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Unpolished Gem

Author : Alice Pung
ISBN : 9781846275463
Genre : Social Science
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With a home-grown accent and an imported heritage, Alice Pung grew up straddling two worlds. By the time she was born, her family had already made the perilous journey from revolutionary China and the killing fields of Cambodia to their new home in a prosperous Australian suburb. But even as Alice dives head-first into life in the only country she's ever known, she also understands her father's wonder at the magical workings of escalators, her grandmother's fervent blessings for the generosity of Father Government, and her mother's determination to toil every hour of the day and night. Warm-spirited and wonderfully wise, Unpolished Gem is a vibrant, irreverent portrait of the foreigner's fumbles, the everyday successes and the bittersweet bonds that hold one small family together in a big new country.
Category: Social Science

An Unpolished Gem

Author : Tonya Adolfson
ISBN : 0983255636
Genre : Fiction
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Alexander Angloume, King of Mervolingia, reached out to touch the face of the woman he loved. This woman was the future of his kingdom, the one to bring to bear against his enemies the greatest army in the world. It didn't hurt that he'd loved her for a decade, or that he'd longed for her since their last night together. It didn't matter that she had left a life with him out of a sense of duty to her family. It didn't matter that she saved a traitor to the crown and gave him sanctuary on her ship. All that mattered was kissing her, holding her, making love to her and keeping her by his side that night. Anything to stop her from finding out what he'd done.
Category: Fiction

The Limits Of Life Writing

Author : David McCooey
ISBN : 9781351200370
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In the age of social media, life writing is ubiquitous. But if life writing is now almost universal—engaged with on our phones; reported in our news; the generator of capital, no less—then what are the limits of life writing? Where does it begin and end? Do we live in a culture of life writing that has no limits? Life writing—as both a practice and a scholarly discipline—is itself markedly concerned with limits: the limits of literature, of genres, of history, of social protocols, of personal experience and forms of identity, and of memory. By attending to limits, border cases, hybridity, generic complexities, formal ambiguities, and extra-literary expressions of life writing, The Limits of Life Writing offers new insights into the nature of auto/biographical writing in contemporary culture. The contributions to this book deal with subjects and forms of life writing that test the limits of identity and the tradition of life writing. The liminal case studies explored include magical-realist fiction, graphic memoir, confessional poetry, and personal blogs. They also explore the ethical limits of representation found in Holocaust life writing, the importance of ficto-critical memoir as a form of resistance for trans writers, and the use of ‘postmemoir’ to navigate the traumas of diasporic experience. In addition, The Limits of Life Writing goes beyond the conventional limits of life writing scholarship to consider how writers themselves experience limits in the creation of life writing, offering a work of life writing that is itself concerned with charting the limits of auto/biographical expression. This book was originally published as a special issue of Life Writing.
Category: Literary Criticism

Family Story And Identity

Author : Senem Mallman
ISBN : 9789811319150
Genre : Social Science
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How do second-generation migrant women connect with their cultural heritage when ethnic ties have been weak or absent for most of their lives? Family, Story and Identity presents the life stories of twenty women of various ethnicities, analysis of published autobiographies, as well as autoethnographic accounts of the author’s experiences, to show how stories connect adult children of immigrants with their cultural heritage. The collecting of stories comes in various forms and can include brief visits to ancestral homelands, documenting family histories and genealogies, and gathering stories, folktales, and recipes. Senem Mallman found that, as adults, many children of immigrants actively seek out family histories and stories in order to connect with their cultural heritage and with their parents, and to pass this knowledge on to their own children. She argues that seeking out stories enables the second-generation to find a place within their family narrative. This pursuit of stories leads them toward developing new perspectives about their culture, family and life in Australia, and new ways of living with their cultural ambivalence.
Category: Social Science

Her Father S Daughter

Author : Alice Pung
ISBN : 9781921870897
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Winner, 2011 Western Australian Book Awards At twenty-something, Alice is eager for the milestones of adulthood: leaving home, choosing a career, finding friendship and love on her own terms. But with each step she takes she feels the sharp tug of invisible threads: the love and worry of her parents, who want more than anything to keep her from harm. Her father fears for her safety to an extraordinary degree – but why? As she digs further into her father's story, Alice embarks on a journey of painful discovery: of memories lost and found, of her own fears for the future, of history and how it echoes down the years. Set in Melbourne, China and Cambodia, Her Father's Daughter captures a father–daughter relationship in a moving and astonishingly powerful way. Shortlisted, 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlisted, 2012 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Shortlisted, 2012 Queensland Literary Awards ‘Pung has an extraordinary story to tell and the finesse to bring it, most movingly to the page.’ —the Monthly ‘A tender, sophisticated sequel to Unpolished Gem, told with humour, compassion, finesse and powerful imagery.’ —Wet Ink ‘Pung is one of the best young writers in Australia. Her Father's Daughter is an exhilarating journey. Take it.’ —Walkley Magazine ‘Pung makes everything she writes about shine’ —the Australian ‘A beautiful exploration of father-daughter relationships.’ —Vogue ‘Remarkably tender and thoughtful.’ —Sunday Age Alice Pung is a writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. She is the author of Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter and Laurinda and the editor of the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia. Alice’s work has appeared in the Monthly, Good Weekend, the Age, The Best Australian Stories and Meanjin. Alice lives with her husband at Janet Clarke Hall at the University of Melbourne, where she is currently the Artist in Residence.
Category: Family & Relationships

Close To Home

Author : Alice Pung
ISBN : 9781743820582
Genre : Literary Collections
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A brilliant collection from one of Australia's leading writers Close to Home brings together Alice Pung’s most loved writing, on topics such as migration, family, art, belonging and identity. Warm, funny, moving and unfailingly honest, this is Alice at her best – an irresistible pleasure for fans and new readers alike. In 2006, Alice Pung published Unpolished Gem, her award-winning memoir of growing up Chinese-Australian in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Since then, she has written on everything from the role of grandparents to the corrosive effects of racism; from the importance of literature to the legacy of her parents’ migration from Cambodia as asylum seekers. In all of this, a central idea is home: how the places we live and the connections we form shape who we become, and what homecoming can mean to those who build their lives in Australia. ‘Most people have an idea of home as a place of comfort and safety. But it is more than that. Your home is a place where your suffering can take shelter.’ —Alice Pung ‘A beautiful book brimming with rich thoughts and intimate details ... Pung’s writing celebrates who we are, where we’ve come from and the shape of things to come. ★★★★★.’ —The AU Review ‘A warm, wide-ranging selection ... Pung’s writing is crisp and colourful.’ —The Age ‘Mixes vivid personal stories with a sharply nuanced examination of Australia’s knotty, turbulent race history.’ —The Weekend Australian ‘Alice Pung is a gem. Her voice is the real thing.’ —Amy Tan
Category: Literary Collections

The Life Giving Sword

Author : Yagyu Munenori
ISBN : 9781590309902
Genre : Philosophy
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The legendary seventeenth-century swordsman Yagyu Munenori was the sword instructor and military and political adviser to two shoguns—and was a rival to the great Miyamoto Musashi. Despite his martial ability and his political power, Munenori spent his life immersed in Zen teachings and practice. These teachings formed the framework for his deeply spiritual approach to sword fighting; Munenori saw in the practice of the sword a way to transform the student into a total human being.The Life-Giving Sword is Munenori's manifesto on his approach. His central themes are the “Life-Giving Sword”—the idea of controlling one's opponent by spiritual readiness to fight rather than by actual fighting—and “No Sword,” which is the idea that the mind must be free of everything, even the sword itself, in order to get to the place of complete mastery. Munenori's ideas are essential reading for martial artists of all kinds and can be applied to business and human relations as well.
Category: Philosophy