Writer

My articles, essays, reviews, opinion pieces have been published in newspapers, literary journals, academic journals, magazines and online in both English and Japanese. A few below:

SELLING SPRING, Wheeler Centre – Notes: Sell, September, 2018

The Japanese terms for prostitution are particularly evocative. The most widely used word 売春 (pronounced ‘baishun’) is a combination of two kanji characters, the first meaning ‘to sell’ and the second meaning ‘spring’, as in the season. So, to sell youth, innocence, life’s promises to come. Read here

NO, I’M NOT YOUR ASIAN MODEL MINORITY!, Griffith Review 61: Who We Are, July, 2018
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I HAVE A confession to make. Some years ago, while enjoying solace in a café, a well-nourished white bloke accosted me by thrusting his newly purchased cookbook in my face and demanding an autograph. ‘I love your recipes,’ he gushed. I signed his book with a flourish: ‘Love, Kylie K.’ Read here

THE CREATION OF NIKKEI AUSTRALIA, Article published in Special Edition of Journal of Australian Studies, Volume 41 Issue 3 2017, Asian Australian Mobilities: Cultural, Social, Political (co-written with Mayu Kanamori)
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Japanese people first settled in Australia in the late nineteenth century, yet the history of Japanese Australians remains mostly unknown. In fact, many contemporary people of Japanese heritage often feel alienated from their own ethnic history, even actively rejecting any connection to the Japanese diaspora. Read here or contact me for copy of article

MY FATHER, I HONOUR, ABC RN online, August, 2015

My dad was only 16 years old at the end of the war, yet he was willing to sacrifice himself for his country, his family. Surely that makes him hero, doesn’t it? Or was he brainwashed, or worse, a fanatic? Just what place do the kamikaze have in Japanese history? Read here

ASCETICISM OR ANOREXIA? , ABC Religion and Ethics website, April, 2014
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In 1380, a young woman starved herself to death. Her denial of food was regarded as a form of asceticism, a way of fusing with Christ through shared suffering. She was later canonised, and is known as Saint Catherine of Siena. In 2014, a young woman starves herself to death. But far from saintly regard, she’s considered to be mentally ill, seen as a victim of insidious cultural images promoting impossible thinness. Is it just historical context that separates these two cases? Read here

INTRIGUING LIFE LOST IN AN EROTIC STEREOTYPE, Book Review, The Australian, May, 2008

Sex sells, and sex with an orientalist twist sells very well indeed. This could explain the increasing popularity of orientalist novels with covers that feature fetishised body parts of Asian women: a ruby red close-up of painted lips, a thigh exposed by a cheongsam slit, a coyly averted gaze framed by silky hair. Read here