Questions of Identity

Author(s): 

Inez Baranay

Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia (JEASA), Vol.6 No.1, 2015.

 

Inez Baranay

Questions of Identity

 

In 2015 I was invited to Hungary to give a talk at the European Association for Studies on Australia conference. The invitation meant a lot to me as my parents were Hungarian-they left during the 2nd world war-and I was in the process of obtaining Hungarian citizenship. Hungarian was my childhood language and Hungary then a mythical country.

Where are you from? That simple, standard, frequent question, asked socially or officially, curiously or dutifully, is one I was asked all my life in Australia. They never meant which suburb do you live in or which part of the city did you grow up in.  These days I do not take for granted the wonderful simplicity of replying "Australia".

Once upon a time there was a real Australia to which I could not belong and therefore had no right to speak about.

That was the Australia that was.

 

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