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Whiting Wongs with Dan Harmon and Jessica Gao

A Comedy, Society and Culture podcast

An honest conversation about race and writing between two people who think very highly of themselves. Dan Harmon and Jessica Gao know they won't solve racism in Hollywood, but they still like to talk about it. Sometimes with guests!

Recent Episodes

1

We're joined by the incredible Jas Waters (This is Us, Hood Adjacent) to talk about drama writing, how writing race neutral doesn't necessarily benifit POC characters, and more! Plus we read listener emails and talk about the priviledge and responsibility that comes with being a showrunner.

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This week, we're joined by Dante Basco! We talk about his experiences playing Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Rufio in Hook, and revisit the idea of appreciate vs. appropration. Plus, Dante reveals his goals of encouraging the next generation of asian creatives, and what it's like audi...

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Dan & Jessica describe the entire process of landing a writing job, and discuss the different skills showrunners look for when hiring writers. Plus, we talk about our early careers, and then Dan riffs a spec script called "Chinese China".

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4

Andrew Ti (Yo, Is This Racist?) and Ify Nwadiwe (@midnight) join us talk to us about the question "where are you from", different reasons to learn Japanese, and the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation. Also, we discuss who really benefits from racism between minority groups.

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Whiting Wongs is back! This week, we discuss power dynamics in the writers' room and what should or shouldn't be allowed in terms of behavior. Also, Jessica talks about her previous experiences with difficult workplace situations, and what allies can do to help.

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