'Design aims to take ordinary, everyday products like clothes and gives them that human touch and something to connect with.'
'I think anger is really healthy. It’s motivating; and it’s something a lot of women are expected to swallow, as anger isn’t a ‘routine’ or acceptable emotion according to tired stereotypes.'
"I tend to use writing as a form of therapy, to make sense of or learn something from confusing & disorientating experiences."
"I feel really dysmorphic about my skin colour, only because the way it is translated back to me."
'I used to have a lot of anger around being mixed-race and other people’s perceptions of me, but now I figure I know who I am even if nobody else does.'
'Read outside your comfort zone, read writers you've never heard of, read translated books.'
'If you want to make art, find a way to do it, make it known, make it seen.'
'I don’t go around in the world thinking, Oh my god I’m Asian. It’s just a part of my reality and it colours it.'
'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.'
'Sustainability weighs on my mind quite heavily. Can I create sustainably? Can production be sustainable? Or is that not possible?'
'We are seeing the rise of a particularly perverse & toxic brand of politics that seeks to weaponise differences.'
'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.'
'In Australia, Asians get media coverage in creative industries only if we’re wearing an apron on a cooking show or making comedy out of our own culture.'
'I didn't plan on becoming a poet. I ended up doing this because I love it. And you need to do what you love just to take care of yourself. The world is hard enough as it is.'
'We have to understand that our experiences as POC are so varied—we need to take the time to learn each other's histories.'
'We’re trying to work towards a point where representation shouldn’t have to be a talking point.'
'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.'
'I think the only way you can educate people about culture is to share it with them, but this is where the intricacy lies.'
'Rather than looking for answers, or trying to fit parts of myself smoothly together, I'm more interested now in celebrating the joy in my internal inconsistencies.'
'How do you sit within a place that is not your home, but you've been constructed to think that it should be your home?'
'I think my two biggest enemies are time, and myself.'
'I just want to see someone who looks like me on screen—I'm so sick of being the sidekick.'
'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.'
'Things that inspire me change from time to time... one that tends to stay with me is the colour white, in particular the sense of emptiness it conveys and its potential to be filled.'
'We all have a huge part to play in de-stigmatising and humanising mental health by making ourselves visible and ensuring our stories are told.'
'When I was growing up, all the media I consumed was white, so my idea of art was very white.'
'I resent that someone can draw a crowd of people where everyone just happens to be white. That’s not a mistake.'