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Self Evident: Asian America's Stories

Feb 11, 2021

Why do Asian Americans have such deep relationships with fruit?

Cathy goes on a quest to find the answers — starting with her friendly neighborhood fruit vendor, Cece, then spending time with friends and listeners in our extended podcast fam.

Along the way, she hears stories about family heirloom trees, mango sharing techniques, persimmon obsessions, and an unbridled love for durian. Then, she calls up food writer Priya Krishna and heritage farmer Kristyn Leach to unpack all the personal stories she’s heard.

As Cathy learns the ways that Asian Americans across the country have instilled a reverence for fruit and upheld countless rituals with it in their lives, she realizes that our tastes are even more deeply rooted than we might think.


  • Written by Cathy Erway
  • Produced by James Boo, Harsha Nahata, and Julia Shu
  • Edited by James Boo and Julia Shu
  • Music by Blue Dot Sessions and Epidemic Sound
  • Self Evident theme music by Dorian Love


Big thanks to everyone who shared their fruit stories and fruit feels with us for this episode:

  • Ahmed Ali Akbar
  • Ann Duong
  • Dorothy Faye Pirtle
  • Jack Shu
  • Jenn De La Vega
  • Jenn Wong
  • Kristyn Leach
  • Merk Nguyen
  • Nidhi Prakash
  • Niha Reddy
  • Priya Krishna
  • Raman Sehgal
  • Stanford Chiou

We couldn’t fit everyone into the final cut, but you can see and hear bonus stories on our Instagram, using the hashtag #MyImmigrantFruitStory.

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