Alice Pung

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Alice Pung
Alice Pung on Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012
Born 1981
Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria
Nationality Australian of Chinese origin
Education University of Melbourne
Notable works Growing Up Asian in Australia
Unpolished Gem
Notable awards Non-Fiction Prize in the 2011 Western Australian Book Awards; Australian Newcomer of the Year in the 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards
Website
alicepung.com

Alice Pung (Chinese: 方佳, born 1981) is an Australian writer, editor and lawyer. Her books include the memoirs Unpolished Gem (2006),[1][2][3][4] Her Father's Daughter (2011) and the novel Laurinda (2014).

Pung is a practising solicitor. She has also worked as an art instructor, independent school teacher at primary and secondary schools and is Artist in Residence at Janet Clarke Hall at the University of Melbourne.[5]

Life[edit]

Pung was born to ethnic Teochew Chinese parents from Cambodia.[6][7] Fleeing the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge, her parents sought asylum in Australia in 1980.[8][7][6][9] Pung was named Alice after the protagonist of Alice in Wonderland, because her father saw Australia as a wonderland.[7][6] She was born in the Footscray suburb of Melbourne, Victoria and grew up in Braybrook.[10]

Pung attended five Melbourne schools,[8] including Christ the King College (now a joint campus of Christ the King Primary school and Caroline Chisholm Catholic College), a Catholic school for girls. She studied law at the University of Melbourne and is a practicing lawyer.

Writing career[edit]

Pung's first book, Unpolished Gem, won the 2007 Newcomer of the Year Award in the Australian Book Industry Awards.[11] Her follow-up memoir, Her Father's Daughter, was published in 2011.[12]

Her first book for young adults, Laurinda was published in 2014. It was adapted for an American audience in 2016,[13] and a collection of high school students' stories inspired by the novel was published in 2016.[14] Pung has also written the Marly books for the Our Australian Girl children's series.

Pung attended the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa as a Resident in 2009.[15]

Works[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Unpolished Gem (Black Inc., 2006)[16]
  • Growing Up Asian in Australia (Black Inc., 2008) (editor)
  • Her Father's Daughter (Black Inc., 2011)[12]
  • Laurinda (Penguin Australia, 2014)[17] (published as Lucy and Linh in the United States, 2016[13])
  • Our Australian Girl: Meet Marly: Our Australian Girl, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo (Puffin, 2015)
  • Our Australian Girl: Marly's Business, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo (Puffin, 2015)
  • Our Australian Girl: Marly and the Goat, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo (Puffin, 2015)
  • Our Australian Girl: Marly Walks on the Moon, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo (Puffin, 2016)
  • My First Lesson: Stories Inspired by Laurinda (2016)[14]
  • John Marsden: Writers on Writers (2017)[18][19]

Articles[edit]

Awards[edit]

Unpolished Gem[edit]

  • Winner of the Australian Newcomer of the Year award in the 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards[11][3]
  • Shortlisted in the Australian Biography of the Year and Australian Book of the Year in the 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards
  • Shortlisted in the 2007 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards[3]
  • Shortlisted in the 2007 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards[3]
  • Shortlisted in the 2007 The Age Book of the Year Awards[3]
  • Shortlisted for the 2006 Colin Roderick Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2007 The Westfield/Waverley Library Award for Literature

Her Father's Daughter[edit]

  • Winner of the Non-Fiction Prize in the 2011 Western Australian Book Awards
  • Shortlisted in the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards[20]
  • Shortlisted in the 2012 NSW Premier's Literary Awards[21]
  • Shortlisted in the 2012 Queensland Literary Awards

Laurinda[edit]

  • 2016 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature (NSW Premier's Literary Awards)[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Unpolished Gem". Booklist Online. Booklist. 1 December 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Unpolished Gem". Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Sullivan, Jane (20 August 2011). "Memories of relative unease". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Walker, Brenda (September 2011). "'Her Father’s Daughter' by Alice Pung". Australia. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Janet Clarke Hall - University of Melbourne - Tutors and Students". www.jch.unimelb.edu.au. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c Pung, Alice (7 December 2016). "Living With Racism in Australia". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c Cathy, van Extel (5 November 2014). "Alice Pung". Conversations with Richard Fidler. ABC. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Neill, Rosemary (8 November 2014). "Alice Pung recalls high school’s hard lessons in first novel Laurinda". The Australian. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 
  9. ^ Interview with Alice
  10. ^ "Ms Alice Pung - Events at The University of Melbourne". events.unimelb.edu.au. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "History". Australian Book Industry Awards. Retrieved 25 April 2017. Newcomer of the Year: Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung 
  12. ^ a b "Her Father's Daughter". penguin.com.au. Penguin Books Australia. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Pung, Alice (2016). Lucy and Linh. New York: Penguin Random House. ISBN 978-0-399-55048-5. 
  14. ^ a b "My First Lesson". penguin.com.au. Penguin Books Australia. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "Alice PUNG | The International Writing Program". iwp.uiowa.edu. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  16. ^ "Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung". penguin.com.au. Penguin Books Australia. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  17. ^ "Laurinda by Alice Pung". penguin.com.au. Penguin Books Australia. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  18. ^ "On John Marsden: Writers on Writers". penguin.com.au. Penguin Books Australia. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  19. ^ "On John Marsden by Alice Pung". Black Inc. Books Australia. Black Inc. Books. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  20. ^ "Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2012". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  21. ^ 1414, scheme=AGLSTERMS.AglsAgent; corporateName=State Library of New South Wales; address=Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000; contact=+61 2 9273 (2015-09-24). "2012 - Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction". www.sl.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  22. ^ 1414, scheme=AGLSTERMS.AglsAgent; corporateName=State Library of New South Wales; address=Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000; contact=+61 2 9273 (2016-05-16). "Winners announced for 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards". www.sl.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2016-11-28. 

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