EXCLUSIVE: Richard Juan Talks About Inspiring Future Generations Of Asians In His New Podcast
The "Pinoy Big Brother" host goes the podcast route to spark conversations on Asian representation
Influencer and Pinoy Big Brother host Richard Juan is taking further steps in creating more meaningful content online. Just recently, he launched his own digital show called “Your Dose of InspirASIAN with Richard Juan”—a podcast that puts the spotlight on Asian personalities from various industries around the globe and highlights their fascinating works, admirable accomplishments, and remarkable contributions to their communities and to the world.
Always the curious individual, Richard shares how he’s dreamt of doing a podcast for two years now. “My friends around me, and even my supporters, know that I am someone who is always curious about so many things in life. I always want to learn more about everything,” the host tells Metro.Style. “I think this would be the perfect chance (or excuse!) to talk to people all around the world for topics that I want to learn, and maybe also share some of my own stories, too.”
With the help of his production and digital media company 28 Squared Studios, they come up with new episodes every week, with a runtime of around 20 minutes each. For their pilot, Richard tapped globally-renowned Filipino artist Lea Salonga as his guest. “It was such a privilege to have our own Filipino Asian icon, which is why we have Ms. Lea Salonga! She was definitely one of the pioneers when it comes to the successful Asians out there who made a mark really early on. She is such an inspiration to so many people—even Tablo of [South Korean alternative hip hop group] Epik High!” the 28-year-old shares.
So far, Your Dose of InspirASIAN is on its third episode. Richard had also invited Vietnamese-Canadian TikTok star Leenda Dong and Hong Kong content creator J Lou to talk about an array of topics that are relevant to the modern-day Asian community.
Richard is even more empowered to continue with this venture knowing that we, as Asians, have been carving a substantial mark in the world, one step at a time. He says, “We’re definitely taking not just big steps, but bigger steps forward.”
Taking, for example, the case in Hollywood, the TV personality shares, “Growing up, it was unheard of to have a full English-speaking Asian cast in a Hollywood film; I’ve never seen leads with Asian-features. [I wanted to see an Asian] play a role where he’s not a sidekick, or a best friend, or someone that knows Kung Fu or is an accountant. Hence, the huge success of the Crazy Rich Asians film further emphasized that we’re on the right track for Asian representation in mainstream Hollywood media.”
As for what to expect in the upcoming episodes of his podcast, he plans on tapping more inspiring people as his guests. “Hopefully, we’ll keep growing, and sana we’ll get to invite people like Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, or RM of BTS. We can dream, right?”
Lead photos from @richardjuan