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Asian American History 101

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Aug 1, 2022

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 38! We love reading and learning, so it was a treat to get a chance to have a conversation with Daryl Joji Maeda, the Dean and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. His latest book is Like Water: A Cultural History of Bruce Lee. It was a fascinating, well-researched book that takes a deeper look into Bruce Lee, his life, and the social conditions he faced on his way to becoming a global superstar. In our conversation, Daryl shares the importance of Asian Pacific Islander representation in leadership positions, why Bruce Lee continues to be a popular icon, how colonialist mindsets create challenges for acceptance of Asian Pacific Americans in media, and so much more. We highly recommend getting a copy of his latest book or either of his two previous books! For prior episodes and information, please visit our site at or social media links at If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at