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Dear Alana,

Tenderfoot TV & iHeartPodcasts
Personal JournalsTrue CrimeSociety & Culture

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. more


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23 days ago

Alana’s mother seeks justice amidst the Church’s denial. Simon confronts his past. And another tragedy befalls the Chen household, destroying almost everything. more

2 months ago

Alana’s newfound love separates her from her church. As Notre Dame Cathedral burns, so does her faith. But as her self-acceptance grows, her life takes a tragic turn. more

3 months ago


4.7 out of 5 stars from 2.1k ratings
  • Jesus Christ the Catholic Church sucks. Letting an imaginary person destroy a child's life. disturbing.

    Tom j
    17 days ago
  • Important Story To Tell

    This podcast was so well done. It was a beautiful tribute to Alana and touched on very important issues that need to be spoken about. I was moved after listening.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States17 days ago
  • Just beautiful

    The most beautiful podcast I’ve listened to. The empathy shown to Alana’s story is deeply honest. Make sure you have a box of tissues at hand. Thank you for sharing I feel honoured to have found you both.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom18 days ago
  • Incredibly Powerful

    I’m so moved by this podcast. It felt respectful to Alana, her family and Simon, himself. A lot of courage on the part of Simon, her family & friends, and his family to be so open and honest. Also really appreciated the voiceover actress’ thoughtful portrayal of Alana’s journal entries. I like to think that this podcast will have a ripple effect. It’s various themes, such as self-acceptance, mental health struggles and unconditional support, are all worthy of reflection.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States21 days ago
  • Beautiful

    Thank you Simon for a beautifully heartbreaking story, that is also full of hope. Your vulnerability and gentle storytelling was wonderful.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States22 days ago

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