Articles

The Cashmere Steamroller

 •  December 6

In 1939 a Russian Jewish immigrant opened a small lingerie shop in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Spanning just 35 metres Sussan, as it was...

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Brave New China

 •  November 27

“To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric,” said the German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno in 1949. In the dystopian parable “Death Fugue,”...

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MPavilion Finds a Home in Australia

 •  November 20

It has been called a treasure box, a flower and a butterfly. Yet at first glance, MPavilion in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens looks like a...

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Male escorts: Is the growing market for male escorts a sign of female sexual liberation or just a re-run of the same old stereotypes?

 •  November 12

In the middle of every month, when the moon is full, and straight after payday, Louise meets Tom in a smart hotel in north Sydney to indulge in what...

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Australian Director Sophie Hyde Explores Family Ties

 •  September 4

What is it like to have a mother who changes from a Jane to a James? The Australian avant-garde film "52 Tuesdays" deals with exactly that question....

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An Aboriginal Dance Company Explores Australia’s Cultural History

 •  August 28

A young lieutenant from the First Fleet that landed in Australia in the late 18th century made friends with a 15-year-old girl from the local Eora...

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Fifty Shades of Jade: Erotic Writer Takes On China’s Qing Dynasty

 •  August 12

Before “Sex and the City,” “Girls,” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” there was “Eat Me,” a novel by Linda Jaivin about the sexual...

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Japanese architecture retains a traditional edge

 •  August 1

At the foot of Sanjo Ohashi Bridge, close to Kyoto’s fabled Gion neighbourhood, home to the city’s kimono-clad geishas, once sat an old Japanese...

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Poet Jang Jin-sung’s secrets and lines

 •  July 26

It was Kim Jong-il’s unclad feet that undid his divinity. In 1999, Jang Jin-sung, a former state poet laureate from North Korea, was summoned to...

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A legendary artist

 •  July 19

In the early 1960s Robert Dickerson gave his father a collection of his paintings. Regarding them as a waste of time, his father burnt them...

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