New Stories, Bold Legends: Stories from Sydney Lunar Festival
By Valerie Khoo
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From artists to brain surgeons, fashion designers to board directors – this series brings you the unique stories of people who celebrate Lunar New Year. Hosted by Valerie Khoo – Curator of the City of Sydney's annual Sydney Lunar Festival – it’s a journey into the Asian Australian experience. You’ll discover the personalities and passions of people who meld their cultural traditions with the sunburnt country that they call home.
||CleanEpisode 1: Marina Go, Chair of Wests Tigers and Non-Executive Board Director||Marina Go is chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club and has been named by Boss magazine as one of the country’s 20 True Leaders. She is author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders and has forged a successful board career after spending decades as a leading figure in the media industry. Marina is Chair of Ovarian Cancer Australia, a non-executive director of Energy Australia, Auto-sports Group, 7-Eleven, Pro-Pac, and The Walkley Foundation. Starting her career as a journalist, Marina then went on to a successful career in the media and was previously Head of Hearst Australia at Bauer Media. With an MBA under her belt, she is also Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre For Media Transition at the University of Technology Sydney. https://www.linkedin.com/in/marinago/ https://ovariancancer.net.au/||14 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Elaine Chia, CEO of City Recital Hall||Elaine Chia is CEO of City Recital Hall, one of Sydney’s leading arts, entertainment and festival venues. Her career spans music, theatre and visual arts, and she is a passionate advocate for the arts. Elaine’s formal introduction into arts management began with the Australian Youth Orchestra. Her role on her first symphony orchestra tour was to source and coordinate host families for 110 young musicians in 10 cities across Australia. In 1996, she managed the National Music Camp with 240 music students and 100 staff and volunteers. Her role as coordinator, wrangler, persuader and responsible big sister was thus cemented. Elaine’s journey next took her to Belvoir St Theatre as business manager, then to Sydney Conservatorium of Music as marketing and development manager. Elaine moved to Melbourne in 2004 where she took on the role of acting CEO of the AMEB, and later, business and finance manager at Heide Museum of Modern Art. She returned to the Sydney Conservatorium in 2007, to the newly created role of international development manager. She established new off-shore programs and tours in Asia, Europe and the United States. In 2010 Elaine joined the Australia Council for the Arts, where she oversaw the Australian representation at three Venice Biennales, and the redevelopment of the new Australian Pavilion, which opened in 2015 on time and on budget. Both projects were delivered as public-private partnerships. She joined City Recital Hall in 2016 as the first CEO of the not-for-profit company established to manage and curate an annual program at the 1238-seat venue. In 2.5 years, the number of concert and events presented by the company has quadrupled. Elaine is the chair of Contemporary Asian Australian Performance, a resident company at Carriageworks which is dedicated to making exceptional contemporary Asian Australian work for all audiences. She also actively supports the arts as a donor, because she can, and therefore, simply, she should. When Elaine is not living and breathing the arts, she loves to run, mainly to balance out her love of gelato. https://www.cityrecitalhall.com/ https://newstories.net.au/episode-2-elaine-chia/||14 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Brad Chan, Startup hub founder and CEO of Banna Property Group||Born in Australian to Chinese parents who were educated in Australia – but who came from Papua New Guinea – Brad says he wasn’t surrounded by many Asian traditions while he was growing up. Now Brad is founder of HaymarketHQ, a startup hub with a particular focus on helping startups grow into Asian markets. The hub also provides space for events and talks around subjects such as innovation, business in Asia and promoting culturally diverse leadership. He is also CEO of Banna Property Group, a third generation family business with a vision to transform its shopping centres into community hubs. Brad also acts as a mentor to both startups as well as individuals and retains a personal interest in angel investing. Previously, he was president of the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce for five years, sat on the City of Sydney Chinese New Year Advisory Committee and was the first president of the Australian Asian Association of Bennelong. He is currently a board director of Northcross Limited and is involved with community and local government committees. In 2018, he joined the board of DAWN, a purpose-led business with a vision to build culturally diverse leaders in the future. In 2016, he established the Banna Foundation, the family group’s philanthropy arm which currently supports a range of charities. Brad has a Bachelor in Applied Science (Land Economics), Post-Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment, Masters in Real Estate and Masters of Town Planning. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. https://www.haymarkethq.com/ http://www.banna.com.au/ https://newstories.net.au/episode-3-brad-chan/||14 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Jackie M, Chef and Youtube sensation||Jackie M is an expert on South-East Asian cuisine and has a whopping 1.9 million followers from around the world. She is a TV presenter, writer and pioneer of live video streaming, having broadcast the first of what would become a weekly cooking show back in 2012. Jackie moved to Australia at the age of 17, studied IT and learnt multiple languages including French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Hakka, Cantonese and more. After experimenting with recipes and running stalls at weekend markets, she eventually made the life-changing decision to ditch her IT career and follow full-time in the footsteps of her street-food vendor parents. She hasn’t looked back since. Jackie is also a proud sole parent to Noah, who was born with Down syndrome and a number of life-threatening conditions that saw him spend the first 7 months of his life in hospital. Through her public profile Jackie hopes to raise awareness of people with Down syndrome, and to inspire parents of sick children to see that life can be a blessing despite the challenges they face every day. https://jackiem.com.au/ https://newstories.net.au/episode-4-jackie-m/||14 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Ky Chow, media consultant and journalist||Ky Chow is media consultant and journalist. Ky has worked as a television and radio reporter and writer for Australia's top news organisations including the ABC, Sky News, the Australian Financial Review and SBS. Ky was the first male Chinese-Australian news reporter and his consulting work includes media training, freelance writing, video producing and presenting. http://KyChow.com/ https://newstories.net.au/episode-5-ky-chow/||14 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Pamela See, Artist and expert on traditional Chinese art of paper cutting||Pamela See is one of the artists featured in the Sydney Lunar Festival in 2019. Born in Brisbane to Chinese Malaysian parents who migrated to Australia, Pamela is the artist behind the beautiful sheep lantern inspired by the traditional art of Chinese paper cutting. Her technique bears resemblance to Foshan papercutting that emerged during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE) in her maternal family home province of Guangdong. Using a variety of knives, this style of papercutting is also applied to thin foils of metal. Over the past 20 years, Pamela has exhibited in Australia, China and the United States of America. This includes contributing to exhibitions at the International Curatorial and Studio Program (ICSP) in the US, the Qing Tong Museum in China, and the National Gallery of Australia. Her artwork is held in several institutional and corporate collections including: The Australian War Memorial, Parliament House (Canberra), The Art Gallery of South Australia, Chinachem (Hong Kong) and Swire Properties (Beijing). She is presently undertaking a PhD at Griffith University investigating the capacity of papercut to be translated into a variety of media including: knitting, animation and sculpture. https://newstories.net.au/episode-6-pamela-see/||15 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Dr Geoff Lee, State Politician and Member for Parramatta||Dr Geoff Lee is the Member for Parramatta. In March 2015, Dr Geoff Lee won the NSW seat of Parramatta for the second consecutive term. This is the first time in 60 years the seat has been held by a Liberal Party member for two consecutive terms. However, Geoff wasn’t always a politician and says he fell into it accidentally. He’s now Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Western Sydney and Multiculturalism. Dr Geoff Lee has both Australian and Chinese ancestry. His paternal grandfather originated from the providence of Zhongshan, Southern China and moved to Australia in the 1920s. His maternal ancestors are of English and Scottish descent arriving in Australia early in the 1800s. Before entering politics, Geoff was the Associate Dean (Engagement) at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) from 2007 to 2011, a lecturer in business at UWS from 2004 to 2007 and a TAFE teacher from 2002 to 2003. At UWS, Geoff was Head of Program for post-graduate marketing and international business, a coordinator and lecturer for a range of postgraduate and undergraduate courses. And before that, Geoff was the proprietor of Hambledon Garden Centre from 1992 to 2001. He’s a member of Parramatta Chamber of Commerce and is a champion of small business, saying that they are key drivers of innovation, economic growth and local jobs. Geoff holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticulture) from Hawkesbury Agricultural College, a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/members/Pages/member-details.aspx?pk=71 https://newstories.net.au/episode-7-geoff-lee/||15 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Angela Foong, co-founder of fashion label ‘High Tea with Mrs Woo’||Angela Foong is a fashion designer who co-founded the Newcastle-based label ‘High Tea with Mrs Woo’ with her sisters, Rowena and Juliana. The siblings were born in Malaysia and their family migrated to Australia in 1988. Fascinated with the memory, and the memoir of clothing, they explore the ability of fashion to unfold a great yarn. They describe each garment they make from a moment in time, a truth or a reminiscence – like Stuck in Ueno, Irreversible, We’re all mad here, Waiting for Jack to name a few. The name ‘High Tea with Mrs Woo’ is a nostalgic nod to the colonial-style high teas the siblings experienced when they were younger. The sisters say they are conscious of making decisions that support their sustainability practices on a daily basis, and work towards bettering the way they make, sell and consume things. This includes recycling and engaging in energy-saving functions as much as possible. All paper and textile waste is recycled or re-used. Furniture and fittings are sourced as locally as possible, vintage or second-hand, hand restored, re-worked, or designed and built with local skills. Trained in Graphic Design and Visual Communication, Rowena and Juliana draw on their diverse design skills whilst Angela brings her Economics and Commerce background to the table. High Tea with Mrs Woo’s store was established in 2004 and is in Cooks Hill, Newcastle. It has their clothing range and a curated selection of jewellery, accessories and shoes. It also features hand-crafted tableware, textiles and objects for gifts and home. http://www.highteawithmrswoo.com.au/ https://newstories.net.au/episode-8-angela-foong/||15 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Laurens Tan, Artist||Laurens Tan splits his time between Las Vegas, Beijing and Wollongong. He designed the Ox lantern for the Sydney Lunar Festival. Laurens was born in The Hague to Chinese Indonesian parents from Surabaya. At the age of 12, they migrated to Australia and while Laurens first got started in music and playing in bands, he eventually turned to studying art. His art practice has incorporated ceramics for many years, painting, and now innovative 3D installations that are seen in exhibitions all over the world. Linking sculpture, architectural & industrial design, 3D animation & video, graphics, music Laurens is concerned with the plight of a global trance as it affects cultural identity. His work has been curated in international survey exhibitions at the Iberia Center of Contemporary Art, Today Art Museum (Beijing), at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, Houston Museum of Art (USA), Seoul National University Museum of Art, Gana Galleries (S. Korea), the Shizuoka Perfectural Art Museum (Japan) and at the National Galleries of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and the Sydney Powerhouse Museum in Australia. Recent commissions: the City of Sydney giant Monkey lantern sculptures at the Sydney Opera House to celebrate the Lunar New Year (2016-18); Zappos.com at Zappos Downtown, Las Vegas (2016), Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA, 2016), Rockhampton City Gallery (2017). His ‘Babalogic in the Desert’ is on exhibition at the Sahara West Library, Las Vegas for the year September 2017-18. He is Adjunct Professor at Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, China (since 2006) and LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia (since 2011). He completed a Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA) in Communications and Media, University of Technology Sydney, Australia (2006- his thesis ‘The Architecture of Risk’ had Las Vegas as his focus and primary research site), a Master of Creative Arts (MCA) in Visual & Cultural Identity, University of Wollongong, Australia (1991). He has served as academic coordinator in Art (since 1980) & Design (since 1992) and taught in undergraduate and graduate programs in Australia, USA and China. Laurens served as Board member for the Asian Australian Art Association, Sydney (1997-2007), Wollongong City Gallery (2006-08) and Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Sydney (2016-current), and as Artist Advisory Group Member, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2004-06). http://www.laurenstan.com/ https://newstories.net.au/episode-9-laurens-tan/||15 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Kate Bagnall, historian and expert on Chinese migration to Australia||Kate Bagnall is a historian and expert on Chinese migration in Australia. Kate’s fascination with China start decades ago and she’s currently co-editing a publication on Chinese Australian women, from some of the earliest women who settled here from China. It’s an important initiative because, as Kate says, we tend of think of Chinese Australian history as a history of men and there isn’t much information around on the contribution or participation of Chinese women in Australian life. Kate is slowly uncovering some of this history. And she’s finding stories that need to be told. There is other academic research, by Alanna Kamp, actually about the erasure of Chinese-Australian women from our history books and from research. Kate, along with nine other historians, are looking to change that. Kate’s historical work focuses on Chinese migration and settlement in the British settler colonies of the Pacific Rim before 1940. She has a PhD in Australian history from the University of Sydney, and is an ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Humanities & Social Inquiry at the University of Wollongong. Her first book, Chinese Australians: Politics, Engagement and Resistance (co-edited with Sophie Couchman), was published by Brill in January 2015. As mentioned, she has also done research on Chinese women in colonial New South Wales and has put together an edited collection about Chinese women in Australian history, with chapters by nine other historians. The book is yet to be published but will be the first academic history book on the lives of Chinese Australian women before 1950. Katebagnall.com https://newstories.net.au/episode-10-kate-bagnall/||15 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Dai Le, diversity champion and founder of DAWN Network||Dai Le is a champion for diversity and, as a result, founded DAWN, a platform that gives voice to diverse and inclusive talent who are shaping today’s society. Dai speaks, consults, and help organisations understand the economic and social benefits of leveraging diversity and inclusion as part of their business development, market innovation and corporate responsibility. Prior to establishing DAWN, Dai was an award-winning journalist, film-maker and broadcaster with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). She was named one of AFR-Westpac’s Top 100 Influential Women in Australia in 2014. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Dai spent many years in refugee camps in South East Asia before being accepted for resettlement in Australia. Her childhood experiences and growing up with a dual identity – being a Vietnamese in Australia and western cultural surroundings, helped to shape her perception of life. It has also made her a passionate advocate for refugees and migrant communities. Together with her diverse and highly experienced team at DAWN they create online content, network, and thought-leadership discussions with a genuine lens on inclusion and diversity. With over 20 years of change making experience, Dai is a strong believer in the use of storytelling to inspire, educate and inform. She currently serves as an Advisory Board Member to Multicultural NSW, a Government statutory body; she’s an Ambassador for Fairfield Relay for Life, and NSW Cancer Council Greater Western Sydney. Dai is also a breast cancer survivor. www.dawnnetwork.co https://newstories.net.au/episode-11-dai-le/||15 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Ien Ang, Professor and Author of ‘On Not Speaking Chinese’||Ien Ang, is a Professor of Cultural Studies at Western Sydney University. Ien is Chinese and was born in Indonesia but her parents migrated to The Netherlands when she was 12. Her books, including Watching Dallas, Desperately seeking the audience and On not speaking Chinese, are recognised as classics in the field and her work has been translated into many languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Turkish, German, Korean, and Spanish. Her most recent books are The art of engagement: culture, collaboration, innovation (University of Western Australia Press, 2011, co-edited with Elaine Lally and Kay Anderson) and Cultural diplomacy: beyond the national interest (Routledge, 2016, co-edited with Yudhishthir Raj Isar and Phillip Mar). Professor Ang’s work deals broadly with patterns of cultural flow and exchange in our globalised world, focusing on issues such as: the formation of audiences and publics the politics of identity and difference migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism in Australia and Asia issues of representation in contemporary cultural institutions. She is a champion of collaborative cultural research and has worked extensively with partner organisations such as the NSW Migration Heritage Centre, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Special Broadcasting Service, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the City of Sydney. Professor Ang has had the title of Distinguished Professor conferred on her by Western Sydney University in recognition of her outstanding research record and eminence. She is the first person at the University to be conferred with this honour. https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ics/people/researchers/ien_ang https://newstories.net.au/episode-12-ien-ang/||15 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Louise Zhang, Artist||Louise Zhang is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans painting, sculpture and installation. She designed the playful Monkey Tower lantern for the Sydney Lunar Festival. With an interest in horror cinema, particularly the body horror genre, Zhang is interested in the dynamics between the attractive and repulsive. By exploring how themes of perceived innocence such as prettiness and cuteness can be contrasted with notions of the perverse and monstrous, Zhang explores the intersection of fear, anxiety and a sense of otherness in the construction of identity. Based in Sydney, Louise has had multiple solo shows both in Australia and Beijing. https://www.louisezhang.com/ https://newstories.net.au/louise-zhang/||17 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Professor Charlie Teo, brain surgeon||Professor Charlie Teo is one of Australia’s leading brain surgeons and is known for operating on brain tumours that have been considered by many others as ‘inoperable’. He’s the only Australian neurosurgeon to be Board Certified in both Australia and the US, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, has also been named the Most Trusted Person in Australia for the last five consecutive years. Professor Teo primarily works at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital in Sydney and established the Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery. He has been invited to many distinguished universities in more than 50 countries as Visiting Professor, including Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Stanford universities in the USA, Marburg University in Germany and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. In 2017 he founded the Charlie Teo Foundation, which raises awareness and funds the frontlines of brain cancer research, with a focus on Australian research, clinical trials and patients. https://newstories.net.au/charlie-teo/||17 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
I love this podcast - what a fascinating insight into the many different experiences of Asian Australians... such a great line up of guests, and a lively, astute interviewer.