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eBook / Article Title: Lonely Planet Australia
Author(s): Lonely Planet
Year: 2019
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eBook / Article Title: Aussie fans : uniquely placed in global popular culture
Author(s): Lam, Celia
Year: 2019
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eBook / Article Title: The archaeology of Australia's deserts
Author(s): Smith, M. A
Year: 2013
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eBook / Article Title: Rewriting history : Peter Carey's fictional biography of Australia
Author(s): Gaile, Andreas
Year: 2010
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Film Title: Our Brother James
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2001
Length: 53 mins

Australia has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the world. The suicide rate in men under twenty-five has tripled in the last thirty years, and young men in rural and remote communities are particularly vulnerable. This reality has disturbing implications for society. When it affects you directly, it's shattering.

In 1996 James Dalmann killed himself. He was found dead in the bathroom of his housing commission unit in Geraldton, Western Australia. James was only twenty. In this very personal film, director Jessica Douglas-Henry returns to Geraldton with her sister Alix to document the impact of their brother' s death.

Although this film is about James, it's really Alix's story. It's about the people left behind, whose lives have been changed forever by the suicide of someone they loved.

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Film Title: China Dolls
Genre: Documentary
Year: 1998
Length: 29 mins

CHINA DOLLS is a stylish and moving portrayal of gay Asian-Australians and their often difficult journeys to self-acceptance. Filmmaker Tony Ayres explores the relationship between race and sexuality, taking us into the unfamiliar world of "rice queens", "potato queens", "bananas" and "sticky rice”.

In the gay scene, the young and beautiful possess the greatest social power. But what is considered desirable is also influenced by race. From Calvin Klein ads to gay erotica, the dominant image is Caucasian. In this equation Asian men are either invisible, or portrayed as soft and "feminine" - the opposite of the exaggerated masculinity celebrated in gay iconography.

CHINA DOLLS probes the uncomfortable reality of racial stereotyping and discrimination in the gay world through interviews with Asian men who talk frankly, and often humorously, of their experiences of living within a "double minority". They include the acclaimed photographer and performance artist, William Yang, and actor Anthony Wong.

Linking their stories is the voice of filmmaker Tony Ayres, who tells a highly personal story of coming to terms with his race and sexuality. Born in Hong Kong, Ayres grew up in Australia denying his Chinese identity. Ironically, it was only when he realised he was gay that the full implications of his ethnicity became apparent.

The filmmaker's journey from denial towards acceptance of his complex identity highlights the story of a whole generation of gay Asian men in Australia today who are overturning old stereotypes and forging new identities for themselves.

CHINA DOLLS is not from the mainstream, but its themes of diversity, acceptance, and the politics of desire make it a contemporary, universal story.

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Film Title: Geography Now! Australia
Genre: YouTube Video
Year: 2015
Length: 10:14 min
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