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Growing up Asian in Australia - Alice Pung

Growing up Asian in Australia


Published: January 2008
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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 toward 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.



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Wonderful Asian Perspectives Text


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

    • Asian Perspectives
    • School Education

    Comments about Growing up Asian in Australia:

    A fantastic text that removes the 'Asian' stereotype. Lots of great stories which highlight the similarities and differences of every culture. Highly recommended to use for the Secondary Teaching: Asian Perspectives unit.

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    ISBN: 9781863951913
    ISBN-10: 1863951911
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 288
    Published: January 2008
    Publisher: Black Inc.
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.5  x 2.7
    Weight (kg): 0.38