By Tseen-Ling Khoo
This paintings offers a studying 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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13 Post-Hanson, the scramble to dissociate their own parties from O n e Nation Party policies continues to be a desire of almost all pohtical groups, except for parts of the National Party. Once the social and literary conditions in Australia are contextuahsed, the subsequent examinations of various texts can engage more constructively with particular Asian-Australian perspectives. It is not enough to only 'clear space' for Asian-Australian writers in literary arenas. Studies must also focus on the politics of those spaces and the processes for using, exploiting, and/ or expanding them T h e way in which discursive threads used to describe and signify the 'Asian Other' in Austraha has influenced the reading/writing of Asian-Australian literature.
T h e subject of the Holocaust, or shoah, is very sensitive and emotionally loaded. Even so, there was a moral prescriptiveness in the response to Darville's book, which did not have much to do with the narrative as hterature. T h e second situation is a result of exposing Darville and her very 'normal' English background, followed by months of anger from various hterary establishments at having been duped into thinking and feeling for a person and work which were not 'truly' ethnic at all. There was an immediate transfer of focus from Darville's case to the larger group of'multicultural writers' w h o m readers and critics now could not trust (an intriguing idea in itself).
They applied to the government on the basis of a breach of civic ethics and mobilised the movement by using the Utopian model and the energies of group activism. Kenda Gee describes a similar step that Chinese-Canadians are taking to claim compensation for the head tax levies, incidents that are even further back in Canada's history than the Second World War internment (Interview 1) 5 In an article which rereads the 'racism' of head tax, C h o suggests that it is not enough for Jean Chretien to "reenact the scene that Brian Mulroney played in 1988 where redress becomes the site of a selfsatisfied national political consolidation" ("Rereading" 81).