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Alice Pung OAM: Unpolished Gem

Alice Pung

Session Info:

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.


  • Identity and Belonging
  • Migration
  • Assimilation
  • Gender relations and the ‘double standard’
  • Growing up in a Chinese Cambodian family
  • Pressure to succeed at school
  • Use of humour in writing
  • Knowing one’s roots

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