Freeside Europe Online Academic Journal

Freeside Europe Online Academic Journal

Modern cultural, literary and linguistic perspectives

Mária Palla: "ʽCanada, Canada, and where is that place? In the North Pole, that's where': Perceptions of Canada in South-Asian Immigrant Writing"


This paper intends to explore the ways in which Parsi immigrants in Canada experience and deal with cultural differences in some selected short stories from Swimming Lessons and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry, a first-generation contemporary Canadian author from India. It will be discussed to what extent their expectations, dreams and desires are realized, how their identity is affected by the influence of the host country during the process of adaptation and how they cope with the resulting sense of dislocation and try to bridge the gap separating their old home from the new one. Immigration becomes not only a movement in physical space for them but also a journey of discovery of new people and themselves.

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ISSN 1786-7967

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