Mao’s Last Dancer

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Of course it would take a famous memoir to lure me back to the stage. Mao’s Last Dancer is the story of a young boy plucked out of obscure, grinding poverty to train to become a ballet dancer a.k.a. revolutionary guard … Continued

Ballroom Swans, Dancing Ducks

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Take a trip back to New Year’s Eve 2008 with me. The city is Shanghai, and I’ve just moved across the seas to be with the man I love, and a city I’ve always dreamt about.  Ballroom Swans, Dancing Ducks is … Continued

Why Stories are Good for the Brain

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One of my favorite stories growing up was of the day my grandmother met my grandfather. She was in her early 30s – resolutely considered the age of spinsterhood in the time the Communists rose to power in China in … Continued

Writing and Remembering

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Being back in China as I recount what I know, and write more of what I remember, gaps and gaps of knowledge continue to reveal themselves, and I find myself running to catch up. At some stage, imagination will have … Continued

Australian Writers Week 2014

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  Take where I’m staying : a rickety laneway apartment I’m renting from a Swiss man with a penchant for tattoos that steps right onto Huaihai Lu, the city’s most prominent salute to luxury consumption where Omega, Prada and Hermes are … Continued