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The House of Youssef by Yumna Kassab (Mascara Literary Review)
Perhaps the truth is, sometimes we simply can’t stay afloat and we can’t keep the plane in the air—but we can create something meaningful from the wreckage.
Strangers on Country (Kill Your Darlings)
What does it mean to travel as an Asian Australian on Aboriginal land?
Arrangements /ə’reɪn(d)ʒm(ə)nts/ (BLEED/Running Dog)
At home afterwards, I listen to those variations over and over again. Then slowly, ever so slowly, I realise that this is what it means to be part of a diaspora: perhaps we are all simply arrangements of sounds from elsewhere, composed long ago.
Coming of age in Cabramatta (Sydney Review of Books)
The Coconut Children is novel that will resonate with many of us who grew here in Australia. It’s a deeply spiritual contribution to the ongoing conversation between the past and the present, the dead and the living.
The late-night meal in Ho Chi Minh City that inspired a Bankstown cafe's key dish
The meal inspired 'District 3 pasta', one of the signature dishes at Kinx Café in Bankstown.
Bringing up a bilingual child (ABC News)
Bringing up a bilingual child is hard work. But passing on your mother language is a gift beyond words
A mythical country (State Library of NSW)
As compelling as these artworks are to me, the truth is I can’t help feeling an enormous sense of loss when I look at them.
Larpb padt sandwich (Fields & Stations)
This is not a sandwich that’s been toned down for the farang palate: it demands an embrace of a new world way of eating.
An act of recovery: Comics from the Vietnamese diaspora (diaCRITICS)
The absence of photographs in many of our lives is why comics feel like an act of recovery, with images created from memory, imagination, and reportage—to fill in the gaps.
Australia in three books (Meanjin)
Growing up I struggled to maintain much interest in ‘Australian culture’—whatever that was—let alone aspiring to be involved with it.
My Junot Díaz Problem (Meanjin)
At the time Zinzi Clemmons was confronting Junot Díaz at the Sydney Writers’ Festival about his past mistreatment of her, I was elsewhere in the same building attending a writing workshop on literary nonfiction.
Welcome to the neighbourhood (New York Times)
After enduring the struggle to buy a home, a multicultural crowd of friends gathers for a Hindu celebration.
Learning through their stories (New York Times)
The enduring tradition of the famous Portuguese egg tart (Roads & Kingdoms)
The tart’s sticky sweetness fills my mouth. It may have originated in a distant place on the Iberian Peninsula, but in Dili, the pastel da nata is as everyday as bread.