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”.
I looked at my beautiful baby and I cried about the unfairness of it all. Was I to blame? It should have been me who suffered, not him. Was this my punishment,...
Since the fires, we’ve had to cut down countless trees. I have cried over them. These were venerable natives, habitat to possums, corellas and koalas, that would...
Judgement is being cast upon such a tiny snapshot of their day, a fleeting moment in time.
Mixed heritage is a common reality for modern day Egyptians, who are as ethnically complex as our ancestor, Cleopatra. Yet, like the fabled Queen, we claim and...
On Dad’s side we were the youngest in a long line of cousins: loved, certainly, but tacked onto the end. At Nana and Pa’s, we were the centre of attention.
We had grandmothers, aunties, uncles and cousins who we saw every week. If it takes a village to raise a child, my parents were never short of helping hands,...

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Three things I wish people didn't say to adoptees like me
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Health

 

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

My mother taught me to cook. She was patient with me. She didn’t carry on if I didn’t get it right.
I have gone from being the one looked after (yes, even as a grown woman) to be the one to look after her.
The free YouTube dance-fitness class is a chaotic breed.
A Hula-Hoop basically makes standing exciting.
Besides affordability, there are other barriers that deter culturally and linguistically diverse Australians from addressing their mental health.
“Laughing yoga” is a growing trend in India that is helping victims of trauma find their way back to the light, after enduring the horrific practice of acid burn...
Relying on his memory was something my grandpa had always taken for granted. I guess it is something most of us do, until we can’t.

Culture & Society

Your stories. Your words.

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

Mum tells me of how she flew to Melbourne from Adelaide just to see me for five minutes before I flew away.
Some kids grow up in a family business and leave it behind, but for Amal Awad, her father’s video rental store sparked an enduring love of cinema.
It seems to get a run every time there's any kind of social upheaval and it's easiest to blame migrants who can't really argue back.
The #saymyname hashtag was sparked after Senator David Perdue made fun of Vice-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris' name.
"I need to report a hate crime."
For those who grew up in immigrant homes, scanning for sex-ed info from the grapevine or through the pages of Dolly magazine was part of coming-of-age.
“It is the closest to being pain free I have been since I was diagnosed,” she excitedly said. For her, this was an incredible reprieve from the constant pain she...

Pride

Celebrating the diversity of the LGBTIQ+ community in Australia.

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

Back then, living a truer version of yourself was easier in the clouds than it was on solid ground, where there were serious, and often dangerous legal repercussions.
“From living in survival mode, I have a set of experiences that I think are helpful to share.”
According to a new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology, lesbian, gay, and bisexual people experience migraines at a rate...
When tackling dysphoria, the solutions often only comprise of hormones and gender affirming surgery. For many trans people, these are not viable options due to...
Albertalli writes, “I’ve never kissed a girl. I never even realised I wanted to.” That’s how I felt when I came out – like people would question the validity of...
When I came out to my parents at 16, the punches were coupled with blows to the heart.
There is nothing more empowering than being accepted and celebrated by your own, especially with someone who was an integral part of your childhood.

Sweatshop Collective

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

 

Mixed heritage is a common reality for modern day Egyptians, who are as ethnically complex as our ancestor, Cleopatra. Yet, like the fabled Queen, we claim and...
Each cell of our body contains all the habit energies of all generations of ancestors.
Of all the Chens at Sydney Girls, it had to be Vivian and Alice. After what happened last week, I do not want to face them. I go straight into the first cubicle...
This is an excerpt from the author's contribution to the speculative fiction anthology, "After Australia".
Erin Molan’s comments about Pacific Islander names became news recently. It was not the first time writer Christine Afoa had heard names of people from her...
These are the challenges I face as a black parent helping my sons navigate the world within their black skin. I’ll need to teach them to be careful of whom they...
The first white patches were on my chest.

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.  

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.
For the longest time, I had struggled with deep feelings of guilt and shame for choosing not to have my father in my life.

Family

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

I know first-hand what he’s going through and it makes it tough as a parent.
We had grandmothers, aunties, uncles and cousins who we saw every week. If it takes a village to raise a child, my parents were never short of helping hands,...
To Filipinos, the family tree is always filled with a few extra branches - and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Weaning from breastfeeding is never a fun experience. But weaning because of needing to go back on medication is a whole other story.
Whether it’s rocks and leaves naturally shaped into love hearts, or the first to spot the arc of a rainbow, our children are the ones with eyes well trained to...
“There was a long silence after my one-sided eruption. Then I realised something about my husband I should’ve known.”
Bringing up Muslim children in Western countries presents a real struggle for parents because we often face resistance from kids, there’s a lack of time and we...

Relationships

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

My father was married, in fact he still is, to a woman he once described as his “best friend” but this woman was not, is not, my mother.
My in-laws only speak Bengali, while my parents only speak Mandarin. To make matters more confusing, my husband and I communicate only in English. At times, the...
It’s hard because you dilute who you are, or at least who you feel safe to be with older friends.
"Here I was thinking that I was a work in progress when in-fact I was a piece of work as I still harboured the same outdated views that my father and his father...
The mothering experience I had growing up was complex, dark and painful and as a result, I developed dysfunctional coping mechanisms.This pain is called the ...
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.
When you’re a ‘white and something’ mixed race kid in Australia, you quickly learn the white part of you is the side that should shine.

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