Sophie is an Australian author writing speculative and historical fiction and is particularly interested in cross-cultural issues and identity. This year her alternate history of Russia in 1939 shortlisted in the top six of the Terry Pratchett First Novel Prize. She has published short stories in several anthologies, including the title story in “Yellow Pearl and Other Stories”, a historical fiction anthology. She is currently extending “Yellow Pearl” into a novel. “Yellow Pearl” explores what it was like to be a Japanese Australian in WWII and what might have happened if someone had tried to use the Australian Japanese community the way Japanese Americans were used in military intelligence.
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On this day in 1941, Australian authorities arrived at the homes, business and schools of Japanese residents bearing arrest warrants. Even third generation Japanese Australians had to be registered as aliens under the Acts of the time, so the names and addresses of every person were known in advance, and…
Browsing in the awesome Kimberley Bookshop in Broome I came across Noreen Jone’s book Number 2 Home, which explores the history of the Japanese in Western Australia. I was intrigued: I’d heard a lot about the role of Chinese and Afghan/Pakistani people in Australia’s history, as well as English, Scots,…