Liminal Mag Editor Leah Jing leans into growing pains

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NAME

Leah Jing McIntosh

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I'm a writer and photographer from Melbourne. I founded and edit Liminal Magazine (www.liminalmag.com), a space for the exploration of the Asian-Australian experience. Liminal publishes long-form interviews and art with Asian-Australian creatives. Later this year, we'll be launching our first print edition.

 Ellen YG Son by Leah Jing McIntosh

Ellen YG Son by Leah Jing McIntosh

FAVOURITE BAND?

I don't know if I have a favourite band but I do have a favourite instagram about bands and it's @lineupswithoutmen, which photoshops male bands off festival posters in an effort to highlight gender inequality in the music industry. It’s such an effective mode to present data on the lack of female and non-binary representation in many Australian music festivals.


FAVOURITE SONG?

I'm bad at favourites. Right now I’m listening to Naaz covering Ultralight Beam.

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

I’ve been listening a lot to NoName recently - and her Tiny Desk Concert (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K58JYXhb4YA) is so so good.

 Leah Jing McIntosh’s photography

Leah Jing McIntosh’s photography

FORKS IN THE ROAD, HOW DO YOU MANAGE THEM?

Badly! Hard decisions make you confront your self in ways you often don’t expect. But lately I’ve started to try to lean into the growing pains.

 Leah Jing McIntosh

Leah Jing McIntosh

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC.

I have a sign above my desk that says: work hard / be patient / be kind.

DO YOU HAVE RITUALS? WOULD YOU SHARE ONE WITH US?

I try to go for a walk every day with my housemate and his chihuahua.

WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GIVE UP? HOW DO YOU BOUNCE BACK?

Living as a racialised body in Australia is pretty exhausting. I don’t know if I ever ‘bounce back’. When I’m being good, I try to give myself space to breathe.

WHAT WOMEN DO YOU LOOK UP TO?

My Mom. My pals. Lee Lin Chin.

Follow Leah on Instagram here and see more of her work on her website. Check out Liminal Mag on Instagram, Facebook and the website.