9 episodes

Uncensored conversations with Asian creatives in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Belonging / Home / Body / Beauty / Love / Sex / Dating / Race / Power / Identity / Upbringing / Representation / Consciousness / Healing / Work / LIFE

Asian in Aotearo‪a‬ Jenna Wee

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Uncensored conversations with Asian creatives in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Belonging / Home / Body / Beauty / Love / Sex / Dating / Race / Power / Identity / Upbringing / Representation / Consciousness / Healing / Work / LIFE

    Amanda Grace Leo 梁宿娴 at yölkfest

    Amanda Grace Leo 梁宿娴 at yölkfest

    Recorded in front of a live audience at yölkfest (a cool, inspiring Pan-Asian creative event), I invited Amanda Grace Leo from episode 1 back to continue our uncensored conversation.

    Amanda is Kiwi Singaporean, Peranakan-Chinese, an actor, jazz singer, face painter and friend - who is also writing New Zealand’s first Asian cabaret. We talk about: Body-stuff. Pleasure. Representation. Being visible. Friendships. Saying no. Big Ang Pow Energy!

    Thank you Gwen & Alyssa from yölk for having us, and to the audience who made this recording extra special.



    @amandagleo

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    • 39 min
    Sam Low: flavour, courage & curiosity

    Sam Low: flavour, courage & curiosity

    Sam is a Chinese-Kiwi who grew up literally in a noodle factory in Fiji. He’s one of the top coffee pros in the world, a Chinese gastronomy enthusiast and if you’re into food and coffee, you’re probably already following him on Instagram (or you should be anyway).

    In this convo, we talk about Sam’s background and his passions, along with body image, tattoos, dating and more.

    @_sam_low_ / @samlowcoffee

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    • 45 min
    Aiwa Pooamorn: family, tinder, fearlessness

    Aiwa Pooamorn: family, tinder, fearlessness

    Aiwa is a Thai-Chinese mother, writer, theatre-maker, performer and poet based in Auckland. With Gemishka Chetty (featured a few episodes back!), Aiwa co-created Creative Creatures, an arts collective featuring Asian women. We discuss Aiwa’s background, Tinder, poetry, family and life.

    @creativecreature_s / @mama_aiwa

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    • 44 min
    Gwendolyn Lin: coming home, collaborating and creating

    Gwendolyn Lin: coming home, collaborating and creating

    Gwen is a Chinese-New Zealander, creative producer, director, and story-listener. A participant in Helen Yeung’s Asian Feminist Project, we met in person at an Asians Supporting Tino Rangatiratanga workshop. We talk about racism (⚠️ CW/TW), being unapologetic, finding your voice through storytelling, serendipitous connection and Gwen’s creative work including yölk.



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    • 42 min
    Helen Yeung 楊希琳: creativity, community, academia & activism

    Helen Yeung 楊希琳: creativity, community, academia & activism

    Helen is a Hong Kong-Chinese researcher, community organiser, zine-maker, illustrator, plant auntie, lover of noodles and a bit of everything else.

    We talk about Helen’s research work (including Asian Feminist Project Aotearoa), Migrant Zine Collective, Asian-New Zealand identity and “fitting in”, love, activism, academia and more.



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    • 49 min
    Gemishka Chetty: food, fetishisation & representation

    Gemishka Chetty: food, fetishisation & representation

    Gemishka Chetty is South African-Indian and a poet, artist, writer and performer – who, with her creative partner Aiwa Pooamorn, brought shows like Go Home Curry Muncha and Have you ever been with an Asian womxn? to life.

    In Episode 4, Gemishka talks about cultural appropriation and decolonisation, along with sex, festishisation, representation and racism.

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    • 59 min

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