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By Angeline M.G. Song

This ebook is grounded in a theorization of the author's own tale together with becoming up as a feminine adoptee of a unmarried dad or mum in a patriarchal context, and present fabric context as an immigrant in New Zealand.

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One particularly horrifying tale involves my grandfather’s third sister whose three sons and a son-in-law, all of them “true blue” Peranakans, were taken away in a lorry one day by Japanese soldiers without an explanation. They were never seen or heard of again. My great grand auntie apparently went insane with grief. Even then, Gee Ee and my mother were too frightened to step out of their home to visit her for fear of being captured themselves. Listening to such real-life stories helps me better to empathize with the Hebrew people who were living under imperialistic conditions during the time of the narrative’s setting.

In the colonized person’s case, it is a matter of assuming a different culture, mind-set, or worldview altogether, allowing it to permeate every aspect of her or his psyche to the extent of shaping her or his very sense of identity and being in the world. 5 AC olonizationofth eMi nd Today, many Asians still believe that Europeans or Westerners are inherently superior to them, even if they do not wish to admit it. ” behavior of Koreans when they were living in Korea for a year as missionaries, I cringed, knowing that they had been given that ultraspecial treatment not only out of genuine hospitality and generosity, but largely because they are white and therefore regarded as superior and deserving of special treatment.

The assumption was that if I spoke good English, it must be because I had been educated in a Western country. There is also the tendency to regard all Asians as being homogenous, and to assume that those of us who look vaguely Chinese must be from China. This misconception exists at the highest institutional levels. 87 Perhaps it has something to do with wanting to be proud of one’s distinctive (sub)ethnic roots and having an anchor of sorts in the new host country. This matter regarding self-identity has a bearing on my reading of the Moses character as his life story also concerns deep-seated issues of land, roots, identity, belonging, and emigration( seec hapter6) .

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