SBS celebrates Lunar New Year with two new podcasts

On the day of the Lunar New Year, SBS have launched two new original podcasts, Chinese-ish and Mum Mane Ama.

In September 2021, SBS called for diverse Australian voices to share their ideas as they continue to grow their collection of distinctive podcasts, and Chinese-ish is the first podcast from SBS’ commissioning process to be released.

Chinese-ish is about what it’s like being a young Chinese-Australian in today’s Australia and the different things the experience can entail.

The English-language show is hosted by Wing Kuang and Mark Yin and is aimed at young second and third generation Chinese Australians.

Wing grew up in China and came to Australia as an international student, so as a relative ‘outsider’ to the Australian-Chinese community, she’ll be asking the questions some listeners might also be curious about.

Mark grew up in Melbourne, arriving with his family in Australia as a child. He’ll provide the ‘insider’ perspective, speaking to the distinct experiences of this ‘third culture’ of being Chinese in Australia.

The first episode looks at how new generations of Chinese-Australians are maintaining Lunar New Year traditions. Wing and Mark speak to Elvis Tran, a 20-year-old lion dance organiser, about his efforts to authentically celebrate Lunar New Year.

Mum Mane Ama (or Mum माने आमा), is a Nepali-language podcast about parenting in Australia, hosted by SBS Nepali producers Sunita Pokharel and Shikha Basnet.

The podcast covers sensitive and taboo topics in the community like IVF, single parenting, autism, pregnancy and raising children.

It’s conversational in tone, designed to be a companion for new parents as they grow their family in a country where they may not have access to close family support, and might not speak the dominant language fluently.

There’ll be first person experiences and well as experts weighing in on each topic.

You can now listen to the first episode of each show, and follow in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or the SBS Radio app.

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