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What is your family background? - Philomena de Lima
EXTERNAL ID
AB_SGI_10_PHILOMENA_DE_LIMA_Q_01
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Philomena de Lima
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
41060
KEYWORDS
conferences
emigration
lecturers
audio
audios
familybackground

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As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad.

Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Philomena de Lima answers the question:

'What is your family background?'

'My name is Philomena de Lima, and basically my family background is, my father and my father came from a place called Goa, which is on the southwest coast of India, and my father emigrated to East Africa, to Kenya, in 1947, in a boat. And, and then my mother joined him, I think, in 1952. My parents were from Goa, which is a Portuguese colony, which was a Portuguese colony in India until 1962, and so my parents initially had Portuguese citizenship. And my father, when he went to East Africa, worked for the British Civil Service, so he was a British Civil Servant there for all of his life till 1972, when he came to Britain.

So, I was brought up in, I was born in Africa, I was born in Uganda, in Entebbe, and then, at the age of seven, I was sent to Goa to be educated in a convent school because my family were Catholics, and it was fairly common for people who had, were living away, to sometimes send a child, or two children - I was one of four, but I was the oldest - and I was the one that was sent away to be educated. So, at the age of eighteen, my parents - well, my parents came to Britain in about 1971 or 2, to Edinburgh because my father had a job there, and, and he had to leave because of Idi Amin, as well, and I joined them when I was about eighteen, in Edinburgh. And that's how I, sort of, came to be in Scotland. And then, just, my parents moved to London because that's where most people moved from, the Asian, or the Indian Subcontinent, because they had more friends there, and it was warmer, supposedly, and I stayed on and I went to university here, and then just carried on living here for the, for the last thirty-something years, I don't know, a long time.'


BIOGRAPHY

Dr Philomena de Lima is the Director of the UHI Centre for Remote and Rural Studies based in Inverness. She has lived in the Highlands for around 25 years. She has been actively involved in researching rural policy issues, particularly with regard to migration, social exclusion, minorities and equalities and has published widely on these topics. Recent publications include, with Wright (2009) 'Welcoming Migrants? Migrant labour in rural Scotland in Social Policy and Society', issue 8:3; 'Ticking the Ethnic Box: the experiences of minority ethnic young people in rural communities' in Education in the North, New Series , Number 15 Session 2007-2008, University of Aberdeen; with Jentsch and MacDonald, 'Migrant Workers in Rural Scotland: Going to the Middle of Nowhere' in International Journal on Multicultural Societies (IJMS), Vol. 9, No. 1, 2007; and with Williams, 'Devolution, Multicultural Citizenship and Race Equality: from Laissez Faire to Nationally Responsible Policies' in Critical Social Policy, Vol. 26 (3) 2006.

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What is your family background? - Philomena de Lima

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

conferences; emigration; lecturers; audio; audios; familybackground;

Am Baile

Scotland's Global Impact

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad. <br /> <br /> Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Philomena de Lima answers the question:<br /> <br /> 'What is your family background?' <br /> <br /> 'My name is Philomena de Lima, and basically my family background is, my father and my father came from a place called Goa, which is on the southwest coast of India, and my father emigrated to East Africa, to Kenya, in 1947, in a boat. And, and then my mother joined him, I think, in 1952. My parents were from Goa, which is a Portuguese colony, which was a Portuguese colony in India until 1962, and so my parents initially had Portuguese citizenship. And my father, when he went to East Africa, worked for the British Civil Service, so he was a British Civil Servant there for all of his life till 1972, when he came to Britain. <br /> <br /> So, I was brought up in, I was born in Africa, I was born in Uganda, in Entebbe, and then, at the age of seven, I was sent to Goa to be educated in a convent school because my family were Catholics, and it was fairly common for people who had, were living away, to sometimes send a child, or two children - I was one of four, but I was the oldest - and I was the one that was sent away to be educated. So, at the age of eighteen, my parents - well, my parents came to Britain in about 1971 or 2, to Edinburgh because my father had a job there, and, and he had to leave because of Idi Amin, as well, and I joined them when I was about eighteen, in Edinburgh. And that's how I, sort of, came to be in Scotland. And then, just, my parents moved to London because that's where most people moved from, the Asian, or the Indian Subcontinent, because they had more friends there, and it was warmer, supposedly, and I stayed on and I went to university here, and then just carried on living here for the, for the last thirty-something years, I don't know, a long time.'<br /> <br /> <br /> BIOGRAPHY<br /> <br /> Dr Philomena de Lima is the Director of the UHI Centre for Remote and Rural Studies based in Inverness. She has lived in the Highlands for around 25 years. She has been actively involved in researching rural policy issues, particularly with regard to migration, social exclusion, minorities and equalities and has published widely on these topics. Recent publications include, with Wright (2009) 'Welcoming Migrants? Migrant labour in rural Scotland in Social Policy and Society', issue 8:3; 'Ticking the Ethnic Box: the experiences of minority ethnic young people in rural communities' in Education in the North, New Series , Number 15 Session 2007-2008, University of Aberdeen; with Jentsch and MacDonald, 'Migrant Workers in Rural Scotland: Going to the Middle of Nowhere' in International Journal on Multicultural Societies (IJMS), Vol. 9, No. 1, 2007; and with Williams, 'Devolution, Multicultural Citizenship and Race Equality: from Laissez Faire to Nationally Responsible Policies' in Critical Social Policy, Vol. 26 (3) 2006.