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 in this colourful world.
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. Also, we all have different perspectives and come from different backgrounds – no one of us has the all the answers to every question. In fact, the world and the cultures around are constantly changing. The least we can do is state our opinion and listen to the other voices and ideas around us.
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, Florence and the Machine, Paramore, Avril Lavigne, Beethoven)
- Explore new places with a camera in hand
Updated April 2015.