Podcasts

Southern Fried Asian: Melissa Slaughter

Fellow Hard NOC Media podcaster Melissa Slaughter — co-host of We’re Not All Ninjas is the guest on a brand new episode of Southern Fried Asian!

Melissa kicks off by explaining the origins of We’re Not All Ninjas (1:30) and being a “legacy” Southerner with family ties to Mississippi, Georgia, Texas, and Oklahoma (4:00). Keith and Melissa also recount their experiences with microaggressions (9:00) before exploring her hapa identity and who owns the term, hapa (15:00). Then, Melissa talks about her work with Living Voices, a multimedia educational show in which she performs a story about Japanese American internment (25:00). Things turn political when they talk about racism beyond the South and whether progressive politics can thrive in the region (31:00); additionally, Melissa recounts how she got caught up in New York Magazine’s “Steve Bannon Challenge” (38:00). Finally, Melissa reminisces about venison teriyaki and crispy venison wontons as well as her family’s long hunting tradition (40:00).

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Our official theme music is the song “Top Down” by  ChopsTimothy Flu, and Mic Barz

Southern Fried Asian is produced by Keith Chow and Jes Vu.