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After The Last Ship

A Post-colonial Reconstruction of Diaspora

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Audrey Fernandes-Satar

After the Last Ship illustrates the author’s own history, as well as its connection to the history of other women and children who left India and made the journey across the Kala Pani, the Indian Ocean, and lived as migrants in other countries. In this book the author brings greater understanding of how subjectivities are shaped through embodied experiences of ‘mixed race’. She bears witness to the oppressive policies of the fascist government in Portugal in the 1960’s and 1970’s and the effects of displacement and exile, by reconstructing her own passage from India to Mozambique and finally to Australia. Further, the author shows the devastation that labels such as ‘half-caste’, ‘canecos’ and ‘monhe’ can cause, when they eat at your flesh, your being, and your body. She sheds light on how identity and culture can serve as vehicles of empowerment, how experiences of belonging can germinate and take root post-diaspora.

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image: Little Audrey, Original photo by Uncle Cleto, 1956 Artwork by Arif Satar, 2005 ISSN 1661-6839 pb. ISSN 2235-6487 eBook ISBN 978-3-0343-1134-2 pb. ISBN 978-3-0351-0684-8 eBook US-ISBN 978-0-8204-8948- © Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers, Bern 2014 Hochfeldstrasse 32, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland info@peterlang.com, www.peterlang.com All rights reserved. All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. Printed in Switzerland Bibliographic information published by die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at ‹http://dnb.d-nb.de›. British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data: A catalogue record for this book is available from The British Library, Great Britain Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Fernandes-Satar, Audrey, After the last ship : a post-colonial reconstruction of diaspora / Audrey Fernandes-Satar. pages cm. – (Studies in Asia-Pacific mixed race ; v. 4) Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-3-0343-1134-2 (pb.) – ISBN 978-3-0351-0684-8 (ebook) 1. Group identity. 2. Emigration and immigration. I. Title. HM753.F47 2014 305–dc23 2014004470 Acknowledgements I wish to thank Maureen Perkins, the series editor for her wisdom and faith in this project; Christina Houen for her wonderful support and for guiding me through the process of re-writing and editing; and Martina Räber, my editor at Peter Lang, for her help, support and professionalism in the process of creating this...

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