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.
Alice Pung is the bestselling author of Her Father’s Daughter, which won the 2012 Western Australia Premier’s Literary Awards, and Unpolished Gem which won the 2007 Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award; and is also published in the UK, Germany, Indonesia and the US. She is also the editor of Growing Up Asian in Australia.