Mine To Own: Part 3 - Season 2, Episode 11

Mine To Own – Part 3

A dominatrix, a romance novelist, and a new mom walk into a podcast episode… this episode! The final part of our 3-part series on “Periods, Pussies, and Power: Asian American Woman & Our Sexuality” and what happens when we assert ownership over our sexuality: we get to see and value our bodies in a totally new way, we get to dole out our own happiness and pleasure, we get to define what a woman’s sexuality is and who it is for. 

Periods, Pussies, and Power: Asian American Woman & Our Sexuality” is a 3-part series of stories from Asian American women about our sexuality in all its color, nuance, and embarrassing hilarity. We explore getting our period for the first time, losing our virginity, discovering masturbation, pursuing sexual pleasure, and through it all, find what it is we stand to gain in embracing our sexuality as Asian American Women.

Recognition thanks and gratitude go to Learkana Chong, Lucy Sweetkill, Mindy Hung, Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, Zed Meade at the Center for Research and Education on Sexuality at San Francisco State University, Kai Ling Chieh, Alison Lee, Marielle Magtibay, and Johnson Fung. Music credit goes to Kevin Macleod of Incompetech, Bruno Mars, 3 Doors Down, and Helen Reddy. Subscribe to Sample Space on iTunes or your podcast app of choice so that you don’t miss Season 3! 

Mindy Hung’s many books can be found at mindyhung.com. More of Learkana Chong’s writing can be found at lampshadeonherhead.blog.

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Touched For The Very First Time: Part 2 - Season 2, Episode 10

Touched For The Very First Time – Part 2

First times are tough: they are sticky, and awkward, and for Asian American women in particular, guilt-ridden due to familial and cultural influences. In Part 2 of our special series on “Periods, Pussies, and Power: Asian American Woman & Our Sexuality”, in all its glory, stories about our first times, good and bad, embarrassing and scary, alone and with others.

“Periods, Pussies, and Power: Asian American Woman & Our Sexuality” is a 3-part series of stories from Asian American women about our sexuality in all its color, nuance, and embarrassing hilarity. We explore getting our period for the first time, losing our virginity, discovering masturbation, pursuing sexual pleasure, and through it all, find what it is we stand to gain in embracing our sexuality as Asian American Women.

Special thank yous and deep admiration go to Johnson Fung, Lynette Ferrer, Melissa Hadiyanto, Vicki So, who writes romance at vickiessex.com, and Priyanka Wali, whom you can find at priyankiwalicomedy.com for a list of her stand up shows across San Francisco. Music credit goes to Kevin Macleod of Incompetech, Madonna, and Inner Circle. 

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On Becoming A Woman: Part 1 - Season 2, Episode 9

On Becoming A Woman – Part 1

 

The first part of our special series on “Periods, Pussies, and Power: Asian American Woman & Our Sexuality” begins with what it means to become a woman. Featuring a vignette of Asian American women confessing their most embarrassing, hilarious, and cringe-worthy spills, one Asian American girl’s vagina monologue, and a story on what coming of age really means, Part 1 explores the internal and external cultural expectations Asian American women face when it comes to becoming a woman.

 

Periods, Pussies, and Power: Asian American Woman & Our Sexuality” is a 3-part series of stories from Asian American women about our sexuality in all its color, nuance, and embarrassing hilarity. We explore getting our period for the first time, losing our virginity, discovering masturbation, pursuing sexual pleasure, and through it all, find what it is we stand to gain in embracing our sexuality as Asian American Women.

 

Special thanks, recognition, and accolades go to Learkana Chong, Abeer Hoque, Joyce S., Melissa Hadiyanto, Serena Olsen and Laura Millar at the Lighthouse Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Priyanka Wali, Jenna Rapues, Lotus Dao, MLin and the good folks at API Equality Northern California, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Kristin Cheung and the leadership of the many women who have come before and will come after. Music credit goes to Kevin Macleod of Incompetech.

 

Abeer Hoque’s memoir, Olive Witch is available online and in-stories now, Priyanka Wali’s comedy and stand up schedule can be found at priyankawali.com, and Learkana Chong’s writing can be found at lampshadeonherhead.blog.

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Deserving Of Love - Season 2, Episode 8

We accept the love we think we deserve. But when our families, our homes, our identities, have experienced trauma or been made invisible, we become trapped by what we think we deserve, and so we accept a lesser form of love, until we are forced to realize that we deserve more than subservience, dive bars, and men who think nothing of us.

Special thanks go to Devon Spier, Amelia Beruman, Ria Gupta, Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi and the Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach office of University of San Francisco, Amy Sueyoshi, Zed Meade and the folks at the Center for Research in Education and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University, and Henri Munoz Ramirez. Music credit goes to Kevin Macleod of Incompetech, Celine Dion, Eric Carmen, and Rachmaninoff, and Zac Abel.

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My Secret Life, Season 2 Episode 7

From pursuing big Hollywood dreams to joining secret societies; this week, stories about the secret lives of our youth: revealing what trouble we got into, what crazy convictions we held, and what truths we convinced ourselves of when it came to identity, love, sex, and running away from home.

To learn more about the Black and Brown Founders event, go to blackandbrownfounders.com.

Special thanks go to Michelle Nguyen, Azalea Hill, Hope Levy, Viet Le, Karen Mok, Aniyia Williams, and Zed Meade and the folks at the Center for Research & Education on Gender and Sexuality at San Francisco State University. Music by Kevin Macleod of Incompetech, Thelma Houston, and David Kahn.

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Rickrolled - Season 2, Episode 6

For all of you who missed this 2007 internet phenomenon, Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up, this week’s episode brings it all back when we hear about what happens when you walk into a situation expecting one thing and then are met with something completely different. How do we handle it? Anger, resentment, humor? From Amsterdam’s burlesque shows to Chairman Mao the demi-God, with stops in Japan and Silicon Valley along the way, prepare to be rickrolled. 

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The Illusion of Superiority - Season 2, Episode 4

We all have moments when we think we know best. C’mon out and admit it, you think Sample Space is the best podcast, right? That’s the illusion of superiority talking. Stories about what happens when we are convinced that we are or we know better than others when it comes to race, religion, parenting, and of course, ice cream flavors.

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Coming Out Of The Shadows - Season 2, Episode 3

Stories about emerging from hiding and how it feels to uncover a repressed cultural identity, come out as an American without documents, and emerge from adult diapers in a very public way. Along the way we take a quick dive into US history, black and brown tech startups, and the moral struggles of a teenage criminal.

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The Next Generation - Season 2, Episode 2

Talkin’ bout my generation: what it means to be part of it, raising it, and defining it. Stories about the next generation and all the expectations, guilt, sacrifice, love, disappointment, and skydiving that comes with it. #immigrantparents

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The Things I Didn't Say - Season 2, Episode 1

Sample Space is back! Season 2 starts with stories about things we didn’t have a chance, didn’t have the words, or didn’t have the guts to say. This episode, we hear about what happens when we don’t speak up: we fall into isolation, we detach from our culture and our families, and we potentially lose the love of our lives!

Artwork by Janice Liu. Featuring Naomi Cui and Janice Liu's latest project, Chicken Soup & Goji Berries, a bilingual Chinese-Canadian webcomic. Go to chickensoupcomic.com.

 

What Do I Have To Lose? - Episode 1

New year, new us. What do we have to lose? Sometimes it is 10 or 20 pounds. But in that process, we aren’t just losing weight, or casting aside something passé – we’re changing a part of our identity. In our two acts, we look at a real life-and-death scenario, and in the other, a question of self vs. family.