Interview of Sian Tjia Hennessey by Lillian Gutteridge
Hey, how are you?
I’m good thank you, enjoying the holidays!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Sian, I’m currently in Year 10, I just turned 16, and I’m mixed race. I’m also Melbourne born and raised.
What are you passionate about?
While I am interested in film and television as well as social justice and feminism, I think it’s hard to say so young. But I know that I’ll discover new things that I’m passionate about as I get older and experience more.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Everywhere! I travelled a lot when I was younger, so I’d really like to go back to some places and see how things have changed-but of course I’d also like to visit places I haven’t been. I’d particularly like to visit Machu Picchu in Peru and the Great Barrier Reef.
Who inspires you?
My mother. Being a woman and coming from an immigrant family, she has faced many struggles in her life, but the way she deals with them inspires me every day. She’s incredibly strong and resilient yet still kind and loving. She always has the best advice and I couldn’t be more grateful for everything she does for me.
What is your favourite thing about being a girl?
That’s honestly a tough question for me, but I think my favourite thing about being a girl is how supportive girls can be when the time calls for it.
Do you have a favourite book?
Currently it’s either The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness or the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater.
My music taste is very broad and varied, so I’m not sure I could single out just one song as my favourite.
Would you call yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
I think I’m an ambivert—I have qualities of both introverts and extroverts.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
The way society behaves. We destroy the environment that we and so many other animals live in. We mistreat our own people, start wars, and cause widespread suffering. We need to change our behaviour as a society to see progress.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Don’t make permanent decisions based on temporary emotions.
What makes you happy?
My friends. My family. They can always make me laugh.