Giving up the food of my family: life as a vegan in diaspora

Originally posted on Media Diversified:
Erica Em discusses the challenges of giving up traditional Cambodian food and the cultural consequences of becoming vegan Switching to veganism has been a conflicting journey of balancing my personal beliefs on the one hand, and my cultural heritage on the other. Whilst I live in Australia, I have Cambodian parents, and food has always been one of the few… Continue reading Giving up the food of my family: life as a vegan in diaspora

On paying it forward, mentoring and January

Another January Monday, another request to help give someone a leg up into arts. I am very lucky. My 18 year old self does not know that such a person as I can exist. Much less that I’ll get to be her. This very afternoon I have booked three theatre tickets to three shows all of which I know the origin of, all of which … Continue reading On paying it forward, mentoring and January

What Next: for the Ladywell Playtower

Since September 2017, Annette Corbett and I have revived the Lewisham chapter of the What Next movement. We meet the first Friday of every month at 8.30 am for an hour. What Next is all about taking actions that will place arts and culture at the centre of the community. So it seemed to us that we should play our part in the consultation about … Continue reading What Next: for the Ladywell Playtower

Can you get us all moving? Movement Directors only need apply

MOVEMENT DIRECTOR  – we need to talk….

Just Jones & is a theatre company touring nationally with our base in South East London. Our shows are built with, by and for our audiences which makes them powerful, immediate, universal, poetic, a bit bonkers, very ambitious, totally collaborative. We create interactive shows about the questions that won’t leave us alone – the big stuff of the 21st century. In playful, provocative ways, we ask our audiences to help us make the show from idea to performance. We’re not experts on climate change, social justice or how to run the world. We are fascinated by what’s going on and we want to share our excitement, confusion and experiences. As we make our shows, we’re always learning about theatre-making, the theme we’re exploring and about your town, city or village.We tour because we believe that theatre is part of a conversation. Every performance in every town adds to the performance and the conversation.  Along the way, we invite artists and the public to meet, swap experience and make stuff in workshops, residencies and projects. Currently we’re looking for a Movement Director interested in inclusive practice. Continue reading “Can you get us all moving? Movement Directors only need apply”

Another Bloody Blog Post About Depression — Philip Green, Blogging & Writing.

I’ve got to know  Philip since our activism in WEP has brought us into contact. He’s a fine, brave man, living with chronic pain, despite which he puts as much effort as he can into supporting his community. This post has taken nearly two weeks to write and a good few days for me to finally decide to post, partly because of my never quite … Continue reading Another Bloody Blog Post About Depression — Philip Green, Blogging & Writing.

The Politics of Infertility

On Thursday 1st November 2017, I was delighted to be invited to speak at the Fertility Network UK event Politics in Fertility hosted by Paula Sheriff MP at the House of Commons. You can read what I said here.

It was most valuable for me as an opportunity to hear the myths around fertility and IVF treatments debunked. It won’t surprise you to learn of course that a lot of the problems associated with lack of access to treatments would be markedly improved with a prescription of “common sense”, better communication and a societal shift in attitude to infertility – understanding it as a disease and not a lifestyle choice.

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Social Justice and Infertility a personal view

On 1st November 2017 I was delighted to be asked to speak on the panel at Fertility Network UK’ event at the Houses of Parliament:

I’m delighted to be on this panel because this was my world for nearly ten years.

I’m not a health specialist, I’m not a parliamentarian, although I am a founder-member and candidate of the Women’s Equality Party.

We are creating our new policy for Equal Health and Medical Research,

Which will be ratified by our party’s 65,000 members and supporters. That process hasn’t happened yet, so I need to be clear that I am here speaking personally.

speakers at the Politics of Fertility Debate

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Universal credit "may" have been a good idea but it's a credit to no-one

Liz Truss doesn’t appear to know that Job Centres don’t act as advice centres on benefits. She appears to have some misty-eyed vision of a UK where you can pop to your local job centre – a bit like popping to the post office or the GP- err,… no wait –  where a friendly and unhurried public servant will slowly and carefully take you through the process. Continue reading Universal credit "may" have been a good idea but it's a credit to no-one