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Asian American History 101

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Sep 13, 2021

Welcome to Episode 48 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! As part of our series on Asian American food, we want to take a moment to talk about the history of Asian American Celebrity Chefs. We also take time to talk about some superheroes again… We begin the episode by remembering 9/11 and talking about Betty Ann Ong, the flight attendant and real life superhero who first alerted authorities about the hijacking. We close the episode by talking about our thoughts after watching Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings. You can learn more about Betty Ann Ong through the Betty Ann Ong Foundation or the Rec Center in SF named after her. During the episode, we also mention Vivek Bald’s great book Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America. 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 Remembering 9/11 and Betty Ann Ong
  • 02:26 Celebrity Chefs
  • 04:36 Asian American Celebrity Chefs
  • 19:49 Reflecting on Shang-Chi