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    New Asia Now

    The Asian century is in full swing, generating unprecedented economic and social power. In coming decades this will profoundly change the world, and the lives of all those living in the world’s most populous region.

    Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now showcases outstanding young writers from the countries at the centre of Asia’s ongoing transformation. They write about the people and places they know with passion, flair and insight.

    All born after 1970, our contributors are cultural agenda setters at home who explore issues of identity and belonging in the new...

  • Contributors' Circle

    James Brown
    Anzac instincts

    Perhaps the true paradox of Anzac is that even now, a century later, Australians have not yet truly owned responsibility for the defeat at Anzac Cove. Some fail to acknowledge it was a defeat at all: Alan Bond at the 1983 America’s Cup, for example, declared the win as ‘Australia’s greatest victory since Gallipoli’.

    In Anzac instincts, published in Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies, JAMES BROWN asks, ‘How could a country that so worships warriors know so little about war?’ He argues the immense power of the Centenary of Anzac could be better harvested for the living – current soldiers – rather than the dead.

  • In the media

    Finger Money
    WA’s stolen wages

    Unjust laws build a culture of contempt. It is clear from the evidence that Aboriginal people in WA have been held in contempt for almost two centuries. Unjust schemes also belittle those in power, undermine genuine overtures for justice, healing, reconciliation and future communion. These past laws return as unfinished business when governments lack the courage to act with a true sense of truth and reconciliation.

    Earlier this year, in Griffith Review 47: Looking West, we published ‘Finger Money: The black and white of stolen wages’ – a multi-faceted examination of Western Australia’s shocking history of Indigenous stolen wages, by STEVE KINNANE, JUDY HARRISON and ISABELLE REINECKE. This weekend, ABC Radio National will further investigate the issues raised in the piece with an extensive Background Briefing, first airing Sunday at 8.05 am.

  • Ebook

    New Asia Now volume 2

    Is there anything left to discover in Asian nations, or has old Asia been trampled by new Asia? And what exactly is this ‘New Asia’ anyway?
    – Kirril Shields, What happened to 'old Asia'?

    Our exclusive ebook New Asia Now volume 2 collects eighteen pieces that quarry the Australian experience of Asia and the Asian experience of Australia. It includes fiction from Shandana Minhas, Alice Bishop and Damyanti Biswas, poetry from Nicholas Wong and Stephanie Chan, and essays by Kirril Shields, Candice Chung and Michelle Lee. 

    Edited by Julianne Schultz and Jane Camens, New Asia Now volume 2 is available as a PDF, ePub or Kindle compatible.

  • Multimedia essay


    At one level at least, memory is a story you can choose to embellish or edit. So why do I tell people about this one – why do I write this one – instead of other things I dislike? I think the uncertainty fuels it, the mystery. The chance that it might not have occurred.

    In 1979, writer CHRIS JOHNSTON experienced a haunting at the Goodwood Park Hotel in Singapore, and the memory of his fear has carried through the decades. But how reliable are our memories?  Thinking through his boyhood, his family and the Japanese invasion of Singapore, Chris explores how objects, places and events are intractably rooted in how we remember them, and how doubt can imbue the past with a sense of mystery and wonder.

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