Australian Politics: A Memoir

Kim Huynh needs your help.

He has a passion for storytelling and has come up with the title and cover for a book, but doesn’t know how to fill it. At this stage he wants to combine his family’s history with Australian politics and culture and has started by writing, Feast for the deceased: A recipe for finding harmony among everyday places, people and moments. In this Work in Progress Seminar, Kim will present his book proposal and ask you to share your expertise in politics, literature, history, gender, culture, anthropology, Asia, Australia, or philosophy. Some of the questions that will be raised include ‘What should Kim read? Should he write prose, creative non-fiction, or auto-fiction? What exactly is auto-fiction and can it be an effective form of academic expression? With respect to this project and more generally, how can we create work that is authentic, ethical, career advancing and beautiful?


Dr Kim Huynh is a teacher, writer, researcher and broadcaster who helps people to tell their stories. Kim’s latest book analyses Australia's Refugee Politics in the 21st Century (Routledge) and develops ways to enhance national security, refugee rights and social cohesion. Kim convenes courses on refugee politics and political philosophy at the ANU. He facilitates exchanges of culture and ideas with the Vietnamese Australia Forum and through the essays that he writes for a range of news and arts outlets.


Date & time

Tue 30 Apr 2024, 10.15–11.15am


E4.11, Level 4, Baldessin Precinct Building


Dr Kim Huynh, HRC Deputy Director



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