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Posted in Current Edition, Edition 19 – Elderspeak Elder journeys: a reflection on two stories of survival By Arjun Rajkhowa
Sometime ago this year, I received a video file by text from my father. At first glance, it looked like an old black-and-white recording. When I opened the clip, I found it was a British news report capturing the historic moment of the 14th Dalai Lama’s arrival in India after his escape from Tibet in 1959. The year 1959 was a watershed in Tibetan history. In 1951, the 14th Dalai Lama signed an agreement with Read More »
Posted in Current Edition, Edition 19 – Elderspeak In defence of Asian parents By Jessica Yu
One game-set-and-match phrase my parents often ended our arguments with was ‘Don’t ever think we’ll become white parents.’ It was as if they had read my mind and every single chapter of it was prefaced, ‘If only I had white parents I would…’ When I was a kid I used to think if I had white parents, I’d be eating Fruit Loops, Coco Pops and Roll-Ups for breakfast, not watery congee with century egg (egg preserved Read More »
Posted in Current Edition, Edition 19 – Elderspeak, Featured Rhythm within Form: Omar Chowdhury By Nikki Lam
Omar Chowdhury, Locus II, 2014 Omar Chowdhury is an Australian-Bangladeshi film artist based in Sydney and Dhaka, Bangladesh. The artist’s durational film works weave together multifaceted yet deeply reflective narratives of contemporary life in Bangladesh. Durational and cinematic, Chowdhury’s latest multi-channel video installations depict life in immaterial temporalities, in metaphotical moments, and in spiritual eternality. Exploring the spatiality within ourselves — body, intellect and emotions — Chowdhury’s work connects rhythms, viewpoints, objects and gestures, forming a sort of language Read More »
Posted in Arts, Blog, Featured Reflections on The Chindian Diaries By Sukhmani Khorana
This personal case study of hybridity works to move us politically because of its poetic qualities. Moreover, alongside the works of many other Asian Australian artists, activists and scholars, it has the potential to move the mainstream of this nation into accepting hybridity as the norm rather than the ‘exotic’ exception. Read More »
Posted in Current Edition, Edition 19 – Elderspeak, Headline In conversation with Pete Emptage and Max Ryan By Eleanor Jackson
Max Ryan and Pete Emptage Pete Emptage lives and works in Melbourne as a disability support worker, English teacher and musician for groups such as Paddock, Where Were You At Lunch, Sweets, Hello Satellites, Hotel Echo and Open Swimmer. He also happens to have a growing passion for Chinese translation. Max Ryan is from Newcastle, on extended leave in northern NSW, his father’s country. His book, Rainswayed Night, won the 2005 Anne Elder Award and his chapbook Read More »
Posted in Current Edition, Edition 19 – Elderspeak After Catullus By Pete Emptage & Max Ryan
Your ecstatic visions, Leela, I suspect 你的欣喜若狂的願景, 里拉, 我猜一猜 are a hodgepodge of too many new age texts 是一個大雜燴太多新時代文本 Read More »
Posted in Current Edition, Edition 19 – Elderspeak Streets of Jogjakarta By Pete Emptage & Max Ryan
she kneels upon the cool stone floor 她跪到涼爽的石頭地板上 in a room of the tin-roof hotel 在鐵皮屋頂酒店房間 Read More »
Posted in Current Edition, Edition 19 – Elderspeak The heart breaking makes no sound By Pete Emptage & Max Ryan
the heart breaking makes no sound 心碎不出聲 moonlight rests on the empty bed 月光取決於那張空床 Read More »
Posted in Current Edition, Edition 19 – Elderspeak, Featured Interview with John Mateer – Emptiness By Eleanor Jackson
In this edition of Elderspeak, we share three works from one of Australia’s most interesting poets, John Mateer, whose work crosses cultural, geographical and conceptual boundaries with intensity and finesse. In addition to featuring his works: Cremation, Bali, In the Pleasure Quarter and Meeting a Chinese Poet, John connects here with Eleanor Jackson, Peril Poetry Editor/Editor in Chief for this conversation about his latest collection Emptiness: The Asian Poems 1998-2012. Read More »
Posted in Current Edition, Edition 19 – Elderspeak In the Pleasure Quarter By John Mateer
Being foreign is the democracy that allows the Nigerian, in all the accoutrements of a gangsta, to address me as brother and offer a special discount to a nice place where the girls are all foreign – Russian, Brazilian, Australian – and all speak English. We are, perversely, brothers: of the same continent, slave and master, ear and mouth, in the weird dialectic of Shinjuku, this thoroughfare where crowds blur into clouds. What tradewinds brought him here? and those girls? and me? Our common Read More »