y No One Like Me single work   children's fiction   children's  
Issue Details: First known date: 1998 1998
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'Huong and her friends are not the most popular girls in school. They don't have boyfriends, they aren't blonde, they don't play sport. Plus Huong has a family secret that she's not allowed to tell anyone about. Huong thinks that there is no one like her at school. But one day someone shows her that there is ...' (Source: Author's website)

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  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it contains Vietnamese characters.

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Embodying a Racialised Multiculturalism : Strategic Essentialism and Lived Hybridities in Hoa Pham's No One Like Me Debra Dudek , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 17 no. 2 2007; (p. 43-49)
Debra Dudek is interested in the intersection of multiculturalism, cultural citizenship and children's literature and in this article looks at the 'tension between representing an acceptance of cultural difference...and representing all people within one culture as the same' (43). She locates her analysis within the field of Asian-Australian studies through a discussion of Hoa Pham's No One Like Me (1998), the story of a young Vietnamese girl who lives in Australia with her family, arguing that the text 'simultaneously highlights and deconstructs gender and the Asian family as homogenous categories' (43). Framing the analysis with a discussion of the Howard Government's approach to cultural diversity and its viewpoint that 'immigrants from Asia threaten the notion of a unified Australia', Dudek draws attention to the 'turbulent past and uncertain future' of multiculturalism which, she argues, relies on 'concepts of sameness and difference' that fundamentally support and maintain policies of assimilation (43-44). Dudek posits that No One Like Me negotiates the question of 'how to recognize and accept race and gender strategically as essential categories of difference without homogenising them' (45) in a way which destabilizes 'neat and static categories of otherness' and 'opens up the possibility of multiple subject positions [and] complex lived hybridities' (48).
Untitled Chris Dayman , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 43 no. 1 1999; (p. 32)

— Review of Forty-Nine Ghosts Hoa Pham 1998 single work children's fiction ; No One Like Me Hoa Pham 1998 single work children's fiction ; Bruise Jeri Kroll 1998 single work novel ; Goliath Jeri Kroll 1998 single work novel ; The Bliss Bone Vivian Bligh 1998 single work novel ; The Battle for Roserock Bottom Jim Schembri 1998 single work novel ; I Was a Teenage Exam Cheat Jim Schembri 1998 single work novel ; Mick the Mimic David Metzenthen 1998 single work novel ; The Red Hot Footy Fiasco David Metzenthen 1998 single work novel
Untitled Chris Dayman , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 43 no. 1 1999; (p. 32)

— Review of Forty-Nine Ghosts Hoa Pham 1998 single work children's fiction ; No One Like Me Hoa Pham 1998 single work children's fiction ; Bruise Jeri Kroll 1998 single work novel ; Goliath Jeri Kroll 1998 single work novel ; The Bliss Bone Vivian Bligh 1998 single work novel ; The Battle for Roserock Bottom Jim Schembri 1998 single work novel ; I Was a Teenage Exam Cheat Jim Schembri 1998 single work novel ; Mick the Mimic David Metzenthen 1998 single work novel ; The Red Hot Footy Fiasco David Metzenthen 1998 single work novel
Embodying a Racialised Multiculturalism : Strategic Essentialism and Lived Hybridities in Hoa Pham's No One Like Me Debra Dudek , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 17 no. 2 2007; (p. 43-49)
Debra Dudek is interested in the intersection of multiculturalism, cultural citizenship and children's literature and in this article looks at the 'tension between representing an acceptance of cultural difference...and representing all people within one culture as the same' (43). She locates her analysis within the field of Asian-Australian studies through a discussion of Hoa Pham's No One Like Me (1998), the story of a young Vietnamese girl who lives in Australia with her family, arguing that the text 'simultaneously highlights and deconstructs gender and the Asian family as homogenous categories' (43). Framing the analysis with a discussion of the Howard Government's approach to cultural diversity and its viewpoint that 'immigrants from Asia threaten the notion of a unified Australia', Dudek draws attention to the 'turbulent past and uncertain future' of multiculturalism which, she argues, relies on 'concepts of sameness and difference' that fundamentally support and maintain policies of assimilation (43-44). Dudek posits that No One Like Me negotiates the question of 'how to recognize and accept race and gender strategically as essential categories of difference without homogenising them' (45) in a way which destabilizes 'neat and static categories of otherness' and 'opens up the possibility of multiple subject positions [and] complex lived hybridities' (48).
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