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This is a beautifully crafted, moving, honest, heart wrenching book. People who've experienced racism would surely be moved and validated by Clarke's complex, funny, sad and sensitive tale of her own childhood. People who deny racism's impact in Australia will gain immensely by reading this story as it reveals how pervasive it is and how deeply impactful upon identity it can be. I will never forget this book.
This is heart-wrenching. Worth the time for anyone hoping to understand what it is like to be an Australian from a non-white background.
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I share this story. It is also mine as with many people who have migrated to Australia. Hearing this story helped me to see how most people just dont realize how harsh their words feel.
Many people in Australia are ignorant and uneducated to the rest of the world. This is an island protected by a huge amount of water. Many Australians have never traveled and are regurgitating the racism of their parents.
I feel different and sometimes detest it unless we are in a multiracial group. Thats when we are happiest! We do clock each other when we see another person in a crowd of brown skin.
We try to get on with it but are constantly reminded when an innocent stranger asks "where are you from?" then again "no WHERE are YOU from!" really asking what is your genetic background. Most people believe it is an innocent and just curious question.
I feel far away from my family and have made a new family here. i love my family here. My families history also has slave trade mass genocide rape and sadness. It is time to move on and forgive the past. If only strangers didnt keep asking and by this are reminding me of it.
The solution for me has been to teach my children resilience and hopefully they will rise above. I hope someday the leaders of our country reflect the diversity and the indigenous footprint laid here long ago.
This book should be on a list of reading for High School.
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