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Hsu-Ming Teo Hsu-Ming Teo i(A50491 works by)
Born: Established: 1970
Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1977
Heritage: Malaysian Chinese
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Hsu-Ming Teo moved to Castle Hill, Sydney at the age of seven. Upon leaving school she began studying Medicine but changed to Arts in her second year of university. She has tutored at both Macquarie University and the University of Sydney, where she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1998 on the subject of British women's travel writing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She has taught postcolonial studies at the University of Southern Denmark and in 2001 through 2006 worked as a research fellow at the Department of Modern History, Macquarie University. With Richard White, Teo edited the social history anthology Cultural History in Australia (2003).

In 1999, Dr Teo's novel Love and Vertigo won the Australian/Vogel Literary award for a first novel by a writer under thirty five. Published in 2000, the novel is about immigration and an exploration of family history in the wake of the death of the protagonist's mother, the story moving between Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

In 2010, Dr Teo was appointed one of the judges for the Man Asian Literary Prize.

Most Referenced Works


  • Author writes in these languages:ENGLISH

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Behind the Moon Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2005 Z1201374 2005 single work novel (taught in 8 units)

'Justin Cheong, Tien Ho and Nigel Gibbo' Gibson have been best friends since school in a world divided along ethnic lines into skips, wogs and slopes. Together they've survived a suburban tragedy, compulsory karaoke nights and Justin's mother's obsession with clean toilets. They thought they would always be there for each other but they hadn't counted on the effects of jealousy, betrayal, and their desire to escape themselves.

'Ho Ly-Linh, Tien's mother, wasn't around for much of Tien's childhood. Left behind in a rapidly changing Vietnam, she risked everything to follow her family to Australia. Having spent so much of this dangerous journey alone, she is ready now to find love. On Saturday, 6 September 1997 they all meet at the Cheongs' house for the first time in years because Princess Diana is dead and their mothers have decided to hold a Dead Diana Dinner to watch the funeral on television. Nobody realises just how explosive this dinner will be, or how complicated life is going to get.

'This is a story of three families' discovery of the meaning of love and friendship.' [Source: publisher's website]

2006 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Community Relations Commission Award
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