This time of year, in back streets and cul-de-sacs, the grass is crunchy underfoot and tinsel sparkles lazily in the heat. Behind closed doors, in air-conditioned living rooms, in backyard pools and under coloured party lights - in quiet moments - people are taking stock. Singer/songwriter Rainbow Chan muses on what it’s like to move between cultures and discover a new identity in the everything and nothing of the Australian suburbs.
I used to think every town had a wide river running through it. Don't all siblings spend Saturday mornings fishing with their Pop? Surely most students pick rowing for high school sport? I thought open water swimming clubs were common? I didn't realise the power of this river until I moved to another town. A phantom limb, I missed it like I missed my own family.