United Zingdom [United Zingdom] [World Service]

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01Maybe Liverpool Isn't Real, Maybe We Just Dreamed It2020071820200719 (WS)Journalist Zing Tsjeng is on a journey around the UK trying to figure out what being British is all about. After living in the UK half her life, she wants to decide whether to trade her Singaporean passport for a British one. It's a tough dilemma as Singapore doesn't allow dual nationality and swapping the citizenship of the country she was raised in, for the one she now calls home now, feels like a big deal. Can talking to people from all over the country about their national and local identity help her decide whether to take the plunge and become British? Zing starts her great British adventure in Liverpool.

She meets arts writer Laura Brown. Zing's heard that some Liverpudlians feel so strongly tied to the city that they say they're 'Scouse not English', and she's hoping Laura - who lives and breathes Liverpool - can help her get her head around this. Laura explains how Liverpool's rich and sometimes painful history, its underground arts scene - even its geography and weather - have shaped the city's sense of itself as defiantly different from the rest of the UK.

Zing Tsjeng wonders what it means to be British. She travels around the UK to find out

Zing Tsjeng travels around the UK to find out what it means to be British

02'essex Has Given Me My Ballsiness'2020072520200726 (WS)Zing heads to Witham to meet councillor Chelsey Jay, a self-described proud Essex girl. Chelsey was elected last year to the local town council, at the age of 28. For Chelsey, being from Essex is all about being "ballsy" and ignoring snobbish stereotypes: "You're gonna be ripped apart for being from Essex, so you might as well give it a try with a smile on your face."

Zing Tsjeng travels around the UK to find out what it means to be British

Zing Tsjeng wonders what it means to be British. She travels around the UK to find out.

03'british Drag Is Slapdash And Hodgepodge'2020080120200802 (WS)When RuPaul’s Drag Race launched in the UK last year, Zing noticed lots of fans saying the show made them feel strangely patriotic. The contestants were bawdy, slapdash, raucous, and not as earnest or polished as the queens of the original American series. This week Zing’s heading to Birmingham, home town of Drag Race star Sum Ting Wong. They discuss what makes British drag unique, compare stories of coming out to their Asian parents, and take a tour of Sum’s Brum.

Zing's in Birmingham, fangirling over UK Drag Race star Sum Ting Wong

Zing Tsjeng travels around the UK to find out what it means to be British

Zing Tsjeng wonders what it means to be British. She travels around the UK to find out.

04'speaking Welsh Is Vibrant And Cool'2020080820200809 (WS)“People have had to really fight to keep the language alive, which is why it’s vibrant now”. Zing heads to Cardiff to meet Lisa Angharad, host of possibly the first ever sex podcast in Welsh – Siarad Secs. Lisa wants to provide young Welsh speakers with frank, open discussions “in the language they have sex in, and have those chats with their mates in”. Lisa is also a singer, and says that a love of music, singing and harmonising is at the heart of Welsh identity: “If you’re happy, joyous, grieving, whatever – music is something we gravitate towards.” She's proudly Welsh, and doesn't feel "an ounce British" - she tells Zing why.

Zing's in Cardiff, meeting Welsh-language sex podcaster Lisa Angharad

Zing Tsjeng travels around the UK to find out what it means to be British

Zing Tsjeng wonders what it means to be British. She travels around the UK to find out.

052020081520200816 (WS)Zing Tsjeng wonders what it means to be British. She travels around the UK to find out.

Zing Tsjeng travels around the UK to find out what it means to be British

062020082220200823 (WS)Zing Tsjeng wonders what it means to be British. She travels around the UK to find out.

Zing Tsjeng travels around the UK to find out what it means to be British

072020082920200830 (WS)Zing Tsjeng wonders what it means to be British. She travels around the UK to find out.

Zing Tsjeng travels around the UK to find out what it means to be British

082020090520200906 (WS)Zing Tsjeng wonders what it means to be British. She travels around the UK to find out.

Zing Tsjeng travels around the UK to find out what it means to be British

092020091220200913 (WS)Zing Tsjeng wonders what it means to be British. She travels around the UK to find out.

Zing Tsjeng travels around the UK to find out what it means to be British

102020091920200920 (WS)Zing Tsjeng wonders what it means to be British. She travels around the UK to find out.

Zing Tsjeng travels around the UK to find out what it means to be British

Zing Tsjeng travels around the UK to find out what it means to be British