Hi, I’m Mabel.

On this blog you’ll find my thoughts about multiculturalism, diasporas and what it means to be an Asian person living in Australia.

I’m a person of Chinese ethnicity residing in Melbourne. I always find myself transitioning between adopting a persona favouring Chinese values that I’ve been brought up with and a persona that takes on the Australian/Western mindset.

Having lived abroad in multicultural cities such as Singapore and Malaysia, I’ve come to appreciate differences around us. Meeting and interacting with people of various races is always an eye-opening experience – I learn to see issues from new perspectives.

Different cultures make our world so rich and vibrant. A wide range of ethnic food, fashion and cinema as well as languages usually makes life all the more interesting. There’s just so much to see, try and explore :)

I believe it takes an open mind to facilitate conversations with people of different ethnicities. Personally, I feel that if a person is open to new cultures, they’ll seem more approachable to others around them regardless of race.

Me and my hero Link from The Legend of Zelda. He's picking a fight with me. Photo: Replacing Ink.

Me and my hero Link from The Legend of Zelda. He’s picking a fight with me. Photo: Replacing Ink.

My interests include: Asian cultures, multiculturalism, diaporas, ethnic community radio, hybrid cuisine, languages and the social sciences.

I am/have been involved in:

  • Freelance writer
  • Producing and presenting programs on Asian Pop Night, SYN Media (90.7FM)
  • SYN 90.7FM’s Radio Programming Manager

In my spare time, I:

  • Play video games (Legend of Zelda, Mario, Pokémon)
  • Listen to pop and classical music (Lindsey Stirling, Avril Lavigne, Kodaline, Beethoven)
  • Read
  • Explore new places with a camera in hand

Updated February 2015.

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  2. Your blog is quite interesting. I’ve enjoyed browsing and reading some of your work including your ‘About’ page. Thank you for stopping by my art and photography blog and leaving such a nice comment. It’s a plasure to meet you. : )


    • Thank you very much, Isadora. I’ve always admired others who are into photography and any form of visual art. Each piece is always different with a different story behind it – I enjoy trying to pick the story apart, and sometimes that inspires me to write.

      Glad that we’ve connected and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work :)


  3. Hi Mabel! I had never stopped before to read your About page and.. what a blast! I like your way of seeing things and I find it really inspiring. Where in China are you from? And how old are you, if I may ask? :) Keep blogging amazing stuff!


    • Thanks for stopping by, Thatiana. I’m acnts are from Malaysia and I grew up there (and Singatually from Australia, living in Melbourne. My parepore) when I was younger. As for my age, that will remain a mystery…though I’d say a lot of people guess I am young and they are right :D

      Thank you for your nice words, and hope to see you again!


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  5. Hi M – love that photo of you with Zelda – my youngest son used to have a Zelda costume and it was his fav character for a long while…
    have a nice day – and oh yea, I like your blog!!!


      • Have a funny store about the Link costume we made for my son – mind you his was almost 4 and quite tenacious. We had just moved across the country and it was March – he was asking for the Link costume to wear to a chuck-e-cheese party- which they did not sell at that time – also, I had two tubs full of misc. costumes – but no….. had to be Link.

        so we went to a fabric store and piece-mealed it together – I can sew pretty well – but this thing was whipped up with no pattern and in a couple hours – it really was whipped together – he did the belt and tucked in this sword…

        we arrived to chuck-e-cheese that afternoon and right as we walk in – the two greeters (older teens) were like “Hey, look it’s Link.” they high-fived him – and well, it was a success! and so it really was fun to come here and read your passion for Zelda – :) <3
        oh memory lane


        • Lol. Had to be Link. Your son was very persistent. Lovely to hear his friends were convinced he was Link – all thanks to you! I bet he looks fondly back at this moment in time :)

          I wish I had more time to play Zelda and video games these days. The things you do for what you love.

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          • well I never played Zelda – but I do like a few games from N64 – like Starfox! but not my area for sure. – oh and the teens that recognized him as link were not really friends – cos my son was 4 years old – but when they identified him it was the validation we needed – anyhow, hope u have a great day M :) <3


              • :) well if I ever get a chance to play Zelda I will come back to this post! and sometimes at b-day parties people will set up all these old systems for the kids to play – and once I played the old 1990’s Donkey Kong game… ha

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