Rice PrivilegeMar 31, 2020
Episode 15 // "It's Giving White Saviour Complex" - Carmen Rose, The 1975 and Being Queer in Malaysia
This story is a rare perfect storm of pop culture, race, politics, religion and sexual identity, so you know Rice Privilege had to jump on it!
We speak with Malaysian drag artist Carmen Rose about what it's like to be a queer public figure in a conservative, religious society, her reaction to Matty Healy's onstage antics which led to the cancellation of Good Vibes Festival, as well as what exactly she means by the infinitely quotable diss: "It's giving white saviour complex".
Episode 14 // Don't Call Me Oppa: Asian Fetishisation
Episode 13 // Berlin, Babies & Belonging // (We are back after a one year hiatus!)
A lot has changed in a year! Check out this recap of our lives this past year and how a change of scenery to Berlin has helped many artists and creatives, including Jason, discover a sense of belonging. Meanwhile, Kevin grapples with the idea of belonging and what that could mean for raising a mixed race child in the 21st Century!
Episode 12: One Fish, Two Fish...Dr Seuss Racist?
Dr Seuss has been trending recently for his caricatures of other races in lesser known publications. Translated into the 21st Century, Kevin and Jason discuss the man behind the famous children's books, a little bit about cancel culture, and why wearing stereotypical 'Chinese' clothing these days just doesn't go over too well.
Episode 11: The Vaccine Against BTS
A German radio DJ made a joke about BTS' cover of a classic Coldplay tune. It comes fairly ill-timed during a time of intensifying hate against Asian migrants across the world, and the ARMY responded in kind. Here's our take on the story.
Episode 10: Minari & The Immigrant Dream
Directed by Lee Isaac Chung and starring Steven Yeun, Minari is an award-winning and critically-acclaimed film, garnering praise for its portrayal of the American dream through a Korean lens of storytelling. But is it authentic? Or is it like finding carrots in your kimchi? We dissect some of the aspects of the film that worked, and some that just didn't.
Episode 9: Blackpink & The Toxic Kpop Industry
Jason and Kevin discuss Netflix's new Blackpink documentary and what it's been like as longtime fans of Kpop to see the new Hallyu wave take over Gen Z, including the dark industry secrets they don't want you to know about.
Episode 8: Pielmieni and the Post-Soviet Diaspora
When East meets East, we can only get stronger!! We speak with our good friend Maya Shin and find out about her childhood growing up in Siberia as a fourth-generation born Russian Korean, what she has learned about racism during adulthood in Prague, and what secret Asian recipes her Russian-Korean parents cook at home.
Episode 7: Neue Beginnings: Bauhaus & Student Life
Jason and Kevin catch up over Jason's recent move to Dessau, Germany to study, reflections on the student life, and most importantly, whether or not he could find any Chinese food nearby.
Episode 6: Tik Tok & A Chinese Conspiracy
Kevin and Jason discuss Jason's brush with Tik Tok fame and how growing up might have been different if they had an app such as this at their disposal. Also...conspiracy theories!
Episode 5: Do Thu Trang: Perspectives of a Vietnamese Czech Writer
We speak with prominent Vietnamese Czech writer and blogger Do Thu Trang about growing up on the outskirts of the Czech Republic, navigating knedliky and pho bo, and what the future holds for multiculturalism in Central Eastern Europe.
Read her blog on asijatka.cz.
Episode 4: Growing up Aussie with Kevin
Jason turns the mic on Kevin for an insight into what it was like growing up on the east coast of Australia before moving to Central Eastern Europe.
Episode 3: Hongwei Tang // Graphic Design & Kung Pao Wiener Schnitzel
We speak with Austrian-Chinese digital artist and photographer Hongwei Tang about his experience growing up in the Austrian countryside and wondering why the locals would stop at his dad's restaurant for wiener schnitzel und bier.
Episode 2: COVID-19 & Why Do Asians Love Face Masks So Much?
Kevin and Jason discuss their quarantine experience and whether they dare to wear their face masks in public or not.
Episode 1: An Introduction
Welcome to rice privilege with Kevin Loo and Jason Nam.