005: Dr. Zeshen Wu - Destigmatizing Mental Illness & Addressing Anti-Blackness in AAPI Communities


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Par The Mental Jiujitsu Podcast and Jonathan 'Mirth' Huynh-Mast, découvert par Player FM et notre communauté - Le copyright est détenu par l'éditeur, non par Player F, et l'audio est diffusé directement depuis ses serveurs. Appuyiez sur le bouton S'Abonner pour suivre les mises à jour sur Player FM, ou collez l'URL du flux dans d'autre applications de podcasts.
In this episode, I sit down and talk with one of my earliest inspirations within the dance and more specifically, breaking/hip-hop culture. (On an important side note, I also want to mention and say thank you to Daniel Choi, or Cho-one, for being my first mentor in this craft as well as introducing me to my guest early in my journey. I'm grateful for what you've taught me. Thank you.) He goes by the name of Zeshen Wu and is a current resident psychiatrist in training, a graffiti artist, and a b-boy. As a young child, he grew up in China, but later moved to San Juan in Puerto Rico for four years before he first moved to Houston in the United States. If that doesn't sound interesting enough, our conversation will, hopefully, tickle your fancy. We cover everything from the destigmatization of mental illness and psychiatry, his first encounter with racism, cultural differences on healing, how to bring out your most authentic self, anti-blackness, racism, and discrimination within aapi communities and hip-hop culture, among many other topics. Now, before you listen to this episode, I want to bring to awareness to something that I recently realized from this podcast - One of the things that I personally want to strive for is authentic expression of who I am. However, there are many lives that have been lost, apprehended, and taken away because they were trying to be authentic to themselves and their identity simply due to the fact that someone did not agree with them. Although I encourage everyone to understand their insecurities and vulnerabilities and own them, I also want to bring awareness to the fact that some people do not have that ability due to their circumstances. Just a quick note. Back to this episode, a lot of other thoughts were also generated from this conversation, and I hope that you will be as inspired as I was listening to this conversation with Dr. Zeshen Wu. It was a treat for me, and I hope that it will be the same for you. Enjoy.

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