'I think, in literature, as in film, there is still a persistent ‘whiteness default’: presenting the world as though being white is the norm and anyone else is simply there as ‘flavouring’ to advance plot or feed into a stereotype.'
'As a female, Asian-Australian comedian,there aren’t many of us, so it is pretty cool. It’s like going to Coles fruit section, and I’m the jackfruit. It is unusual to find a jackfruit in the Coles fruit section. But they’re pretty delicious.'
'Good intentions are useless if the end result ends up hurting someone. Seriously listen; the act is severely underrated. Amplify necessary voices even if it means having to be silent, share power and resources.'
'Where I stand today as an artist is completely different to where I stood at twenty. I was much more interested in making beautiful work, and less about actively communicating a story or feeling. Nowadays, I focus more on narrative, feeling and authenticity.'
'The reality is, in the current climate we live in, the personal is political. Even us existing and talking about our lived experiences—having these discussions that can be broadcast—is a political statement.'
'Just keep at your art, no matter how good or bad you think it is. Don’t be afraid to experiment and leave your “genre”—genre is a human construct that music not only pre-dates, but also cannot be bound by.'
'As a child of immigrant parents, I’m particularly worried about the worldwide wave of anti-immigration. The “close the door behind you” mentality makes me feel that we’ve stopped welcoming people even though we’re a nation of immigrants.'