#338 To Laugh and To Learn


We find out how comedy and education shape the history of multiculturalism in Australia. Sarath Chandra talks to two comedians about how their backgrounds inform their material. Sheila Pham talks to Dung Dinh who came to Australia as an international student when the White Australia Policy was still in place.

Funny Voices by Sarath Chandra

It’s a really interesting time in Australian comedy. Sarath Chandra speaks with two comedians, Lizzy Hoo and Suren Jayemanne, about being the minority and making the majority laugh.

Supervising Producers: Allison Chan and Olivia Rosenman

Many thanks to Neilesh Verma

Music: “Free lunch” – Isaiah Rashad, “Easily” – Bruno Major, “Long as I Live” – Tony Braxton, “ Whistlin” – Mocky, “4 Moms” – A Tribe Called Quest, “Angles” – Mick Jenkins

From Vietnam to a Very Quiet Place by Sheila Ngoc Pham

When Dung Dinh was awarded a Colombo Plan scholarship in 1960, he left for Australia assuming he would return to Vietnam. But things don’t always go according to plan, especially when there’s a war raging back home.

Supervising Producers: Zacha Rosen and Allison Chan

Music: “Loop 601” – My Own Cubic Stone, “Meditation”  Phong Nguyen,  “Awkward Silences (Version B)” – Lee Rosevere

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Matheus Ferrero