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The Asian-Australian experience of saving face

Don’t Tell Anyone’ is the ironic name of this project. It’s dedicated to giving Asian immigrants a platform to share their stories. Victims of sexual or domestic abuse, depression, postnatal depression or abortion are often discouraged from openly talking about difficult topics. Their voices are silenced in the name of ‘saving face’.

Saving face is a non-negotiable for many Asian families. It means protecting
your household’s privacy and positively representing your family at all costs. Deviance is not tolerated and exposing your family to shame or gossip is an abomination

If you’ve suffered from these tragedies in the slightest and have been told to ‘get over it’ or ‘don’t tell anyone’ then this project is for you.


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