By Tseen-Ling Khoo
This paintings offers a examining of east Asian-Australian and East Asian-Canadian novels whereas addressing the literary and political cultures of Australia and Canada. It examines those diasporic literatures in multicultural societies and their placement in terms of nationwide literatures.
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It is in this Australian (post-)multicultural environment of postmodern 34 Banana Bending fracturing of cultural and literary groups and ideas that Asian-Austrahan authors are writing. Looking outside Austraha, to similar national formations and other histories of diasporic Asian hterature, offers Asian-Austrahan studies the opportunity to re-site national arguments within global perspectives. T h e scarcity of Asian-Austrahan critical work and publishing can be attributed to the early stage of Asian-Australian community pohticisation as well as Australian resistance to including racial minority groups withm governing and other social structures.
While multiculturalism encourages a circumscribed form of participation, the growth of racial minority arts and activism sharply challenge status quo renditions of Canadian culture. In late 2001, the Canadian Senate passed a bill recognising May as 'Asian Heritage M o n t h ' Although these events have not effected radical change and could be accused of diverting Asian-Canadian cultural concerns along designated paths, it is a significant recognition of community and cultural presence Similar to most post-colonial nations in the Western world, the historical dominance of white groups underwrites the contemporary margmahsation of non-white concerns.
Ghassan Hage's influential article, "Locating Multiculturahsm's O t h e r " , examines the processes of tolerance in Australian multicultural rhetoric and offers a scathing critique of liberal condescension. However, the positioning of racial minority citizens remains ambiguous within the rhetoric of multiculturalism, as the definitions of diversity and pluralism have not often extended to include specific considerations of racial difference Ang argues that "Australia's desire to be seen as a tolerant, multicultural nation" is a 22 Banana Bending tactic "to vindicate a redemptive national narrative" ("Curse" 37), considering its historic involvement in the excluding and vilifying of those of Aboriginal and Asian descent.
Banana Bending: Asian-Australian and Asian-Canadian Literatures by Tseen-Ling Khoo