Las historias de un blady woggie: stories of South American migration to Australia
thesisposted on 28.03.2022, 01:08 by Louis Vincent Di Paolo
The paradigm shift from the White Australia Policy to multiculturalism in 1973 was a reaction to the failure of assimilation and the arrival of new waves of non-European migration from the mid-1960s. Many Latin American migrants were assisted into the country by the Australian Government through migration schemes and humanitarian programs, nevertheless, they arrived in a country unreceptive to cultural difference. The state policy of multiculturalism simultaneously encouraged and contained ethnic diversity in order to maintain a dominant Anglo-Celtic culture, protected and maintained since federation. Critical multiculturalism and the postcolonial themes of exile, ambivalence and hybridity are employed in a close reading of a collection of stories written by Chilean political refugee, Luis Alfonso Abarca, to understand the ways the texts responded to these functions of multiculturalism.The text entitled, Las historias de un blady woggie (1992) written by Chilean political refugee Luis Alfonso Abarca, utilises the crónica to reflect upon the shared experiences of the community they were written for. A textual analysis will explore some ways South American migrants interacted with the dominant culture and how, from their marginal positions, they create hybridised cultural understandings, reframing pre-existing notions of collectivism and gender. Research into the migrant experience through Latin American-Australia n literature highlights the limitations of multiculturalism, creating new spaces to debate the dominance of national cultural belonging and the imposition of essentialised ethnic cultural characteristics.
Alternative TitleStories of South American migration to Australia.
Table of ContentsIntroduction -- Chapter One. Theoretical framework -- Chapter Two. Stories of South American migration to Australia -- Conclusion.
NotesTheoretical thesis. Bibliography: leaves 54-63 Stories of South American migration to Australia.
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis MRes
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of International Studies
Year of Award2014
Principal SupervisorJane Hanley
RightsCopyright Louis Vincent di Paolo 2014. Copyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au
Extent1 online resource (iii, 63 leaves)
Former Identifiersmq:44166 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1066880
postcolonialismAbarca, Luis Alfonso. -- Historias de un blady woggiecollectivismImmigrantsSouth Americans -- AustraliaAbarca, Luis Alfonso.MulticulturalismMulticulturalism -- AustraliaSouth America -- Emigration and immigrationcritical multiculturalismImmigrants -- AustraliaSouth AmericansexilegenderAustralia -- Emigration and immigrationambivalencehybridityethnic minority literature