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 30: Come As You Are (with Damian Griffis)
Damian Griffis is a proud Worimi man and a leading advocate for the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability. It was an honour to have him on today's show, for a truly insightful chat with Sara about intersectionality, the pros of approaching disability with a social model, and his upcoming panel at Sydney Opera House's Antidote in September.
Plus – at the beginning of the show, Sara spoke about the crisis in Victoria at the moment, on the lands of the Djab Wurrung people. The sacred birthing trees of their lands are about to be knocked down to build a new highway by Victoria Roads. For directions to the protest and numbers to call if you can't physically make it there, head to dwembassy.com/.
Episode 29: Waltzing the Dragon (with Benjamin Law)
Darren Lesaguis talks to author and broadcaster Benjamin Law about 'Waltzing the Dragon', his two-part doco exploring the long and oft-surprising history between Australia and China. They also chat negotiating identity across generations, and 'Growing Up Queer in Australia' – the recent, vital anthology Law has edited.
Watch 'Waltzing the Dragon' on ABC iView, and find 'Growing Up Queer in Australia' in any good bookstore.
Episode 28: Gaosuwo (with Rainbow Chan)
Sydney multidisciplinary artist and musician Rainbow Chan chats language, culture and identity and how they fit into her new album, Pillar. If you're in Sydney, catch Rainbow live at The Chippo Hotel on Friday August 23.
Episode 27: Shine Bright (with Min Jin Lee)
Korean-American author Min Jin Lee talks today's America, her 2017 best-selling novel Pachinko, how home and language inform her identity, and why Rihanna's 'Diamonds' is the antithesis to tall poppy syndrome. The book Min recommends is Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation by David L. Eng and Shinhee Han. Plus – if you have some spare change this week, please consider donating to RAICES: https://www.raicestexas.org/
Episode 26: Creating Your Own (with Gerii Pleitez)
Author and publisher Gerii Pleitez talks writing, relocation and bypassing literary gatekeepers as a woman of colour.
Bonus: Race Matters Live! (with Dixie Crawford and Barbie-Lee Kirby)
Dixie Crawford and Barbie-Lee Kirby join Sara Khan for a special NAIDOC Week 2019 edition of Race Matters, recorded live at the Australian Museum.
Episode 25: A Queer Lexicon (with Peter Polites)
Sexual preference? Or a masked vehicle for racial and economic prejudice? Darren Lesaguis and Western Sydney Greek-Australian novelist, Peter Polites, dive in to the ways cis-gay men navigate identity and desire, including the ways language has been used to define our relationships. Peter's second novel, The Pillars, is out this month. It's a satirical interrogation of the Australian dream of home ownership over a bed of queer noir.
Episode 24: Why is My Curriculum White? (with Dixie Crawford and Omid Tofighian)
An insightful conversation with academic, activist and Behrouz Boochani's translator Omid Tofighian, plus a snippet from the live edition of Race Matters as part of NAIDOC Week 2019.
Episode 23: Faboriginal (with Felicia Foxx)
We celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019 with First Nations drag icon Felicia Foxx.
Episode 22: Talanoa (with Emele Ugavule)
Multidisciplinary storyteller Emele Ugavule talks about her work, her experience navigating various sectors of the arts industry, and how AI can promote cultural preservation.