Author(s): Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
Indian people in 'bi-cultural' New Zealand have long been an invisible minority, rarely mentioned in our history books. This volume is a second contribution to remedying this historical silence, following the publication of Indian Settlers: The Story of a New Zealand South Asian Community by Jacqueline Leckie.
The first section introduces the context, briefly tracing the history of Empire and migration, which saw a few hundred adventurers from Gujarat and Punjab braving the seas and settling here in the late 19th century. Now Indians constitute the second-largest Asian-Kiwi group in our population (having more than doubled in number between 1991 and 2001). This increasing diversity has initiated a fresh debate on New Zealand's changing national identity, with the emphasis shifting from its bicultural foundation to greater recognition of ethnic minorities within the nation-space.
The second section critically addresses the issue of a distinctive and uniform 'New Zealand Indian' identity and rethinks diasporic identity. In the third section, the Indian diaspora in New Zealand is looked at from a wider global perspective.
Sekhar Bandyopadhyay is Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Victoria and is the Chair of the 'Asia Knowledge Working Group', a joint project of the Asia-New Zealand Foundation and the Ministry of Education, preparing long-term policy recommendations for a ministerial task force on Asia to promote understanding of Asia and the Asians in New Zealand.
Introduction / Sekhar Bandyopadhyay -- Migration and Settlement: 1 India in New Zealand: The Fault Lines of Colonial Culture / tony Ballantyne -- 2 A Long Diaspora: Indian Settlement / Jacqueline Leckie -- 3 Indian Presence: A Demographic Profile / Arvind Zodgekar -- II Local Identities: 4 What Does It Mean To Be Indian? A View from Christchurch / Martin Fuchs, Antje Linkenbach, Aditya Malik -- 5 Growing Up Indian: Problems of Cultural Identity / Gwyn Williams -- 6 Choosing Indian and Kiwi Identities: The Ethnic Options of Local Gujaratis / Amanda Gilbertson -- 7 New Mothers in a New Land: Indian Migrant Mothers Talk / Ruth DeSouza -- 8 Lighting Up Aotearoa: Presenting Diwali to a Multicultural Nation / Henry Johnson -- III Global Relations: 9 In the Shadow of the Empire: India-New Zealand Relations since 1947 / Sekhar Bandyopadhyay -- 10 New Zealand and Globalising India: The Challenge of Developing Economic Engagement / Tim Beal -- 11 A Stormy Affair: Local Indian Film Production (1993-2003) / Rebecca C.M. Kunin.