Peril magazine Asian-Australian Arts & Culture Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:40:23 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 136619977 Bận Học, Busy Studying Sun, 16 Sep 2018 10:00:16 +0000 ‘One taro milk tea with pearls, regular size, quarter sugar.’ The lady behind the counter squawks back my order. Her thick-rimmed glasses slip down, showing the red dents that they leave on either side of her nose. She dumps a receipt and fifty-cent coin in my hand. ‘Cám ơn cô,’ The fragrance of brown sugar syrup and black tea seeps into my nostrils. My fingers curl around the receipt so the coin doesn’t slip out. Her eyebrows lift, drawing horizontal creases in her make-up, which looks like hardened glacé icing. When I was in high school, my mother told me that women who wear make-up are sluts who don’t care about their study. ‘Ủa? Con biết nói tiếng Việt hả?’ ‘Cũng nói một chút thôi,’ I wedge my backpack between the counter and my knee so I can stuff the change into a Totoro-themed purse. ‘Nhìn mặt con giống người Read More »

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PHUONG TRAN MINH: TOMORROWLAND Thu, 13 Sep 2018 07:00:51 +0000 TOMORROWLAND shows the everyday life of young generations affected by the toxic aftermaths of the American war in Vietnam as seen by Berlin based photographer Phuong Tran Minh.                        

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Five Questions with Intan Paramaditha Sat, 08 Sep 2018 20:00:09 +0000 Mirandi Riwoe chats with Intan Paramaditha about disobedient women, life and myth, and her forthcoming novel in translation, The Wandering. Intan Paramaditha is an Indonesian writer now based in Sydney. She is the acclaimed author of the two short story collections, Sihir Perempuan (2005) and Kumpulan Budak Setan (2010, with Eka Kurniawan and Ugoran Prasad), from which the stories of Apple and Knife are drawn, as well as the novel Gentayangan (2017). She is a lecturer in film and media studies at Macquarie University. Read her short story, ‘The Blind Woman Without a Toe’, republished from her collection Apple & Knife with permissions from Brow Books here. Mirandi: In Apple and Knife I noticed that you often write of women who have to distract and deflect to survive their worlds. At other times, your female characters are depicted as fearful, or as a threat. Do you feel that you, or your characters, have ‘skin in the game’ when you write of these themes?  Read More »

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The Blind Woman Without a Toe Sat, 08 Sep 2018 20:00:07 +0000 ‘The Blind Woman Without a Toe’ originally appears in Intan Paramaditha’s collection Apple and Knife. It has been republished here with permissions from the author and Brow Books. We highly recommend you snag your own copy ASAP. In this edition, we also speak with Intan about disobedient women, life and myth, and her forthcoming novel in translation, The Wandering. You can read our interview here. The Blind Woman Without a Toe   Come. Come, child. Sit by me. Are you sure you want to hear how I became blind? Oh, it’s a scary tale, child. So much blood was shed, like when an animal is sacrificed. It was an awful event involving someone very close to me. You may know of her. I was butchered. Yes, you could say that. And I even butchered myself. My eyes were pecked out by a bird. They say it was a dove from heaven, but it Read More »

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Two Poems Sun, 02 Sep 2018 10:00:58 +0000 Naghalo ang lahat sa tinalupan   when you do this more than once are you committed enough the smell of cold metal and a thin membrane of blood and flesh when the desire to hurt starts scouring its tart corrosive it’s one thing against another a taste             to bite your tongue with something more than hunger something more like anger thrills through me      an inconstant thing against the blows that come to us   Nahuli sa kamay   The open palm holds all that has vanished in the intervening decades, stolen and given back, like time, like wrinkles, like wisdom, and lies, infidelities, infelicities, reflections of the self. Snatching at the parabola of the upward toss, the downward trajectory, forever-suspended the practice sessions of deception, let no bells ring, no needle sting, your pocket is now empty, what’s mine is mine is yours is mine.     Notes ‘Naghalo ang Read More »

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Four questions with Alice Pung Sun, 26 Aug 2018 10:00:15 +0000 Ten years ago we interviewed Alice Pung following the success of her award-winning memoir An Unpolished Gem. Four books, an anthology, and a children’s series later, we have a quick chat with Alice about life and writing.     Mirandi Riwoe: My daughter just finished Laurinda and loved it. She owns a copy, but I’m happy to report that her school library has many copies. It’s so exciting that Michelle Law is developing your book into a screenplay—I went to see her play Single Asian Female, which was so moving and funny. Are you looking forward to seeing Laurinda in its new format? Alice Pung: Yes, I am. I can’t wait to see Michelle Law’s screenplay of Laurinda come to fruition! I was so elated when I found out that she was going to write the screenplay, because honestly I could think of no better person for the task. I love Michelle’s work, spanning from her earlier Read More »

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Are We there Yet? Sun, 12 Aug 2018 10:00:56 +0000 Are We there Yet?: Asian Australia in the Arts In 2018 there seems to be a renaissance of Asian-Australian content in theatre, TV and literature. With the success and high profile of individuals such as Benjamin Law and Alice Pung, and with a diversity of offerings across mainstream platforms, it seems that there’s never been a better time for Asian-Australian representation. But there are still anomalies. The publication of Cloudwish by Fiona Wood, a white writer telling the story of a young Vietnamese refugee, won the Children’s Book Council Award. Beyond being a case of cultural appropriation, this is one of a long line of Vietnamese stories that has been used by Westerners to come to terms with their ‘white guilt’ and the ambivalent legacy of the Vietnam/American War. Miss Saigon is another famous example of this. It goes without saying that we still need programs embracing Asian-Australian voices and sensitivities. One successful such program Read More »

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Interview with Kevin Bathman Mon, 06 Aug 2018 02:30:53 +0000 This interview is the first part of a continuing conversation between visual artists, titled তন্তু tantu (threads). This series seeks to weave together the dynamic perspectives of artists of colour, engaging in multi-disciplinary conversations around arts and cultural diversity.  Interview by Tanushri Saha   Born in Kuala Lumpur, Kevin Bathman is a visual designer, storyteller, curator, writer and social change advocate. He is interested in using creativity to address environmental, cultural and social justice issues, and believes that the arts is an untapped avenue for catalysing change. Kevin Bathman speaks with Tanushri Saha about representation in the arts, and the importance of creating spaces that reflect diverse cultural perspectives. Recently, Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr. Tim Soutphommasane said that those who are invested in cultural diversity and leadership “do so because they usually have ‘skin in the game’”. Do you think this is true of the arts? Personally, the reason I am Read More »

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Playlist: Game On Wed, 01 Aug 2018 11:27:58 +0000 To celebrate Peril’s latest edition, Skin in the Game, our latest You Don’t Sound Asian playlist is titled ‘Game On.’ You know when you’ve needed to book some sort of holiday or getaway for months but you haven’t been able to find or make the time to even think about pressing pause for a moment? ‘Game On’ is here to remind you that you can, and should – and nothing will fall apart, promise. ‘Game On’ is a quiet determination, a renewed strength, an empowered defiance. An introspective check-in, a re-evaluating of priorities, the resulting rejuvenation. It’s full of some of the best music of the year so far. We’re treated to the killer newies from Rainbow Chan and Mitski; club bangers from Rina Sawayama, GUILDS, Jess Kent and Cherry Chan; what has to be my number one most played song of 2018 by London’s Nilüfer Yanya; a moody cut Read More »

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