A Postcolonial Woman’s Encounter with Moses and Miriam by Angeline M.G. Song

By Angeline M.G. Song

This publication is grounded in a theorization of the author's own tale together with starting to be up as a feminine adoptee of a unmarried mum or dad in a patriarchal context, and present fabric context as an immigrant in New Zealand.

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Listening to such real-life stories helps me better to empathize with the Hebrew people who were living under imperialistic conditions during the time of the narrative’s setting. Getting into the mind-set of the literary characters is an important feature of an empathic reading, a point on which I will elaborate in the next chapter. Many Peranakans then, and in my case, even now, often end up negotiating a split ideological existence, being pulled in two or more different directions at once. In effect, they—and their descendants like me—sometimes live in a state of postcolonial anxiety.

3 The following section gives an idea of the various disciplines that have incorporated the empathy concept into their work and how the researchers are raising its profile in the consciousness of the general public. 1 ContemporaryR evivalofE mpathy Besides philosophers and psychologists who have traditionally been interested in the human phenomenon of empathy, political philosophers, educationists, and medical doctors have recently been intensifying their research into this area. For some, the focus of their research lies in examining the ethical force of empathy.

The grandfather clock—a very English thing to have in a Southeast Asian country especially in those days—dominated the living room of my family home, so that two of the things that I still associate with my childhood are the image of my “English-looking” Kong Kong and the insistent “donging” that emanated from its huge frame without fail on the hour, every single day (with smaller “dongs” each quarter of an hour). However, while, on the one hand, the colonial power needed the Peranakans to be their intermediaries through whom it could exercise its authority over their colonized subjects, on the other hand—and herein lies the dilemma for colonized “mimic men”—the colonizers do not really want their colonized subjects to become “too” much like them.

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