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125: They Call Us Vincent Chin

Jeff and Phil welcome writer Paula Yoo, author of the young adult book From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial …

124: They Call Us Kelly Marie Tran

Jeff and Phil welcome actress Kelly Marie Tran, who stars as the titular voice in Raya and the Last Dragon. She talks about getting her life-changing …

123: They Call Us Raya and the Last Dragon

Jeff and Phil welcome screenwriters Adele Lim and Qui Nguyen, and head of story Fawn Veerasunthorn, key creators from the Disney animated feature Raya and the Last Dragon. They discuss …

122: They Call Us Rep. Grace Meng

Jeff and Phil welcome Rep. Grace Meng, who represents New York's 6th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. The congresswoman talks about taking leadership amidst …

121: They Call Us Angry Asian Man

Happy Angryversary! Jeff and Phil take a moment to observe the 20th anniversary of Angry Asian Man, the blog that started all this. Phil looks back at his beginnings and reflects on his …

120: They Call Us Asha Rangappa

Jeff and Phil welcome former FBI agent, lawyer, CNN commentator and Yale lecturer Asha Rangappa. She talks about kicking down doors, the rise of right-wing extremism, and how a girl from …

119: They Call Us Your Korean Dad

Jeff and Phil welcome Nick Cho, aka "Your Korean Dad" of viral TikTok fame. He talks about his journey from coffee professional to making videos on social media, to becoming an affirming …

118: They Call Us Bugs Bunny

Jeff and Phil welcome Eric Bauza, the new voice of Bugs Bunny. They discuss issues of diversity and inclusion in voice acting, cracking the code of a good impression, and how a Filipino kid …

117: They Call Us House of Ho

Jeff and Phil welcome producer/friend Jes Vu and Salon culture editor Hanh Nguyen to discuss the new HBO Max reality show HOUSE OF HO. They talk …

116: They Call Us Asian in New Zealand

Jeff and Phil welcome New Zealand writer/activist Tze Ming Mok. She talks about her country's complicated racial politics, what it's like to live …

115: They Call Us Election 2020

Jeff and Phil welcome blogger Jenn Fang and columnist Aisha Sultan to discuss the historic election of Kamala Harris as Vice President of the United …

114: They Call Us The Donut King

Jeff and Phil welcome Alice Gu, director of the feature documentary THE DONUT KING, and Mayly Tao, proprietor of DK's Donuts, to discuss the incredible story donuts, refugee hustle, and the …

113: They Call Us Chinatown Pretty

Jeff and Phil welcome photographer Andria Lo and writer Valerie Luu, the authors behind CHINATOWN PRETTY, a blog and book capturing the unique street style of Chinatown seniors. They …

112: They Call Us Yellow Rose

Jeff and Phil welcome filmmaker Diane Paragas, writer/director of the new movie Yellow Rose. She talks about the long journey to bring her story to the screen, how she cast the film's …

111: They Call Us We Bare Bears

Jeff and Phil welcome Daniel Chong, creator of the hit animated series We Bare Bears. They discuss the bittersweet end of the show, the very real-world issues in We Bare Bears: The Movie, …

110: They Call Us The Paper Tigers

Jeff and Phil welcome Quoc Bao Tran, writer/director of the new kung fu comedy THE PAPER TIGERS. He talks about the long journey to make this film, why this had to be an Asian American …

109: They Call Us Sujata Day

Jeff and Phil welcome Sujata Day, who wrote, directed, produced and starred in the new film DEFINITION PLEASE. She talks about the failed spelling bee word that haunts her, taking the …

108: They Call Us Vaccine Trials

Jeff and Phil welcome design/technology writer Gregory Han, who has been participating in a clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine. They discuss what …

107: They Call Us Mulan

In their longest episode ever, Jeff and Phil welcome Rebecca Sun and Frankie Huang to talk about Disney's live action adaptation of Mulan. They …

106: They Call Us USPS

Jeff and Phil welcome Kevin Gan Yuen, an employee of the United States Postal Service. He talks about getting into the "family business," reveals the weirdest things people send via mail, …

105: They Call Us The Vice Presidential Nominee

Jeff and Phil welcome Anna John and Arun Venugopal to discuss the historic nomination of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's running mate -- the first woman …

104: They Call Us Lucky Grandma

Resurrected and salvaged from audio limbo! Jeff and Phil welcome the legendary Tsai Chin, star of the feature film LUCKY GRANDMA, along with writer/director Sasie Sealy and co-writer Angela …

103: They Call Us Becoming Less Racist

In this special crossover episode, Jeff and Phil join forces with "Becoming Less Racist: Lighting the Path to Anti-Racism" with Simran Jeet Singh. They talk about anti-Asian racism in the …

102: They Call Us The Baby-Sitters Club

Jeff and Phil facilitate a deep appreciation of an Asian American icon: Claudia Kishi of THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB. They welcome Naia Cucukov, Executive Producer of the new Netflix series; Jade …

101: They Call Us Adoptees

Jeff and Phil welcome Asian American adoptees Dan Matthews and Grace Newton to share their stories, discuss recent adoption-related controversies in the news, and complicate the narrative …

100b: They Call Us Daniel Wu and W. Kamau Bell

In part two of this special double-sized 100th episode, Jeff and Phil welcome actor Daniel Wu and comedian W. Kamau Bell to help celebrate their podcast milestone and nerd out over their …

100a: They Call Us Bao Nguyen

Episode 100! Jeff and Phil welcome filmmaker Bao Nguyen, director of the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary BE WATER, which explores -- from a decidedly Asian American perspective -- the …

Episode 99: They Call Us Lynn Chen

Jeff and Phil welcome Lynn Chen, who wrote, directed, produced and stars in the movie I WILL MAKE YOU MINE. She talks about getting the "band" back together, the song that almost busted her …

Episode 98: They Call Us Renee Tajima-Pena

Jeff and Phil welcome filmmaker Renee Tajima-Pena, producer of the epic new PBS documentary series ASIAN AMERICANS. She talks about the stories no one tells you, how history repeats itself, …

Episode 97: They Call Us Andrew Ahn

Jeff and Phil welcome Andrew Ahn, director of the feature drama DRIVEWAYS, starring Hong Chau. He talks about making a movie to come out to his parents, getting accepted to the "Harvard" of …

Episode 96: They Call Us Alice Wu

Jeff and Phil welcome Alice Wu, writer/director of the new Netflix feature THE HALF OF IT. They discuss her long-awaited follow-up to SAVING FACE, …

Episode 95: They Call Us COVID-19 Survivor

Jeff and Phil welcome Clement Chow, who contracted the coronavirus and was hospitalized with COVID-19. Fresh from quarantine, he shares about his experience in the ICU, making it to the …

Episode 94: They Call Us Alan Yang

Jeff and Phil welcome Alan Yang, writer/director of the Netflix film TIGERTAIL. They discuss why he wanted to make this multigenerational family …

Episode 93: They Call Us Yul Kwon

Jeff and Phil welcome Yul Kwon, winner of Survivor: Cook Islands, who is back competing on the show's current season, Survivor: Winners at War. They …

Episode 92: They Call Us Pandemic Parents

Jeff and Phil welcome Stephen Dypiangco, co-founder of Dadventures, and Theresa Kim Yang, educator and literary coach. They discuss parenting through the COVID-19 pandemic and trying to …

Episode 91: They Call Us Social Distancing

Wash your hands. Stay home. Don't be racist. With this global pandemic underway, Jeff and Phil welcome Dr. Esther Choo to offer her perspective on the COVID-19 health crisis. They also …

Episode 90: They Call Us Coronavirus

Jeff and Phil welcome blogger and scientist Jenn Fang, founder of Reappropriate.co. They talk about COVID-19, aka the Coronavirus, and the social, …

Episode 89: They Call Us That Movie From South Korea

Jeff and Phil check in to catch up and discuss The Good, The Bad and The WTF of recent weeks, including Parasite's historic night at the Oscars, the bittersweet end of Fresh Off The Boat, …

Episode 88: They Call Us Gene Luen Yang

Jeff and Phil welcome back their good friend, acclaimed graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang. He talks about his latest books DRAGON HOOPS, which follows …

Episode 87: They Call Us Oscar Nominations

Happy New Year! Jeff and Phil get back into it, just in time to debrief this year's Academy Award nominations. They talk about all the love for PARASITE, the lack of love for THE FAREWELL, …

Episode 86: They Call Us Jean Yoon & Andrea Bang

Jeff and Phil welcome friends from the north: Jean Yoon and Andrea Bang, stars of the hit Canadian sitcom KIM'S CONVENIENCE. They talk about their newfound recognition as TV stars, this …

Episode 85: They Call Us Destin Daniel Cretton

Jeff and Phil talk to director Destin Daniel Cretton about his new film JUST MERCY, which tells the true story of death row defense attorney Bryan Stevenson. He also drops a few hints about …

Episode 84: They Call Us Parasite

Jeff and Phil welcome TV writer Liz Alper to talk about the plight of assistants in the entertainment industry and organizing #PayUpHollywood. And …

Episode 83: They Call Us Thankful

Recorded live at the Edison Theatre in Long Beach! For this special Thanksgiving-themed episode, Jeff and Phil welcome friends Tess Paras, Thuc Doan …

Episode 82: They Call Us The Asian American Film Canon

Jeff and Phil welcome Brian Hu, artistic director of the San Diego Asian Film Festival, to talk about the challenges and considerations of curating the Los Angeles Times' list of the 20 …

Episode 81: They Call Us Love Boat

We're talking about LOVE BOAT! Jeff and Phil discuss the infamous Taiwanese culture/language study tour with Valerie Soe, director of the documentary …

Episode 80: They Call Us Maulik Pancholy

Jeff and Phil welcome actor, advocate and author Maulik Pancholy, who talks about THE BEST AT IT, his new novel for young readers. They discuss 30 …

Episode 79: They Call Us Sophia Chang

Jeff and Phil welcome Sophia Chang, who talks about her many identities: former manager of some of hip hop and R&B's greatest acts, kung fu practitioner, daughter of Korean immigrants, …

Episode 78: They Call Us Manny Jacinto

Jeff and Phil welcome actor Manny Jacinto, best known for playing Jason Mendoza on The Good Place. They talk about his stereotype-busting …

Episode 77: They Call Us Helen Zia

Recorded live at Cal Poly Pomona! Jeff and Phil welcome author/activist Helen Zia. They discuss the tumultuous forces of history and migration that …

Episode 76: They Call Us Abominable

Jeff and Phil talk to Peilin Chou, Chief Creative Officer of Pearl Studios and producer of ABOMINABLE, currently the number one movie at the box office. They talk about the unique …

Episode 75: We Call Us Yang

Jeff and Phil check in and debrief The Good, The Bad and The WTF of This Week in Yang, including a certain clan competing on Family Feud, recent casting developments on Saturday Night Live, …

Episode 74: They Call Us Constance Wu

Jeff and Phil welcome Constance Wu. She talks about skyrocketing to stardom on Fresh Off the Boat, the steep learning curve of being in the spotlight, the loneliness of her new film …

Episode 73: They Call Us The Terror

Jeff and Phil welcome Alex Woo, co-creator and showrunner of AMC's The Terror: Infamy. They discuss the responsibility and challenges of telling the story of Japanese American …

Episode 72: They Call Us Lulu Wang

Jeff and Phil talk to Lulu Wang, writer/director of the acclaimed indie film The Farewell, now in theaters everywhere. She talks about telling a …

Episode 71: We Call Us Simu Liu's Shang-Chi Audition

Jeff and Phil debrief the big announcement out of Comic-Con: Simu Liu is Shang-Chi, Marvel's Master of Kung Fu! They also pour one out for the recent death of the live-action Akira remake …

Episode 70: We Call Us Tzi Ma's Lost Daughters

Jeff and Phil discuss The Good, The Bad and The WTF of what's going on in Asian America, including The Farewell, Scarlett Johansson's dumbshit comments, and the perpetual gut punch of "go …

Episode 69: They Call Us Kulap Vilaysack

Jeff and Phil welcome actress/comedian/writer Kulap Vilaysack to talk about her deeply personal feature documentary ORIGIN STORY. They discuss …

Episode 68: They Call Us Soleil Ho

Recorded live at NCORE in Portland, Jeff and Phil welcome back Soleil Ho, restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. They talk race, culture, …

Episode 67: They Call Us Always Be My Maybe

Jeff and Phil offer their honest takes on the new Netflix romantic comedy ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE, starring Randall Park and Ali Wong. Spoiler warnings all around. Best believe we punched Keanu …

Episode 66: They Call Us Randall Park & Michael Golamco

Jeff and Phil welcome actor Randall Park and writer Michael Golamco to talk about ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE, their new Netflix romantic comedy with Ali …

Episode 65: They Call Us Vibrant Asians

Jeff and Phil talk authenticity and appropriation with journalist Angela Hui, the only East Asian person in attendance at a recent preview event for Gordon Ramsay's "vibrant Asian eating …

Episode 64: They Call Us Warrior

Jeff and Phil offer their impressions, praises and critiques of Cinemax's WARRIOR, the new western/eastern action drama inspired by the writings of Bruce Lee. (Spoiler alert: they really …

Episode 63: They Call Us Shannon Lee

Jeff and Phil welcome Shannon Lee, CEO of Bruce Lee Family Companies and the daughter of our show's namesake, Bruce Lee. She talks about her father's incredible legacy and the original …

Episode 62: They Call Us MasterChef (Live From SXSW)

Recorded live at SXSW! In partnership with DoorDash, Jeff and Phil welcome MasterChef Season 9 contestants Ashley Mincey and Farhan Momin to chat …

Episode 61: They Call Us Austin Asians (Live From SXSW)

Recorded live at SXSW! In partnership with the Austin Asian American Film Festival, Jeff and Phil host an Asian American trivia quiz show, with …

Episode 60: They Call Us Canadians

Jeff and Phil welcome Canadian actors Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim's Convenience) and Samantha Wan (Second Jen). They discuss the unique flavor and …

Episode 59: They Call Us Fairy Princess Diaries

Jeff and Phil welcome performer and blogger Erin Quill, the fierce, hilarious voice behind Fairy Princess Diaries. They discuss objectionable details about BBC's upcoming Asian-themed …

Episode 58: We Call Us Lunar New Year

Jeff and Phil ring in the Lunar New Year by welcoming a new member to the They Call Us Bruce team, Nick Song. Testing out a new format, they discuss The Good, The Bad and WTF of the week in …

Episode 57: They Call Us Tze Chun

Jeff and Phil welcome writer/filmmaker Tze Chun, who talks about his journey from directing independent film to writing for network television, to his latest venture, co-creating the new …

Episode 56: They Call Us 2018

Jeff and Phil welcome Traci Lee of NBC Asian America to discuss the "13 moments in Asian America that moved us in 2018" and take one last look back at The Good, The Bad and The WTF of the …

Episode 55: They Call Us Cartoon Creators

Recorded live at Asian American Culture Con @ Pacific Media Expo! Jeff and Phil welcome animation storytellers Daniel Chong (We Bare Bears), Victor …

Episode 54: They Call Us Primetime Asians

Recorded live at Asian American Culture Con @ Pacific Media Expo! Jeff and Phil welcome actors Keiko Agena (The First), Jake Choi (Single Parents) …

Episode 53: They Call Us Not Quite Not White

Recorded live at the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance Summit, Jeff -- flying solo without Phil -- talks to Sharmila Sen, author of the book Not …

Episode 52: They Call Us Vietgone

Jeff and Phil welcome playwright Qui Nguyen, who talks about the true life origins of his acclaimed play VIETGONE, the small town video store pop …

Episode 51: They Call Us All The Asians on TV

Jeff and Phil discuss "All The Asians on TV." With the new television season underway, here's a rundown of actors of Asian descent who are series …

Episode 50: They Call Us 50

Jeff and Phil take a moment to acknowledge and reflect on making it to 50 episodes of They Call Us Bruce. They look back at the Good, the Bad and the WTF of the first fifty shows, consider …

Episode 49: They Call Us Jose Antonio Vargas

Jeff and Phil welcome journalist, activist and author Jose Antonio Vargas, "the most famous undocumented immigrant in America." They talk about his new book DEAR AMERICA, intersectional …

Episode 48: They Call Us Staycation

Jeff and Phil welcome filmmaker Tanuj Chopra and actress Grace Su to talk about their feature STAYCATION ahead of the film's world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. They discuss, …

Episode 47: They Call Us John Cho

Recorded live at Sony studios, Jeff and Phil welcome John Cho, star of the new thriller Searching. They discuss the film's inventive storytelling conceit, his unique leading man status, and …

Episode 46: They Call Us Crazy About Crazy Rich Asians

In this super-sized episode, Jeff and Phil welcome Jen Yamato of the Los Angeles Times and (first repeat guest) Rebecca Sun of The Hollywood Reporter …

Episode 45: They Call Us Ronny Chieng

Jeff and Phil welcome "international" comedian Ronny Chieng, who talks about going from law school to standup, getting a correspondent gig on The …

Episode 44: They Call Us Crazy Rich Asians

Recorded at C3: Conference for Creative Content at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Jeff and Phil moderate a panel discussion with director Jon M. Chu, screenwriter Adele Lim, …

Episode 43: They Call Us Will Choi

Jeff and Phil welcome Will Choi, the multi-hyphenate mastermind behind the hit Asian American variety show ASIAN AF. They discuss improv, the art of …

Episode 42: They Call Us John Chiang

Jeff and Phil welcome California State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate John Chiang. He talks about being the "no drama" candidate, how family tragedy informed his passion for service, …

Episode 41: They Call Us Jane Kim

Jeff and Phil welcome San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim to talk about her bid for mayor. They discuss the hotly contested sprint to election day, the issues that divide and unite us, and …

Episode 40: They Call Us David Henry Hwang

Jeff and Phil welcome celebrated playwright David Henry Hwang to talk about his form-busting new "play with a musical" SOFT POWER. They discuss …

Episode 39: They Call Us The Korean

Jeff and Phil welcome T.K., aka "The Korean," the blogger behind Ask a Korean! They discuss recent historic developments on the Korean peninsula, the …

Episode 38: They Call Us Pulitzer

Jeff and Phil welcome journalism student Mariel Padilla, who, at 23 years old, just won a Pulitzer Prize for The Cincinnati Enquirer's coverage …

Episode 37: They Call Us Cambodian Rock Band

Jeff and Phil welcome to playwright Lauren Yee and performer Jane Lui, fresh off the world premiere run of their groundbreaking play Cambodian Rock Band, which joins the story of Cambodia's …

Episode 36: They Call Us #OscarsSoWhite

Jeff and Phil welcome April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Recorded on the eve of the 90th Academy Awards, they discuss Black …

Episode 35: They Call Us PyeongChang

Jeff and Phil welcome Hannah Yu - Phil's sister - fresh off the plane from South Korea, where she attended the Winter Games in PyeongChang. From triple axels to twizzles to mctwists, they …

Episode 34: They Call Us Valentine's Day

Jeff and Phil welcome Tanzila 'Taz' Ahmed, activist, storyteller, and co-host of the #GoodMuslimBadlimPodcast. They talk about romantic comedies, Muslim Valentine's Day Cards, and that time …

Episode 33: They Call Us Third Waiter From The Left

Recorded live at the David Henry Hwang Theater, Jeff and Phil join playwright Alice Tuan and actress Amy Hill for a panel discussion, "Asian American …

Episode 32: They Call Us Tiffany Chin

Jeff and Phil welcome champion figure skater and coach Tiffany Chin, who talks about her journey to becoming "The First Great Asian American Hope" of skating, the state of the sport, and …

Episode 31: They Call Us The Last Jedi

Jeff and Phil discuss the pop culture legacy of Star Wars, offer some non-spoilery thoughts on The Last Jedi and their favorite new character played …

Episode 30: They Call Us Claudia Kishi

Jeff and Phil welcome CB Lee, author of the YA superhero novel Not Your Sidekick. They discuss Claudia Kishi of the Babysitters Club, the questionable curious true identity of Akira …

Episode 29: They Call Us Thanksgiving

Recorded on the eve of Thanksgiving from three different parts of the continent, Jeff and Phil welcome chef and food writer Soleil Ho, co-host of the …

Episode 28: They Call Us Unicorns

Live from the San Diego Asian Film Festival! Jeff and Phil welcome fellow Potluck podcasters Marvin Yueh and Ada Tseng to pitch our hypothetical "unicorn" Asian American movie projects to …

Episode 27: They Call Us Nerds of Color

Jeff and Phil welcome friend and fellow geek Keith Chow, founder of the Nerds of Color empire. They talk about the rise of nerd culture, bad …

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