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Ang’s Artists: Jillian Tamaki

Art Director Rachel Ang does a series on some of her favourite artists. Like most kids, I grew up reading a lot of Tintin, Asterix and Peanuts, and as a teenager, I got more into Dan Clowes and Frank Miller. After high school I stopped reading comic books. I’m not sure why, but it’s probably because I started studying Painting and thought I  ...

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Review

Ruins – Rajith Savanadasa

by Sean Mitchell In 2009, the Sri Lankan government declared a unanimous defeat over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), ending a bloody civil war that had started in 1983. War crimes were committed by both sides, and an estimated 100,000 people were killed—including 40,000 civilians. Rajith Savanadasa was born in Sri Lanka, but moved  ...

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Review

Chinese Whispers and Other Stories, curated by Pia Johnson

Shu-Ling Chua reviews Chinese Whispers and Other Stories, currently showing in Canberra. * Chinese Whispers and Other Stories features the works of four emerging female Australian artists of Chinese descent – Janelle Low, Pia Johnson, Siying Zhou and Tammy Law. Through photography and video, it challenges the viewer’s assumptions of  ...

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Review

Portable Curiosities – Julie Koh

Themes of isolation, nationalism, prejudice, objectification, innocence, vanity, ambition, and greed permeate the surfaces of Koh’s surreal stories – a review by Tsarie Duthie. * It can be an absurd and demoralising experience to be a woman of Asian descent in Australia. No matter how well you “integrate” into society ­­­– carefully  ...

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Ang’s Artists: Adrian Tomine

Art Director Rachel Ang does a series on some of her favourite artists.  Ren Hang’s recent death by suicide shook me deeply. I wasn’t sure why, but I had an inkling. We were around the same age, and both struggled with cyclical depression. I have attempted suicide, and sometimes I still find myself considering it. But I also admired his  ...

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Review

An hour of laughs with Aaron Chen

Victoria McGlynn reviews Aaron Chen’s set at the Brisbane Comedy Festival. It is a Thursday night, and the Brisbane Powerhouse seems like the place to be, with the Brisbane Comedy Festival drawing huge crowds. The building is lit in cool blue light, and buzzes with conversation from patrons bunched in intimate groups. There is a small  ...

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Article

#NotPhoYourEntertainment

May Tran Illustrated by Simone Cheuanghane This article has been republished from the Moonlight Feminists website cw: poverty, war, sex work, suicide Over the past year and a half, May Tran (writer, student and professional procrastinator of Vietnamese descent) has been inundated with PR for two professional and sixteen-hundred amateur  ...

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Stationery Corner

Soft Covers!?

I’ve never been a big fan of soft covered notebooks. They’re just a little too flimsy for me, and I like to use my books and/or notebooks as a supportive “wall” in my bags so they have some kind of structure (yeah, I know, shush). I wouldn’t go out and buy one of them myself, but thanks to the good folks at  ...

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Tis the time for Giving!

There are a lot of busy bunnies writing and working and calculating expenses in order to get this magazine off and running (as well as #ReadAsianOz!) So to help us along, we have enlisted the help of the Australian Cultural Fund (who do amazing and beautiful work for many, many other organisations and projects). Our very lovely campaign is  ...

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