June 1st, 2021 | 59 mins 4 secs
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Aron Bender catches up with Chenue Her -- a TV news reporter at 11 Alive in Atlanta. We first talked for the podcast back in March but that was a brief conversation centered around the spa shootings in the Atlanta area and the Stop Asian Hate campaign. In this conversation we dive into Chenue’s fight with COVID, growing up in Minnesota, self care as a journalist and son of Hmong immigrants, his meme fame, and his growing sneaker collection.
March 26th, 2021 | 21 mins 8 secs
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Aron Bender is joined for this special episode by WXIA TV reporter Chenue Her in Atlanta. The Hmong American who grew up in Minnesota has been covering the March 16th mass shootings at Young's Asian Massage, Gold Massage Spa and Aromatherapy Spa in metro Atlanta. We talk about the disgusting rise in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans, handling all the layers of covering a mass shooting that targeted Asian Americans while being Asian American himself, how to have uncomfortable conversations, how allies can help, and maintaining mental health and self care as someone who grew up in a culture where mental health wasn't talked about.