Season 2 / Ep. 1 Hot Pot

Season 2 / EP 1. Hot Pot

ft. Jessica Yang, Eli Chi, Ana Vargas Lau, Brian Lau

In this episode, Who Raised You? Podcast goes West. Jia Lian grew up as a 2nd generation Taiwanese American in Silicon Valley and Treasure took her talents to Oakland as a hip hop artist signed to M.C. Hammer’s label. Join us for a hot pot conversation in Oakland's Chinatown with Jessica Yang, Eli Chi, Ana Vargas Lau, and Brian Lau about immigration, roots, and food.  

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Jessica Yang


Jessica Yang is always a reader, rarely a writer, and wants you to read better books (and drink better boba). She's a co-blogger at Rich in Color, a YA book review site with a focus on representation in YA lit. Her other claim to fame is being Jia Lian's sister.

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Eli Chi

Photo credit: Amina El Kabbany

Photo credit: Amina El Kabbany

Eli Chi (he/they) is a creative, dj, and fashionistx based out of Oakland, CA with ties to the East Coast and Midwest. He is the co-founder of Tender Bois Club, a trans coast to coast (Oakland, CA and Brooklyn, NY based) multi-media creative collective. He is also one of the organizers for Hunnies & Hot Sauce, a queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) centered party in the Bay Area.

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Ana Vargas Lau

Photo credit: Chelsey Cartwright

Photo credit: Chelsey Cartwright

Ana was born in Southern California to two Mexican immigrant parents. Her passion for authentic, sustainable community engagement and social justice led her to fulfill her Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in Saint Louis. Her work experience promotes communication and cultural humility as avenues to increase trust, build capacity and mobilize alliances. Ana strongly believes that when we work with communities, we must look at their ability to thrive and support community-led efforts that ensure sustainable and just communities. 

Brian Lau

Photo credit: Ana Vargas Lau

Photo credit: Ana Vargas Lau

Brian was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the son of an immigrant and a refugee from Hong Kong. He works providing community mental health services to children, youth, and their families in the East Bay.