Color of Success

Color of Success

The Color of Success communicates the stories of Asian, Asian Americans/Canadians, and ethnic minorities as they build brands, businesses, and careers, and mental health strategies to deal with self-doubt, anxiety, and barriers. Dr. Stephanie J. Wong is a licensed clinical psychologist who blends her knowledge of mental health, culture, and business to interview diverse guests.

Episodes

May 1, 2022 54 min

What happens when you become a pro body builder and your mother calls your body "ugly?"  How does one cope with an injury and engage in recovery from addiction?  What can you contribute to your community?  

Our guest, Ko Chandetka is a Laotian American professional body builder and became one of the most notable Asian Americans in the sport, winning titles and landing a major sponsorship.  However, he suffered an injury whi...

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Susana Chen is the Co-Founder of Asian Creative Foundation (ACF) and we discuss forging your own path through Art.  We discuss barriers to Asian Americans pursuing a career in Art, and ways that ACF supports those that would like to express themselves through various artistic mediums. 

May is AAPI Heritage Month and on Friday, May 13th to Saturday, May 14th, from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm EST, ACF is hosting The Asian Creative Festival ...

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Kevin Tien has competed in Food Network's Iron Chef Gauntlet & Chopped, received numerous prestigious awards for his culinary skills, and owns Moon Rabbit , a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant in Washington D.C.  Kevin came from humble beginnings and continues giving back to the community through Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate and hosting an event, Chefs for Ukraine.  In this episode, he talks about his journey, growing up in va...

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Dr. Zonram Liao, DVM discusses his journey of being a "parachute kid," raised by his community, to a Veterinarian and Founder of Wellnergy Pets, providing pet parents and their fur children with premium supplements.  After graduating veterinary school, he returned to his hometown in Rowland Heights to give back to the community.  During the pandemic, many animal hospital were closed or overbooked.  To reduce the need for pe...

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Dr. Christopher Nguyen is a renowned geriatric neuropsychologist.  He defines Neuropsychology and ways that neuropsychologists assess, diagnose, and treat cognitive and behavioral issues related to the brain.  He and several of his colleagues are translating assessment tools from English to Vietnamese and creating culturally relevant questions.  We also discuss barriers to help-seeking among individuals of Vietnamese and AAPI-desce...

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Lillian Victoria is an Entertainment Executive turned High-Performance Coach.  She works with high achievers that have experienced loss to help them see a clear path to their goals and turn them into reality.  Her own story includes going from "losing it all," to rising and pivoting.  She discusses suffering from depression in the past, reportedly, using prescribed Xanax and Prozac "to get by." She emphasized how re...

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Martha Millan is an Australian-Filipino actress and stars in the main cast as ‘Fiona Da La Rosa’ in FOX’s drama series “The Cleaning Lady.” From executive producers Miranda Kwok (“The 100”), Melissa Carter (“Queen Sugar”), Michael Offer (“Homeland,” “How to Get Away with Murder”), and Shay Mitchell (“You,” “Pretty Little Liars”) and based on the 2017 Argentinian show “La Chica Que Limpia,” “The Cleaning Lady” is a thrilling and emo...

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Serena Li is an ad agency professional by day, and by night she’s Duck Duck Books' Founder and Editor-in-Chief. She was born in Guangzhou, raised in Houston, and spent much of her adult life in Seattle. She has long been involved in Equity & Inclusion efforts, in both the public sector and the corporate world.  We sit down to discuss the scarcity of Multi-lingual books for children and the importance of DEI.  *Trigger Warni...

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In our Season 4 premiere, we are honored to welcome Dr. Tiffany Moon, award-winning anesthesiologist, frontline worker, supermom to 6-year-old twins, and philanthropist.  Dr. Moon took over televisions this year as the first medical doctor and first generation Chinese-American cast member in franchise history to be a part of “The Real Housewives of Dallas.”  Sitting down, doctor to doctor, we talk about the unique challenges Asian ...

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In honor of our Season 3 Finale and Black History Month, we are fortunate to sit down with Malik Adunni, Co-author of Malik's Magic African Alphabet Hat.  Malik and I discuss the importance of leading with and embodying kindness even in the face of adversity, our love of pineapples, and the value of traveling!  We also discuss his journey of writing this book with his mother, which is an homage to his father who encouraged him ...

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In time for Lunar New Year, Asian American author, Vincent Yee will release the second book in the epic YA Asian American Fantasy, Clara Wu Series.  He continues to work towards his vision: "To write for better Asian representation," and that he does, launching all five books in the series within a year! Vincent's first book was The Purple Heart, a story about love and courage, set during the Japanese American experien...

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Fiona Rene has already built an impressive career, best known for her role as Lyla on Amazon Video’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer," and starring as Kara Lee on ABC’s “Stumptown.” Her other credits include ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” FOX’s “LA’s Finest,” and The CW’s “Jane the Virgin.” Fiona is also a successful voiceover actor in animation, radio, promo, narrative and commercial. Fun fact: She got her start in building immersiv...

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Tyler Ransom (20), an American singer-songwriter, Jazz guitarist, published author and the focus of a documentary (On Demand) titled ‘In the Shed.’ He is presently attending The New School of Performing Arts in NYC, studying Jazz guitar with music available on all streaming platforms.  

Tyler and I talk about him growing up with chronic kidney disease, coping with bullying as a mixed-race, male, finding your "why," and comm...

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May Lee is an award-winning broadcast journalist, host of the podcast The May Lee Show, adjunct professor at USC, and the Founder of Lotus Media House. We discuss her professional experience throughout Asia and America, including joining Oxygen Media (founded by Oprah Winfrey) in 2000 and working as a primary anchor in Singapore in 2004.  In 2020, when anti-Asian hate crimes were increasing, Lotus Media House, partnered with NextSh...

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Neelu Kaur is a Corporate Facilitator, Leadership & NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) Coach, and Stress Management Specialist.  Neelu has 15 years of experience specializing in Adult Learning & Leadership Development in large organizations ranging from Financial Services to the Tech Industry. She is a certified Yoga Instructor, Ayurveda Specialist, and an Ericksonian-trained Hypnotherapist focused on bringing mindfulness an...

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Did you know that the suicide rates are highest in the Spring as opposed to Winter?  Dr. Guelzow dispels myths about suicide, and discusses his approach to assessment and prevention of suicide.  

Dr. Tate Guelzow is a clinical psychologist specializing in Suicide Prevention.  He earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UC-Berkeley and completed his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the San Francisco VA M...

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According to Dr. Jocelyn Sze, research indicates that 16% of the adult population and 25% of hospital workers report not getting the flu shot due to Needle Phobia, a fear of needles that limit one's ability to access healthcare.  Needle Phobia is also a common reason people are not getting the COVID-19 vaccination, which is not commonly discussed as a barrier.  Dr. Sze is an expert in implementing Exposure Therapy, and created ...

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Spoilers ahead! In this podcast episode, I examine the #1 most streamed Netflix show of all time, Squid Game from a psychologist's perspective. 

 

Disclaimer: This is not endorsed by Netflix and I have not provided services to any of the cast or crew.

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Recorded in my best Anna Kendrick narrative voice, I reflect on 5 things I've learned as I approach my next birthday!  This is a special 5-in-5; 5 lessons in 5 minutes.  What lessons have you learned?  Share with us on Instagram!

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Joseph Lam is an Asian American entrepreneur who spent the last few years healing a broken and distant relationship with his immigrant parents. Joseph details the painful experience of having a "wall" between him and his parents, oftentimes feeling irritated by their behaviors.  He sought to build intimacy in his relationship and co-created Parents Are Human, a bilingual connection card game designed to help immigrant famil...
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