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Reflecting on The Family Law

Shannon Ly If you asked me a few years ago if I could name a show that resonated with my Chinese-Australian upbringing, I couldn’t have even imagined it. As a fairly Westernised kid with religious devotions to 7am cartoons and 3pm teen dramas, it never occurred to me that there weren’t many Asians on television. In fact, practically none. But  ...

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Brisbane Writers Festival 2017 Picks

We’re two weeks out from the Brisbane Writers Festival, and this year, the program is absolutely amazing. Here are our picks. Marion Taylor Opening Address Thursday 7 September, 6:30-7:30pm Alec Doomadgee will open the Brisbane Writers Festival with an exploration of the importance of writing and Indigenous knowledge creation. My Walk to  ...

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Melbourne Writers Festival 2017 Picks

Tickets for the Melbourne Writers’ Festival went on Friday, and what a program! Speakers include Joyce Carol Oates, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Clementine Ford, Robert Dessaix, Hera Lindsay Bird, Brodie Lancaster and John Safran. I jumped on the website, credit card in hand… this is what I’ve booked in for. I’ll see you there,  ...

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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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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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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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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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Christmas Card Appeal

It’s a barely a month until Christmas (I know, scary!) so we’re bringing out our Christmas Card Appeal. Every donation of $5 or more (through PayPal, or in person) will get you a handwritten Christmas card, sealed and posted. Unless otherwise specified, cards will include a quote or a poem by an Asian Australian writer. If you want  ...

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“Fighting For What’s Right is Worth It”

In Hillary Clinton’s tear-inducing concession speech this morning, she told the world: “please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It is — it is worth it. And so we need — we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives.” I don’t want to say very much on this today  ...

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