They Call Us Bruce 235: They Call Us Asian American Studies

Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.

What's up, podcast listeners? We've got another episode of our podcast They Call Us Bruce. (Almost) each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

In this episode, we welcome Pawan Dhingra, associate provost and associate dean of the faculty at Amherst College and current president of the Association for Asian American Studies. He talks about the newly minted AAPI Studies program at Amherst -- the first of its kind for liberal arts colleges -- what's behind the seemingly sudden surge of interest in Asian American Studies, and how the field still needs to grow and expand. Pawan also talks a bit about Kumon, the South Asian stranglehold on the spelling bee, and his incredibly titled book Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough.

Our theme music is by Kero One.

They Call Us Bruce is a member of the Potluck Podcast Collective.

Subscribe to They Call Us Bruce on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or however you consume your podcasts. Please rate, review and recommend us to your friends.

Follow They Call Us Bruce on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

And thank you for listening!

angry archive