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View from the East: Highlighting Asian Historical Fiction

22 October 2023 | 2:30 pm - 1 June 2024 | 3:25 pm

View From The East

The Conference was both a live and online event with in-person sessions livestreamed to a virtual audience. All recordings of in-person plenary sessions, interviews and panels are included in your access ticket. There is no option to buy recordings of individual sessions.



Hong Kong on the brink of the Japanese invasion, rivalry between Malays and Chinese in 1960s Kuala Lumpur, and exposing the hypocrisy of Hollywood: Christopher Cheng, Daryl Lim and Siang Lu discuss with Claudia Chan Shaw their books, Asian histories, and the challenges of being an Asian writer within the current publishing industry.


About Siang Lu

Siang Lu is the award-winning author of The Whitewash, and the co-creator of The Beige Index. The Whitewash won Audiobook of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards and the Glendower Emerging Writer Award at the Queensland Literary Awards, and was shortlisted for a NSW Premiers Literary Award. His writing has appeared in KYD, Pedestrian, Southerly and Westerly. He has been a speaker at writers festivals around Australia. Siang holds a Master of Letters from the University of Sydney and has written for television on Malaysia’s Astro network.

About Christopher Cheng

Christopher Cheng is the author of the critically acclaimed and multi published picture book Bear and Rat (published in the USA as Will We Always Hold Hands? Other picture books include One Tree, New Year Surprise!, Old Fellow, Wombat and the award winning titles One child, and Sounds Spooky. Soon to be released titles include Powerful like a Dragon, Quolls and Dragon Folding. He has written historical fiction and non-fiction and he compiled the ever popular Classic Australian Poems. He is co-chair of the International Advisory Council for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), an ambassador for Australia’s National Centre of Children’s Literature (NCACL), and is a recipient of the Lady Cutler Award for Children’s Literature. He also established the international peer voted SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards. He was Judging Chair for the 2023 ARA Historical Novel Prize (CYA category.)

About Daryl Lim

Daryl Lim was born in Kuala Lumpur and migrated to Australia as a young child. His literary influences include Kazuo Ishiguro, Cormac McCarthy, Eileen Chang and E.M. Forster (among many others). The Snow in Kuala Lumpur (Penguin Random House SEA 2023) is his first novel. Apart from writing Daryl loves Arsenal FC, the BBC In Our Time history podcast and the films of PT Anderson, Coen brothers and Edward Yang. He currently lives in Sydney with his young son.

About Claudia Chan Shaw

Claudia Chan Shaw is a Sydney-born creative with a diverse career. Claudia was the co-host of ABC TV’s popular program, ‘Collectors’. Her book ‘Collectomania: From objects of desire to magnificent obsession’, navigates the world of collectors and includes secrets about her own unusual fixations. She is co-host and producer of television program ‘Antiques DownUnder’ and hosts ‘Arts Friday’ on Eastside Radio. Claudia was inaugural curator of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival and leads the successful ‘Art Deco to Art Now’ international tours for Art Gallery Society NSW. She is in demand as a keynote speaker, MC, convener, lecturer and panelist.

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22 October 2023 | 2:30 pm
1 June 2024 | 3:25 pm
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