Dear Alana,

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Subscribers: 280
Reviews: 2
Episodes: 11

 Jun 13, 2024
This is the most touching (and heartbreaking) podcast ever. Initially I was skeptical of Simon inserting his story into Alana's, but they intertwined in the most beautiful and enlightening way that I dare call this podcast a work of art.

 Nov 13, 2023
This story is heartbreaking, but necessary. I hope others listen to it, and come to understand that the religious alienation of LGBTQI+ folx is toxic and can be life-threatening.


Host Simon Kent Fung explores the life of Alana Chen, a 24-year-old woman who disappeared from Boulder, Colorado in 2019. Alana left behind two dozen journals chronicling a deep faith, love of fashion, and dream of becoming a nun. She also harbored a secret. At 14, she confessed to her priest that she was attracted to women and was instructed not to tell her parents. Over the next seven years, Alana covertly received conversion therapy which her family believes played a role in her fate. Simon, who sought to change his sexual orientation through conversion therapy for nearly a decade in his efforts to become a priest, is compelled to understand the truth of what happened to Alana—and finally face what happened to him. "Dear Alana," is an unraveling mystery and a poignant spiritual memoir about teenage rebellion and spiritual manipulation, the price we pay to belong and the systems that pay no price at all.

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Episode Date
Part 8: The Saint
Sep 25, 2023
Part 7: Notre Dame is Burning
Sep 18, 2023
Bonus 1: Dr. Hillary McBride
Sep 15, 2023
Sep 11, 2023
Part 5: Piece of the Pie
Sep 04, 2023
Part 4: Judo
Aug 28, 2023
Part 3: My Secret
Aug 21, 2023
Part 2: Father
Aug 14, 2023
Part 1: Mom
Aug 14, 2023
'Dear Alana,' [Teaser]
Aug 08, 2023
Introducing "Dear Alana,"
Aug 07, 2023