Impossible burdens: East African Asian women's memoirs

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Abstract

The stereotype of the East African Asian as a willing accomplice in the British imperial project has invariably invoked a male subject; little has been written about the wives and daughters of the dukawallahs. At present, the specificities of the East African Asian woman are gradually coming under scholarly scrutiny, revealing the inward struggles and social challenges these women faced. This article focuses on the memoirs of three women writers of East African Asian descent-Parita Mukta's Shards of Memory: Woven Lives in Four Generations (2002); Neera Kapur-Dromson's From Jhelum to Tana (2007); and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown's The Settler's Cookbook (2008)- as examples not only of thought-provoking studies of female migratory experience but also as reminders that class and ethnicity need constant unraveling in order to reach a clear understanding of the dynamics of colonial structures. © 2011.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-116
JournalResearch in African Literatures
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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