Claire Cao

Claire Cao is a freelance writer from Western Sydney. She is a fiction editor for Voiceworks and a member of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. You can check out her work in The Lifted Brow, SBS Life, Rough Cut and Ibis House.

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Bleed Festival

By Claire Cao — 21 August, 2020

Content Warning: sexual assault, violence, sexist and racist language. This piece is the final piece in a five-part series of responses for BLEED—an online biennial festival from Arts House and Campbelltown Arts Centre. You can view the festival in its entirety here.    The first thing Kim notices about the office is its clean windows….

Unbearable Darkness

Choy Ka Fai

By Claire Cao — 13 November, 2019

I.        PANG Communicating with ghosts is simple in theory.  Dying is like stepping off a tarmac and on to foreign soil, my parents said in Mandarin. You’ll be severed from your bed, the grocery shops you know best, the people you love—no landmark in sight, save the cloudy bulk of winter sky….

Cosmopolitan

organised by Rafaela Pandolfini with Jana Hawkins-Andersen

By Claire Cao — 19 September, 2019

It takes a 50-minute train ride and two buses to get from South-West Sydney to Rushcutters Bay. Trips of such length and commitment are punctuated by interesting characters: teens with bum bags talking a big game about their sexual conquests; aunties propping their callused feet up on the seats; a woman chomping on a lamb…

One Child Nation

Nanfu Wang &

Jialing Zhang

By Claire Cao — 5 July, 2019

The birth of Communist China heralded an explosion of life. Cocooned in the monumental shadows of the Gate of Heavenly Peace, Mao Zedong publicly avowed that a greater population meant greater power for his fledgling state. Like blood haemorrhaging from a cut, births increased—by the late ‘70s, China had a population of more than 900…