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Self Evident is a podcast where we challenge the narratives about where we’re from, where we belong, and where we’re going — by telling Asian America’s stories. With host Cathy Erway, the show tackles today’s tough questions about identity, cultural change and nationhood by presenting reported narratives, community conversations, and personal stories. 

To kick off Season 1, the Self Evident team is bringing these stories to the stage! Join us for an evening of live storytelling, engaging discussion and celebration featuring special guests:


  • Cathy Erway, Host of Self Evident and an award-winning podcast host and writer
  • Thanh Tan, independent reporter & producer and the creator and host of Second Wave, a podcast from KUOW and PRX that focused on Vietnamese American refugee experiences
  • Paola Mardo, host, producer, and creator of Long Distance, a narrative podcast about life in the Filipino diaspora
  • Patrick Epino, producer of Long Distance, and an actor and director whose credits include “Awesome Asian Bad Guys” and H.P. Mendoza’s “Bitter Melon”
  • Gabe Mara, a Self Evident Season 1 contributor
  • Preeti Mistry, a James Beard-nominated chef, entrepreneur, and author of “The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook”
  • Andrew Hsieh, founder and editor-in-chief of The Slant, a weekly newsletter featuring Asian American news, media, and culture
  • Andrew Orolfo, comedian who has been featured in SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, NACA Conventions, and headlines colleges across the country

Co-presented by Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Asian Law Caucus (AAAJ-ALC)AYPAL: Building API Community Power, The Cosmos

Dates & Times


Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Sat, May 18
7:00 pm