Can I get a linkspam?



Time for a linkspam my friends


Oromo children’s books keep once-banned Ethiopian language alive

Look at this cutie: Australian student given scholarship to become first hijab-wearing ballerina

Katie Leung says she’s yet to be cast in a role that’s not specific to her being Chinese and surprise Harry Potter actress Katie Leung: I regularly experience racism

Is urban farming only for rich hipsters?

Calls for Submissions: Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories anthology and POWER & MAGIC: A Queer Witch Comics Anthology

On Sunday was part one of the If You Are the One Australia Special, and it will not surprise you to learn that Steph has a lot of feels. No posts yet from her, but some links: My completely bizarre story of winning If You Are the One (and what I was forbidden to say) and “I was shocked”: If You Are the One winners Feng and Ben break up… by text. (You should know that discussion was extensive in Steph’s house on Sunday night, coming to the conclusion that Ben was almost certainly a jerk, and that housemate of No Award Alex has met him)

The Bitter Fight Over the Benefits of Bilingualism

But a growing number of psychologists say that this mountain of evidence is actually a house of cards, built upon flimsy foundations. According to Kenneth Paap, a psychologist at San Francisco State University and the most prominent of the critics, bilingual advantages in executive function “either do not exist or are restricted to very specific and undetermined circumstances.”

All of these people are probably monolingual, and jealous, says unrepentant multi-linguist Stephanie. (This comment is flippant but this article is actually very srs science arguments)

Want to be a panellist at Continuum? Here’s where you sign up. (Steph and Liz will be)

How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive — we’ve shared this link before, but Liz bought a $10 disposable fountain pen this week, and it’s all true.

Indigenous SF drama Cleverman has its premiere in Berlin.  We are SO ready to have this in our eyeballs.

When is YA going to shape up to body diversity?

Growing up in Australia, the bodies that pervaded my landscape, from magazines to TV to books, were predictable in their sameness: mostly white, tall and thin, blonde, sun-kissed, and – being Australia – perpetually bikini-clad. Needless to say, for teenage me – short, brown, built like a rather formless twig, and wholly unable to master the secret of tousled beach-hair – this ever-present representation was the source of some confusion.

No Award news:

Liz has been nominated for a Ditmar Award.  If you’re eligible, go vote for Liz as Best New Talent.  This is not going to be the last time you read these words!

Steph is going to be artist in residence at Grey Projects in Singapore for 3 months at the end of 2016.

And because we were just now talking about languages: