Exploring Australia through the many languages we speak, co-produced with Sheila Pham
Millions of Australians speak hundreds of languages other than English, yet as a nation we have a frustratingly monolingual mindset that denies our multilingual reality. We’re mostly on board with multiculturalism now, but we’re nowhere near there yet with multilingualism. What are the implications for families raising their children in other languages at home? How does the monolingual mindset affect our school system and language education? Is it possible for languages to be maintained beyond a few generations?
Once considered nerdy, Japanese pop culture like manga and anime is now big in Australia. What’s the appeal?
Most selective high schools that cherry pick academic high achievers have a large percentage of Asian Australian students. This trend is most obvious in NSW, which has a disproportionately large number of selective schools and programs. And there’s now a heated public debate—are public schools for gifted and talented students becoming too ethnically segregated?
Most of us don’t like to associate old age with sexuality. After all, sexy is wrinkle free and dewy skinned, full of vigour, hard in the right places, perky in others. But this is a myth perpetrated by ageism. In fact, as we live longer and healthier, sexuality and intimacy may become more important to older people. This program was recognised by three media awards in 2017: OPSO (Older People Speak Out) Media Awards 2017, winner of Best Feature (metropolitan); United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards 2017, Special Commendation, Promotion of Empowerment of Older People Category; MACA (Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing NSW) Media Awards 2017
The Japanese word for hair is kami, which also means the gods. Is this why long, black Japanese hair is considered to have such potent symbolic power? A 14 minute short audio story about the beguiling and threatening properties of long, thick, black Japanese hair.
Bathing, immersing, scrubbing, sprinkling, dunking, and anointing. Water purification is embedded in our culture – as part of the healing process, a rite of passage in death and in rebirth. Historically, bathing has also performed important social functions. And today, traditional communal baths such as the hamam in Turkey and the onsen in Japan are enjoying a revival.
The first Japanese migrants came to Australia in the 19th century, yet most contemporary Japanese-Australians admit that they know very little about these early settlers. Has the violence of World War II somehow caused this collective amnesia? A personal and sometimes painful history of the Japanese people in Australia. This program won the Gold Trophy at the 2015 New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs, History Documentary Section.
An intimate portrayal of a woman living with Anorexia Nervosa, and her family.
his program won the Gold Trophy at the 2014 New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs, Human Interest Documentary section, shortlisted for the Radio Creative Feature category at the AIB Awards 2014 (Association of International Broadcasting) and was reviewed in RadioDoc Review Issue Volume 1, Issue 2 (scholarly journal critiquing radio documentary making).