• Nadia Rhook,  Profile

    Nadia Rhook – Poet, Teacher and Historian

    Nadia Rhook is a poet, historian, and university lecturer, and has a book coming out soon  about the language-scape of colonial Victoria (Duke University Press). I first met Nadia last year at an AASRN lunch not long after she moved to Perth.  I didn’t really speak to her at that lunch but a few months later, saw her walking hurriedly out of the state library. I wasn’t sure if she recognised me and was worried about waving down the wrong person. (I’ve once befriended someone thinking she was someone else and only realising two years later when I saw the first person again, that I’d befriended two different people).  That…

  • 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…