Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian writer and critic based in Melbourne. Her work has appeared in Meanjin, The Saturday Paper, Kill Your Darlings, SBS, and Good Weekend, among others. She was an inaugural recipient of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter fellowship in 2018 and a fiction judge for the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

'New Gold Mountain': A vivid, much-needed perspective on Australia’s gold rush era

ABR Arts 09 November 2021
'New Gold Mountain': A vivid, much-needed perspective on Australia’s gold rush era
Prior to watching New Gold Mountain, the only account I had come across of the gold rush of the 1850s from a non-white perspective was in Monica Tan’s memoir, Stranger Country (2019). On a six-month road trip around Australia, Tan met Eddie Ah Toy, an elderly, fifth-generation Chinese-Australian man whose ancestors came to Australia to work on the goldfields. Recently for SBS, Tan wrote, ‘I be ... (read more)

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen reviews 'My Body Keeps Your Secrets' by Lucia Osborne-Crowley

October 2021, no. 436 23 September 2021
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen reviews 'My Body Keeps Your Secrets' by Lucia Osborne-Crowley
The proliferation of trauma writing in the past few years is a double-edged sword. While giving public voice to subjects once relegated to the dark lessens stigma and creates agency, there is almost an expectation for women writers to reveal or perform their trauma, as well as a risk of exploitation and retraumatisation. In 2018, Australian-born, London-based journalist and writer Lucia Osborne-C ... (read more)

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen reviews 'Gunk Baby' by Jamie Marina Lau

May 2021, no. 431 26 April 2021
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen reviews 'Gunk Baby' by Jamie Marina Lau
Go to any suburban shopping centre and you will find a metropolis of consumption. ‘Buy, buy, buy’, it screeches, whether you are contemplating fast-fashion T-shirts, new-age solutions to age-old problems, or services and pampering you don’t really need, all in the harsh glare of white lights and a controlled climate, temperature just right. The shopping centre, uniform and tidy, is where you ... (read more)