Asian Women Let Loose
Yen-Rong Wong + Yumiko Kadota + Yumi Stynes + Mirandi Riwoe
slq Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
For the longest time, Asian women have endured stereotypes of being meek, mild and softly spoken. But, after waves of anti-Asian sentiment – most recently Covid-induced anti-Asian violence (often directed towards women of East Asian background) – these women have had enough. And they are far from alone.
Panel: Yumi Stynes, Yumiko Kadota, Yen-Rong Wong
Chair: Mirandi Riwoe
Yen-Rong is an arts critic and writer based in Meanjin (Brisbane), on unceded Jaggera and Turrbal land. She won the Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Award in 2020, and in 2019, she was shortlisted for the Deakin University Non-Fiction Prize. She has been a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow and writer-in-residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre, and her work has appeared in many print and online publications, including The Guardian, Meanjin, and Griffith Review. She is currently working on a number of creative projects, including a satirical novel, a play, and a collection of essays.
Yumiko is a medical doctor from Sydney. She resigned from public hospital work after experiencing burnout and now works in medical education and private health. Her story entered mainstream media after she blogged in February 2019 about her experiences as a trainee in the health system, opening with the words: ‘I never thought I would say this, but I broke. I give up. I am done. I am handing back my dream of becoming a surgeon.’ Nowadays she’s rebuilding herself, starting with her health. She blogs on wide range of topics that reflect her various interests; eco-warrior, yogi, book worm.
Yumi Stynes is a broadcaster and author, currently on-air with the wildly popular ABC podcast, 'Ladies, We Need to Talk' which unpacks taboos and sexual health issues in bold and sometimes life-changing ways. She co-hosts a national radio show on the KiiS FM network called The 3pm Pickup which you've probably heard if you've been in a car between 3 and 4pm. One of her books, Welcome to Consent, was recently named the New York Public Library's TOP 50 books of the year. Her classic guidebook, Welcome to Your Period, has been in non-stop reprint since it first came out and has been translated to around 20 languages including Russian, Japanese and German. The book based on the podcast 'Ladies, We Need to Talk' came out late last year, and this year, Welcome to Your Boobs was published.
Mirandi Riwoe is the author of Stone Sky Gold Mountain, The Fish Girl and The Burnished Sun. Her novel, Sunbirds, will be published in September.