“The job of every generation is to discover the flaws of the one that came before it. That’s part of growing up, figuring out all the ways your parents and their friends are broken.” The quote from American-Australian writer Justine Larbalestier’s Zombies vs Unicorns,was printed in 2010 – just over ten years ago. At the […]
Something is festering in Australia. Its roots are deep and pervasive. The trail of destruction and harm it brings to our society and communities. It consumes people, even driving people to death.
When people I meet find out that I’m half Indian, they often say, ‘Oh but you don’t look Indian!’, as if it’s a compliment, and that I deserve to be congratulated for having light skin. The one thing that I have had to face growing up at the intersection of having mixed Asian heritage is […]
As the first week of Ramadan finishes, I am filled with joy and gratitude that I am blessed to see another holy month, inshallah (God-willing). This past week, I gave a speech at an interfaith event where Muslim students broke their fasts with non-Muslim students. That night, a successful and supportive open dialogue was born. […]
For many East Asians with monolid eyes, the prospect of double eyelid surgery looms over us. We are bombarded with images of doe-eyed girls, confronted with shelves stocked full of double-eyelid tape and glue, and, occasionally, presented with the surgery as the ultimate birthday or graduation gift. Regardless of whether we choose to undergo the […]
Michelle LawWith novels like ‘Sh*t Asian Mothers Say’ and ‘Asian Girls are Going Places’, Michelle Law continues to prove that Asian Australian women and voices matter, and that they deserve a place in our society to share their experiences just as much as any other woman. Being a screenwriter, author, and playwright, not only has […]
Not all heroes wear capes or yellow full body tracksuits. These heroes aren’t necessarily martial artists or warriors of folk tales from bygone eras. Although Western societal stereotypes of Asian minorities are becoming more and more associated with contemporary ones, not all role models are doctors (or playing one), dancers or high earning data crunchers. […]
“Have you eaten yet?”. Words of comfort from our family, friends, and peers. Those words we hear replace questions of “how are you?”. Food is unquestionably, inextricably linked with the way we interact with our cultures and how it has shaped our identity. Deborah Prospero shares a short story exploring how food is just another facet of our identity.
Developing an National Anti-Racism Framework The Asian Australian Project are proud to contribute our submission to the Australian Human Right’s Commission’s ‘National Anti-Racism Framework” AAP’s submission was prepared by our incredible team of volunteers, and focused on the lived and anecdotal experiences of Asian Australians. Through consultation with community members, family, friends, colleagues, and peers […]
Women’s bodily autonomy has always been policed by those who do not understand or have a say in the matter. Combine that with islamophobia and you have a situation where women’s bodily autonomy is been criticised to the extent where laws are been passed to make it illegal to wear face and head coverings. World Hijab Day is intended to educate and spread awareness about the hijab and why it is worn. Lina Ali writes about the misunderstandings of the West and why we should not be so quick to judge those women who choose to wear one.
The 26th of January is a complicated day to talk about. It is a day of mourning and grief for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders community but many migrants celebrate this day for it’s association with ‘Australianess’. At times, it seems the Asian Australian community has little awareness of what this day means so we asked some AAP volunteers to find out what the 26th of January meant to them.
Reflecting on 2021 means remembering the positive as well. It’s difficult to think about the positive when the negative overshadowed a lot of the public and news coverage. Asian Australians had some amazing triumphs in 2021, from increased representation to our stories being told on a mainstream platform. As we start off the new year, hopefully, 2022 will be a bigger and better year for Asian Australians, and as they say, you can only go up from here.
As we move out of 2021 and into 2022, we want to reflect on everything that has happened. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. It’s been a tulmotous year for Asian Australians, and more broadly for Asians worldwide. Lina Ali unpacks the Baddest and Ugliest, and what this year has meant for Asians, and People of Colour. Farewell 2021, adieu.
As we move towards the holiday season and away from the International Day for People with Disabilities and UN Human Rights, it’s important to acknowledge that the holiday season can be a difficult time for those with disability. The central place of food in Asian cultures during celebrations can be problematic in relation to eating disorders and body image. Lina Ali opens up her personal journey with food and her body, and why we should be more mindful of making ‘small’ comments about peoples body and weight during the festive season.
A play about Asian women that does not objectify them? *shock horror* Deborah Prospero interviews Tiffany Wong, director of Three Fat Virgins Unassembled about culture, identity in theatre. They talk about how to increase accessibility of the Arts to Asian Australians and the importance of diverse stories.
Diwali/Deepavali or the festival of lights is to celebrate various religious and cultural triumphs. The festival, usually known for it’s use of candles, lights and sweet treats, has been become increasingly popular amongst non-South Asians. A deeply personal and emotional essay, Harrini Ratnanesan deep dives in how this festival bridges the divide as an Asian Between Cultures.
Established actor Jim Punnett takes on a journey to understand psychology of the human condition and how this intertwines with storytelling in film. He talks about culture and identity growing up in Canberra and being your true self. Arguing that sincerity and truthfulness are what’s the most important to authentic storytelling.
Rapper xTRILLIAMS talks about life, family and culture in Sydney. He opens up about his artistic background from battle rapping in school to being a bedroom musician, to releasing an EP. He talks about being your authentic self and living between Chinese – Fijian culture and Australian culture.
In this series, we want to share what has inspired our committee members to join the team, what issues they’re passionate about and a bit of their story. Vishal joined the Asian Australian Project this year, leading a new part of the executive team. When I was seven, my family moved to Australia, to the […]
Over the past year, we hosted two Fireside Chats Panels, where we have had the privilege to invite change makers and experts from the community. After our first panel, we were absolutely thrilled with the response from everyone, and with this momentum continuing after the second panel, we wanted to keep exploring new themes in […]
After attending a screening of Minari, Angela and Humphrey from the team give us their thoughts on the historic nominated picture- what the film got right, and whether it’s worthy of the Oscar buzz. This review contains spoilers for the film.
In this series, we want to share what has inspired our committee members to join the team, what issues they’re passionate about and a bit of their story. Sarah joined the Asian Australian Project in early 2020, leading the design and marketing teams. It’s only relatively recently that I’ve started to consider what it means […]
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, our volunteers assembled for Clean Up Australia Day on 7th March 2021 at Bondi Beach. Bondi was abuzz with patrons, with almost every square inch of sand covered in people, towels and umbrellas. A perfect backdrop for the day!
International Women’s Day is all about celebrating women and their achievements. There are some amazing initiatives being run by women throughout Australia, and at AAP, we want to shine a spotlight on these initiatives and their founders, who are pioneering innovative and exciting projects in their fields of expertise. We’ve collated 6 Australian-Women led organisations […]
Being Asian Australian has been a relatively new experience for me. As an expat, I always identified as being Australian; while back in Australia, people identified me as Asian.
Author: Emily Yong; Illustration: Robin Lao Clean Up Australia originated almost 30 years ago, and today, the organisation’s chief focus is on minimising the amount of rubbish that is disposed of into the environment. Started by Ian Kiernan, Clean Up Australia originated from a community event he organised in response to the massive amounts of […]
In this series, we want to share what has inspired our committee members to join the team, what issues they’re passionate about and a bit of their story. “Something I see and hear all the time from other Asian-Australians is they don’t feel either Asian ‘enough’ or Australian ‘enough’, like they’re caught in this no […]
Author: Linda D; Illustration: Amy Ge Lunar New Year is a celebration held mostly throughout Southeast and East Asia, and their diasporas globally. There are a variety of foods that are a must during the LNY celebrations. Each culture and family has their own way of celebrating the occasion, so you may or may not […]
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