"Cho Chang", "Your food smells weird", "Did you get that in China?", "doctor, lawyer, engineer"... Do these phrases sound familiar? Join your hosts Sharnie and Tanisha, two Asian-Australian women in their early twenties on their journey in unpacking their cultural identity.
9 - Our School Crushes + The Role that Culture Plays in Dating and Relationships!
Who did we have a crush on in school?? Are they listening? 👀Is culture important in attracting our attention?
In this episode, we have our very dear friend Talisa on with us as we talk about our schoolyard crushes and culture in dating and relationships!
We chat about our first crushes, longest crushes 👀and whether cultural elements shape our dating preferences and who we look for as a life partner.
8 - Food, food, glorious food! Stories about Asian food!
"I don't like wet noodles"
"Uh Miss, do you mean the ramen...?"
Ah food, it brings us together but bringing Asian food to primary school in the early 2000's when it wasn't as popularly enjoyed granted us a few stares.
Sharnie talks about Asian food and her relationship with it while she was growing up and now. She also shares some stories of when she used to work in a Japanese restaurant and the interesting customers she met there.
7 - We're calling BS, aka Beauty Standards. East-Asian Beauty Standards v Australian Beauty Standards
The idea of beauty is always shifting and shaping to current trends depending on which part of the world you live in.
Today we're going to be talking about booty standards... oh oops, I meant BEAUTY STANDARDS! Nah but seriously, the amount of times we said booty in this episode is IMpeccable. Beauty Standards
In episode 7, we touch on East-Asian beauty standards that we grew up hearing, and Coastal Australian beauty standards that we grew up seeing. We talk about how we balanced the two beauty standards and how we tried to achieve Australian beauty standards when we were younger. That meant loads of fake tan and box-dye.
We also delve into ways of how we personally started to leave beauty standards behind and just be ourselves, whether that incorporated aspects from one beauty trend or another.
6 - What's ya flavour? Unpacking our relationship preferences! With Bridget Nam
"Mum, there's this guy I want you to meet"
"Ok but where's he from, is he white or asian?"
Bridget joins us again this week to talk about the topic of race when it comes to relationships and dating. Join us as we talk about what guys we were interested in when we were younger and now as well! *sips tea*
It's a fun episode with loads of giggles, but we also get super deep and unpack our younger selves' viewpoints and how damaging they were. We talk about how internalised racism affected our preferences, and how these "preferences" were actually a reflection of the identity issues that we felt on the inside.
Languages, sense of humour, cultural understanding... many traits come into play when looking for a potential partner. We chat about it all, so sit tight and enjoy the episode!
5 - Women in Entrepreneurship & Non-Linear Career Paths with Mary Liu from Soy & Spice
Meet Mary Liu! Mary runs a Sydney-based label called Soy & Spice whose vision is to empower people to be self-confident and chase their dreams, no matter how big.
In today's episode, Mary tells us about her journey in starting her business, and the vision and heart behind it. We talk about how she didn't actually know she was going to be an entrepreneur from a young age, and didn't actually study business in university. We chat about what Mary did before she started up Soy & Spice, and what her plans are moving forward. We also touch on the experiences of following a career path that your family didn't have planned for you.
You can connect with Mary at @soyspicelingerie on Instagram or check out her website at soyandspice.com. You can also send us a DM at @sideofricepodcast if you wanna chat or share any stories; we're always here to listen and support.
4 - Asian women are bad drivers?! Stereotypes and all that! With Bridget Nam
Asian women are bad drivers? Asians are academically smart? Asians are doctors, lawyers, pharmacists, engineers and dentists? Asians are cliquey? Asian women are submissive? Join Bridget, Sharnie and Tanisha as we discuss a few of the stereotypes that we've heard during our lives and if they hold any truth.
We also chat about stereotypes that exist about our ethnicities and unpack where these stereotypes stem from.
We had such a fantastic time chatting in this episode with our dear friend Bridget! Her Instagram is @bridgetnam_ if you want to connect with her, or feel free to send your stories, feedback or thoughts to @sideofricepodcast on Instagram and we can pass on the message too.