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"I truly thought the idea of growing up in the regions had some kind of special significance to everyone on earth when, naturally, nobody cared about or even knew the place I had come from. Still, my hometown endures, like anyone's."
When Eduardo began working as a criminal defence attorney in Brazil, he noticed something striking about his clients – they reminded him a lot of himself.
Andrew speaks about the love and complexity of a relationship that he found himself in after moving back to Perth from Singapore.
Brigitte had always wanted to be a dancer. When her dreams finally started becoming a reality, she discovered more about herself than she anticipated.
"The hardships of the international students, who pay at least three times the fee domestic residents pay for their university tuition, is evident enough to prove that the government simply wants monetary benefits from us, and neglect to see the larger picture of the humanitarian crisis."
"The homesickness would just hit me out of the blue, like a bolt of lightning, and then it drowns you, but then, you get back up on your feet."
"I am someone who, when I first came here, I had a total of 50 dresses;  Collared buttons, long leg cuffs. I just wear them with heels, walk to uni and go to classes and then walk into the library and be like that idiot who wore heels in the library."
"This idea of liminality, of negotiating and mapping spaces between Singapore and Australia, between home and elsewhere, is something that has given me a new direction and focus..."
"Over time, I began to return to my cultural roots and my writing evolved to be a way to explore and critically examine my immediate social realities..."
"When I write, I write to heal, to bring awareness to our nation’s history, to find unity."
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