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When I was in Year 12, I had a nervous breakdown due to all the pressures of the final year of school. No one in my family had ever been to university before yet it was always expected of me that I would go. Yet no one expected that without much cultural capital, and the difficulties of coming from a family where one parent can’t read or write (or even speak English), it would be hard, due to this prevailing myth of the “Asian quiet achiever.” Today I work as a lawyer and a writer, and it is very important to me to tell students that it is okay to feel doubt, and even to fail at times, as long as they get back up.
A session for students studying Unpolished Gem as a text in secondary school – either for English, literature, social and environmental studies or history, or any other related subject. An in-depth look at the book and its stories, from the author Alice Pung. Topics: Identity and Belonging Migration Assimilation Gender relations and the ‘double standard’ […]
A session for students studying Growing Up Asian in Australia as a text in secondary school – either for English, Literature, social and environmental studies, history or other related subjects. An in-depth discussion of the themes behind the book, its historical context, and the history of Australian race relations. Topics: Identity and Belonging Telling one’s own family […]
From Sitka, Alaska to Wagga Wagga, from Beijing to Iowa, Alice has conducted writing workshops for people aged between 14 to 80, drawing from their own life experiences. This workshop covers characterisation, voice, plot and language. It focuses on how to get started, and discusses the interesting issues that arise when writing based from real […]
Often, young adults think their lives are boring and uneventful, so choose to write in a way that replicates older writers/television/popular fiction/the Twilight series. This workshop encourages students to find their true voice by looking at their own experiences, families and feelings; and to use their writing as a tool of discovering more about their […]