Hi, I’m Mabel.
I’m a writer. Blogger. And more.
On this blog you’ll find my thoughts about multiculturalism and what it means to be Asian in Australia. This blog is also a space where I share my passion for writing with you.
I was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Chinese-Malaysian migrant parents. For a decade, I lived in Malaysia and Singapore, finishing school in Asia before moving back to Melbourne. It’s where I’m based right now. Today in countless situations, I always find myself transitioning between adopting a persona favouring the Chinese values that I’ve been brought up with and a persona that takes on the Australian / Western mindset.
Having lived in different countries, I’ve learnt to appreciate differences around us. Different cultures make the world so much more interesting. Meeting and interacting with people from different backgrounds, you learn to see things from different perspectives.
I’ve always believed that it takes an open mind to facilitate conversations with people of different cultures and ethnicities. We all have different opinions, play different roles and are unique in our own ways – none of us has the all the answers to every question. In fact, the world and every culture around us are constantly changing. The least we can do is listen and learn from the voices around us.
My interests include: Asian traditions, multiculturalism, diasporas, stereotypes, the social sciences and ethnic community radio – all of which I write about on this blog. On the subject of radio, previously I was SYN Media’s (90.7FM) Radio Programming Manager and produced / presented shows for their program Asian Pop Night. Previously I was keen on working in the media. These days, not anymore; I’ve decided it’s not a career for me.
Outside of this blog, I work a 9-5 office job to pay the bills. Pretty ordinary. I also am putting together my first book which will be about finding confidence as an Asian Australian and a creative artist. Aside from that, I:
- Play video games (Legend of Zelda, Mario, Pokémon)
- Listen to music (Lindsey Stirling, Florence and the Machine, Avril Lavigne)
- Arrange and tidy my stuffed monkey collection
- Experiment with photography, in particular long exposure photography
Welcome to my blog and my world of writing and photography. Let’s discover more about each other, one discussion at a time.
Updated January 2017.