Listen: Episode One.

Activist and organiser, Charandev Singh talks about his personal journey through grief and experiences of oppression, his political influences and awakenings and his life’s work of supporting families to achieve truth and justice through the Coronial Inquest process. Underpinning this, beauty and strength and learnings he has gained by from working closely with Aboriginal communities in Australia.

Who are we, when the practice dies away?

As I grow older I understand less what it means to be an East-Asian-presenting woman living in white-Australia, by which I mean that I feel a loss of identity tied in with a disconnection with culture and the presence of oppression. As a younger person I felt much more connected to the culture of the land that I was born because my family openly practiced it. But time has weakened that connection; over time our versions of ourselves become colonised by the dominant culture around us.

silence is heavy

Having lunch with an old friend last week, I realise that I had never heard his immigration story. We’ve known each other a long time, more than half our lives, and it was only when talking generally of refugee policy and some of the horrific stories coming out of Manus and Nauru, that I ask him for the first time about his own refugee history …