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Listen in to conversations with women of the South China Sea in search of one common thread -- life purpose... Podcast host Jasmine Low speaks with women of this region, shares their stories and narrates articles from yesteryear and delves into her 10-year research into sound frequencies and how that got her to "Listen by Heart" in finding her own purpose. Were all of the women before her in search of the same goal? It's telling in the daily greeting by Nanyang migrants in their own dialects, "Have you eaten?". Is this why so many people share food pics because it's a trophy for survival?

Listen by Heart | Stories from Women of the South China Sea Jasmine H. Low

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Listen in to conversations with women of the South China Sea in search of one common thread -- life purpose... Podcast host Jasmine Low speaks with women of this region, shares their stories and narrates articles from yesteryear and delves into her 10-year research into sound frequencies and how that got her to "Listen by Heart" in finding her own purpose. Were all of the women before her in search of the same goal? It's telling in the daily greeting by Nanyang migrants in their own dialects, "Have you eaten?". Is this why so many people share food pics because it's a trophy for survival?

    A Merdeka Story: from little things big things grow 🖤💛💙❤️

    A Merdeka Story: from little things big things grow 🖤💛💙❤️

    Welcome to a special edition of Listen by Heart, narrated by Jasmine H. Low.  
    🖤 On August 9th 2021, International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples themed ‘Leaving No One Behind’ left me thinking of our future, and of the concept of freedom. 
    💛 It's August 30th, Malaysia's Merdeka Day. A quick dip into historical events would show the timeline from when the British East India Company made a deal in 1786 with the Sultanate of Kedah, a state bordering Malaya and Thailand, to form the first of what would be the Straits Settlement, comprising of Malacca and Singapore later on. And that is history, as told by text books. Blindsided in school textbooks are stories about the indigenous peoples, like the Orang Aslis and Orang Asals, leaving generations of children growing up without much knowledge or understanding for the cultures of the first people. Where were they in history? What happened? Didn’t they also fight for peace during WWII? They make up 13.8% of Malaysia’s 32 million population so it’s a good question to raise and a strong reason to lobby for indigenous peoples and their stories to be told in schools, at the workplace and local community programs. 
    💙 Voice from the heartland. Coming from migrant stock, I’m sensitive to this topic and have been all in for First Nations appreciation since my arrival to Australia as a teenager when it celebrated its bicentenary. Australia is my heartland. It’s a second home and it always has a place in my heart. Imagine arriving at a celebration of 200 years since the first British settler set foot in Australia. I quickly learned at that impressionable young age, that one man’s meat is indeed another’s poison and that there were two events in the one same city; Sorry Day in La Perouse south of Sydney and Australia Day in the harbour front of Gadigal Land. How can one celebrate when another is somber? This juxtaposition of thought camps remains the crux of January 26th for me personally. 
    ❤️ A dedication to all Malaysians, especially Malaysia's indigenous communities. As a Malaysian-born, I've been conscious of its long dumbed-down history of land rights among the aboriginal native orang asli and orang asal. I've seen friends tell through personal experiences, through documentaries they'd shoot, horrendous tales of blockades in the centre of the Earth as termed by the Temiars in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, blocking tree loggers from pulling roots out from their earth, their land, which was licensed out to commercial loggers. These brave individuals would set up blockades ala man versus tractor.  The song by Paul Kelly, remade by Ziggy Ramo and Electric Fields keeps the fire burning for the other people fighting land rights and there needs to be fires burning long through the nights for this fight to be fought. On the eve of this 64th Independence Merdeka Day in Malaysia, I've had this song translated into Bahasa Malaysia, and written this short piece to show respect to a culture if not protected, will be forever lost. It's really baby steps forward but giant strides backwards if we allow our last remaining forests, ancestral land for the first peoples of Malaysia, what's left of it, to be plummaged with no recourse. There is no turning back if we let it happen. We must not let it happen. Protect it at all costs just like how the tree huggers, Chipko activists in the 1970s in India did. 
    Read the full article here: https://www.jasminelow.com/merdeka-from-little-things-big-things-grow/
    Learn more about Listen by Heart Podcast: https://listenbyheart.webprojx.com.
    Thank you.
    Written and produced by Jasmine H. Low
    Bahasa Malaysia translation by Syuhada Adam.

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    • 21 min
    S2E6: Malaysian Folktales: Su and her natural love for swimming | Written & narrated by Dr. Ann Lee

    S2E6: Malaysian Folktales: Su and her natural love for swimming | Written & narrated by Dr. Ann Lee

    Written and narrated by Dr. Ann Lee, this story was published amongst 16 others in Malaysian Folk Tales: Retold & Remixed, edited by Daphne Lee, published by ZI Publications (2011). Su and her natural love for swimming is based on the folktale about a girl who was kidnapped by an orangutan. The irony is that her abductor reveals its bubbly and very loving character.

    About the Listen by Heart Podcast
    You have been listening to Jasmine Low’s Audio Journey experience, presenting Season Two of Listen by Heart: Voices of the Women of the South China Sea with Dr. Ann Lee.

    Subscribe to the podcast on your preferred platform and if you'd like to encourage us on, find out how you can support the production. Thank you.

    Our purpose: Listen by Heart Podcast is an audio project that sets out to record and archive stories from women of the South China Sea, an area of much interest lately. As we document and record all of these stories, we will also be digitising and creating an online presence for women of Southeast Asian heritage and honouring the women who came before them.

    Our Mission: Listen By Heart Podcast aims to serve as the Sentinels of the South China Sea, keeping our region at peace.

    Production Credits
    An open-source project created, narrated and produced by Jasmine H. Low (jasminelow.com).
    An AsiaFitnessToday.com Podcast Production.
    Supported by GoInternationalGroup.com.
    Website by WebPROjx.com.

    #ListenbyHeart | https://listenbyheart.webprojx.com

    Would you have a tale to share or know somebody who does? Do you identify as a woman with heritage from the nations encircling the contentious South China Sea? Wherever you are in the world, we'd love to hear from you...
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    • 25 min
    S2E5: Dr. Ann Lee | Gender & Sexuality

    S2E5: Dr. Ann Lee | Gender & Sexuality

    Welcome to Season Two of the Listen by Heart Podcast, where we feature Stories from the Women of the South China Sea. In episode five, podcast host Jasmine Low speaks to Dr. Ann Lee about gender and sexuality and if her grandmother may have known anyone who was queer. Ann talks about her university days in London, attending a writer’s workshop with Hanif Kureishi and being around “people like us”.

    About the Listen by Heart Podcast
    You have been listening to Jasmine Low’s Audio Journey experience, presenting Season Two of Listen by Heart: Voices of the Women of the South China Sea with Dr. Ann Lee.

    Subscribe to the podcast on your preferred platform and if you'd like to encourage us on, find out how you can support the production. Thank you.

    Our purpose: Listen by Heart Podcast is an audio project that sets out to record and archive stories from women of the South China Sea, an area of much interest lately. As we document and record all of these stories, we will also be digitising and creating an online presence for women of Southeast Asian heritage and honouring the women who came before them.

    Our Mission: Listen By Heart Podcast aims to serve as the Sentinels of the South China Sea, keeping our region at peace.

    Production Credits
    An open-source project created, narrated and produced by Jasmine H. Low (jasminelow.com).
    An AsiaFitnessToday.com Podcast Production.
    Supported by GoInternationalGroup.com.
    Website by WebPROjx.com.

    #ListenbyHeart | https://listenbyheart.webprojx.com


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    • 19 min
    S2E4: Dr. Ann Lee | My grandmothers, their resilience and growing up in Sabah

    S2E4: Dr. Ann Lee | My grandmothers, their resilience and growing up in Sabah

    Welcome to Season Two of the Listen by Heart Podcast, where we feature Stories from the Women of the South China Sea. It's episode four and podcast host Jasmine Low speaks to Dr. Ann Lee about her family. Born of mixed parentage, Dr. Ann recalls stories of her family: her maternal side in North Borneo and Sabah, Malaysia, as well as her paternal side from Salford, Manchester in England. For example, her maternal great-grandmother, a Hakka Chinese known as Madam Voo Hock Liam, was born in 1882 and became renowned as a fierce and determined character. She later married Chan Yau Lam, originally a stonemason in Papar, North Borneo. He became a respected leader (kapitan cina), and set up an English language school at a time when this was unpopular. (There is a photo of him shaking hands with England’s Duchess of Kent on her visit to ‘British North Borneo’.) On the other hand, little is known of her paternal great-grandmother but her paternal great-grandfather did not believe in education for girls. Ann’s paternal grandmother did not continue school beyond her early teens, though she went on to qualify as a swimmer for the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. 

    About the Listen by Heart Podcast
    You have been listening to Jasmine Low’s Audio Journey experience, presenting Season Two of Listen by Heart: Voices of the Women of the South China Sea with Dr. Ann Lee.

    Subscribe to the podcast on your preferred platform and if you'd like to encourage us on, find out how you can support the production. Thank you.

    Our purpose: Listen by Heart Podcast is an audio project that sets out to record and archive stories from women of the South China Sea, an area of much interest lately. As we document and record all of these stories, we will also be digitising and creating an online presence for women of Southeast Asian heritage and honouring the women who came before them.

    Our Mission: Listen By Heart Podcast aims to serve as the Sentinels of the South China Sea, keeping our region at peace.

    Production Credits
    An open-source project created, narrated and produced by Jasmine H. Low (jasminelow.com).
    An AsiaFitnessToday.com Podcast Production.
    Supported by GoInternationalGroup.com.
    Website by WebPROjx.com.

    #ListenbyHeart | https://listenbyheart.webprojx.com


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    • 32 min
    S2E3: Dr. Ann Lee | BOH Cameronian award-winning play Tarap Man in Southeast Asia Plays, plays & their mobility

    S2E3: Dr. Ann Lee | BOH Cameronian award-winning play Tarap Man in Southeast Asia Plays, plays & their mobility

    Welcome to Season Two of the Listen by Heart Podcast, where we feature Stories from the Women of the South China Seas. Podcast host Jasmine Low has a conversation with Dr. Ann Lee about BOH Cameronian award-winning play Tarap Man featured in Southeast Asian Plays (Aurora Metro), plays and their mobility. 

    Keyword mentions: Tarap Man, Kadazan, Telegu, Hakka, Hang Li Poh, Mahi Ramakrishnan (filmmaker), Dr. Grace Chin (Universiti Sains Malaysia), New York International Fringe Festival, Leow Puay Tin, Huzir Sulaiman, Jit Murad, Shahimah Idris, Apartheid, Critique, Translations of Plays, Booker Prize, South Pacific, Upin & Ipin...

    Producer's note:

    Dear listeners, Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, South Pacific, as mentioned in this podcast was based on Tales of the South Pacific, a Pulitzer Prize-winner by James A. Michener who was a US Navy officer stationed at the New Hebrides Islands (now known as Vanuatu). The story was adapted and produced into the popular 1958 movie and filmed on Kauai. Not the South China Seas nor Marshall Islands as intimated. Thank you.



    About the Listen by Heart Podcast 

    You have been listening to Jasmine Low’s Audio Journey experience, presenting Season Two of Listen by Heart: Voices of the Women of the South China Sea with Dr. Ann Lee. Subscribe to the podcast on your preferred platform and if you'd like to encourage us on, find out how you can support the production. Thank you. 

    Our purpose: Listen by Heart Podcast is an audio project that sets out to record and archive stories from women of the South China Sea, an area of much interest lately. As we document and record all of these stories, we will also be digitising and creating an online presence for women of Southeast Asian heritage and honouring the women who came before them. 

    Our Mission: Listen By Heart Podcast aims to serve as the Sentinels of the South China Sea, keeping our region at peace. 

    Production Credits 

    An open-source project created, narrated and produced by Jasmine H. Low (jasminelow.com). An AsiaFitnessToday.com Podcast Production. Supported by GoInternationalGroup.com. Website by WebPROjx.com. 

    #ListenbyHeart | https://listenbyheart.webprojx.com


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    • 17 min
    S2E2: Dr. Ann Lee | Playwright and co-founder of Kuali Works, Malaysia's pioneer all-women production house

    S2E2: Dr. Ann Lee | Playwright and co-founder of Kuali Works, Malaysia's pioneer all-women production house

    Welcome to Season Two of the Listen by Heart Podcast, where we feature Stories from the Women of the South China Seas. In this episode, podcast host Jasmine Low has a conversation with Dr. Ann Lee, and we establish that it was in September 1994 when Kuali Works, an all-women arts company specialising in theatre, TV and publications in Malaysia was founded. Ann Lee, Karen Quah, Goh Soon Siew, Anita Zafina Mat Fadzil, and Shahimah (Charmaine W) Idris took the name of ‘Kuali Works’ from a household product that can be found in most, if not all Malaysian households, irrespective of colour or creed: the kuali or wok. We liked the tastiness of ‘creating food for thought’, reads a paragraph in Sex, Stage & State: Kuali Works plays and this is what we explore in this episode - what went on behind the creation of food for thought.

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    -- About the Listen by Heart Podcast --

    You have been listening to Jasmine Low’s Audio Journey experience, presenting Season Two of Listen by Heart: Voices of the Women of the South China Sea with Dr. Ann Lee.

    Subscribe to the podcast on your preferred platform and if you'd like to encourage us on, find out how you can support the production. Thank you.

    Our purpose: Listen by Heart Podcast is an audio project that sets out to record and archive stories from women of the South China Sea, an area of much interest lately. As we document and record all of these stories, we will also be digitising and creating an online presence for women of Southeast Asian heritage and honouring the women who came before them.

    Our Mission: Listen By Heart Podcast aims to serve as the Sentinels of the South China Sea, keeping our region at peace.

    --- Production Credits ----

    An open-source project created, narrated and produced by Jasmine H. Low (jasminelow.com).

    An AsiaFitnessToday.com Podcast Production.

    Supported by GoInternationalGroup.com.

    Website by WebPROjx.com.

    #ListenbyHeart | https://listenbyheart.webprojx.com


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    • 14 min

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