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Issue Details: First known date: 2008... 2008 Growing up Asian in Australia
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'This is an anthology of writing about what it is really like to grow up Asian-Australian. Including contributions from established writers, public figures and exciting new talents, this diverse and unpredictable collection throws out the cliches and takes readers behind the stereotypes.' (Publisher's blurb)

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Notes

  • Dedication: dedicated to all Asian-Australians, whose struggles, aspirations and hopes across the generations have helped make this an ace country in which to grow up.
  • Dedication: For Alexander, Alison and Alina, who make life wonderful, because they are.
  • You can watch the author speak about this work here on the Black Inc. website.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it contains stories about Asian-Australian children and young adults.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,:Black Inc. , 2008 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Relative Advantage of Learning My Language, Amy Choi , single work autobiography
Choi writes about her relationship with her grandfather when she was a teenager, and how the relationship was affected by her unwillingness to continue learning Chinese.
(p. 7-9)
Sticks and Stones and Such Like, Sunil Badami , single work autobiography
Sunil gets teased at school about his name and his skin colour. Perhaps learning his name's meaning will help him to like it better.
(p. 9-15)
Learning English, Tom Cho , single work short story
A surreal account of learning English through lessons and television viewing.
(p. 15-16)
Chinese Lessons, Ivy Tseng , single work autobiography
Australian-born Ivy dreads her Saturday morning Chinese lessons, but they are very important to her Taiwanese father.
(p. 16-21)
The Early Settlersi"Great-Grandfather arrived", Ken Chau , single work poetry (p. 25)
The Terroristsi"They are everywhere", Ken Chau , single work poetry (p. 26)
The Upside-Down Year, Francis Lee , single work autobiography
In 1961, 16-year-old Francis Lee is sent from Hong Kong to college in Sydney. He boards a ship for the journey.
(p. 27-32)
The Water Buffalo, Huong Thao Nguyen , single work short story fantasy (p. 32-39)
The Ganges and Its Tributaries, Christopher Cyrill , extract (p. 39-42)
The Beat of a Different Drum, Simon Tong , single work autobiography
14-year-old Simon arrives in Geelong in 1982. Hong Kong-born, he struggles to adjust to his new life, and the English language causes particular problems.
(p. 42-50)
Pigs from Home, Hop Dac , single work autobiography
Dac writes about his childhood experiences with pigs kept for slaughter.
(p. 53-57)
Spiderbait, Annette Shun Wah , single work autobiography
Shun Wah relates her experiences working on her family's poultry farm as a child.
(p. 57-64)
Take Me Away, Please, Lily Chan , single work autobiography
Chan relates her childhood experiences of working in her parents' Chinese restaurant in Mareeba.
(p. 64-67)
ABC Supermarket, Kevin Lai , Matt Huynh , Matt Huynh (illustrator), single work autobiography (p. 68-71)
Wei-Lei and Me, Aditi Gouvernel , single work autobiography
Indian Aditi and Chinese Wei-Li are tormented by Australian Barry at school in Canberra.
(p. 75-81)
Hot and Spicy, Oliver Phommavanh , single work short story (p. 81-88)
Lessons from My School Years, Ray Wing-Lun , single work autobiography (p. 89-96)
Exotic Rissole, Tanveer Ahmed , extract autobiography (p. 96-100)
Perfect Chinese Children, Vanessa Woods , single work autobiography (p. 103-111)
The Asian Disease, Simone Lazaroo , single work autobiography (p. 111-121)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Inc. , 2008 .
      person or book cover
      Courtesy of Black Inc.
      Extent: ix, 351 p.p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 9781863951913 (pbk.)

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  • Also sound recording.
  • Also large print.

Works about this Work

Eating the Vernacular, Being Cosmopolitan Tammi Jonas , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Studies Review , vol. 19 no. 1 2013; (p. 117-137)
'Using a mixed methodology of ethnography in Australia, Vietnam and India, auto-ethnography and textual analysis of Australian migrants' biographies, this article uses the stories of 'insiders' and 'outsiders' to explore the importance of the vernacular, and the implications of authenticity in the maintenance of homely identities and the development of cosmopolitan ones.' (Author's abstract)
Editorial : Not Another Asian Australian Anthology? Lian Low , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Peril : An Asian-Australian Journal , no. 15 2013;
Alice Pung's Growing up Asian in Australia : The Cultural Work of Anthologized Asian-Australian Narratives of Childhood Pamela Graham , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism , vol. 35 no. 1 2013; (p. 67-83) Telling Tales : Autobiographies of Childhood and Youth 2015;
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)
‘English’ in the Australian Curriculum: English Robert Dixon , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 47 no. 1 2012; (p. 19-25)
'The author has been a consultant to the national curriculum process from its beginnings in 2008, first with the interim National Curriculum Board (NCB) and then with the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA). In this paper he offers an overview of how the English curriculum was developed, outlines some of the issues that proved to be most difficult and even controversial during the consultation period, then looks briefly at the English curriculum itself to reflect on how he thinks teachers might use it to develop their teaching materials. Finally, he returns to some of the differences that emerged between school and university teachers of English during the consultation phase and suggests some of the ways in which current academic research might contribute to curriculum content. The author argues that these differences raise what are essentially institutional problems that might best be addressed by improving the relationships between our respective peak professional bodies. (Author abstract)
Book of the Week Waleed Aly , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 15 June 2008; (p. 26)

— Review of Growing up Asian in Australia 2008 anthology autobiography short story poetry interview extract
Other Voices, Shared Lives Farah Farouque , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 June 2008; (p. 25)

— Review of Growing up Asian in Australia 2008 anthology autobiography short story poetry interview extract
Writing from the Roots Helene Chung , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 303 2008; (p. 42-43)

— Review of Growing up Asian in Australia 2008 anthology autobiography short story poetry interview extract
The Children of Two Cultures Farah Farouque , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 July 2008; (p. 32)

— Review of Growing up Asian in Australia 2008 anthology autobiography short story poetry interview extract
[Review] Growing Up Asian in Australia Tully Barnett , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , July no. 341 2008; (p. 32)

— Review of Growing up Asian in Australia 2008 anthology autobiography short story poetry interview extract
Growing Up Asian in Australia Matthia Dempsey (interviewer), 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April/May vol. 87 no. 8 2008; (p. 39)
Growing Up Asian in Australia 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Kasama , September vol. 22 no. 3 2008;
The Original Introduction to 'Growing Up Asian in Australia' Alice Pung , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Peril : An Asian-Australian Journal , November no. 8 2009;
‘English’ in the Australian Curriculum: English Robert Dixon , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 47 no. 1 2012; (p. 19-25)
'The author has been a consultant to the national curriculum process from its beginnings in 2008, first with the interim National Curriculum Board (NCB) and then with the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA). In this paper he offers an overview of how the English curriculum was developed, outlines some of the issues that proved to be most difficult and even controversial during the consultation period, then looks briefly at the English curriculum itself to reflect on how he thinks teachers might use it to develop their teaching materials. Finally, he returns to some of the differences that emerged between school and university teachers of English during the consultation phase and suggests some of the ways in which current academic research might contribute to curriculum content. The author argues that these differences raise what are essentially institutional problems that might best be addressed by improving the relationships between our respective peak professional bodies. (Author abstract)
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)
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