Born And Raised Podcast Season 2: Love, Sex And Immigrant Family Values Can Co-Exist

We're spilling our hearts to listeners this season.

Listen to ‘Born And Raised’ on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.

When we launched “Born And Raised,” our podcast about children of immigrants based on the ongoing series by HuffPost Canada, it was easy to come up with the theme for our mini-series on food. Ask any second-generation Canadian about their roots, and you’ll likely hear fond memories about what they ate growing up, and the ways it bonded them to their family and culture.

But for season two, we’re getting to the heart of the matter. We’re digging deep into all the thrilling, messy, complicated feelings we have for the special people in our lives.

Meet: “Born And Raised: Love.” Over six episodes, hosts Alisha Sawhney and Al Donato share stories from the heart, as told by second-generation Canadians.

Our Team

Clockwise from top left: Al Donato, Alisha Sawhney, Stephanie Werner, Andree Lau, TK Matunda, Lisa Yeung.
Clockwise from top left: Al Donato, Alisha Sawhney, Stephanie Werner, Andree Lau, TK Matunda, Lisa Yeung.

Al Donato is a Filipino-Canadian multimedia producer at HuffPost Canada. Al loves bubble tea, queer dance nights, and their nanay’s cooking. (Host, producer)

Alisha Sawhney is an associate editor on the audience development team at HuffPost Canada. A self-described 2.5-generation Canadian with South Asian roots, she is fond of desk succulents, oversized mugs of her grandma’s chai, and Harry Potter trivia. (Host)

Stephanie Werner is a Canadian podcast producer hailing from the Pacific Northwest, with German-Chinese family ties. She loves cats, good audio, and the exhilaration of riding her bike on a warm summer night. (Producer)

TK Matunda is a Canadian-Kenyan writer and producer. TK loves sweet and savory waffles, weighted blankets and sad dance music. (Producer)

Lisa Yeung was born and raised in Toronto and has Trinidadian-Chinese roots. She’s a digital veteran whose happy place is bobbing about in the sea in Tobago. (Executive producer)

Andree Lau is a Chinese-Canadian journalist who was born in Vancouver and has lived in five provinces. She appreciates family-run restaurants, T-shirts with puns, and the Oxford comma. (Executive producer)

Additional production work from:

Katie Jensen and Vocal Fry Studios
Maija Kappler (Sound mixer)
Shetu Modi (Video editor)
Luisa Cruz (Camera)
Erica Rae Chong (Photo editor)

Stream all the episodes: find ‘Born And Raised: Love’ on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

HuffPost Canada’s “Born And Raised” is an ongoing series featuring the stories and perspectives of second-generation Canadians. Want to join the conversation? Email us at

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