Asian American podcasters are taking up space in the digital world and sharing what it means to be an Asian American. By raising our voices, we break the Asian stereotype of being silent, complicit, and a model minority. Each of us has had our individual unique experiences being raised with two different cultures and often find ourselves balancing two worlds.
We are all united in our desire for self-expression on our terms. We redefine what it means to be Asian American by embracing both cultures entirely. To be an Asian American voice in the podcasting space is to cultivate the courage to tap into the power of our voices.
This is a list of Asian American podcasts plus one impressive nine-year-old British Asian. These are Asian thought leaders, creators, storytellers, speakers, advocates, daring to lead by example by unapologetically being their authentic selves.
We cancel the Asian model minority myth, the narrative we’re perfect, and that we don’t speak up. We let the world know we outgrew the box the media and old Asian cultural conditioning norms have placed us in.
What does it mean to be an Asian American in today’s system? Read about 30 Asian American Podcasters below! This list is in alphabetical order.
by Maryann Samreth
30 Asian American Podcasts
Adventures in Mobile Homes
Rachel Hernandez, the host of Adventures in Mobile Homes, is a real estate investor turned mobile home investor and best-selling author. Through her stories and experiences as a mobile home investor, she’ll teach you how to create cash flow from investing in mobile homes for long-term passive income.
What does Asian American mean to you, and how do you find the confidence to use your voice as an Asian American Podcaster?
Rachel Hernandez: It means representation and having a face to go with my podcast. I find the confidence to use my voice just by being myself and authentic in everything I do. My background adds to my experience, which helps others who are similar relate and receive value from my stories.
Anywhere is Home
Julia Relova, host of Anywhere is Home, explores the complexities of what home means to us. She explores how we define our belonging by who, what, and where our home is.
Julia Relova: The Asian American identity encouraged me to balance and confront the complexities and contradictions of my identity as a Filipina and my identity as an American. It has made me versatile and adaptable. Adaptable by not changing myself to fit a mold, but rather empowered to embrace the nuances in my personality and proudly be me.
Favorite Podcast Episode: Tacos in Belgium with Elizabeth Ramirez
Awaken and Align
Laura Chung, the host of Awaken and Align Podcast, provides you with guidance and support to help you awaken and live a life aligned with your truth. She helps you activate your limitless potential so you can live the life of your dreams.
Laura Chung: Being Asian American to me means a convergence of two cultures. My parents immigrated to this country in the 1970s, and I was born and raised in New York. I wasn’t always connected to my Korean heritage, but as I grow older, my fidelity to my heritage has become very important to me. I believe what makes America a unique country is that we are diverse in cultures. Knowing and accepting my ancestry while being American makes me feel grounded and proud.
I find the confidence to use my voice because I grew up without people who looked like me. I just imagine talking to my younger self and what she would need to hear in order for her to feel seen and heard. I want to be a role model for other Asian American girls to have the courage to share their stories and step up in this world using their voice.
Favorite Podcast Episode: A Mother and Daughter Conversation About the Past.
Bamboo and Glass
Sophia Sun and Da Eun Kim are co-hosts of Bamboo and Glass. They are two Asian American women sharing the underrepresented perspectives that are shaping their lifelong journey of learning and unlearning.
Sophie Sun and Da Eun Kim: For us, being Asian American involves learning, unlearning, and taking action: for example, learning who we can choose to be, unlearning mindsets and definitions of success that do not serve us, and thoughtfully leveraging our privileges to advocate for those within and beyond our communities.
We developed the confidence to use our voice by staying grounded in our affirming partnership, surrounding ourselves with creators with similar values, and showing up week after week for our podcast.
Favorite Podcast Episode: Redefining Self Worth Through Serendipitous Digital Connections ft. Serena Kim
Beyond the Dollar
Sarah Li-Cain, the host of Beyond the Dollar, wants to make money more approachable by having an honest conversation with guests about the intersection of money and life. She covers everything from financial independence, frugality, budgeting, and how other major life transitions and events can affect your money.
Sarah Li-Cain: Being Asian American means embracing both my Chinese and American cultures. While it can be hard to merge the two together, I’ve found that being honest with myself and the fact that I’m “enough” in a world trying to tell me otherwise is extremely helpful.
In terms of finding confidence using my voice, I don’t think I’ve ever felt shy about bringing up issues or anything really that I feel is unjust or important in the world. I also have an extremely supportive network that if I ever feel I need to bounce ideas off (like with podcast topics or anything to do with my guests), I can rely on their honest and unwavering support.
Favorite Podcast Episode: A 69 Year Old’s Financial Regrets With John Morrow
Anu and Whitney are the hosts of the Asian American podcast, Building Communi-tea. They are two millennial women exploring unspoken issues, sip hot tea, and building an all-inclusive community by sharing their stories.
Anu: Being Asian American brings both joys and challenges at times. Some of the joys include the rich cultural heritage, incredible food, family connection, etc. The challenges include growing up differently from other people in America and sticking out when you want to desperately fit in. As I grew older, I learned to embrace and accept these challenges. Now, being Asian American is a part of who I am, and the podcast Building Communi-Tea delves into different social topics within the Asian community while providing a platform for underrepresented voices.
Whitney: For me, it’s a very unique and nuanced experience that embodies so much! It’s trying to cook a traditional meal that you grew up with, it’s mourning what you’ve lost to assimilation and then taking back your culture in a way that works for you! That’s one of the main reasons I wanted to start Building Communi-Tea. It can be hard for Asian Americans to feel empowered to share their stories for various reasons, but those stories are important. When we speak up, we help others like us feel less alone.
Favorite Podcast Episode:
Anu: My favorite episode is “The Beau-Tea of Friendship.” Whitney and I talk about what makes a true and lasting friend. We reflect upon our own experiences and examine specific personal qualities that make a friendship successful after time, distance, and conflict. We also take a look at why some friendships fail while others are sustained and recall the story of how we became friends and began this podcast.
Whitney: My favorite episode so far is “the Beau-Tea of Friendship”. In that episode, Anu and I tell stories about our chosen family and how we’ve navigated making friends as Asian Americans. There’s this idea of collectivism in Asian culture that though valuable, can sometimes be toxic in some cases, so this was basically a love letter to the fact that family comes in infinite forms.
By Way Of
Best friends Tiffany Hoang and Tunisia Tucker, host of By the Way Podcast, talk about their experiences being a WOC in the corporate world. They cover everything from mental health, women’s reproductive health and healthy relationships. Tiffany shares her experience of having an Asian American voice below.
Tiffany Hoang: Being Asian American, specifically a first-generation Vietnamese American, means that I have the opportunity to live, balance, and amplify two cultures. It means that I have the ability to honor my Vietnamese culture while also building upon it and breaking stereotypes. Podcasting gives me the platform and confidence to share my perspective as a woman of color and build an authentic dialogue on mental health, race, reproductive health, and other topics that could be considered taboo.
Favorite Podcast Episode: 2020 Recap by Way of Therapy.
Color of Success Podcast
Dr. Stephanie J. Wong, the host of The Color of Success, is a thought leader sharing her views on the intersection between Mental Health X Entrepreneurship. Her vision is to reduce the shame and embarrassment of talking about mental health in ethnic minority communities.
Dr. Stephanie J. Wong: To me, being an Asian American female psychologist means advocating for the need to destigmatize mental health discussions and treatment in our communities. I want to dispel the myth that Asian Americans are not vocal or assertive about their beliefs and ideals because I want my daughters to see that they do not have to fit into a mold shaped by biases in society. You can be intelligent, smart, ambitious, vocal, fashionable, beautiful, respectful, and kind.
Favorite Podcast Episode: All the interviews have a special place in my heart. The most recent episode with Guy Tang is one such episode because we discuss him growing up in Oklahoma and the racism he has experienced throughout his life. He demonstrates a high level of empathy, kindness, and authenticity and encourages others to speak out when they see others being hurt. This message is especially relevant as the anti-Asian sentiment has led to an increase in attacks on Asian Americans. Guy truly exemplifies multi-dimensionality, being a hair guru, Bling Empire star, activist, and musician.
Grace Chon, host of Creativity School Podcast, empowers people to tap into their authentic selves and put their unique creativity into the world.
Grace Chon: Being Asian American often feels like being invisible, but it also means defying narrow stereotypes and showing up in the world loud and unafraid to have a voice. I’m proud to speak my truth as an Asian American, whether on my social media channels or my podcast, and I can find the confidence to do so because I’m unashamed of my culture and heritage, fiercely proud of exactly who I am.
Favorite Podcast Episode: My favorite podcast episode is called “The Right Time to Quit,” and it’s about how to know when you should keep going in pursuit of your wildest dreams or throw in the towel and walk away. We often think of quitting as a failure, but this episode gives people permission to quit and reassures that if you do quit, it’s not just ok, but sometimes a necessity.
Dear White Women
Sara and Misasha are both half-Japanese/half-white women and co-host the Dear White Women Podcast. Together, they encourage the power of influence – whether through parenting, chatting in your social circles, voting, building and supporting consciously-run businesses, or simply listening to a different person’s experience of the world.
Sara and Misasha: As half-Japanese, half-white women, we’ve known that we bridged cultures as Asian Americans since we were born — we had to bridge cultures every day in our own homes and communities. Now, we proudly own the lens of respecting multiple narratives and use our voices to bring understanding about the different challenges our fellow citizens have while emphasizing our common humanity.
Amy Chyan, host of Asian American podcast, Eggnana, shares stories to build community and inspire through representation.
Amy Chyan: Being Asian American means having the privilege of growing up with more than one culture and having the window to your worldview a little larger. It also means living in the purgatory of not being Asian OR American. It means growing up celebrating and eating Taiwanese foods as well as switching between languages and cultural mores in your daily repertoire. It means we carry the hopes, dreams and stories of our parents, who left their homeland for aspirations of a better future.
Q: How do you find the confidence to use your voice?
Amy Chyan: For a period in my childhood, I refused to use chopsticks at home. I didn’t want to eat rice at every meal, and I started to try and cook my own food that I saw on TV, like baked salmon or pasta dishes that could be eaten with a fork. I saw my Asian American identity as something that was embarrassing and that it wasn’t valued the same as the “white culture” I witnessed portrayed in the media. As I entered my teenage years, I saw the value that my third cultural identity gave me. I quickly embraced it as my superpower because it allows me to relate and genuinely connect with my Taiwanese and Western surroundings. It opened opportunities I never thought possible, like working as an English reporter in Taiwan’s Presidential Office. Now, I work to amplify this third culture experience as an Asian American, or what I refer to as an Eggnana. I want to sow into the community that raised me and inspire other Asian Americans to appreciate their esoteric identity.
Empowered in Color
Kriselle Gabriel, the host of Empowered In Color, dedicates her voice to helping people of color thrive in business and life.
Kriselle Gabriel: Being Asian American means coming from the most diverse set of cultures in the entire world and having to navigate between the culture of my ancestors and being American in a country that views me as a foreigner. It means having a complex relationship with my identity as someone who is marginalized and benefits from certain levels of privilege while simultaneously being silenced by society in the process. I find the confidence to use my voice in knowing my inherent value as a brown Asian American woman. I am beautiful, wonderful, and very much qualified in what I do, and I am going to unapologetically share my voice because we have been taught to do the opposite of that. I want to subvert people’s expectations of who I am as an Asian American woman, and I will never apologize for being loud and proud about it.
Favorite Podcast Episode: Young People In Politics With Shaniyat Chowdhury
Justine Banal and Noelle Funtanilla, two queer femme voices, join together in a comedic podcast, Fandom Femmes. Together they talk anime, comics, video games and contribute to the on-going conversation about fandom inclusivity.
Noelle: To me, being Asian American is constantly demolishing stereotypical assumptions about who we are and who we can be. In response to overwhelming societal and familial pressures to conform to how those of Asian descent should behave, look, eat, work, love, and live, my experience as an API American has driven me to challenge those stereotypes and encourage freedom and self-autonomy for those who feel chained to their family’s or society’s expectations of Asian Americans. I’ve found the confidence to use my voice in the friends who have wholeheartedly supported me in my efforts to deviate from paths that were laid out for me and the people who also celebrate this liberation and share their stories as well.
Justine: Being Asian American means using lessons from your past and predecessors to forge your future. The Asian identity is often seen as a monolith, so it’s important to learn about and amplify our identities’ intersections; we are Asian, American, brown, queer, non-binary, undocumented, and more. I find the confidence to use my voice by actively unlearning the ways I’ve been socialized to shrink myself as an Asian femme. I use this confidence to create spaces where others are empowered to use their voices too.
Favorite Podcast Episode:
Noelle: Episode 6: All that and Dim Sum with Miss Shu Mai
Justine: Episode 5: Smooth as Silk
First of All
Minji Chang is the host of First of All Podcast, where she has a real, unfiltered conversation on career, family, love, & modern culture. She interviews her friends and special guests from all walks of life to kick back and unload their thoughts.
Minji Chang: Being Asian American means being a beautiful combination of cultures and identities – one passed on in my DNA and inherited from my parents’ home country of South Korea, the other being written in real-time as an American. What I once considered a hindrance or handicap, always juggling multiple identities and sometimes contradictory cultural expectations, I now find a blessing. I find the confidence to use my voice by appreciating the variety of perspectives I’ve been afforded to be Asian American – my ancestral Korean roots, Confucian values, and Han, as well as my ambitious, independent, and freedom-seeking American values.
Favorite Podcast Episode: “Lessons From My First Love” (trigger warning: discussing the topic of suicide)
From Here Podcast
Delia and Dawn, hosts of From Here podcast, share their perspective of parenting as Asian Americans. They strive to build community and raise kids with socially conscious and anti-oppression commitments.
Dawn: This identity is a core part of who I am and why I created From Here podcast. For much of my life, Asian American voices, stories and narratives have been missing in media which has reinforced the model minority stereotype that Asian Americans have no issues (and stories to tell). This podcast creates space for Asian Americans to be human and tell their stories about parenting and trying to live the values of and raise kids with social justice commitments.
Delia: For me, being Asian American means constantly questioning and redefining where I belong. My Asian American identity is intricately connected with my identities as a woman and a mother. My inspiration to speak out is my grandmother who told me that when she first arrived in Brooklyn, NY that she felt “deaf and mute.” I feel empowered to share my stories, knowing that she never could.
Favorite Podcast Episode: Season 1, Episode 19 Showing Love For Asian American Teachers
Happy Asian Woman
Alice Chen, host of award-winning Happy Asian Woman Podcast raises awareness on mental health and helps Asian-American women find more joy in love, work, and life.
Alice Chen: I consider myself fully American, and as a child, I only realized I was different from my white friends when I looked in the mirror. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed more understanding of Asian culture; I’m healing from unhealthy aspects, like the tremendous pressure to achieve and embracing positive values, like the importance of relationships.
How do you find the confidence to use your voice as an Asian American Podcaster?
For a long time, I didn’t share my story publicly since Asian culture values privacy and saving face. As a journalist, I always told the stories of others, yet it was only when I started sharing my own story on my podcast that listeners reached out to tell me how much they valued my work. Now, the more positive feedback I get from listeners and my community, the more I share my story.
Favorite Podcast Episodes:
In Omnia Paratus Podcast
Jae, co-host of In Omnia Paratus podcast, covers fun millennial topics with her bestie, Angela. Together they reluctantly accept that being “ready for anything” means welcoming change and living each moment. Jae shares her experience of being an Asian American podcaster below.
I am adopted from China. My cultural upbringing has been the American experience of my family, and we learn together about my Asian heritage. Being Asian American to me includes honoring all the parts that make me Asian and American equally because I am not half of each; I am 100% both.
I know I can only speak from my perspective, but if sharing my story encourages others to join the conversation, I’ve helped affect change. The more perspectives are uplifted, the more we can learn from one another and grow as a community. Leaving my voice out of the conversation felt like I was depending on someone else to tell my story, but we all have our own experiences to share and strong voices to share them with.
Favorite Podcast Episode: My favorite episode is Madam Vice President (Ep. 8). We spoke about what this means for our future as well as the aspirations of future female leaders. This was the first episode that inspired us to bring intersectionality into our official pillars and encouraged me to start accepting my whole identity.
2 Khmerican Sisters
Jasmine and Mellissa Nguon, are two Cambodian American sisters amplifying the Asian American community. They discuss meaningful topics with multicultural thought leaders in their podcast, 2 Khmerican Sisters.
Being Asian American means being grateful for my family and the sacrifices that they have made in order for us to live happily and safely. As a Khmer American, it will be a lifelong process for me to get more in touch with my Khmer side to better understand and appreciate the culture of my family.
I find confidence in using my voice by giving myself positive self-talk and pushing myself to speak up even when it feels uncomfortable. If I do not advocate for myself, then others will speak for me.
For me, being Asian American means appreciating all aspects of my identity and leveraging my uniqueness to find my place in the world. As a daughter of refugees, I take pride in being able to connect with anyone of different backgrounds and cultures.
I have learned to build the confidence to use my voice by consistently saying yes to growth opportunities (when I truly want to say no) and learning from the experiences that might not be very comfortable.
Favorite Podcast Episodes:
One of my favorite podcast episodes is “Eps. 35: You are More than Your Stereotype with Darrell L. Nelson II” because we discuss and learn through Darrell’s stories that People of Color are able to have a strong sense of their identities, dreams, and goals if they have and surround themselves with the right support.
One of my favorite podcast episodes is “Eps. 7: Building Self-Confidence as Southeast Asian American Females in a Western Society” which discusses the societal pressures of Asian and Western beauty standards and how to become more comfortable in our own skin to achieve happiness within ourselves.
Let’s Have This Conversation
Dorinda Wong, the host of Let’s Have This Conversation, is a 2nd generation Chinese American woman sharing her stories with women to inspire women. In this season, she is focusing on mother-daughter relationships.
Favorite Podcast Episode: Rather than my favorite episode, the episode with the “light bulb” moment for me is Emmy So’s story. What resonated with me is the courage she demonstrated when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 39. It caused her to pause to assess her life and brought her a closeness to her mom that she never had before.
Little Mind Chats
Siyona Vikram, is the host of Little Mind Chats, a podcast for little kids. She is British Asian and a leading voice for her generation representing her multicultural background. She strives to make a difference in the world by inspiring the future generation.
What does being a British Asian mean to you as a podcaster?
Siyona Vikram: Well, to me, being a British Asian means being different, and I like being different because it makes me feel special. I chose to speak up as Kids’ voices are most underrepresented, and I want to inspire more children to speak up and question more. Regarding ‘Confidence,’ it’s like a switch in your head. You decide whether to turn it on or not. I decided to turn mine ON!
Favorite Podcast Episode: My favorite episode is the one with Dr. Gerardo Ceballos. The sixth mass extinction is underway, and we’re passively living like we’re watching some other dying planet on TV. People need to wake up! It’s like a hundred Coronaviruses attacking us in one go. We have very few years left to reverse the mistakes of our ancestors.
The Lucy Liu Show
The Lucy Liu Show is an Asian American podcast for high achievers who aspire to uplevel their business and transform their life without burnout. Lucy shares what it means to be part of the Asian American podcast community.
Lucy Liu: Being Asian American is who I am. It flows in my blood and lives in every fiber of my being. Having the same name as a celebrity used to be my biggest hindrance in life, but now I have shattered this limiting belief and turned it into my biggest confidence booster. If I better the life of even one listener, I have done my part to make a positive contribution to a better world.
Favorite Podcast Episode: My favorite episode on my podcast is the #32 Breathwork, where I had the honor to feature my own client. It is an episode I personally listen to again and again as a powerful modality to release and relax.
Maryann Samreth, host of Mental Breakthrough podcast, shares her journey of overcoming trauma and reconnecting with her Cambodian ancestral roots, and healing through the power of writing.
Maryann Samreth: Being Asian American is a work in progress. I grew up assimilating heavily to American white culture and only reconnected with my Cambodian ancestry a year ago. As I continue to uncover my family’s history of surviving the Khmer Rouge, I have learned more about my writing and storytelling gifts. Being both Asian and American is to fully honor both parts of my heritage equally, as both have made me who I am today.
Favorite Podcast Episode: Episode 2, The Reckoning of Sincerely Miss Mary, I tell my story of why I created an anonymous pen name to rescue myself from an abusive relationship and begin my healing journey as a cycle breaker.
Nidhi Shastri, the host of Model Minority, breaks the model minority myth of Asian Americans by covering topics such as poverty, race, education, sexuality, and more in the Asian, African, and Middle Eastern diasporas.
Nidhi Shastri: To me, being Asian American is like being stuck between two worlds – how you are perceived to be vs. who you really are. I come from an “unconventional” South Asian home; a low-income, single-parent immigrant family. However, I know my story is not an anomaly, which is why I work hard to create a platform that highlights other underrepresented Asian, African, and Middle Eastern immigrant voices and stories like my own.
Favorite Podcast Episode: Ep 8 – One Jump Ahead of the Punchline
This episode works to explore the different facets of the Asian, African, and Middle Eastern communities in America and how they are portrayed in media/film/television. It was a blast to make because I got to include clips from shows and movies, which made it really engaging and fun to edit and listen to.
Anya Steinberg is the host and creator of New Narratives, a podcast sponsored by Asian American Organizing Project focused on highlighting the untold stories and experiences of Asian Americans.
Favorite Podcast Episode: What a Messy Story (Spotify, Apple Podcasts). It talks about the U.S. war in Vietnam from a Vietnamese perspective using the music of No-No Boy, who illustrates history through song. The episode reveals things about what it’s like to live through war or flee war, especially as a young person, and how war can touch generations of families.
The Sisterhood of Limitless Living
Join Dr. April Moreno, host of The Sisterhood of Limitless Living, as she discusses the journey to wellness from healing through spirit, environment, mental, and physical health. This is a multicultural podcast for autoimmune women.
Dr. April Moreno: Being Asian American means I’m part of a long history of innovation, perseverance and family traditions. Growing up in Chinatown LA was a special experience in the 80s that contributed to so much of my identity.
Favorite Podcast Episode: My favorite podcast episode was on mindfulness, meditation and visualization.
Connie Steele, the host of Strategic Momentum, helps you create the right professional and personal momentum in the ever-changing business climate.
Connie Steele: Being Asian American means being able to proudly reflect two identities that at times can be in conflict with one another. It’s knowing how to be fluid between these two cultures and showing the best sides of both, and not fitting into any one box.
Doing the podcast as well as writing a book has been an instrumental way to help others while also finding my own voice, particularly from a career development perspective. Although I am extroverted by nature, I tended to hold myself back from putting myself out there. I didn’t know what the rules of engagement were early on in the workplace, but over time, I built the knowledge to successfully rise through the ranks and then choose a different path to find fulfillment. So the ability to share a unique perspectives, engage with amazing thought leaders and provide guidance to others has been key to helping me build my confidence, help me get over my imposter syndrome (which I still have at times), and hone my own positioning.
Favorite Podcast Episode: Ep.76 Career Pivoting: Starting Small and Methodically Shifting to Create Momentum with Jenny Blake
Stories With Sapphire
Sapphire Sandalo, host of Stories with Sapphire, shares stories, interviews and poems to add more empathy and diversity to the paranormal community.
Sapphire Sandalo: When I was younger, being Filipino American meant being different, and I wanted nothing more than to be like the rest of my classmates. As an adult, it means being proud of those differences, and using my platform to help anyone experiencing the same self-loathing. I am unapologetically Filipino American today because I’m making up for all the years that I spent embarrassed of my heritage.
Favorite Podcast Episode: Doula For Death
The Story Has Not Been Told
Liann Yamashita, host of This Story Has Not Been Told, interviews a new guest each week whose stories aren’t usually featured in mainstream media.
Favorite Podcast Episode: Is it cheating to say that I have two favorite episodes? In one of them (Grief First, Then Healing), I interview my best friend about the experience of losing her dad. In the other (Letting Go), I speak with a woman who, for the first time in her life, decides to publicly discuss the trauma and adversities she had endured, and I had the privilege of sharing the experience with her. Any episode where an interviewee makes me cry is a personal favorite.
The Tao of Self Confidence
Sheena Yap Chan, the host of The Tao of Self Confidence, interviews Asian women about their inner journey to self-confidence.
Sheena Yap Chan: Being Asian American means being a strong, courageous woman who can push her fears and challenges to forge her own path. It’s about being her authentic self, loving herself unconditionally, including her flaws, and speaking up for herself and the causes that matter to her. It’s important for me to have a strong representation of Asian women so we can eliminate the model minorities we face.
Favorite Podcast Episode: I have many favorite episodes, but what does stand out was when I interviewed Jessica Cox, who is the first armless license pilot. She was born with no arms and used her feet to do everything. She is proof that anything is truly possible if you believe in yourself and take action on your dreams.
The Power of The Only
Angela Chee, host of The Power of the Only, helps you harness your power to step up, speak up and make an impact.
Angela Chee: For me being Asian American means embracing all parts of myself. It means sometimes being an “Only,” but finding power in that. As Chinese immigrants, at times, my parents lost their voices. They lost their voices so that I could have mine, and I don’t take that for granted. The confidence to use my voice comes from not only honoring their sacrifice but celebrating their strength. It comes from appreciating my cultural identity, breaking through barriers, and embodying my values to carve a new path.
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Maryann Samreth is a trauma writing coach and the host of Mental Breakthrough Podcast. Through her group writing courses, she empowers people to use their voices, speak their truths, and take up space in the world as their most authentic selves. Her next program, Transform Your Trauma Writing Mastermind is now accepting applications.