Book Review: Growing Up Asian in Australia

This book appeared on my radar when a former classmate (and now Facebook friend) shared it.  It is on her daughter’s list for school. I saw this book at our local library and decided to borrow it.

Growing Up Asian in Australia is an anthology of personal accounts, essays, short stories and poetry edited by Alice Pung. The authors’ experiences is probably similar to Asians growing up in the US, Canada, and UK. The people who shared their stories aren’t all professional writers; they include television personalities and people in the entertainment industry.  ‘Asian’ in the title refers to a wide area including Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indian and Pakistani.  Some authors come from a mixed background, where one parent is Caucasian.

The book is divided into parts where each part focuses on a particular aspect of life.

Overall, it was a good read.  As with any anthology, some stories are better than others. As someone who spent several years in the US as a child and now living in Australia with a Caucasian husband, I read this book with great interest, both for myself and my children. Some of the stories resonated with me, others, not so much.

Recommended for mature readers.  In one of the sections, the writers share what it was like growing up Asian and homosexual.  Nothing graphic, but still, there it is.  In case you’re wondering, I believe this book is scheduled for Year 9 in some schools (not my children’s).  Year 9 is 14-15 yo.


About yewnique

I am a Malaysian-born woman who is married to an Australian and now live in Melbourne, Australia. I am a mother to four children. I home school. I like reading, writing, and cooking -- not necessarily in that order. I care about grammar and spelling, but am nonchalant about the Oxford Comma. I try to follow Christ's teachings.

Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2013, in Books and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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