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Asian American History 101

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Aug 29, 2022

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 42! Born and raised in France till his teens before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, Tony Giroux has been a professional dancer, actor, and filmmaker. He is known for his work as the male lead, Billy Martin in Lifetime’s A Sugar and Spice Holiday, the first Lifetime holiday movie centered on an Asian American story. Most recently, he has played Adil, an important recurring character in the show Motherland: Fort Salem. For three seasons of Motherland, he has played Adil with humor, nuance, and depth. He’s also the director of the award-winning documentary My Name Is that focuses on the power and challenges when you’re a person of color with a non-European name. In our conversation, we cover a LOT of ground, discussing his experiences, how he views change, being cast in A Sugar and Spice Holiday, chemistry with Jacky Lai and his co-stars in Motherland, his thoughts on Masculinity, the impact of My Name Is, and so much more. 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