Joseph Lam

Joseph Lam is a Sydney-based journalist and producer. As a Eurasian straddling two cultures, he has written about the Asian diaspora for the Post since mid-2019.

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With dreams of an Asian Buzzfeed, entrepreneurs use storytelling to inspire fellow Asian-Americans to start businesses

Jason Wang went from teenage felon to entrepreneur. His is one of several stories of Asian-American business success being told to inspire others to found their own companies.

Jason Wang went from teenage felon to entrepreneur. His is one of several stories of Asian-American business success being told to inspire others to found their own companies.

With dreams of an Asian Buzzfeed, entrepreneurs use storytelling to inspire fellow Asian-Americans to start businesses
15 Oct 2021 - 11:55AM
Why Gemma Chan-backed podcast on murder of Vincent Chin was pulled, and the storm it unleashed

The Chinese-American victim’s family and supporters were not invited to contribute to a podcast series about his brutal murder in Detroit, triggering questions that led to it being pulled. Observers and an activist for Chin’s cause weigh in on what happened.

The Chinese-American victim’s family and supporters were not invited to contribute to a podcast series about his brutal murder in Detroit, triggering questions that led to it being pulled. Observers and an activist for Chin’s cause weigh in on what happened.

Why Gemma Chan-backed podcast on murder of Vincent Chin was pulled, and the storm it unleashed
11 Jun 2021 - 7:48AM
Eurasian actors and model on existing between two worlds, how they struggled with their identity, and now see their diversity celebrated

From Crazy Rich Asians actor Henry Golding to model turned Muay Thai fighter Mia Kang, Eurasian celebrities struggled with bullying and their identity in childhood, but now find themselves celebrated for their diversity.

From Crazy Rich Asians actor Henry Golding to model turned Muay Thai fighter Mia Kang, Eurasian celebrities struggled with bullying and their identity in childhood, but now find themselves celebrated for their diversity.

Eurasian actors and model on existing between two worlds, how they struggled with their identity, and now see their diversity celebrated
17 Mar 2021 - 12:15PM
TV series Warrior, inspired by Bruce Lee, gives its star Andrew Koji a chance to flex his muscles and fighting skills – just don’t call him a martial arts actor

Andrew Koji, star of Bruce Lee-inspired HBO series Warrior, says he doesn’t want to be the next big action star, and in fact, gave up martial arts years ago after an accident.

Andrew Koji, star of Bruce Lee-inspired HBO series Warrior, says he doesn’t want to be the next big action star, and in fact, gave up martial arts years ago after an accident.

TV series Warrior, inspired by Bruce Lee, gives its star Andrew Koji a chance to flex his muscles and fighting skills – just don’t call him a martial arts actor
17 Feb 2021 - 4:31PM
Honey chicken, fried ice cream: Chinese restaurants in small-town Australia might not always serve ‘authentic’ food, but new TV show celebrates them

New TV show Chopsticks or Fork? visits small-town Chinese restaurants in Australia serving dishes which may not be ‘authentic’ but for some will be a real trip down memory lane.

New TV show Chopsticks or Fork? visits small-town Chinese restaurants in Australia serving dishes which may not be ‘authentic’ but for some will be a real trip down memory lane.

Honey chicken, fried ice cream: Chinese restaurants in small-town Australia might not always serve ‘authentic’ food, but new TV show celebrates them
27 Jan 2021 - 5:23AM
What led Japanese and Indonesians in Western Australia 100 years ago to spill blood in the Broome race riots

December 20 is the centenary of the Broome race riots in Western Australia between groups of competing Japanese and Indonesian pearl divers. A historian explains the root cause of their bloody clash.

December 20 is the centenary of the Broome race riots in Western Australia between groups of competing Japanese and Indonesian pearl divers. A historian explains the root cause of their bloody clash.

What led Japanese and Indonesians in Western Australia 100 years ago to spill blood in the Broome race riots
20 Dec 2020 - 4:43AM
A desk mat for the work-from-home generation: Orbitkey looks to give home offices a boost

Australian organisation specialists Orbitkey’s desk mat has a hideaway to store paperwork, a tool bar to carry pens and a magnetic cable slider to stop wires falling off the desk.

Australian organisation specialists Orbitkey’s desk mat has a hideaway to store paperwork, a tool bar to carry pens and a magnetic cable slider to stop wires falling off the desk.

A desk mat for the work-from-home generation: Orbitkey looks to give home offices a boost
12 Dec 2020 - 10:12PM
Subtle Asian Traits Facebook group founders on its surprise success, and how Crazy Rich Asians helped make it one of social media’s biggest Asian communities

The Australian-Chinese students who created Subtle Asian Traits never expected the Facebook group to become as successful as it is, and turn into one of the largest Asian communities on social media.

The Australian-Chinese students who created Subtle Asian Traits never expected the Facebook group to become as successful as it is, and turn into one of the largest Asian communities on social media.

Subtle Asian Traits Facebook group founders on its surprise success, and how Crazy Rich Asians helped make it one of social media’s biggest Asian communities
11 Dec 2020 - 12:34PM
The rise of Asian-Australian podcasts, sharing life experiences and pop culture so others ‘feel like they’re not alone’

A growing wave of Asian-Australian podcasts, including Lemon and Shoes Off, discuss topics from dating to pop culture, reaching out to listeners who share in the minority experience.

A growing wave of Asian-Australian podcasts, including Lemon and Shoes Off, discuss topics from dating to pop culture, reaching out to listeners who share in the minority experience.

The rise of Asian-Australian podcasts, sharing life experiences and pop culture so others ‘feel like they’re not alone’
30 Oct 2020 - 8:34AM
Hong Kong model Mia Kang on her eating disorder, traumatic childhood and love of Thai boxing as she releases memoir

Mia Kang has survived an eating disorder, personal traumas and the cutthroat modelling industry. She tells her story in new book Knockout.

Mia Kang has survived an eating disorder, personal traumas and the cutthroat modelling industry. She tells her story in new book Knockout.

Hong Kong model Mia Kang on her eating disorder, traumatic childhood and love of Thai boxing as she releases memoir
23 Oct 2020 - 7:30AM
Asian-American police officer made a scapegoat for fatal shooting inspires film that shines a critical light on US race relations

The true story of a Hong Kong-born policeman indicted for the accidental death of an African-American man inspired a fictional crime drama by Chinese-American director Aimee Long.

The true story of a Hong Kong-born policeman indicted for the accidental death of an African-American man inspired a fictional crime drama by Chinese-American director Aimee Long.

Asian-American police officer made a scapegoat for fatal shooting inspires film that shines a critical light on US race relations
19 Oct 2020 - 12:16PM
As Warrior season two kicks off, the real history of Chinese in San Francisco and the long, difficult relationship between rival migrants and police

With the second season of HBO Go’s Warrior airing this week, we look at the real history of the Chinese in San Francisco, and the long and difficult relationship between rival migrants and police in its Chinatown

With the second season of HBO Go’s Warrior airing this week, we look at the real history of the Chinese in San Francisco, and the long and difficult relationship between rival migrants and police in its Chinatown

As Warrior season two kicks off, the real history of Chinese in San Francisco and the long, difficult relationship between rival migrants and police
2 Oct 2020 - 9:48AM
Asian-American dance duo Dorothy Toy and Paul Wing, the ‘Chinese Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’, and how they captured audiences’ hearts

Dorothy Toy and Paul Wing, one of the most famous Asian-American dance duos in history, performed across the US and in England during the 1930s and ’40s, battling discrimination and starring in Hollywood films.

Dorothy Toy and Paul Wing, one of the most famous Asian-American dance duos in history, performed across the US and in England during the 1930s and ’40s, battling discrimination and starring in Hollywood films.

Asian-American dance duo Dorothy Toy and Paul Wing, the ‘Chinese Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’, and how they captured audiences’ hearts
3 Sep 2020 - 5:19AM
Hungry Ghosts cast on the TV milestone for Asian-Australians: ‘It’s almost like an alternate reality’

New Australian TV series Hungry Ghosts focuses on Vietnamese-Australians affected by war and, with its more than 350 Asian-Australian actors, marks a breakthrough in the country’s television industry. We talk to some of the cast.

New Australian TV series Hungry Ghosts focuses on Vietnamese-Australians affected by war and, with its more than 350 Asian-Australian actors, marks a breakthrough in the country’s television industry. We talk to some of the cast.

Hungry Ghosts cast on the TV milestone for Asian-Australians: ‘It’s almost like an alternate reality’
1 Sep 2020 - 7:20AM
Australia’s first Asian lawyer, William Ah Ket, who battled racism and achieved landmark victories, and how his legacy lives on

Joining the Victorian Bar in 1903 just two years after the introduction of the White Australia policy, Chinese-Australian barrister and lawyer William Ah Ket is remembered for his landmark victories against racist policies.

Joining the Victorian Bar in 1903 just two years after the introduction of the White Australia policy, Chinese-Australian barrister and lawyer William Ah Ket is remembered for his landmark victories against racist policies.

Australia’s first Asian lawyer, William Ah Ket, who battled racism and achieved landmark victories, and how his legacy lives on
24 Aug 2020 - 1:30PM
Why Asian students dominate top schools: it’s not tiger moms – education is ‘insurance policy’ in an unequal society in the eyes of their migrant parents

Children of Asian migrants win an outsize share of places at the best government schools in Australia and elsewhere. A Hong Kong-born academic hopes to stimulate dialogue about the reasons for Asian educational achievement.

Children of Asian migrants win an outsize share of places at the best government schools in Australia and elsewhere. A Hong Kong-born academic hopes to stimulate dialogue about the reasons for Asian educational achievement.

Why Asian students dominate top schools: it’s not tiger moms – education is ‘insurance policy’ in an unequal society in the eyes of their migrant parents
7 Aug 2020 - 3:57PM
Asian-American children battle cultural obstacles to pursue acting dreams in new documentary

A new documentary, Curtain Up, follows young Asian-American students in Manhattan’s Chinatown who dream of becoming actors and shows how they must overcome cultural obstacles and discrimination to perform.

A new documentary, Curtain Up, follows young Asian-American students in Manhattan’s Chinatown who dream of becoming actors and shows how they must overcome cultural obstacles and discrimination to perform.

Asian-American children battle cultural obstacles to pursue acting dreams in new documentary
23 Jul 2020 - 5:44AM
Heels, lipstick and a painted crown: Miss Chinatown 1948 and other beauty queens on pageant’s early years and being Chinese in the US

Wearing a swimsuit, heels and a dash of lipstick, Penny Wong won the first Miss Chinatown crown aged 23. She and past winners describe how they felt joining the pageant, and how it reflected the widespread segregation at that time.

Wearing a swimsuit, heels and a dash of lipstick, Penny Wong won the first Miss Chinatown crown aged 23. She and past winners describe how they felt joining the pageant, and how it reflected the widespread segregation at that time.

Heels, lipstick and a painted crown: Miss Chinatown 1948 and other beauty queens on pageant’s early years and being Chinese in the US
15 Jul 2020 - 7:58AM
The 1982 killing of Vincent Chin was ‘the first time Asian-Americans came together’ to fight for justice

38 years ago today a Chinese-American died after his brains had been bashed out on a Detroit street by two US car workers who thought he was Japanese.

38 years ago today a Chinese-American died after his brains had been bashed out on a Detroit street by two US car workers who thought he was Japanese.

The 1982 killing of Vincent Chin was ‘the first time Asian-Americans came together’ to fight for justice
23 Jun 2020 - 11:26AM
When Sydney massage parlours reopen, unlicensed sex workers will have an income for the first time in months

With sex workers ineligible for the wage subsidies paid during Australia’s coronavirus lockdown, many have earned no money since massage parlours were shut on March 25. Their reopening will come as a relief.

With sex workers ineligible for the wage subsidies paid during Australia’s coronavirus lockdown, many have earned no money since massage parlours were shut on March 25. Their reopening will come as a relief.

When Sydney massage parlours reopen, unlicensed sex workers will have an income for the first time in months
12 Jun 2020 - 10:54AM
How Korean restaurants in Sydney are transforming city’s late-night dining scene

Diners in search of a late meal in Sydney – and other parts of Australia – used to typically seek out Chinese or Thai restaurants. But Korean places selling food and alcohol well into the morning are becoming increasingly popular.

Diners in search of a late meal in Sydney – and other parts of Australia – used to typically seek out Chinese or Thai restaurants. But Korean places selling food and alcohol well into the morning are becoming increasingly popular.

How Korean restaurants in Sydney are transforming city’s late-night dining scene
6 Jun 2020 - 4:50PM
As a baby she was one of 3,628 Vietnamese refugees rescued at sea; 45 years on, she meets air force sergeant who saved her

On May 2, 1975, some 3,628 Vietnamese refugees were rescued from a ship in the South China Sea and taken to Hong Kong. One, a sick baby who needed an urgent air pickup, recently spoke with one of the rescue crew for the first time.

On May 2, 1975, some 3,628 Vietnamese refugees were rescued from a ship in the South China Sea and taken to Hong Kong. One, a sick baby who needed an urgent air pickup, recently spoke with one of the rescue crew for the first time.

As a baby she was one of 3,628 Vietnamese refugees rescued at sea; 45 years on, she meets air force sergeant who saved her
11 May 2020 - 10:48AM
How the Chinese Labour Corps was painted out of World War I – their sacrifice and ill-treatment recalled in new book The Forgotten

The Chinese Labour Corps, more than 140,000 men, worked on the Western Front during World War I. Poorly treated during the conflict and largely forgotten afterwards, their history is charted in new book The Forgotten, by war historian Will Davies.

The Chinese Labour Corps, more than 140,000 men, worked on the Western Front during World War I. Poorly treated during the conflict and largely forgotten afterwards, their history is charted in new book The Forgotten, by war historian Will Davies.

How the Chinese Labour Corps was painted out of World War I – their sacrifice and ill-treatment recalled in new book The Forgotten
29 Apr 2020 - 5:49AM
The Chinese-Australian war hero who shot dead over 200 enemies but was whitewashed and forgotten for half a century

This Anzac Day we remember William ‘Billy’ Edward Sing, Australia’s top World War I sniper, who shot dead over 200 enemies but slipped into obscurity for decades after the conflict, even being whitewashed in a popular 2014 film.

This Anzac Day we remember William ‘Billy’ Edward Sing, Australia’s top World War I sniper, who shot dead over 200 enemies but slipped into obscurity for decades after the conflict, even being whitewashed in a popular 2014 film.

The Chinese-Australian war hero who shot dead over 200 enemies but was whitewashed and forgotten for half a century
28 Apr 2020 - 3:34PM
Netflix film Tigertail, writer and director Alan Yang’s ‘coming to America’ story starring Tzi Ma, is loosely based on his own father’s journey

Netflix film Tigertail is Emmy Award winner Alan Yang’s tale of a Taiwanese man’s journey to the US. It is loosely based on his father’s journey and is a tale of lost love, sacrifice and broken dreams.

Netflix film Tigertail is Emmy Award winner Alan Yang’s tale of a Taiwanese man’s journey to the US. It is loosely based on his father’s journey and is a tale of lost love, sacrifice and broken dreams.

Netflix film Tigertail, writer and director Alan Yang’s ‘coming to America’ story starring Tzi Ma, is loosely based on his own father’s journey
11 Apr 2020 - 5:00PM
How fictional 1970s New York Chinatown detective Jack Yu finally made it to the big screen

New York’s Chinatown in the 1970s was a violent place, and author Henry Chang, who was born there, reflected this in his detective novels. Now his tales have been made into a short film, starring Ronny Chieng.

New York’s Chinatown in the 1970s was a violent place, and author Henry Chang, who was born there, reflected this in his detective novels. Now his tales have been made into a short film, starring Ronny Chieng.

How fictional 1970s New York Chinatown detective Jack Yu finally made it to the big screen
17 Mar 2020 - 11:12PM
How Australia’s Asian food courts from Sydney to Cairns are winning over diners with their inexpensive dishes and Oriental styling

Many Australian food courts are being converted into pan-Asian food alleys that wouldn’t look out of place in Seoul, Singapore or Bangkok. Inexpensive and atmospheric, they are proving hugely popular with Australian diners.

Many Australian food courts are being converted into pan-Asian food alleys that wouldn’t look out of place in Seoul, Singapore or Bangkok. Inexpensive and atmospheric, they are proving hugely popular with Australian diners.

How Australia’s Asian food courts from Sydney to Cairns are winning over diners with their inexpensive dishes and Oriental styling
4 Dec 2019 - 10:04PM
Oldest Chinatown in Australia faces headwinds from suburban Melbourne New Chinatown plan in Box Hill

Melbourne plan for suburban New Chinatown, a US$310 million lifestyle, dining and residential complex, could threaten the future of Little Bourke Street, the city’s Chinatown for 160 years, ever since the Victoria gold rush.

Melbourne plan for suburban New Chinatown, a US$310 million lifestyle, dining and residential complex, could threaten the future of Little Bourke Street, the city’s Chinatown for 160 years, ever since the Victoria gold rush.

Oldest Chinatown in Australia faces headwinds from suburban Melbourne New Chinatown plan in Box Hill
30 Jul 2019 - 2:20PM