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Dr Grace Yee

Poems: The Chinese question

Grace's research will result in a collection of poems that respond to two different narrative threads: stories told/written/performed by Chinese people who settled in Australia before WWII, and their descendants; and contemporaneous mainstream stories (including news, fictions, histories) about Chinese people in Australia.

The poems in this project will engage with how Chinese settlers in Victoria, and their descendants, responded to exclusionist legislation and racism in Australia. More broadly, the poems will reflect on the different ways that orientalist narratives continue to manifest today.

Grace Yee has extensive experience as a writer, researcher and university teacher. She graduated in 2016 with a PhD (Arts) in the fields of creative writing, cultural and gender studies, postcolonial studies and New Zealand literature. She has a number of research interests, including orientalism, colonialism, decolonisation and pre-WWII Chinese diaspora literature and history.

As a writer, Grace's poetry, short fiction, research and essays have appeared in a number of publications in Australia and overseas, including Meanjin, Southerly and Heat.