31 episodes

Silver Award Winner for Best Interview, and Nominee for Smartest Podcast at the Australian Podcast Awards 2020 - this is the written, produced and edited podcast made by and for Asian Australians, because we don’t talk about race and culture enough. Each episode is topic-driven, and we'll bring you stories and thoughts from interesting Aussie Asians, experts, academics and everyday folk so we can question, explore and celebrate what it means to be an Asian in Australia.

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Shoes Off Jay Ooi

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 50 Ratings

Silver Award Winner for Best Interview, and Nominee for Smartest Podcast at the Australian Podcast Awards 2020 - this is the written, produced and edited podcast made by and for Asian Australians, because we don’t talk about race and culture enough. Each episode is topic-driven, and we'll bring you stories and thoughts from interesting Aussie Asians, experts, academics and everyday folk so we can question, explore and celebrate what it means to be an Asian in Australia.

https://www.shoesoff.net/

https://www.instagram.com/shoesoffau/

https://www.facebook.com/ShoesOffAu/

    Shoes Off S03E08 - Bharatanatyam: Project Caste

    Shoes Off S03E08 - Bharatanatyam: Project Caste

    Caste discrimination is one of those things that you can only understand if you have lived it. Many South Asians have been on the receiving end of caste discrimination, but similarly, many South Asians in Australia have perpetuated oppressive caste dynamics without even knowing it. In this episode, we explore what Caste is, and the complexities of how it operates in the diaspora through the eyes of a hereditary Bharatanatyam dancer.

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    • 44 min
    Shoes Off S03E07 - The Running Gag of Race

    Shoes Off S03E07 - The Running Gag of Race

    Some of our best comedians of colour often use their race as part of their jokes, and stand up comedy has this unique ability to talk about race in a way that’s less confronting than other methods. How does comedy do this? When can this be perhaps unhelpful? And what is the experience of Asian Australian comedians in the scene?

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    Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2pY0JbH
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    • 37 min
    Shoes Off S03E06 - More Than Words

    Shoes Off S03E06 - More Than Words

    A lot of us who grew up here probably didn’t learn our mother tongue properly, and maybe we regret it as an adult. Well today I’m bringing you the story of one person’s journey of learning Chinese again without being forced to by his parents.

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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShoesOffAu/
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    • 21 min
    Shoes Off S03E05 - Remixing Identity

    Shoes Off S03E05 - Remixing Identity

    It’s often talked about how mixed race people are the race of the future. The numbers of mixed race people are growing as our world becomes more globalised, and today I want to explore how their experience can be quite different because they’re mixed race. So what influences how they encounter race? And how does our views of them impact their identity and experience?

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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShoesOffAu/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shoesoffau/
    Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2pY0JbH
    Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Jz90tx
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    • 43 min
    Shoes Off S03E04 - Beyond Cheap & Cheerful: How We’re Selling Asian Cuisine Short

    Shoes Off S03E04 - Beyond Cheap & Cheerful: How We’re Selling Asian Cuisine Short

    When we think of what good Asian food is, quite a specific image comes to mind. Perhaps a place that is poorly decorated, or where the wait staff just want you to order and get out, or a place with 100 (or more) items on the menu. Or maybe it’s a hole in the wall joint that’s a bit “dirty” but oh, so good. And when it comes to fancier Asian restaurants? Well, apart from Japanese food, we often think, man, I could get that cheaper from elsewhere. Where has this perception of “cheap” Asian food come from? And what will it take for us to change this?

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    • 45 min
    Shoes Off S03E03 - Small Bowls, Big Plates

    Shoes Off S03E03 - Small Bowls, Big Plates

    Food is so much a part of our lives, and even more so for many Asians. Some are the biggest foodies out there, and although a love for food isn’t uniquely Asian, there are definitely elements of the culture around food, and the way some Asians eat that are pretty unique. This episode is not a cooking show, rather, we explore what is different in the way Chinese cultures, in particular, eat.

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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShoesOffAu/
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    Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2pY0JbH
    Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Jz90tx
    Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc2hvZXNvZmYubmV0L2VwaXNvZGVzP2Zvcm1hdD1yc3M=

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

K Melissa ,

Thoughtful and articulate

Having stumbled across this podcast, I was pleasantly surprised at how well-researched and incisive the analysis in the food episode was. Although there was the occasional “this is cool” generality, overall the cast avoided vagueness and the cast dissolving into fits of giggles: it’s always lovely to hear people having fun, but hearing constant inarticulate laughter gets annoying.

DanLee961 ,

Great quality

This podcast is well produced, educational and above all for me - so relatable. I wish there had been something like this for me growing up in QLD in the 80s.

colindigs ,

Brilliant work!

Jay's work is so absolutely essential - and it's really important to give these stories visibility. I think part of the difficulty of growing up with Asian heritage in Australia - is figuring out the questions that come from the feeling of being caught between worlds and cultures. Shoes Off does this in such a pacey, entertaining and slick way - so if you've ever thought about Tiger mums, being Asian on a dating app, Anglicising your name - amongst so many other brilliant and very thoughtful episodes full of great interviews and personal experiences - definitely recommend you check out this!

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