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03 Nov: Untold Anthology: Stories by and for the South Asian Diaspora

This month our noses were buried in Untold: defining moments of the uprooted, an anthology of 31 stories and personal essays by South-Asian female-identifying authors reflecting on their experience growing up in America, Canada and the United Kingdom. This collection exceeded our expectations and we were fortunate enough to host a QnA with three of the authors, Neha Patel, Nisha Singh and Apoorva Verghese.

Book Reviews (4)

07 Oct: Seeking Shelter in the familiar: Homeward-bound Diaspora Book Recommendations

Australia’s writing arena, like most of its other public spaces, is predominantly occupied by white men. Through our personal research we found few published Australian South-Asian female authors. We hope this list broadens your literary horizons, especially those of us in the Australian-South Asian community looking for inspiration, because as the saying goes ‘you can’t be, what you can’t see’. We thought ‘homeward-bound’ captured the essence of this list as these books engage with a variety of transitionary life phases in the pursuit of finding acceptance, belonging and being at home in oneself, as well as, migration.

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30 Sep: Talking Good Daughters, Parenting and Healing with Sneha Lees’ Good Indian Daughter: Book Review & Discussion

In July our book club members read Mira Sethi’s Are You Enjoying, a collection of seven short stories about life, love, intimacy and intrigue in contemporary, urban Pakistan. While our members observed that the stories didn’t offer as much insight into the lives of ordinary people, the book allowed for interesting conversations about power dynamics in the workplace. Read to find out what we thought of the book and the insightful conversation we had.

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21 Sep: Highlighting Australian South Asian Artists

South Asian women are far and few in the Australian art scene. Their magnificent work does not get the recognition nor the prestige it deserves. We’re proud to share the journey of our former artists in residence Priyanka Kaur and Avneet Singh in producing a series of art depicting South Asian women, one of which ‘Dancing Rani’ was sold recently.

Copy of ASAC Birthday IGTV

12 Sep: Happy 1st Birthday ASAC

To commemorate the first anniversary of the Australian South Asian Centre (ASAC), our founders, Daizy Maan Kaur and Sehar Gupta share what they’ve learned on this journey so far and what’s planned for the future of ASAC.

Book Reviews (4)

07 Sep: Announcing ASAC’s Winning Writers

A few weeks ago we hosted an Opoortunity for Emerging Writers where 3 South Asian female wrirers would receive feedback on their writing from one of our experienced mentors. Meet our winners and learn about their writing journey

Book Reviews (3)

01 Sep: Fill Your Bookshelves with Sisterhood: Book Club Review of Mira Sethi’s Are You Enjoying?

In July our book club members read Mira Sethi’s Are You Enjoying, a collection of seven short stories about life, love, intimacy and intrigue in contemporary, urban Pakistan. While our members observed that the stories didn’t offer as much insight into the lives of ordinary people, the book allowed for interesting conversations about power dynamics in the workplace. Read to find out what we thought of the book and the insightful conversation we had.