Dewi Anggraeni, 'Breaking the Stereotype: Chinese Indonesian Women Tell Their Stories' - Book Launch
Join us for insight into Dewi Anggraeni's ninth book, Breaking the Stereotype, published by Indra Publishing, and launched by Anita Barraud of ABC Radio National.
Anggraeni wrote Breaking the Stereotype because she saw that many things which did not fit the ethnic Chinese stereotype in Indonesia were rarely brought to the public's attention, as they are not easily 'slotted' into the existing neat categories. "I wanted to prise some of the issues I deemed important, out of the editing black hole and present them as the core contents of a book, because they were very significant not only for others to understand, but for the ethnic Chinese to understand what was happening to, and around, themselves."
Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dewi Anggraeni is an Adjunct Research Associate of the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Melbourne. She is the Australia correspondent for TEMPO news magazine, a regular contributor to the Jakarta Post, and an occasional contributor to various publications in Australia, including The Age, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, Eureka Street, and the Canberra Times.
Her fiction has been published in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, United States, and Hong Kong, in English and Indonesian languages.
She has had seven books published in Australia by Indra Publishing, six of fiction: The Root of All Evil, Parallel Forces, Stories of Indian Pacific, Journeys through Shadows, Neighbourhood Tales, and Snake; one of non-fiction, Who Did This to Our Bali? and an eighth, also non-fiction, in Indonesia, Dreamseekers; Indonesian Women as Domestic Workers in Asia, jointly published by Equinox Publishing and International Labour Organisation, in 2006.
In her nonfiction Dewi always tries to open up a wider perspective when viewing and covering an event, and in her fiction she follows her instincts, aided by the cultural experiences stored in her subconscious. In both genres, Dewi tends to cross cultural boundaries.
"In telling the stories of these Chinese Indonesian women, Dewi shows us something of the variety of their experience. In so doing, she is deliberately seeking to break the negative stereotype of the ethnic Chinese and to allow us to see these individuals in the context of their Chinese ethnicity and in their full humanity. Hence the book's title, Breaking the Stereotype. Her focus on individual life stories can both illuminate and surprise."'Charles A. Coppel
RSVP by Wednesday 3rd November
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