Exiles from the Children’s City: Archives, imperial identities and the juvenile emigration of Anglo-Indians from Kalimpong to Australasia
- Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
- Johns Hopkins University Press
- Volume 14, Number 1, Spring 2013
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The “chi-chi” slur that haunted many Anglo-Indian families is being radically revised by a new generation of descendants now resident in Australasia, many of whom seek to locate the contingencies of their lives in the present within the transnational processes of imperialism. Utilising archived correspondence from old girls and boys from Dr Graham’s Homes in Kalimpong, this article argues the need for a collated and integrated digital archive in order to empower Anglo-Indian descendants in the construction and fashioning of self-identities and family histories, as well as a contextual understanding of the ideologies of child removal and institutional care.