Southern Fried Asian: Dr. David Surratt

On a new episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith is joined by Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students at the University of Oklahoma Dr. David Surratt to talk about growing up Black and Korean in Tulsa.

Keith and David begin by reminiscing about meeting at San Diego Comic-Con (1:00) before he recounts splitting his time between Oklahoma, California, and Pennsylvania in college (6:00). David then recalls growing up in the Korean Baptist church as a mixed Black child and recognizing the presence of both anti-Blackness and anti-Asian sentiment in both communities (10:00). They also delve into what cultural authenticity really means (22:00), the role of racism in what defines the South (30:00), and what it was like watching HBO’s Watchmen (37:00). Finally, David explains why a burger from Braum’s and a slushy from QuickTrip are his go-to for Oklahmoma eating (43:00).

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