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Growing Up Outside Korea

60 minutes
From Canada to Australia and beyond – the creatives behind Riceboy Sleeps discuss the diaspora experience at the Korean Cultural Centre.
Following the State Theatre screening of Riceboy Sleeps, join director Anthony Shim, actress Choi Seung-yoon and a panel of Korean Australians as they explore the significance of Korean culture in the lives of those growing up outside Korea. Korean snacks and beverages will be provided by the Centre.

Special Guests

Anthony Shim
Anthony Shim was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to Vancouver, Canada with his family in the early 90s. His sophomore film, Riceboy Sleeps, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2022 and was named the winner of the prestigious Platform Prize.
Choi Seung-yoon
Choi Seung-yoon is a dancer, choreographer and actor based in Seoul, South Korea. In 2019, she co-directed and starred in I By You By Everybody (2019), a documentary feature about dancers’ lives in Seoul, which screened at several film festivals including Busan International Film Festival and Doclisboa.
Shona Yang
Shona Yang is a content creator based in Sydney, and the founder of @Kozziecom, a community platform that celebrates Korean diaspora stories in Australia. She works for a national charity and is passionate about human rights and minority voices. She organised Australia's first #StopAsianHate vigil and has advocated for Asian-Australian representation on platforms such as SBS, Buzzfeed and more. Outside of work, Shona enjoys walking her Beagle, drinking coffee, and pilates.
Leah Hyein Na
Leah Hyein Na 나혜인 is an award-winning journalist and presenter with extensive media experience in Australia and Korea. Currently a Senior Producer for the SBS Korean program, she has received numerous overseas Korean broadcasting awards and was also a finalist for the NSW Premier's Multicultural Communication Award in 2019. Born in Korea and now based in Australia, she is known for her captivating storytelling and commitment to shedding light on important societal issues.


Thu 8 Jun
Korean Cultural Centre
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