Dining with kids is like an indie horror story. There’s pleading, shrieking, rice grains zipping through the air like shrapnel and usually some kind of red sauce...
Earlier in the year we had decided that our lives were better with each other in them, and that we would cross oceans permanently to keep it that way.
“The progress that's being made by a few of us doesn't paint an overall picture of progress if most of the portrayals of Muslims on screen are still either non...
"We are that first generation of those mixed races, and then that comes with that first generational experience of being like, ‘Oh damn, I’m the bridge!’."
Far from just entertaining us or giving us the main facts, books read in their entirety will teach us far more than clever, 15-minute summaries.
It is impossible to be shy when you have to tell an aggressive client that they are raising their voice or being threatening, writes Dr Ahona Guha.
I find myself apologising for my hair to diffuse the tension.

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Filipino-Australian story collection

Catch up on our stories of culture, family, and identity from emerging Filipino-Australian writers. 

 

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The act of lovingly packing a balikbayan box and sending it back to loved ones is one way of showing them they are always in their hearts.
As a minority, I resented being reduced to a bubble of perceived interests.
While the Aussie tongue is laidback, Tagalog-speakers are used to tackling real tongue-twisters.
What use is a beautiful Barong being chewed away by moths, waiting until someone dies or decides to tie the knot?
For nearly every birthday and milestone, whether it was a graduation or confirmation, there we were – posted up by the seafood section waiting for staff to...
Having been raised in a culture where eating could be considered a past time and food plays a central role during every occasion and event, it’s no surprise that...
When my daughter was finally old enough to read my books, I gave her a copy of each one. I have never been more scared about a reader’s feedback my whole life.

Culture & Society

Your stories. Your words.

Would you like to write for SBS Voices? Send us an email at voices@sbs.com.au 

“The progress that's being made by a few of us doesn't paint an overall picture of progress if most of the portrayals of Muslims on screen are still either non...
"We are that first generation of those mixed races, and then that comes with that first generational experience of being like, ‘Oh damn, I’m the bridge!’."
Far from just entertaining us or giving us the main facts, books read in their entirety will teach us far more than clever, 15-minute summaries.
It is impossible to be shy when you have to tell an aggressive client that they are raising their voice or being threatening, writes Dr Ahona Guha.
I find myself apologising for my hair to diffuse the tension.
Nostalgia it seems is in fashion but why are we so desperate to cling to the past while living in a time when technological advancements are moving at rapid speed?

For years, humble Asian bakeries across Australia have shared stories of resilience and creativity.

Health

 

Beyond studies and research, we examine how our health impacts the rest of our lives.  

It’s like most people’s idea of a camping weekend - except that all 50 of us are sober and trying to be better men.
While professional athletes are required to do a certain amount of media as part of their job, we are living in a time when people’s mental health is more...
By my early 20s I didn’t know how to process joy or disappointment without a drink, let alone catch up with a friend. By my late 20s a bottle of red wine felt as...
My partner and I started with the smallest steps, into our small front garden, with blankets and books.
Despite the hurdles, there is a major bonus. Ballet brings me closer to my three-year-old, because we can do a Plié or Pirouette together.
The truth is, I’ve been depressed these last few months and that's why you haven't seen me.
"This is about dignity, it's about inclusivity."

Family

Parenting for modern families: new rules for a new age.

Dining with kids is like an indie horror story. There’s pleading, shrieking, rice grains zipping through the air like shrapnel and usually some kind of red sauce...
For Indian migrants without immediate family in Australia, sending their children home was a way to maintain the relationships between generations.
Eid prayer was my dad’s way of showing his son how he perceived the world, and what he was passionate about.
While the enduring message seems to be that NAPLAN is not a measure of a child’s ability, many parents seem to believe that NAPLAN is a test from which their...
With three children, for me the task of sorting through their clothes often feels like a mammoth one.
Before you go taking her that breakfast in bed, make sure you've cleaned up the mess in the kitchen you've left behind.
You may know haldi doodh as its gentrified western counterpart the ‘turmeric latte’, but there’s so much more to the story.

Relationships

Let's talk about it all: from love and dating to divorce and estrangement (and everything in between).

Earlier in the year we had decided that our lives were better with each other in them, and that we would cross oceans permanently to keep it that way.
Companies such as Canada’s DNA Romance and Instant Chemistry already claim to help people find love and sexual compatibility through DNA tests.
The world is slowly getting better at recognising the beauty in Asian men, writes Madalene Chu.
I’ve become a strong independent woman. I have travelled to the US, Australia, all over Asia, Argentina, and Spain all by myself. I never really minded the...
Without realising it, that lonely decade became a slow reclamation. Free of obligation to anyone but myself.
When Harry and Meghan revealed to Oprah Winfrey the emotional details of their break with the royal family, they were telling a tale as old as time, says...
As my father paused at a red light, he turned towards me and said, “you’re not allowed to have a boyfriend until you get married”.

Sweatshop Collective

A partnership with Western Sydney writers’ collective Sweatshop, now in its second year, showcases stories from diverse perspectives. 

 

‘Did you buy those other items here?’ I snatch the receipt from my bra pocket, hold it in the air for two seconds and keep moving. I got receipts.
‘You are blessed to have your father’s surname,’ my grandmother would say in Ilocano, my mother tongue. To have a thin nose, his height. To have dimples and...
The representation in 'Raya and the Last Dragon' is far from perfect, yet, I cried when Raya calls her father, “Ba".
The catchcry, “I’m trying to eat less carbs,” defined my 20’s. Yet, I never seem satisfied...Enter into this maelstrom of self-loathing: Nigella Lawson.
It wasn’t just the making of the food, it was the stories she told me while we prepared it.
I flew here with a one-way ticket vowing never to return. I tried to learn everything about the culture. Trying to ‘assimilate’ I became a St Kilda supporter...
Whilst many queer spaces centre sexual liberation, my birth mum maintains cultural values around sexual modesty.

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Do you have a story to share? Email us at voices@sbs.com.au


At 37, I felt I have finally found a term I identify with, that most fits my sexual identity.
“I wanted [the book] to be feminist. It’s complicated with a trans perspective. I didn’t want to silence the female voice," Wilson tells writer Ellen van Neerven.
Finding out about Mandala has changed my perspective on growing up gay in a regional town and what it means to have a history of queer radical allies paving the...
The life of a teenager, especially a closeted one, is filled with confusion – dance was one thing that always made sense.
"I was black. I was gay. I was living in bloody Adelaide!"
"Transitioning has enabled me to be open to (unconditional love). God loves me just as I am. This is how he created me."
My fight or flight response activates the second I see an acquaintance in passing and my immediate reaction is to find a place to hide.

Read the winning entries

Of more than 2000 entries submitted to the inaugural Emerging Writers' Competition these are the top four prizewinning stories, as judged by Melissa Lucashenko and Benjamin Law. 

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SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition Winner: Alana Hicks.

Schism

How it feels to be a First Nations person inside a colonial education system
Emerging Writers’ Competition Highly Commended: Amy Duong.
Emerging Writers’ Competition Highly Commended: Nakul Legha.
Four winners have been chosen from thousands of entries into the inaugural SBS Emerging Writers' Competition. Read more about their writing journey and what...

Emerging Asian-Australian Writers

Read stories about love, sexuality, family and mental health by up and coming Asian-Australian voices, in an essay series edited by Candice Chung. 

When my daughter was finally old enough to read my books, I gave her a copy of each one. I have never been more scared about a reader’s feedback my whole life.
Besides affordability, there are other barriers that deter culturally and linguistically diverse Australians from addressing their mental health.
It is a powerful feeling to not only buck the trend, but to undo any prejudice or expectation that I should follow suit in a traditional career path.
To Filipinos, the family tree is always filled with a few extra branches - and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Everything is on the table during our catch ups: Who is having sex whilst working from home? How is everyone coping with their kids? Who might be losing their job?
For many trans people, changing their name is an important part of embodying identity. But what if your name also carries your cultural heritage?
I’m beginning to say my name the way my mum utters it. I’m reclaiming my accent and it’s drawing me closer to my identity as Filipino-Australian.

Emerging Muslim women writers

Highlights from some of the most exciting emerging Muslim Australian writers.  

I missed out on the joy of swimming carnivals as a kid, but here is how I am now making up for lost time.
Growing up, I never saw anyone like me in the media or saw any (non-villainous) Muslim characters in TV shows or movies.
Black Lives Matter is forcing important conversations about race. But what we won’t voice, is that we too, the non-black Muslim community, have absorbed anti...
For me it starts, with being unapologetically proud of being a Pakistani-Muslim Indigenous woman. It starts by sharing our stories and celebrating who we are.
Did you ever in your most outlandish dreams think you would make it to the land down under? I hope I can make you proud after all you have sacrificed for me.
Even though we may be physically separated there is something sweet about knowing that cards with my messy handwriting sit in the homes of my friends.
I am an atheist, but I'm also a cultural Muslim and it took me many years of heated debates and a frustrating search for an identity to come to this conclusion.

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