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Listen by Heart | Stories from Women of the South China Seas

Listen in to conversations with women of the South China Seas in search of one common thread -- life purpose... Podcast host Jasmine Low speaks with women of this region, shares their stories and narrates articles from yesteryear and delves into her 10-year research into sound frequencies and how that got her to "Listen by Heart" in finding her own purpose. Were all of the women before her in search of the same goal? It's telling in the daily greeting by Nanyang migrants in their own dialects, "Have you eaten?". Is this why so many people share food pics because it's a trophy for survival?

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Liminality 002: Conversations with Shirl by Jasmine H. Low

Here's a conversation recorded one afternoon as I chat with Shirl while she eats — her favourite thing to do! We speak in English, Malay and Hokkien. This is an experimental concept, where podcast host/producer Jasmine H. Low records periods during her day as a carer for mum...  The first few seconds are sounds recorded while Jasmine escapes for a coffee break at the beach while Shirl sleeps. These in-between moments give room for much thought, reflection and creativity.  A step forward usually means a push off of faith, gaining momentum and power for a larger stride. It also requires trust to move ahead in search for another door to open. It’s that unknown lull, that time at sea travelling from one place place to an unknown land, eager in anticipation. I think of the women before me, my mother's mother, my mother and in this recording, I asked about her comfort foods from her mother’s time. It seems the making of, the eating and convening over food provided much comfort for the women from my family. I hope you have enjoyed listening to this first Season, where I feature my own personal poetry, stories and conversations with mum.  Over the course of the next few seasons, I shall be introducing a long list of amazing women with heritage from countries surrounding the South China Seas. Thank you and enjoy these audio journeys with me.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/listenbyheart/message

8mins

10 Jun 2021

Rank #1

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Girl Gungho: Identity | Written and narrated by Jasmine H. Low

Written and narrated by Jasmine H. Low.  Girl Gungho: Identity is a quirky teaser, fiction laced with some real-life experiences about growing up in Kuala Lumpur in the 80s, the yearn to find balance and gender equality and the big move from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney as a student. Thank you for listening.  Enjoy!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/listenbyheart/message

2mins

13 May 2021

Rank #2

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Liminality 001 | Conversations with Shirl by Jasmine H. Low

Sounds recorded by Jasmine H. Low + an afternoon chat with Shirl.  An experimental concept, where the producer Jasmine H. Low records periods during her day as a carer for mum... Unspoken quiet moments while Shirl sleeps.These in-between moments give room for much thought, reflection and creativity. A step forward usually means a push off of faith, gaining momentum and power for a larger stride. It also requires trust to move ahead in search for another door to open. It’s that unknown lull, that time at sea travelling from one place place to an unknown land, eager in anticipation. I think of the women before me, my mother's mother, my mother and in this recording, I asked about her career choice. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/listenbyheart/message

2mins

12 May 2021

Rank #3

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Don't go so busy | Written and narrated by Jasmine H. Low

Spoken word performance written and narrated by Jasmine H. Low  At the doorstep of BIMP-EAGA nations, China, US & Australian ships have been ‘patrolling’ the South China Sea since Easter. “The South China Sea holds an estimated 190 trillion 👀 cubic feet of natural gas and 11 billion barrels of oil in proved and probable reserves, with much more potentially undiscovered — source AMTI”. I’ve often wondered about the Nanyang women who had to brave the seas, in search for a better land, a husband, a new life. I often wondered how they must have felt, their mothers, thinking they may never see their daughters again. My focus is on the women, because many of them never had their name documented. This Mother’s Day, I’d like to remember them.  — don't go so busy —  don't go so busy with your phones looking to the West when Western ideals are already insipidly you, I mean what are YOUR values today huh? Hah? Or does BTS speak to you more than your Tea’s gone Cold?  don't go so busy with your serial whatsapp groups posting what you ate yesterday in the Western suburbs when so many troops are already in our open waters, and 53 died when their old sub broke under 500-metres, don't go so busy choosing your cereal, your toothpaste while listening to that joe rogan on your airpods, washing your brains with #hashtags not even relevant to you, oh, wait, it’s now #stopasianhate  don't go so busy run run running a million miles, yes miles we once were before the metre, cos you're just feeding the big brother watching your every movement, even your fittest of bits, don't go so clever posting pics of your every meal, your lunch, your dinner, your piece of keto liver, your every calorie saved, your fitness pal my fitness pal who cares  don't go so crazy do research, research here, research there, wondering which vaccine won't give you clots, when your blood is already thickened by sucralose, sorbitol and every sweetener the world has ever seen, see, those dots? Ya it’s keratosis pilaris as that tiktok md says, but why is it a new normal, doc?!  haiya, don't go la, just sit back, relax, drink your teh tarik and make it kurang manis, eat your Roti dipped in dahl and sambal, but so much carbs liao ditch the koay teow, turn on the news at the mamak but WAIT cannot be...  Is that Ann Lee* on TV?! Are we back in 1993?!  — BACKGROUND —  a woke prose as there are those who are wagging dog's tails, donno what it means ah? google la, wag the dog's tail is mean make you so busy you look look look your teevee until you don't see where you walk then BOOM fall into longkang lah!  thank you ah!  — LISTEN ACROSS ALL PLATFORMS —  Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/listenbyheart/message Apple podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/dont-go-so-busy-by-jasmine-h-low/id1561979585?i=1000520814627 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2KtGiS7UbiwX8GdiJWk6ip?si=qNuyiJQiSbO-bb3y9cKhYw&dl_branch=1 Website: https://listenbyheartpodcast.Wordpress.com YouTube: https://youtu.be/JJDXPMqjykQ America's CNN article in reference: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/12/china/south-china-sea-taiwan-military-tensions-intl-hnk/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2nf9qelH01w54oJuPvN4xF3F4vn_cGKgCoLNGz3cOVbvYFlexOVv8cAxs China's CGTN article for comparison: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-04-09/China-urges-U-S-to-stop-provocative-acts-in-South-China-Sea-ZjXidJrpOE/index.html VICE article about sub that broke: https://www.vice.com/en/article/bvzx84/chilling-photos-indonesian-submarine-military *Dr Ann Lee was a former newscaster on RTM2, Malaysia and is an award-winning playwright, presenter and researcher. ^Longkang = drain--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/listenbyheart/message

3mins

10 May 2021

Rank #4

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The Magpies | Written by Denis Glover | Narrated by Jasmine H. Low

The Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) is a black and white chesty bird native to Australia and New Guinea. Famous for their vocalisations that mimic the environment, Jasmine was targeted three consecutive times and was 'swooped' on her head while walking past a street in Zetland, NSW. When she recorded this from her mother's balcony in Sydney, there was surely a commotion, magpies were congregating from one tree then to another. What a loud and busy affair it was! The Magpies is one of the most well-known poems, depicting the everlasting and unchanging Magpie call (nature) as life happens (passage of time). It was written in only six stanzas by New Zealand poet, printer, publisher, satirist, sailor and boxer Denis Glover (1912-1980). And here's the most famous, benign line that seems so simple and yet time withstanding: -- "And Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle/The magpies said," -- Read the full poem: https://www.dpmms.cam.ac.uk/~tf/poem10.html Listen to a Paul Kelly version of this as a song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-Xja7YEhWw -- ABOUT THE STORY TELLER -- Low reads this as a tribute to the nation, Australia, one of the luckiest countries in the world, her second home. She is neither native to the other land she calls home, Malaysia, but that is still her Motherland. The land where her mother and her mother's mother were born, bred and lived. They were the Nanyang Chinese who immigrated at the turn of the 20th century in search of a new home. As a fourth generation Malaysian Chinese now living in Australia, IDENTITY has been a lifelong quest. No land welcomes her home except in the quiet of her heart. Even there, appears a conflict of duality where an all-serving filial piety native meets a braver Mulan-like idealistic artist. Who wins? Not her but the Magpie will keep its calling true. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/listenbyheart/message

2mins

19 Apr 2021

Rank #5

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Murmurs | Written and narrated by Jasmine H. Low

Written and narrated by Jasmine H. Low. The departure from colonialism.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/listenbyheart/message

1min

7 Apr 2021

Rank #6

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I am not loud by nature | Written and narrated by Jasmine H. Low

Written and narrated by Jasmine Low.Insatiable. Chasing. Knowing.And the letting go, when knowing is enough.This piece was originally written in 12 Jan 2009 and rewritten in March 2021 following an in-depth critique by Malaysian playwright & researcher Dr. Ann Lee. The author writes about a duality in her identity, in her love for her native country, torn by a new love for her adopted place of abode. A new country. Like two lovers courting and dancing, these two countries beckon her like a lover promising more than they can deliver. Will she go with her head or her heart?--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/listenbyheart/message

4mins

7 Apr 2021

Rank #7

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Welcome to the Listen by Heart project | A message from Jasmine H. Low

The back story  From 2003-2012, I was actively writing, performing spoken word poetry and organising poetry & music gigs in the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia circuit. Together with Jerome Kugan, Sabahan singer songwriter and then editor of a lifestyle magazine KLUE, we formed Wayang Kata in collaboration with the British Council Malaysia and Apples & Snakes UK to showcase performance poetry. Those were great days of unraveling stories from so many interesting layers of society and cultures. I had an idea back in 2006-2007 to collect and curate stories in the form of poetry, song and short stories for an audio book titled ROOMS. I recorded two original performance poetry pieces I wrote - one was performed at The Actors' Studio Bangsar and the other was a gig. I collected at a few recordings from women writers and poets, but never published it. That idea never left me, it was always there, just waiting for the right time and I think this year may be the right time to bring it alive. In conjunction with International Women's Day and their tagline #ChoosetoChallenge for spoken word poets, this one's for all of you ladies! Read more about IWD 2021... Who has inspired all of this? A young lady by the name of Amanda Gorman at the inauguration of Joe Biden as President & Kamala Harris as Vice President of the United States of America. So here goes... This is an open call to women of Southeast Asian heritage, no matter where you're living now. I'd love to hear your stories and if you'd like to be featured on this show, drop me a voice message and I'll get back to you. It began as a TEDx talk in 2015 and at the time, it was called Listen to Your Heart. I presented an idea about sound frequencies and how that research led me to realise what played importance in my own life (learn more). I hope you'll enjoy these recordings and readings as much as I have in writing, recording and producing them here. I kick off the project with conversations between my mother and I. I will also be narrating poetry of my own and of others. Thank you and enjoy the audio journey! Sincerely, Jasmine Low #ListenbyHeart 30 March 2021 in Sydney, Australia --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/listenbyheart/message

3mins

29 Mar 2021

Rank #8

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Listen by Heart - trailer

Listen in to conversations with women of the South China Seas in search of one common thread -- life purpose... Podcast host Jasmine Low speaks with women of this region, shares their stories and narrates articles from yesteryear and delves into her 10-year research into sound frequencies and how that got her to "Listen by Heart" in finding her own purpose.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/listenbyheart/message

28 Mar 2021

Rank #9