Leah Jing McIntosh

is the editor of Liminal.

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Culture December 18, 2021

Small-press gems

Small press is often overlooked in this country. It seems an odd oversight, particularly in a place so enamoured with the Western literary canon; I am thinking here of Hogarth Press, founded in 1917 by Virginia and Leonard Woolf, publishing works by writers …

Culture September 11, 2021

The Sweetest Fruits

Monique Truong often stumbles upon her characters in the margins of other books, appearing at the edges of another’s story. The protagonist of her award-winning debut novel, The Book of Salt (2003), appeared first in The Alice B. Toklas …

Culture April 17, 2021

Klara and the Sun

The slick, silver, flying-car-future found in 20th-century fictions always seems to be a decade or two away but never quite here. The only notable flying car in recent history needed the assistance of an enormous rocket, was piloted by a mannequin, and …

Culture March 06, 2021

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Việt Thanh Nguyễn

With the release of the much anticipated sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathiser, writer Vit Thanh Nguyn reflects on his 20-year struggle with fiction.

Culture January 23, 2021

Interior Chinatown

The new year opened to live footage of cops opening the gates to the United States Capitol, enabling rioters to storm the building. The racial privilege that laid ground for the insurrection was, if not unsurprising, deeply unsettling. Ivanka Trump called …

Culture August 29, 2020

Actor Catherine Văn-Davies

Catherine Văn-Davies found that her starring role in SBS’s Hungry Ghosts excavated intimate family histories. “For most of my life, Mum wouldn’t talk about the war. But with intergenerational trauma, even if they don’t tell us the experience in their own words, we’re so sensitive to our parents.”

Culture June 27, 2020

Smart Ovens for Lonely People

As a frantic March rolled into an accepting April, sliding into a complacent May, the “apocalypse”, now boring, has disappeared into June. The “new normal” became old in the time it took to say the phrase; in supermarket aisles, I’m the only …

Culture May 02, 2020

Minor Feelings

In response to the current pandemic, violent attacks against Asian people in Western countries – including Australia – have spiked. Far from isolated events, these attacks are symptomatic of a structural racism embedded in these countries’ histories. Written …

Culture December 22, 2018

Robin DiAngelo, an agent of change

Robin DiAngelo knows a lot about white privilege – it’s in her DNA. The American academic, author and anti-racism advocate talks about how structures of whiteness and so-called white progressives are continuing to damage the lives of people of colour. ‘I grew up in poverty … I was a feminist for most of my life before I realised I could also be an oppressor. But I draw from my experience of oppression … I think that helps. The key is not to exempt myself from being an oppressor, just because I experience oppression. Ask anyone if they’d rather be poor and white or poor and brown – I knew I was poor, but I also knew I was white.’