Hi, I’m Mabel.
I like writing on the topics of Asian-Australian identities and multiculturalism. That’s what this blog is about. Here you’ll find my thoughts about diversity, diasporas and what it means to be an Asian person living in Australia.
I’m a person of Chinese ethnicity who resides in Melbourne. Often, I 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 different cultures and races around us. Meeting and interacting with people of various backgrounds is always an eye-opening experience – I learn to see issues from fresh cultural perspectives.
This is why I’m a big supporter of diversity. I feel that different cultures make our communities so much more rich and vibrant. A wide range of ethnic food, fashion and cinema as well as different languages usually makes life all the more interesting. There’s just so much to see, try and explore!
It fascinates me how we all interact with one another today. I believe it takes an open mind to facilitate and maintain dialogue with people of different ethnicities. Personally, I feel that if a person is open and receptive to new cultures, they’ll seem more approachable to others around them regardless of race.
My interests include: Asian cultures, diasporas, multiculturalism, ethnic community radio, hybrid cuisine, languages and the social sciences.
I am/have been involved in:
- Producing and presenting programs on Asian Pop Night, SYN Media (90.7FM)
- SYN 90.7FM’s Radio Programming Manager 2012
- Speaker at the NEMBC Conference 2009
- Freelance writer
In my spare time, I:
- Play video games (Legend of Zelda, Mario, Pokémon)
- Listen to pop and classical music (Lindsey Stirling, Beethoven)
- Read (non-fiction books)
- Explore new places
Updated 15 February 2014.