Why I call Australia 'Home'? A transmigrant's perspective

Document Type

Journal Article


M/C - Media and Culture


Education and Arts


School Of Communications and Contemporary Arts




This article was originally published as: Kabir, N. (2007). Why I call Australia ‘Home’? A transmigrant’s perspective. M/C Journal, 10(4). Original article available here


I am a transmigrant who has moved back and forth between the West and the Rest. I was born and raised in a Muslim family in a predominantly Muslim country, Bangladesh, but I spent several years of my childhood in Pakistan. After my marriage, I lived in the United States for a year and a half, the Middle East for 5 years, Australia for three years, back to the Middle East for another 5 years, then, finally, in Australia for the last 12 years. I speak Bengali (my mother tongue), Urdu (which I learnt in Pakistan), a bit of Arabic (learnt in the Middle East); but English has always been my medium of instruction. So where is home? Is it my place of origin, the Muslim umma, or my land of settlement? Or is it my ‘root’ or my ‘route’ (Blunt and Dowling)?