'Where Am I From': Performative and 'Metro' Perspectives of Origin

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dc.contributor.author Otsuji, E
dc.contributor.editor Nunan, D
dc.contributor.editor Choi, J
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T03:28:55Z
dc.date.issued 2010-01
dc.identifier.citation Language and Culture, 2010, 1st Edition, pp. 186 - 193
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-415-87166-2
dc.identifier.other B1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/14414
dc.description.abstract I am sitting at a desk in 'my' room in Tokyo. It is the desk which was passed on to me from my father. Next to the desk, a doll that was bought on one of the family trips to Italy when I was a primary school student is sitting on top of an old upright piano. I open the lid of the piano and I touch the scratches on the space beside the piano keys. I can hear my piano teacher's voice: 'Play ten times for each piece every day.' The scratches must have been from ten yen coins when r transferred them from one side of the piano to the other each time I practiced a piece. An old fashioned bookshelf is half opened and First Love by Ivan Turgenev, The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald, and Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima are peeking out. As I further open the bookshelf, the smell of old papers tingles my nose. On the wall, there is my oil painting of Queens Park in Edinburgh, the view from my window when I was living there at the age of twelve, with five sheep of identical size between the top and the bottom of the hill; I also see the picture ofShwedagon Pagoda that was given to me when I was backpacking in Burma at the age of twenty. This is the room where I stayed up all night st ruggling to write an essay on Martin Heidegger's Being and Time regretting that I started at the last minute. I used to belong to and played a big role in constructing this culturally 'schizophrenic' space twenty years ago when I was a university student. Now this room is used as a guest room and I also have been an occasional sojourner for almost twenty years. Theoretically, I do not 'own' this room anymore, but whenever I find any traces from my past, I feel as if r have found a precious shiny marble in the bottom of my drawer. 1 write in this room in 2008 back from Sydney visiting my mother to spend Christmas and New Year.
dc.publisher Routledge
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version
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dc.title 'Where Am I From': Performative and 'Metro' Perspectives of Origin
dc.type Chapter
dc.parent Language and Culture
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation New York en_US
dc.publocation New York
dc.publocation New York
dc.publocation New York
dc.identifier.startpage 186 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 193 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 2004 Linguistics
dc.personcode 021309 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Linguistics en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition 1st Edition en_US
dc.edition 1st Edition
dc.edition 1st Edition
dc.edition 1st Edition
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Research in Learning and Change


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