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This e-book explores how stories are used to re-establish a feeling of belonging, examining the relationships among migrants' adjustment, assimilation and re-membering domestic. It considers stories as social expressions in addition to the tensions and conflicts in representing and renegotiating stories in literature and cinema.
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As a rule, migrants do not have moving between points as their purpose’, according to Hedetoft (2002, p. 17), ‘but solely a means to an end’. In other words, migrants typically do not have movement as their source of identity, their raison d’être. Moreover, as migrants get older they are reminded of their increasing immobility (memories of youth are framed with independence, activity and freedom – ‘the good old days’). Finally, memories are shaped by gendered experiences. The reiterated gender norm inscribed on the body separates the migrants immediately but with varying effects across time and place.
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Typically they gave statements such as ‘I consider myself Chinese and Australian’, ‘I think I am half and half’, ‘I know I’m Chinese but I am also Australian’, or ‘when I’m in Australia, I see myself as Australian but when I return to my home country, I’ll become Chinese again’. Based on these responses, one could not question what has been established by the transnationalism literature was correct – that nowadays the identity of migrants is hybrid, transnational, fluid and perhaps in some ways, cosmopolitan.