at The Wheeler Centre

Southeast Asian Women’s Rights in a Developing and Developed World

This year, PEN Melbourne’s annual International Women’s Day event features a conversation with the bestselling author Alice Pung, the celebrated author of Her Father’s Daughter and Unpolished Gem, and editor of the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia.

Alice will talk about south-east Asian women’s rights in a developing and developed world, drawing on her Chinese-Cambodian family background. She’ll also talk about women’s rights in south-east Asia, in the context of her extensive experience working with refugee school-aged girls – and her personal link to Burma through a pen-pal relationship of over 12 years.

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Portrait of Alice Pung

Alice Pung

Alice Pung is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. Her books include Close to Home, On John Marsden, the memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the novel Laurinda. She is the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson.


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