In the first episode of 2017, Carly Dee and Q Lei did a roundup of 2016. We talked about what we have accomplished with BLYNKT the past year, Brexit, the election of Trump, and how these political events made us more determined to build a platform for the rational voices of people. Listen and find out our new year's resolutions! If you have a good story or new year's resolution to share, write to us email@example.com
Lei interviewed a student of hers at Princeton University, Helena, about the election. What does the election mean for the students? How does it affect their life at Princeton and their vision of the future? Helena and Lei also discussed the class-based sorting system at the university. This will be the first of a three-episode series of "What do university students think about the election?"
Yingkit Chan, a PhD candidate at Princeton University and a contributor of BLYNKT, presented on "Neighbors and Refugees in Singapore." This is an excerpt from the conference "Without Borders?" which BLYNKT co-hosted at Princeton University.
"Without Borders?" is part of the collective effort to address some of the important questions pertaining to human rights, the rights of mobility, and racial discrimination in the history of global integration and immigration. This week on the BLYNKT podcast, we will play an excerpt from the BLYNKT co-hosted event. Greisa and Rodrigo from United We Dream, the largest immigrant organization in America, shared with us their personal stories of growing up in America as undocumented youths.
Support the mission of United We Dream: unitedwedream.org/
Lei is joined by her colleague and one of BLYNKT's contributors, Ying-kit Chan, on the BLYNKT podcast this week! BLYNKT is delighted to co-host "Without borders? Globalization & the Refugee Crisis" on the 25th October at Princeton University. Kit and Lei chat about their incentive for encouraging more discussions on the global refugee crisis. If you are free and in the New York area tomorrow, do come join us in the one-day conference!
The event is free and open to the public.
The program of the event can be found here:
In this week's BLYNKT podcast, Lei interviews her good friend, Andre. A drag queen in Berlin, Andre works at a human rights organization by day, and is known by his drag name, Vanessa Karma, by night. Andre shares with us his coming out story and talks about coming to Berlin from West Germany in search for freedom and acceptance.
Photograph by mye keker.
"Community is not something that just exists by itself, it's something that needs to be built." In this week's episode, Lei interviews Malte Bedürftig, the founder of GoVolunteer, to discuss the platform he created for volunteers and organizers of volunteer projects across Germany. Malte had a normal job, and a year ago he took an indefinite leave from his job to start GoVolunteer, which at the beginning was nothing but a group of young people who wanted to do something for the society. Now GoVolunteer has become a well-known social platform in Germany with support from local communities, and plays an important role in integrating nearly one million refugees who arrived in Germany last year. Listen to find out more, or go volunteer!
Check out the GoVolunteer website: govolunteer.com/
In this week's episode, Q. Lei interviewed a good friend of hers, Alex Ross, an independent filmmaker from the UK, who is currently working and living in Berlin. Alex talked about the challenges of independent filmmaking, the economy of storytelling, and his passion in telling real human stories. Alex also told Lei about his experience of living in East Berlin shortly after the Wall came down. Also, if you want some classic movie recommendations, listen to this week's BLYNKT podcast!
This week on the BLYNKT podcast, Anna Xian, the founder of Berlin Asian Film Network, tells Q Lei her different experience of working for German, Chinese and Hollywood productions. Anna shares some funny anecdotes. Are Hollywood productions as stressful as they are known for? Is there such a thing as "men's communication style" in Germany? Find out in the latest episode of the BLYNKT podcast.
Check out the Berlin Asian Film Network: www.berlinasianfilm.net/
You can also contact Anna directly, if you have a film project about Asian diaspora:firstname.lastname@example.org
American photographer Stephen Jackson joined Q Lei in this week's episode. They talked about Stephen's new documentary project, Women of Independence, where he documents the life and art of famous Japanese pole dancers and burlesque dancers. Stephen also shared his experience of growing up in a single-parent family, and refuted myths usually associated with single mothers.
Stephen contributed to the photography on the BLYNKT website. For more information about Stephen's projects, check out his website: http://risingupstudios.com/
Carly Dee and Q. Lei