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The author re-considers the work of three writers who 'represent distinct intellectual, artistic and socio-political traditions which at certain points seem to clash and conflict. Each has a distinctive literary voice and presence. All three have made major contributions to Australian literary culture from different parts of the country.'
Focussing on 'the dialectics of longing and belonging', this article examines the ways in which 'diasporic fictions' relate to their homelands. It compares texts and attitudes in three continents: North America, South Asia and Australia. Part I of the article deals with the Australia-Asia relationship and has two sections: 'Australian Attitudes to Asia' and 'Asian Accounts of Australia'. Part II discusses 'South Asian Canada'.