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LEMON delivers the latest juice of celebrity & pop culture news, candid conversations with celebrities and influencers, as well as social and cultural topics from a queer Asian Australian perspective. Hosted by Phillip Kuoch and Thomas Tan.

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LEMON delivers the latest juice of celebrity & pop culture news, candid conversations with celebrities and influencers, as well as social and cultural topics from a queer Asian Australian perspective. Hosted by Phillip Kuoch and Thomas Tan.

    The Sandwich Generation Dilemma

    The Sandwich Generation Dilemma

    Segment 1: The Sandwich Generation Dilemma 
    As children of immigrants, should we feel bad for pursuing our passions and dreams when our parents worked so hard to move? A post of subtle asian traits went viral after an OP ripped up her university degree and declared that she was no longer going to work to make her parents proud but herself.


    Segment 2: Soft Ghosting
    Do you do soft ghosting?


    STYLIST UK
    Soft ghosting refers to someone 'liking' your last message or latest comment on their post on platforms like Facebook and Instagram where it's possible to react to an interaction, but not actually replying and continuing the conversation. So, although they're not ignoring you, they're also offering no genuine response.


    BUMBLE says that the real problem with soft ghosting is how unclear the signals being sent are. “Since your match has replied in some respect, it can be unclear if they are trying to end the conversation,” she says. “It also puts the person who sent the last ‘official’ message in a strange position, do you leave it? Do you double message?”


    Segment 3: Allan Liang from Big Brother
    Allan from Big Brother Australia joins us on the show today to discuss what it was like being a person of colour on Australian reality TV.


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    • 34 min
    ICYMI: Phillip Kuoch

    ICYMI: Phillip Kuoch

    Hello Juicy Lemoners!


    We wanted to drop an old Get-To-Know-Us episode because we had a bunch of new listeners these last few weeks and we thought you might be interested getting to know the people you catch up with every week!


    Phillip is recovering from tonsilitis this week so we won't be recording a new episode but we'll see you again next week!


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    The Lady Who Hates Asian Fruits

    The Lady Who Hates Asian Fruits

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    Segment 1 - Thai Fruits


    - The New York Times published an article over the weekend about Thailand’s Fruit Export industry in crisis
    - In the piece, which was written by their SEA correspondent Hannah Beech, she compared the resemblance of rambutan to coronavirus and durian to looking like a medieval torture device. 
    Article: https://nyti.ms/3g9rKhb


    Question: There were so many things problematic with this article. What things stood out for you Tom?


    Segment 2 - Love In The Shape Of Cut Fruit


    - I wanted to talk about this article, not only is it a contrast to what we spoke in the last segment but it’s also something we can relate to
    - In a piece titled ‘Love In The Shape Of Cut Fruit’, Connie Wang wrote beautifully about she realised after growing up, cutting up fruit was her parent’s love language. 
    - She explained that her parents were never the words of affirmation type but they put in the time and effort it peel and cut fruits like grapes, apple, mangoes and dragonfruit for her when she was growing up
    - She explained that cutting fruit was like love, it doesn’t take much to serve but it was patience and practice and its the willingness to swallow some bitterness so someone else enjoys only sweetness. 
    - Article: https://r29.co/38dfTf3


    Question: What fruits do you remember eating growing up?
     
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    How K-Pop Stans Trolled Trump

    How K-Pop Stans Trolled Trump

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    Segment 1: Westernising Your Name
    Article: https://nextshark.com/laney-college-professor-anglicize-name/


    A university professor in America has been placed on administrative leave after he asked a Vietnamese American student to change her Vietnamese name to English because it was ‘offensive’


    In an email, he said “Phuc Bui” sounds like an insult in english, and asked her to anglicise her name. 


    The student, who’s name is Phuc Bui responded to the professor and told him that she felt it was discriminatory and she was going to file a complaint with the school board. 


    He then responded with:


    “Your name in English sounds like F**k Boy. If I lived in Vietnam and my name in your language sounded like Eat a D**k, I would change it to avoid embarrassment both on my part and on the part of the people who have to say it.
    “I understand you are offended, but you need to understand your name is an offensive sound in my language,” he added. “I repeat my request.”


    Segment 2: K-pop fans trolls
    - If you know anything about Trump, it is that he loves bragging about his crowd numbers
    - At his presidential inauguration, he kept saying he had a bigger crowd turnout than Obama but it was later found that he exaggerated his numbers and asked a Whitehouse photographer to photoshop the official photos
    - Trump rally for election -> bragged 1m turnout for his first rally in months
    - He said no stadium will be empty this rally
    - A campaign from Kpop stans saw them rsvping to reserve up all the seats at the rally 
    - Similarly, police asked people to submit photos of rioters and they all flooded it with fan cams 


    Segment 3: Josh Thomas and coon cheese (10 mins)


    - So, Josh Thomas has apologised for his comments about diversity in the arts last week
    - It all started after the Australian actor and comedian tweeted a photo of Australian cheese brand Coon implying that the brand should re-name its cheese because of the racial slur 
    - Twitter was quick to re-share a video of Josh Thomas talking about diversity on an all white panel at a writer’s festival.
    - Michelle Law: The reason that Josh Thomas video is so disturbing is that people we think are on our side are not. White moderates are more dangerous than outright racists.
    - "This is about the broken, racist society in which we live, the way that racist society dictates who gets to tell stories, and how that panel is a part of and reflects these issues,"
     
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    The Ni Hao Ma Debate

    The Ni Hao Ma Debate

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     The Ni Hao Ma Debate


    - Early last week MasterChef contestant Sarah Tiong was doing a round of media interviews after being eliminated from the show
    - She then posted on her Instagram calling out Triple M after the host Matt Jonsen started the interview by greeting Sarah with ‘Ni Hao Ma’, which is of course is how you say ‘hello’ in Mandarin 
    - Sarah said that the greeting didn’t go to air but Jonsen proceeded to ask ‘Oh wait, would it be ‘Lei Ho Ma?’, which is cantonese 
    - Sarah said she was uncomfortable and shocked and ended the call and said it was racist, insensitive and tone deaf and asked the station to ‘do better’ 
    - This debate has the Asian community divided with some saying Sarah was being too sensitive and others agreeing saying it is racist


    What are your thoughts on this? Should we view someone greeting us Ni Hao Ma as language appreciation? 


    What makes you Pufferfish?
    - Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby who released critically acclaimed Nanette has returned with a new Netflix special called Douglas 
    - In the show, she talks about what makes her instantly outraged, even at the mention of it. Some things that makes her blow up like a puffer fish are: paleo diets and people Americanised their language
    - What makes you pufferfish?


    Making a show for white Australia
    - Big Brother returned for the first time in 6 years and the first 3 contestants eliminated from the show were people of colour
    - Fijian-Australian Laura was first to go, followed by ‘confident and loud’ Chinese Australian housemate Allan Liang and then Korean-Australian SooBong Hwang.
    - People of Colour contestants are chosen to be loud and have strong personalities whilst cauasian contestants are ‘everyday joes’ 
    - Caucasian Examples: Zoe is a caring teacher and mum of 2, Ian loves nature and science, Chad is a hot tradie
    - PoC examples: Allan is the loud Asian guy who’s in it to win it. 
    - Laura is pro-black, vegan and doesn’t care what people think
    - Angela (who is Kenyan) is unapologetic with strong opinions
    - Do you think that producers are casting PoC for entertainment value or for relability? Who’s the last Asian contestant in reality tv (excluding MasterChef) that you liked?
     
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    • 44 min
    The Asian Black Problem

    The Asian Black Problem

    LEMON delivers the latest juice of celebrity & pop culture news, candid conversations with celebrities and influencers, as well as social and cultural topics from an Asian Australian perspective. Hosted by Phillip Kuoch and Thomas Tan.


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    Black Lives Matter


    - We can’t start the show this week without discussing what’s happening in the US and around the world
    - The murder of George Flloyd by police has ignited the BLM movement with thousands of people taking it to the streets to protest against police brutality and the centuries of oppression against black people
    - For the most part, the protest has been largely peaceful but
    - In some cases, the protest had become violent and looters who were not apart of the protest, were breaking into shops and businesses to loot 
    - People saying #alllivesmatter - is it problematic? 


    Malaysia's Miss Universe says black people should 'relax'


    - Last week Malaysia’s Former Miss Universe Samantha Kayty posted an Instagram story about George Flloyd saying that ‘black people should relax’
    - https://twitter.com/lilasianthiccie/status/1267347193582612480/photo/1


    - To Black People, relax. Take it as a challenge, makes you stronger. You chose to be born as a ‘coloured’ person in America for a reason. To learn a certain lesson. Accept it as it is, till now hunger and poverty still exist. It is what it is.It’s evitable . Best you can do is remain calm , protect your heart and don’t allow it to crumble. That’s your responsibility. Of course this is to the ones who understand this level and state of mind. Not for everyone. Everyone grows at a different rate. 


    The Asian Black Problem
    - We need to talk about how what’s happening right now isn’t a white vs black thing, we need to take a hard look at ourselves as well and realise that we have a black problem in Asia and Asian culture
    - A lot of us who are children of immigrants have a trouble communicating with our parents because of our broken mother tongue but there’s been a movement to start a conversation with Asian parents by sending them translated open letters why BLM is important to talk about 




    - We’ve talked a lot about the racism Asians around the world were facing during this pandemic. If we thought that was bad, imagine what it’d be like to be a black person fearing for your life every time you leave your house because you’re scared of being pulled over by the police and getting shot 
    - A McDonald’s in China bans black people during coronavirus
    - So many examples of blackfacing in mainstream media in China e.g. impersonating an African woman on national TV 
    - KPOP - Yoon-mirae who is a respected rapper andis bi-racial has spoken about the racism discrimination she’s faced in Korea
    - Kiya interview with Asian Boss: backhanded compliments: “You’re pretty for a black person “ “You’re different to other black people because you’re skinny” 
    - Beauty standards -> TONYA TKO
    - https://www.facebook.com/melanie.glico/posts/10156779441516534
    - Cambodia: Chinese or fair skin people are seen as more important, if you’re darker, they call you ‘ah kmao’ which literally means black person in a degrading way
    - What do you think needs to happen for the world as a society to change?
     
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

bibita93 ,

Love it ❤️

Listened few episodes but Impressive epi and the Accidentally Text Ex epi were my favs I mean it does relate to my life somehow tho and yea keep bringing it guys, cant wait for more from you guys

Darasang ,

aZn represent!

Loving your podcast guys! I’ve been waiting to hear a podcast that put Asian culture to the forefront. When you guys were talking about Asians in the work place you are absolutely right - when our parents taught us to not disrespect our elders and talk back and hence we hold everything inside when we struggle at work. This totally resonated with me and totally can say that this is generally the work places fault but it is deep seeded in our background too. Totally understand what you’re saying about how you never quite feel like you belong no matter which work place it is and that when you work with another Asian you give each other this look like ‘hey, I acknowledge and just know we’re gonna hit it off ha!’ And guys, do you remember Asiagroove? Haha!

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