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'To be African in Australia is to be among the drifting diaspora. Nomadic beings who find themselves on an isolated continent through displacement or a disconnection from the umbilical thread of the motherland. Sometimes it's a curious heart or a quest to be closer to the ends of the earth that drives this seeking out of a new home. Other times, it's the fissures created by a civil war that cause a fleeing to somewhere safer, before it becomes a found home. Being African in Australia is, in its essence, a journey unusual.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Growing Up African in Australia Maxine Beneba Clarke (editor), Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2019 15503976 2019 anthology autobiography

    'Learning to kick a football in a suburban schoolyard. Finding your feet as a young black dancer. Discovering your grandfather’s poetry. Meeting Nelson Mandela at your local church. Facing racism from those who should protect you. Dreading a visit to the hairdresser. House-hopping across the suburbs. Being too black. Not being black enough. Singing to find your soul, and then losing yourself.

    'Welcome to African Australia. Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, this anthology brings together the regions of Africa, and the African diaspora, from the Caribbean to the Americas. Told with passion, power, and poise, these are the stories of African-diaspora Australians: diverse, engaging, hopeful and heartfelt.'

    Source: Publisher's blurb.

    Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2019
    pg. 254-262
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