About asianbossgirl

A podcast for the modern day Asian American woman hosted by Melody Cheng, Helen Wu, and Janet Wang.

We started this podcast as an outlet for topics we are interested in, and for sharing stories we have as 20-30 something yr. old Asian American women working, dating, and living in Los Angeles.

It's no secret that Asian women are lacking in almost all media outlets. As three women working in finance, tech, and production who balance careers, life aspirations, and eventful social lives (we have our fair share of 5am returns from the club), we hope our perspectives can help, inform, and entertain those girls (and guys) with similar backgrounds or an interest in our backgrounds. 

We like to think of this as our invitation for you to join our once private girl talk sessions! So grab a glass of wine and let's get this show started ;)

A special thank you to our producers Philip Wang, Eric Wang, and Ki Hong LeeJennet Liaw for branding and graphics; and our editor Michelle Hsieh.

 

Photo by Jrodtwins

Melody Cheng

Hi, it’s Mel! I’m a proud Taiwanese-American from the Bay Area. I moved to San Diego for undergrad, and ended up calling LA my home due to work.  

My true passion lies in storytelling and connecting with people through digital media, especially within the Asian American community. I’ve explored different jobs within the media world from producing, film programming/marketing, to talent management. Currently, I work full time at a media company that create content to advocate for human good as their Head of Community. 

When not running around the office or on set, I’m usually low-key fan girling over kpop or catching up with the girls on “What happened last night?”

 Ladies (and men), I’m so excited for you to join in on this conversation and navigate this social jungle we call our mid 20s-30s.  Time to bust out that bottle of wine…or Jameson ;)


Helen Wu

Hi! I’m Helen -- Chinese-American, born and raised in Boston, MA, and a transplant in LA. For the past nine years, I’ve worked at one of the Big 4 accounting firms, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and valuation of / consulting for private companies in the tech, retail, and pharma spaces. I’m a Sagittarius, an ESFP-A, a social butterfly, but also a bit of an introvert at heart. Outside of the office, you can find me looking for any excuse to go for a run on the beach, teaching myself new recipes, putting in extra hours at a boba shop, or literally hanging out at a pull-up bar (yes, a pull-up bar – my fitness goal is to complete one :) @onepullup). 

I see this podcast as a way for us ‘non-creatives’ who work 9-5+ jobs with a curiosity for ‘something more’ to share a voice with those who feel the same. Additionally, this podcast serves as a platform for Asian American women (and men) to tell their stories. It's easy to see all Asian Americans as one type, or to fit into one category, but this isn't true. We have unique experiences that distinguish us: different nationalities, religions, ethnicities, and a variety of education levels and socioeconomic statuses. My desire for this podcast is to have an outlet to express my perspective, my challenges, and my humor, in hopes that others can relate, and (even more importantly) so that we can inspire others to not only be proud of their culture, but to unlock their potential and share their experiences on the same.  

Janet Wang

I am a Chinese-American SoCal native who has spent periods of my life in San Francisco, New York, Miami, and Kenya, before settling back into Los Angeles. I 9 to 5 as an user experience designer, my 3rd career and 5th interest pursuit (I once spent a semester in Chinese Medicine School).

As a daughter of Taiwanese-Chinese parents who were raised with customary Chinese values, I'm rather traditional and reserved. But my parents are also quite unconventionally Chinese personalities, so I was taught to be open minded, to explore and think for myself over following status quo, and I am a bit of a hippy at heart (yes - I like yoga, meditation, believe in the good in all people, and limit my consumption of animal products).

I hope that by sharing some of my perspectives and stories, those of you out there who do not fully relate to pre-existing norms or communities (not being "Asian" enough, being a single woman in her 30s, having jumped around in many career pursuits, etc.), find some comfort, useful information, and entertainment.