Front row (L to R): Sukhmani K., Gary P., Amadeo M-P., and Mayu K.  Back row: Tim S. and Joy H.  (Photo courtesy of Sukhmani Khorana)
SYDNEY meetup – April 2015. Front row (L to R): Sukhmani K., Gary P., Amadeo M-P., and Mayu K. Back row: Tim S. and Joy H. Photo courtesy of Sukhmani Khorana.

Every month, AASRN meetups happen in Sydney and Melbourne.

The most recent one was in Sydney just a few days ago, at Marigold (see photo, left).

These meetups are informal gatherings of AASRN members and friends who want to see each other face-to-face, catch-up, and/or hatch collaborations. It’s also fine to just chat!

They’re a lot of fun, and it’s always great to put faces to names, especially when so much of the network’s activities are online. Everyone seems to have great projects to discuss – they’re well worth knowing about and supporting if you can.

AASRN member, Sukhmani Khorana, wrote about the latest meetup in part of her post on the blog ‘New ways of seeing’:

My latest umbrella just about managed to shield me as I walked to a Chinatown restaurant for yum cha with a supportive group of Asian Australian friends and colleagues. As we chatted about wars and memorials, race and films, food and beauty, I knew I had found a tribe of sorts, and a new way of looking at storms. This city will never be banal to me again, even though I will always be a migrant.
[Full blogpost: http://news-ways-of-seeing.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/the-gods-of-big-things-cities-storms.html]

The network has a full history of member meetups, and they’ve had their ups and downs in terms of the consistency with which they were held.

We’re very lucky at the moment to have two dedicated and well-connected coordinators for Sydney and Melbourne.

MELBOURNE meetup - Dec 2014. Left-hand side from front: Shinen W., Dom G., Caitlin N., Grace G., Jessica W., and Karen S. Right-hand side from front: Wesa C., Tseen K., Nadia R., Oanh T., Irfan Y. Already left: Angela S. Photo courtesy of Jen Tsen Kwok.
MELBOURNE meetup – Dec 2014. Left-hand side from front: Shinen W., Dom G., Caitlin N., Grace G., Jessica W., and Karen S. Right-hand side from front: Wesa C., Tseen K., Nadia R., Oanh T., Irfan Y. Already left: Angela S. Photo courtesy of Jen Tsen Kwok.

If there’s anyone in other cities who want to take this on, just let Tseen Khoo know!

  • For SYDNEY, the AASRN meetups coordinator is Dr Sukhmani Khorana.
  • For MELBOURNE, the AASRN meetups coordinator is Dr Jen Tsen Kwok.

Many thanks to both of them for their organisational verve and enthusiasm. We’ve had great reports of the get-togethers.

How do you find out about AASRN meetups and RSVP for them?

You need to join the AASRN Facebook group.

Hope to see you at one soon!

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