Grace Yee

A Special Starch: Poems by Grace Yee

‘A Special Starch’ is an excerpt from a collection that engages with stories told by – and about – early settler Chinese Australians and their descendants, with a particular focus on those who settled in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

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my father was not a gardener

but he was a handsome widespreading form descended from a long-lived drought-resistant species. every night he out-walked the doughnut boys “fuckin’ asians!” out in the street in their revved-up ford cortinas. walking, he knew, was good for surveying the lie …

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