Alice Pung

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Alice Pung
Alice Pung on Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012
Alice Pung on Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012
Nationality Australian
Notable work(s) Growing Up Asian in Australia
Unpolished Gem
Notable award(s) Numerous

Alice Pung is a writer, editor and lawyer. She wrote the memoir Unpolished Gem and edited Growing Up Asian in Australia.

She is a practicing solicitor, and has worked as an art instructor, independent school teacher at primary and secondary schools and is Artist in Residence at Janet Clarke Hall, the University of Melbourne.


Pung was born in Footscray and grew up in Braybrook, attending local schools including Christ the King College, a Catholic school for girls. Alice's parents are Chinese who immigrated to Cambodia then fled to Australia as asylum seekers.[1]

Writing career[edit]

Pung's first book, Unpolished Gem, won the 2007 Newcomer of the Year Award in the Australian Book Industry Awards.[2] Her follow-up memoir, Her Father's Daughter, was published in 2011.

Alice has attended the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.


  1. ^ Interview with Alice
  2. ^ Australian Book Industry Awards 2007 Winners List

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