Asian-Australians are known to each other and the outside world by many labels: Quiet Achiever. FOB. Gangster Chigger. Mainlander. Banana. But are these labels based on some degree of truth, or only fiction? What is it like to grow up Asian in Australia? Unpredictable, honest, reflective and irreverent, this collection throws out the cliches and takes us behind the stereotypes. A young man tentatively steps towards manhood with Mariah Carey blasting in his ears, while two primary-school misfits stage a playground revolt. A white Australian woman describes mothering her adopted Asian son, and a teenage boy learns all about philandering from his visiting uncles. Here are respected public figures as well as exciting new voices, drawn from all walks of life and spanning several generations. With insight, courage and a large dose of humour, they shed new light on what it is like to grow up Asian, and Australian.
This book really affected me and is by far one of the best Iíve read. This collection of short stories depicts the Australian lifestyle through the various eyes of Asian (or mostly Asian) authors. It is surreal to think what a common bond I shared with these writers as they not only told their own story but mine as well. The stories are mostly about childhood and as such reminisce about bullies and growing up as an outsider. Each is well written and capture the reader, either having them revel in laughter (my favourite for this was ĎTourismí) thinking in quiet solitude or bawling ones eyes out. I gained a lot from this book and while you may not have the same experience I had with it, I highly recommend it.
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