We talked with Priya Krishnakumar, a visual and data journalist for The Los Angeles Times, about her upbringing and family, her connections between language, food, and her Asian American identity, and some Hella Asian things she does to rid her apartment of bugs. In the spirit of Oscar season, we swooned over Dev Patel and discussed her work covering the Oscars So White movement (2015 to 2017), Asian American representation in film and television, and the casual racialization of Popchips (looking at you, Ashton Kutcher). Follow Priya's work on Twitter!
We introduce a new segment called IRL, where we discuss things we do outside of making this podcast. This week, Nicole recaps a panel discussion she attended on the needs of the Asian American community in the time of Trump. On Can We Not? we shake our heads at Scarlett Johansson's white feminist response to the whitewashing of her role in the film Ghost in the Shell, saying the casting was about feminism over race.