Literary Homelands Quotes

Burning Rice Poems 2010 - Eileen Chong
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Eileen Chong 'On Not Really Being Chinese'

"When I came to Australia to live, I didn't realise I would never be going back to Singapore to set up home again. I didn't realise it would be nearly impossible to have your heart in two places [...] it is hard to not process this as both as a loss and a gain."
circle imagery
cavity = emptiness
paradoxically - plays with aspects of wholeness and connection yet contrasts with current feelings of loss and separation

Objective correlative of spherical imagery, motif, auditory/visual imagery, lexical choice, juxtaposition

in not celebrating her cultural traditions with her family, she feels incomplete and disconnected from her adopted home and family. This emptiness is shown in the motif
connections to home can be fleeting and impermanent.