Joanne Lau

Joanne Lau

Joanne Lau is that tired-looking Chinese-Canadian girl on the tube scribbling in her notebook and staring into space a lot.


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Awesome Old Lady of the Week: Dr Marta Raquel Zabaleta

Joanne Lau talks to the 78-year-old political refugee who was imprisoned in both Argentina and Chile and continues to inspire through her work as a writer, poet and essayist.
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Immigration, Actually

With immigration a hot topic in the election run-up, Canadian Joanne Lau explains what drew her to the UK. And it wasn’t the benefits system.
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Awesome Old Lady of the Week: Michelle Bridgman

This week Joanne Lau speaks to ultra-cool 66 year-old Michelle Bridgman. She’s a psychotherapist, writer and standup comedian. She’s also travelled to more than 70 countries!
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Awesome Old Lady of the Week: Lynn Ruth Miller

This week Joanne Lau talked to 81 year-old Lynn Ruth Miller, who was so infectiously fun and vivacious that complete strangers started joining in on the conversation. In London. She’s just that awesome.
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Awesome Old Lady of the Week: Julie Kertesz

Julie Kertesz is 80-year-old grandmother of five, with a PhD in chemistry. She’s a professional storyteller, keeps an active blog and posts photos to her popular Flickr account everyday. Did we mention she’s also an award-winning stand-up comedian? Joanne Lau spoke to this incredibly cool lady and learned it’s never too late for anything.
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A Banana’s Guide to Chinese New Year

It's Chinese New Year, so we got self­-proclaimed banana Joanne Lau to give us the lowdown.
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Awesome Old Lady of the Week: Mavis Nicholson

How do you interview an expert interviewer? Joanne Lau stuttered and apologised like a ’90s Hugh Grant romcom character as she chatted with this week’s Awesome Old Lady, the completely charming and engaging Mavis Nicholson.
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Awesome Old Lady of the Week: Mrs J

This week’s awesome old lady is the sweet and elegant 69-year-old Mrs J. She’s Muslim. She’s a widow. She’s a day trader. She’s a proud mom of two very smart daughters. She’s the lady who gave Joanne Lau many a ride to high school on a -40ºC Canadian morning, and introduced her to the wonders of homemade chai.
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Awesome Old Lady of the Week: Pat Easterling

This week’s awesome old lady Pat Easterling, the first – and so far only – woman to hold the post of Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Cambridge. The 80-year-old is a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Fellow of Newnham College. Interview by Joanne Lau.
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Awesome Old Lady of the Week: Peg Lynch

This week’s awesome old lady, American radio and television legend, Peg Lynch, still gets fan mail from around the world. She created, wrote, owned and starred in the popular husband and wife comedy, Ethel and Albert, which ran for decades on national radio and TV. This funny and charming lady, who celebrates her 98th birthday this month, sat down for a video chat with Joanne Lau.