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Transnationalism and the Indo-Fijian diaspora: the relationship of Indo-Fijians to India and its people - special issue on "Indian diaspora in transnational context"

Voigt-Graf, Carmen (2008) Transnationalism and the Indo-Fijian diaspora: the relationship of Indo-Fijians to India and its people - special issue on "Indian diaspora in transnational context". Journal of Intercultural Studies, 29 (1). pp. 81-109. ISSN 0725-6868

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Abstract

This paper investigates the relationships of Indo-Fijians to their ancestral homeland, both in Fiji and following their secondary migration to Australia. Most Indo-Fijians are descendants of indentured labourers to Fiji. The majority have long ago lost all personal contacts with India. During their stay in Fiji, their social, cultural and religious practices have undergone many changes. Their experiences with subcontinental Indians are limited and their views of India and of subcontinental Indians largely based on ignorance, indifference and stereotypes. Recent efforts of the Indian government at fostering relations with its 20 million strong diaspora are primarily aimed at wealthy Indian migrants in the West and descendants of indentured Indians have attracted comparatively little interest in India. Many Indo-Fijians have left Fiji and resettled in the developed Pacific Rim countries, especially Australia. In the wake of this secondary migration, Indo-Fijians have realised that their social and cultural distance from subcontinental Indians is too great to be narrowed by a shared ethnicity. In the process, they have developed a Pacific identity and have constructed a transnational space around Fiji as the new centre largely excluding the cultural hearth India.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2008 10:18
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2012 14:14
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/253
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