Sweet Dreams are Made of This: Bollywood and Transnational South Asians in Australia

University of Western Australia Press
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Bollywood in Australia: Transnationalism & Cultural Production, 2010, 1, pp. 159 - 176
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About ten years ago I wrote an article that examined the domestic cultures of young Indo-Fijians who had migrated to Sydney after the coups in Fiji. At that time, I remarked that many of the parents of my interlocutors identified the viewing of Hindi films as essential to feeling Indian. Ninety per cent of my informants watched at least one Hindi film per week, usually at the weekend. and as· a family practice. Most families had large electronic collections of Indian films and episodes of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, legal or pirated, and Hindi film music and song formed by far the largest category of popular music in the Indo-Fijian community. TV and DVD viewing appeared to offer powerful representations of both Indian and Australian· culture for the Indo-Fijian community and the DVD player seems to have been appropriated by many parents as a means of recreating cultural traditions, though their efforts appeared to be both subverted and diverted by young people.
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