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City Program

Behind the Curtain: Asian-Australian Women Doctors

Sat 11 Sep, 10am
State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

Three generations of Asian-Australian doctors come together to discuss their personal stories of how the medical system has treated women of colour across the decades. Hear from Dr Yumiko Kadota, whose book Emotional Female is a passionate account of the toxic culture that junior surgeons can experience, alongside Dr Melissa Kang, the longest-serving expert behind Dolly Magazine’s iconic Dolly Doctor column, in conversation with fiction writer and doctor Melanie Cheng.


1 hour


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Melanie Cheng is an author, general practitioner and health columnist for The Saturday Paper. Her debut short story collection, Australia Day, won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction and her debut novel, Room for a Stranger, was longlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Yumiko Kadota has been a medical doctor for over ten years and currently lives in Sydney. She was working towards a career in plastic and reconstructive surgery but resigned from public hospital work in 2018 due to toxic work conditions. She writes about it in her memoir, Emotional Female.

Most people know Dr Melissa Kang as the longest-serving expert behind the iconic Dolly Doctor column, but she’s also a writer, practising adolescent health doctor and honorary associate professor. Melissa has co-written, with Yumi Stynes, Welcome to Consent and Welcome to Your Period.

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