Binaries: Secret Asian Papercuts and Not Even Sea Turtles [Peril Magazine, Editions 16 + 17, November 2013] – A pair of pieces on being a Chinese Australian in Australia, and a Chinese Australian in China, and what it means to forever be on the search for identity and a place to belong.
Actually Making a Difference: Avoiding Voluntourism Traps [21/1/2014, The Toast] – I have super strong feelings on the appropriate use of aid, and the privilege of Westerners who go to other countries and ruin everything under the guise of making a difference. Here are 2000 words on how not to piss me off in aid work.
Stephanie Lai is an Australian author and essayist. She likes penguins, swing dancing, and having opinions. She is a left-handed archer, and an environmental educator. She lives in Melbourne.