Story, Space, Identity: The South Asian Woman in Western Australia

Dr Sunita Peacock
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The essay is about the lives of immigrant women from India and Sri Lanka and how they traverse the boundaries between their culture and white Australian culture. By using theories of diaspora, hybridity, and Australian multicultural methodology melded with empirical data through interviews with immigrant women, I provide a thought provoking glimpse into the ideas of border crossing within differing cultures.

Keywords: Diaspora, Hybridity, Multiculturalism, Home, Liminality
Stream: Globalisation, Ethnicity, Difference, Identity, Immigration, Refugees, Race, Nation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Story, Space, Identity

Dr Sunita Peacock

In Person Attendance, Assistant Professor of English, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA

Dr. Sunita Peacock has a Ph.D in British Literature, Postcolonial and Women's Studies. Her research interests include the examination of the voice and identity of immigrant women from South Asia residing in predominantly Western/European constructs. She teaches English composition and World and Eastern Literatures at Slippery Rock University, which belongs to the State System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. She is also involved in forums that work on diversity and multiculturalism in the Pittsburgh area. She has published in journals, such as the Humanities Journal (from the conference at Rhodes, 2003), The Commonwealth Novel in English, and a chapter in an anthology titled, Violence and The Body. She has done qualitative research on South Asian women immigrants in Australia in 2005 working as a research fellow in Australian National University, Canberra and Curtin University, Perth.

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