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Asian American History 101

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Mar 20, 2023

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 11! We definitely want to celebrate Everything Everywhere All At Once and their huge wins at the Academy Awards. Before that, we focus on the first Asian ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, Merle Oberon… not just the first Asian woman nominated for best actress. Her 1935 nomination for playing Kitty Vane in Dark Angel was the first Academy Awards nomination for any Asian Pacific Islander ever. Her life was a little wild, and not just because she was white passing and never admitted to being part South Asian and part Maori, a secret that she kept to her grave. We do take plenty of time to celebrate the Daniels, Ke Huy Quan, Michelle Yeoh, and the entire cast and crew of Everything Everywhere All At Once and their 7 Academy Award Wins! 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


  • 00:25 Intro
  • 02:03 The History of Merle Oberon
  • 18:25 Celebrating Everything Everywhere All At Once