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


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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

Alice Pung OAM is the author of the bestselling memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the essay collection Close to Home, as well as the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. Her debut novel Laurinda won the Ethel Turner Prize at the 2016 NSW ... Read more


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