We’re joined by Phillip Liao, 2018 Australia Commonwealth Games Representative in Olympic Weightlifting. Phil graduated with a Masters in Physiotherapy with 8 years of physio experience under his belt. He now runs an online coaching and educational platform called the M3 Initiative that empowers and educates other individuals, coaches and members of the fitness industry.
In this episode, Phil discusses his experiences leading up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games and how leaving his long-term relationship helped fuel this pivotal decision. Phil talks candidly about his transition from a predominantly Asian high school into an Anglo-centric university, and how the culture shock pushed him to navigate new social interactions that he wasn’t accustomed to. We also dive into the experiences of navigating his identity as a second generation Asian-Australian.
We explore Phil’s perspective on racial bias along with unpacking the conversation of racism within Asian culture itself. He also leaves us with some great advice for other aspiring Asian athletes.
00:00 - Intro
02:00 - Phillip’s Commonwealth Game Experience
14:27 - An Insight into Phillip’s Upbringing
17:43 - Phillip’s Source of Drive & Motivation
19:17 - Phillip’s Piano Class Story
22:05 - The Idea of Never Being Satisfied
25:51 - The Asian-Australian Athlete Experience
28:32 - Why Aren’t There More Asian-Australian Athletes?
32:58 - The Importance of Asian Representation
35:02 - Confidence ≠ Arrogance
40:32 - Are Asians the Most Judgemental Culture?
42:48 - Asian Parental Praise
47:06 - Phillip’s Identity as a Second Generation Asian-Australian
48:44 - Culture Shock from Asian High School to University
53:19 - Phillip’s Perspective on Racial Bias
58:35 - Racism within Asian Culture
59:51 - Phillip’s Advice for Aspiring Asian Athletes
01:02:31 - Outro
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