Asian Australian voices amplified

A new podcast takes a deep dive into everyday lives, from the footy fields, to a tofu factory, to the Bendigo dragons.

Shifting Subjects is a new podcast series telling stories from and about Asian Australian life, with each episode a self-contained documentary in itself. ArtsHub reached out to its creator, journalist and radio producer Lisa Divissi, to find out more about this initiative – a partnership between Liminal (an anti-racist literary platform with a focus on the Asian Australian experience) and Broadwave (a curated network of Australian podcasts telling community-driven stories).

In its first season the podcast consists of five discrete audio interviews, but with the surfeit of podcasts around do we really need another one? Divissi is adamant there’s room for more: ‘I think something the world needs more of is good, considered, narrative journalism. It needs storytellers who are motivated and have the means to take time out from churning out content in order to make work that is reflexive in its processes and approaches to reportage – not just to ensure a level of quality and ethical integrity, but also to make it interesting and entertaining to listen to,’ she says.

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Thuy On is the Reviews and Literary Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her debut, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was released by University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP). Her second collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Her third book, Essence, will be published in 2025. Twitter: @thuy_on Instagram: poemsbythuy