Ethnic Identity and Cultural Assimilation in M. G. Vassanji’s No New Land

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M. Pon Ganthimathi
Dr. S. Veeralakshmi


Colonialism makes a large set of people from South Asia migrate to Africa. People from India are used as a man power for railway line construction in Africa. After the end of colonialism, these migrated people became competitors to Africans in employment. Africans start treating them harshly. So, they are forced to migrate once again to America or to Canada. M. G. Vassanji’s No New Land starts with the second migration of people from South Asia to Canada.  Because of this second migration, these people want to make sure their connection to their culture and to their ethnicity. Their apartment in Canada looks like a mini version of Dar es Salaam. They try to stick to their Indianness in the midst of a completely strange culture.  However, their kids who do not have any immediate connection with their culture start assimilating the new culture and way of living. This paper aims at projecting the plight of South Asian immigrants in Canada.


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M. Pon Ganthimathi, and Dr. S. Veeralakshmi. “Ethnic Identity and Cultural Assimilation in M. G. Vassanji’s No New Land”. The Creative Launcher, vol. 7, no. 4, Aug. 2022, pp. 89-95, doi:10.53032/tcl.2022.7.4.12.
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