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Unpolished Gem After Alice Pung s family fled to Australia from the killing fields of Cambodia, her father chose Alice as her name because he thought their new country was a Wonderland In this lyrical, bittersweet debut memoir already an award winning bestseller when it was published in Australia Alice grows up straddling two worlds, East and West, her insular family and the Australia outside With wisdom beyond her years and a keen eye for comedy in everyday life, she writes of the trials of assimilation and cultural misunderstanding, and of the tender but fraught relationships between three generations of women trying to live the Australian dream without losing themselves Unpolished Gem is a moving, vivid journey about identity and the ultimate search for acceptance and healing, delivered by a writer possessed of rare empathy, penetrating insight, and undeniable narrative gifts


About the Author: Alice Pung

Alice was born in Footscray, Victoria, a month after her parents Kuan and Kien arrived in Australia Alice s father, Kuan a survivor of Pol Pot s Khmer Rouge regime named her after Lewis Carroll s character because after surviving the Killing Fields, he thought Australia was a Wonderland Alice is the oldest of four she has a brother, Alexander, and two sisters, Alison and Alina Alice grew up in Footscray and Braybrook, and changed high schools five times almost once every year These experiences have shaped her as a writer because they taught her how to pay attention to the quiet young adults that others might overlook or miss Alice Pung s first book, Unpolished Gem, is an Australian bestseller which won the Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award and was shortlisted in the Victorian and NSW Premiers Literary awards It was published in the UK and USA in separate editions and has been translated into several languages including Italian, German and Indonesian Alice s next book, Her Father s Daughter, won the Western Australia Premier s Award for Non Fiction and was shortlisted for the Victorian and NSW Premiers Literary awards and the Queensland Literary Awards Alice also edited the collection Growing Up Asian in Australia and her writing has appeared in the Monthly, the Age, and The Best Australian Stories and The Best Australian Essays Alice is a qualified lawyer and still works as a legal researcher in the area of minimum wages and pay equity She lives with her husband Nick at Janet Clarke Hall, the University of Melbourne, where she is the Artist in Residence.



10 thoughts on “Unpolished Gem

  1. Trevor Trevor says:

    I had meant to read this years ago, when it first came out Then I read a review by Choupette and meant to read it after that too But never did Then I was at the local library last week and saw the audio book I read the back of the box and was told that this is not your normal South East Asian comes to Australia story no boats here, just lots of laughs and fun times.There is only one possible explanation the person who wrote


  2. C. C. says:

    Given that I m not strictly speaking Asian, it s possibly not at all pc of me to say this in this context, but thankFUCKING GODfor an Asian Australian writer There needs to beof them andLebanese Australian writers, Mauritian Australian writers and Sudanese Australian writers, but they don t touch my life so closely, so I don t care as much I think it s already been established that I m not exactly in touch with the greater contemp


  3. Lee Kofman Lee Kofman says:

    Alice Pung is just a terrific writer One of the rare truly talented ones Her mind is a little mad in a poetic way This memoir documents not just events from her life, but also artfully recreates family events she could never witness and, eveninterestingly artistically, the hilarious alternative reality of her mind The what ifs and if onlys Everyone praises the humour of this book and I wholeheartedly agree, but the real story here is Ali


  4. Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ} Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ} says:

    I find this memoirinteresting than her other one Her Father s Daughter , and I also find it better written If that s even possible This memoir chronicles Alice s life from before she was born, to when she is nineteen It s a culturally heavy book for people like myself who are born asian in a Australia But it s nice to think that she had a lot of family around her to give her the flavour in her life that I never really experienced Yet strangely,


  5. Lyn Elliott Lyn Elliott says:

    I read this about the same time as The Fireflies of Autumn, and other tales of San Ginese, also a book by a writer whose family migrated to Australia and in part about the experience of migration Alice Pung s memoir tells the story of her Chinese Cambodian refugee family as they work hard to build new lives in Australia, surrounded by many people from similar backgrounds.I ve written a bitabout it in my review of The Fireflies of Autumn, and other tal


  6. Ari Ari says:

    Honestly, I was bored at times The ending was jarring too, because it was so random and sudden I could sort of understand why Alice did what she did and I m glad that she was able to honestly evaluate her relationships, but I think the story should have continued a little after that the scene should not be cut out because it s a very key scene, but it needed a follow up.You may think I despised this book but I didn t The author has a great sense of humor and


  7. Emily Emily says:

    Unpolished Gem is the second memoir that I have read, the first one being the Diary of Anne Frank This book is actually part of my English assignment and I am supposed to do an expository essay out of this Being an Asian Memoir, this genre is fairly new to me but it is a very great book Funny, lighthearted and a great reading experience in a whole I can safely say that this book opens up a window to the life of an Asian girl having to battle through the culture tha


  8. Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker) Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker) says:

    This book started with a bang, but lost impetus somewhere along the line I loved her descriptions of Chinese immigrant family life Her grandmother praising Father Government for the benefit she receives each fortnight The excess of Australian society even in the late 70s when the authors early childhood occurs when seen by people who have endured war and hardship.The little Green Man was an eternal symbol of government existing to serve and protect And any country that co


  9. Penni Russon Penni Russon says:

    An incredible project, I am so admiring of this sort of memory work, where Pung makes sense of her childhood and family history with such deft and sensitively rendered narrative tension The environments and experiences were so vivid I forgot I am not really a Chinese migrant.I can t believe Pung hasn t beenwidely accoladed for her work, hers is a stunning talent.


  10. Hermine Hermine says:

    The passages that touched on family culture, tensions and loyalty in this community resonated with me and led me to examine and compare against the dynamics in my family I wasn t too convinced on and compelled by the author s voice, however I did listen to this as an audiobook and I thought that impacted upon my experience of the narrative as a memoir negatively.


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