The Albanian

Donna Mazza, Edith Cowan University

Abstract

The work uncovers Australian migrant identity issues relating to first generation post WW2 Australians and the negotiation of family/cultural identity against one’s social identity. It covers themes such as social and cultural isolation and the tendency for many Australians of migrant descent to search for a cultural identity beyond Australia. It problematizes these relations by looking at the experience of refugees from the former Yugoslavia in refugee camps in Sweden in the 1990s as well the experience for young people of migrant descent in regional Australia.