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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 …

Episode 26: They Call Us Halloween Costumes

Happy Halloween! Jeff and Phil welcome cosplayer/superfan Laura Sirikul and Boom Studios' Arune Singh. They discuss racist costumes, seeing yourself …

Episode 25: They Call Us Randall Park

Jeff and Phil welcome their good friend, actor Randall Park, aka "Asian Jim." He reflects on the fourth(!) season of Fresh Off The Boat, shares almost nothing about Ant-Man & The Wasp, …

Episode 24: They Call Us Jeremy Lin's Hair

Jeff and Phil discuss Jeremy Lin's hair. Yes, his hair. Specifically, the recent dustup over our favorite Asian American point guard's decision to sport dreadlocks, and where it's situated …

Episode 23: They Call Us Kristina Wong

Jeff and Phil welcome longtime pal, performance artist and culture jammer Kristina Wong. They talk about trolling dudes with yellow fever, How Not to …

Episode 22: They Call Us #ExpressiveAsians

Jeff and Phil talk TV and #ExpressiveAsians with Nancy Wang Yuen, author of the book Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism, and co-author of …

Episode 21: They Call Us Dreamers ** NEW VERSION**

Jeff and Phil welcome Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, immigration reporter for ThinkProgress and a Dreamer herself, to discuss the personal and community impact …

Episode 20: They Still Call Us Bruce

Having now ni hao'd their way into your hearts, Jeff and Phil recap, and revisit the first 20 episodes of They Call Us Bruce. Then they welcome friend and fellow podcaster Minji Chang …

Episode 19: They Call Us Philip Ng

Jeff and Phil welcome actor Philip Ng, who plays Bruce Lee in Birth of the Dragon. He talks about the premature controversy around the film, his approach to playing an icon, and some of the …

Episode 18: They Call Us Birth of the Dragon

Jeff and Phil got an early look at Birth of the Dragon, the upcoming action flick inspired by Bruce Lee's most famous fight. They offer their takes on Bruceploitation, fan fiction, Some …

Episode 17: They Call Us Brian Yang and Evan Jackson Leong

Jeff and Phil welcome actor/producer Brian Yang and director Evan Jackson Leong, who talk about the hustle of independent filmmaking, finding themselves in the middle of Linsanity and …

Episode 16: They Call Us George Takei

Recorded live in Little Tokyo as part of Asian American ComiCon, Jeff and Phil talk to legendary actor, activist and icon George Takei, who discusses …

Episode 15: They Call Us Chef Shirley Chung

Recorded live at Opodz in Little Tokyo, Jeff and Phil welcome former Top Chef contestant Shirley Chung, who talks about her lifelong love of food, …

Episode 14: They Call Us #UglyDelicious

Jeff and Phil welcome comedian/writer Jenny Yang and Eater NY News Editor Serena Dai to discuss food, culture and things that make you say "Yo, I …

Episode 13: They Call Us The Slants

Jeff and Phil welcome Simon Tam, front man for The Slants. He talks about the eight-year fight to trademark their band name, the landmark Supreme …

Episode 12: They Call Us Asian American

Jeff and Phil celebrate Heritage Month, ahem, eleven months early, discussing the complexities of Asian American identity and community with Professors Karthick Ramakrishnan and Jennifer …

Episode 11: They Call Us Rep. Ted Lieu

Jeff and Phil welcome Rep. Ted Lieu, who represents California's 33rd district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He talks about getting into …

Episode 10: They Call Us Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen

Recorded with a live studio audience at the offices of TBWA/Chiat/Day, Jeff and Phil welcome young actors Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen, who play brothers Eddie, Emery and Evan …

Episode 9: They Call Us Kelvin Yu

Jeff and Phil welcome actor/writer Kelvin Yu, who plays Brian on Netflix's Master of None. He talks about being inspired by Ben Vereen, escaping the trap of the TV legal drama, and his …

Episode 8: They Call Us Gene Luen Yang and Greg Pak

Jeff and Phil geek out with acclaimed comic book creators Gene Luen Yang and Greg Pak, who talk about diversity in comics, new takes on iconic …

Episode 7: They Call Us Justin Chon and Grace Lee

"Live" from the LAAPFF podcast lounge! Jeff and Phil welcome filmmakers Justin Chon (GOOK) and Grace Lee (K-TOWN '92) to discuss their work and reflect on the 25th anniversary of the 1992 …

Episode 6: They Call Us Asian American Cinema

Jeff and Phil discuss the state of Asian American independent cinema, the significance of movies like Better Luck Tomorrow, and why it's still so hard for Asian American films to break …

Episode 5: They Ask Us Qs

Jeff and Phil present the inaugural edition of "They Ask Us Qs," in which they answer listener-submitted questions with the assistance of special guests Amy Anderson and Shii Ann Huang.

Episode 4: They Call Us Andi Mack

Jeff and Phil welcome Lilan Bowden, who stars as Bex in the new Disney Channel series Andi Mack. She reveals all the secrets.

Episode 3: They Call Us Motoko Kusanagi

Jeff and Phil welcome The Hollywood Reporter's Rebecca Sun and writer Sarah Kuhn to talk about the next-level whitewashing in the live-action …

Episode 2: They Call Us Lewis Tan

Jeff and Phil welcome Iron Fist actor/martial artist Lewis Tan to discuss kung fu flicks and drink Hello Kitty wine.

Episode 1: They Call Us Iron Fist

Jeff and Phil have some thoughts on Marvel's latest Netflix series Iron Fist.

Episode 0: They Call Us Bruce?

Hosts Jeff Yang and Phil Yu introduce They Call Us Bruce, an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.

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