SBS Explores Identity

Explore what makes us who we are – from genetics to our cultural roots, from our shared passions to our individuality.

SBS Explores Identity

What makes us who we are? We take a look at what makes us who we are through a series of stories, news and programs. From genetics to cultural roots, through to shared passions and individual identities.

Born in the Middle East, to a Palestinian family, Shadi migrated to Australia 6 years ago and says Australia gave him the freedom to be himself. Working as an...
Nick Kaldas was one of Australia's highest ranked cops and 'probably as Australian as the next guy,' but he says identifying with his Egyptian heritage is still...
Does Jan really know where she is from?
Shunned by their home Myanmar, and facing an increasingly hostile reception elsewhere, Dateline hears the personal stories of the outcast Rohingya Muslims.
The 70's pop icon embraces his Scottish roots, but it doesn't make him any less Australian.
Women's rights campaigner Eman Sharobeem migrated to Australia from Egypt as a child bride. She says Egypt gave her an education but Australia gave her a voice.

DNA Country

A precious store of Aboriginal hair, collected last century, may now tell a story tens of thousands of years old.

DNA Nation starts Sunday 22 May 8:30pm on SBS

DNA Nation

Who are we? And where do we come from?

 

Australia’s greatest Olympian Ian Thorpe, iconic Indigenous actor Ernie Dingo, and TV presenter and Queen of Eurovision Julia Zemiro set off on an epic journey of genetic time travel to find out.

n this final episode, Ian's in the grasslands of Kyrgyzstan in the former Soviet Union to discover how his ancestors' horse-taming skills and the invention of the...
‘Genetic cousins’ is the term used in DNA Nation when Julia Zemiro and Ian Thorpe travel to meet their own genetic cousins – and what they discover is totally...
As part of SBS's DNA Nation, Ernie Dingo (accompanied by fellow travellers Julia Zemiro and Ian Thorpe) took off on an epic journey of genetic travel to find out...
As part of SBS's DNA Nation, Julia Zemiro (accompanied by fellow travellers Ernie Dingo and Ian Thorpe) took off on an epic journey of genetic travel to find out...
Ian Thorpe, Ernie Dingo and Julia Zemiro are about to become some of the first people in Australia to use DNA to go on a ...
Dive into the genetic soup with these fascinating documentaries.
What’s your cultural background? Find out how unique your tribe is with our ancestry mixer.
Latest results

My year of slowing down: how I learned to say no

15 February 2019

Second Generation (176) Social worker Nhung Huynh

13 February 2019 Audio Track

Thế hệ thứ Hai (Bài 176) Nhân viên xã hội Nhung Huỳnh

13 February 2019 Audio Track

What Muslim woman stereotype are you talking about?

30 January 2019

Lagau Danalaig - An Island Life

06 February 2019

My Australia: Singer Odette on how her mixed heritage sparked an identity crisis

25 January 2019

10 'subtle Asian traits' in 'The Family Law'

23 January 2019

Please don't ask me to go camping this long weekend

22 January 2019

In the darkest times of my career, it's my community that propels me forward

21 January 2019

「日本は第2の故郷」多様なルーツを持つBMXアスリート榊原魁・爽 (後編)

02 January 2019 Audio Track

Identity of Mixed-Race Athletes BMX Kai & Saya Sakakibara (Part 2)

02 January 2019 Audio Track

「日本が多様性と向き合うときがきた」映画監督 西倉めぐみ

09 December 2018 Audio Track

"It's Time for Japan to Embrace Diversity" Filmmaker Megumi Nishikura

09 December 2018 Audio Track

Cosa significa essere italiani per i nipoti degli immigrati?

07 December 2018 Audio Track

How does the Italian identity and family history fit with the life in Australia?

07 December 2018 Audio Track

How does the experience of migration affect people's identity?

15 November 2018 Audio Track

La nostra identità viene cambiata dall'emigrazione?

15 November 2018 Audio Track

Pastry chef Franz Ziegler: Purpose, compassion and presence = happiness

13 November 2018 Audio Track

Konditor Franz Ziegler: "Bei aller Sehnsucht nach der Ferne, wir haben Wurzeln - die kann man nicht einfach loslassen"

13 November 2018 Audio Track

I have always struggled to fit in with Australia's swimming culture

02 November 2018