Our mission is deep representation through storytelling

We're in a big moment for Asian American representation, and there's a lot more work to do. Self Evident joins a long line — and a new wave — of Asian American storytellers striving for deeper, more diverse representation of our experiences and our stake in the greater American story.

Our show’s style is a blend of what you’d hear in public radio programs like This American Life, Code Switch, and StoryCorps — with an Asian American lens inspired by shows like Nancy, Second Wave by Thanh Tan, and the diverse range of independent shows by the Potluck Podcast Collective.

By and about Asian Americans

We created Self Evident because we know that while Asian Americans are not a monolith, mainstream media doesn’t always reflect that. There’s a multitude of identities and experiences that fall under the term “Asian American,” and our goal is for our stories, team, contributors, and partnerships to reflect those varied experiences, including those of South Asian, South East Asian, East Asian, Pacific Islander, and multi-ethnic communities.

Our community-driven approach

We believe that storytelling should be an act of community participation. To keep our stories as grounded as possible, we've built a nationwide panel of more than 200 individuals (and growing) who reflect a diverse range of Asian American communities and identities. So far, this panel has helped shape our show by sharing their perspectives, giving feedback on work-in-progress, and even appearing on the show. We're inviting you to join this listener community!

Who we are

Our host, Cathy Erway, is host of the IACP award-winning, James Beard Award-nominated podcast Why We Eat What We Eat, from Gimlet Creative. She has also produced and hosted the podcast Eat Your Words at the Heritage Radio Network since 2009. As a seasoned writer and reporter, Cathy is the author of the cookbook The Food of Taiwan and the memoir The Art of Eating In. The rest of our team is made up of passionate and experienced producers, reporters, and advisors coming from places like Latino USA, Snap Judgment, BuzzFeed, The Moth, Audible, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and more. Our audience development team is made up of founders with experience scaling regional and national organizations and building communities like CreativeMornings/Baltimore, 826DC, and Make America Dinner Again.