Jamie's never really had an interest in his birth culture, and he was told to never 'see race.' He was adopted from a Sri Lankan orphanage as an infant and he was raised by the McKenzies in Perth. "Your life starts with your first memory," Katherine McKenzie told him, and for Jamie, those first memories were being cradled in Katherine's white arms.
But when Jamie moves to Melbourne for uni, he falls in love with Zahra, a charismatic anti-racism activist. She pulls him into a People of Colour Safe Space, where he learns about critical race theory, micro-aggressions, and most disturbingly - the murky, lucrative business of international adoption.
Now Jamie's returning to Perth with Zahra in tow, and his adoptive parents have prepared a banquet. But the welcome home dinner quickly descends into hostility after Jamie refuses to refer to his parents as "mum" and "dad" and instead calls them Katherine and Lee. Jamie and Zahra are on a mission to find out the circumstances that led to Jamie's adoption. The answer lies locked away in the family filing cabinet, in an adoption file, which Katherine has kept hidden all these years.
Pass The Damn Papadums, Katherine is a comic exploration of assimilation, internalised racism, family, grief, and the struggle to master your racial identity.