East Asia For All is a podcast hosted by Melissa Brzycki and Stephanie Montgomery focused on discussing East Asian pop cultural products — including movies, TV series, documentaries, fiction, and memoirs — and their relevance to understanding different aspects of East Asian life and culture. As pop culture nerds who also have a decade of experience living and traveling in East Asia, they have personally seen how people from outside of the region are engaging with its popular culture with increasing intensity and richness, but also how differences in language and culture often result in a limited understanding of pop cultural works. Melissa and Stephanie look at how to approach East Asian popular culture as non-Asian fans, and hope to bring a critical attention to issues such as cultural appropriation and the white-washing of Asian characters, both for their fellow academics, and anyone with an interest in East Asia and East Asian culture.

East Asia For All is funded generously by the Humanities Institute at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Previous funding support was provided by the American Councils for International Education Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Development Program and the Philips Ambassadors Alumni Award at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

EAFA in the Classroom, a digital pedagogy project, is supported by the University of California, Santa Cruz Digital Scholarship Commons.


About Stephanie Montgomery

Stephanie Montgomery studied Japanese and Chinese as an undergraduate at the University of Nevada at Reno, including a semester studying abroad in Osaka at Kansai Gakuin University in 2008. She studied Mandarin Chinese at the Middlebury Language School, the International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) at National Taiwan University in Taipei, and Qingdao Ocean University in China. She has lived, worked, and conducted research in Osaka, Taipei, Shanghai, Qingdao, and Tianjin. In June 2018, she completed her PhD in Modern Chinese History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Montgomery is currently an Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies at St. Olaf College. 

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About Melissa Brzycki

Melissa Brzycki first traveled to East Asia in 2007 with the help of the Phillips Ambassador Scholarship. She studied Mandarin Chinese in Xiamen, China, and after graduation lived, worked, and did research for years in eastern China, including Quanzhou, Shanghai, Qingdao, and Tianjin. Melissa completed her doctoral dissertation examining childhood in urban China from 1949 to 1966 at the University of California, Santa Cruz in June 2018. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in History at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.