Producer

Award winning audio storyteller, radio documentary and podcast producer. I make audio features and documentaries on a range of subjects including religion and ethics, social history, health and social issues, culture, design, food.

A few:

Too many Asians? Radio Documentary, Earshot on ABC RN (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation) November, 2017

StockSnap_NYW89JV2DLMost 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?

Late Life Sex, Radio Documentary, Earshot on ABC RN (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation) December, 2016

Late Life Sex wins OPSO Media Award 2017Most 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 Cut, Short Radio Feature, PocketDocs on ABC RN (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation) October, 2016

The Cut on PocketDocsThe 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.

Training, Short Radio Feature, PocketDocs on ABC RN (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation) August, 2016

7689640-16x9-700x394How do the Japanese maintain a composed facade in the face of train commuter hell, including the ubiquitous ‘chikan’?

Kamikaze Daughter, Social History Feature, Earshot on ABC RN (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation) August, 2015
Kamikaze Daughter
Kiichi Kawano, Director of Oita Yokaren Museum with Masako, June, 2015

Why is the Japanese Divine Wind Special Attack force, or ‘kamikaze’, still a source of fascination seventy years after the Pacific War? This feature is a personal exploration of ‘kamikaze’ myths and memories. A program to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in the Pacific.

Wish you weren’t here: What does Dark Tourism mean? Religion and Ethics Feature, Earshot on ABC RN, (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation)  April, 2015img_2779

From Port Arthur in Tasmania to Auschwitz to the 9/11 memorial in New York, ‘dark tourism’, or visitation to sites of death, violence and human suffering is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the tourism industry. But how much of this is thoughtful pilgrimage and how much is voyeurism?

From the Pearlers to the Bankers: The History of Japanese-Australians, Social History Radio Documentary, Earshot on ABC Radio National (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation)  February, 2015
Kei and Nick Fukui in 1969
Kei and Nick Fukui in 1969

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.Gold Trophy, New York Festivals 2015

Will Kate Survive Kate? Radio Documentary, 360 Documentaries on ABC Radio National, 2013, 2014

5110414-16x9-700x394An intimate portrayal of a woman living with Anorexia Nervosa, and her family.
This 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).New York Festivals

Trouble in the Flesh, Religion and Ethics Feature, Encounter on ABC Radio National, March, 2014
"Eve" by Anna Lea Merritt (1844-1930) (Wikimedia Commons)
“Eve” by Anna Lea Merritt (1844-1930) (Wikimedia Commons)

Our cultural obsession with body image is often blamed on the media. But from the story of Eve and her suspect desire for forbidden fruit to the persistence of such ascetic traditions such as fasting, Christianity has influenced the ways in which we shape our bodies in the service of transforming our souls.

Sacred Horror: Zombie Resurrections and Vampires with Souls, Religion and Ethics Feature, Encounter on ABC Radio National, July, 2013

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From the legends of Frankenstein and Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Walking Dead, supernatural horror has always captured the popular imagination. Fictional horror scares us because it confronts us with our deepest fears about death and the unknown. It make us tremble, but it also acts as a catharsis. So it’s no wonder then that the horror genre often intersects with religion.

Madame Butterfly Effect, Radio Documentary, Radio Eye/360 Documentaries on ABC Radio National, 2008, 2010 (rebroadcast on Resound, Third Coast Festivals, Chicago Public Radio)

By Yu Xunling (court photographer). [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Empress Dowager Cixi By Yu Xunling (court photographer). [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
What is it about white men who can only contemplate a relationship with an ‘Asian woman’? Are western men who crave a relationship with a serene, beautiful, passive, submissive version of the feminine ideal, sick and perverted? Or is it just a retreat from feminism? A frank yet humorous investigation of a syndrome that might be an obsession.

The Aesthetics of the Japanese Bath, Short Radio Feature, By Design on ABC Radio National, 2008
By Design: Japanese Baths
Masako relaxes in an onsen

Japanese baths are meant to rejuvenate not just the physical, but the mental, emotional self. Japanese baths are uniquely designed, or rather un-designed to achieve these aims.

Becoming Australian, Radio Feature, Street Stories/360 Documentaries on ABC Radio National, 2007, 2014

pict0017What does becoming an Australian really mean? For people escaping persecution or statelessness, a new citizenship is quite simply, a chance at life. But for others, is it the right to vote, a statement of identity, or perhaps community belonging?

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