Alice Pung is a writer, editor, teacher and lawyer. She was born a month after her Chinese parents fled from Cambodia to Australia as asylum seekers from Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge Regime. 

Ms Pung has won numerous awards for her books including the 2007 Newcomer of the Year Award in the Australia Book Industry Awards, and the Western Australia Premier's Book Award for Non Fiction.

Alice Pung is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher and lawyer.

What’s your definition of feminism?

Basic human rights for women around the world. When we talk about post-feminism in Australia, we can forget that most women around the world don't even have basic human rights.

What is the biggest issue facing women today?

It depends on where the woman lives, their level of education, how isolated they are from support, whether they have disabilities, and the ingrained sexism of her culture.

Have you ever felt disadvantaged for being a woman?

My parents come from Cambodia via a Thai refugee camp, and so if I had been born and grew up there, I know I would have missed many opportunities that I have been fortunate to have in Australia. But sometimes it was hard to grow up with the ingrained sexism and double-standards of a Southeast Asian family, especially when such standards come from people who love you.

Who’s your role model?

Aung San Suu Kyi, because she's stoic, resilient and reflective; and she acknowledges that it is not power that corrupts, but fear.

What advice would you give to younger women?

Always be appreciative of the hard-won gains we have, as a result of countless battles of generations of women before us. Feminism is not yet over.