• Deborah Ruiz Wall,  Profile

    Interview with Deborah Ruiz Wall – Reimagining Australia

    Deborah Ruiz Wall (OAM) is a Filipino-Australian born in Manila who I met at Reimagining Australia, her exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum. The exhibition is based on her research on interactions between Filipino and Australia’s First Nations People. Before she migrated to Australia, Deborah worked as a journalist with the Philippine Broadcasting Service in 1970 and as Press Secretary for the Opposition Leader, Matthias Toliman and later for his successor,Tei Abal in the Papua New Guinea House of Assembly in 1973. When she moved to Australia, she taught communication and social sciences TAFE (NSW). She completed oral history projects that included Redfern Oral History and story sharing between Aboriginal and Filipino…

  • UWA Institute of Advanced Studies

    Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN): Perth Symposium

      I had the privilege of presenting Maybe it’s Wanchai? to a group of academics at the “Where’s your Asia?” symposium organised by Nadia Rhook and Denise Woods,  the co-conveners of AASRN Perth. The person in the centre image is  Denise who shared with us her research on the representations of Asia and Australia in Overwatch, a multiplayer video game. (My son  says it a really really popular MMORPG that everyone talks about so I sense that he will be asking Santa for a PS upgrade this Christmas). AASRN was set up by Tseen Khoo over a decade ago and I joined after meeting  Tseen through our anonymous blogs — I miss the days of…

  • Asian Australian Studies Research Network

    Maybe it’s Wanchai – AASRN

    I’ve finalised my presentation for tomorrow’s symposium. I’m really excited about tomorrow and grateful that my proposal was accepted even though I’m no longer tethered to a university.  I had a moment last week where I thought perhaps I should make  Maybe It’s Wanchai? a PhD project but I’m too far along with the project. So the plan is to just write and hope that my partner does not lose his hours at work. I don’t have a mentor for this project so I will be relying on various friends. Don’t worry friends, I will not make you read entire chapters but I might ask you to read and give me feedback on…