The “Good Asian”

Here we are again, me and you, talking about issues of race, and the problematic political party that is One Nation. Today, I present to you Shan Ju Lin, One Nation’s candidate for Bundamba. Read more about it here, but essentially, Lin defends the comments Pauline Hanson made twenty years ago about Australia being “swamped […]

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The Maligned Immigrant

This has been something I’ve been thinking about for a little while now, and aside from a short Twitter rant, I haven’t really felt the need to write anything lengthy about it. But in light of what happened this week in Moorooka, and the increasing amount of rhetoric I’ve been reading and hearing about (im)migrants, […]

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Dangerous Ideas

Today was my second day at the Brisbane Writers Festival, and my third year working here as part of the team. I’d first attended four years ago, courtesy of a pair of tickets I’d won off Twitter from the ABC. I’ve always loved the atmosphere, the fact that I got to talk to other people […]

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Breeding Hate

This past weekend, I’ve been preparing for night shift. Quite simply, it means staying up until about 5am and then going to sleep and waking up somewhere around noon. Upon being awake, I usually check Twitter first (and then PokemonGO, to see if the servers have fixed themselves). And it was the same yesterday – […]

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Young and Free?

I went to a primary school named after a Scottish clan, MacGregor State Primary School, and this tradition was perpetuated by the theme of red tartan that ran through all our uniforms and official documentation. Our performing arts uniform came complete with long white socks pulled up to our knees, and garters that fluttered whenever […]

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Take a Look at Yourself, Australia.

I was eleven when the Cronulla riots happened, and I probably don’t remember it as clearly as many others who were older at the time. I also wonder if I would have different memories of it if I had lived in New South Wales at the time. Nonetheless, I remember listening to the news on […]

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Names Matter.

For those of you who don’t know me, I have had quite a fraught relationship with my parents (especially my mother – I think she’s a bit terrified of how similar we actually are). It’s on the mend now, and even though there are plenty of things on which we still disagree, I’m more inclined […]

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Casual Racism #1: Australian!?

This might turn into a more regular thing/page – I’m not really sure yet. But I have become aware of the fact that because I am generally a rather tolerant person, I tend to just ignore the instances of casual racism that pop up in my life. I do like to see the best in […]

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