Episode 61: Jeanny Chai, founder BambooMyth.com

Jeanny Chai founded BambooMyth.com providing a curriculum and vision that offers cultural-specific leadership training, inspiring Asian-American professionals to face and transform the cultural experiences unique to their community.

Join us as Jeanny Chai discusses Asian-American cultural priorities, and how to reframe those cultural norms to create a more fulfilling work-life balance.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • How cultural expectations can create an unhealthy fear-based paradigm.
  • The transformation that occurs when we learn to stop criticizing, comparing, and deferring and become the directors of our own lives.
  • Ways to start building a healthy internal foundation.
  • How to keep the conversation going and move forward through change. Because silence = status quo = stuck.


“We need to have the conversation in schools and corporations. The Bamboo myth, the achievement trap, the approval trap. We need to start talking about these. By thinking differently, we can live differently.”

“When you make a change, there is fear and uncertainty, but it doesn’t last forever. When you get there, the benefits, the excitement of living your life in a way that is self directed, with confidence, with poise, with impact … That is priceless. To get there you have to go through the uncertainty. But if you don’t, you’ll never know what could have been.”

Contact details:

Jeanny Chai on Twitter

Jeanny Chai’s website

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