India in New Zealand: Local Identities, Global Relations

Author(s): Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

NZ Non-Fiction

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.

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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.

General Fields

  • : 9781877372858
  • : unopnz
  • : unopnz
  • : August 2010
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

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  • : Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
  • : Paperback
  • : 305.8914
  • : 264
  • : tables & cartoons