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“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.”
- Audre Lorde

MOSAIC Station is a podcast operating out of the MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center at San Jose State University. We are made up of students and a faculty member, and we are interested in bringing relevant, honest, and necessary information to the campus community and beyond.

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EPISODES:

SPECIAL SERIES: Men Creating Change

We are proud to announce a special series that will be feature in the MOSAIC Station feed. Men Creating Change is a student organization at SJSU that is centered around men helping men understand the complexities of modern day masculinity, discuss and criticize patriarchy, and help build a better understanding of healthy masculinities. As part of the organization, student host Aarron Booker and staff advisor Chris Yang will be releasing a series of podcast episodes where we discuss a wide variety of topics related to masculinity which draws from lived experiences, academic research, and pop culture deep dives.

Season 3 (2019-2020 Academic Year) 

Episode 28 - Anti-Blackness and Self Work Series, part 2 (June 15, 2020)

Recorded on June 11, 2020.

Our Mosaic staff and community members discuss our own understanding and experiences of anti-Blackness within ourselves and our interactions. In this part, Sharon and Chris reflect on our own experiences in an effort to demonstrate some self-work and self-realizations around anti-Blackness.

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Episode 27 - Anti-Blackness and Self Work Series, part 1 (June 15, 2020)

Recorded on June 11, 2020.

Our Mosaic staff and community members discuss our own understanding and experiences of anti-Blackness within ourselves and our interactions. In this part, we chat with several of our students in order to collectively process together.

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Episode 26 - Community with International Students Podcast (May 29, 2020)

International Student and Scholar Services, APIDA Task Force, and Mosaic staff chatted with international students about their experiences as SJSU students during COVID-19 for APIDA Heritage Month.

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Episode 25 - Movies with Mosaic - Spirited Away (May 28, 2020)

In honor of APIDA Heritage Month, join us as we watch Spirited Away on another episode of Movies with Mosaic! To listen to this in its intended form, download this episode, queue up the film, and start playing it when prompted in the episode. All 21 Studio Ghibli movies are currently available on HBO Max. 

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Episode 24 - Why Socialism (May 21, 2020)

In this episode of Mosaic Station, Mosaic Cultural Programmer Cheyenne discusses with a panel some thoughts on the importance and value of socialism, particularly in the light of the global pandemic. The panel discusses various toxic capitalistic realities that are magnified in the pandemic and how socialism can help us reframe the way we care for our community. Featuring Erica, Mosaic Graphic Designer, and Chris, Mosaic Director.

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Episode 23 - Netflix with Mosaic: The Get Down (May 5, 2020)

As part of Hip Hop 4 Change Week, we are sharing different virtual programs, like live performances, DJ sets, and podcasts. Watch the first episode of The Get Down with us. In order to listen to this in its intended form, download this episode and play it while watching the episode. Queue and start playing when prompted in the episode. The Get Down is available currently on streaming through Netflix.

**TRIGGER WARNING: Gun violence, abuse, and distressing scenes**

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Episode 22 - APID/A Community and Mental Health (Apr. 29, 2020)

A part of APID/A (Asian Pacific Islander Desi- American) Heritage Month.

Join our APID/A Faculty and staff as we discuss mental health in the APID/A Community. Our panel consists of Saili Kulkarni, Asst. Professor in Special Education; Luis Arabit, Asst. Professor in Occupational Therapy; Christine Ma, Asst. Professor in Psychology; Ellen Lin, CAPS Psychologist; and Wei-Chien Lee, CAPS Psychologist.

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Episode 21 - Movies with Mosaic - SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE (Apr. 21, 2020)

Another episode of Movies with Mosaic. Join us together during these days of self-quarantine and shelter-in-place as we collectively watch Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (2018). In order to listen to this in its intended form, download this episode and play it while watching the film. Queue up the film and start playing it when prompted in the episode. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is available currently on streaming through Netflix or for purchase through your favorite movie retailer.

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Episode 20 - Navigating Consent: Masculinity and Femininity in Asian American Culture (MCC Episode 13) (Apr. 15, 2020)

Join us for a special Men Creating Change episode that is a crossover with Asian Pacific Islander Desi- American (APID/A) Heritage Month as well as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Today, we discuss the complexities of Asian and Asian American masculinity and femininity and how that affects our understanding of sexuality, sexual assault, and power and gender roles in relationships. Special guest Quyen Nguyen, a graduate student at SJSU, helps guide our conversation. Also featured are Jenny Nguyen, Educational Programmer of the Gender Equity Center, and Chris Yang.

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Episode 19 - Historical Context of Anti-Asian Policies and Practices (Apr. 14, 2020)

A part of APID/A (Asian Pacific Islander Desi- American) Heritage Month.

Our first podcast of our series of APID/A Heritage Month Podcasts. We begin by discussing the historical context of Anti-Asian policies and attitudes in the United States. Our special guests for this episode are SJSU faculty members Hien Do, Professor in Sociology and Coordinator of the Asian American Studies Program, and Joanne Rondilla, Assistant Professor in Sociology. The dialogue is moderated by Bonnie Sugiyama, Director of the PRIDE and Gender Equity Centers at SJSU, and Chris Yang, Director of the Mosaic Cross Cultural Center at SJSU.

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Episode 18 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 12 (Apr. 12, 2020)

Join us in our first episode recorded during Shelter-in-Place for Men Creating Change. Aarron and Chris are joined by SJSU and SJCC faculty member Leslie Corona of the History Department to discuss the finer points of what is history, what is history we should all be reading, and how important it is to make sure we have representative voices in our historical context. In the episode, Leslie mentions a list of recommendations which we have listed here.

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Leslie's Recommended Reading List:

  • Early America:
    • Frauds, Myths & Mysteries: Science & Pseudoscience in Archaeology - Kenneth Feder (EVERYONE that believes conspiracies NEEDS to read this)
    • The Columbian Exchange: Biological & Cultural Consequences of 1492 - Alfred Crosby Jr.
    • Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570 - Inga Clendinnen
  • 18th century:
    • White Over Black: American Attitudes toward the Negro (1550-1812) - Winthrop Jordan
    • The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses & Cities - Richard Bushman
    • The Radicalism of the American Revolution - Gordon S. Wood
  • 19th century:
    • Nature's Metropolis: Chicago & the Great West - William Cronon
    • What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America (1815-1848) - Daniel Walker Howe
    • The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery & the Making of American Capitalism - Edward Baptist
    • Half Slave & Half Free: The Roots of the Civil War - Bruce Levine
    • Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War - James McPherson
    • Race & Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory - David Blight
    • A Short History of Reconstruction - Eric Foner
    • An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 - Benjamin Madley
    • Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work & the Family from Slavery to the Present - Jacquline Jones
    • The Chinese & the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental Railroad - Gordon H. Chang
  • 20th century:
    • The First World War: A Complete History - Martin Gilbert
    • The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s & American Political Tradition - Linda Gordon
    • Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 - George Sanchez
    • Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture & the Making of the Gay Male World (1890-1940) - George Chauncey
    • Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men & Women in WWII - Allan Bérubé
    • Myth and the Greatest Generation: A Social History of Americans in WWII - Kenneth Rose
    • Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression & War, 1929-1945 - David Kennedy
    • America's Cold War: The Politics of Insecurity - Campbell Craig & Frederik Logevall
    • Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era - Elaine Tyler May
    • Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam - Frederik Logevall
    • Working Class War: American Combat Soldiers & Vietnam - Christian Appy
    • The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America - Ruth Rosen
    • America's Uncivil Wars: The Sixties Era from Elvis to the Fall of Nixon - Lytle
    • Blood in the War: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 & Its Legacy - Heather Ann Thompson
    • The Reagan Era: A History of the 1980s - Doug Rossinow
    • General American history books:Strangers from a Distant Shore: A History of Asian Americans - Ronald Takaki
    • Hope in a Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture - Kathy Peiss
    • A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America - Ronald Takaki
    • A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn
    • The First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History - Colin Calloway

Episode 17 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 11 (Apr. 6, 2020)

**Recorded February 28, 2020**

Join us on this special episode where Aarron and Chris got to spend time with an amazing panel of Black female professionals to discuss their experiences. We also discuss the documentary Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower and the complexity of being a Black female academic. Joining us are Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique, Executive Director of Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change at San José State University and an Associate Professor for the African American Studies Department; Armani Donahue, Program Coordinator of the African American/Black Student Success Center at SJSU; Jasmine Brown and Monique Clark of the Black Female Project (http://www.blackfemaleproject.org/).

Note: this episode was recorded before the Shelter-in-Place county guidelines and the greater outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in California.

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Episode 16 - Movies with Mosaic - BLACK PANTHER (Mar. 26, 2020)

Our first episode of Movies with Mosaic. Join us together during these days of self-quarantine and shelter-in-place as we collectively watch Black Panther (2018). Mosaic's staff sits down together to watch Black Panther and record a commentary track. In order to listen to this in its intended form, download this episode and play it while watching the film. Queue up the film and start playing it when prompted in the episode. Black Panther is available currently on streaming through Disney+ or for purchase through your favorite movie retailer.

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Episode 15 - Covid-19 and the effects of racism and xenophobia on the APID/A Community (Mar. 18, 2020)

Our first episode recorded post Covid-19 shelter in place rules in Santa Clara County! Join us as we discuss our new realities for this next few weeks as we get used to living in physical isolation. We also discuss the racism and xenophobia that has been prevelant in the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community in the last few weeks.

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Episode 14 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 10 (Mar. 7, 2020)

Join us as we hold an open discussion about the film "Black Is... Black Ain't." We use the film as jumping off point to talk about what it means to hold a complex and layered identity and how the cross sections of various identities force us to have to own and define our identities in a world that seeks to define those identities for us. Featuring special guests Kenny Jackson and Erica Diaz-Rodriguez, Mosaic staff members.

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Episode 13 - Oscar López Rivera: Two Years Later Resistence and Resilience (Feb. 27, 2020)

We are proud to present a special event collaboration between the Department of Justice Studies, Department of Sociology, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and the San José Peace and Justice Center. Oscar López Rivera is the longest held political prisoner in the history of Puerto Rico's continuing struggle for decolonization and independence. Our episode is recording of the talk he gave at San José State University.

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Episode 12 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 9 (Feb. 14, 2020)

The Men Creating Change series is back from the holiday break. This time around, Aarron and Chris are joined by Mosaic Student Staff member Kennedy Jackson. Recorded two weeks ago, the three of us discuss the dominant story in the news: Kobe Bryant

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Episode 11 - Breaking the Cycle (Feb. 6, 2020)

This podcast is a prelude to the Mujer Divina workshop created by student leaders Jazmine (César Chávez Community Action Center) and Alma (Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Center). Mujer Divina is a dialogue based workshop about womxn empowerment and how to combat stereotypes within the Latinx community. For this podcast, we break the focus of Latinx communities to discuss stereotypes, ways of healing, and navigating careers in higher education with womxn of color from different cultural backgrounds. Featuring Jazmine and Alma, and woc Sharon, Elisa, Armani, and Jenny.

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Episode 10 - Latina Equal Pay Day (Feb. 5, 2020)

A presentation on pay equity facilitated by Linda Li, Esq., Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in San Francisco, and Ruth Silver Taube, Esq. from Santa Clara Law.

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Episode 9 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 8 (Dec. 27, 2019)

Our last episode of 2019! Thanks for taking this ride with us. Take a look back on this year with us as we just chat about where we are, what are we feeling, how are we closing the calendar year, and looking forward to 2020.

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Episode 8 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 7 (Dec. 23, 2019)

Join us this week as we do a deep dive into a fun topic: superheroes and toxic masculinity. We talk about some of our most popular pop culture icons and what it means to be critical about their messaging while still being a fan of the genre. We cover everything from Batman to Ironman and everything from comic books to TV shows. A fun conversation. 

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Episode 7 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 6 (Dec. 18, 2019)

We are joined this week for Men Creating Change by the inimitable Dr. Theodorea Berry, the outgoing chair of African American Studies at San José State University. Dr. Berry joins us to discuss her experiences with African American Studies, as well as her outlook on work, life, academia, and success. 

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Episode 6 - Another One Rides the Bus (Dec. 13, 2019)

We have a brief interlude between our Men Creating Change series to bring you this episode. This episode of Mosaic station explores the politics and realities of public transportation in the South Bay area, featuring Monica Mallon from AS Transportation services and Andrew Boone a longtime transit advocate.

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Episode 5 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 5 (Dec. 3, 2019)

We are joined this week by Gender Equity Education Programmer Jenny Nguyen and special guest Communication Studies Lecturer and Faculty Fellow Nico Peck. We explore gender binary, gender fluidity, and socialization by getting to know Nico and their story. 

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Episode 4 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 4 (Nov. 13, 2019)

Join us this week as we talk about the concept of emasculation with special guest SJSU student Daylon Davis. We explore the idea of what emasculation might mean a modern day masculinities context and talk about where our conception of power and masculine identity stem from. A fun and insightful discussion.

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Episode 3 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 3 (Oct. 21, 2019)

We're back again with another episode of the Men Creating Change series. Joining us this week is a special guest, Dr. Jonathan Gomez of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at San José State. This time, we dive head first into the idea of socialization and talk about where we learn what we know and believe and how our context impacts our beliefs as men.

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Episode 2 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 2 (Oct. 8, 2019)

We're back again with another episode of the Men Creating Change series. This time, we discuss our thoughts on vulnerability and the value and importance of it. We discuss stigmas around vulnerability and how we can overcome them. We also talk briefly about current events.

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Episode 1 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 1 (Sept. 25, 2019)

Welcome to a special series featuring the student organization Men Creating Change. This is our first episode! Learn more about our goals and backgrounds in our introductory episode as well as join us in our first deep dive into aspect of masculinity and patriarchy. 

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Season 2 (2018-2019 Academic Year)

Episode 10 - Multiracial Revisited (May 14, 2019)

MOSAIC revisits the topic of multiracial identity with some other panel members. Join in on this delightful conversation with multiracial/multiethnic students discussing their experiences and perspectives on being multiracial/multiethnic, multiracial cultural, colorism and more.

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Episode 9 - Japanese Internment with Grandma Yee (May 1, 2019)

In honor of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month at SJSU, we are proud to feature a recording of a program featuring Michiko Yee, a Japanese American Internment camp survivor.

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Episode 8 - Avatar: The Last Airbender (Apr. 18, 2019)

Previously on Mosaic... Our podcast is on Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. In the podcast we will be discussing the social justice elements found in both series and so much more.

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Episode 7 - Untold History (Apr. 5, 2019)

Join our panel of staff members as they reflect on the untold history that they have learned about their various identities. Our panel dialogue around the difficulties of understanding hidden, unacknowledged histories who they are and where they come from. A deep dive into what it means to examine the history we never had a chance to learn in school. Featuring Armani Donahue from the African American/Black Student Success Center and Elisa Aquino from the Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Center 

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Episode 6 - Menstruation Week Panel (Mar. 13, 2019)

We are proud to feature a collaboration between our Gender Equity Center and Mosaic as part of Menstrual Week at SJSU. Our panel of staff discuss their experiences with menstruation, the myths and stigmas, and their hope for how menstrual education can be improved in the country. Featuring Kristen Flaten and Jenny Nguyen from the Gender Equity Center.

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Episode 5 - Student Spotlight: Kyle (Mar. 6, 2019)

Today, we have a brief student spotlight on Kyle, an international student at SJSU. Kyle talks to us about how he learned about SJSU and what it's like to be an international student.

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Episode 4 - Calling in Black: Racial Battle Fatigue (Feb. 26, 2019)

We are proud to host a panel collaboration between the African American Black Student Success Center and Student Involvement at SJSU as part of Black History Month. This panel sits down to discuss what it's like to navigate the world while black and dealing with the day to day realities of injustice and danger. The panel features Milan Balinton, the director of the African American Community Service Agency; Dr. Theodorea Berry, department chair of African American Studies at SJSU; and Evelyn of the Internets, digital storyteller, filmmaker, and online personality.

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Episode 3 - Turning Thirty (Oct. 18, 2018)

Join our Mosaic staff as they reflect what life is like in your twenties. They discuss everything from personal milestones, family and cultural touchstones, societal expectations, lifelong learning, and the physical, emotional, and psychological realities of getting older.

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Episode 2 - An Interview with Darrell Medellin (Sept. 27, 2018)

An in-depth interview with Darrell Medellin. Darrell Medellin is an upcoming artist out of the East Bay Area, originally from Cebu City, PI and hailing from Union City, CA. Darrell dives into his music, his message, and his new mixtape.

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Episode 1 - The R* Word (Sept. 18, 2018)

Listen to our newest podcast episode discussing the fight again Indian mascots and the struggle of Indigenous People for political, economic, and socio-economic justice today. Featuring special guest interview with John Little, one of the directors of More Than A Word. 

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Season 1 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

Episode 1 - WE ARE MOSAIC STATION! (Sept. 21, 2017)

Welcome to the first episode of the Mosaic Station where we hope to agitate and activate for a more just society and world. Meet some of the folks from MOSAIC, what we're about, and what we want to do with this project.

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Episode 2 - Interview with Master David Wei (Nov. 14. 2017)

Check out our interview with Master David Wei, a 16th generation lineage holder of Wudang Zhang San Feng Pei and the founder of the Wudang West Cultural Heritage Center in the East Bay. Master Wei shares with us the power of the Wudang Martial Arts, a Daoist knowledge and practice focused on healing and wisdom. 

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Episode 3 - Biracial Identity (Jan. 29, 2018)

Join in the conversation as some of our MOSAIC folks who identify as biracial talk about the realities of moving through this world, sharing their perspectives and experiences.

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Episode 4 - Interview with Dem Black Mamas (Feb. 27, 2018)

Check out our interview with the Dem Black Mamas podcast as Crystal Tennille Irby, Nekisha Killings, and Thea Monyee talk openly and honestly about what it's like living as strong and ambitious Black women raising kids in an unsafe world. 

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Episode 5 - 20th Anniversary Reflections (Apr. 11, 2018)

It's MOSAIC's 20th Anniversary! In light of our birthday, a few of our MOSAIC staff reflect on what MOSAIC means to them and look forward to the future of what MOSAIC means today. 

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