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Hot & Sour Soup for the Soul: Asian American Stories


Hot & Sour Soup for the Soul is a celebration of multicultural identity, zooming in on the Asian American experience. In each episode, we feature an Asian American who is making strides in their industry, and chat about their personal and professional journeys to finding balance between cultures,Read more

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We're chatting with Andrew Chau, the co-founder and CEO of Boba Guys, a national boba brand that’s bridging cultures through deliciously disarming beverages. If you live in the Bay Area, LA, or NYC, you’ve probably passed by -- or through -- a Boba Guys store. Today, Boba Guys has 18 immaculately designed retail locations, but as with most start-up stories, it has humble b...

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Which do you think more often about: “Me” or “We”? Historically, whether we belonged to the school of individualism or the school of collectivism had to do with the cultural context we were brought up around, whether we grew up with more Western or Eastern influence. Today however, between a global pandemic, planetary climate change, and national civic movements that are r...

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MIT undergrad. FAANG internships. Antitrust economic consulting. Stanford PhD candidacy. No question Allison Koenecke is an academic force. Beyond impressive institutional associations -- which she seldom spotlights -- what has made her a true force of nature (or shall we say, software?) is the research she's leading to address equitability in mainstream technologies. Spec...

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Tales from Fashion's Front Lines feat. Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Creative Director Lisa Qu

Sep 23 • 38:16

From folding origami to pass time at her mom’s Chinese restaurant in Australia, to starting her eponymous clothing label, Lisa Qu was on a pure-play academic path until her parents gave her the thumbs up to pursue a career in fashion. That is, so long as she was able to get admitted into a storied design school. With Lisa’s minimal formal arts training, her parents figured...

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Jesar Shah is a product manager on a mission to ensure advances in technology benefit the many and not just the few. Previously, she brought Twitter to 100 new countries with tweets spanning 70 languages, rolled out the Twitter’s first web redesign in nearly a decade, and was named Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for her work in consumer tech. Today, she continues to democratize techn...

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