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Asian American History 101

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Nov 29, 2021

Welcome to Episode 60! Sessue Hayakawa was one of the first Hollywood heartthrobs, but he was also a villain. The exotic way he was cast was indicative of the Yellow Peril driven Asian villain trope. From Fu Manchu to Ming the Merciless to so many others, Asians are often the villain in Hollywood created TV and films. In this episode, we talk about the history of those two key villains as well as the characteristics of the exotic, evil Asian mastermind. We also take time to share our Thanksgiving highlights and celebrate the Grammy Nominees of Asian Pacific Islander descent. We love hearing from all of you. Which APIDA musician do you want to win a Grammy? Are there any Asian villains you’d like to learn the history of? Let us know! To learn more, please visit our site at or for social media. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at


  • 00:26 Thanksgiving Highlights
  • 07:18 History of Asian Villains in Hollywood
  • 22:42 Celebrating the Grammy Nominees