After a request for titles from @ElizabethLhuede ( for Australian women writers of diverse backgrounds for the AWW 2012 challenge, I thought a blogpost might be in order (as opposed to a squillion tweets).

The list below is composed mainly of Asian Australian women writers as they are the ones I’m most familiar with, having done my Masters thesis on this topic. My PhD also included Asian Australian women writers, though I must admit to not being totally dedicated to keeping up since I moved away from literary studies (about five or so years ago). Apologies if I’ve missed any out – feel free to add them in the comments. Broadly, the authors are women of Asian descent who are based in Australia, and most of the texts are novels.

Even though quite a few of the texts are hard to get because they’re now out of print, I’m including them because you never know your luck in a second-hand bookstore.

I’m averse to allocating ethnicity or categorising writing too specifically, so the list is alphabetical, with minimal other detail.

Surnames are bolded, and I’ve included author websites and titles of books that I know. Many of these writers have interviews floating around on the interwebs; worth checking out to get a feel for their themes/topics/genres.

THE LIST – Australian women writers of diverse heritage
[Post updated 1 May 2012] 


SHALINI AKHILThe Bollywood Beauty

ANG CHIN GEOK – Wind and Water

DEWI ANGGRAENI – Listing of her books at Indra Publishing:

MERLINDA BOBIS White Turtle, Solemn Lantern Maker, Fish-hair Woman

ARLENE CHAILast Time I Saw Mother; Eating Fire, Drinking Water; On the Goddess Rock; Black Hearts


MICHELLE DE KRETSERThe Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, The Lost Dog

YASMINE GOONERATNEA Change of Skies, The Pleasures of Conquest

SIMONE LAZAROOThe World Waiting To Be Made, The Australian Fiance, The Travel Writer, Sustenance

LAU SIEW MEI – Playing Madame Mao, Yin’s Magic Dragon (children’s book), Dispeller of Worries

SELINA LI DUKEWith Barbarian Ghosts, In the Year of the Dragon (children’s picture book)

REBECCA LIMPublisher’s page for Rebecca | The Sweet Life; Series: Mercy, Exile, Muse, Fury


LILLIAN NGSilver Sister, Swallowing Clouds


HOA PHAM | The Other ShoreVixen, Quicksilver, 49 Ghosts, No-one like Me

ALICE PUNG | Unpolished Gem, My Father’s Daughter; Growing Up Asian in Australia [anthology of Asian Australian writing – highly recommended as an introduction to the amazing variety of Asian Australian writers and styles]


HSU-MING TEOLove and Vertigo, Behind the Moon | (academic) Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels

CHI VU | Anguli Ma: A Gothic Tale


ALISON WONG (bit of a cheat: Alison was born in New Zealand, and lived there for many years; she’s now resident in Geelong, Vic) – As the Earth Turns Silver


Happy reading for AWW 2012! As mentioned above, please feel free to add names and novels below in the comments.