He is tied to his existence in the house where they interact and chooses where, how, and when he moves. Although this association with a specified space is a luxury that is not afforded to Na Ga, Law-Yone does attribute individualism to her through the subtle, yet deft first-person perspective that she uses. Law-Yone uplifts Na Ga through showing the reader that she does have concrete opinions, perspectives, and reflections. No space in The Road to Wanting exists for just aesthetic purposes.
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In light of this, it is unsurprising how frustrated I have become at the disconnect between theory and practice throughout the course of my English Literature degree. There does not seem to be anything happening on an institutional level to actually put these discussions in practice and include living authors of colour on syllabus, rather than rehashing discussion about the same authors and texts over and over again.
I am Burmese, but was raised in Hong Kong. It was coming to university to study English Literature—and consequently feeling frustrated at the lack literature that was relatable , or relevant to me—that opened my eyes to the immense richness of Burmese literatures in English. I thought university would be a change from school—but what I have seen for the past three years is the continuation of the neocolonialist tropes that myself and my peers of colour were subjected to at international school.
I was pushed to search for Burmese literatures on my own accord by sheer frustration and disillusionment. So rather than feeling bound by the racial hierarchies of my international school upbringing and racialised childhood in Hong Kong, I began the journey of not rejecting my heritage in order to conform.
By exploring migrant literatures and pushing the boundaries that my schooling and university have imposed, I have tentatively started reclaiming my diasporic Burmese-ness instead of pretending to be a white person in brown skin.
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Institutions are unlikely to do the work for us—it is our responsibility to reclaim space, and radically reject our neocolonial educations to build an education that includes us in conversation. Law-Yone, Wendy. The Road to Wanting. Vintage, Note: If you would like more information on global migrant and refugee crises, these sites provide valuable information on how systemic change can be achieved in no particular order :.
She hopes to pursue further interdisciplinary study of the relationship between the body politic, mobilities and migration studies, and literature post-graduation.
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