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Roughly one in 10 Aussies come from somewhere in Asia, yet when you look at our representation on TV, film, radio and literature, you’d think we were completely non-existent. What do you do when the world doesn’t give you the space to be heard? You make your own space. Each week, sisters and Sydney locals Helen Stenbeck and Jessie Tu give searing intersectional feminist critiques on social and cultural issues relevant to those living in Australia and abroad. Join us as we traverse the complex intersectionality of gender, race and culture. 

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.0 • 87 Ratings

Roughly one in 10 Aussies come from somewhere in Asia, yet when you look at our representation on TV, film, radio and literature, you’d think we were completely non-existent. What do you do when the world doesn’t give you the space to be heard? You make your own space. Each week, sisters and Sydney locals Helen Stenbeck and Jessie Tu give searing intersectional feminist critiques on social and cultural issues relevant to those living in Australia and abroad. Join us as we traverse the complex intersectionality of gender, race and culture. 

    Racial implications with artwork critics | Marie Kondo | A Broadcast Coup | The Menu

    Racial implications with artwork critics | Marie Kondo | A Broadcast Coup | The Menu

    Happy February! The final month of the southern hemisphere's summer and we have heaps to chat about this week! 

    (00:00) Intro: kids' music, back-to-school anxiety, modern parenting, different characteristics between boys and girls, friendships

    (15:50) Lunar New Year Comedy at Chatswood

    (18:45) Theatre: A broadcast coup

    (20:00) Book recommendation: All this could be different, Sarah Thank Mathews

    (22:44) Netflix: Oni

    (25:22) Disney+: The Menu – discussion of wealth and toxicity of the fine-dining environment

    (33:10) Racial politic discussion: Who gets to review artworks and what has the right to say what is a good review? – On E.Flux’s Op-Ed: Should White Critics Allowed To Review This Play? Its Producers don't think so 

    (52:27) Marie Kondo and the messy business of social expectations

     


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    What's love got to do with it | Stories of Sahara | Lucky Girl Syndrome

    What's love got to do with it | Stories of Sahara | Lucky Girl Syndrome

    The final week of January 2023, how was it for you? In this episode, we revisit "Fleishman is in trouble' as Helen finally got the time to watch the first episode, and felt disappointed about the adaptation, a great book recommendation, and another silly Tik Tok trend.

     

    (00:10)RomCom: What’s Love Got To Do With It

    (07:07) Kazuo Ishiguro’s Living

    (09:40 ) Fleishman is in trouble

    (14:16) Stories of the Sahara

    (18:30) Questions about rituals for ‘Foundation Master’/’Guardian of the house’ and the implication with First Nation’s culture

    (22:18) Monterey Park Shooting

    (28:34) Lucky Girl Syndrom

     


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    • 38 min
    Lunar New Year, 2023: Year of Rabbit | Babylon | Darjeeling Ltd

    Lunar New Year, 2023: Year of Rabbit | Babylon | Darjeeling Ltd

    Lunar New Year comes early this year, as usual, we talk briefly about our observation of the modern LNY celebrations, the debates online between Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year, the capitalisation of Lunar New Year by the chocolate brands, and fond memories of our childhood LNY sweets.

    (01:30) Intro, visiting Cabramatta, the gratitude of the Vietnamese community

    (05:10) Darjeeling Limited, discussion on Wes Anderson’s works, Owen Wilson

    (13:51)  Babylon

    (21:25) Midnight Diner

    (25:26) Asian Australian 2022 List, James Wan, M3GAN

    (31:18) Lunar New Year 2023, horoscopes and more capitalisation, Lunar New Year sweet

     


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    • 46 min
    Welcome to 2023 | Banshees, Onions and Trust | Golden Globes 2023

    Welcome to 2023 | Banshees, Onions and Trust | Golden Globes 2023

    We are back for 2023! In this episode, we talked about what we've done during the break, our interesting cultural consumptions, a bit about the insidious cloth-sizings and some viral tik tok video. We end our conversation by congratulating the actor/actress of our favourite movie Everything Everywhere All At Once. 

    (01:30) HOLIDAY WRAP UP

    (09:03) PRINCE HARRY AND HIS ENTITLEMENT OF TELLING THE WORLD ABOUT HIS FAMILY AFFAIRS

    (19:13) Book: TRUST, Hernan Diaz

    (24:25) Book: THE MEN, SANDRA NEWMAN

    (29:39) Movie: GLASS ONION

    (32:00) Movie: THE FABLEMANS

    (33:06) Movie: BANSHEES OF INISHERIN

    (42:10) Movie: BLUEBACK

    (45:00) CLOTHING SIZE; ASIAN VS THE WEST

    (48:47) Fitzroy Garage Sesh Viral tik tok  

    (51:53) Golden Globes 2022

     


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    • 57 min
    Harry&Meghan | Nepo Baby | Best TVs and Films of 2022

    Harry&Meghan | Nepo Baby | Best TVs and Films of 2022

    The final episode of 2022! Hope you have enjoyed our program as we approach the end of this year. In This episode, Helen and Jessie talk about the surprising interesting documentary Harry and Meghan, followed by Nepo Baby. We conclude this episode with our list of fav film and TVs of 2022.

    (02:30) Helen’s rant about Uniqlo Tshirts

    (05:30) Afgan women banned from tertiary education

    (08:40) Cultural consumption: Babel

    (13:50) Cultural consumption: Harry and Meghan

    (30:34) Cultural consumption: Lookism

    (34:26) Nepo Baby

    (47:50) ABDU’s Best TVs and Films 2022


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    • 54 min
    Creativity writing as a path of self-discovery. Feat. Ghost Town author Kevin Chen 陳思宏

    Creativity writing as a path of self-discovery. Feat. Ghost Town author Kevin Chen 陳思宏

    In this episode, Helen was honoured to speak with Kevin Chen, the author of numerous Taiwanese novels and the recently translated work "Ghost Town". Kevin talks about his family, hometown, and life in Taipei and Berlin. The conversation explored the culture of ghosts and death in Taiwan, and what made "Ghost Town" one of the must-reads of Taiwanese literature.

    **BESTSELLING WINNER OF THE TAIWAN LITERATURE AWARD**🥇 

    New York Times Book Review: Ghost Town 

    For Australian readers: Get a copy of Kevin Chen's Ghost Town here: The Darlinghurst Bookshop

    You can find Kevin Chen's book in most major bookstores across Europe and the US. 

    Kevin's recommendations:

    The Stolen Bicycle (Wu Ming-yi) 

    The man with the compound eyes (Wu Ming-yi) 

    The Mermaid's Tale (Lee Wei-Jing) 

    The Sniper (Chang Kuo-Li


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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

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Helen’s thoughts are well spoken, empathetic and not condescending.

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Listen to this every night

First gonna say I love this show, pls don’t listen to those bad comments, just be yourself!! Pls don’t change your style cause everything is great at the moment!! (I usually don’t comment, just really don’t understand why some people gave 1 star, did little pinks do that 😅

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One of my current faves

Love your personal tangents. These two are absolute gems and fu$&king funny

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