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One in a Billion

One in a Billion is a podcast about Asian values, culture and society – one person at a time. We interview Asian writers, producers, entrepreneurs and entertainers about what they do, and what drives their choices and decisions. Hosted by Mable Chan (former ABC News producer), “One in a Billion” gives the stage to the young and the bold with a voice and a view that is rarely heard. Learn more at https://www.oneinabillionvoices.org/
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Nov 1, 2021

What would you do if you’ve written about becoming a Supreme Court justice, dreamed of a life and career in law, put in a lot of time and work to prepare for that track - then one day you change my mind? 

 

Is it a waste of time, money and education at that point?

 

These are some of the questions that Daniel Christopher “D.C.” Rogers (Harvard Class of ‘12) had to wrestle with during his college years. And what made him change his mind?

 

In “Where Are They Now?” Episode #6, Gemma Schneider (Harvard student journalist/Class of 2023) interviews D.C. Rogers - award-winning writer, producer, and actor.  D.C. is a story editor for the upcoming Netflix legal show Partner Track. Previously, he was a staff writer on the CW drama In the Dark.  

 

I am happy to be co-hosting this podcast as a contributing commentator. You’ll hear my views about how to figure out what you want to do with your life – before and after college. 

 

Where Are They Now?” is a special co-production between One in a Billion and WHRB (Harvard Radio Broadcasting).

It is a 6-part series featuring one-on-one interviews with Harvard graduates who draw lessons from their campus experience and personal insight from their current career to give you a taste of their trailblazing journey.

“Where Are They Now” is sponsored exclusively by One in a Billion Productions Inc. (501c3) – an educational media company designed to foster Asian voices and to build bridges between different communities of color.  We believe in the power of personal storytelling to reach a wider and diverse community of audiences for better intercultural understanding.

Oct 25, 2021

How far will you travel outside of your hometown, your neighborhood, your comfort zone, in order to see the world differently?

Why is it important to keep your sense of insecurity as your companion as you embark on your scientific, academic or philosophical enquiry?

How does failure keep you hungry for success?

Those are some of the questions that have led to surprising discoveries and satisfying rewards for Dr. Neil Shubin (Harvard GSAS Class of 1987).

In “Where Are They Now?” Episode #4, Gemma Schneider (Harvard student journalist/Class of 2023) interviews Dr. Neil Shubin - A paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and popular science writer.  Dr. Shubin made headlines in 2004 when he co-discovered Tiktaalik roseae, a fossil of a creature with traits found in both fish and tetrapods, and has since published three popular science books: Your Inner Fish, The Universe Within, and Some Assembly Required.

I am happy to be co-hosting this podcast as a contributing commentator. You’ll hear my reflection on how I, like Dr. Neil Shubin, first became drawn to a new world of possibilities that would light up my imagination to pursue a path that’s formed who I am today.

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Where Are They Now?” is a special co-production between One in a Billion and WHRB (Harvard Radio Broadcasting).

It is a 6-part series featuring one-on-one interviews with Harvard graduates who draw lessons from their campus experience and personal insight from their current career to give you a taste of their trailblazing journey.

“Where Are They Now” is sponsored exclusively by One in a Billion Productions Inc. (501c3) – an educational media company designed to foster Asian voices and to build bridges between different communities of color.  We believe in the power of personal storytelling to reach a wider and diverse community of audiences for better intercultural understanding.

Oct 18, 2021

Should a Harvard education prepare you for failure?
Should failure be normalized in the course of higher education?
Or at the very least, would you want to learn how to take or talk about failure?

Those are the sort of questions rarely asked if you’re a Harvard student who is used to acing your exams, winning accolades or top awards until one day – you suddenly lose what you’ve been taking for granted.

In “Where Are They Now?” Episode #4, Gemma Schneider (Harvard student journalist/Class of 2023) interviews Sangu Delle (Harvard Class of 2010, Harvard JD & MBA 2016).  An entrepreneur, investor, author and philanthropist, Sangu speaks powerfully about his personal struggle with depression after a major business investor died suddenly before wiring the money. A lot were at stakes. Sangu was at a loss for words and found himself in a dark world for a long time before getting back on his feet.

Today, he is a champion for mental health and a vocal teacher about the norm of failure.

I am happy to be co-hosting this podcast as a contributing commentator. You’ll hear my reflection on how I too had rebounded from despair after first losing my mother, before losing my job and my health.

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Where Are They Now?” is a special co-production between One in a Billion and WHRB (Harvard Radio Broadcasting).

It is a 6-part series featuring one-on-one interviews with Harvard graduates who draw lessons from their campus experience and personal insight from their current career to give you a taste of their trailblazing journey.

“Where Are They Now” is sponsored exclusively by One in a Billion Productions Inc. (501c3) – an educational media company designed to foster Asian voices and to build bridges between different communities of color.  We believe in the power of personal storytelling to reach a wider and diverse community of audiences for better intercultural understanding.

Oct 11, 2021

How do I want to engage in the world?
Do I want to be an academic teaching philosophy as a professor?
Wouldn’t that be a very inward-looking, insular kind of life?
Is that what I want?

Those were some of the questions Janet Hook, (Harvard Class ’77) asked herself before deciding not to pursue a Phd in philosophy.

For Janet, a Harvard graduate with a degree in philosophy and government, her career choice is also a lifestyle choice. She chose to become a journalist right after college.

In “Where Are They Now?” Episode #3, Gemma Schneider (Harvard student journalist/Class of 2023) interviews Los Angeles Time national correspondent Janet Hook. Janet reflects on her student days at Harvard, and some of the ways in which she has been influenced to choose the path of a journalist. She also talks candidly about her career trajectory and the life of a reporter.

I am happy to be co-hosting this podcast as a contributing commentator. You’ll hear my thoughts about how Harvard fit into my former career as a TV journalist as well.

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Where Are They Now?” is a special co-production between One in a Billion and WHRB (Harvard Radio Broadcasting).

It is a 6-part series featuring one-on-one interviews with Harvard graduates who draw lessons from their campus experience and personal insight from their current career to give you a taste of their trailblazing journey.

“Where Are They Now” is sponsored exclusively by One in a Billion Productions Inc. (501c3) – an educational media company designed to foster Asian voices and to build bridges between different communities of color.  We believe in the power of personal storytelling to reach a wider and diverse community of audiences for better intercultural understanding.

Oct 4, 2021

Many Harvard Asian American undergraduates I know with immigrant parents who are physicians receive a lot of pressure from their families to be a doctor. But not Divya Narendra, (Class of 2004)

While at Harvard, Divya was given the space and the autonomy he needed to think critically and explore creatively what he wanted as a consumer that was missing in the market. Soon, he became an entrepreneur.

In “Where Are They Now?” episode #2, Gemma Schneider (Harvard student journalist/Class of 2023) interviews Divya Narendra, CEO and co-founder of SumZero - an online community for professional investors to share business research.  Divya’s business mindset was formed during his Harvard days when he launched the Facebook forerunner HarvardConnection, or ConnectU. You may remember his role with Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 feature film “The Social Network,”- a portrayal of the great minds which think alike but also fall apart due to fierce business competition.

I am happy to be co-hosting as a contributing commentator for this episode.

Where Are They Now?” is a special co-production between One in a Billion and WHRB (Harvard Radio Broadcasting).

It is a 6-part series featuring one-on-one interviews with Harvard graduates who draw lessons from their campus experience and personal insight from their current career to give you a taste of their trailblazing journey.

“Where Are They Now” is sponsored exclusively by One in a Billion Productions Inc. (501c3) – an educational media company designed to foster Asian voices and to build bridges between different communities of color.  We believe in the power of personal storytelling to reach a wider and diverse community of audiences for better intercultural understanding.

Sep 27, 2021

Remember your college days dreaming big dreams, anxious about your grades, fearful about your future until one day, you find yourself in a different place, at a different stage of life doing very different things than you could ever imagine as a student?

Where Are They Now?” Is a special co-production between One in a Billion and WHRB (Harvard Radio Broadcasting).

It is a 6-part series featuring one-on-one interviews with Harvard graduates who draw lessons from their campus experience and personal insight from their current career to give you a taste of their trailblazing journey.

In episode #1 - We interview Dr. Angela Duckworth - Harvard Class of 1992, Founder/CEO of the nonprofit Character Lab, author of the New York Times Bestseller “Grit,” and the Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Prof. Duckworth talks about goal-setting, risk-taking, and a "rebellious" detour from her father’s expectations.

I am happy to be co-hosting this Special Series with Harvard student journalist Gemma Schneider (Class '23).

“Where Are They Now” is sponsored exclusively by One in a Billion Productions Inc. (501c3) - an educational media company designed to foster Asian voices. We believe in the power of personal storytelling to reach a wider and diverse community of audiences for better intercultural understanding.

Nov 17, 2020

With less than ten days before Thanksgiving, my podcast team and I find ourselves counting the innumerable ways that we have been challenged, and the unpredictable opportunities that have come our way in 2020. 

So in today’s Season 5 True Colors Episode #10 Reflections on 2020, we each will share our voices expressing our thoughts and feelings about some of these life-changing experiences. But we will kick off with Kira Oman’s story.

Before the pandemic, Kira moved to Hollywood to build her acting and modeling career. But as the coronavirus spread and some of her family members were infected, how did she think differently about her move away from home? How did 2020 impact her career and life priorities? What surprises her about herself that the pandemic has uncovered for her, for the better?

Here’s our conversation. 

Music Used:

One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
The Dance of the Sky by MMFFF
Flux by The Ghost in Your Piano
Bumbling by Pictures of the Floating World
Convergence by Pictures of the Floating World
Bells in the Wind by Daniel Birch
Estampe Galactus_Barbere_Epaul_Giraffe_Ennui by Monplaisir

True Colors – a Season 5 Special Series – is about the color of one’s character in a time of crisis.

In this 10-part podcast series, we have expanded our focus beyond Asians to include the African American experiences in Episode #1, Episode #3 and Episode #5.

We want to include you in this conversation.

To send us your comments or stories, email us @ info@oneinabillionvoices.org

Or go to our Facebook page or our website at OneinABillionVoices.org under “Pitch a Story.”

Share your thoughts? Pitch us a story?

“One in a Billion” connects Asians and Americans through storytelling, one person at a time.

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Nov 3, 2020

Today, tens of thousands of Americans head to the polls.

Our choice of the next president - Donald Trump or Joe Biden - may be hard for some, but it will have immediate and long-term consequences for America in the years to come.

Many of our listeners like you may not be able to choose your country’s leaders for a variety of reasons. But in your own lives, you often make hard choices about where to live and work, or where to raise your children. These choices could be far more consequential with unpredictable and immediate effects on your quality of life and your future than a vote for a president.

And that is the story of Chinese American David Wang and his Shenzhen-born wife Candy Yang.  

In 2019, they got married in Boston and had a baby girl. Shortly after, they moved to Shanghai to build their entrepreneurial careers.  Just as they thought they would move back to Boston earlier this Spring, they couldn’t. The pandemic paralyzed their move. They decided to pivot.

In Season 5 True Colors Episode 9: Hard Choices - For Better and For Worse - Candy and David talked about their decisions under fast-changing conditions. What did they decide to do? How did that affect their quality of life and career trajectory? What about their young children? 

Here’s our conversation. 

Music used:

One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
The Family by Chad Crouch
The Lean by Derek Clegg
Dead From The Beginning Alive Till The End by Doctor Turtle
Rosedale Daydream Back in the Room by Greg Atkinson
Need by Les Hayden
The Beauty of Maths by Meydn
Flux by The Ghost in Your Piano

True Colors – a Season 5 Special Series – is about the color of one’s character in a time of crisis.

In this 10-part podcast series, we have expanded our focus beyond Asians to include the African American experiences in Episode #1, Episode #3 and Episode #5.

We want to include you in this conversation.

To send us your comments or stories, email us @ info@oneinabillionvoices.org

Or go to our Facebook page or our website at OneinABillionVoices.org under “Pitch a Story.”

Share your thoughts? Pitch us a story?

“One in a Billion” connects Asians and Americans through storytelling, one person at a time.

Subscribe to “One in a Billion” below:

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Oct 20, 2020

Three in ten Americans blame China or Chinese people for the Coronavirus pandemic, according to the Ipsos Poll.  Anti-Asian harassment, assault and hate crimes have also been on the rise since the outbreak began. However, the racial bias against Asians in America has long existed in everyday life way before the virus.

In Season 5 True Colors: Episode 8: The Bias Before the Virus, Janet Wu, a former  Boston-based television journalist at WHDH-TV and media personality, talks about a racially-hostile incident on the subway five years ago that made her confront her identity as a Chinese American. 

That subway encounter took Janet on a soul-searching inner journey reflecting on the roots of her culture - China - and her upbringing in her birthplace - America.

Listen to our conversation here. 

Janet Wu is currently a reporter for Bloomberg Business News.

Music used:
One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
Trees in the Wind by Daniel Birch
Tumult by Kai Engel
Perennial by Pictures of the Floating World
Inside the Moon by Stephan Siebert

True Colors – a Season 5 Special Series – is about the color of one’s character in a time of crisis.

In this 10-part podcast series, we have expanded our focus beyond Asians to include the African American experiences in Episode #1, Episode #3 and Episode #5.

We want to include you in this conversation.

To send us your comments or stories, email us @ info@oneinabillionvoices.org

Or go to our Facebook page or our website at OneinABillionVoices.org under “Pitch a Story.”

Share your thoughts? Pitch us a story?

“One in a Billion” connects Asians and Americans through storytelling, one person at a time.

Subscribe to “One in a Billion” below:

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Oct 6, 2020

When was the last time you felt your life was turned upside down?

How did you find a way out? 

Last Spring when Covid-19 outbreak led to a series of campus closures, forcing tens of thousands of students to move out of their dorms in a matter of days, Kimberly Jung, a graduate student at MIT Engineering School, got the news on her mobile phone. 

Stunned, she kicked into crisis-ready mode. 

As a U.S. army veteran with three years of combat experience in Afghanistan and emergency response training dealing with natural disasters relief, Kimberly quickly followed orders to move out, and found a critical mission to help save lives.

Ventilators were badly needed in hospitals emergency rooms filled with Covid patients.  Kimberly decided to join the MIT E-Vent Team as the chief executive to help guide the engineers to design an FDA approved low-cost ventilator prototype that would soon be picked up by manufacturers not only in America, but around the world. 

In Season 5 True Colors: Episode 7 Mission After Mission, Kimberly talks about her mission-driven mindset and calling, which is instantly motivational and simultaneously inspirational. 

Listen to our conversation here.

Music used:

One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
The Gloaming by Josh Woodward
Return of the Indigo Sparrow by Tropo
That's Exciting by Pictures of the Floating World
Stage 1 Level 24 by Monplaisir
 

Kimberly Jung is currently the COO of PickleRobots in Somerville, MA. 

True Colors – a Season 5 Special Series – is about the color of one’s character in a time of crisis.

In this 10-part podcast series, we have expanded our focus beyond Asians to include the African American experiences in Episode #1, Episode #3 and Episode #5.

We want to include you in this conversation.

To send us your comments or stories, email us @ info@oneinabillionvoices.org

Or go to our Facebook page or our website at OneinABillionVoices.org under “Pitch a Story.”

Share your thoughts? Pitch us a story?

“One in a Billion” connects Asians and Americans through storytelling, one person at a time.

Subscribe to “One in a Billion” below:

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Sep 22, 2020

As the Black Lives Matter movement spread across America earlier this summer, many Asian Americans began to reflect on their personal history of struggling for racial equality. 

In particular, one civil rights group has pushed for attitude change among Asians to reach across the racial divide and join African Americans and other communities of color in the fight for social justice.

In Season 5 True Colors: Episode 6, Jenny Chiang and Dr. Mabel Lam of the Asian American Commission (AAC) in the state of Massachusetts share their personal story of growing up with and without Black friends, and their own reckoning with the urgent need to come together for the greater good.

Listen to our conversation here.

Music used:
One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
The Way I Feel by Derek Clegg
Break Through by Pictures of the Floating World
Rain by Unheard Music Concepts
Chill Out Theme by Komiku
Above the Clouds by Bio Unit
The Army’s March by MMFFF
Silver on the Outside by Heather Christie and Vir McCoy
That’s Exciting by Pictures of the Floating World

Dr. Mabel Lam is a psychologist in Cambridge, MA and a commissioner of the AAC.  Jenny Chiang is the Executive Director of the AAC. 

True Colors – a Season 5 Special Series – is about the color of one’s character in a time of crisis.

In this 10-part podcast series, we have expanded our focus beyond Asians to include the African American experiences in Episode #1, Episode #3 and Episode #5.

We want to include you in this conversation.

To send us your comments or stories, email us @ info@oneinabillionvoices.org

Or go to our Facebook page or our website at OneinABillionVoices.org under “Pitch a Story.”

Share your thoughts? Pitch us a story?

“One in a Billion” connects Asians and Americans through storytelling, one person at a time.

Subscribe to “One in a Billion” below:

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Sep 8, 2020

To whom do you feel indebted for your civil rights and citizenship status in America? 

Your parents or your parents’ parents? Or yourself?

Frankly, I had never considered this question until I came across Eileen Huang’s critical letter  urging the Chinese American community to confront their anti-Black racist statements and stereotypes. 

In her words, “We owe them (referring to Africans Americans) everything.”

In Season 5 True Colors: Episode 5 “We Owe Them”, Eileen makes a case for Asians to acknowledge what she perceives as our racist attitude against Black people in America, and to begin difficult conversations with our parents' generation.

Eileen Huang is a creative writer, and a junior at Yale University.

Music used:
One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
Break Through by Pictures of the Floating World
Inside the Moon by Stephan Seibart
The Place I Called Home by Julie Maxwell
As the Crow Flies by Axeltree
Dreaming Days by Ketsa

True Colors - a Season 5 Special Series - is about the color of one’s character in a time of crisis.

In this 10-part podcast series, we have expanded our focus beyond Asians to include the African American experiences in Episode #1 and Episode #3.

We want to include you in this conversation.

To send us your comments or stories, email us @ info@oneinabillionvoices.org

Or go to our Facebook page or our website at OneinABillionVoices.org under “Pitch a Story.”

Share your thoughts? Pitch us a story?

“One in a Billion” connects Asians and Americans through storytelling, one person at a time.

Subscribe to “One in a Billion” below:

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Aug 25, 2020

Imagine this. 

You have Covid-19. 

You’re running out of breath. 

You’re inside a hospital emergency room getting a blood transfusion.

Suddenly this happens. There’s a leak somewhere.

Your bodily fluids spew and splash all over the bed sheets, some of the droplets land on the exposed skin of the emergency physicians and nurses risking their lives to save you. 

Is this an impossible scenario?

No.

The lack of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for healthcare workers dominated headline news earlier this year, and continues to be a challenge for some hospitals around America.

In Part 4 of Season 5 True Colors: “Protecting Frontline Doctors & Nurses”, I talked with Dr. Alicia Lu about the risks she faced as an Emergency physician in New York hospitals. Not only did she feel helpless and frustrated, so did her partner Dan Wu.  Together, they came up with an idea. It’s called the “1000 frontline suits” campaign. 

Dr. Alicia Lu is a New York City based Emergency Physician.

Dan Wu is a Privacy Counsel & Legal Engineer at Immuta, an automated data governance platform for analytics. He holds a Harvard J.D. & Ph.D.

Music used:

One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
On the Clock by Pictures of the Floating World
Gemini by Josh Woodward
Driving Through Tunnels by Daniel Birch
Malachite by Andy G. Cohen
First Day of Spring by David Hilowitz
Marimba on the Loose by Daniel Birch
Dreaming Days by Ketsa

True Colors - a Season 5 Special Series - is about the color of one’s character in a time of crisis.

In this 10-part podcast series, we have expanded our focus beyond Asians to include the African American experiences in Episode #1 and Episode #3.

We want to include you in this conversation.

To send us your comments or stories, email us @ info@oneinabillionvoices.org

Or go to our Facebook page or our website at OneinABillionVoices.org under “Pitch a Story.”

Share your thoughts? Pitch us a story?

“One in a Billion” connects Asians and Americans through storytelling, one person at a time.

Subscribe to “One in a Billion” below:

PRx | iTunes | SoundCloud

Support Us?

One in a Billion podcast is produced by One in a Billion Productions Inc - a non-profit media productions. (501c3).  Support us! Donate.

Aug 11, 2020

It’s been four months since the police shooting of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old emergency room technician of Louisville, Kentucky. Her tragic death in her own apartment has triggered ongoing protests demanding police accountability.

As the sound of fury and cries of justice rage on across the country, there is one young African American woman who wants to voice her sorrow in a poem, dedicated to Breonna Taylor.

Why a poem? 

“I don’t know Breonna, but she could have been me.” Serina Gousby told me in our podcast interview.

26-year-old Serina Gousby is a Boston-based poet, blogger of her website “The Rina Collective”, and a Development Associate/Boston Writers of Color Group Coordinator at Grub Street. When I saw her reading her poem “In Honor of Breonna Taylor’s Birthday” on Facebook, I was instantly captivated. 

In Part 3 of Season 5 True Colors: "Stand With Us”, Serina reads portions of her moving poem and shares her thoughts about racial inequity, her faith, and her fight for social justice. 

True Colors - a Season 5 Special Series - is about the color of one’s character in a time of crisis.

*Photo of Serina Gousby. Courtesy of Serina Gousby

Music used:
One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
Horses by Pictures of the Floating World
The Ramble by Chad Crouch
Hip Hop Instrumental 2 by Ketsa
Funky Banane Nightclub ID by Checkie Brown

 

We want to include you in this conversation.

To send us your comments or stories, email us @ info@oneinabillionvoices.org

Or go to our Facebook page or our website at OneinABillionVoices.org under “Pitch a Story.”

Share your thoughts? Pitch us a story?

“One in a Billion” connects Asians and Americans through storytelling, one person at a time.

Subscribe to “One in a Billion” below:

PRx | iTunes | SoundCloud

Support Us?

One in a Billion podcast is produced by One in a Billion Productions Inc - a non-profit media productions. (501c3).  Support us! Donate.

 

Jul 28, 2020

 Who can assure you when you can’t breathe? What do you need to hear from ER Doctors when you are in ICU? In the age of Covid-19, these questions are more pressing and personal than ever.

In Part 2 of our Season 5 True Colors:Finding Humanity in Emergency”

Dr. Anita Chary and Dr. Paul Chen, both are ER doctors in Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  They vividly describe their experience trying to save lives and to assure Covid patients in those life or death moments. Who can make it? Who can’t? It’s never obvious and often defies logic and reason. Through it all, how are ER doctors themselves changed, when their job is over?

True Colors - a Season 5 Special Series - is about the color of one’s character in time of crisis.

Episode #2 - “Finding Humanity in Emergency.”

Music used:
One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
Horses by Pictures of the Floating World
Driving Through Tunnels by Daniel Birch

We want to include you in this conversation.

To send us your comments or stories, email us @ info@oneinabillionvoices.org

Or go to our Facebook page or our website at OneinABillionVoices.org under “Pitch a Story.”

Share your thoughts? Pitch us a story?

“One in a Billion” connects Asians and Americans through storytelling, one person at a time.

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Support Us?

One in a Billion podcast is produced by One in a Billion Productions Inc - a non-profit media productions. (501c3).  Support us! Donate.

Jul 14, 2020

We kick off Season 5 today (July 14th) with a 10-part series True Colors.

True Colors is about the color of one’s character in times of crisis.

How do you respond after you’ve seen the video of George Floyd dying under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis?  What can you do to confront anti-black racism in America?

Veteran ABC News correspondent/anchor Ron Claiborne and I (Host, Mable Chan) had worked for years at ABC News Good Morning America. For the first time, we discuss the issue of race, racial profiling, white supremacy, and police violence as he’s seen and experienced in Episode #1 - “Being Black in America.”

Music used:
One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
The Fifth Journey by Ars Sonor and M. Nomized
Undercover Vampire Policeman by Chris Zabriskie
Snow Day by Pictures of the Floating World
New Day by Alan Spiljak
Gemini By Josh Woodward

We want to include you in this conversation.

To send us your comments or stories, email us @ info@oneinabillionvoices.org

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“One in a Billion” connects Asians and Americans through storytelling, one person at a time.

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Dec 17, 2019

She never ceases to amaze me.

Sanyee Yuan - a 20 something writer, actor, host, and Harvard graduate - is always chasing the next big opportunity by connecting with people who inspire her creative thought that would turn into a story or a script!

I first interviewed Sanyee in 2012 when she spoke movingly about being raised by a single mom with two jobs, two kids - her and her older sister. Both girls love television and movies.

Since moving to L.A., Sanyee has written numerous blogs about her adventure in Hollywood by focusing on how she overcomes fear and setbacks.

In this episode - the last of Season 4 - Sanyee let us in her latest projects and what keeps her thriving.

Check this out - “This Asian American Life: Cutting My Own Path in Hollywood.”

Music Used:
One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
Golden Sunrise by Josh Woodward
Landras Dream by Jason Shaw

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Dec 3, 2019

What drives you crazy? 

How about being called just that - crazy.

If you are struggling with a mental disorder, you might lash out or turn inward. And when you do, that word “crazy” could feel like a weapon that cuts through your skin. 

In this episode “This Asian American Life: Don’t Call Me Crazy” - New York based writer/editor/illustrator Hannah Bae reads a chapter she’s contributed to a new book “Don’t Call Me Crazy”  that depicts her personal struggle dealing with her mother. 

Her experience is one of thirty three dynamic and intimate voices in this fascinating book about mental health and a guide with helpful resources. 

Music used:
One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
Bathed in Fine Dust by Andy G. Cohen
Highride by Blue Dot Sessions
The Gloaming by Josh Woodward
Which That is This by Doctor Turtle
Undercover Vampire Policeman by Chris Zabriskie

We want to include you in this conversation.

To send us your comments or stories, just go to our Facebook page or our website at OneinABillionVoices.org under “Pitch a Story.”

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Nov 19, 2019

What’s wrong with bribing your 3-year-old with a gold star? Or, if you’re in China, it’s a red star.

Chinese American journalist Lenora Chu was a new mother when she first moved to Shanghai with her husband, she quickly discovered the authoritarian style of Chinese schooling clashed with her American upbringing in Texas.  How? What did she do?

Well, she wrote a book called “Little Soldiers” describing how children are educated and what the education system is designed to accomplish.

Check out my interview with Lenora Chu in this episode - “This Chinese American Life- What’s an education for?”

Music used:
One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
Interplanetary Forest by Meydn
The Place I Called Home by Julie Maxwell
You're Right But I'm Me by Doctor Turtle
Meeting the Demon by MMFFF
Little Idea by Scott Holmes
Stage 1 Level 24 by Monplaisir
Estampe Galactus Barbere Epaul Giraffe Ennui by Monplaisir

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Nov 5, 2019

Have you ever been tempted to trace your roots?

What might pique your curiosity if your mother refused to talk about her parents? 

For Scott Tong, he decided to find his home village precisely because no one seemed to remember his grandparents. What happened to them? 

Why did they stay in China when his mother fled to America? 

Check out my conversation with American Public Media’s “Marketplace” correspondent - Scott Tong - in this episode “This Chinese American Life: Tracing My Roots” 

Music used:
One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
Upbeat Party by Scott Holmes
Storybook by Scott Holmes
Banish by Slinte
Trophy Endorphins by Andy G. Cohen
Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions
Recall by Blue Dot Sessions
Love Wins by Lee Rosevere


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Oct 22, 2019

What if your father called you after you two hadn’t talked for a year?

What if you were looking for a better relationship with him, and you were finding you were running out of time? 

In Part 2 of my interview with Mimi Wong, a New York-based writer and multimedia producer, she shared her reflections on those last few conversations with her father,  and her inner journey of reconciliation.

Music used:
One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
When I Dream by Joseph Blanchard 
Redwood Majesty by Joseph Blanchard
Eternal Embrace by Joseph Blanchard

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Oct 8, 2019

When was the last time you had a talk, or a fight with your father? 

What might trigger your urge to call him, or to reflect on what’s been missing in your relationship?

In Part 1 of my interview with Mimi Wong, a New York based writer and multimedia producer shared her story, first published in  “How Watching Asian Father on Screen Helped me Face My Own.” 

The movie “Searching.” prompted her to dive into deep personal thoughts about her father, Asian fatherhood and media portrayal of Asian masculinity. 

Music used:
One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
Hlice by Monplasir
Inspirational Outlook by Scott Holmes
Little Tomcat by Josh Woodward

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Sep 24, 2019

Why would you give up all that you’ve studied or worked so hard for once you hit a certain life stage and decided to pursue what really makes you happy?

In Part 2 of my interview with Chinese American documentary filmmaker Hao Wu, he talked about giving up the traditional notion of success. Making money. Making parents proud.

Instead, he chose to listen to his heart. 

This is a story about pursuing what’s deeply fulfilling for you. 

Music used:
One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
Which That Is This by Doctor Turtle
Xi by Andy G. Cohen
Descent of the Goober Monster by Jesse Spillane

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Sep 10, 2019

What will you find if you bank on the Internet to fulfill your desire?

How much money will you spend to make your dream come true in this digital universe?

In this 2-part interview with Chinese American documentary filmmaker Hao Wu, he talked about “The People’s Republic of Desire” - a film about live-streaming in China. 

It’s a story about the human longing for fame and fortune, as well as love and connection.

Music Used:
One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
I Will Not Let You Let Me Down by Josh Woodward
You Um Ill Ah by Doctor Turtle
Space Full by Andy G Cohen

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Aug 27, 2019

If you’re a 20 something Asian woman trying to establish yourself as a writer in Tech, listen up.
You can speak up, share your thoughts and yet, nobody hears you.
You’re ignored.

That’s Eda Yu’s story.

In “Don’t Talk Over Me” Eda talks with Lauren Dai, another Asian woman working in Silicon Valley about tough challenges in a room full of white men. Who helped her? How did she get over barriers?

Also, how did she first discover her passion for writing?

Who persuaded her to pursue it through college?

And what is holding Lauren back from writing? What are her fears?

Music Used:
One in a Billion Theme Song by Brad McCarthy
The Wrong Way by Jahzzar
Tumbling Dishes Like Old Man's Wishes by Jahzzar
Crazy Glue by Josh Woodward
Gemini by Josh Woodward
Sands of Windhoek by Mid-Air Machine
Need by Les Hayden
Death by a Thousand Questions by Springtide
So Far So Close by Jahzzar

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