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Christina Houen

Christina Houen reviews 'Hey Mum, what’s a half-caste?' by Lorraine McGee-Sippel

May 2009, no. 311 01 May 2009
The title of this memoir and the cover picture, showing a pretty girl with brown skin and hair and dark eyes walking along an urban street hand-in-hand with a neatly dressed white woman, captures the theme of uncertain identity. The story begins in mid-twentieth-century Australia, when, under the government’s assimilation policy, children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent were sti ... (read more)