In Conversation: Asian-Australians in Politics

Prior to the 2022 Federal Election, AAP spoke to emerging and established Asian Australian politicians to talk about how their cultures and identities have shaped the way they’ve interacted and influenced politics. Not often do we talk about our upbringings and how that’s affected the way we’ve interacted with the political system in Australia. From war […]

Mehreen Faruqi

مہرین Can you tell us a bit about your cultural background and where you were before deciding to become a politician? I grew up in Lahore in Punjab in Pakistan. Lahoris are very proud of who they are. There’s a saying which is very popular in Lahore: “Those who haven’t seen Lahore haven’t been born […]

Penny Wong

黄英贤 Can you tell us about your cultural background, and where you were before you decided to enter politics? I was born in Malaysia and my father was Malaysian-Chinese. His dad was Cantonese and his mother, my grandmother, was Hakka. My dad had a scholarship to study at Adelaide University, where he met my mum, […]

Chetan Sahai

चेतन सहाय Can you tell us a bit about your cultural background and where you were before deciding to become/run as a politician? Both parents are of Indian descent, my father is from Bihar and my mother is from Sindh. My grandparents had to flee during the partition, there was lots of fighting and riots […]

Apurva Shukla

Can you tell us a bit about your cultural background and where you were before deciding to become/run as a politician? I graduated last year – I studied a degree at UNSW and I’m now working in the IT sector. I was born in India and came to Australia when I was 1. Like so […]

Zhi Soon

孙先志 Can you tell us about your cultural background, and where you were before you decided to become a politician? I’m a really proud Asian-Australian, I’m really proud of having that as my identity. I was born in Kuala Lampur in Malaysia in 1985, and my family migrated to Australia in 1989. So I come […]

Racism has a colour, and it’s white.

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. 

Rama-Done Well

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. […]

From Mikamo to Tyra Banks: A History of the Double Eyelid Surgery 

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 […]

‘Breaking the Bias’ – Women who are shattering the ceiling

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 […]

We Are Not the Same: Growing Up Without Asian Australian Role Models

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. […]

一月十蛋 | One Month, Ten Eggs

“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.

Asian Australian Project submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission

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 […]

‘A Woman’s Choice’ – Dispelling the Myths of the Hijab

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.

What does the 26th of January mean to you?

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.

2021: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly? – The Wins and Triumphs

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.

2021: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly? – The Baddest and Ugliest

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.

We’re Not Immune: A Reality Check about Eating Disorders within Asian communities  

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.

Why I Celebrate Deepavali

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.

The Psychology of Storytelling with Jim Punnett

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.

Meet the Team #4: Vishal Vivekananda, Legal & Finance Director

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 […]

From the warm glow of our screens, it’s time to talk

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 […]

Our Thoughts After Seeing ‘Minari’

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.

Meet the team #3: Sarah Choo, Design & Marketing Director

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 […]


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