Extraordinary Asian Women

Claudia Chan

Extraordinary Asian Women is a podcast featuring Asian women and the journey to their extraordinary lives. My name is Claudia Chan, and In this journey together, I’ll help you build the curiosity to know yourself, the compassion to love yourself, and the courage to be yourself, in order to bring out the unicorn in you! As a Life Coach, wife and mom, I will share with you my stories, along with other Asian women, to inspire and encourage you to live the life you’d always dreamed of! I’m excited about this! Let’s go! read less
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Episodes

Uncover the Happiest Version of Yourself - with Veronica Hanson
Feb 22 2023
Uncover the Happiest Version of Yourself - with Veronica Hanson
In this episode of Extraordinary Asian Women podcast, I’m super excited to introduce you to my guest today! From having a house with white picket fence, designer clothes, 1 vacation per year to living in 4 countries over the past 2 years. She shared with us how she packed of her family for 4 into 6 suitcases and now living in Tokyo Japan.I introduce to you Veronica HansonVeronica talked the expectations she came to realize she was living under. To distinguish for ourselves the need to be accepted by other people rather than being able to accept ourselves for who we are. She shared with us how to become a minimalist, to identify the 3 reasons why we hold onto materialistic things. Veronica also talked about identifying the 3 level of dreams within ourselves, and how to go after the 3rd level, which is the dream we really want for ourselves. You really don’t want to miss this episode!!Connect with Veronica veronicahanson.com www.facebook.com/nomadveronica www.instagram.com/nomadveronicaAbout Veronica I did all the things that were supposed to make me happy. I got married, I had 2 children, I balanced my home and career, I had an actual white picket fence. Everyone told me I would be happy when I got to that spot in my life. But I wasn't happy. I created a life based on social approval and family expectations. I didn't want a house in the suburbs, one vacation per year, or designer clothing. One day I decided to become a minimalist. A little while later I decided to become a nomadic family. People had all sorts of negative stuff to say which they disguised as concern for my well being. My family for 4 fits into 6 suitcases and we've lived or long term stayed in 4 countries over the past 2 years. Currently we live in Tokyo Japan.
Self-Care 24/7 - with Dr. Julie Tran-Olive
Jan 16 2023
Self-Care 24/7 - with Dr. Julie Tran-Olive
I have an amazing guest with me on this episode of Extraordinary Asian Women!  She is a  naturopathic doctor based in San Jose, CA. She decided to pursue this career as an avenue to explore whole person healing.Along with it, she is an international best selling author of the book Asian Women Trailblazers Who BossUp and of the eBook The Best Book on Naturopathy, a guide for starting a career in naturopathic medicine. I’d like to introduce you to Dr. Julie Tran-Olive In this episode,  Dr. Julie shared with us her journey of becoming a naturopathic doctor, and her struggle with dealing with her own body image. Which led us to the discussion of self-care. One of the tips she shared with us was how to master our calendar. It is important for us to schedule this time for ourselves. She explained the importance of choosing ourselves first, because our family is dependent on us. When we choose ourselves, then we can be healthy enough to be there for them. Also, Dr. Julie shared with us how self-care can be really easy! Don’t miss this episode! Get in touch with Dr. Julie Tranhttps://svnaturalhealth.com/https://www.facebook.com/svnaturalhealthhttps://www.instagram.com/svnaturalhealth/https://svnaturalhealth.com/bossupbook/Dr. Julie’ Bio Dr. Julie Tran-Olive, ND, L.Ac, is a native of San Jose, CA. She earned a BA in Psychology from The University of Redlands in CA. During her undergraduate studies, she interned at the Loma Linda Behavioral Medical Center as a Behavioral Health Specialist. Inspired by the idea that there is more to healing than just changing brain chemistry, Dr. Tran-Olive decided to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine as an avenue to explore whole person healing.An avid researcher and clinician, Dr. Tran-Olive enjoys writing articles and keeping patients abreast of new treatment methods. She is an international best selling author of the book Asian Women Trailblazers Who BossUp and of the eBook The Best Book on Naturopathy, a guide for starting a career in naturopathic medicine.When not researching or seeing patients she enjoys relaxing, music and spending time with her husband.
The Pandemic Pivot from 0 to 250 with Amanda Ma
Dec 7 2022
The Pandemic Pivot from 0 to 250 with Amanda Ma
In this episode of Extraordinary Asian Women, I had an amazing time speaking with Amanda Ma. Amanda talked about how she got into event planning. She also shared with us how she processed the fear she faced and the mindset change required for her to turn the situation around when the pandemic hit.  There are many amazing nuggets in this episode, don't miss out! Connect with Amanda: WebsiteLinkedInBio: Amanda Ma is the Founder and CEO of Innovate Marketing Group, an award-winning experience agency based in Los Angeles that provides full-service event management service for top brands such as TikTok, Google, and East West Bank (Live, hybrid, virtual event experiences). Through her leadership, the company has flourished into one of the most distinguished experience agencies both locally and nationally. Her mission is to help fuel brands to change lives for the better. Amanda has 17+ years of experience in business, event management & marketing. During the pandemic, her events company not only did not close but thrived. Her pandemic pivot story of 0 to 250 continues to shine to inspire others. She was named "Top 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry Globally" by Eventex and Bizbash Top 500 most influential event professionals in the US. She is recognized as a business and community leader. She is also host of the EventUp Podcast.A collaborative leader, she is consistently sought out as a trusted strategic advisor. She currently sits on numerous boards. When she is not working with the White House or secret service, you can find her spending time with her family or traveling.
3 Ways to Stand Up for Yourself with Leslie Lew
Nov 1 2022
3 Ways to Stand Up for Yourself with Leslie Lew
I am so excited to bring back this wonderful guest, Leslie Lew! I'd interviewed her once before, and I can call her my soul sister! Leslie and I chatted about how to stand in your power through your mind, body and soul. So many times, Asian women are afraid to fight back, because they believe they lack in the physical strength. But the first thing Leslie teaches is to help you shift your mindset first, before tapping into the use of your voice and body. Connect with Leslie atWebsite: Reclaim Your Courage Instagram: @reclaimyourcourage - keep a lookout for her Kimchi Slap videos!Get your Practical Street Defense Basics Training video - awesome videos where Leslie teaches you practical moves so you can go home safely! Bio: Leslie Lew is the Founder of Reclaiming Your Courage, a Trauma-informed Self-Defense Coach, international best-selling author, and speaker. She values love, courage and community. Leslie is a second-generation Korean and Chinese American, mother of two, and wife. She is a San Francisco native and has been a martial artist for over 20 years.Leslie helps professional women and mothers stand in their power through mind, voice, and body. At the start of the pandemic, Leslie was deeply impacted by the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes. She has dedicated her life to #stopasianhate and strengthening her community by helping Asian women find their voice and not fall victim to being perceived as easy prey.Her mission is to save the lives of AAPI womxn and allies to the BIPOC, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, Neurodivergent, and Differently Abled communities.
Find Your Fierce with Amy M. Le
Sep 13 2022
Find Your Fierce with Amy M. Le
In this episode, I have a very special guest. She is a powerhouse in the publishing world! Also, she and I are in the same book which we’d written, which is called Asian Women Trailblazers Who Boss up. I’d like to introduce you to the Founder of Quill Hawk Publishing and the award-winning author of the Snow Trilogy, Amy Le.In this episode, Amy shared with us her journey of going to America from Vietnam, and how she started writing her books.Amy also shared with us on how she found her voice, and her strategy on dealing with No's.If you'd like to connect with Amy because you also want to write your own book, or if you're interested in reading her Snow Trilogy books, you can connect with her through the following ways!About Amy:Like hundreds of thousands of boat people, my family fled Vietnam as refugees of the war to escape persecution. Because I was also born with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD), the escape was extremely perilous and complicated due to my heart condition. In 1980 my family was sponsored to America. After graduating from Western Washington University with a BA in Sociology, I served for twenty years in the tech industry. My world shattered when my mother passed away. I took two years off to mourn, unearth my identity and write my mother's story to honor her memory. The Snow trilogy (Snow in Vietnam, Snow in  Seattle, and Snow’s Kitchen) tell the tale of how we survived the war, the escape, the refugee camps, and learned to thrive in a new land.I am the founder of Quill Hawk Publishing and help authors indie publish their work. To continue my passion for community service, I co-founded The Heart Community Collection, an online cooperative resource for the CHD community. I serve on the board of the Vietnamese Boat People Podcast and am an officer of two writing organizations in Oklahoma. I also partner with Together For Good Refugee Film School, Healing Hearts Vietnam, the Seahawks Booster Clubs, AASuccess, and many other nonprofits as a volunteer and advocate.For fun, I love to cook, watch NFL, UFC and F-1 events. I have a Scandinavian husband and a 13-year old son who loves football and Vietnamese food.https://amzn.to/3ORkrMXhttps://www.instagram.com/amy_m_le/https://www.facebook.com/authoramymlewww.quillhawkpublishing.com
How to Receive as a Chinese (Asian) Girl
Aug 28 2022
How to Receive as a Chinese (Asian) Girl
On the one hand, we keep hearing things like, there isn't enough Asian Women representation in the leadership roles (with only 2.7% leaders being Asian Women). While on the other hand, we have Asian parents continuously pushing us to do more and better since a very young age. How are these two things linked to each other? It all comes down to creating Asian women who have a very difficult time receiving. Receiving recongnition of our efforts, being able to showcase our talents, and having the mindset to take on leadership challenges in life. I came to Canada from Hong Kong when I was 11. Being a Chinese-Canadian girl I had a lot of trouble with receiving. In this episode, I'm going to explore how the two things listed above are closely related to each other. How the constant not-enoughness is creating a lot of self-doubt, which becomes very difficult for Asian women to go after leadership positions. How the constant self-judgement is creating a lot of competition, and inability to celebrate and uplift each other. And what we can do to love ourselves, so we are more willing and more courageous to go after more challening things in our lives. I'd love for you to have a listen to it, and let me know whether you agree or disagree with it! If you'd like to get in touch with me for the 30min free coaching session, you can book your session here. Connect with me: Website: https://claudiachan.co/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claudiachan.co/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/claudia-chan-coaching/
Know Your Vision, Find Your Strengths with Annie Hardock
Aug 16 2022
Know Your Vision, Find Your Strengths with Annie Hardock
On this episode, I am restarting to interview some Extraordinary Asian Women where I bring  on some Asian Ladie voices, so they can share their wisdom with you. This episode's guest is an entrepreneur, and my son is actually one of her abacus students! Her name is Annie Hardock. In this episode, we talked about overcoming the challenges of receiving as a Chinese woman. Also, we talked about the steps to take to find your vision, so that we can set our own goals for ourselves. If you're interested to get your kids to learn about Abacus, or if you'd like to connect with Annie from a business pespective, please reach out to her! She is a super Connector!  Annie's Bio: Watching her parents struggle financially to raise their family with 9 children, Annie knew, from a young age, that education and personal development was the key to financial freedom. It’s a lesson that’s served Annie well, and that she continues to pass on to others as an educator and entrepreneur.Annie arrived in Canada from Hong Kong in 1980, and pursued her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with her major in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo. After successfully starting a systems consulting company serving the financial industry in the early-90s and a home-based online business in the mid-90s, Annie spearheaded a successful networking group in 1998 that is now in its second decade of existence.In 2010, Annie’s drive also resulted in the birth of a mathematics-based child learning center. When the lockdowns from COVID-19 began in March 2020, Annie pivoted the learning center to an online virtual classroom. Her vision is to deliver high quality, affordable and accessible education to children around the world.One of Annie’s passions is youth empowerment and operating in a virtual space has also given her company opportunities to work with universities and colleges on research projects and student placement programs, offering students much-needed, real-world experiences in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) and E-Learning fields. Annie also supports local youth employment with staff ranging from high school and university students to young adults.Annie is a #1 Best Selling Author and Speaker. She has co-authored two books in the Women Who BossUp book series and she is passionate about women empowerment in business and in life. Annie has expanded her gift for networking to create the United Networks for Growth, connecting businesses all over the world. And this—this desire to help people realize their full potential—is the cohesive thread that runs through all of Annie's invariably successful ventures.CEO, Uxbridge On-Line Inc. O/A Easy Math for KidsWhere to find Annie: Https://www.easymathforkids.comHttps://www.anniesvoice.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anniehardock IG/FB: @easymathforkids @anniesvoiceconnectTwitter: @easymathforkidsYouTube: Annie's Voice:https://youtube.com/channel/UCZzRkWEqbpOt2eQq2Ttvn8wEasy Math for Kids :https://youtube.com/channel/UCXWtB8Sqt-gwWZd6uu9Nx8ALanding pages:Moms Who Boss Up Post-Pandemic:https://bit.ly/3F7VAyQAsian Women Who Boss Up:Https://bit.ly/3KoQtNA