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Tu Le on Representation, Running for Labor & Third Culture Identity

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In this episode, we’re joined by Tu Le, community worker, advocate, and organiser, currently working in the community legal sector assisting victim-survivors of domestic and family violence and coordinating capacity-building and community legal education programs.

Tu has previously served as the General Secretary of the Vietnamese Community in New South Wales. She also co-founded Y-Collab, a youth advocacy organisation, providing opportunities for young people in South-West Sydney to create a positive social impact in their local communities through grass-roots youth-led initiatives.

Through her work, Tu is committed to fighting for greater diversity and justice in Australian society, and more recently in politics. Tu shares her experience of running for the Labor Party, the importance of representation for younger generations and how she deals with criticism in the public eye. 


0:00 - Intro 

01:43 - The Shock of Tu Putting Herself Forward for Labor

03:56 - How Tu’s Parents Came to Australia 

07:36 - Struggling to Learn Vietnamese As a Kid 

11:06 - Tu’s Positive Experience in Highschool 

12:26 - The Cultural Shock of University 

15:25 - Why Tu Chose to Study Law

18:12 - The Mentality Gap Between Our Parents’ Generation vs. Our Generation

21:42 - Navigating the Third Culture Identity 

25:05 - The Importance of Representation for Younger Generations

26:45 - When Did Tu Actually Get Into Politics? 

29:12 - Experiences of Being an Asian Female in Australian Politics 

33:10 - Asian Hate During the Pandemic 

36:19 - Tu’s Take on ‘The Parachuting’ Situation 

38:29 - Dealing with Criticism in the Public Eye 

42:17 - Is Tu Still Running as an Independent for Labor? 

44:43 - Representation in Parliament for Marginalised Communities 

48:15 - Representing Disadvantaged Communities 

51:04 - Tu’s Advice on How to Get Into Politics

58:44 - How We Can Create a Voice for Ourselves 

01:01:38 - Why Tu Focuses On Community Law 

01:06:37 - Tu’s Day-to-Day in the Electorate Office 

01:11:36 - Outro 

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