Literary Arts

World Voices Presents Hsu-Ming Teo
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World Voices Presents Hsu-Ming Teo

Presented by: The Arts House

Date: 25 Jul 2012, Wed

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Living Room, The Arts House

Ticket Prices: Free


Hsu-Ming Teo’s award-winning first novel Love and Vertigo tells the tale of an ethnic Chinese Singaporean-Malaysian family’s migration to Sydney, Australia. Her second novel Behind the Moon (2005) explores Vietnamese and Asian-Australian lives and gay identity in the multicultural ferment of Sydney’s western suburbs. She is working on her third novel which charts the life and transnational career of a Chinese-Australian opera singer in the early twentieth century. All three novels engage with different aspects of Asian lives and experiences which are integral parts of Australian history, but which are often unknown or unacknowledged among the Australian public. Hsu-Ming will read short excerpts from her three novels and discuss how they fit into Asian-Australian literature and history.

About the author
Hsu-Ming Teo is a novelist and historian based in Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia). Her first novel Love and Vertigo (2000) won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and her second novel Behind the Moon (2005) was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. She is working on her third novel. She was one of the judges of the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize. Her academic publications include Cultural History in Australia (2003) and Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels (2012), as well as a range of articles on the history of travel, Orientalism, fiction and popular culture.

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