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Asian American History 101

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May 23, 2022

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 25! Most people know Mount Everest is the highest summit above sea level in the world. Did you know that its original name is Chomolungma?  In this episode, we talk about the history of climbing Mount Chomolungma and the role of the Sherpa. We also talk about Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who was instrumental in summiting Mount Chomolungma with Edmund Hillary. We begin the episode by reflecting on the recent horrible shootings in Buffalo and Laguna Woods. We also reflect on our interview series and some of the conversations we’ve had with Brad Jenkins, Hiro Kanagawa, Yvonne Chapman, and Sheldon Simeon. If you haven’t heard them yet, we think you should because they’re great! We close out this episode with an installment of Origins by talking about the term “hapa.” We mention Professor Kip Fulbeck’s books part asian 100% hapa and -  15 years of the hapa project. We highly recommend both! 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 Recent shootings and talking about Interview Series
  • 04:25 The History of Climbing Mount Chomolungma
  • 24:12 Origins of the term “hapa”