Podcast: A noodle soup

Food is the most routine yet special thing that could remind us about the place and people back in time, with just a taste of it. The homemade food has its magic to cure...

Comfort in history: Foucault’s guide to mental illness

“Just want you to fill out this form.” Disinterested, she passes me a pen and a form with rows of boxes. How I answer these will determine what kind of mad I am. If I...

Podcast: Releasing Steam

A self-proclaimed cooking enthusiast comes to the alarming realisation that she doesn’t know how to make any food from her home country as a first generation Hong Kong Australian migrant. Her father is dubious but...

Sarajevo’s solace

An early memory of growing up in Sarajevo flashes from my days in kindergarten less than a decade after the 1423-day siege the city came to be known for during the Bosnian war. Among...

How calligraphy gave Jingbo Ho a second go at life

“I'm 85 years old, but I think my life is still wonderful and full now, and that's what calligraphy gives me." When Jingbo Ho talks about calligraphy, his joy is palpable and his eyes glisten...

Voices on the air, on the edge

“It’s taken a lot of lamingtons and raffle tickets to get to where we are now.” David Lewis is proudly patting an elaborate switchboard surrounded by turntables, microphones, and computer monitors. We’re standing in the...

Newsroom: Dave Donovan, Independent Australia

David Donovan is the creator and publisher of Independent Australia, which he started in June 2010. It is now one of Australia's most popular independent online news and opinion websites, with a strong focus on investigative journalism...

Meet the new generation of China’s digital entertainers

A new wave of youthful entertainers is breaking with the entertainment industry's traditional model of chasing dreams through live streaming. The world's video streaming industry has exploded in recent years. A growing number of talented...

Scott Morrison promises gas-fuelled recovery for Kurri Kurri

I drive into Kurri Kurri northwards from Sydney. It's a familiar suburban canvas of plain-Jane weatherboard houses and rusty clotheslines. People speak in abbreviations and the streets are named in numbers; First Street, Second...

Beautiful World, Where Are You

Same, Same but....different? Maddison Boyling considers the familiar and the new in Sally Rooney's latest release Beautiful World, Where Are You ticks all the boxes on the Rooney checklist: intellectual, young, socialist main characters;...