Two ladies and a Hijab

Joumana Nasour (L) and Kathryn Yuen. 

BY JOUMANA NASOUR @joumananasour

In a country as multicultural as Australia, many questions arise in people’s minds. One of these questions is, “What is that piece of cloth on her head?” This cloth is called a Hijab, a religious head covering donned by women of the Muslim religion.

Joumana met Kathryn, a non-Muslim woman who was very interested in understanding more about it and how it is worn. The following video story will show what unfolded.

Mental health in the Arabic community

BY JOUMANA NASOUR @joumananasour

Mental illness is a vexed issue in the Arabic community due to the attitudes of older generations. Culturally speaking, if you say “I am going to see a mental health doctor because I have depression or some mental health issue”, you are immediately judged.

Joumana interviews psychologist Dr. Hind Saab, who works closely with the Arabic community to change the negative stigma of mental illness within the community. This story aims to portray that mental health problems are illnesses just like any other, and should not be viewed in a negative light.



Mel’s vegan smoothie bowls

Manager at Egg of the Universe wholefood cafe and vegan Mel Rosina. Photo: Adrian Martinez

BY ADRIAN MARTINEZ @amartinez0010

Mel Rosina, 27,  is the manager at Rozelle cafe Egg Of The Universe, where the menu is “ruled by taste, led by the seasons, governed by instinct, influenced by nutritional science and nurtured by traditional wisdom”.

Mel has been practising the vegan lifestyle for a few years and during her journey she has educated and passed on knowledge about veganism to all those who care to listen. Recipes for her delicious smoothie bowls are in the gallery below.

Mel believes in protecting the rights of animals, and the land and water they inhabit.

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Technology in the classroom

iPads are now an important part of learning in primary schools. Photo: Brad Flickinger/CC/Flickr

BY BRIM GARRETT @iusecomicsans

Technology is an important part of teaching in schools, starting as early as kindergarten. Brim spoke with primary school teacher Michelle, who teaches at Stanmore Public School, about the ways teachers integrate apps and programs in their classrooms.

Upcycling food: Hidden Harvest

Hidden Harvest is a community-based not-for-profit organisation that raises awareness about food waste and its related environmental and social problems by “upcycling” food that would not normally reach the consumer’s plate. REMI DASKEY @remidaskey interviewed Berbel Transe, the driving force behind Hidden Harvest, to discuss the bigger issue on everyone’s plates.

Keeping time: the Town Hall clock


Before the wristwatch there was the town clock. It was the centrepiece of community life, heralding every quarter-hour.
Sydney Town Hall’s clock was installed at the top of the building in 1884, just prior to the boom of the wristwatch at the dawn of the 20th century. More than 130 years later the chimes of the clock can still be heard above the din of the traffic noise.

Quong Tart and the suffragettes

Quong Tart at his Loong Shan Tea Rooms in King St, Sydney. Photo © State Library of NSW.


In this audio story Catherine interviews City of Sydney Historian, Dr Lisa Murray, about the story of the Loong Shan Tea Rooms at 137 King St, Sydney. Quong Tart’s King Street Tea Rooms were one of the first venues to welcome women in the late 19th Century. Chinese-born Sydney businessman Quong Tart made the upstairs reading room in the tea rooms available to women to hold meetings. It quickly became an organising hub for Sydney’s early suffragettes.