'Cultural encounters are a dominant feature of contemporary society.
Identities are ever-changing ‘routes’ as Hall and others have stated, so we become
insiders and outsiders to our own lives. The manifaceted expression of cultural
belonging and its formation is illustrated by examples from Australasian writers who
express not only the conflict of belonging to more than one culture, but also its inherent
value. Such writers provide the reader with alternative ways of reading culture and
illustrate the increasing trend to see ourselves as hyphenated people belonging nowhere
specific in a globalised world.' Source: Anne Holden Rønning.