So to be clear, Dave and I are definitely NOT having a baby OR a podcast. But my girlfriends and I DEFINITELY birthed a podcast – TITT TALKS! TITT for Tiffany, Isa, Tiffany, and Tiffany. I started this blog for a couple of reasons and this podcast organically came to life for these same reasons.
PLATFORM: This one is simple. I wanted to write. With that comes wanting your voice to be heard. Parenting, dating your spouse, the invisible mental load, mental health, the journey to motherhood, self-care, bullying, the Asian American experience, love, and friendship. All of these are engaging, relevant topics. I had so many things to say but didn’t have a space for my voice to be heard. So I did what any independent woman would do. I created a platform for myself here on Hwang Place, Right Time. This directly ties into why TITT Talks came to be. My girlfriends had their own stories to share, all different but equally important. Why shouldn’t our voices be heard? Why shouldn’t our stories be told? So we created a space for them, and have had so much fun along the way.
COMMUNITY: Community is the core of why this blog came to be, and in turn, this podcast. At Hwang Place, Right Time, our vision is to build a community and make the world seem like a smaller place. To me, a community is a safe space. It is somewhere you can let down your guard and put your true self on display without judgment. A community will lift you up when it’s needed and will be your biggest cheerleader. This is what we are aiming to do with TITT Talks, connect with you through the lens of our own experience.
REPRESENTATION & WHITE SPACE: At the beginning of this year, we were at Chuk’s house (one of the Tiffanys). I prompted a discussion around the white space that surrounded us. At the time, I remarked on how there doesn’t seem to be a voice for young, Asian American moms like us. But the white space is larger than this. It covers everyday women, not just mothers, who, like us, are trying to navigate the challenges of everyday life. I’m sure the Tiffs, Isa, and I aren’t the only ones looking to connect with women like us, to see a relatable version of our own image reflected at us. As relates to the lack of Asian American representation in media, I personally felt the void growing up every day of my life. Now, as a parent, I feel it is part of my responsibility to move the dial. Not just for me, but for my children. It is a fire within me that has yet to be extinguished because there’s so much work to do on this front. This blog and the podcast are my way of opening the doors of representation for everyday women like me, Isa, and the Tiffanys.
I’m incredibly proud of us. We had and still have no idea what we are doing. Yet, here we are with a finished product. I promise the audio quality gets better! I have known these girls for the better part of 17 years and it’s been such an amazing journey. Despite a lengthy course of friendship, every time we record, we are finding out things about each other that we never knew. This is one of the best fruits of our labor.
In short, this project really means so much to me and has been a significant part of my free time for the last five months. If you're a Mom, you know free time is sparse. So tune in and jump on this journey with us! Our trailer is live today on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast, and Podbean. Click on the image above and it'll take you right to it!
P.S. I’d be remiss not to give a shout out to my wonderful cousin, Derek, who has been available to answer any and all of my podcast queries. Derek has a podcast of his own, The Strange Harbors Podcast, which explores all things pop culture with an emphasis on film and TV. Be on the lookout for his new podcast, Geeks in a Pod, launching in June. Derek and three of his life-long friends discuss and debate a variety of topics related to movies, TV, and all things media.