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By Randa Jarrar

Nidali, the rebellious daughter of an Egyptian-Greek mom and a Palestinian father, narrates the tale of her early life in Kuwait, her teenage years in Egypt (to the place she and her kin fled the 1990 Iraqi invasion), and her family's final flight to Texas. Nidali mixes humor with a pointy, loving portrait of an eccentric middle-class relations, and this attitude retains her buoyant throughout the hardships she encounters: the humiliation of facing a checkpoint on a trip to her father's domestic within the West financial institution; the fights along with her father, who wishes her to turn into a recognized professor and avoid boys; the tip of her adolescence as Iraq invades Kuwait on her 13th birthday; and the scare she supplies her kin whilst she runs clear of home.

Funny, fascinating, and heartbreaking, A Map of house is the type of ebook Tristram Shandy or Huck Finn may have narrated had they been born Egyptian-Palestinian and feminine within the Nineteen Seventies.

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Within the geopolitical circumstances in which Singapore found itself, nation building was—and in the view of politicians remains—a long-term prospect. In summary, the nation-state is the product of two parallel processes and its legitimacy is viewed at two levels, external and internal, associated with these processes. Between states, sovereignty hinges on the question of nationality, which can be defined in terms of whether individuals and groups are perceived as identifying with the state; and sovereignty also depends on establishing the principle of mutual recognition of borders.

For the most part the Chinese were either hesistant of or indifferent to the Union when it was introduced in 1946. Unable to make the distinction between nationality and citizenship, the immigrant Chinese (mostly China-born) assumed that accepting Malayan citizenship automatically meant rejecting Chinese nationality (Lau, 1989:228–9). Many believed they would be returning to China in the future. Although by 1947 60 per cent of the Chinese population in Singapore were Malaya-born (Smith, 1964:177) a significant proportion maintained strong mainland links before the Chinese communist revolution, through kinship ties and a 44 Nation Building and Citizenship in Singapore Chinese education that was essentially based on a China-oriented curriculum: the significance of this is underlined in the chapter on education and bilingualism.

Singapore’s population was made up of large numbers of immigrants who were non-citizens. With the introduction of work permits and travel restrictions at the Johore causeway which links Singapore with the Malay peninsula—a development which was consequent on the expulsion from Malaysia—Singapore citizenship was of greater consequence to all who lived there. Non-citizens no longer had the automatic right to work and were required to apply for a work permit. Those having no documentary proof of their birth in Singapore were thereafter treated as non-citizens.

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