WHAT I DO
WRITE || EDIT
WRITE || EDIT
Try To Be Kinder: Tara from WicDiv Deserved Better, and So Did I | The Slutist: reflecting on Tara from The Wicked + The Divine and my personal experience with abuse in the burlesque scene
#MyTimeinLine: Sorry I Couldn’t Stay - about Immigration hassles getting in the way of life planning
Hey Australians: Buy Your LGBTQI+ Friends Lunch to Protest the Plebiscite (#IllBuyYouLunch): based on a comedy article by Rebecca Shaw, this piece went mildly viral and did result in at least one bought lunch
One Bangladeshi in 1.5 million | Malaysiakini: subscribers-only, archive link forthcoming
Slutwalk, Amber Rose, and the Celebrity Commodification of Grassroots Activism: a perspective from a former Slutwalk organiser on Amber Rose's reprisal
Where Is Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?: fact-checking, debunking, and critical media analysis on reports around MH370, focused on citations and accuracy rather than speculation, in collaboration with Malaysian journalist Amirul Ruslan. A post-mortem was published in 2016.
The Scavenger: associate editorship and regular written contributions for Australian current affairs & culture magazine
What Are You Trying to Say? | Integral Education: The CIIS Blog: comparing interdisciplinarity in art forms to being multilingual
Brisbane Festival: Critical Mass 2010: part of a team of peer reviewers blogging about various shows in 2010 Brisbane Festival. Shows reviewed are The Problem with Evil, Caravan of Doom, The Bathers, Strange Familiar Angels, and an exploration in men as sexual objects in Wunderkammer, Cantina, and Happy as Larry.
Challenging traditional burlesque – plus-size Asian punk style | The Scavenger: on being an unusual contestant in Miss Burlesque Australia due to my background and aesthetics
No Risk Too Great | Next Wave Festival Text Camp 2010: a creative (written & photographic) response to Comfort Zones by Last Tuesday Society for Melbourne contemporary arts festival Next Wave
Who's A Pretty Burlesque Princess Now | Racialicious: on beauty standards in burlesque
On Burlesque | Racialicious: reflections on burlesque and cultural appropriation as a relative newcomer
John Oliver really didn’t need to disparage safer sex to poke at Donald Trump.: critiquing jokes disparaging safer sex to mock Trump
You Can Now Take A College-Level Course in Sex Toy Design | Autostraddle: featuring the work of RMIT's Future Sex Studio
The Liminal Survivor: [CW: Sexual Assault] on being a queer survivor of an unconventional kind of sexual assault and dealing with slut-shaming & erasure
Ambivalence about Topless Jihad & Muslimah Pride: [CW: Nudity]
Vaginismus and Non-Penetrative Sex IS "Queer Sex" | Crash Pad: [CW: Sexual Assault, Sexual Activity] featured as part of an exhibition of the BEDFELLOWS: Porn as Pedagogy exhibition at the Tate Modern in London
I Haven't Actually Been Called A Slut | Racialicious: about personal cultural upbringing informing participation in anti-slut-shaming feminist movement SlutWalk
Add Queer & Trans Developers to One 52-Hour Train Ride, Get Rad Inclusive Games: about my experience with Indie Train Jam, with interviews from other queer & trans participants
Patreon’s #KanyeOnPatreon Video is Missing Kanye West’s Point: about POC & hip-hop creators on Patreon earning far less than other Patreon creators
Goodbye, Ello: Privacy, Safety, and Why Ello Makes Me More Vulnerable to My Abusers and Harassers: this went extremely viral and led to a spinoff blog documenting press responses as well as further investigation into Ello's privacy holes
Following Your Developing Question: on my philosophy of "signing up for anything that looks interesting"
EducateDeviate: highly influential alternative education and youth empowerment blog geared towards Malaysian youth, while also attracting a very international readership of educators, youth activists, and community organisers
Shafiq 28: series of vignettes set in Potterverse magical Bangladesh, incorporating Bangladeshi history and lore
TECH || DIGITAL || BROADCAST
TECH || DIGITAL || BROADCAST
What The $!#&@! Do They Need Now?: narrative design, concept, and text about the thought & planning processes of someone experiencing the 2017 US Travel/Muslim Ban. Made at Train Jam 2017 with Malcolm Pierce, Charlie McCarron, Reuben Brenner-Adams, and Roger Smith II.
Here's Your Fuckin' Papers: puzzle design, concept, text, and images for a set of annoying minigames about immigration, made in response to Papers, Please. Made at GaymerX's GXDev 2015 with Charlotte Tan and Patrick Laban.
the story of a.lovelace: beta: self-developed experimental puzzle/storytelling game about technowitchery
Screet: concept, research, and marketing for app and potential startup based on discreet delivery of sexual and reproductive health products. Made at StartupBus 2015, this gained a lot of traction and was about to be further developed on until my departure from the US.
Immigration Tracker: information architecture, concept, research, and wireframes for app to organise documentation for visa and immigration paperwork. Developed across multiple hackathons in San Francisco in 2015: Code for America CodeAcross, Lesbians who Tech, and Startup Weekend Immigration.
Cut-Throat Shave - Femme Style: experimental film about getting a cut-throat shave as a highly femme-presenting woman
Megaherzzz: co-producer and co-presenter of weekly feminist & women's music radio program on Brisbane community radio station 4zzz, with particular skills in research, interviewing, and bringing in international perspectives
PRODUCE || PRESENT || PERFORM
PRODUCE || PRESENT || PERFORM
Yoni Ki Baat San Francisco 2015: co-produced, facilitated, directed production of internationally-renown community theater production inspired by The Vagina Monologues with all content written, produced, and performed by South Asian women about experiences with South Asian womenhood. Responsibilities included compiling and curating submissions, casting, team management, logistics, beneficiaries, ticketing, publicity & marketing. Also organised community partnerships with CAAMFest, StoryCorps, and YKB's first international fundee SEED Foundation in Malaysia.
Slutwalk Brisbane 2012: lead organiser for Brisbane arm of international feminist movement against slut-shaming and victim-blaming in sexual assault, with a particular focus on radical intersectional inclusion. Recruited volunteers, filed Council and Police paperwork, booked speakers and Afterparty artists, booked venues for rally and afterparty, managed media and publicity, conflict management.
Artist in Residence, Cellspace 2011: worked on a one-woman show combining burlesque, performance art, and spoken word, while also performing & working within the intersections of Bay Area arts, LGBTQ, sex-positive, feminist/women-centric, and POC communities
Prejudice and Pride: After Dark, Museum of Brisbane 2010: produced & hosted a cabaret night featuring short performances from local LGBTQ artists as part of a groundbreaking exhibition about LGBTQ history in Brisbane, Australia.
Creative Victoria: Creative State Summit 2017: spoke as part of panel on Australian games industry as part of State-run creative industries conference in June 2017
Continuum 13 2017: spoke as part of panels on creativity & mental health, white-washing, labels/boxes, and Riverdale as part of Australian speculative fiction/SFF con in June 2017
PAX AUS 2016: spoke as part of panels about fostering inclusive environments in gaming communities & representation in game stories
Lost Levels 2015: spoke about the intersections of arts and technology, especially as it relates to girls' creative & professional development
SF LGBTQ Speakers Bureau 2013-2014: visited schools, colleges, and community organisations across San Francisco to speak about personal experiences as part of the LGBTQ community
Erotic Screen and Sound: Media and Desire Conference 2011: presented Not Your Ex/Rotic: Diversity & Norms in Sex-Positive Performance (Prezi, video) analysing racial and cultural diversity in burlesque, porn, and other erotic performance, as well as connecting it to cultural stigma around sex-positivity in marginalized communities
Slutwalk Brisbane 2011: spoke about personal experiences as a queer sexual assault survivor with an unusual history
Pecha Kucha 15 2010: spoke about the power of giving someone the chance to prove themselves even if they don't seem to have the most exact experience. This was reprised at eprise at Camp Betty in 2011.
SBS Insight: Braniac: part of television panel about intelligence and high IQs
Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit: love interest role in University of Melbourne POC theater group DisColourNation's comedy/farce about racism, homophobia, and Western romance tropes. Performed in May 2017.
WildcardxFaust: part of the Angels' Choir for Tongue in Chic's rock opera around gender-nonconformity, kink, queer sexuality, sex work, and finding community as a personal marginalized by gender and sexuality. Performed at the Center for Sex and Culture 2015.
Suicide's Requiem: [CW: Suicide] co-choreographer, dancer, and storyteller for Eclipse Dance Theater's dance-theater production around suicide and mental health, overlaying personal stories and text from Kay Redfield Jamison's Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide onto a rock arrangement of Mozart's Requiem in D Minor. Performed across San Francisco in 2014.
Mother Tongue: one-act play intertwining my parents' decisions around my selective mutism as a toddler with historical accounts of the biranghona ("war widows" - survivors of sexual assault and rape in war) during the Bangladesh Liberation War. Performed at the CIIS MFA Graduation Festival 2014.
Earthy: An Ecosexual Bootcamp: part of the Camp Counselors for Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens's theater production looking at environmental activism and ecology through the lens of sexuality (Earth as Lover). As a more stable cast member, also trained other rotating Camp Counselors in their roles. Performed at the Center for Sex and Culture with a preview at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2013.
[ l i m i n a l i t y]: interactive/installation piece performed behind a clear barrier, writing to the audience from behind the barrier, and asking the audience to write back. Reflecting on being "trapped in a box" - whether trapped in my own mind or trapped in people's assumptions and expectations. Made for SICK art event around the intersections of gender and disability at the SF LGBT Center in 2013.
Polyester Girl Army: spoken word (in character as Barbie) reflection on misogyny and femmephobia in music and pop culture, especially in response to Regurgitator's Polyester Girl. Performed at Altered Barbie in 2012.
The Best: co-creator and performer in Contact Inc and Mammalian Diving Reflex's project on ableism, interpersonal relationships, and social events. Head of the Pre-Prepared Friends, providing extra-friendly support and hosting duties to audience members while in character. Performed at the Brisbane Powerhouse in 2012.
Anatomy of a Burlesque Dancer: [CW: Nudity] Deconstructing negative commentary about body image in burlesque through performance inspired by Annie Sprinkle's Anatomy of a Pin-Up. Performed in San Francisco in 2011 and Melbourne in 2012.
Come Come I Feed You: experimental site-specific performance exploring race and gender roles through the set-up of a dinner party. Performed in Brisbane in 2010.
Ex/Rotic: [CW: Toplessness] burlesque & spoken word commentary on stereotypes and racism, using an adaptation of Suheir Hammad's Not Your Exotic, Not Your Erotic. First performed as part of Vulcana Women's Circus's Aperture program at Island Vibe 2009.
Lullaby: [CW: Near-Nudity] reverse-strip to Deeyah's Pashto Lullaby reflecting on cultural clashes between burlesque & sexuality, Islamic upbringing, and Islamophobia. Award-winner at its debut at Cabaret Burlesque 2009 and still one of my most notable pieces.
Also Performed At: La Pocha Nostra's New Barbarians 3.0 2014, Culture Fuck 2012-2013, University of Melbourne Rad Sex & Consent Week 2012, Celebrating Sexuality 2012, Femmes of Color Symposium 2011, Oakland Pride 2011, Trickster Arts Salon 2011, Camp Betty 2011, Tropical Fruits New Year's Festival 2011, Feast Festival Adelaide 2010, Poly Pride X 2010, POC the Mic 2010, BITsFestival 2009, Edge Improv 2009
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE || DEVELOPMENT
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE || DEVELOPMENT
Vulcana Women's Circus 2009-2011: strategic planning for artistic direction, organisational values, and community development from 2009 onwards. Member of Board in Directors in 2011, supporting grant applications and participating in recruitment of Artistic Director.
Youth Arts Queensland 2008: researched and prepared Cultural Diversity Strategy for State-wide youth arts organization looking to connect to artists from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)/People of Color (POC) and Indigenous backgrounds. This involved interviews with all staff members, analysis of current organisational practices, and setting up partnerships with local organisations working with young people, ethnic communities, and/or the arts. Also supported various administrative tasks, including workshop logistics and resource research.
Australian Government: Department of Communications and the Arts 2016-Current: peer assessor for grant applications for Catalyst - Australian Arts and Culture Fund
Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries: Widening Participation 2012: administrative and logistical support for university initiative to support and reach out to high schoolers from marginalised and underserved communities. Duties included developing a Guide for student-teachers, booking on-campus and in-schools workshops (including inventory and transportation), and supporting research work on arts and education.
4zzzfm Sponsorships 2012: processed and prepared sponsor giveaways, managed membership perks, and updated 4zzzFM website with information on upcoming events and gigs
Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Research 2011: consolidated university submissions for the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) database - very effective planning compressed multiple weeks' work into one week
Youth Affairs Network Queensland 2009: analysed survey results on service providers for young people in Queensland and their relationship with Government funding
Zen Zen Zo Physical Theater 2008: consolidated procedural and policy documentation into Employee Handbook, also supported other administrative and logistics tasks including risk assessments and grant research
Tasks: Volunteer coordination, stage management, sales/merchandising, project management, games running, transcription, research, publicity, artist & audience outreach, logistics, media management, grant support, social media management, content management, retail, ushering, customer service
Clients & Organisations: DiGRA 2017, Pop Up Playground, Yoni Ki Baat, Silkworm Media, Center for Sex and Culture, Black Girls Code, Casual Connect USA, Feast Festival Adelaide, Brisbane Writer's Festival, Flying Arts Alliance, Burlycon, Ideas Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Evelyn Hartogh, Vixen Noir, Queensland AIDS Council, Asha Gill
Tutorpedia 2014-2015: academic tutoring for elementary, middle, and high school students in English, Mathematics, Social Science, and other students - primarily working with students from minority/marginalised backgrounds
826 Valencia 2014-2015: volunteer tutor for academic and creative youth projects including journalism mentoring for children's newspaper The Bayfarer and support for university applications as part of Personal Statement Weekend. Recognised as one of the Top 100 Volunteers in Fall 2014 based on volunteer hours.
SOMArts & Islamic Arts Museum: Flag Stories - Citizenship Unbound 2013-2014: co-led teaching team working on a year-long youth arts education project, where a cohort each of youth ages 12-18 in San Francisco and Kuala Lumpur collaborated on digital arts and media projects relating to identity and citizenship. Served as major cross-cultural link between Malaysian and American cohorts especially during weeklong in-person exchanges through cultural and textual translation & contextualization. Also in charge of social media and online presences and supported event organisation and class management.
California Institute of Integral Studies 2012-2014: academic editing for international and ESL students as part of the Dean of Students department
Game Connect Asia Pacific 2016: receipient of GCAP Assist, covering full conference pass to GCAP 2016
White House LGBTQ In Tech Innovation Summit 2015: specially invited as one of 170 leaders in LGBTQ and/or tech fields to discuss intersections of tech and LGBTQ rights and devise projects related to select issues
Emerging Arts Professionals 2014-2015: part of fellowship for professional development of arts and cultural workers and leaders in San Francisco
Canvas Media in Context Hackathon 2014: specially invited to Al-Jazeera's first hackathon in Doha, Qatar focused on technological solutions to issues in media creation, delivery, and engagement
California Institute of Integral Studies: Center for Writing and Scholarship 2013: academic and professional fellowship on teaching academic writing, including weekly classes on writing center theory and regular tutoring work for undergraduate and (post)graduate students
Performing the World 2010: receipient of scholarship to attend conference exploring performance art as catalysts for social change
Queensland University of Technology Student Leadership Awards 2008: receipient of Excellence Award for work on EducateDeviate
Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Dean's Merit Award 2007: receipient of partial scholarship for excellence as an international student in QUT Creative Industries
California Institute of Integral Studies: Masters of Fine Arts, Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts 2012-2014: interdisciplinary program studying intersections of art practice, art theory, social justice, and other matters. Personal academic explorations include writing, performance art, music, and arts education.
Queensland University of Technology: Bachelor of Creative Industries, Interdisciplinary 2006-2008: sub-majors in Creative Industries Management and Creative & Professional Writing