About

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 favourite video game character Link from The Legend of Zelda. He's picking a fight with me. Photo: Replacing Ink.

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

My interests include: Asian cultures, diasporas, multiculturalism, 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, Kodaline, Beethoven)
  • Read
  • Explore new places

Updated 24 April 2014.

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    • Thank you so much for nominating me! I feel flattered! I’ve been meaning to address them in a separate post, but have been busier than usual of late. But will get around to it :)

    • Thanks, OM! The project was more than I expected in terms of the number of people who participated, and the insightful thoughts on the topic of the right to an opinion. Everyone has been very warm and friendly towards Project O.

  4. So glad I found your blog via a French blog who had you listed as a recommended blog. Nice to see that I’m not the only one struggling with the Caucasian-Asian issue.

    • Thanks for stopping by! Do you remember the name of the French blog? A lot of times, I do think being Asian Australian or an Asian who was brought up in a Western environment is frustrating on many fronts. These days, I’ve learned to laugh at such tribulations and just be myself.

      • It is a French blog about cooking biscuits (in French, but I could tell it’s about biscuits as the word is “biscuite” something and there are pictures of biscuits) and I only found it, as it had a blogroll link on the right which had my site and yours. But I don’t remember it now, as I clicked on it from my REFERRERS list on WP. If you’re really keen, maybe you could do a search on FRENCH BISCUITE MABEL WONG???!!!

    • Thanks, Beth! That’s very interesting to hear you’re half Asian and half Caucasian. I’m sure you have your own unique cultural experiences too. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you around :)

  5. What an absolute pleasure to meet you Mabel, thank you so much for coming over to my blog and for the follow, and now I’ve found your blog, what could be better! I love to learn about different cultures and I just know I’m going to love reading your blog for so many reasons.
    Being English (one-quarter Irish though!) and then living in California with a Mexican-Greek-American husband (now ex unfortunately) and raising my three children there I am all about diversity!
    I have to say though I just love the photo of you with Link! My kids grew up playing Zelda and my daughter (21) was absolutely obsessed with it. She still loves it. Her favourite character is Link. So much so that I made her a Link outfit for Halloween one year (out of clothes we already had!). You can see the pic here in this link if you’d like: http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2013/10/30/the-call-of-the-vixen-fox-and-a-handmade-halloween/
    I know she looks more like Robin Hood but oh well, she was happy! Oh, and she loves Pokemon and Mario too. Our home was filled with the sounds of all these games for years!!! So you have brought back many happy memories for me too! Thank you so much!
    So lovely to meet you Mabel, I really look forward to reading more of your wonderful blog :-) – Sherri x

    • It is defintely a pleasure to meet you, Sherri. I’m so glad we connected and it seems that we have writing in common. We write about different things but that’s the beauty in writing – to share and tell stories. I love how positive you are, and how much positivity comes out of the blog posts you weave. I used to be a very negative person but then realised that it was getting me no where. Being upbeat comes hope, and with hope, anything is possible.

      What an interesting background you have, and what a culturally colourful family you have there. It must’ve been never boring in your household with a lot of cultures to look to and learn from.

      Thanks so much about the photo! And I feel warm and fuzzy when you mention Link and Zelda. And Pokemon and Mario. You daughter makes a good link! A very convincing one indeed in the photo on your blog. Someday I want to dress up as Link too. I think you deserve the title of “Honorary Gamer” :)

      • Ha Ha! I love that, ‘Honorary Gamer’! I’ll tell my daughter that, she’ll love it :-)
        I’m so pleased that you see positives in my posts. I do believe that hope is everything. If we lose hope we are truly lost and that is the most awful thing to experience.
        Have a lovely weekend Mabel and I’m dancing around so happy with my new title, thank you :-)

        • Hahaha! I’m sure that you’re very well acquainted with video game music and you can easily tell which song belongs to which video game! So you deserve to be called ‘Honorary Gamer’ though you don’t really play! In the last couple of years, I started playing video games again. Every time I lost, say a boss fight, I would restart the game, try again and win the game. No question about it. And I guess my positivity today stems from that. When we’re down, if we pick ourselves up and work hard, who knows what will happen :)

          • Actually I used to play with the kids many years ago. My favourite is Super Mario and it would take me ages to get past the boss but my daughter especially is a whizz at it! You are right, it certainly does teach tenacity and not to give up! And yes, I know those songs so very well. The theme to Zelda particularly ;-)

        • I can’t believe this, you’re just like me – I mostly play a DS too! :) I have told myself to stay away from getting a Wii console because if I do, I don’t think I’ll ever stop playing video games. Always loved Nintendo too, having started out with GameBoy and never looked back. Very nice to meet you, Katie.

  6. Hi Mabel! I found your blog through A Holistic journey. (I only found that a few weeks back, and I’m so glad I did. I’m one of those old, dull and boring Caucasian Aussies who really enjoys meeting and getting to know people of other ethnicity and cultures and sometimes I feel so embarrassed at the attitudes expressed by others. My little bit towards helping is by tutoring in English as a second language..it also helps me learn more about other cultures and languages.
    GO girl!

    • Hello Maureen! Very nice to meet your acquaintance. No one’s ever too dull in my opinion. Not only do we comes from different cultures and are of different heritage, we have different personalities and tastes too, which usually makes for interesting getting-to-know you conversations. Very nice to hear you tutor ESL, you must meet a lot of students all over the world and I’m sure they’re very eager to learn from you and about Australia.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog. I absolutely love connecting with Aussie bloggers, haven’t seen too much of them around :)

  7. 2 separate unrelated blogs pointed me to you. On the same day, in the same hour. The blogosphere isn’t a small world, and yet!
    Happy to have found u:)

  8. Thanks for stopping by on my blog. I really like the topics you are talking about on your blog, being myself a lifelong traveler. Multiculturalism is probably the most enriching thing we have today. Thanks for writing about it

    • Thanks for the nice words, Nathalie. Multiculturalism and culture is definitely enriching and interesting. From these topics not only do we learn about others, but we also learn a bit more about ourselves.

      I’m glad I stopped by your blog. Lovely photos and you’ve got very creative interpretations! I’ve been getting into photography over the past few months and hope to learn more about it :)

    • Thanks for reading my story over there. Glad you found it interesting. Learning about different cultures is always refreshing and surprising. And thanks for stopping by my blog, too.

    • Thanks, Monkeys. Noticed that one monkey is indeed Asian-Oz. Being Asian Oz, it’s challenging and surprising, but overall a very interesting and never dull experience. Which is what this blog is all about :)

  9. Hi Mabel, I totally agree with you for I, too lived in many places: HongKong, MiddleEast, Europe, Africa and finally, here in the U.S. I believe that travelling/living abroad enriches oneself and widens horizons. Thank you for visiting my blog that brought me here.

    • Sounds like you’ve moved around a bit, Lola. Living in many places, it’s always fun and you never know what to expect with each new place you traverse. I see you’re a bit of a photographer on your blog, really nice photos you have. Photography is something I’ve always wanted to improve on, so thanks for sharing your photos. Glad we’ve connected :)

    • Thanks so much for the nomination, Aanchal! I am flattered and I will put a link to the nomination on one of my blog pages.

      Keep blogging, and looking forward to hearing more travel stories from you :)

  10. just read your article about slow aging process of Asians. it has been educational and inspirational, im also into study about race and multiculturalism, so i guess i gonna stay tuned for your blogs.

    • Thanks, Derek. Aging and multiculturalism are very interesting topics. They’re about people, and how we react to others and the world around us. Hope you stop by again soon.

  11. Good day Mabel, I want to invite you to go on a virtual journey with me and other bloggers. I am going to do the post on Monday the 11th August and I want you to join the journey on Monday the 1st September. http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/ Iris started the journey and now I’ve been invited by Scrapydo at http://scrapydo.wordpress.com/ ! This journey is only in its baby shoes, but I think reading about how others work will be interesting! There are four questions to answer with photo or what ever you want. If you accept this invitation I’ll send all the information. Hope you want to join if you haven’t done this already!

    • Congrats on getting tagged for the Virtual Tour, Leya! You write well and share great photos, and I’m not surprised people want to find out about your writing process.

      I’ve actually been tagged to do this recently, but I haven’t gotten around to doing it yet. Not too sure when I’ll do it but certain it will be before the year’s out. Thanks so much for thinking of me, I am flattered :) I don’t mind being tagged again, but I don’t know when to do it. The time will come. It’s okay if you want to tag someone else too :)

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