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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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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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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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Rebellious Daughters

Rebellious Daughters, edited by Maria Katsonis and Lee Kofman, is a collection of stories by seventeen Australian female writers, featuring tales of rebellion – both as daughters, and in some instances, as mothers of rebellious daughters. Some are humorous, while others are more sombre, but they all have the same message: it is okay to  ...

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