This Asian American Life (working title)

A new podcast,
owned and operated by
Asian American storytellers.

“This Asian American Life” (working title) is a podcast-in-development at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. We’re going to debut our pilot season this fall, and you’re invited to be a part of our launch!

Stories on the Asian American experience in mainstream media are sparse. When they do appear, they’re often limited to immigrant narratives or present Asian Americans as a monolithic whole. Our culture is continuously portrayed as having just “washed ashore,” despite the fact that Asians have been American for two centuries.

Our goal: more stories by Asian Americans about the Asian American experience. As we expand our community of listeners and storytellers, we’ll report and share stories about being Asian in America—not just as immigrants, but also as Americans of color with our own piece of this land’s past, present, and future. We’ll talk about what it’s like being the only Asian in the room – or what it’s like being one of 17 million – in spaces that are about much more than chopsticks, serial dramas, and jokes about “the Asian Glow.” We’ll explore our identities within the larger context of race, class, culture, and gender in America today. We’ll talk about boba. Maybe.

We’re building a deep bench of Asian American producers, directors, and editors in podcasting because we think podcasts are the best medium for the inclusive, intimate, complex, and open-ended stories we want to hear. We also look forward to collaborating with the wonderful Asian American voices already representing.

If you’d like to get involved, check out our job descriptions and sign-up forms below!

Our Community

Fill out the form below to join our listener community! Community members receive updates on our show via e-mail, including ways to participate in our creative process.

Our Team

James Boo, Executive Producer

The recipient of two storytelling fellowships at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, James delivers documentaries that make a social impact through community and partnership. For the past decade he’s created intimate, character-driven narratives that reveal how the systems we live in shape the historicity of our lives. His award-winning web series, 1 Minute Meal, uses food to reveal the communities, legacies, dreams, realities, and unseen forces that shape life in New York.

Talisa Chang, Director of Product

Talisa is a UX and story strategist who helps teams create narrative-driven projects that are informed by participatory research. She’s a co-founder of Her Girl Friday, a group that puts on events for female-identified journalists, and crowdsources her peers’ activism through a participatory newsletter called Last2Weeks. Johannesburg-born and California-raised, Talisa is currently based in Brooklyn writing a tv pilot about a Chinese family navigating apartheid-era South Africa.

Joy Sampoonachot, Audience Researcher

Joy is a California-born designer living in New York City. She is a product designer at MongoDB, a database software company, and previously was designing for Editor, the online image editing platform by Shutterstock. If she’s not writing Yelp ​restaurant ​reviews she’s likely training BJJ, Muay Thai, or Yoga.

Our Teammates to Be (a.k.a. Job Openings)

Senior Producer

Apply by 11:59 pm on January 31, 2018. Interviews and requests for audio work samples will follow our initial review of your application, and the position will be filled by mid-February. This is a part-time job initially compensated through equity (see below).

The Senior Producer is part of the core leadership team and the backbone of our programming, bringing deep radio and podcasting experience into our organization and leading our hosts, producers, and editors as a cohesive team. The Senior Producer is accountable for the quality of our reporting, the tone of our stories, and the craft of our narratives. This role reports directly to the Executive Producer and supervises the work of 3-6-producers with equal or lesser experience.

You should apply for this role if you’ve produced 1 or more podcasts, know the ins and outs of delivering great audio stories on a regular deadline, and are excited to help develop and lead a show that taps into a variety of voices and formats to fulfill our mission.

Commitment

Begins ASAP, working 1.5 to 2 days per week. The entire team will re-evaluate our commitments at the end of September 2018.

Qualifications

  • Has demonstrated ownership of production responsibilities of a podcast or radio program at each stage: research, field production, interview recording, story edit, publication, and audience engagement
  • Knows workflow like the back of everyone’s hands, and can rapidly implement and incrementally improve teamwide process for reporting, production, and post-production without breaking a sweat
  • Knows how to effectively delegate responsibility to other team members and hold those team members accountable in a healthy, outcomes-oriented manner
  • Has mentored colleagues and helped them rise in their own careers as story producers, reporters, or editors
  • Has mastered Hindenberg, ProTools, or a comparable audio editing and publishing suite

Compensation

During our pilot phase (i.e. 2018), the core leadership team, including the Senior Producer, will be working on an unpaid basis. All funding we secure will go towards the development of the pilot episodes, including paying contributing producers and editors for their work.

The Senior Producer, like other members of our core team, will receive a stake in the company and will begin receiving a salary when we transition from our pilot to becoming a fully funded podcast. The Senior Producer will also receive in-kind resources from our institutional partners (e.g. classes, access to studio facilities, and the chance to build professional relationships with media, non-profit, and arts organizations invested in our mission). Apply Now!

Contributor

Do you have a story that needs to be on the air? Do you have storytelling, production, or audience development skills to contribute to the show? We’re building a network of producers, collaborators, and story-minded community members who wants to help shape our reporting in the field.

Please get in touch, so we can make sure you’re on our radar.

Advisors

We’re seeking seasoned advisors in business development, non-profit partnerships, community organizing, and marketing to help us launch an incredible program and brand in 2018. Do you have deep expertise in any of the following skill sets?

  • Revenue modeling, fundraising, and organizational growth
  • Audience development and market access
  • Digital marketing and user acquisition
  • Lifestyle and cultural branding
  • Partnerships (for-profit and non-profit)

If so, please reach out to our senior leadership team.

Some Storytellers We Love!

If you haven’t heard, read, or seen all of the great work being done by Asian American producers, journalists, and entertainers, here’s just a handful of our favorites: