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Start by marking “Unpolished Gem” as Want to Read: After Alice Pung’s family fled to Australia from the killing fields of Cambodia, her father chose Alice as her name because he thought their new country was a Wonderland. Reading this book made me feel some sort of connection. Unpolished Gem Reader's Guide. By Alice Pung Sign me up to get more news about Biography & Memoir books. Unpolished Gem is her first book. Poignant, provocative, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, Pung's rollicking tale of two worlds is not to be missed.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred.

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Unpolished Gem is a book rich in comedy, a loving and irreverent portrait of a family, its everyday struggles and bittersweet triumphs. With it. Unpolished Gem: My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me and millions of other books are available for instant access. view Kindle eBook | view Audible audiobook. Unpolished Gem [Alice Pung] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. After Alice Pung's family fled to Australia from the killing fields of Cambodia .

Immigrants to this country have a vast range of stories to tell but their have a more complex narrative formed by the experience of life as links between the old country and the new. Over time various ethnic groups have arrived and congregated in tight-knit communities for a while: Irish, Italian, Greek and, of course, Anglo Saxon.

All have merged into the dominant Australian culture; significantly all have provided top footballers, politicians, chefs and writers, the first being a more reliable indicator of cultural integration than the last two.

But Chinese Australians and other East Asians have been more inclined towards business and medicine than footy.

However admirable their achievements, it takes a book like this to help bridge the wider Australian culture and the old ways. Advertisement Alice Pung is the classic migrant child whose immersion in two cultures makes her an interpreter. She is a go-between in other ways; her paternal grandmother and mother use her quite ruthlessly: "They keep all these secrets and tell them to four-year-olds who cannot possibly understand the complicated channels of hatred.

And so I was doomed, early on, to be a word-spreader. Pung sees her family with Australian eyes and portrays them often as quaint.

It's a position of privilege - certainly no one else could do this without risking prejudiced cultural stereotypes. Pung's sense of what it is to be a Chinese woman is often disturbing: "Constantly sighing and lying and dying - that is what being a Chinese woman means, and I want nothing to do with it.

As a teenager she engages in the usual subterfuges in order to go to parties and feel comfortable with her friends.

But she does not go as far as they do: she has a strong sense of what can be tolerated by both the cultures she inhabits, even as she loses the ability to think in Chinese. She embraces English language as only a fiercely intelligent and industrious person can.

Unpolished Gem is a book rich in comedy, a loving and irreverent portrait of a family, its everyday struggles and bittersweet triumphs. With it, Australian writing gains an unforgettable new voice.

Alice Pung is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne.

For background information about the Cambodian migrant experience and other articles and resources, visit Alice Pung's website. Australian Curriculum Questions for Unpolished Gem.

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This story does not begin on a boat. Nor does it contain any wild swans or falling leaves.

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Her 'typically Asian' life, she explains 'Unpolished Gem' is a story of Alice Pung's life as a migrant coming from Cambodia, an outsider to the new country of Australia. Unpolished Gem is a moving, vivid journey about identity and the ultimate search for acceptance and healing, delivered by a writer possessed of rare empathy, penetrating insight, and undeniable narrative gifts.

My father is an amazing man — he survived the Killing Fields and still retains a humour and optimism about life.

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