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Asian American History 101

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May 9, 2022

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 21! We’re back to talk about one of our favorite things… food! This week we focus on The History of Korean Food in America. Which is inspiring for us because we love the flavors of Korean cuisine. One reason we’re talking about Korean food is because May 11th marks the anniversary of the name SPAM getting registered. And although Korean food is amazingly diverse and flavorful, there is some historical use of SPAM in Korea after the Korean War… notably the dish budae jjigae, or army base stew. We’re not fans of SPAM, so we’ll stick to eating kimchi, bibimbap, tteokbokki, ramyeon, and banchan! We begin this episode with some quick current events and shoutouts including our promo on the Vulgar History Podcast and being featured by Apple Podcasts. We close the show with another installment of Say What? This time we talk about the origin and use of the two phrases “no can do” and “Chinese whispers.” For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at or social media links at If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at


  • 00:26 Current Events and talking about SPAM
  • 06:10 The History of Korean Food in America
  • 26:50 Say What? No Can Do and Chinese Whispers