Birthing and Justice with Dr Ruth De Souza

Season 2 Episode 6: Helen Ngo on bilingualism, the habits of racism and embodied experiences of parenting

January 31, 2022 Dr Ruth De Souza Season 2 Episode 6
Birthing and Justice with Dr Ruth De Souza
Season 2 Episode 6: Helen Ngo on bilingualism, the habits of racism and embodied experiences of parenting
Show Notes

Episode Synopsis:  To Helen Ngo, birthing matters because it’s transformative – for new parents and communities as well as newborns themselves – and provides new ways to experience and relate to personal and cultural histories. In this episode, Dr Ngo discusses language and its potential to open us to the world; her experiences as a new parent of reclaiming her ‘mother-tongue’ in order to facilitate inter-generational connections between her children and her parents; the process of developing a new sense of pride in her cultural heritage; as well as embodied experiences of race, white privilege and more.

Episode notes: 

https://deakin.academia.edu/HelenNgo
https://theconversation.com/housing-a-sense-of-self-for-migrant-communities-bilingual-school-programs-are-about-more-than-learning-148099

Music in this episode includes ‘Snake’ by M.W.D. and ‘Webbed’ by REW<<, used under a Creative Commons license from Free Music Archive.