Migration and Making Sense of Place

Against a Backdrop of Negative Media Discourse about Africa

In: Intercultural Mirrors

Abstract

This chapter explores the resettlement experience of an African family in Australia. It profiles the challenges to negotiation of cultural identity and belonging, and parenting in an environment that is pervaded by negative discourse about Africa and Africanness. The chapter outlines how this backdrop of negativity towards Africanness was engaged through cultural activism and an informed intellectual praxis. The initial experience developed through cultural activism and dialogue with the children of the author, created the motivation for further exploration of the issues pertaining to culture, identity and belonging. The chapter briefly discusses the two projects that were undertaken, highlighting their significance in countering the disempowering attitudes generated by negative media discourse about Africa.