Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific
The post-World War II period saw the increased migration of non-anglophone Europeans and Asians to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, resulting in the formation of hybridized diasporic communities that by the 1990s necessitated a revised rhetoric of nationhood. The chapter also examines the development of a Pacific literature and the concept of a ‘new Oceania’ founded on transformation of the past and ‘free from the taint of colonialism’, and transcending colonial patterns of regional and local identity. It discusses fiction writing in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific by immigrant writers after World War II and the Vietnam War, followed by immigrants fleeing from violence in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Finally, it looks at the emergence of a new generation of ethnically hybridized, culturally mobile writers who attempt to move beyond diasporic binaries to tackle issues of race, language, and belonging from transnational perspectives in an era marked by changes in publishing practices in a global literary marketplace.
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