Video Recording: OzAsia Festival Talk: No (Under) Standing Any Time

Communication is key in any relationship, yet cross-cultural engagement is rife with “lost in translation” moments. Hosted by OzAsia Festival Artistic Director, ACIAC Advisory Board member Annette Shun Wah, three panellists including ACIAC Director Professor Jing Han, Thai-Australian playwright and screenwriter Anchuli Felicia King and actor, writer and activist Jo Kukathas working across cultures, languages (and time zones) connect to discuss miscommunication, freedom of expression and censorship.


Professor Jing Han

Prof. Jing Han is Director of the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture at Western Sydney University and a leading expert in subtitling and intercultural communications. Since joining SBS TV Australia in 1996, Jing has led the SBS Subtitling Department, subtitled over 300 Chinese films and been the leading subtitler of the Chinese TV show If You Are The One, which has a surprising cult following in Australia and set the record of the longest showing non-English series in Australian broadcasting history.

Anchuli Felicia King

Anchuli Felicia King is a Thai-Australian playwright and screenwriter whose debut in 2019 saw three original plays – White Pearl, Golden Shield and Slaughterhouse – staged at major theatres around the globe.  The American Shakespeare Centre awarded Felicia’s play Keene the Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries Award and Keene will be produced at their traditional Shakespearian theatre in 2020. Felicia is the current Patrick White Fellow at Sydney Theatre Company and is currently under commission with the Royal Court Theatre, the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Jo Kukathas

Jo Kukathas is an actor, writer, director and activist who at different times has been based in Malaysia, Australia, Hong Kong, India and the UK.  Jo is Artistic Director and co-Founder of The Instant Café Theatre Company, a training ground for a generation of talented Malaysian artists. ICT’s work is deeply political and often dissident. Jo’s work in theatre has taken her around the world and she has performed, directed or taught in Singapore, Japan, Brazil, Australia, the US, Indonesia, Germany, Korea, India, Taiwan, China and the Philippines.