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Multicultural NZ and its literature…

February 19, 2012

Basically, there’s a gap. As Patricia Grace has said:

We wouldn’t know that we are a multicultural society by looking at our literature. Maori writing has gained much more focus now than it had previously, but there is still a lot missing. There is a lot missing from people of other backgrounds too. I think it would be good to be more proactive about encouraging writers from all sorts of backgrounds as New Zealanders, because until that happens, our literature is not whole, it is not showing fully who we are in this country

Ref: p.115 Fresno Calleja, Paloma (2003) ‘An Interview with Patricia Grace’ Atlantis 25(1)June: 109-20

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