To launch this year’s Asian Heritage Month celebrations, Festival Accès Asie is pleased to broadcast through its website, Imperfect Asian, a podcast on the experience of Canadians of Asian origins. From May 1st onward, you will be able to listen to fascinating meetings and discussions orchestrated by Laura Nhem and Emmanuel Hessler.
Each episode is an intimate conversation between Laura and a guest with an atypical background. Through their interviews, they discuss the complexity of being Asian Canadian, share moments that have had an impact on their lives and tell us how they were shaped by them. The exchanges are warm, authentic, serious, and sometimes emotionally raw – a mixture of difficult life experiences and funny anecdotes.
The Imperfect Asian podcast is a way to celebrate the diversity of Asians and build resilient communities. It is also a way of showing that you can be yourself despite family and societal pressures. The podcast will be available throughout May on Festival Accès Asie’s website.
All episodes will be available below from May 1st to 31st. The episodes are in English and in French.
An exclusive interview between Laura, Emmanuel and Festival Accès Asie’s artistic director, Khosro Barahmandi, will also be available.
Of Cambodian origin, Laura was born and raised in Montreal. She is a decorator in the film and television industry. She is particularly interested in the ways in which a society constructs emotional intelligence, the complexity of relationships and what makes us human. The podcast has become a way for her to explore her interests and continue to understand her experiences during a time as the world is going through existential upheaval.
Born in Winnipeg to a French mother and an Austrian father, Emmanuel Hessler arrived in Montreal at the age of six. After studying Communications at Concordia University, he worked as a film producer. Fascinated by the art of storytelling, he seeks to share stories that provoke, that make people dream, act, grow, and better understand our world. The podcast has become an opportunity for him to get to know Laura and his Asian-Canadian contemporaries better and a way to get to know himself better. Above all, it has allowed him to find the right words to untie knots and discover his own identity.
Laura Nhem – Animator and Co-creator
Emmanuel Hessler – Emmanuel Hessler – Co-creator