Race Matters

Race Matters | Podcast

Conversations for people trying to understand the value in their racial and cultural identity.

Race Matters is a weekly show, airing live on Sydney’s FBi Radio each Monday at 5:30pm. It sees Sara Khan and Darren Lesaguis chat race, culture, representation, arts and current affairs with a range of guests.



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Episode 46: Invasion Day

Ahead of Invasion Day 2020, we talk the ongoing colonisation of this country, what productive, positive allyship can look like, and shifting the focus from simply changing the date to changing the system. // Invasion Day rallies are happening all over the country on Sunday January 26 - we'll see you at the Warrang leg, starting in Hyde Park at 11am.

From the Vault: The Other-Race Effect (with Avani Dias)

Have you ever been mistaken for someone of a similar ethnic background? Journalist and triple j Hack host Avani Dias explains the psychology behind this phenomenon. Plus, we talk about how social media groups can foster a sense of community by shining a light on common diasporic experiences. This conversation originally aired in November 2018, on FBi Radio's breakfast show Up For It.

Bonus: A 2019 Retrospective

When did you realise there is power in your race? For more than half the year, we've been asking each guest that comes on Race Matters that very question. So we thought we'd run through a few of them. In this episode, you'll hear from Bhenji Ra, Nayuka Gorrie, Abdul Abdullah, Benjamin Law, Min Jin Lee, Glenny Thomas, Lena Nahlous, Rainbow Chan, Damian Griffis, Ying-Di Yin, Justin Tam, Vicki Van Hout, Joel Bray, Candy Bowers, Aanisa Vylet, Soo-min Shim, Felicia Foxx and Jordy Shea. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all of our guests this year for their stories, wisdom, humour and vulnerability. And thank YOU for listening. Here's to big things in 2020! x

Episode 45: Just Us (with Nessa Turnbull-Roberts)

Content warning: this episode contains discussion of suicide, depression and abuse. If this brings anything to the surface for you, or you just need to talk to someone, please see contact any of the following: Lifeline Crisis Hotline: 13 11 14 / eHeadspace: 1800 650 890 / Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 / Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 // On a recent Friday morning, Bundjalung woman Nessa Turnbull-Roberts submitted her Honours thesis, and a few hours later won the Young People's Human Rights Medal. We spoke to her about how she deals with the colonial oppression of universities, her thoughts on Reconciliation Week, and how she practices self-care after protests.

Episode 44: Cya 2019!

We reflect on the year gone by, and some of the incredible guests we've been lucky enough to have join us this year. Plus, we chat a couple of recent milestone moments, and our ones to watch for 2020.

Episode 43: Beyond the Walls (with Glenny Thomas)

Glenny Thomas from community arts organisation Phunktional talks us through how dance can be used to combat the damage of youth incarceration.

Episode 42: Kasama Kita (with Jordy Shea)

Filipino-Australian playwright Jordy Shea on what drew him to drama, the importance of community and 'Kasama Kita' - his play currently showing at Belvoir's Downstairs Theatre.

Episode 41: Farewell Rhyan!

Rhyan joins us one last time as an in-studio host, for an emotional and laughter-filled yarn with Sara about some of his favourite moments over the past year, and what Race Matters has meant to him. We love you Rhyan!

Episode 40: The Farewell (with Ying-Di Yin and Justin Tam)

When it comes to Asian representation in the media, what's changed over the past year? Following last week's reprise of their conversation around Crazy Rich Asians, we brought back Justin Tam and Ying-Di Yin to talk about Lulu Wang's 2019 film The Farewell, sidelining whiteness in ethnic narratives and the complexities of bi-culturalism.

Episode 39: Crazy Rich Asians (with Ying-Di Yin and Justin Tam)

Does Asian representation in the media cut it? Publicist and actor Ying-Di Yin and writer and producer Justin Tam return to Race Matters this month to chat Lulu Wang's film The Farewell – but before they do, revisit their chat from last year, talking Crazy Rich Asians.

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