No Compass is shared space between Asian Australian Studies Research Network; It’s Not a Compliment; Peril Magazine; Teh Cha; and Writing Through Fences.
No Compass builds on the idea of “diaspora as methodology”, deploying diaspora as a political verb rather than administrative noun, to challenge the idea that diverse communities are “hard to reach”, instead considering them “easy to love” and challenging the justice of health, social, community and other systems.
Neither “about the virus”, nor “not about the virus”, No Compass invites perspectives that engage with race, culture and the contemporary challenges of navigating Australian identity in the context of COVID-19, showcasing the lived reality of “Australian” communities, reflecting their dignified, complex and nuanced experiences, their self-defined identities and histories.
"These works come from so many voices: carers, creators, communities and friends. These are stories that talk about, and not about, what it means to be living through the "now". The process of bringing them together has been precious and altering."
Presented as part of MAV’s Ahead of the Curve program.
Supported by The Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.
Peril is an online magazine focused on issues of Asian Australian arts and culture. We have been sharing stories since 2006. Peril showcases new literature and stories through diverse forms, including poetry, drama, translations, creative writing, memoir, essays, biographical profiles, interviews and other structures. We are also interested in critical and reflective writing about the visual arts, music, performance, theatre, film and other cultural arts practices. To understand these practices, we profile leading and emerging arts practitioners, particularly Asian Australian practitioners. We foster dialogue and conversation around issues of diverse cultural production and news issues of Asian Australian interest by supporting creative non-fiction, citizen journalism and opinion pieces. Peril is an active contributor to the Australian literary and creative arts communities, hosting and participating in a range of workshops, panels, seminars and events that look to engage the community in cultural production that is representative of the diversity of the Australian community and relevant in a globally interconnected world. Peril welcomes contributions from all, but will prioritise Asian-Australian and contributors of colour or contributors of diverse backgrounds as relevant to our readership and themes. Peril is inclusive of people of diverse sexualities and genders. Peril acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the original owners and custodians of the land that we live and work on.