From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy_ #4

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Date(s) - 24/09/2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Immigration Museum Melbourne


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.


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.

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.

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