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Benjamin Law Benjamin Law i(A73237 works by)
Born: Established: 1982 Nambour, Nambour area, Nambour - Palmwoods - Yandina area, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, South East Queensland, Queensland, ;
Gender: Male
Heritage: Chinese
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1 The Writer Is Present Benjamin Law (interviewer), 2017 single work interview
— Appears in: Island , no. 151 2017; (p. 9-16)

'In the wake of winning the Stella Prize for her latest novel The Museum of Modern Love, Heather Rose talked with Benjamin Law at a Hobart event about writing, reading, ghosts and Marina Abramovic.'

1 The Big Escape Benjamin Law , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Monthly Blog , July 2017;

Benjamin Law on Cory Taylor and her classic novel, Me and Mr Booker.

1 y separately published work icon Benjamin Law on Sexuality, Schools and the Media Benjamin Law , Carlton : Black Inc. , 2017 11465804 2017 single work criticism

'Are Australian schools safe? And if they’re not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal?

'In 2016 the Safe Schools program became the centre of an ideological firestorm. In QE67 Benjamin Law explores how and why this happened. He weaves a subtle, gripping account of schools today, sexuality, teenagers, new ideas of gender fluidity, tabloid media scares and mental health.

'Looking at the perils for those of uncertain or shamed sexual identity, and bullying of the vulnerable young, he brings to light hidden worlds, in an essay notable for its humane clarity.' (Publication summary)

1 Law School Benjamin Law , Jenny Phang , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , March no. 33 2017; (p. 125-126)
'Jenny: This question reminds me so much of how my Benjamin came out to his grandmother recently. She has been asking him for years: "Why still no girlfriend, not married and no children?" He found the opportunity and told her he was gay, just like I suppose you have to find an opportunity to sit your grandma down and tell her to prepare herself for some "heart attack" announcement. Tell her it's going to be huge like earthquake or volcano. (Please do not blame Jenny if your grandma actually has a heart attack and dies.)' (Publication abstract)
1 Benjamin Law Benjamin Law , 2016 single work biography
— Appears in: Things My Mother Taught Me 2016; (p. 109-122)
1 Primary Producer Benjamin Law , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 19 March 2016;
1 16 form y separately published work icon The Family Law Benjamin Law , Marieke Hardy , Australia : Matchbox Pictures SBS , 2016-2017 8137847 2016 series - publisher film/TV

'Welcome to The Family Law. The story of a sprawling Chinese-Australian family who are unlike any you've ever met, and yet also disturbingly familiar. Based on the hit memoir, The Family Law is a black comedy series set on Queensland's Sunshine Coast over one hot summer. Fourteen-year-old Benjamin Law strives for television soap mega-stardom whilst trying to stop his parents from splitting up, usually with disastrous results.' (Production summary)

For full list of episodes and authors, see Film Details.

1 Beijing Benjamin Law , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: Best Austrian Australian Comedy Writing 2016; (p. 43-50)
1 Law School Benjamin Law , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , September no. 31 2016; (p. 125-127)
'Jenny: You should be super proud you have a cool mum! And it is definitely not "cool" to ask her to tone it down! Instead of having these competitive feelings, just remember she willeventually look older than you... unless she goes on some botox or plastic surgery or whatever. Personally, I have been mistaken for my daughters' sister before-"Oh I thought you were the big sister!" I have no idea how my daughters felt about it, but it made me feel verrrrrrry good, hahahaha! In Asian culture, some people might think that kind of compliment crosses the line, but I like how white people give compliments like this. Anyway, don't worry about your mum. You look after yourself and embrace your mother-daughter closeness! Eat well, drink water, avoid the sun and wind, don't drink too much alcohol, don't smoke and be very disciplined with your diet. And moisturise. All. The. Time.' (Publication abstract)
1 Law School Benjamin Law , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , June no. 30 2016; (p. 125-127)
'Jenny: My answer is, if you're paying for your own braces, you should be bloody proud of yourself! And if your parents are paying for them, you should count yourself lucky and appreciate them. Dentistry is expensive. My niece's child had to get molars taken out and it cost her $3,000. If I had crooked teeth, I would get braces. Whenever I look at people with them, I think, "Oooh, they've got money." So why are you feeling shameful about your braces?! Some people might find them a turn-on; you never know! There are so many weird people out there. This world is filled with them. And in the end, you'll have the perfect smile and perfect bite. Okay: it's not attractive necessarily, but it's not ugly to me either.' (Publication abstract)
1 Every Disgusting Detail Benjamin Law , 2016 single work autobiography
— Appears in: The Book That Made Me 2016;
1 y separately published work icon I'm Not Racist but ... 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act Tim Soutphommasane , Maxine Beneba Clarke , Bindi Cole , Benjamin Law , Alice Pung , Christos Tsiolkas , Sydney : NewSouth Publishing , 2015 9188271 2015 multi chapter work criticism

'Is Australia a 'racist' country? Why do issues of race and culture seem to ignite public debate so readily?

'Tim Soutphommasane, Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner, reflects on the national experience of racism and the progress that has been made since the introduction of the Racial Discrimination Act in 1975. As the first federal human rights and discrimination legislation, the Act was a landmark demonstration of Australia's commitment to eliminating racism.

'Published to coincide with the Act's fortieth anniversary, this book gives a timely and incisive account of the history of racism, the limits of free speech, the dimensions of bigotry and the role of legislation in our society's response to discrimination.

'With contributions by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Bindi Cole Chocka, Benjamin Law, Alice Pung and Christos Tsiolkas.' (Publication summary)

1 Law School Benjamin Law , Jenny Phang , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , June no. 26 2015; (p. 117-119)
1 Law School Benjamin Law , Jenny Phang , Freda Chiu , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , March no. 25 2015; (p. 125-127)
1 Writing from the Wound Benjamin Law , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20-21 June 2015; (p. 12-13)
'For Antonia Hayes, the dark cloud of her son being diagnosed with shaken baby syndrome over a decade ago has a silver lining; not just his complete recovery, but also as the spur for her career as a novelist, writes Benjamin Law.'
1 When Asians Attack Benjamin Law , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Monthly , March no. 109 2015; (p. 15-16)
1 Law School Benjamin Law , Jenny Phang , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , September/October no. 24 2014; (p. 78)
1 Keep Calm and Carry Om Benjamin Law , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 June 2014; (p. 20-21)
1 y separately published work icon Sh*t Asian Mothers Say Benjamin Law , Michelle Law , Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2014 7223785 2014 selected work prose

'Benjamin Law and Michelle Law, the long-suffering children of an Asian Mother, bring you the hilarious Sh*t Asian Mothers Say, featuring the wisdom of Asian Mothers the world over, from “Eat every grain of rice, otherwise that’s how many pimples your future spouse will have” to “She’s just jealous – and racist”. The book also includes quizzes (“Have You Failed Your Asian Mother?”), an interpretation guide to “What your Asian Mother is really saying”, Ten Asian Mother Commandments (Thou shalt not sleepover) and an Asian Mothers’ Guide to Beauty (bad perms, colour, eyelids). With illustrations by Oslo Davis that bring the disapproving Asian Mother to life, this is the perfect gift for the Asian Mother in your life – or perhaps her children.' (Publication summary)

1 Nowhere Man Benjamin Law , 2013 single work prose travel
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 16 March 2013; (p. 28-29)