IN OTHER WORDS

IN OTHER WORDS

In Other Words is OzAsia Festival’s forum for conversations about Australia’s engagement with Asia, and a dedicated showcase for Asian and Asian Australian writers and thinkers.

Over two fascinating days, novelists, performers, journalists, historians and playwrights came together to discuss topics as varied as power, identity, community, grief, familial love, shopping malls, ghosts, snacks, resistance and, of course, revenge.

Program Curator: Laura Kroetsch
Guest Curators: Benjamin Law and Roanna Gonsalves

Content Warning: In Other Words discusses political issues, personal moments of connection, and deeply felt experiences. This includes discussion of racism, domestic violence, childhood trauma and sexual abuse. Please refer to content warnings on individual sessions and if any content has raised issues for you please contact Lifeline on 131114.

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IN OTHER WORDS
  • WAVES ACROSS THE SOUTH

    Sujit Sivasundaram
    Moderator: Laura Kroetsch

    Join celebrated historian Sujit Sivasundaram on a fascinating voyage around the global south, from the Bay of Bengal to the Tasman Sea as he seeks to reconsider the age of revolution: 1789 and 1848. Told from the perspective of indigenous and non-Euro...

  • THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS - Part 2

    Ruth Ozeki
    Moderator: Laura Kroetsch

    Novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki’s new novel The Book of Form and Emptiness tells the story of Benny Oh, a boy who discovers he can hear voices coming from objects after the death of his father. Seeking some quiet, Benny hides out in the...

  • AT WHAT COST: A FREE MEDIA

    James Oaten and Michael Smith
    Moderator: Peter Greste

    Michael Smith was one of the last Australian journalists to leave China, an experience he recounts in his memoir, The Last Correspondent. James Oaten left India on an Australian repatriation flight earlier this year. They have both had to con...

  • RACISM 2.0: AUSTRALIA TODAY

    Content Warning: this session contains the use of coarse language and discusses experiences of racism. If this content has raised any issues for you please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

    Expressions like ‘Asian invasion’ and ‘yellow peril’ are all too familiar to anyone living in Australia, espec...

  • TRAUMA, STORY, TRUTH

    Content Warning: this session discusses experiences of domestic violence, intimate partner homicide and intergenerational trauma. If this content has raised any issues for you please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

    Larissa Behrendt and Amani Haydar
    Moderator: Tory Shepherd

    Award-winning novelist ...

  • IN CONVERSATION WITH JAMES OATEN

    Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, today’s 3:45pm ACDT session 'India Now with Barkha Dutt' will be replaced with an in conversation session with Laura Kroetsch and journalist James Oaten.

  • LEADERSHIP LOOKS LIKE THIS

    Each year the Asian Australian Leadership Summit presents the 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians Awards – an initiative that celebrates the accomplishments of Asian Australians and confronts Australia’s ‘bamboo ceiling’. At this session, 2020 overall winner, lawyer and human rights ac...

  • OPENING NIGHT: YOU ARE HERE (AND SO IS CHINA)

    Evelyn Goh, Natasha Kassam and Geoff Raby AO
    Moderator: Tory Shepherd

    Australia takes its place in the Asia Pacific, its geographical home, with some reluctance. For this session three experts come together to talk about the region, in particular the implications of an increasingly powerful Chin...

  • COMING OUT AS DALIT

    Yashica Dutt
    Moderator: Roanna Gonsalves

    In her memoir Coming Out as Dalit, Yashica Dutt recounts her mother’s ambitions to overcome poverty by passing herself and her family off as Brahmin. Under these extremely stressful circumstances Dutt was a success, a well-educated professional, who didn’...

  • MAKING FOOD MAKING CULTURE

    Adam Liaw and Hetty McKinnon
    Moderator: Benjamin Law

    Food begins at home, and in this session two celebrity chefs talk about family meals. In To Asia, With Love Hetty McKinnon celebrates the food of her Chinese childhood in Australia. In Tonight’s Dinner Adam Liaw once again makes Asian food ea...

  • GHOSTS

    Paige Clark and Jamie Marina Lau
    Moderator: Jennifer Wong

    In Paige Clark’s story collection She is Haunted a widow dresses as her husband in order to avoid grieving, and another bargains with God to keep her unborn child. In Jamie Marina Lau’s Gunk Baby a girl opens a healing centre in a mall, l...

  • GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!

    Dorcas Tang, Michelle Aung Thin and Wing Kuang
    Moderator: Jacqueline Lo

    There is a particular place where racism and sex collide – too often it is in ideas about Asian women’s bodies. Michelle Aung Thin is a novelist and academic who has written about Myanmar, women and refugees. Dorcas Tang is ...

  • FATHERS & DAUGHTERS

    Content Warning: this session discusses experiences of childhood trauma including sexual abuse. If this content has raised any issues for you please contact Lifeline on 131114.

    Mimi Kwa and Ruhi Lee
    Moderator: Sonya Feldhoff

    Mimi Kwa’s memoir House of Kwa opens as Mimi receives a letter advisin...

  • AI 2041: 10 VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE

    Quifan Chen
    Moderator: Marc Fennell

    With The Waste Tide, Chen Qiufan established himself as a science fiction superstar and sometimes oracle. The novel is a future thriller set in a world of electronic waste. AI 2041 – a collaboration with former head of Google China, KaiFu Lee – explores how AI...

  • CLOSING NIGHT DEBATE: AUSTRALIA IS AN ASIAN COUNTRY

    Marc Fennell, Sunil Badami, Eugenia Flynn and Anchuli Felicia King
    Team Captains: Benjamin Law & Jennifer Wong

    Having begun the weekend by placing Australia firmly in the Asia Pacific, we close the inaugural In Other Words with a rousing debate. While we may know where Australia lives geograph...

  • THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS - Part 1

    Ruth Ozeki
    Moderator: Laura Kroetsch

    Novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki’s new novel The Book of Form and Emptiness tells the story of Benny Oh, a boy who discovers he can hear voices coming from objects after the death of his father. Seeking some quiet, Benny hides out in the...