AustLit logo
person or book cover
By permission of the author.
Linda Jaivin Linda Jaivin i(A32366 works by)
Born: Established: 1955 Connecticut,
United States of America (USA),
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1986
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.


Linda Jaivin received a degree in Asian Studies and Political Science from Brown University. She then travelled to the Far East, living and working in Taiwan (1977-1979), Hong Kong (1979-1985), and Beijing (1985-1986). During this time she furthered her study of Mandarin and became Asia Week's corespondent for Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, specialising in Chinese culture and current affairs.

Immigrating to Australia in 1986, Jaivin continued to work as a freelance writer in the field of Chinese contemporary culture and as a translator. She also began contributing erotic stories to Australian magazines.


Most Referenced Works


  • Other works by Linda Jaivin not individually indexed include :

    The Shortest History of China (Black Inc 2020)

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Infernal Optimist Sydney : Fourth Estate , 2006 Z1263820 2006 single work novel humour (taught in 3 units)

'Capturing the voice of an Australia you haven't heard in fiction before ... Meet Zeke Togan, a small-time crim in big-time trouble. A quintessential Australian larrikin - whose biggest problem is that he isn't actually Australian. 19 year old Zeke was born in the Old Country but has been in Australia since he was six months old and considers himself as Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi as the next bloke. But due to a mix-up at the naturalisation ceremony (Zeke was in the pub when the rest of his family were getting their certificates and sprigs of wattle) and some unfortunate brushes with the law, Zeke finds himself awaiting deportation from Sydney's Villawood Detention Centre. So Zeke finds himself locked up with the other crims, asylum seekers, sex slaves, illegal workers and visa overstayers. He loves Marlena, She Who Loves, Honours and Obeys Most a the Time Anyway, but he's having a hell of a time proving it from the wrong side of a double fence. His new friends the 'asylums' aren't doing so well either. Hamid loves Angel but she needs more than love. April thinks she loves Azad, but Azad thinks he loves April's daughter Marley. Thomas loves anyplace but where he is. Everyone loves freedom. Not everyone gets it. Everyone wants to survive. Not everyone will.' (Publication summary)

2007 highly commended ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
Last amended 30 Sep 2020 14:04:51
Other mentions of "" in AustLit: