You can listen to my essay on the politics of changing my name here via Soundcloud. Kim Cheng Boey’s poem for Silent Dialogue is also available as audio, or you can order a print copy of the Silent Dialogue book here featuring Maria Tumarkin, Elizabeth Tan, Julie Koh and many more.
For the Guardian’s Stream Team column, I wrote about the 2004 romcom, Saving Face. Smash Valentine’s Day and the Year of the Ox with this gaysian classic that celebrates mothers and daughters pushing back on patriarchy, shame and prejudice.
Are you a South Asian arts writer living in Victoria? Sangam: Performing Arts Festival of South Asia and Diaspora has put together this pretty incredible paid mentorship. You get:
- a workshop with me and Sonia Nair on 6 Feb 2021
- support to write a response to a work or works at Sangam 2021
- assistance securing a publication outcome with Sangam’s publishing partners, Peril Magazine and South Asian Today
- $300 participant fee
EOIs close this Fri 15 Jan so apply now! And follow Sangam on Facebook or Instagram for more info about the festival. The full program will be released 17 Jan and the festival takes place 20 Feb to 13 Mar at Abbotsford Convent, the Drum Theatre, Dancehouse Melbourne and Bunjil Place.
I chatted to NüVoices – an international media collective focused on women and China – about writing, diaspora, and why I’m not necessarily interested in inclusion.
Big thanks to interviewer Annabelle Jarrett for making sense of my late-night ramblings over Zoom and editor Jessie Lau for setting this up!