Suggested Reading

This is a database for those looking for Asian Australian writers, with updates on new and upcoming releases every month. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you’d like to be added to the list or if you have any suggestions.

Novels

Azhar Abidi | Pakistan – Passarola Rising (2006), Twilight (2008)
Dewi Anggraeni | Indonesia – Root of All Evil (1987), Parallel Forces (1988), Journeys Through Shadows (1998), Snake (2002)
Shalini Akhil | Indonesia, Fiji – The Bollywood Beauty (2005)
Jessica Au – Cargo (2011)
Merlinda Bobis | The Philippines – Banana Heart Summer (2005), The Solemn Lantern Maker (2008), Fish-Hair Woman (2012), Locust Girl: A Love Song (2015)
Brian Castro | Hong Kong – Birds of Passage (1983), Pomeroy (1990), Double-Wolf (1991), After China (1992), Drift (1994), Stepper (1997), Shanghai Dancing (2003), The Garden Book (2005), The Bath Fugues (2009), Street to Street (2012), Blindness and Rage: A Phantasmagoria (2017)
Arlene Chai | The Philippines, China The Last Time I Saw Mother (1997), On the Goddess Rock (1998), Black Hearts (2000), Eating Fire and Drinking Water (2001)
Lily ChanToyo (2012)
Jenevieve Chang – The Good Girl of Chinatown (2017)
Amy Choi – Playing House (2012)
Christopher Cyrill | India – The Ganges and its Tributaries (1993), Hymns for the Drowning (1999)
Michelle de Kretser | Sri Lanka – The Rose Grower (1999), The Hamilton Case (2003), The Lost Dog (2007), Questions of Travel (2012), Springtime (2014), The Life to Come (2017)
Ang Chin Geok | Singapore – Wind and Water (1997)
Yasmine Gooneratne | Sri Lanka A Change of Skies (1991), The Pleasures of Conquest (1995), The Sweet and Simple Kind (2006)
Adib Khan | Bangladesh – Seasonal Adjustments (1994), Solitude of Illusions (1996), The Storyteller (2000), Homecoming (2003), Spiral Road (2007)
Silvia Kwon | Korea – The Return
Lau Siew Mei | Singapore – Playing Madame Mao (2000), The Dispeller of Worries (2009)
Simone LazarooThe Australian Fiance (2000), The World Waiting to be Made (2004), The Travel Writer (2006), Sustenance (2010), Lost River (2014)
Bem Le Hunte | India – The Seduction of Silence (2001), There, Where The Pepper Grows (2005), The Final Christmas (2011), Heads Up (2011), Dandelions and Helicopters (2012)
Selina Li Duke – With Barbarian Ghosts (1998)
Chandani Lokuge | Sri Lanka – If the Moon Smiled (2000), Turtle Nest (2003), Softly, As I Leave You (2013)
Christine Mangala | India – Transcendental Pastimes (1999), The Firewalkers (2003), Looking for a Kingdom (2014)
Rashida Murphy – The Historian’s Daughter (2016)
Omar Musa | Malaysia – Here Come the Dogs (2014)
Satendra Nandan | India, Fiji – The Wounded Sea (1977), Requiem for a Rainbow (2001)
Lillian Ng – Silver Sister, Swallowing Clouds
Suneeta Peres da Costa | India – Homework (1999)
Hoa Pham | Vietnam – Quicksilver (1998), Vixen (2010), The Other Shore (2014), Wave (2015)
Christopher Raja | India – The Burning Elephant (2015)
Mirandi Riwoe – She Be Damned (2017), The Fish Girl (2017)
Rajith Savanadasa | Sri Lanka – Ruins (2016)
Elizabeth Tan – Rubik (2017)
Hsu-Ming Teo | – Love and Vertigo (2000), Behind the Moon (2005)
Chi Vu | Anguli Ma, A Gothic Tale (2012)
Beth Yahp | Malaysia The Crocodile Fury
Ouyang Yu | China – The Eastern Slope Chronicle (2002), The English Class (2010), Loose: A Wild History (2011), Diary of a Naked Official (2014)

Memoir

Tanveer Ahmed | Bangladesh – The Exotic Rissole (2011)
Adam Aitken | Thailand – One Hundred Letters Home (2016)
Cher Chidzey | Singapore – The House of 99 Closed Doors (2007)
Anh Do | Vietnam – The Happiest Refugee (2010)
Yasmine Gooneratne – Relative Merits: A Personal Memoir of the Bandaranaike Family of Sri Lanka (1987)
Benjamin Law – The Family Law (2010), Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012), Sh*t Asian Mothers Say (2014)
Michelle Law – Sh*t Asian Mothers Say (2014)
Helene Dorothy Chung Martin | China – Shouting From China (1988), Lazy Man in China (2004), Ching Chong China Girl (2008)
Cat Thao Nguyen | Vietnam – We Are Here (2015)
Alice Pung – Unpolished Gem (2006), Her Father’s Daughter (2011)
Tracy Vo – Small Bamboo: How my family’s journey on a leaky boat led to our wonderful life in Australia (2014)
Beth Yahp – Eat First, Talk Later (2015)

Poetry

Adam Aitken – Letter to Marco Polo (1985), Tonto’s RevengeEighth Habitation 
Ivy Alvarez | The Philippines –  Food for Humans (2002), catalogue: life as tableware (2004), What’s wrong (2004), Mortal (2006), One Dozen Poison Hay(na)ku (2013), Disturbance (2013)
Merlinda Bobis – Summer was a fast train without terminals (1998), Pag-uli, Pag-uwi, Homecoming (2004), Accidents of Composition (2017)
Lachlan Brown | – Limited Cities (2012), Lunar Inheritance (2017)
Michelle Cahill | India –  The Accidental Cage (2006), Ophelia in Harlem (2010), Vishvarupa (2011), Night Birds (2012), The Herring Lass (2016)
a. j. carruthers – The Tulip Beds: A Toneme Suite (2013), AXIS Book 1: ‘Areal’ (2014), OPUS 16: on Tehching Hsieh (2016)
Eileen Chong – Burning Rice (2012), Peony (2014), Painting Red Orchids (2016), Another Language (2017)
Bella Li – Maps, Cargo (2013), Argosy (2017)
Debbie Lim – Beastly Eye (2012)
Ramon Loyola | The Philippines – Not Poems, Just Words: On Loving, Living and Longing (2014), I Look For You In Other Truths (2015), The Heaving Pavement: Epistles on an Anxious Life (2015)
Omar Musa | Malaysia – The Clocks (2009), Parang (2013), Millefiori (2017)
Satendra Nandan – Faces in a village: Poetry from Fiji (1991)
Ouyang Yu | China Moon Over Melbourne and Other Poems (1995), Songs of the Last Chinese Poet (1997), Two Hearts, Two Tongues and Rain-Coloured Eyes (2002), New and Selected Poems (2004)
Pan Zijie | China Vostok & This Could Have Happened to You (2002), Beijing Spring (2015), In Another Time (2015)

Short Stories

Dewi Aggraeni – Neighbourhood Tales: A Bilingual Collection of Short Stories (2001)
Merlinda Bobis – The White Turtle (1999)
Michelle Cahill – Letter to Pessoa (2016)
Melanie Cheng – Australia Day (2017)
Tom Cho – Look Who’s Morphing (2009)
Roanna Gonsalves | India The Permanent Resident (2016)
Yasmine Gooneratne – Masterpiece and Other Stories (2002)
Julie Koh | Malaysia, China Portable Curiosities (2016)
Nam Le | Vietnam The Boat (2008)
Isabelle Li – A Chinese Affair (2016)
Chandani Lokuge – Moth and Other Stories (1993)

Young Adult

Randa Abdel-Fattah – Does My Head Look Big In This? (2005), Ten Things I Hate About Me (2006), Where the Streets Had a Name (2009), Noah’s Law (2010), The Friendship Matchmaker (2011), No Sex in the City (2012), The Friendship Matchmaker Goes Undercover (2013), Jodie: This is the Book of You (2013), Rania: This is the Book of You (2014), When Michael Met Mina (2016)
Christopher Cheng – New Gold Mountain (2005), The Melting Pot (2007)
Wai Chim – Freedom Swimmer (2016)
Leanne Hall – This is Shyness series (2010-2012), Iris and the Tiger (2016)
Rebecca Lim – Mercy series (2010-2012), The Astrologer’s Daughter (2014), Afterlight (2015)
Shirley Marr – Fury (2010), Preloved (2012)
Lillian Ng – The Chinese Kung-Fu Bushranger (2011)
Alice Pung – Laurinda (2014)
Gabrielle Wang – Little Paradise (2010)

Children’s Books

Tanveer Ahmed – Kids: What’s Book series (2014)
Christopher Cheng – One Child (1007), Zoo You Later (2000), William’s Backyard (2007), Seams of Gold (2007), Sounds Spooky (2012), Python (2013), Water (2013), New Year Surprise! (2016)
Wai Chim – Chook Chook series (2012-2014)
Amy Choi – Under the Tiles (1997)
Anh Do – The Little Refugee (2011), WeirDo series (2014-2016),  Hotdog! (2016), What do they do with all the Poo from all of the Animals at the Zoo? (2016)
Lau Siew Mei – Yin’s Magic Dragon (2007)
Selina Li Duke – In the Year of the Dragon
Rebecca Lim – Bravest Princess Ever, Totally Stylin’ series (2010)
Hoa Pham – No-one Like Me (1998), 49 Ghosts (1998)
Oliver Phommavanh – Thai-Riffic! (2010), Con-nerd (2011), Punchlines (2012), Thai-no-mite! (2012), The Other Christy (2016)
Alice Pung – Our Australian Girl: Marly series (2015)
Shaun Tan – The Lost Thing (2000), The Red Tree (2000), The Haunted Playground (2007), The Arrival (2007), Eric (2008), Tales from Outer Suburbia (2008), The Bird King and Other Sketches (2010), Sketches from a Nameless Land: The Art of the Arrival (2010), Lost & Found (2011), Rules of Summer (2013), The Singing Bones (2015)
Gabrielle Wang – Garden of Empress Cassia (2000), Pearl of Tiger Bay (2004), The Hidden Monastery (2006), A Ghost in my Suitcase (2009), The Race for the Chinese Zodiac (2010), Our Australian Girl: Poppy (2011), The Wishbird (2013), Our Australian Girl: Pearlie (2014)

Graphic Novels

Queenie Chan | Hong Kong – Short Ghost Stories: The Man with the Axe in his Back (2000-2010), The Dreaming (2005-2007), In Odd We Trust (2008), Odd Is On Our Side (2010), Fabled Kingdom (2015-2016)

Plays

Merlinda Bobis – Ms Serena Serenta (1997), The Query (1999), River, River (USA, Spain 2009 & 2014; Canada, Australia, Philippines 2012 & 2013; Singapore 2013)
Brian Castro – Secrets (1994), After China (stage adaptation, 1998)
Tasnim Hossain – Zak and Reefa’s Bollywood Funeral (2015)
Michelle Law – Single Asian Female (2017)
Isabelle Li – Mooncake and Crab (produced to film)
Suneeta Peres da Costa – Watermark (1998), Angelina’s SongChildren See EverythingFireThe Art of Straying
Hoa Pham – Silence (2008-2010)
Disapol Savetsila – Australian Graffiti (2017)
Chi Vu – A Story of Soil (2001), Vietnam: A Psychic Guide (2003), The Dead Twin (2015), Coloured Aliens (2017)

Anthologies

Yasmine Gooneratne – Stories from Sri Lanka (1979)
Griffith Review – New Asia Now (2015), New Asia Now Vol. 2 (2015)
Alice Pung – Growing Up Asian in Australia (2008), My First Lesson: Stories Inspired by Laurinda (2016)

Online Work

Wendy Chen
Shu-Ling Chua
Halee Cosar
Julia Faragher
Richard S. He
Melissa Kenny
Kim Koelmeyer
Bella Kwai
Stephanie Lai
Caitlin Low
Giselle Au-Nhien Ngyuen
Stephen Pham
Cher Tan
Marisa Wikramanayake
Robert Wood
Michelle Zhu


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