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Words from the street: Omar Musa on debut fiction novel “Here Come the Dogs”


Rapper, poet and speaker Omar Musa is releasing a new novel later this month.

Here Come the Dogs follows the lives of three friends from different ethnic backgrounds living in a small town in Australia.

This is Omar’s first fictional novel, following his two poetry books Parang and The Clocks.

Omar’s writing is drawn from his experiences in his own life: his Malaysian background, and the block of flats in the multicultural neighbourhood he grew up in, within his small hometown of Queanbeyan in regional Australia.

He is an award-winning slam poet and has collaborated with hip hop artists around the world. You might have seen him perform Slam Poetry from the Streets at TED Talks Sydney, where he received a standing ovation from the audience.

Omar chatted to us about writing Here Come the Dogs, the culture of a small town and the changing, multicultural face of Australian poetry.

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Here Come the Dogs will be officially released on July 23 with launches in cities all around Australia, featuring performances, author talks and book signings.

More details about the launches at the Penguin Books website.


Tackling Racism in Australia: Azlan Petra on multiculturalism, racial profiling and the race debate


Over the last few months, changes to the Racial Discrimination Act have sparked much discussion about racism in Australia. Recently, a video recorded on a phone of a woman racially abusing another on public transport went viral.

Azlan Petra has made fighting against racism his career, working with asylum seekers, humanitarian groups and communities around the world. He’s currently working to address racial profiling in Victoria – which you may remember us talking about way back last year with Maki Issa, one of the African men involved in the civil case against Victoria Police. In his spare time, Azlan occasionally blogs and tweets for our friends The Two Chairs, an anti-racism online project.

Azlan talks to us about growing up in multicultural Malaysia, the legal side of racism discussion in Australia and where we’re at in terms of addressing it.

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LINK: The Two Chairs

Follow @azlanpetra on Twitter

Mabel Kwong on Chinese and Lunar New Year


While most Westerners celebrated the New Year a few weeks ago, Asians are just getting started to celebrate Lunar New Year. Or do we mean Chinese New Year?

Blogger Mabel Kwong recently wrote about how Chinese New Year is not just Chinese. After living in Malaysia and moving back to Australia, Mabel tells us about the differences between how Asians and Australians celebrate Lunar New Year.

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Students bring Malaysia to Australia


Citra poster

Malaysia is a multicultural nation and one of Australia’s closest Asian neighbours. So it’s no surprise that there’s a thriving community of young Malaysian students studying in Australia.

The Malaysian Student Council of Australia are celebrating all things Malaysian in Australia with the Citra Malaysia Festival. Aaron Lim from the UQ Malaysian Students Association of Australia talks to us about the Malaysian student community and upcoming festival.

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Make sure to head to Citra Malaysia on Saturday October 19 between 10am-3pm at the Munro Soccer fields on Coolridge St in St Lucia!