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Welcome to Tiger Talk – a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) podcast hosted by DearTAS, a Taipei American School alumni led organization looking to spark important and educational conversations about social issues. This season’s host is Victoria Yeh (’16). Check out this trailer to see what we have in store this season.

Episode 1

Introducing DEI

In the first episode of Tiger Talk, Victoria Yeh (‘16) and Keva Bui (‘13) introduce and explain important terms such as diversity, equity, inclusion, and intersectionality. Keva discusses their experiences as a student activist at Dartmouth, and their current experience teaching Asian American history, gender, sexuality, and ethnic studies classes at UC San Diego. The audience will get a basic understanding of these crucial terms, and how DEI work can better the college experience for historically marginalized students. (9/15/2021)

Episode 2


In the second episode of Tiger Talk, Victoria Yeh (‘16) and Kendra Ing (‘16) define and discuss microaggressions. This episode will help the audience understand what microaggressions are, how they can be harmful, and how they have impacted TAS alumni through Kendra’s experiences in college and beyond. They discuss microaggressions towards women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, etc. Kendra’s perspectives as an artist and a dancer provide a unique perspective, different from the academic lens used in September’s episode. (10/15/2021)

Episode 3

Mental Health

In this episode, Joy opens up about why mental health is so important to them, and their experience as a mental health advocate on a college campus. Victoria Yeh (‘16) and Joy Chiu (‘16) discuss the potential barriers to accessing mental health resources, especially those specific to POC, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. This includes finding culturally competent therapists, affordability, and navigating feelings of shame in certain cultures.(11/15/2021)

Episode 4


In this episode, Tasha and Brendan discuss the concept of privilege: what does it mean? What kind of privileges do we have? How have your privileges affected your opportunities and experiences in life? How do you reconcile simultaneously holding privilege in some parts of your identity, and being oppressed and disadvantaged in other parts of your identity? This episode intentionally features two guests of different identities to discuss the concept of intersectionality. (12/15/2021)

Episode 5


In this episode, Nick discusses the role religion and spirituality can play in supporting DEI work. As a member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on campus, Nick shares how religious and spiritual organizations can be a source of community, comfort, and inspiration for social change. Victoria delves into this conversation with questions such as: what kind of resources did your school have for navigating spiritual life? Do you think schools adequately provide resources for students with different cultural backgrounds and belief systems? How does religion affect your identity and the way you approach social issues?

Episode 6


In this episode, Melissa provides insightful information about internships by talking about her diverse experience in the journalism and entertainment industry. She discusses the different ways one can access internships, the inequities behind internship opportunities, and the importance of work experience and networks in one’s post college career. Victoria and Melissa bring the conversation back to DEI by reflecting on the fact that many internships, especially those that are unpaid, are disproportionately inaccessible to low income students.

Episode 7


In the final episode of Tiger Talk, Fanny and Victoria touch on all the topics discussed this season, and wrap up the conversation by discussing allyship. How can YOU be the positive change we wish to see? How can YOU support marginalized individuals in your life and in your community in a respectful, effective, and educated way?

Fanny tackles these questions by talking about the steps she takes in her life to be a good ally, and what that means to her. Fanny and Victoria talk about the difference between allyship and performative activism. They also discuss how to make your allyship more sustainable, and how to address the sense of burnout many people face when trying to fight for social justice.