Diversity


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Please bear in mind that this card was being edited to correct spelling errors and other issues when I added it here, and a current version may be different.

This introduction on this page was updated 27/4/19.

Inspired by the Diversity Bingo game card… but diverging from it because I don’t like to label authors by their skin colour or their disability…

… and also acknowledging that I’m mindful of the problem of identity politics and culture wars.  In the Weekend Australian Geordie Williamson reviews Nam Le’s On David Malouf: Writers on Writers (Black Inc, 2019), and argues that:

A true work of art, irrespective of its author, deserves to be granted oxygen and space—it deserves to be engaged with in a realm beyond the Twitter squabbles that would delimit and proscribe our literary engagement. Yes, Le acknowledges, the history of literature is the history of systematic exclusion of stories by those who do not conform to a narrow range of acceptable voices. But, he continues, to damn those legitimately precious works that have survived despite that exclusionary urge is to disrespect art in toto.  Those works are our lever to raise other voices up.

What Le [of Vietnamese heritage] admires about Malouf [of English/Lebanese heritage] is his low-key determination to celebrate all that is worth preserving in the Western tradition.  He writes that “Malouf owns his Occidentalism, in all its contradictions and culpabilities.”  He sides with the older author in accepting that the barbarism on which Western culture is built should not be used to poison those documents that rise above our collective failings.

“Nothing complex is pure,” Le argues.  “Those who crave purity — who would tell us what may be read, and by whom, and who may write what, and how, would sort us into silos of identity, and then, worst of all, vacate the ‘good’ for the ‘correct’ should, by their own argument ad absurdum, have nothing more to do with the written word.”  (‘A Poetic Prose’ by Geordie Williamson, in Review, Weekend Australian, April 27-28, 2019, p.16-17)

I don’t read to anybody’s agenda, but for those interested in the diversity of Australian writing, this page notes the multicultural heritage of the Australian writers that I’ve read and reviewed here on this blog.  I’m using the word ‘heritage’ loosely: it can mean that the author was born in Australia of immigrant parents, or it can mean that they migrated here or came as refugees.  However I’m not going to trace beyond first generations to, for example, Irish forebears who came to Australia in colonial times.

There is obviously potential to get this wrong, and multicultural heritage isn’t always obvious or straightforward.  I welcome corrections if I’ve made mistakes, but I am deliberately confining myself to information that is already in the public domain.

NB Indigenous authors are indexed on the ANZ LitLovers Indigenous Reading List.

Until I finish adding all the links to my reviews, please use the search box or the Writers category to find them.

The list below was last updated 11/6/19

Algeria

Dominique Wilson:

Anglo-Bangladeshi

Lesley Jørgensen:

Armenia

Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Marcella Polain (Armenian/Irish)

Austria

John Tesarch

Caribbean

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Growing Up African in Australia (Editor)

China

Ouyang Yu:

Vivian Bi

Croatia/Germany

Marija Peričić

Sofija Stevanovic

Cuba

Olga Lorenzo:

Egypt

Maher Abou Elsaoud:

Germany

Evelyn Juers:

Manfred Jurgensen:

T.G.H. Strehlow

Glenice Whitting

Greece

Christos Tsiolkas

Hongkong:

Brian Castro (of Portuguese, Chinese and English parentage):

Hungary

Inez Baranay:

Korea

Silvia Kwon:

India

Suneeta Peres Da Costa

Aashish Kaul:

Rashida Murphy

Christopher Raja:

Subhash Jaireth:

Ireland

  • Marcella Polain (see Armenia)

Iran

Shokoofeh Azar

Ali Alizadeh

Italy

Venero Armanno:

Rosa Cappiello

Enza Gandolfo

Moreno Giovannoni

Lebanon

Michael Mohammed Ahmad:

David Malouf:

Macedonia

S.K. Karakaltsas

Malaysia

Micheline Lee:

Pakistan

Azhar Abidi

The Philippines

Merlinda Bobis:

Poland

Herz Bergner

Anna Rosner Blay

Pinchas Goldhar

Antoni Jach

Leah Kaminsky:

Serge Liberman

Olga Lorenzo

Morris Lurie

Alex Skovron:

Sara Rena Vidal

Romania

Madeleine St John: (St John’s mother was Romanian, but she reinvented herself as pseudo-French once in Australia).

Russia

Alla Wolf-Tasker

Serbia

A S Patric:

Sofija Stefanovich

Singapore

Simone Lazaroo:

S.L. Lim

South Africa

Shelley Davidow

Sisonke Msimang

South Sudan

Majok Tulba:

Sri Lanka

Michelle de Kretser:

Rajith Savanadasa:

Channa Wickremesekera:

Swaziland

Malla Nunn:

 

Anglo Swedish

Kristina Olssen

Sweden

Anna Solding:

Turkey

Alice Melike Ulgezer:

United Kingdom

Martin Boyd (born in Switzerland, educated in Australia, but identified as Anglo-Australian and spent most of his line in England)

Ada Cambridge (England):

Ernest Favenc

Anna Fienberg

Rodney Hall (England)

Elizabeth Jolley (England):

Robert Lukins (Wales)

Alex Miller (England):

Drusilla Modjeska:

Catherine Helen Spence (Scotland)

Patrick White (England):

USA

Linda Jaivin:

Eleanor Limprecht (born and raised in the US, Germany and Pakistan but now lives in Sydney, Australia)

USSR (Ukraine)

Maria Tumarkin

Vietnam

Hoa Pham:

Nam Le:

Chi Vu:

 

 

 

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