Alice Pung

Alice PungWelcome to the official Alice Pung website.

You’ll find information on Alice’s books and all her latest news and events. In the menu on the right-hand side you’ll find links to teachers’ notes, videos, articles and more. You can also post a message. We particularly welcome feedback from those students and teachers who are using Alice’s work in the classroom. It’s a great way to share ideas.

Alice’s newest book is Her Father’s Daughter. It tells the story of Alice and her father, a survivor of Cambodia’s killing fields. Set in Melbourne, China and Cambodia, it is an unforgettable memoir of memories lost and found, of leaving home, of love and worry, of history and how it echoes down the years. You can visit the Facebook page here.

Alice’s first bestselling memoir Unpolished Gem was published to critical acclaim in 2006, and has since become a favourite with readers around the world. Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, says of it: “Alice Pung is a gem. Her voice is the real thing.”

Alice is also the editor of Growing up Asian in Australia, an honest, moving and often hilarious collection of stories about growing up Asian, and Australian. Contributors to the collection include Jenny Kee, Jason Yat-Sen Li, Caroline Tran, Quan Yeomans, Shaun Tan, Annette Shun Wah, Tom Cho and many more.

Unpolished Gem has been shortlisted in the National Year of Reading 2012′s Our Story project which is looking to select eight books (one for each state and territory) that, together, tell the story of what it is to be Australian. You can view the VIC shortlist (and vote for Unpolished Gem!) here.


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