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y Unpolished Gem single work   autobiography  
Alternative title: Unpolished Gem : My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me
Issue Details: First known date: 2006 2006
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Unpolished Gem tells the story of growing up with a Chinese-Cambodian family in Australia, Alice dives headfirst into schooling, romance and the getting of wisdom. Meanwhile, her mother becomes an Aussie Battler - an outworker, that is, her father starts up a chain of electrical appliance stores, and her grandmother blesses Father Government every day for giving old people money. (Back cover blurb).


Notes

  • Featured by the BIG Book Club, September 2007
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Inc. , 2006 .
      Courtesy of Black Inc.
      Extent: 282p.
      ISBN: 186395158X, 9781863951586 (pbk.)
    • London,
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      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Portobello Books , 2008 .
      3882895674818382778.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 282p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 1 August 2008
      ISBN: 9781846271434, 1846271436, 9781846271762
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Penguin USA , 2009 .
      4913031100717888623.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: xi, 282 pp.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 1 February 2009
      ISBN: 9780452290006
Alternative title: Gemma impura
Language: Italian
    • c
      Italy,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Mobydick , 2010 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 261p.
      ISBN: 9788881784561, 8881784564

Works about this Work

Them Spitting Eels Shu-Ling Chua , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: Peril : An Asian-Australian Journal , June no. 24 2016;
Unpolished Gem/Gemma impura the Journey from Australia to Italy of Alice Pung’s Bestselling Novel Adele D'Arcangelo , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 1 2014;
'Alice Pung's Unpolished Gem was translated into Italian in 2010. Giving some examples of the challenge this work of translation presented, Adele D'Arcangelo will try to put Pung's novel in the picture of a wider production of multicultural literature available in Italy. Positive aspects related to the reception of Gemma Impura in Italy will be pointed out as well as the vital and fundamental collaboration between author and translator. The innate potentialities of Unpolished Gem to transform a personal experience in a universal one were doubled by the translation of the book in another language, allowing a wider and more eclectic readership to become familiar with Alice's story, and making its Australian setting overcome the boundaries of language and space.' (Publication abstract)
The Name and the Face Juliana Qian , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 208 2012; (p. 27-32)
Between 'Aussies' and 'Wah-sers' : Translating Alice Pung's 'Unpolished Gem' into Italian Adele D'Arcangelo , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Creative Constraints : Translation and Authorship 2012; (p. 89-101)
'In this chapter I discuss some aspects of my translation of Alice Pung's best-selling Australian novel Unpolished Gem, considering which constraining elements - both in Pung's creative writing process and in my translation - represented challenges and pushed author and translator to creatively overcome the limits imposed by those constraints' (p. 89).
Keep Your Eyes on the Horizon and Your Feet on the Ground : Some Reflections on Implementing the Australian Curriculum : English Karen Moni , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 47 no. 3 2012; (p. 13-19)
Stories without Borders Maria Tumarkin , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 70 no. 2 2011; (p. 24-30)
‘This Story Does Not Begin on a Boat’ : What Is Australian about Asian Australian Writing? Wenche Ommundsen , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media & Cultural Studies , vol. 25 no. 4 2011; (p. 503–513)
'With reference to recent debates about the politics of representation, this paper argues that a profound ambivalence about identity, and particularly about Asian Australian identity, is a common characteristic of much recent Asian Australian literary writing. It also asks whether this is the characteristic that marks this writing as specifically Australian. Tracing cultural contexts from the 'pathologies' of Australian multicultural debates to other transnational literary traditions, the paper uses examples from the writing of Brian Castro, Alice Pung, Ouyang Yu, Nam Le, Shaun Tan, and Tom Cho to speculate on the emergence of a new and distinct phase of transnational writing in Australia.' (Author's abstract)
Memories of Relative Unease Jane Sullivan , 2011 single work biography
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 20 August 2011; (p. 30-31)
'Unable to Think in My Mother’s Tongue’ : Immigrant Daughters in Alice Pung’s 'Unpolished Gem' and Hsu-Ming Teo’s 'Behind the Moon' Alice Healy , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 2 no. 2 2010;
Writing as Cultural Negotiation : Suneeta Peres da Costa and Alice Pung Wenche Ommundsen , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Unsociable Sociability of Women's Lifewriting 2010; (p. 187-203)
Untitled Judith Way , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 23 no. 1 2009; (p. 69-70)

— Review of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
Asian Voices Add to the Great Chorus James Massola , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 September 2008; (p. 4-5)
Unsung Heroes Ernie Tucker , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 43 no. 1 2008; (p. 75-78)
Alice, the Word-Spreader Antonio Jose Simoes Da Silva , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: LiNQ , December vol. 35 no. 2008; (p. 131-134)

— Review of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
2009 an HSC Odyssey Hannah Edwards , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 22 July 2007; (p. 9)
The column discusses the new draft list of works to be taught in New South Wales schools from 2009. Only the new Australian works to be added have been listed here.
My Space : Alice Pung Lindy Percival (interviewer), 2007 single work interview
— Appears in: The Age , 11 August 2007; (p. 11)
More the Merrier for Some Rebecca Gill , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 September 2007; (p. 39)
Migrant Story Reveals the Sting in Its Tale 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 1 - 2 September 2007; (p. 27)
Unpolished Gem (2006) has been selected as the September 2007 title for The Courier-Mail Big Book Club.
God of Small Things Alice Pung , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 22 September 2007; (p. 13)
Interview with Alice Pung Hoa Pham (interviewer), 2007 single work interview
— Appears in: Peril : An Asian Australian Journal , November no. 4 2007;
Shorts Veronica Sen , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 August 2006; (p. 16)

— Review of Border Street Suzanne Leal 2006 single work novel ; Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
A Walk between Cultures Juliette Hughes , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 2 September 2006; (p. 25)

— Review of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
Life and Love Rebuilt in a Foreign Land Patrick Allington , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9-10 September 2006; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
In Short : Nonfiction Bruce Elder , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 September 2006; (p. 35)

— Review of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
Untitled Matthia Dempsey , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , September vol. 86 no. 3 2006; (p. 41)

— Review of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
Books Non-Fiction Adair Jones , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23 - 24 September 2006; (p. 24)

— Review of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
Flagrant Act of Word-Spreading Anna Goldsworthy , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 286 2006; (p. 21)

— Review of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
Auto Motives Anne Susskind , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 28 November vol. 124 no. 6548 2006; (p. 76-77)

— Review of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography ; So Many Selves Gabrielle Carey 2006 single work autobiography ; The Student Chronicles Alice Garner 2006 single work autobiography
Unpolished Gem Shines Brightly 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 31 October vol. 16 no. 16 2006; (p. 30-31)

— Review of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
Untitled Judy Blyton , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : on Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 15 no. 2 2007; (p. 50)

— Review of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
Another's Perspective Deborah Bogle , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 - 23 September 2007; (p. 23)

— Review of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
Unsung Heroes Ernie Tucker , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 41 no. 1 2006; (p. 75-77)

— Review of People of the Book Geraldine Brooks 2008 single work novel ; Our Little Secret Allayne Webster 2007 single work novel ; Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
Alice, the Word-Spreader Antonio Jose Simoes Da Silva , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: LiNQ , December vol. 35 no. 2008; (p. 131-134)

— Review of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
Untitled Judith Way , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 23 no. 1 2009; (p. 69-70)

— Review of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
Untitled Judith Way , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 20 no. 3 2006; (p. 43)

— Review of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung 2006 single work autobiography
What I've Learnt : Alice Pung, Writer Alice Pung , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 26 August 2006; (p. 13)
Unpolished Gem Inspired By Our City's Wonderland Peter Weekes , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 3 September 2006; (p. 5)
Alice's Gem Matthia Dempsey (interviewer), 2006 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , September vol. 86 no. 3 2006; (p. 44)
2009 an HSC Odyssey Hannah Edwards , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 22 July 2007; (p. 9)
The column discusses the new draft list of works to be taught in New South Wales schools from 2009. Only the new Australian works to be added have been listed here.
My Space : Alice Pung Lindy Percival (interviewer), 2007 single work interview
— Appears in: The Age , 11 August 2007; (p. 11)
More the Merrier for Some Rebecca Gill , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 September 2007; (p. 39)
Migrant Story Reveals the Sting in Its Tale 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 1 - 2 September 2007; (p. 27)
Unpolished Gem (2006) has been selected as the September 2007 title for The Courier-Mail Big Book Club.
God of Small Things Alice Pung , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 22 September 2007; (p. 13)
Asian Voices Add to the Great Chorus James Massola , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 September 2008; (p. 4-5)
Unsung Heroes Ernie Tucker , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 43 no. 1 2008; (p. 75-78)
'Unable to Think in My Mother’s Tongue’ : Immigrant Daughters in Alice Pung’s 'Unpolished Gem' and Hsu-Ming Teo’s 'Behind the Moon' Alice Healy , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 2 no. 2 2010;
Interview with Alice Pung Hoa Pham (interviewer), 2007 single work interview
— Appears in: Peril : An Asian Australian Journal , November no. 4 2007;
Writing as Cultural Negotiation : Suneeta Peres da Costa and Alice Pung Wenche Ommundsen , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Unsociable Sociability of Women's Lifewriting 2010; (p. 187-203)
Stories without Borders Maria Tumarkin , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 70 no. 2 2011; (p. 24-30)
‘This Story Does Not Begin on a Boat’ : What Is Australian about Asian Australian Writing? Wenche Ommundsen , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media & Cultural Studies , vol. 25 no. 4 2011; (p. 503–513)
'With reference to recent debates about the politics of representation, this paper argues that a profound ambivalence about identity, and particularly about Asian Australian identity, is a common characteristic of much recent Asian Australian literary writing. It also asks whether this is the characteristic that marks this writing as specifically Australian. Tracing cultural contexts from the 'pathologies' of Australian multicultural debates to other transnational literary traditions, the paper uses examples from the writing of Brian Castro, Alice Pung, Ouyang Yu, Nam Le, Shaun Tan, and Tom Cho to speculate on the emergence of a new and distinct phase of transnational writing in Australia.' (Author's abstract)
Memories of Relative Unease Jane Sullivan , 2011 single work biography
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 20 August 2011; (p. 30-31)
The Name and the Face Juliana Qian , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 208 2012; (p. 27-32)
Between 'Aussies' and 'Wah-sers' : Translating Alice Pung's 'Unpolished Gem' into Italian Adele D'Arcangelo , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Creative Constraints : Translation and Authorship 2012; (p. 89-101)
'In this chapter I discuss some aspects of my translation of Alice Pung's best-selling Australian novel Unpolished Gem, considering which constraining elements - both in Pung's creative writing process and in my translation - represented challenges and pushed author and translator to creatively overcome the limits imposed by those constraints' (p. 89).
Keep Your Eyes on the Horizon and Your Feet on the Ground : Some Reflections on Implementing the Australian Curriculum : English Karen Moni , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 47 no. 3 2012; (p. 13-19)
Unpolished Gem/Gemma impura the Journey from Australia to Italy of Alice Pung’s Bestselling Novel Adele D'Arcangelo , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 1 2014;
'Alice Pung's Unpolished Gem was translated into Italian in 2010. Giving some examples of the challenge this work of translation presented, Adele D'Arcangelo will try to put Pung's novel in the picture of a wider production of multicultural literature available in Italy. Positive aspects related to the reception of Gemma Impura in Italy will be pointed out as well as the vital and fundamental collaboration between author and translator. The innate potentialities of Unpolished Gem to transform a personal experience in a universal one were doubled by the translation of the book in another language, allowing a wider and more eclectic readership to become familiar with Alice's story, and making its Australian setting overcome the boundaries of language and space.' (Publication abstract)
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