The podcast This Filipino American Life explores the nuanced experiences of Filipinos in the United States. The Los Angeles-based team — Joe Bernardo, Ryan Carpio, Elaine Dolalas, and Mike Nailat — discuss a range of topics, from mental health and popular culture to gangs and gentrification. Here, Joe explains why the podcasting medium was the right fit for them, and how their site complements their recorded content.

How did This Filipino American Life come to be?

We thought, might as well record our conversations and see if anyone would listen to us.

I’ve been studying Filipino American history and culture for years and earned my doctorate degree in the subject, but after I left the academic world, I couldn’t find an appropriate venue to share ideas. I was looking for a way to discuss issues in the Filipino American community, but not necessary known or discussed in mainstream media (or…

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