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India In New Zealand
Local Identities, Global Relations

Edited by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

Key Points

• A multi-disciplinary investigation of Indians in New Zealand and India–New Zealand relations.
• The only book dealing with this subject matter in the post-1990 period.
• For anyone interested in the history of migration, identity politics, minorities and society, as well as foreign and trade relations.

The Book

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.


Introduction Sekhar Bandyopadhyay I 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

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Sekhar Bandyopadhyay is Professor of Asian History and Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. He has published extensively on caste and Indian nationalism and on the Indian diaspora in New Zealand.

Publication details

In-stores now
Asian Studies/Cultural Studies/Ethnic Studies/History
235 x 155 mm, 264 pp approx, tables
ISBN 978 1 877372 85 8 , $49.95