Tag Archives: Racism

The Two Chairs 2.0

Hey folks. You might have noticed that the blog has been on hiatus and we apologize for that.

Life gets in the way and The Two Chairs has been working behind the scenes to make certain projects happen and coming up with new ideas in our race thinklab (is that a word? It is now.).

We’ve been staying connected through our Facebook page and through Twitter but we will be featuring new content on this site soon! We promise!

To start it off (The Two Chairs 2.0), here’s a video by Marlon James, the first Jamaican writer to win the Man Booker prize in 2015, asking this question:

“Are you a non-racist or an anti-racist?”




Live Tweets: Hotham Community Forum

Yesterday night,  Azlan Petra (@azlanpetra) sat on @TheTwoChairs and live tweeted at Hotham Community Forum for the proposed repeal to Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

The live tweets showcase the voice of many concerned communities who are affected by the proposed changes. The federal government focuses their sight on the ideals of free speech but are blind to the realities  of the people who experience racism and racial vilification in their lives. Continue reading Live Tweets: Hotham Community Forum

The Two Chairs chats with Kevin Lim – Local comedian

Please introduce yourself and what you do

My name is Seung Hwan Lim, that’s my real name. I go by Kevin on stage and in life in general because it just makes life easier. I came to Australia when I was four with my whole family.

What is your background?

My background is South Korean. I shouldn’t have to mention South but it seems to help.

Continue reading The Two Chairs chats with Kevin Lim – Local comedian

Everyday Racism – App review

Everyday Racism is an iPhone app released by All Together Now designed to literally put you in someone else’s skin and experience casual racism. You choose between three different characters, and over the course of a week multiple scenarios are presented to you and you then choose your reaction. We here at The Two Chairs chose a character each and tried it out.

Continue reading Everyday Racism – App review

The Two Chairs sits w. Zayaan

Suzanne (founder of TheTwoChairs) sits with Zayaan Jappie (@EvefromWestside) and talks about (lack of) diversity in Australian film industry.

Topic of discussion: It’s Women International day. Lets celebrate by discussing diversity and women in the filming industry 🙂

Join us and find out on Sunday.

Zaayan Jappie studied film at UTS (NSW, Australia) and ITESM (Mexico). Her first film Rima; about a young Muslim who wears the veil and works in the modified car industry in Western Sydney was selected for various local and international film festivals, including the Dubai International Film Festival, Dungog and Arab Film Festival. She also worked in LA assisting Luke Doolan, an oscar nominated director/editor. Eve is my next special project, the script was guided by producer Daniella Ortega. Eve was also a finalist for a Script Pitching Contest for Colourfest Film Festival 2013. Zayaan is currently raising funds to make the film, check it out at: www.pozible.com/evethefilm

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The Two Chairs with Kate Iselin ( You are welcome in Australia comic )

Dan (Editor of TheTwoChairs) sits with Kate Iselin to chat about her new comic book Pozible campaign.

First off, please introduce yourself and your current project.

My name is Kate Iselin and my project is a Pozible campaign for a comic called “You are welcome in Australia

Continue reading The Two Chairs with Kate Iselin ( You are welcome in Australia comic )

The Two Chairs with Luke Pearson

Suzanne (founder of TheTwoChairs) sits with Luke Pearson (@LukeLPearson) and chat about racism in Australia and ask him the big question:

What does he mean by “White Australian?”
Join us and find out on Sunday.

https://plus.google.com/u/1/b/103334731681551946358/events/c8nrf6vhh39massmppcvvnm0mrsAbout Luke Pearson: Many in the social media and cultural advocacy scene regard Luke Pearson as a leading authority and much-sought speaker on Aboriginal rights and education. He is the creator of @IndigenousX. For over 10 years, he has contributed to the discussions and policies for Indigenous education and excellence. He is also an experience educator, writer, facilitator, mentor, public speaker and advocator.

Sunday 2nd March 2014
Time: 6.00PM (Sydney time)

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Vanity Fair and It’s ‘Colourful’ Cover


Have you checked out the amazing cover for this year’s Vanity Fair?

SMH, an Australian based newspaper, had the audacity to release a headline with the word “colourblind.” Such poor choice of word a lack initiative and understanding; it’s a sad state of affairs to have a headlines as clickbait when it should be something to celebrate. Vanity Fair is also known for attracting criticism for excluding non-white actors and actresses.

The word “colourblind” has always been a confusing term, like the word “privilege”. Continue reading Vanity Fair and It’s ‘Colourful’ Cover

The case of being “Anti-White”

The Adventures of The Story Collector - Being Anti-White

Source:“Being Anti-White” by Suzanne Nguyen

The other week, while curating on @TheTwoChairs, I came across two new words: “white genocide” and “anti-white.” As a person interested in learning more about race and racism, I was rather mystified.

At first I thought maybe it is a satirical approach to ‘reverse racism.’ It wasn’t.  Continue reading The case of being “Anti-White”