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Emerging Writers Festival Picks

The Emerging Writers Festival will take place in Melbourne, from the 14th-23rd of June. Founding editor Yen-Rong Wong and art director Rachel Ang will both be there, as well as a slew of issue 1 contributors. Here are some of our picks! (There are many, many more – we’d list the whole program if we could.) Nuanced Voices Jonno  ...

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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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