 - Late bloomers v early bloomers 00:31:49 - Channeled anger into 100s of pushups  00:35:43 - Ran away from home to go to church (age 13)00:39:40 - Going from an INTJ to an INFP  00:40:13 - BREAK + [Quarantined Comics Podcast] + FOA Patreon00:44:25 - Hyper aware v shut off  00:51:05 - Relationship bootcamp in college00:56:40 - Asian American men in media 01:03:58 - The point when James bloomed 01:12:52 - When guys started to gravitate towards him 01:15:19 - Haters and downside of late bloomers 01:22:05 - We want to be loved whilst still evolving  01:29:35 - FOA Qs for Guest 01:32:32 - Outro + Share ep with a friend + Thank you Patrons! + Music by Lijie - “Follow you Down”01:35:33 - [Books and Boba Podcast]
#168 - The RISE of Asian American Culture with Jeff Yang & Phil Yu aka AngryAsianMan (They Call Us Bruce Podcast) This one goes out to the Asian diaspora Gen X, millennial & Gen Z-ers who are getting better acquainted with or just further embracing tf out of their Asian identities. For most of us Asian Americans, we grew up assimilating, disconnecting, and/or over-representing this side of ourselves - our languages, customs, features - in a society where we were mostly stereotyped, fetishized, or simply overlooked and ignored. But throughout the many decades since our parents and grandparents immigrated from our motherlands, we've created spaces, trends, and our own subcultures that have blossomed into a unique and increasingly stronger identity. In this episode, Minji sits down with two Asian American trailblazers who have contributed their life's work to carving out a space for our stories - writers & public figures Jeff Yang and Phil Yu (aka AngryAsianMan). Together they discuss their new book RISE, co-authored with Phil Wang of WongFu Productions, which covers some highlights in the evolution of Asian American pop culture. They dive into how times have changed, the significance of challenging the status quo, and the importance of a supportive, unified community to address bigotry, hate, and ignorance. Links: Spotify - Featured Music Playlisthttps://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/feb/15/wsj-shoes-on-shoeless-house-essayFollow Minji on:Instagram (@minjeezy)Instagram (@firstofallpod)Follow our guests Phil Yu (AngryAsianMan) and Jeff Yang on: Phil Yu Instagram: @angryasianmanJeff Yang Instagram: @originalspinRISE book Instagram: @RISEAAbook ▫️ Music featured in this episode include "Uzutrap" by Uzuhan and “This Is A Song About Self Love” by DANakaDAN.  Check out his new album "Me. Also Me." here! ▫️ Follow the show on Instagram and Twitter and support our Patreon▫️ This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast CollectiveProduced by @marvinyueh & @AnnaSunSupported by @JulianaDeer00:00:00 - Peace for Ukraine 00:03:55 - Intro’ing the topic + guests00:12:42 - Disappointment and hope from the pandemic00:15:18 - Phil and Jeff elevator pitch of what they do  00:23:20 - Impact of Angry Asian Man on college Minji 00:25:56 - Impact of Jeff’s writings and publication00:34:48 - Origin story of Phil + Jeff00:42:32 - Phil as a judge for Kollaboration 00:48:51 - BREAK - [They call us Bruce Podcast] + FOA Patreon00:50:20 - RISE - the book is slice of AA history from 90s to now 00:56:55 - If we don’t tell our story, who will?  01:03:36 - The decision making process for the book01:11:13 - Not a definitive chronicle but a POV from authors + collaborators  01:18:04 - Parts of the book they each championed   01:24:10 - Respect your elders! 01:25:18 - FOA Qs for our guests 01:33:08 - Outro + Drop a 5 star review + Music by DANakaDAN - “This is a Song About Self Love”01:36:31 - [All the Asians on Star Trek Podcast]
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