One of the popular reads over the last twelve months has been Alice Pung’s colourful and poignant story about growing up Chinese in Northcote. The ethnic Chinese Pung family arrived in Australia from Cambodia, escaping the deadly Khmer Rouge. This is a story of a family in search of something better than the terror they left behind, and of trying to fit in to a community very different from the one they have known. Alice becomes the classic immigrant child who must bridge the gap between two cultures. Her mother and grandmother use her as their interpreter, bringing moment of both humour and pain.
Listen to Alice Pung in conversation with Shalini Akhil on the ABC Radio National Book Show podcast.
Hear Alice Pung reading from her book on the insideadog website
Or visit Alice Pung’s blog