Ep139 - Conversations on Race, Privilege, & Inclusion with Tou Ger Lee
We don't know what it's like to live as another person. When I get pulled over, I'm upset about having to pay a ticket or that my insurance might go up. But if I was black and I got pulled over I'm more likely to be worried that I might get shot, beaten, or harassed. That is my privilege. If you aren't black, you don't know what it's like to be pulled over by police. If you aren't a woman, you don't know the fear a woman might have walking through a parking lot at night. If you aren't brown, you don't know what it is like to be mistaken for a terrorist, illegal, or even a thug. If you are straight, you can't imagine the challenges associated with telling your parents you are queer. We think our realities are the truth, but they are only our perspective and our truth. Until we look and listen through the lens of another, especially those different from us we can't possibly understand their experience or reality. My hope is that through hearing the perspectives of those that are systematically oppressed, disenfranchised, or often encounter racism and prejudice, we can learn to empathize, open our hearts and our minds to their realities and do what is necessary to make the system, our society, and the world a place of equality, love, and inclusion.
Today we get to sit down with Former Professional Hip Hop & Street Dancer turned Fulfillment Coach, Tou Ger Lee. Tou joins me in this conversation to share his experience as an Asian American man,
-His first experiences with race
-Hmong people and living with the identity of a group that is relatively unknown and unappreciated in the United States
-How he found much of his identity in Black Culture
-The harmful and hurtful nature of stereotypes
-Dating as an Asian man
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Alex Terranova is a DreamMason, the author of Fictional Authenticity, a Personal & Professional Performance Coach, and he Hosts The DreamMason Podcast, Flip the Lens & Co-Hosts The Coaching Show Podcast. He supports strong & successful high achievers to unmask convention, embrace the rebel within them, and more deeply explore the complex and agitated edges of our existence to create more clarity, freedom, and success.
Alex has been featured on NBC, Fox, Focus TV’s Good Morning LaLa Land, NBC Radio, Elephant Journal, The University of Adversity Podcast, The Unleash Success Podcast, The Rising Man Podcast, The Sovereign Society Podcast, Love Living Radio, and an episode of The Villain Crusher.
Alex is located in San Diego, California, has been practicing as a Coach since 2015. He specializes in Life Coaching, Business Coaching, Mindfulness Coaching, Relationship Coaching, Executive Leadership Coaching, Corporate Team Coaching, Coaching for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs. He has created courses on leadership, communication, team building personal growth, and business development based on authenticity.