POUGHKEEPSIE--Alice Pung, the author of the award-winning memoir Unpolished Gem, will discuss the history of teaching Asian Australian history and literature in her lecture, "Educating the Peril," on Wednesday, January 27. Free and open to the public, the program will begin at 5:00pm in Rockefeller Hall, room 200. This lecture is presented by the Asian Studies Program at Vassar College.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, to Cambodian parents, Pung is a non-fiction and fiction writer, journalist, and playwright. Her memoir Unpolished Gem won the Australian Book Industry Association award for Newcomer of the Year and was short-listed for numerous other state and national awards. Pung's short story collection Growing Up Asian in Australia is studied at secondary schools around her home country. Her work was also included in Best Australian Short Stories 2007.
A lawyer by trade, she contributes regularly to the Age, Monthly, and the Good Weekend. She is the 2009 International Writing Participant from Australia at the University of Iowa.
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