Published 24 December 2009 · Main Posts Merry Christmas Koraly Dimitriadis Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas sings Santa, from his sleigh. ‘Look, Mummy – there’s Santa,’ the little girl cries at darkened skies. Merry Christmas, the Mum thinks, while she wraps up the gifts, and prepares the lamb feast, as her Mum would do. As she must do. Merry Christmas – it’s that time of year is it not? It’s time for lost I love yous punched ten years too late. I did my bit. ‘Merry Christmas,’ says the priest at the lectern of guilt. I bless Orthodox style, watch you choke on holy smoke while taking those coins to feed my hunger and fuck the ones not here they’re just drug fucked. ‘Merry Christmas!’ chimes the retailer in a tinsel decorated store of glittery jewels and every kind of doll with an abundance of kitchen-wear to slice yourself up and shiny plasma screens to zombie your eyes with and speakers to blow your brain with and food to stuff your tummy with and gifts to spread Christmas cheer with. ‘Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!’ sing the shareholders. ‘Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!’ smoke the head-honchos, with sweaty hands of hundred-dollar bills. ‘Merry fucking Christmas,’ cries the faceless slave from China that made your necklace for 5 cents to feed his family a cube of bread while you wear your thousand dollar branded necklace and feel grand. Koraly Dimitriadis Koraly is a widely published Cypriot-Australian writer and performer. She is the author of the controversial Love and F**k Poems. Koraly received an Australia Council ArtStart grant. She presents on 3CR radio and has a residency at Brunswick Street Bookstore. Her 2013 La Mama show is Exonerating The Body. She is mentored by Christos Tsiolkas. More by Koraly Dimitriadis Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 25 May 202326 May 2023 · Television The ‘Chinese question’ and colonial capitalism in New Gold Mountain Christy Tan SBS’s New Gold Mountain sets out to recover the history of the Gold Rush from the marginalised perspective of Chinese settlers but instead reinforces the erasure of Indigenous sovereignty. Although celebrated for its multilingual script and diverse representation, the mini-TV series ignores how the settlement of Chinese migrants and their recruitment into colonial capitalism consolidates the ongoing displacement of First Nations peoples. First published in Overland Issue 228 15 February 202322 February 2023 · Main Posts Self-translation and bilingual writing as a transnational writer in the age of machine translation Ouyang Yu To cut a long story short, it all boils down to the need to go as far away from oneself as possible before one realizes another need to come back to reclaim what has been lost in the process while tying the knot of the opposite ends and merging them into a new transformation.