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The dilemma of being seen and unseen : my dark skin amongst the white walls…
chapterposted on 2021-01-01, 00:00 authored by Dawn JosephDawn Joseph
My chapter offers an insight into life in Johannesburg (South Africa) growing up during the apartheid era before immigrating to multicultural Melbourne (Australia). Employing an autoethnographic narrative approach, I reflect on notions of identity and culture which has impacted on my sense of belonging before and after immigration. I provide a snapshot of my journey through the lens of critical race theory and argue that crossing geographical borders promotes cross-and intercultural opportunities, challenges and disturbing dilemmas. Generalisations to other Indian transnational women cannot be made, rather, my experience may be similar to those who float between countries. My story adds to the wider body of knowledge about migrant women of colour in academia regardless of age, race, ethnicity, ability, and religion who through the process of acculturation, resources, and adaptation negotiate/(re)negotiate their identities in transnational spaces.