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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 AFT Podcasts: APAC heroes

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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?

    S5E2 Shivani Sivagurunathan, author & educator on the Indian diaspora and contemplative pedagogy

    S5E2 Shivani Sivagurunathan, author & educator on the Indian diaspora and contemplative pedagogy

    Welcome to Season Five of the Listen by Heart Podcast, where we feature Stories from Women of the South China Sea. I’m Jasmine Low and today, I will be joined by Shivani Sivagurunathan, an author and educator. Head of School, Assistant Professor; Research Director; Director of Postgraduate Studies; Senior Tutor, Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia and has an interest in post-colonial literature and in particular literature surrounding the topics of Indian diaspora and contemplative pedagogy. Shivani has been writing and publishing fiction and poetry for twenty years, and teaching for twelve years. Her first book, Wildlife on Coal Island, was published by UPM Press in 2011 and republished by HarperCollins India in 2012. The Indian writer Tabish Khair described the book as ‘R.K. Narayan’s Malgudi, turned into an island, meets Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book in this highly readable collection of stories by a new and distinctive voice from Malaysia’. Her second book, Yalpanam, is her first novel and it was published by Penguin Southeast Asia in September 2021. Her short stories and poems have appeared in numerous international journals and magazines including Cha: An Asian Literary Magazine, Agenda, Construction Literary Magazine and many others. Her poetry collection, Being Born, and her book of fiction, “What Has Happened to Harry Pillai?: Two Novellas” are out now and will be discussed at the George Town Literary Festival on 25 November 2022. She currently teaches English Literature and creative writing at the University of Nottingham Malaysia and is working on her next novel. Visit www.shivanisivagurunathan.com for more. 
    You have been listening to Jasmine Low’s Audio Journey experience, an AFT Podcasts production. 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... 
    Recording includes ambient sounds of birds in trees located near an arterial road.
    Enjoy & subscribe to the Listen by Heart Podcast on your favourite platform: Apple podcasts https://bit.ly/listenbyheartpodcast, Spotify spoti.fi/3yfxWNZ, Google podcasts bit.ly/3la7C46, Player FM https://bit.ly/listenbyheartplayerfm etc. 

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    • 56 min
    S5E1 Poetry readings from “Being Born” by Shivani Sivagurunathan

    S5E1 Poetry readings from “Being Born” by Shivani Sivagurunathan

    Welcome to Season Five of the Listen by Heart Podcast, where we feature Stories from Women of the South China Sea. I’m Jasmine Low and today, I will be joined by Shivani Sivagurunathan, an author and educator. Head of School, Assistant Professor; Research Director; Director of Postgraduate Studies; Senior Tutor, Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia and has an interest in post-colonial literature and in particular literature surrounding the topics of Indian diaspora and contemplative pedagogy. Shivani has been writing and publishing fiction and poetry for twenty years, and teaching for twelve years. Her first book, Wildlife on Coal Island, was published by UPM Press in 2011 and republished by HarperCollins India in 2012. The Indian writer Tabish Khair described the book as ‘R.K. Narayan’s Malgudi, turned into an island, meets Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book in this highly readable collection of stories by a new and distinctive voice from Malaysia’. Her second book, Yalpanam, is her first novel and it was published by Penguin Southeast Asia in September 2021. Her short stories and poems have appeared in numerous international journals and magazines including Cha: An Asian Literary Magazine, Agenda, Construction Literary Magazine and many others. Her poetry collection, Being Born, and her book of fiction, “What Has Happened to Harry Pillai?: Two Novellas” are out now and will be discussed at the George Town Literary Festival on 25 November 2022. She currently teaches English Literature and creative writing at the University of Nottingham Malaysia and is working on her next novel. Visit www.shivanisivagurunathan.com for more. 

    You have been listening to Jasmine Low’s Audio Journey experience, an AFT Podcasts production. 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... 

    Recording includes ambient sounds of birds in trees located near an arterial road.

    Enjoy & subscribe to the Listen by Heart Podcast on your favourite platform: Apple podcasts https://bit.ly/listenbyheartpodcast, Spotify spoti.fi/3yfxWNZ, Google podcasts bit.ly/3la7C46, Player FM https://bit.ly/listenbyheartplayerfm etc. 


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    • 11 min
    S4 Karina Robles Bahrin, Author and Hotelier and the 2022 Epigram Book’s Fiction Prize Recipient

    S4 Karina Robles Bahrin, Author and Hotelier and the 2022 Epigram Book’s Fiction Prize Recipient

    Welcome to Season Four of the Listen by Heart Podcast, where we feature Stories from Women of the South China Sea. I am your host, Jasmine Low and on this audio journey, we welcome Karina Robles Bahrin, a Malaysian author and hotelier who has picked up the 2022 Epigram Book’s Fiction Prize.






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    • 1 hr 7 min
    S3E5 Dr. Chuah Guat Eng narrates excerpts from her first Malaysian novel, Echoes of Silence

    S3E5 Dr. Chuah Guat Eng narrates excerpts from her first Malaysian novel, Echoes of Silence

    And here we are, the fifth and final episode. "It's not about me," reminds the author, Guat. Writing Echoes of Silence, she wanted to explore that emotion of how she, like many others felt lost at one time, as the children of colonialism, an establishment that left behind their orphaned children as Malaya gained its independence. The author indulges listeners in a very personal manner, where she narrates excerpts from her first Malaysian novel about the blossoming of a love affair that was inter-ethnic and inter-geographical between Ai Lian, and her Michael Templeton.
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    Dr. Chuah Guat Eng is a Malaysian novelist and professional writer who read English Literature at University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur, German Literature at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, and she has a PhD from the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia). Guat Eng has two novels - Echoes of Silence published in 1994 in English, and translated recently into Italian and German. Her other novel, Days of Change came out in 2010. She also has three collections of short stories. They are Tales from the Baram River (2001), The Old House and Other Stories (2008), and Dream Stuff (2014). Some of her short stories have been translated into other languages, including Malay, Chinese, Slovene, and Spanish. She’s currently working on her third novel, and occasionally teaches subjects related to literature and creative writing at a local university.

    *** 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. Chuah Guat Eng. 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 for listening.
    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.
    Official website: https://listenbyheart.webprojx.com.
    #ListenbyHeart
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    • 17 min
    S3E4 Dr. Chuah Guat Eng on equal opportunity, and how there's no such thing as being another's equal

    S3E4 Dr. Chuah Guat Eng on equal opportunity, and how there's no such thing as being another's equal

    May the fourth conversation with Dr. Chuah Guat Eng guide you. A teacher, Mr. V. K. Arumugam was one such man who opened the windows of her mind. Guat shares her experience about being a woman in a man's world, and her opinion on gender equality. She believes that everyone deserves equal opportunities yet we should never strive to be equal because we are not born equal. Not letting fate be the decider, Guat's proposition is that we are given equal opportunities, make use of those opportunities and become what we are supposed to be, and how we are supposed to be is dictated by our genes, our education, background, language we speak and so on.

    The invention of robots will make us more human, she says. She also discusses tall poppy syndrome amongst people and even countries like the United States and China. Even twins are not equal, how can we all strive for equality?

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    Dr. Chuah Guat Eng is a Malaysian novelist and professional writer who read English Literature at University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur, German Literature at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, and she has a PhD from the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia). Guat Eng has two novels - Echoes of Silence published in 1994 in English, and translated recently into Italian and German. Her other novel, Days of Change came out in 2010. She also has three collections of short stories. They are Tales from the Baram River (2001), The Old House and Other Stories (2008), and Dream Stuff (2014). Some of her short stories have been translated into other languages, including Malay, Chinese, Slovene, and Spanish. She’s currently working on her third novel, and occasionally teaches subjects related to literature and creative writing at a local university.

    *** 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. Chuah Guat Eng. 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.

    Official website: https://listenbyheart.webprojx.com.

    #ListenbyHeart

    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 Seas? We’d love to hear from you… SEND VOICE MESSAGE — Send in a voice message requires you to set up an account with Anchor.FM, a company affiliated with Spotify.


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    • 14 min
    S3E3 Dr. Chuah Guat Eng on her PhD Thesis, From Conflict to Insight: A Zen-Based Approach to Reading Fiction

    S3E3 Dr. Chuah Guat Eng on her PhD Thesis, From Conflict to Insight: A Zen-Based Approach to Reading Fiction

    In this third episode, Dr. Chuah Guat Eng details her PhD Thesis: A Zen Approach to Reading Fiction is a reading procedure originally proposed as her Masters thesis proposal submitted to the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia). She cites an example of how many literary critics have approached the works by Joseph Conrad. In multi-ethnic Malaysia, Guat wanted to explore the use of a Buddhist inspired, Zen-based method to approach works by fiction authors, without imposing one's own culture or values on the text. She poses the question on how one is able to gain deeper insights into an author's text when the approach is Zen-based.
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    Dr. Chuah Guat Eng is a Malaysian novelist and professional writer who read English Literature at University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur, German Literature at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, and she has a PhD from the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia). Guat Eng has two novels - Echoes of Silence published in 1994 in English, and translated recently into Italian and German. Her other novel, Days of Change came out in 2010. She also has three collections of short stories. They are Tales from the Baram River (2001), The Old House and Other Stories (2008), and Dream Stuff (2014). Some of her short stories have been translated into other languages, including Malay, Chinese, Slovene, and Spanish. She’s currently working on her third novel, and occasionally teaches subjects related to literature and creative writing at a local university.
    *** 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. Chuah Guat Eng. 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.
    Official website: https://listenbyheart.webprojx.com.
    #ListenbyHeart
    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 Seas? We’d love to hear from you… SEND VOICE MESSAGE — Send in a voice message requires you to set up an account with Anchor.FM, a company affiliated with Spotify.

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    • 11 min

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