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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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 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.


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

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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.