Hosted by Dana Tai Soon Burgess, the first choreographer in residence at the Smithsonian, this podcast is an ongoing conversation about art, culture, and belonging in the Asian American experience. Joined by leading voices in the American and International arts, literary, and activism community, this podcast hopes to create a place of generational mentorship, healing, and community—through storytelling.

The HOst: 

For nearly three decades, Korean-American choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess' work has explored the hyphenated experience and the universal desire to belong. Known internationally as "the Diplomat of Dance", he and his critically acclaimed dance company have toured to over thirty nations exploring cultural confluence through original movement. He was the Smithsonian's first-ever resident choreographer, based at the National Portrait Gallery, from 2013-2023. Dana is a speaker and advocate for Asian American causes, and is dedicated to meaningful conversations around history, personal stories, and the unique language that the arts allow for individual experiences to be universally shared. Picture by Sueraya Shaheen

Producer, editor, and web design:

Felipe Moltedo is originally from Santiago, Chile. He began his artistic journey in the performing arts at the age of 12, since then, he has received several awards and distinctions. Mr Moltedo holds a B.F.A. in dance, an M.A. in dance education with honors from the University of Chile, and an M.F.A. in dance from the George Washington University. Currently, he is the Assistant Artistic Director, multimedia designer/creator, and a principal dancer for Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company (DTSBDC). Mr. Moltedo is also a user interaction and user experience designer. As a designer, he strives to create user-engaging experiences and solutions that are inclusive, equitable, and accessible. 

Logo design:

Jianan 佳男 was born in 1992, China. She grew up in Beijing then went to the U.S. to continue her studies. She graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with an M.F.A. in illustration in 2019, since then she works as a freelance illustrator.

Her work focused on color and texture. She puts her imagination into her work. Currently, she lives in Baltimore with her cat Notch and works as a freelance illustrator.

Her work has been selected for: 

World Illustration Awards, 2020 Society of Illustrators 61, American Illustration, 3x3 International Illustration Annual, Creative Quarterly

Sponsored in part by:

 Cherry Blossom Giving Circle
The Dedi Liem Gunawan Hickory Legacy Fund

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