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The Mash-Up Americans

The Mash-Up Americans


The Mash-Up Americans is your guide to hyphen-America. Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer talk culture, identity, and what makes us who we are. Get to know yourself, America. Get more at and on Facebook and Twitter.More from The Mash-Up Americans »

Most Recent Episodes

Summer Travel Edition, with Aminatou Sow

It's been awhile, but we're baaack! We're diving into all the feelings and lots of wisdom about traveling the globe—and why you might catch us without a driver's license or a library card, but you'd never catch us without a valid passport. Amy and Rebecca get into it with the incomparable Aminatou Sow, of Call Your Girlfriend and On She Goes, and get a fierce dose of wisdom to share with the fam. More details at

Dear Mash-Up America: Parenting Edition

This week on The Mash-Up Americans: Whether you are a parent, think you might want to be, or just want the best for the next generation, here are the questions that tear at us as we do our best to raise our many-hyphened kids. After our conversation last month on Raising Generation Mash-Up, you all sent us so many thoughtful, piercing questions on mash-up parenting. Today we're diving in. Joining Amy and Rebecca on the podcast to answer your questions is Matt Sayles, a celebrated photographer, an Angeleno, a man who sees beauty in all people, and a father to two sons, beautiful Mash-ups of their Black dad and Salvadoran-Guatemalan-American mom. You are not alone.

Reprise: What Is Your Bubbemeise?

We're re-sharing our episode with the fantastic author, chef, historian, and mensch Michael Twitty about bubbemeises. Call them old wives tales, call them folk wisdom, call them what you will, we're not ignoring them anytime soon. We'll hear from: a bevy of past guests on their bubbemeise; The Angry Asian Man, Phil Yu, and his lovely wife, Joanna Lee, about how honoring the traditions of their ancestors made their first year of parenthood easier to endure, and more meaningful, too; and finally, Michael Twitty himself on why we are our ancestors best fantasy and to remember that we own the source code. Get all the wisdom here, fam!

Time To Move On

It's that time of year. Time for New Year's resolutions (or not), forgiveness, and moving ahead. 2017 has been a reckoning for all of us — an examination of who and what we fight for, and why. We've looked deeply at ourselves and sat in the uncomfortable acknowledgement that maybe we could have done more. And as we push the world to change, to do better and be better, we're also pushing ourselves. But what's the best way to do that? Joining Amy and Rebecca on the podcast today is Kristen Meinzer, host of the podcast By The Book. She's a rad woman, a Korean-American Mash-Up, and an advice and self-help expert. She helps us tackle New Year's resolutions and how best to make space for change in our own lives.

Raising Generation Mash-Up

Welcome to the third and final installation of our Mash-Up journey: raising our kids. In some ways, we've been working on this episode for the entire lifespan of The Mash-Up Americans. Where do we come from? Where are we going? How do we do raise our children with love, and care, and with a deep love of their mashiness? Amy and Rebecca are joined today by Rumaan Alam, first-generation Bengali American, novelist and essayist on parenting in transracial adoptions; and Christine Gross-Loh, first gen Korean American, mother of four Korean American Jews, and expert on parenting practices around the world, to try and tackle the biggest questions of all. Oh, and a seven-year old Mash-Up guest star! (Hint: He's our producer's very thoughtful kid.)

Finding Our People

Part 2 of our Mash-Up journey: Finding Our People. Is it possible to say enough about how important it is to find your tribe? To be with people who you feel truly understand you? On this episode, Amy and Rebecca open up a little window into their lives and introduce you, dear listener, to their people. Rebecca talks with her sister-from-another-mister, Daniela Gesundheit, a Latin Jew, musician, one half of the group Snowblink; and Amy sits down with two of her three soulmates: Alix Steel, a white girl from the Upper West Side and Amy's freshman year roommate; and Cindy Hwang Bokser, a Korean-American Mash-Up, founder of Niroma Studio. Then we have a sweet tribute to DJ Rekha and Basement Bhangra, the longest running event in NYC nightlife history. Get those shoulders wiggling! And last but certainly not least, the never-before-told origin story of The Mash-Up Americans.

Enemy Territory

What happens when the country you live in sees the country your family is from as the enemy? With actor/comedian Maz Jobrani and chef/author Bonnie Frumkin Morales.

Dear Mash-Up America: Holiday Etiquette Edition

Holidays are here, bringing soooo many questions. This week, Amy and Rebecca play advice columnists with a special guest to answer your holiday etiquette questions.

What's for San Giving?

Our Thanksgiving table? Banchan and mashed potatoes—from the box. Thanksgiving is a day for Mash-Ups to test out what being American tastes like to them. With brilliant foodie Francis Lam of The Splendid table and writer Nishta Mehra. We are grateful for you, fam!

Live in New York: Let's Talk About Sex

You know there's no Mash-Up without a little mashing up, right? We dive into some of our favorite topics: Sex! Dating! Relationships! And we did it live, onstage at WNYC's The Greene Space in New York. Scandalous. With Ti Chang, Maeve Higgins, Sopan Deb, Tobin Low, and Travon Free.

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