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DARK MOFO 2017: Reflections

Aurin I wish to acknowledge that I live and study on the lands of the Wurundjeri and Boonarong peoples. I also want to acknowledge the traditional Palawa owners of the land upon which DARK MOFO operates. Sovereignty was never ceded. I begin by asking you to reflect on the necessity of listening to the voices of Indigenous arts practitioners,  ...

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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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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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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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