I had the honor of being a guest on the popular podcast Asian America: the Ken Fong Podcast, speaking on some familiar topics such as mental healthiness and parenting. However, what was different about this experience was that I was able to also share from the perspective of some important aspects of my personal identity as an Asian American and as a Progressive Christian.

That’s four topics that independently are worthwhile and fascinating conversations. We managed to weave them all together into one stimulating talk.

Now to some people, a conversation that integrates mental health, wellbeing, neuroscience, psychology, cultural identity, and religion might seem like an odd mix. Perhaps. But only perhaps because these conversations don’t happen often enough or publicly enough — but not because there aren’t natural intersections between therapy and spirituality, or mental wellness and personal identity.

I hope I’ve piqued your curiosity.

LISTEN HERE: Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast, Episode 157

Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast is also available on iTunes

Written by Joseph Lee, M.D.

I'm a Psychiatrist in private practice in Redondo Beach, CA. I completed both medical school and residency training at UCLA. My practice is psychotherapy based with a health-oriented focus on personal growth and wellbeing. I also teach about mental healthiness and advocate for social emotional learning (SEL) in all contexts.

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