Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung

Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung

Pung, Alice. Unpolished Gem. Black, 2018 (reprint). ISBN 978-1863951586 290 pp. $


Chinese-Vietnamese immigrants migrate to Australia in the 1970s in search of a better life, and quickly adjust to culture shock. Author Alice Pung, eldest daughter, shares family secrets, and depression that runs in her family, affecting her and her mother. At various points, Pung chronicles her parents courtship, her grandmother’s experience as a second wife, and her own struggle to fit in at school.

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