The Ronin Project Podcast

The Ronin Project Podcast

The RONIN PROJECT PODCAST is a weekly podcast airing on Sundays hosted by veteran political strategist Bill Wong about bad Asians getting into good trouble. This podcast will feature Asian American elected officials, candidates, and career campaign operatives to give Asian Americans insight and inspiration into claiming their rightful place in the halls of power and to curate Asian American political stories that have heretofore been ignored or erased. It will be real and raw conversations on Asian Americans and where they meet or miss the arena of politics, power, influence, justice, and representation. This no-nonsense podcast is for Asian Americans who want to know more about how politics is played, political professionals that want to know more about Asian Americans and how they vote, and troublemakers who want to make the world a better place. Bill Wong has over 30 years of experience that includes work as a chief of staff, a lobbyist, a political director, and a strategist to community non-profits, powerful labor organizations and Fortune 100 companies. He recently served as the senior political advisor to California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and led efforts that elected and held the largest Assembly Democratic supermajority in over 130 years. In addition, he has dedicated his career to mentoring Asian Americans political professionals and helping elect a historic number of Asian Americans to local, state, and federal offices.


March 26, 2023 34 min

Kim Bernice Nguyen was elected to the Garden Grove City Council on November 8, 2016.  She is the first Garden Grove City Council Member of Latino descent. She’s half Latino and half Vietnamese. In a recent LA Times article, she is described as:

“Erudite and enthusiastic, Nguyen is fluent in Spanish and is bettering her Vietnamese. She enjoys quesabirria tacos at La Super Birria in Santa Ana as well as a bowl of pho from Pho 79 in Ga...

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Today’s guest is Bethany Khan, the Spokeswoman and Director of Communications & Digital Strategy at the Culinary Union Local 226 in Nevada.  As spokeswoman for Nevada’s largest union and immigrant organization, Bethany is proud to use her digital and strategic communication skills to support working families in Nevada. The Culinary Union, Nevada's largest union and immigrant organization, has improved the lives of over 800...

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Assemblymember Lee was elected in 2020 and became the youngest Asian American legislator ever elected and first openly bisexual state legislator in California history.  In this episode he talks about running for office, fighting for affordable housing, and inspiring young activists and voters.

Learn more about Assemblymember Lee at his government website:

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Bryan Ha, California Faculty Association Director of Government Relations, talks about AAPIs in the House of Labor, his mentor Dean Murakami, and fighting for the rights and fair pay for CSU faculty and campus employees.

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Former Hawai'i State Senate Ways & Means Committee Chair Jill Tokuda gives insight on how she effectively fought off a last minute multi-million dollar dark money attack during the Democratic Primary Election for Hawai'i Congressional District 2 that was vacated by Rep. Kai Kahele and once held by the legendary Rep. Patsy T. Mink who was the first woman of color elected to the US Congress and author of the landmark le...

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Nadia Nisha Belkin talks about the unprecedented $10 million effort to organize and mobilize progressive Asian American voters in seven key states this election cycle and building the ecosystem that will support broad, deep, and sustainable Asian American political power and representation.

Learn more about Nadia's work and support AAPN at this link

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San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO Business Manager talks about being #unionstrong and how women of color are leading the way in the American labor movement.

Learn more about Carol and the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO at this link:

Support Kent Lee for City Council at this link

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We all know money talks and bullsh*t walks...especially in political campaigns.  Jack Yao, founder of SC Strategies, talks about the tragedy of the commons in campaign finance, race and gender bias challenges in Asian American fundraising, and how campaigns can overcome it to win.

Learn more about Jack and SC Strategies at this link

Support Kim Bernice Nguyen for OC Supervisor at thi...

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DSPolitical's Senior Director and Head of Office, Mark Torres, talks about the dynamic digital campaign strategy and tactics, reaching AAPI voters, and his journey in politics.

Learn more about DSPolitical at this link

Support Attorney General Bonta at this link

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Senator Stephanie Chang talks about flipping the Michigan State Senate blue and tripling the number of AAPIs state senators this November.  She also talks about politically outmaneuvering the Michigan Senate Republican Caucus, community organizing in Detroit, building multi-ethnic coalitions, and paving the path for the next generation of AAPI political leaders.

Here is a donate link that splits donations between her leade...

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September 11, 2022 43 min

Run AAPI's Senior Advisor, Linh Nguyen, talks about her journey as a sought after trailblazing, barn storming, bare knuckle operative in national American politics and a new and unconventional effort to engage, inspire, and mobilize young AAPI voters this cycle.  

WARNING: This episode is an UNCENSORED banger with great insights, honest conversation, and some obligatory shit talking about the soul crushing business of...

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September 4, 2022 28 min

The first Filipino American elected to the California State Assembly and appointed to serve as the state's Attorney General, Rob Bonta, talks about his journey into politics, the legacy of the Filipino civil rights leaders that paved the path he has walked, and the challenges ahead to hold onto his position in this year's election.

Support Attorney General Bonta at this link

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August 28, 2022 24 min

Ohio State Senator Tina Maharath talks about her upset win in 2018 resulting in flipping a Republican held legislative seat, the challenge of running for office as a daughter of refugees and a young single mother, and the need for more Asian American representation in government.

Support Tina's re-election by making a donation at this link

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Award winning campaign and public affairs consultant Ron Wong talks about his new documentary, The Race Epidemic, that explores racism in the realm of Asian Americans in politics.  We also talk about building the Asian American political pipeline and campaign infrastructure necessary to preserve and grow our representation in the halls of American political power.

Learn more about Ron Wong and Imprenta Communications at th...

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Cheryl Hori, Founding Partner of Pacific Campaign House, talks about her groundbreaking DCCC ad for Asian American voters, building a pipeline of political operatives, and making culturally competent creative political content for Asian Americans.

Over the last two cycles, Cheryl has pioneered digital data-driven initiatives to increase AAPI, LatinX, and African American cultural competency for Democrats. Cheryl has traine...

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Maria Oyama Leininger & Lala Wu discuss AAPI representation in politics the role AAPI voters will play in the state level races that will determine the future of legal access to safe abortions.

Maria Oyama Leininger is the Regional Political Director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.  Maria oversees the committee’s work in 10 states to win, expand, and protect Democratic majorities.  Her extensive electoral expe...

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Public opinion research pollster and co-founder of HIT Strategies, Roshni Nedungadi, talks about Asian American voter opinions on the SCOTUS decision to repeal access to legal abortions, cultural and generational competencies in public opinion research, and some of the hot races with Asian American candidates on the ballot in November.

Learn more about Roshni and HIT Strategies at this link

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July 31, 2022 25 min

President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, Jodi Hicks, talks about legal access to safe abortions, the California ballot measure (Prop. 1) that voters will vote on in November to enshrine the right to an abortion in the state constitution, and what it's like to be an Asian American woman leading a legendary advocacy and healthcare provider organization.

Learn more about PPAC at this link

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July 31, 2022 23 min

The first Chinese American woman elected to the United States Congress and chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Judy Chu, talks about leading the national fight to pass the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA) to guarantee access to safe and legal abortions, bills authored by CAPAC members recently signed by Pres. Biden, critical races to win this cycle, and Asian American political empowerment.

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July 11, 2022 2 min

Welcome to the RONIN PROJECT PODCAST - a weekly podcast hosted by veteran political strategist Bill Wong about Bad Asians getting into good trouble.   This no-nonsense podcast is for Asian Americans who want to know more about how politics is played, political professionals that want to know more about Asian Americans and how they vote, and troublemakers who want to make the world a better place. 

Get Ronin Project updates at this l...

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