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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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Blog

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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Review

Little Paradise

Set in Melbourne and Shanghai during World War II, Little Paradise by Gabrielle Wang is a historical fiction novel, inspired by the true story of the author’s parents. The book begins with a young Chinese-Australian girl, Mirabel, meeting a soothsayer with her mother after she’d expressed the desire to change her name from her  ...

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Top 5 Reads of 2016

It is the time of the year for a seemingly never-ending number of “best of” lists, and we are joining the party! These are mine (I only have three because I spent most of the year reading for my thesis) and I’ve asked some of my friends for their suggestions as well. In no particular order: Portable Curiosities – Julie  ...

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Stationery Corner

Writers Festival Edition

I’ve always loved literary festivals, but this year the Brisbane Writers Festival and the Melbourne Writers Festival upped their game by introducing a series of notebooks for sale (or to win!) – the perfect money maker for stationery nerds like myself. Admittedly, my collection of MWF notebooks were gifted to me using the power of  ...

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