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May 7, 2019

After returning from a trip to Hong Kong and Seoul, Korea with my parents, I’ve come up with some answers to the question, “Why do you travel?” Although as you’ll hear, my version of an ideal travel vacation is not for everyone (morning commute anyone?). I also talk about how I managed to lose my glasses, weird things about Hong Kong and Seoul, and why Eugene needs to visit an Irish pub. This episode is meant as a follow up to Episode 52, The Essence of Place - Why We Travel. Check that one out if you haven’t already. And thanks for listening!

Music:

Samsonite - Rainy Love

Poong Gyung - Me to You, You to Me

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"Adventure, yeah. I guess that’s what you call it when everybody comes back alive.” – Mercedes Lackey

Apr 23, 2019

In my twenties, I had a quarter life crisis. I thought about quitting my job and switching careers. While today's episode isn’t about my quarter life crisis per se, it's about something unexpected (and harrowing) that happened along that journey. That incident, along with a few others, have over time helped me learn how to receive criticism, and provided moments of reflections about the “side hustle” I love. Thanks for listening!

Music:

Artificial.Music - Before I Forget

IU - Through the Night

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“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” - Ernest Hemingway

Apr 10, 2019

 

One of the things I’m most proud of about this podcast is that Eugene and I can have real, honest conversations about touchy issues, in a loving, respectful, and thoughtful manner. Along the way, questions will be asked – maybe even impolite ones – but asking questions is at the heart of progress and change. In this episode, Eugene challenges my understanding of privilege, we discuss the recent Captain Marvel ruckus, what “privileged” people are actually supposed to do about their privilege, and how to diversify your palate if you live in a largely monogamous community. (SN: Who knew a movie as effervescent as Mary Poppins Returns could lead to such a robust dialogue about wealth, privilege, and class?) Thanks for listening!

Music:

Artificial Music - Before I Forget

Ikson - AM

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“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.” - Toni Morrison

Mar 27, 2019

Why do we travel? What makes us spend our money to leave familiar surroundings, sit in an airplane, and trek into unknown places? As David prepares for a trip to Asia, we spend some time talking about our travel experiences, where we’d love to visit, and what drives us (or doesn’t) to pick up and go. David talks about how he’s trying to change from a “travel scrooge” to a fearless(ish) wanderer, and Eugene reveals the one form of travel he would never, ever do. Thanks for listening!

Music:

Vons - Sunbeam

MBB - Clouds

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“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you. It SHOULD change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” - Anthony Bourdain

Mar 20, 2019

I’ve been sick for the past few weeks. When I’m sick I find I want to turn off my brain, meaning no news, books, podcasts, etc. But for some reason, I find watching videos about cars to be strangely relaxing. This is probably because I’m otherwise so removed from cars and the car industry. For me, it’s like the equivalent of the Food Network or HGTV. In this podcast extra, I ask Eugene for his thoughts about the one car that appears to be dividing auto journalists and car enthusiasts more than any other. We also discuss why we both feel minivans are superior to SUVs and share a quick update on our weight loss and fitness goals. Next week, we’ll be back with another full episode of the podcast. Thanks for listening!

Opening excerpt from the Unnamed Automotive Podcast, Ep. 108: https://www.unnamedautomotivepodcast.com/108

Special thanks to Bjørn Nyland and Doug Demuro, whose videos entertained and kept me company while I was under the weather:

https://www.youtube.com/user/bjornnyland

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsqjHFMB_JYTaEnf_vmTNqg

Music:

Ikson - All Night

Alêtro - Insecure

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"It is a majestic, magnificent, and ludicrous vehicle, but curiously hard to love.” - Jason Barlow

Mar 6, 2019

Eugene and I often talk about what it means to be a second generation Asian American. But, at least in my world, I don’t often hear directly from the first generation—the wave of immigrants that came to the United States in large numbers starting in the late 1960s—about their own experiences. Because of language barriers, cultural barriers, and an overall generation gap, the voices of the immigrant generation are often silenced. For our 50th episode of the podcast, we have the pleasure of speaking with our dad, Dr. Chong Hwan Chang, who shares the story of his journey to the United States, why he made the unusual decision to return to Korea after more than thirty years, his perspective on what it means to be Asian American (and which one of us is his favorite, haha). Thanks dad for coming on the show! And thank you for listening!

Music:

LiQWYD - Feel

Shaun - Way Back Home

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"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” – Charles Wadsworth

Feb 21, 2019

Even in the modern age, culture tells us that real men are brave, courageous, strong, and — when necessary — protectors. And yet, healthy masculinity also means men embracing our feelings, being sensitive, kind, and tender. In this episode, David and Eugene discuss healthy versus toxic masculinity, why some traditionalists seem so resistant to change, and ultimately what it means to be a good man. Thanks for listening!

Alexandra Robbins, “A Frat Boy and a Gentleman,” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/26/opinion/sunday/fraternity-sexual-assault-college.html

Music:

JayJen - Rainbow

Twice - Cheer Up

What I'm Reading:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364?sort=date_added

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“A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors.” - Gautama Buddha

Feb 6, 2019

David and Eugene have had very different journeys to weight loss. As kids, David shopped at the “huskies” section of boy’s apparel, while skinny Eugene sometimes quite literally “forgot to eat.” In this episode, we share our personal experiences with managing weight, discuss why stress and lack of sleep are often at the heart of our weight issues, and get VERY practical with tips, tricks, and habits that ACTUALLY work for us. Thanks for listening!

Music:

Ikson – Do It

BTOB – Call Me

What I'm Reading:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364?sort=date_added

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“The first thing you lose on a diet is brain mass.” – Margaret Cho

Jan 23, 2019

NOTE: This is not a normal movie review. Instead in typical WJH fashion, David questions whether there may be a sinister theme lurking behind the effervescent and radiant Mary Poppins sequel, while Eugene questions David’s mode of movie watching (and sanity!). Thanks for listening!

What I'm Reading:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364?sort=date_added

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“We’re on the brink of adventure, children. Don’t spoil it with questions.” - Mary Poppins

Jan 9, 2019

Have you ever been asked “what your Myers-Briggs” is? In today’s episode, David and Eugene discuss the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI. We talk about our own results, how they’ve changed over time, what we think of the various indicators, and how as parents we approach the budding personality types of our kids. Thanks for listening!
 
Eugene is “the inspirer”: https://www.personalitypage.com/html/ENFP.html
 
David is “the visionary”: http://www.personalitypage.com/html/ENTP.html 
 
Take the test yourself!: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test 
 
What I'm Reading:
 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit
 
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364?sort=date_added
 
Music
 
Del - New Beginning 
 
Peyruis - Addict 
 
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“I don’t think inside the box. I don’t think outside the box either. I don’t even know where the box is.” - ENFPs  
Dec 19, 2018

As 2018 draws to an end, Eugene and I reflect on what this year has represented for us and what’s in store for the future. We discuss some of our biggest regrets and our New Year’s resolutions, and David gets unexpectedly triggered by some Christian-speak. Thanks for listening!

What I'm Reading:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364?sort=date_added

Music

Ikson – Do It

Musicphrase – Jingle Bells Ukulele

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“Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.” – Anonymous

Nov 28, 2018

Eugene and I really enjoy talking about personal consumer technology. In today’s episode, we revisit our first episode about smartphones (ep. 33), Eugene breaks down what Apple’s Screen Time has taught him about his smartphone usage, David talks YouTube, and we debate Tesla, Elon Musk, and the future of electric cars. Thanks for listening!

Music

MBB - Breeze

Couple N - Starry Night

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“Technology is good or evil depending upon the creator. Many times, it’s not that the creator set out to do evil, it’s that there wasn’t an anticipation of these negative things it could be used for.” - Tim Cook

Nov 13, 2018

Maybe I got it all wrong. I thought it was better to live a life of contentment and gratitude. But in today’s episode, Eugene and I discuss whether it’s better to be deeply unsatisfied with life, whether or not happiness is merely a state of mind, and how we both ended up in traditional, single breadwinner family structures. Thanks for listening!

Music

Lindécis - Blind

Twice - Yes or Yes

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“I assigned mystical qualities to his zipper teeth, his tattered jeans, his flat palms, as if these were not only different from other fathers’ but better, and now that he was in my life, I had not waited in vain. I would be better off than children who’d had fathers all along.” - Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Oct 31, 2018

In 2016, NYT reporter Michael Luo—who was born and raised in the U.S.—was told by a stranger to “Go back to China!” His 7 year old daughter was there when it happened and later asked him, "Why did she say, ‘Go back to China?’ We’re not from China.” Since then countless Asian Americans have recognized the problem of “perpetual foreign syndrome” often disguised in the form of the classic question, “No, where are you from, really?"

What's less often talked about is whether it's possible to ask that question in a way that's NOT insensitive, offensive, or quite frankly, racist. I believe there is. In this special episode, Eugene and I discuss this and several other challenging questions related to our divergent Asian American identities. As always, thanks for listening!

Music

FitzSuppe - Funkaholic

Ikson - Verge

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“Abide at the center of your being. The more you leave it, the less you learn.” - MJ Ryan

Oct 16, 2018

Does it feel like the country is tearing itself apart? That a volcano’s about to erupt? That, as some suggest, we’re headed toward a “second civil war”? Why is all of this happening? And why is it happening NOW? David has some answers.

Link:

“Hey, Democrats: Pack The Court,” Zach Carter https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hey-democrats-pack-the-court_us_5b33f7a8e4b0b5e692f3f3d4

Music:

nymano x Pandrezz – Fireworks

JayJen - Imaginary

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“There is nothing magical about the number nine.” – Zach Carter

Oct 3, 2018

How do you work smarter, faster? How do you stay organized, stay motivated, and stay efficient? In today’s episode, David and Eugene share their secrets, tricks, and strategies to stay productive. David discusses the importance of routine and habits in his life, while Eugene reveals the top software tools and apps that keep him on schedule. Thanks for listening!

Music
Fredji – Happy Life
Mira Costa - Seasons

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“You may delay, but time will not.” —Benjamin Franklin

Sep 17, 2018

David and Eugene continue their series on productivity, and talk about how they prioritize the activities and experiences that are truly important to them. Eugene discusses his aspirations of being a more systematic “life planner” while David gets personal about how his priorities have changed since his early 20’s. Thanks for listening!

Music

BTS – Idol

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“Living is choosing.” – Eugene Chang

Aug 28, 2018

My one takeaway from the dazzling “Crazy Rich Asians.” Thanks for listening!

Links:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/magazine/what-a-fraternity-hazing-death-revealed-about-the-painful-search-for-an-asian-american-identity.html

https://slate.com/culture/2018/08/crazy-rich-asians-the-movie-adaptation-reviewed.html

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“Finding that I could cry watching the most over the top aisle walk on the planet.” – Chrissy Teigen

Aug 21, 2018

"Productivity" has become a cottage industry in the modern world--with experts like Tim Ferriss and David Allen writing best selling books about getting things done. Yet what these productivity gurus often overlook is the purpose behind the hyper efficiency. Today on the show, David and Eugene get personal and talk about the purposes that drive and motivate their daily lives. Eugene also talks about how he overcomes his struggles with procrastination to become a more productive person. This is an episode you won't want to miss! :)

Eugene's 4 Levels of Productivity Operation ("PAPE"):

1: Defining PURPOSE in life.
2: Deciding on the ACTIVITIES that belong to this purpose.
3: Creating a PLAN to accomplish these activities.
4: Developing EFFICIENCIES in execution.

Thanks for listening!

Music:

Waimis - Heaven Voices

Nature - Allegro Cantabile

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“He ruled out paying attention to almost anything but business—art, literature, science, travel, architecture—so that he could focus on his passion." - Alice Schroeder on Warren Buffett.

Aug 9, 2018

David and Eugene have a genuine debate over whether Mission Impossible: Fallout was one of the best Mission Impossible movies EVER or fell short of a truly great M:I movie. David talks about an important change to Ethan Hunt’s character that made him brilliantly Tom Cruisey, while Eugene discusses his own real life experience flying a helicopter (!). PLUS we spend a few bonus minutes debating the very polarizing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Warning: SPOILERS! And thanks for listening!

MI6 behind the scenes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzhb3Su8TAE

Music:

Fallout – Lorne Balfe

Mission: Accomplished – Lorne Balfe

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“This is a bad idea.”

“Is it ever a good one, honestly?”

Jul 26, 2018
Many people say The Incredibles is one of their favorite Pixar movies — and deservedly so. But in today’s conversation, David talks about some structural issues he found deeply problematic about The Incredibles franchise, while Eugene plays devil’s advocate and responds in kind. NOTE: While this isn’t a normal movie review, be warned that there are a few spoilers in this episode. Thanks for listening! 
 
Music:
Consider Yourselves Undermined! - Michael Giacchino
The Glory Days (a cappella) - Michael Giacchino  
 
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“We were Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and Christian. We were brown and yellow. But we didn’t mind that our role models were all white. We were Spider-Man. We were Batman. We were Superman. We were Captain America. We were always, happily, obliviously, super.” - Umapagan Ampikaipakan, https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/26/opinion/that-oxymoron-the-asian-comic-superhero.html
 
“I feel pretty good calling Umapagan’s Ampikaipakan’s recent New York Times op-ed a bunch of hogwash.” - Nancy Bulalacao, https://hyperallergic.com/266260/its-a-bird-its-a-plane-its-another-white-superhero/
Jul 10, 2018

Who are you? In today’s episode, Eugene and I plumb the depths of our upbringing to talk about our childhoods, our values, and our attitudes toward race, religion, and politics. Eugene reveals what happened when he played “the line game” as a resident advisor in-training at Michigan, and I talk about why I consider myself the “black sheep” of the family, at least when it comes to my faith.

Thanks again to my podcasting partner Eugene Chang. And thank you for listening!

Music:
FREDJI - Happy Life
GFRIEND - Time for the Moon Night (instrumental)

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"And this is the part where you find out who you are.” - The Maine

Jun 28, 2018

Your smartphone is your constant companion. Your connection to the world. An extension of you. But is your smartphone REALLY bad for you? In this episode, Eugene Chang and I talk about how we use our iPhone and Android devices respectively, and discuss whether this is a good or bad thing. Eugene talks about some apps that have been especially useful for him as a techy, and I describe (and attempt to defend) the Rube Goldberg like contortions I make to "stick it to big telecom."

This is the first of what hopefully will be a series of “conversations with my brother” about topics we think are interesting and relevant in our modern age. Thanks for listening!

Music:

Oshóva - Summer's Tides

Flamingosis – She Loved Me 

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“We are made of the same stardust of which all things are made, and when we are immersed in suffering or when we are experiencing intense joy we are being nothing other than what we can’t help but be: a part of our world.” – Carlo Rovelli

Jun 11, 2018

Is the Star Wars cinematic universe in trouble? Jennifer, Rob, and Eugene come back to discuss and review Solo: A Star Wars Story. We talk about what went right, what went very wrong, our reactions to spoilers, and what the future holds for the SW franchise.

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"Everything you heard about me is true." - Lando Calrissian

Mar 7, 2018

The Power and Perils of GRIT.

How to become more gritty, how to teach your children grit, and why you need to think about grit in a completely different way. 

References:

Jess Lee: "Partner at Sequoia Capital and Former CEO" | Talks at Google: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwjZHFMdgLk

Angela Duckworth, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”: https://angeladuckworth.com/grit-book/

Kieran Setiya, “Midlife: A Philosophical Guide”: http://www.ksetiya.net/midlife.html

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