The Root & Seed Podcast

The Root & Seed Podcast

Culture and family heritage isn’t all sunshine and roses but it can fill you up, give you pleasure, and take you back while inspiring you forward. Hosted by Anika Chabra, join us for rich stories of the past, woven with hopes for the future. We’re on a journey to rediscover our cultures and ensure they live on for future generations. We hope to inspire you to do the same. If you'd like to share a story, you can reach us at @rootandseedco on social. Visit us at www.rootandseed.com where we continue to share our journey of discovery, reflection, and celebration in our blog.

Episodes

September 20, 2022 15 min

If you heard our season three finale interview with Grace Phan-Nguyen, you know we left that conversation at the genesis of a whole other story.

Grace's life purpose is to document cultural stories, especially those previously underrepresented in media, and share a narrative they left untold, one that echoes her experience as a descendant of Vietnamese political refugees.

In this episode, we go deeper into her cultural experi...

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It's back to school, back to Fall, back to work and back to the Root & Seed podcast time!

Season 4 of The Root & Seed Podcast is launching Sept 20 - and this season we are talking about something that is so fundamental to this platform - documenting one’s heritage, cultural stories and practices.    We hear from an immigration lawyer and now author who has written a heartfelt book of fiction based on her family’s experi...

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In our Season 3 finale, we go from a curried goat/goat curry debate :) to bbq pig parades. Food is central to how Grace Phan-Nguyen lives, works, and celebrates. Her familial and geographic cultures come together in stories about everything from her wedding to seasonal holidays.

We love how earnest and intentional she is in making sure her current life and future generations embrace the multitudes of cultural influences she is resp...

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“When East meets West” (Indian, that is) should be the title of Serena’s cultural journey. With pride on both sides of her identity, we hear how she fell in love with the West Indian celebration of Carnival as an adult, but still has incredible heart for her more traditional East Indian roots. We explore how much she values her familial heritage, how she embraces multiple cultures in her children’s lives, and how she cherishes the ...

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What happens when a literary agent (aka literary genius) in his golden years opens up about his culture and respect for his roots? You get  unfiltered, authentic, tell it like it is, story after story goodness.  Michael Levine prefers to be a “man in the shadows” behind the works for Canada's who's who like Adrienne Clarkson, Silken Laumann and Margaret Trudeau.  But we loved getting him to talk about HIS story, his thought...

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From self-proclaimed "weekend brown girl" as a teenager, to relearning traditional Bharatanatyam dance as an adult, and soaking in time with her parents as cultural connection... this episode's guest, Kirthana Sasitharan, takes us on a real journey. Her raw reflection of her parent's sacrifices really resonated with us, and it's no surprise that she's committed to making sure "our (Tamil) culture will ne...

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There is something so freeing about shedding the ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’ and inviting in simple celebration of our cultures into our daily lives - especially for the Indigenous community who have suffered so much shame and restriction through colonization. However, this invitation can be extended to people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. In this episode we talk to Asha Frost, an Indigenous Medicine healer who speaks about the...

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You know when a conversation is next level when it feels like therapy....part informative, part healing, part inspirational.  This episode we speak to Abdul-Rehman Malik, an award-winning journalist, educator, and cultural organizer.   He speaks about his family story, appreciation for intergenerational time during this pandemic time and sheds a light on a tradition he wishes to reclaim where we get to experience the more jovial si...

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What happens when you blend life experiences together with your superpowers and lean into that confluence to bring to the world something that is inviting, knowledgeable and playful?  This episode’s guest, Sunita shares how her inquisitiveness and early experiences together with 25 years in speech and language therapy helped her write books, introduce toys and provide content to help demystify the complexity of Hinduism in her plat...

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Season 3 is here! With the theme of celebration in mind, we are pleased to present Zoe & Brooklyn Brownstone, two sisters who recall how they have been celebrating their Jewish heritage and culture proudly since moving to Europe in very different ways. Zoe is a writer and comedian and has introduced her relationship with her identity into her shows and material. Brooklyn is the founder of The Labour Department, a social space f...

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It's April and it's time for another season!

Season 3 of The Root & Seed Podcast is launching April 10 and we cannot be more excited. We are talking about celebration, the kind that one does through their actions, words, big and small, every day and on special occasions. The diversity of guests and their stories will continue to amaze and delight.   Please join us by subscribing on your favourite podcast player. If you ...

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It's our second season finale and we are ending with a special one! Sisters Chantal and Danielle (Dani) Khan Da Silva's curiosity led them to truly understand their family, their stories and the role their stories play in each of their lives.  Chantal wrote a poignant article following the 20th anniversary of 9/11 about her family's decision to change their name from paternal Khan to maternal Da Silva to protect the fam...

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As a writer, Nadia's creative work flows from her awareness and understanding of her story as someone of Afghan and Italian descent. Two geographies, two cultures, two religions and yet Nadia is resolving her identity in belonging to herself and her unique experience.   Through this conversation we are gifted with a perspective of an outsider looking in, an individual who is embracing and dwelling in her uniqueness and perhaps ...

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December 9, 2021 20 min

Janey had us at her proclamation and declaration of being "Unapologetically Nigerian" at the start of this podcast interview.  Her perspective on her identity and her gifts to the world unfolded in the rest of our conversation like a beautifully scripted song.  We learned about a special gift that sits in her office and reminds her where she's from, her thoughts on how understanding your roots helps when faced with raci...

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Have you ever thought about all the things that needed to happen for you to exist today? All the choices that generations before you needed to make, the million things that needed to go right and the role of luck in it all?  Our episode 3 guest, Jon has.  Ingrained in his sense of introspection and grounded in his experiences growing up, Jon knows and appreciates his unique story and all the factors that contributed to who is today...

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November 25, 2021 15 min

Sophia and Saphina are two 2nd generation individuals from families of diverse backgrounds.  While their stories are unique and varied, if there is a common theme outside the relatability of their individual narratives, it would be the idea of choice.  Sophia’s intention is very clear and present and she wishes for her family to experience a connection to her religion, just like she did. Saphina credits her Canadian experience as a...

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Alex is back!  Because we love a good bookend in storytelling, our Season One finale guest returns to tell a different side of his story and journey...this time as a father.

You might remember Alex as being direct and honest about his reclamation of his Korean culture. In this episode, while we see the softer side of Alex, his intention to honour his culture is done with the same commitment level that we are used to from Alex - ALL...

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Get ready for season 2 of The Root & Seed podcast launching November 18th. We are so excited. In season 1 we spoke to some incredible humans with a diverse set of cultural influences and they spoke about when, how and why they set out to claim their backgrounds as part of their identities.  Season 2 will not disappoint. We have one return guest (can you guess :)?) plus 6 more incredible humans and stories to share.

Welcome to R...

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Racism, rejection and assimilation has been a part of the visible minority experience since migration began. Our season finale guest Alex, shares his experience of how life and societal events have shaped the reclamation of his culture. The contrast of his outlook and attitude towards his Korean culture from when he was a child to now is fascinating. Alex doesn't do anything half-way and isn't afraid to tell it like it is. ...

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Circumstance and desire are two compelling reasons for really understanding one’s family traditions, culture and stories. Often, a level of curiosity can compel one to dig deeper, but sometimes the drive is out of need or loss.  Both Sara and Kathy share their experience with learning from older generations in their lives.  Their awareness of what they want to take forward is done with respect and gratitude for those who’ve come be...

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