n Africa Insight - The unhomeliness of home : Asian presence and nation formation in M.G. Vassanji's works

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This essay reads Moyez Vassanji's novels to examine the ways in which he imagines East African Asians in the region and beyond in their attempts to configure and experience "homes" against regional politics of state-formation. I argue, among other things, that the tendency by some East African Asians to emigrate to Europe, North America and the United States, coupled with their history as immigrants, projects the group as a transient one, "almost warranting" their marginalisation in overt state-politics. For them, the meaning of the state as a rooting signifier is nullified, and they must find other ways of re-defining their relationship with the state in order to experience its elusive "homeliness."

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