The fourth issue of the Hansons’ Subconscious Restaurant comprises solely of New Zealand content. For the first time, some of the rich currents of New Zealand music and literature are available for readers in Chinese. The publication includes the first three chapters of Vivienne Plumb’s new “long” short story “Forthcoming”, and an article by Murdoch Stephens explaining the origins of his project dealing with displaced refugees “Doing Our Bit” which was exhibited at Pataka and Waikato Museum. The issue includes a history of New Zealand DIY music by Bruce Russell, tracing a trajectory which encounters composers as distinctive and diverse as Douglas Lilburn and Chris Knox. Controversial Nelson conceptual artist Tao Wells writes about the founding of the nation. The issue contains an in-depth history article about Chew Chong, who immigrated from China to New Zealand in the 19th century and helped pioneer the Taranaki dairy industry.
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