Anthology sheds light on modern day racism

IMAGINE waking up and knowing the new day as usual will see you having to contend with a raft of racial slurs.

Maybe there is no harm intended, for example if you’re Asian Australian and people keep mistaking you for the food delivery guy.
A bad day might see you getting yelled at on the street for causing Covid and being a Chinese dog.
What about if you’re on a first date which is going well until you find out he is from North Vietnam while your family is from the south? Do you put family differences aside and just go for broke or quit while you’re ahead?
Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement has released a new publication which showcases 39 stories by Indigenous writers and writers of colour.
In this powerful and timely anthology, each of the writers share their personal experiences with racism.
Set to be launched on Saturday for the 2021 Sydney Writers’ Festival, the anthology has been co-edited by Tongan-Australian writer Winnie Dunn, Vietnamese-Australian writer Stephen Pham and Kuku Djungan and Muluridji writer Phoebe Grainer.
“Amid the ongoing deaths of Indigenous people in custody, the Black Lives Matter movement, the rise in anti-Asian violence and the mistreatment of refugees in off-shore detention, we can no longer pretend racism does not affect everyday Australians,” they said.
“This book is an opportunity for all to have an honest conversation about the demon of fear, hate and bigotry that too often tears our nation apart.”
Purchase the anthology directly from website