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In Other Words: Spotlight on South Australian Speakers

Thursday, 20 October 2022
3 min read
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South Australia is a multicultural society. Join these South Australian writers and thinkers as they put our connection to Asia front and center.

Uyghur man Sadam Abdusalam came to Australia from Xinjiang as a political refugee, and is now a citizen of this country. On a visit back to Xinjiang, he met a woman named Nadila. Shortly afterwards, China's government began its massive crackdown on the Uyghurs. Follow Abdusalam's quest to bring his wife, and their new son, to Australia in Freeing My Family.

Currently the director of racial justice organisation Democracy in Colour, Neha Madhok has over a decade of experience in Australian political campaigning. Their passion for grassroots organising to win tangible outcomes shines through in this discussion with other activists Kathy Nguyen and Ruchira Talukadar, all of whom are of South Asian descent. In Next-Gen Climate Warriors, they share their strategies for mobilising non-white communities for climate justice in Australia.

Anti-racist literary publication Liminal Magazine, in partnership with Writers SA, invited 16 Asian Australian writers to respond to the theme 'Haunt'. In this thought-provoking session, some of these writers will share their responses, followed by a discussion that looks deeper into the ideas that informed the project.

Author and arts journalist Katherine Tamiko Arguile was born and raised in Tokyo, but is now based on Kaurna Country. Her debut novel, The Things She Owned, was shortlisted for the 2021 MUD Literary Prize. Buy tickets to Lunch on The Riverbank, where Arguile will share her connection with her mother, her culture and her history through food, as she takes you through the journey of her first non-fiction piece, a memoir titled Meshi.

Then, go further behind the scenes with Arguile alongside Jason Om and Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM as they explore The Art of Memoir: Making Meaning of Life.

Catch all of these speakers and more as part of In Other Words. Explore the rest of the program here.

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