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From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Loading Docs documentary Asian Men Talk About Sex, The Elephant in the Bedroom is a podcast and documentary series where two friends risk their love lives to ask taboo questions around sex, love, and race.
The series is inspired by hosts James Roque & Chye-Ling Huang’s personal experiences in the world of sex and dating. The friends open the bedroom door to their deepest fears; talk to friends, foes, and exes; traverse through nature vs. nurture, geo-political history, and the impact of the media; and draw from experts in the fields of social psychology, neurology, and multi-ethnic people -- all in an attempt to find out why their preference to date white people exists.
James and Chye-Ling are no strangers to tackling both overt and covert racism. Writer, performer, comedian, and presenter James Roque uses humour to challenge the masses and make them reflect on their own biases. Chye-Ling is a bi-racial, queer writer, actor, and community leader uplifting Asian voices to the mainstream and subverting tropes in female-centred narratives. Best friends since meeting at drama school, the pair founded the award-winning theatre company Proudly Asian Theatre (PAT). Theirs is a rock-solid friendship, thankfully. There’s one area of their lives that has gone unquestioned, until now: their own love lives.
This investigation takes them to the very edges of racism, bigotry, and how deeply these behaviours penetrate love. We all have a type -- but what if that type is...racist?
As the series progresses and revelations arise from the emotional investigations, James & Chye-Ling are forced to reckon with a very large elephant in the room they have long tried to ignore. Their dating patterns are based on socialised factors, but also unexplainable chemical ones. Will they be able to find peace with the knowledge their type may not be something that they can control? And do they need to break up with their white partners to change the system we live in?