Stories for Study Growing Up Asian…
Here are the stories you must read over the holidays from Growing Up Asian… :
The Water Buffalo
Wei Lee and Me
Perfect Chinese Students
Conversations with My Parents
Five ways to Disappoint your Vietnamese Mother
Look for common themes and the relationship to identity and belonging!
Everyone has their battle scars from primary school. One of my worst was turning up at my school, a newly arrived child-migrant, attending her first sports day. My problem was sartorial - I wasn't wearing shorts like everyone else in grade 3. My mother, in the Sri Lankan style, had insisted I wear a lovely short smock - garish green for my house - with a matching set of (handmade) …show more content…
Xerxes Matza, a bloke boasting Philippine and Turkish descent, might even be the most "exotic" of the writers collective.
Celebrating "exoticism", of course, is not the preoccupation of this project. It's really about "us" in the universal sense: capturing an Australian-ness that is rarely reflected on TV or radio but you'll spot on the train, at schools or next door. Today, according to the 2006 census, one in 30 Australians has Chinese ancestry. And more than 1.6million declared that they had Asian ancestry.
This book is more heartful, however, than statistical. Pung, a fine writer (Unpolished Gem) who fulfilled the destiny of an accomplished Asian by completing a law degree, sounds a warning in her introduction that none of it is meant as sociological exposition, these being "deeply personal stories told with great literary …show more content…
A portion near the end featuring Q & A interviews with select tall poppies - Melbourne's Lord Mayor, John So, and actor-comedian Anh Doh are among those featured - might be consciousness-raising, but feels structurally uncomfortable.
Being Asian, of course, is such an umbrella term it's probably best only served for cartography. After all, its area traverses from Japan to Indo-China - Pung, for example, has a Chinese-Cambodian background - to the Indian subcontinent.
But the selection, because of its sheer diversity, succeeds well in cataloguing the not-so linear trajectory of growing up Asian in Australia: the casual schoolyard bullying for the shape of your nose; the toll of high academic expectation; and the nether-status of not knowing how to communicate with your non-English-speaking grandfather. Or, even, wearing a dress to sports day. The shared experience is solidifying.
Exploring Identity and Belonging :
When studying Exploring Issues of Identity and Belonging, there are some key questions that you will need to ask yourself in order to understand the concept. Those key questions are raised in this chapter, Exploring Identity and