Author Archives: Lian Low

About Lian Low

Lian Low is currently Peril's Chairperson and Editor-at-Large, previously Editor-in-Chief (2010-2014) and Prose Editor (2009-2014). This year she is a 2015 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow. In Oct and Nov she'll be off to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (as attendee) and the Melaka Arts and Performance Festival (as festival artist), her travels are part of Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature Office Travel Fund initiative. Find her on Twitter @Lian__Low

Melbourne Writers Festival’s 2nd Asia-Pacific Writers Forum By


This year Melbourne Writers Festival celebrates its 30th year anniversary, and festival director Lisa Dempster’s most ambitious literary program yet with 540 participating writers and 530 events across 60 venues. The second Melbourne Writers Festival Asia Pacific Writers Forum was held on Friday 21st August 2015 at The Wheeler Centre’s Workshop Space and hosted by Read More »

Review: The Dead Twin By

Daniel Han and Harry Tseng in The Dead Twin. Pix courtesy of Chi Vu

The Dead Twin is theatre maker and author Chi Vu’s latest work at Footscray Community Arts Centre. It’s a work that dares to take risks in performance making, storytelling, narrative and casting. The journey begins on a long boat trip along the Maribyrnong river, destination unknown, a chilling sound track accompanies the ride.  As the Read More »

Letters Home – Review By

Joe Lui in "Letters Home" Photo: Simon Pynt

Singaporean born Joe Lui arrived in Western Australia as a university student. For the first time in his life he was able to look out into the night’s galaxy of stars, rather than the speckle overshadowed by Singapore’s skyscrapers. In the quiet, away from an abusive environment of family pressure and expectations, away from the Read More »

WrICE: Photo essay from Hoi An, Vietnam By

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Our third digital postcard is a photo essay from Xu Xi, an author of nine books of fiction & essays; most recently Access: Thirteen stories (Signal 8 Press, 2011), Habit of a foreign sky (Haven Books, 2010) and Evanescent isles (Hong Kong University Press, 2008). She is currently writer-in residence at City University of Hong Kong and directs their international, low-residency Master of Read More »

WrICE (Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange) in Vietnam By

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Last year, Peril was invited to host a conversation with Foreign Soil award winning author and poet Maxine Beneba Clarke in WrICE: Postcard from Singapore as part of the inaugural Digital Writers Festival. Instead of a solitary conversation in her hotel room, Maxine gathered together the other writers in the residency and Peril‘s Editor-at-Large Lian Low facilitated conversations with an array of Read More »

WrICE: “Nothing is wasted with writing: Promise” By

Our second digital postcard is a short audio recording from Hoi An, where WrICE(the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange Program) residency writers Cate Kennedy, Suchen Christine Lim and Jhoanna Cruz are conversing with WriCE Co-Director Francesca Rendle-Short.  Francesca has titled the recording – “Nothing is wasted with writing: promise”. Says Francesca in her notes, “The mp3 Read More »

WrICE Dream By

Suchen Christine Lim on her recent writing residency immersion with the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange (WrICE) program. This writing residency is like no other. In most writing residencies, the writer works alone. In the WrICE residency, 12 writers from different parts of S E Asia and Australia spend 10 days together to write and Read More »

Melbourne Writers Festival’s inaugural Asia-Pacific Writers Forum: Part 1 By

Melbourne Writers Festival

In a closed industry event, Writers Victoria and the Melbourne Writers Festival have invited poets, writers, translators and literary sector workers from Australia and the Asia-Pacific region to gather at the Wheeler Centre for the Melbourne Writers Festival’s inaugural Asia- Pacific Writers Forum to discuss issues within the region.

Hoa Pham: The Other Shore By


Peril’s founding editor, Hoa Pham was recently one of four winners of Seizure’s Viva La Novella 2 competition.  Her novella The Other Shore was launched at Readings in early July by writer, historian, teacher and translator Maria Tumarkin.  Last year Maria was Hoa’s mentor in Writers Victoria’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) mentorship program. Below are Read More »

Blak Dot’s “18C” – Opening night, Thus April 17th By

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Blak Dot Gallery’s 18C exhibition, co-curated by Jacob Tolo (co-founder and co-director of Indigenous run arts space Blak Dot Gallery with Kimba Thompson) and Torika Bolatagici (exhibiting artist and photography lecturer at Deakin University) is probably the most radical thing an art gallery can do right now, a public and participatory display of protest against Read More »

Thirty one Victorian Multicultural, Faith and Community organisations oppose amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act By

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Please see below the submission to the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) Exposure Draft from thirty one Victorian based multicultural, faith and community organisations and roof bodies.  This coalition of community organisations represent a very broad spectrum of the Victorian community across religions and ethnic groups. Peril would like to thank David Marlow Executive Director of Read More »

The Australia I want to call home By


Ed’s note: I was invited to speak at Blak Dot Gallery at the opening of 18C – a quick response exhibition to the proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.  Here’s the full transcript of my speech. Keep your eyes peeled on Peril for a review of the opening night and a review of Read More »

Authors, writers, journalists, editors, artists and supporters oppose the proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act By

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On 25th March 2014, the Government Party Room approved reforms to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.  These changes, according to the Government’s media release “will strengthen the Act’s protections against racism, while at the same time removing provisions which unreasonably limit freedom of speech.” The Government has allowed for slightly over a month for community Read More »

Hyperreality & A Wife’s Revenge By


Opening this Friday 21st February for the Australasian Chinese Theatre‘s summer season are two short plays – Hyperreality by Lian Low and A Wife’s Revenge by Moni Lai Storz. In this double bill of monologues directed by Wolf Heidecker, taking centre stage are two Chinese-Malaysian-Australian women characters. Hyperreality was a monologue that I wrote 19 Read More »

Writers Victoria CALD Mentorships 2013 mentee: Lian Low By

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When I saw applications for Writers Victoria’s CALD Mentorship program, I hesitated in applying, as the emphasis was on being from a non-English speaking background (NESB).  I wasn’t sure if this was applicable to me.  I explained to the program coordinator that I am of Peranakan-Chinese Malaysian heritage, and my family languages are Hokkien and Read More »

Binaries/Dualities editorial: prose By

EDIT*RIAL - image by Lian Low

Peril’s upcoming issues 16 and 17 are themed on binaries and dualities.  We have named one issue ‘binaries’ and another ‘dualities’, however, the content doesn’t necessarily reflect neat categorisations. We have decided to release content for the upcoming editions over the next few weeks, which means that you’ll have to keep checking Peril to read Read More »

Editorial: Not another Asian Australian anthology? By

Lian Low, Editor at Large

In 2008, Alice Pung edited a groundbreaking anthology, Growing Up Asian in Australia which featured short stories and poems by over fifty Asian Australians.  However, prior to the book’s publication, Pung was advised by an industry person that her  “heavy introduction” which detailed the invasion and dispossession of Australia’s Indigenous peoples, the White Australia policy, Read More »

Review: Stories Then and Now By

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There are many ways to tell a story and there are many types of storytellers.  An incredible storyteller can make a boring story the most dramatic experience you’ve sat through, a poignant story can fall into a dead pit in the wrong hands.  Luckily, under the deft direction of Performance 4A Executive Producer Annette Shun Read More »

Spirit Worlds Editorial – Prose By

EDIT*RIAL - image by Lian Low

Every now and then, I wonder about the year of my birth, the year that my grandfather died.  His A4 framed black and white portrait looked on benignly in our family hallway, and while there was nothing scary about his appearance, as a kid, I’d be scampering from one end of the hallway to another Read More »

Australian Booty: The Fatty-Boom-Boom Remix By

Candy B is back!  Re-working material from last year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival performance of Australian Booty, Candy’s revamped Australian Booty: The Fatty-Boom-Boom Remix deserves a standing ovation. Candy B is a master of her craft and this recent work showcases her many talents as an accomplished writer, actor, comedian and singer. Last year when I Read More »

Jennifer Wong in “Ouch and Other Words” By

We walked in about 5 minutes late to Jennifer Wong’s opening to Ouch and Other Words.  Jennifer, however, didn’t miss a beat and welcomed us with “Oh, welcome, you’ve missed the best part of the show”, sparking a titter from the crowd in the Carpet Room at the Forum Theatre.  The room was so small, Read More »

Editorial By

EDIT*RIAL - image by Lian Low

Recently there has been quite vigorous discussion about the absence of cultural diversity in Australian film and television.  While these discussions are not new, its great to see the articles hitting the mainstream press, and bringing to the fore a critical whiteness reading of the film and television industry.  Unfortunately, Australia’s White Australia history still Read More »

Q&A – Sofie Kim By

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Added to the long list of career highlights including Music/TV/Documentary producer, Sofie Kim promotes Korea to Australians – with a difference…within the music industry. From the Korean Rock Festivals of Pentaport (introducing artists such as Eskimo Joe, The Grates, End of Fashion) and Busan to Club gigs in Incheon, Sofie’s work of cross cultural promotion Read More »

Q&A – Dominic Golding By


Dominic completed his Honors in Directing and Politics in 1999 at Flinders University. In November 1999 he was awarded the R.A. Simpson International Traveling Scholarship to Vietnam, and has a MA in Theatre Arts from Monash University, graduating in 2010. Dominic has worked with Huu Tran, Tony Le Nguyen, and Vietnamese Youth Media as an Read More »

Q&A – Chris Pang By

Chris Pang

Chris Pang, the son of two martial arts instructors, is an Australian actor who played lead character “Lee” in the Australian box office hit “Tomorrow When The War Began” which excelled to be highest grossing Australian film of the 2010 and also went on to break DVD sales records in Australia. Pang’s acting credits also encompass Australian television: the Read More »

A car park that became a karaoke stage for Footscray by Night By

Photo taken by Michelle Dunn

It’s not long after Footscray By Night that I catch Hoang Tran Nguyen and David Cuong Nguyen at fauxPho artspace, where Hoang rents a studio space in a 1st floor warehouse which he shares with other artists.  The warehouse is minimal, grungy, and a little run-down, belying the rich history of the now disbanded fauxPho Read More »

Q&A – Somchay Phakonkham By


Somchay’s love for filmmaking started in high school. He completed an advanced diploma in Film & TV Screen production at NMIT. Upon completion in 2004 he was picked up by 50 Kaliber Films. A Melbourne based production company that produced TVC for Mercedes, Honda, Ford and Suzuki. He later left the company in 2006, to Read More »

Q&A – Corrie Chen By

Corrie Chen

Born in Taiwan and raised in Melbourne, Corrie is a graduate of the prestigious VCA School of Film and Television. During her time there she wrote and directed Happy Country (2008) and Wonder Boy (2010). Both films have screened at numerous festivals both locally and internationally. Corrie was selected for the Accelerator Talent Camp program at the 2009 Melbourne Read More »

Q&A – Pearl Tan By

Pearl Tan

Pearl Tan is the director of Pearly Productions, a film and video production company that provides services to arts organisations and actors. She graduated from the NIDA Acting course in 2005. Originally from Western Australia, she also holds a Communications degree majoring in Media Studies from Edith Cowan University. Her short films Seeya Rach, Thanks for Coming and Baby Read More »

Editorials By

From Lian Low – prose editor Food is essential to our survival, it is nourishing, nurturing and pleasurable, but it can also be a way in to our remembered cultural identities. There are a number of Asian-Australians who have rode the wave as food celebrities – Luke Nguyen, owner and chef of Sydney’s Red Lantern Read More »

Fear of a Brown Planet: fight the power with laughter By

The first time I met Fear of a Brown Planet comic duo Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain, it was not at a post-show groupie hangout; it was at the very edge of the performance stage of an overcrowded Espy where we were all moshed in together to watch one of the legends of hip-hop – Public Enemy.

Editorials By

Editorials from Peril prose editor Lian Low and poetry editor Miriam Lo.