Each exhibition draws attention to a particular element found in the bibliographic research and data, demonstrating a variety of works, topics, themes and authors affiliated with the dataset. Together the exhibitions provide an interesting sample of Asian-Australian children's and young adult literature.
'Asian-Australian Life Narratives' provides a brief guide to Asian-Australian lifew riting about childhood; it represents diverse childhood and adolescent experiences, ranging from leaving Vietnam as an unaccompanied child refugee, to growing up Chinese-Australian and gay in the Australian suburbs.
(Image credit: Hong Kong Skyline. Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0. Reproduced via Wikimedia Commons.)
Unlike many of the exhibitions, which are directed to upper primary and secondary school, 'Asian-Australian Picture books for Under Eights' is designed to introduce younger readers to the themes around Asian-Australian writing.
(Image credit: Cover of Chinese edition of the Norwegian children's picture book Sinna Mann (Angry Man). Reproduced via Wikimedia Commons.
Inspired by the PhD thesis of Kumarasinghe D. Mudiyanselage, this exhibition explores ways in which picture books about migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers promote children’s ethical understanding and intercultural understanding through imaginative interpretations of the migrant experience in picture book narratives.
(Image credit: Sunset on the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha. Reproduced via Wikimedia Commons.)
This exhibition highlights the influence of Asian food on the cuisine of Australia: texts exploring the real embarrassments suffered by Asian-Australian youth because of different attitudes to the food they eat are interspersed with media clips of chefs who travel to the land of their cultural heritage and introduce viewers, not only to the food, but also the landscapes and the peoples.
(Image credit: Bowl of sushi painted by Ichiyusai Hiroshige. Reproduced via Wikimedia Commons.)
Many texts centred on the Asian region explore the vast range of festivals celebrated throughout the year, from the widely celebrated (Chinese New Year) to the regionally specific (Hari Raya Aidilfitri, celebrating the end of Ramadan in Malaysia). This exhibition is a brief introduction to works on Asian festivals.
(Image credit: Bokusui tsutsumi hanazakari no zu, triptych showing Hanami ('flower viewing') in Japan, painted by Hiroshige III in 1881. Reproduced via Wikimedia Commons.)
A brief introduction to the wealth of folktales across the Asian region, this exhibition presents richly illustrated folktales from across the breadth of Asia, including India, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, and more.
(Image credit: assistant to the judge of Hell [China], Ming Dynasty. Reproduced via Wikimedia Commons.)
Kamishibai, as shown in the image above, is a form of storytelling particular to Japan, using a series of story cards and a small wooden theatre. This exhibition uses video and text to explore not only kamishibai, but also other forms of storytelling and street performance, including Punch & Judy.
(Image credit: image reproduced from Wikimedia Commons. No authorship details provided.)
'Lanterns, Kites, Masks, & Bells' highlights the importance of accessories and ornaments in festivals, entertainments, and mythologies across Asian countries. In addition to listing primary sources, this exhibition also links to two critical works that provide different ways of looking at some of the focus texts of this exhibition.
(Image credit: masked performer from khon, a Thai dance drama, photographed c.1900. Reproduced via Wikimedia Commons.)
A collection of primary sources, secondary sources, and research centres, 'Manga in AACLAP' introduces this wildly popular form of writing, including Australian-written manga and Japanese graphic adaptations of Australian children's fiction, such as Deltora Quest.
(Image credit: Mirai Suenaga in her retrograde suit, illustrated by Square Enix lead designer Skan Srisuwan. Originally posted on Flickr under a cc-by-sa-2.0 license; reproduced via Wikimedia Commons.)
The Asian-Australian Children's Literature & Publishing resource lists hundreds of works that have been translated into an Asian language. This exhibition focuses explicitly on works that are available with parallel texts of English and an Asian language, ranging from Chinese to Hindi to Balinese.
(Image credit: page from the 1838 bi-lingual Vietnamese / Latin dictionary, Dictionarium anamitico-latinum, compiled by Pigneau de Behaine. Reproduced via Wikimedia Commons.)
Focusing on the mythical creatures of Asian folklore–including the dragon, phoenix, and mermaid–this exhibition also touches on mythical creatures from other traditions, including Aboriginal Australian and European mythologies, teasing out similarities and influences.
(Image credit: Wat Ratchaorotsaram (วัดราชโอรสาราม), Bangkok, Thailand. Reproduced via Wikimedia Commons.)
A survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, when she was thirteen years old, Junko Morimoto migrated to Australia in 1982 and published her first picture book the following year. This exhibition explores her work, her close working relationship with editors and translators, and her awards.
(Image credit: detail from Junko Morimoto's The Inch Boy, 1985 ed. Image via bookseller.)
'Representations of Multiculturalism in Asian-Australian Literature for Young Adults' focuses first on critical works before offering a range of novels, autobiographies, biographies, and films that offer an introduction to the representation of multiculturalism and multicultural subjectivities in Australian YA novels.
(Image credit: detail from Singapore's oldest Hindu temple, the Sri Mariamman Temple. Image by mac_ivan. Reproduced via Wikimedia Commons.)
Looking for works that are accompanied by teachers' resources? This section provides access to the AustLit record for the works and a direct link to the available teaching resources.
(Image credit: Beitou Branch, Taipei Public Library. Reproduced via Wikimedia Commons.)
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