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'In this essay I want to explore the idea that an exceptional cultural space, which I am calling 'unAustralia,' offers a deconstructive vantage point from which we can observe at work the normative ideological processes (the 'rules') that promote an experience of national belonging for some by excluding others.'


  • Epigraph: '[...] the child Bob had been confused because his father, for all his professed hatred of the yellow Peril, had made him visit the Yipsoons several times a year, particularly at Chinese new year, and he had maintained a sullen respect for old Mrs Yipsoon. 'They're different, that's why,' Gordon Gibson said when Bob ventured to question him. 'They've been here since the gold rushes. They're practically Australian. They're the exception that proves the rule.''

    Hsu-Ming Teo, Behind the Moon

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