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Chi Vu Chi Vu i(A10850 works by) (a.k.a. Chi Thi-My Vu)
Born: Established: ca. 1973
Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: ca. 1979
Heritage: Vietnamese
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1 Coloured Aliens Chi Vu , 2017 single work drama

'A new comedy about an interracial couple navigating romance in a racist environment.

'Mai is an Asian-Australian playwright who soon discovers that ‘White Australia’ wants her to write the ‘ethnic’ play, but that’s exactly the kind of story she can no longer tell. Her boyfriend Kevin is a security guard who projects his own frustrated creativity onto Mai’s career; he gives her well-meaning and at times pithy advice. Whilst Mai is away on a meditation retreat, Kevin decides to submit a pitch using her name.

'The fallout threatens both her career and their romantic partnership.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 Coloured Aliens Chi Vu , 2016 extract drama
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , November vol. 6 no. 2 2016;
'Coloured Aliens is slated for production at La Mama theatre in April 2017 as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. These excerpts are from the script-in-development.'
1 The Dead Twin Chi Vu , 2015 single work drama horror

'Steve is a young man with a bright future. When he meets Lola, he develops the ability to contact his long dead twin, who died during war. Steve's parents have a pact not to talk about the twin, but each of them dreams of encountering him.

'The Dead Twin re-imagines the horror genre as an immersive, cyclical, site-specific performance.'

Source: Theatre Works program.

1 The Uncanny Chi Vu , 2013 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Joyful Strains : Making Australia Home 2013; (p. 78-88)
1 7 y separately published work icon Anguli Ma : A Gothic Tale Chi Vu , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012 Z1856670 2012 single work novella 'Anguli Ma is the central figure in a traditional Buddhist folktale, a deranged killer who wears his victims’ fingers in a garland around his neck. Chi Vu presents him as a menacing abattoir worker who carries bloody chunks of meat home to his lodgings in plastic bags, in this suburban Gothic tale set in 1980s Melbourne, when the flight of Vietnamese refugees to Australia was at its height.' [From the publisher's website]
1 From : Vietnam : A Psychic Guide Chi Vu , 2009 extract drama (Vietnam : A Psychic Guide)
— Appears in: Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009; (p. 1398-1402)
1 The Lover in the Fish Sauce Chi Vu , 2004 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Câù nôí : The Bridge : Anthology of Vietnamese Australian Writing 2004; (p. 90-96) Growing up Asian in Australia 2008; (p. 203-208)
1 Ice-Cream Real Estate Chi Vu , 2003 single work short story
— Appears in: West of the West : Writing, Image and Sound from Melbourne's West 2003; (p. 28-30)
1 4 Vietnam : A Psychic Guide Chi Vu , 2001 single work drama travel
2 Vietnam : A Psychic Guide Chi Vu , 2001 single work short story
— Appears in: Tien Ve

— Appears in: Meanjin : Fine Writing and Provocative Ideas , vol. 60 no. 1 2001; (p. 34-47) The Perfume River : An Anthology of Writing from Vietnam 2010; (p. 33-49)
In 2000, Chi was awarded an Asialink writer's residency to Vietnam where she wrote 'Vietnam: a Psychic Guide'. In 2003, this text was adapted under the direction of Sandra Long into a bilingual cross-disciplinary performance, performed at the North Melbourne Arts House.
1 Suitcases Chi Vu , 2000 single work short story
— Appears in: Refo , no. 2 2000;
1 1 A Story of Soil Chi Vu , 2000 single work drama (taught in 1 units)
1 Night Kerosene Chi Vu , 1999 single work short story
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 58 no. 3 1999; (p. 33-39)
1 Classical Score Chi Vu , 1997 single work short story
— Appears in: Picador New Writing 4 1997; (p. 249-254)
1 Things are Different Here Chi Vu , 1996 single work short story
— Appears in: Blur : Stories by Young Australian Writers 1996; (p. 76-82)
1 Own (for Chau-sy) i "Painting destroyed. Painting purchased from famous", Chi Vu , 1996 single work poetry
— Appears in: Republica , no. 4 1996; (p. 90)