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:
EMBRACING UGLY FEELINGS – Griffith Review 72: States of Mind, May, 2021
“I’m not suggesting these treatments were ineffective. But despite the litany of therapeutic approaches I’ve sampled, I know all of them have missed something crucial: my race, or more specifically, how the experience of being from a minority race intersects with my mental illness.”
Australia has been called a ‘graveyard of languages‘…., ABC News website, November, 2019
“Australia is a multilingual country, with millions of people speaking hundreds of languages. Yet, we have a monolingual English mindset, which means many of our migrant languages are no longer spoken in just three generations, and we’re sometimes referred to as the ‘graveyard of languages’.”
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.”
NO, I’M NOT YOUR ASIAN MODEL MINORITY!, Griffith Review 61: Who We Are, July, 2018
“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.’”
THE CREATION OF NIKKEI AUSTRALIA, co-authored with Mayu Kanamori, Special Edition of Journal of Australian Studies, Volume 41 Issue 3, 2017,
The first Japanese people to settle in Australia arrived in the late nineteenth century, yet the history of Japanese Australians remains mostly unknown. This article chronicles the creation of Nikkei Australia, a group of researchers, artists, cultural and community workers interested in the Japanese diaspora in Australia. Read here or contact me for copy of article
Review of mei mei, a daughter’s song, radiodoc review, volume 1 issue 3, 2017
“The fact that the foreign language sonic elements or the mother’s broken English may be incomprehensible is not just about adding texture, but about a rich subtext that invites the listener to experience this docudrama as a form of intercultural theatre. Mei Mei is intelligent radio, intensely personal in tone yet conceptually grand in scope. It is the work of a generous producer.”
Spiritual ablutions: How everyday bathing can be good for the soul, ABC RN Online, may, 2016
“According to legend, one day a famous Japanese monk encountered a man with leprosy while wandering the mountains. The monk attempted to comfort the ailing leper by offering him food and drink, but the leper made a rather unexpected request. His diseased body was itchy from oozing sores. Could the monk soothe his skin by licking it?”
KAMIKAZE DAUGHTER, 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?
When Blossoms Fall, Griffith Review 46: Forgotten Stories, October, 2014
The massive migration of the past generation is not only changing Australia but reviving the need to find new ways to tell forgotten stories. Stories that are part of a shared, but often overlooked, cultural heritage of this country. Forgotten Stories will redefine what it means to be Australian in the twenty-first century.
ASCETICISM OR ANOREXIA?, ABC Religion and Ethics website, April, 2014
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. In 2014, a young woman starves herself to death. But far from saintly regard, she’s seen as a victim of insidious cultural images promoting impossible thinness. Is it just historical context that separates these two cases?
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.”