Alice Pung


Alice Pung
Alice Pung is a writer, lawyer and teacher. She is the author of Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter, Laurinda and Writers on Writers: Alice Pung on John Marsden.



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Methadone and pho

Society

A day in a drug treatment centre

Students sitting a selective school entrance exam. © Peter Rae / Fairfax Syndication

The secret life of them

essay

What it takes to shift class in Australia

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Flag of Convenience

Australia Day in Pyalong

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Hair apparent

Society

Mr Abe Lourie is 81, and tells me that he is in perfect health. Every morning he walks up two flights of stairs to open his store. The lift has been broken for quite some time and yet customers continue to come up, because for half a century he has helped …

Border crossings

Society

John Safran’s ‘Race Relations’

Chinese whispers

arts

Zachary Mexico’s ‘China Underground’

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

School days

Society

‘Ladies' is such a salacious word when slurred by young men, but when enunciated by a carefully coiffured middle-aged lady to a mass of Year 10 girls it is a severe admonition not to move. I wondered how long it would take to set the limbs of adolescent …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Looking sheepish

Society

“Sheep’s placenta for the face is all the rage among Chinese women,” my father said. All his mainland-Chinese friends told him that this was the perfect gift for me to give when I went to Beijing: lanolin oil containing adventurous admixtures of …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Ally of the dolls

Society

She was found beneath the floorboards of an old house in Geelong, and appeared to have been through a fire. Her body had disintegrated, but her head was still intact. She was from England, and probably came into existence sometime between 1908 and 1925 …

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