41. Exploring & Challenging Cultural Differences Between the East & West w/ Author and Lawyer, Rebecca Lim
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Have you ever felt conflicted because a family member's old school way of thinking doesn't align with what you value? Or felt a pull between being Asian and being Australian? Growing up Asian in the west comes with many beautiful things but it can also harbour feelings of confusion and disconnect as we explore our cultural identity. From gendered stereotypes to challenging patriarchal ways of thinking in Asian households, we chat to the incredibly intelligent author, illustrator, editor and lawyer, Rebecca Lim. Rebecca is the author of over 20 books, including Tiger Daughter, The Astrologer's Daughter (a Kirkus Best Book of 2015 and CBCA Notable Book for Older Readers), Afterlight and the bestselling Mercy. Her work has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award, Aurealis Award, INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award and Davitt Award, and has also been longlisted for the Gold Inky Award and the David Gemmell Legend Award. We are so lucky to have her join us on the poddy today as she brings her brilliant insights, witty sense of humour and passion for equality and diversity & inclusion. You can find more Rebecca Lim here and follow her on instagram here. E P I S O D E O U T L I N E ------------------------------------------ •Growing up as an Asian Australian in rural Queensland •Casual racism •Cultural and societal pressures of being an Asian female •Gendered stereotypes •Value differences between generations •The migration experience •Challenging old school waves of thinking •The 'invisible leash' •Patriarchy in Asian countries •Western vs. Asian contexts of feminism and equality •Having arguments with parents because of cultural values and differences •Linking silence with respect and obedience •Why change is can be so difficult •Seeing the other side of the spectrum •Background of Rebecca Lim's novel, Tiger Daughter •Importance of Asian representation and migrant stories in books T I M E S T A M P S -------------------------------- 01:52 Rebecca Lim's background 03:00 Discussion begins If you'd like to continue the conversation, please message us. We'd love to hear from you, feel free to slide into our dms on instagram: @unapologeticallyazn or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org We also have a website BABY!!!! Check us out at www.unapologeticallyasian.com.au ✨ Be sure to check out the amazing Asian Australian Mental Health Initiative at https://www.justshapesandsounds.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/justshapesandsounds/. Join the 3 month trial of the Shapes & Sounds Club from the end of April to July and get the first month FREE!!! We'll see you on there! ✨ 🍨 Also, thanks to Scoopy Milk Bar for sponsoring this episode. For the month of April, 2021, you can use our code UA15 during checkout for 15% off their menu! Check out their website and... --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/unapologeticallyasian/message… continue reading