While we are reaching the end of this Asians to Watch Out For edition, the conversation has only just begun.
As with every edition, we love when you join in – and your next chance to do so in person is on Saturday 30 July at Footscray Community Arts Centre as a part of the West Writers Forum.
To help get the ball rolling in the lead up to the three-day Forum (#mindblowinglineup) we talked yesterday with ABC’s Serpil Senelmis on the Sunday Sesh about what it means to be Asian in Australia, particularly in the current political climate.
All this is just a taste of the #DangerAsians conversation that Lian Low will be hosting together with writers, activists and academics, Hoa Pham, Eugenia Flynn, Dominic Golding, Nadia Rhook. Together, the conversation will be discussing the past, present and future constructions of race in Australian writing and inviting your thoughts and feedback – get ready for #DangerAsians.
WHEN: Saturday 30 July, 12pm – 1pm
VENUE: FCAC Performance Space
About the Artists
Lian Low (#DangerAsians) is a writer and spoken word artist. From 2010 to 2014, Lian edited Peril. Currently she’s Peril’s Editor-at-Large and Chairperson. From 2013-2015, she travelled to Singapore and Malaysia for research, and created site-specific spoken word performances for the Melaka Art and Performance Festival. She’s currently working on a travel memoir about this journey. Find Lian on http://lianlow.weebly.com
Read stories by Lian here.
Hoa Pham founded Peril in 2006. She is also the writer of 6 books the most recent Wave is being adapted for film. The Other Shore won the Seizure Vive la Novella Prize in 2014. She also writes plays and the occasional spiel for her day job. Find Hoa on https://www.hoapham.net/
Read stories by Hoa here.
Eugenia Flynn (#DangerAsians) is a writer, social commentator, freelance producer and arts worker. She is the Centre Coordinator for the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts & Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at The University of Melbourne. Eugenia runs the blog Black Thoughts Live Here and her thoughts on the politics of race, identity, gender and culture have been published in Crikey, The Guardian Australia, The Conversation, Peril Magazine, VICE Magazine, HYSTERIA (UK) and The Victorian Writer. She identifies as Aboriginal (Tiwi and Larrakiah), Chinese Malaysian and Muslim, working within her multiple communities to create change through writing, art, politics and community development.
Read stories by Eugenia Flynn here.
Dominic Hong Duc Golding (#DangerAsians) came in a box, ‘Operation Babylift’ one of some 300 plus children and babies evacuated from orphanages in South Vietnam. In 2000 he was involved with a site installation performance Memory Museum about Australia’s involvement in war for the Adelaide Festival Centre. On numerous projects Dominic has worked with Australian Vietnamese Youth Media and in partnership with the Vietnamese Community in Australia (VIC chapter) directed Walking Without Feet (2004) an art showcase by Vietnamese young adults with special needs Dominic has returned to Vietnam three times, each time a new show was developed, Shrimp (2005, 2007) which won the Drama Victoria Award, and Mr. Saigon, Ms. Hanoi (2007). He curator of Unseen Habitation (2014) and Vessels to a Story (2016) for RISE. He is an arts and special needs worker.
Read stories by Dominic here.
Nadia Rhook researches and teaches colonial history at La Trobe University. From her PhD ‘Speaking in Grids’, she’s published in journals including Postcolonial Studies, and created the walking tour ‘Migration and the Private Lives of the Hoddle Grid’. She has an interest in how history can be evoked in words and in urban space.
Nadia is currently curating a heritage exhibition, ‘Moving Tongues: language and difference in 1890s Melbourne‘, to be held at the Melbourne City Library in October this year, and focuses on Asian migration and settlement.
Read stories by Nadia here.