From Asia literacy to Australia literacy # 4 – Narrating my story as a member of multicultural society

Date/Time: Sun 24 Sep / 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Immigration Museum Melbourne

Monash Asia Institute (MAI)

Public Seminar Series

Narrating my story as a member of multicultural society

Narrating one’s own experience is a significant act of empowerment for a person with multicultural backgrounds. However such narrative is often listened to as a story of “ethnic minorities”, not as that of fellow citizens co-dwelling in society. Featuring three acclaimed creative writers, this seminar will discuss the ways in which migrant or diasporic stories are addressed as a member of society and received without being reduced to “their” stories.


Dr. Michelle Aung Thin was born in Burma, and is the current National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow for Australian Writing. She is of Anglo-Burmese, of mixed Burmese,Indian, Dutch and German descent. Her current project is about the experience of seeing Yangon, the city of her birth. Her first book was the acclaimed ‘The Monsoon Bride’, and her second book will be about her return to Burma.

Rebecca Lim is an award-winning writer and illustrator of sixteen books. Shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, Aurealis Award and Davitt Award for best YA, Rebecca’s work has also been longlisted for the Gold Inky Award, the David Gemmell Legend Award and the Children’s Book Council Award Book of the Year Award. Her novels have been translated into German, French, Turkish, Portuguese and Polish. She is editing an anthology of Australian voices with Amberlin Kwaymullina.

Alice Pung is an award-winning author and editor of ten books, including ‘Unpolished Gem’ and ‘Her Father’s Daughter’, and the editor of ‘Growing Up Asian in Australia.’ She also writes for the Age, the Monthly, and the Good Weekend. Alice is the current Artist in Residence at Janet Clarke Hall, the University of Melbourne.

Sunday 24 Sept

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Immigration Museum
Seminar Room
400 Flinders Street
Melbourne 3000

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