Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is a Brisbane-based writer and journalist. Since 2005, he has been a senior contributor to frankie magazine. His work has also been published in The Monthly, Sunday Life, The Big Issue, The Courier Mail, Growing up Asian in Australia (2008, edited by Alice Pung), The Best Australian Essays 2008 and The Best Australian Essays 2009.




 

Gaysia - Adventures in the Queer East

Benjamin Law

Gaysia examines what it's like to be young and queer in the queerest region of the world. Because Asia is also home to the majority of the world's population—over four billion people — it stands to reason that it's also where most of the world's gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people live. But in a region renegotiating its cultural and religious traditions alongside rapid-paced modernisation, life for its queer citizens ranges from celebratory and mundane, to risky and life-threatening.

Gaysia is an entertaining, humorous and accessible blend of new journalism, first-person adventure and travel reportage. From his unique insider-and-outsider perspective Benjamin scratches beneath the surface to unearth cultural and religious taboos as he asks readers to examine their own ideas of what human and civil rights mean in the 21st century.

LITERARY JOURNALISM
Published:
Australia (2012) · Black Inc.

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The Family Law

The Family Law

Benjamin Law

"We were never camping people," Mum says now. "Your dad never wanted to camp, and insects eat me alive. See, Asians – we're scared of dying. White people: they like to 'live life to the full', and 'die happy'." She pauses. "Asians are the opposite."

Hilarious and moving, The Family Law is a linked series of tales from a born humorist – and a literary star in the making. Benjamin Law invites readers into the world of his endearing yet profoundly eccentric family. He constructs brilliantly turned essays in the style of David Sedaris, assembling a portrait that is both universal and utterly particular.

Why won't his Chinese dad wear made-in-China underpants? Why was most of his extended family deported in the 1980's? Will Benjamin's childhood dreams of Home and Away soapie stardom come to nothing? What are his chances of finding love? Read one of these stories, and you will inevitably want to read more.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY / MEMOIR
Published:
Australia 2010 · Black Inc.
France 2011 · Editions Belfond
Film/TV Option 2011 · MatchBox Pictures

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